Black Forest Cycling Holiday

  • 4.3
    (13 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Freiburg / Freiburg
  • Distance

    146 miles/235 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    032-102CDE
Price From £490

Overview

An easy cycling holiday of the southern Black Forest, discovering some of Germany’s most celebrated countryside. It’s an easy-paced journey that follows a former railway line for much of the way and also takes in a wonderfully, scenic section of the Upper Rhine. This enjoyable, circular cycling route starts and finishes in the handsome city of Freiburg.

Your circular journey will take you through fantastic forest scenery, into the Wutach Valley, to the banks of the Rhine and wine growing Markgräflerland. You’ll visit fascinating Roman remains, charming riverside villages, the lively old town of Basel, thermal spa towns and romantic castles – the southern Black Forest has it all.

Cyclists - Istein - Germany

Relaxing in the Black Forest

You don’t need to be super-fit for this gentle cycling tour. In fact, most of the route is actually downhill, apart from a few minor hills in the forest itself. You’ll be riding on paved cycle paths mainly as well as some quiet country lanes so traffic will be minimal.

 

Itinerary & Map

You don’t need to be super-fit for this gentle cycling tour. In fact, most of the route is actually downhill, apart from a few minor hills in the forest itself. You’ll be riding on paved cycle paths mainly as well as some quiet country lanes so traffic will be minimal.

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Day 1: Arrive Freiburg

Freiburg im Breisgau - Baden Wurtemburg - Germany

Freiburg

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Freiburg, a substantial town that’s well known as being one of the sunniest and warmest in all Germany. It’s also known for the little ‘baechle’ streams that run through its old town. The grand old Gothic cathedral should not be missed.

Day 2: Freiburg – Bonndorf, 25 miles/40 kms plus train ride

Titisee - Black Forest

Titisee – Black Forest

Starting your cycle tour, you’ll be riding first to Kirchzwarten. Next there’s a slightly hilly section of countryside, but don’t worry, you’ll be covering this via a short train ride to Titisee lake (ticket approx 10 euros – not included). Continuing by bike and you’ll find yourself firmly within the Black Forest countryside, cycling past neat farms and agricultural land as you approach Bonndorf, famous for its ornate Japanese gardens and beautiful castle.

Day 3: Bonndorf – Waldshut-Tiengen, 31 miles/50 kms

Wutach Valley - Germany*

Wutach Valley

Leaving Bonndorf, you’ll find yourself on a plateau before entering the Wutach Valley. Cycling through it you’ll pass under the elaborately designed and delightfully named Sauschwaenzlebahn railway bridge before picking up the riverside path following the Rhine all the way to Waldshut-Tiengen on the Swiss border.

Day 4: Waldshut-Tiengen – Rheinfelden – Basel, 31 miles/50 kms plus train ride

Cycle alongside the Rhine River, which marks the border with Switzerland to the south. Stop in historic Laufenburg for a wander round and be sure to cross the bridge to the Swiss half of this atmospheric village. Ride on through Bad Säckingen with its lovely wooden bridge to Rheinfelden where you board a train with your bike (ticket included) for the short ride into the Swiss city of Basel where you will spend the night.

Day 5 Basle – Badenweiler/Müllheim, 32 miles/50 kms

Muellheim - Germany

Müllheim

Ride north out of Basle and follow the western edge  of the Black Forest. This area is dotted with well-known spa towns tapping into the healing local thermal waters. You’ll also spot Istein Klotz, a distinctive hilltop fortification that once overlooked the Rhine before the course of the river changed. Spend the night in the neighbouring villages of Badenweiler & Müllheim, between the Rhine and the Black Forest.

Day 6: Badenweiler/Müllheim – Freiburg, 28 miles/45 kms

Cyclists - Muellheim

Cycling through Markgraeflerland

It’s your last day of cycling, and your route takes you back to Freiburg through the wine-growing Markgraeflerland region. You’ll have the chance to stop at some of its pretty wine-producing villages on the way and maybe pick up a bottle to take home with you. Spend the evening in Freiburg old town – its many excellent restaurants and pavement cafes will help make sure your last night is memorable.

Day 7: Freiburg

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Friday - Tuesday from 27 April to 13 October

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See practical information
6 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Train ride Rheinfelden to Basel
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Train Kirchzarten - Titisee (approx €10 pp)
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Basel, double/twin, comfort (£84)
Extra night Basel, single, comfort (£104)
Extra night Freiburg double/twin, comfort (£60)
Extra night Freiburg single, comfort (£79)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£75)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£173)

Practical Information

Bikes

Example of bike used on this tour

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are comfortable unisex bikes with deep step-through frames and 27 gears.

They are equipped with a pannier, handlebar bag, odometer, lock and puncture repair kit.

E-bikes are also available as are child seats, children’s bikes and child trailers. All are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

 

 

 

Accommodation

The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Freiburg: Hotel Zur Bischofslinde
Bonndorf: Gasthaus zum Kranz
Waldshut-Tiengen: Hotel Restaurant Brauerei Walter
Basel: Hotel Rochat
Badenweiler: Hotel Neuenfels

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to Basel Airport then catch a train to Freiburg (journey time – 45 minutes).

Research flights from the UK here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 13 reviews 4.3
  • Date - 19/09/2018
  • Name - Adam Atkinson
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Pre-tour service was, on the whole, excellent. However, I felt that there was a bit of a lack of clarity over the type of terrain that we would be cycling on. This was important to me as we were cycling with young children, and I wanted to make sure that they were on bikes which were as well suited to the terrain as possible.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - My wife and I went on this cycling holiday with our three children, aged between 9 and 11. I was concerned that my 9 year old daughter would struggle with the distances, so chose this route as (i) the distances are relatively short, and (ii) some of the days can be shortened by taking a train ride. In the event, the children managed very well, and no shortcuts were needed. Do not use road tyres by the way - some of the off-road sections are completely unsuitable for road tyres.

    Highlights for us included the cycling on the second day (from Bonndorf to Waldhut Tiengen), afternoons spent at outdoor swimming pools, the lake in Freiburg near Hotel Bischofslinde, swimming in the Rhine, meeting other cyclists en route.

    All of the pre-booked hotels were excellent.
  • Date - 03/09/2018
  • Name - Brenda Quast
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ally and Andy were amazing! Their prompt responses and effort taken to tailor our tours were exceptional. We booked five tours with them which needed to flow date wise and all be heading east. We appreciated the options they gave us to choose from.
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - We found this the least favourite of our five cycling tours. Maps to accommodation were too high level which meant we at times spent a lot of time at the end of our cycling day navigating ourselves to our hotel. We met up nearly every day with three other couples on the same tour who had the same experience.
  • Date - 29/05/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Booking was very easy and Flexitreks provided guidance and help to ensure the holiday would meet our expectations. They confirmed bookings and hotels and notified us when payments were due. They also provided the GPS in advance of the holiday.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - A very enjoyable cycle tour of the Black Forest although weather was not the best but having full set of waterproofs made sure we kept dry for the 2 inclement days. The hotels selected were of a good to very good standard and this included the breakfasts. It should be noted that most places require eating out as the Hotels either didn't have a restaurant or it was closed on the night of our visit but there was always a choice of places in each location. Note that Basel is very expensive so budget a minimum of £25 per head for one course and a drink ,or £40-50 for 2 course and a drink. The bikes provided were excellent for the type of cycling but getting the bikes on the Swiss train was challenging and if you had more then 2 bikes then you would need to split between a number of carriages. If you had a trailer for a baby then I believe you would have issues given space and the need to lift the bikes up the steps into the train.

    The documentation for the journey was at best fair but lacked details or the level of detailed maps. I had the GPS file which was invaluable and had to be used to prevent any major mistakes which would happen if reliant solely on the documents and maps provided. To use the GPS file you need an App and I used Cyclemeter which worked very well and only costs a few pounds. Other apps are available but Cyclemeter seems to be the most recommended one and works with both Google and Apple Maps but I found google maps the best. The GPS worked well until you leave Basel and at that point it was a challenge given it has alternative routes on it and this can lead to confusion and some incorrect turns to new and unexpected destinations!!! Might be worthwhile providing separate GPS files for the alternative routes.

    The cycling is very easy with few hills and mainly flat or down hill. The cycle paths are also very good and good signage on most but you need to keep you eyes open as a few signs are easy to miss. If you are allocated Hotel Neuenfels in Badenweiler this is not on the GPS and the signage/documentation is poor but a combination of Apps and maps you will find the place. - be prepared for a long climb but once you are there then the place/views are amazing and the hotel is of a very good standard.

    If you fly into Basel, rather then get a shuttle bus to Basel train station and then a train to Freiburg, there is a bus than runs from outside the French side of the airport directly to Freiburg and this cost 43 euros return per person. Note, you can buy tickets online or if purchased on the bus, it's cash only.

    Overall a very good holiday with good cycling routes and the chance to see the less touristy parts of the Black Forest.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Many thanks for the great review. GPX files are now available for most of our tours and are a great way of navigating, particularly if you bring along a handlebar-mount for your smartphone.
    Product : Thanks for the helpful and thorough feedback. We recommend using the Ride-With-GPS app as our GPX files can be used offline on this app saving valuable data allowance.
  • Date - 26/09/2017
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Helpful response to queries, and booking was smooth and easy. we would have preferred to get the detailed information pack before the holiday to aid planning.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - really good hotels, everything ran smoothly, bikes were good quality and no problems with luggage transfer
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the positive review.
  • Date - 26/09/2017
  • Name - Steve Parish
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - good booking
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - More forest cycling would have been nice.i
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback Steve. The circular route is designed to take in as much of the Black Forest region as possible, staying in pleasant towns each night. It does include some forest cycling but to include more would in our opinion have detrimental effect on the overall itinerary.
  • Date - 04/09/2017
  • Name - Roz Carberry
  • Service rating -
    3.0
  • Service comment - Very efficient at sorting out time table to meet our dates
    Unfortunately for us it was far to hot to bike in full sun and hotels that had been picked had no air con we thought some of trip would be shaded as we were ibiking in black Forrest , but this was not the case ! We also spent a lot of time looking for hotels once we got to our next stop , which is not much fun
  • Product rating -
    2.0
  • Product comment - there is no shelter on this ride very exposed to sun & rain not really cycling through a Forrest also large runs running beside roads for large distance
  • Flexitreks response - Oh dear. Sorry to hear about the heat Roz - it has been unusually hot in large parts of Europe this Summer. In light of your comments regarding the directions we've asked our local team to review the route notes to the individual properties.
  • Date - 11/08/2017
  • Name - Rosemary Morris
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - I really appreciated the quick responses to our many inquiries. Allie in particular was very helpful in giving us suggestions for pre and post trip connections, which we found very useful.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - We really appreciated the quality of the bicycles, which had excellent gearing to help compensate for their being a little heavy. We had no problems going through the hilly Black Forest. The baby bicycle seat and the trailer were really easy to handle and the 1 year old was very comfortable and seemed to soak it all up. Having alternative access to trains was really useful since there were a couple of times when the baby wasn't up for a full day in the saddle. It was very easy cycling on our own in Germany, but I definitely think that a bicycle GPS is a must have. We had to figure out alternative detour routes a couple of times and it was always confusing bicycling in and out of towns since the main bicycle paths ended outside the towns. I feel that we wasted precious time trying to find the correct paths and experienced unnecessary stress at those times. But in all, the sunbathing on the rocks in the Rhine river while watching the baby splashing in the water and the haunting beauty of the Black Forest more than compensated for the occasional navigational stress. At the end of each day there was an utterly charming hotel where every innkeeper welcomed us, often with beer or wine. If you can handle a little bit of occasional stress with humor and confidence, then I would definitely recommend this trip.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the useful feedback Rosemary. We take your point about the GPS routes and will be offering these to customers on this route next season.
  • Date - 03/08/2017
  • Name - Rosemary Morris
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - the bicycles were really well maintained and easy to handle. we loved the choice of hotels and their locations in beautiful small villages and towns. it would have been very helpful to have had a bicycling GPS because it was very confusing trying to pick up the right cycling routes when leaving the hotels especially in Basel and some of the villages. there were some unexpected detours also which made it somewhat confusing and led to unnecessary waste of time.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We did this trip as a family of 5 plus a 1 year old baby. All in all a very fun and beautiful ride although it was not easy riding in and out of towns when the major cycling route ended. It was easy to get lost at those points. Some of our family group took advantage of the train options, which were very helpful. we wished we had the travel booklet with detailed information well before the trip since there was so much to digest especially after a long flight. Following the rivers and going through the woods was everyone's favorite part of the trip. Maybe one full day of sightseeing at Lake Titisee would have been really sweet since it was such a beautiful resort area.
  • Date - 16/05/2017
  • Name - Brian Sweeney
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Great holiday-highly recommended
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Better than expected-fantastic experience
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks Brian we're so glad the holiday exceeded your expectations, which is always nice!
  • Date - 08/11/2016
  • Name - Rosemary O'Connell
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Flexitreks were excellent in every respect but Radtours I found less impressive. It would have been much better if they had sent us the full information pack before we left home. Instead we had to go through everything the evening before we set off and try to get our heads round the detail.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Great hotels, tour very interesting and took us to smaller towns which were beautiful. The descriptions of the daily rides were not always very clear and the daily booklets had very sparse descriptions for the day's ride.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback Rosemary. We've not heard the 'sparse descriptions' comment before but we'll review them with our local supplier to see if they need expanding upon.
  • Date - 31/07/2016
  • Name - Fiona
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Responded promptly to emails and accommodated the holiday to our flights. Very personal.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - A brilliant family week cycling. Amazing cycle paths and still can't believe how courteous traffic are to cyclists in Germany. We were initially worried whether our 9 year old son could manage the full distance but he did so with ease. There were lots of opportunities to cut the rides short if needed though. Would thoroughly recommend this holiday and we will definetely be booking another cycling holiday with you next year.
  • Flexitreks response - Great to hear everything went so well Fiona and in light of your comments we will definitely be recommending this tour to family cyclists in the future. I look forward to discussing next year's trip with you soon.
  • Date - 29/07/2016
  • Name - Velocipede
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Perfect
  • Flexitreks response - We like perfect, thanks Lorna!
  • Date - 29/07/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Efficient service
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Awkward at the hotels as nobody had heard of flexitreks
  • Flexitreks response - Yes, reservations are made by our local suppliers and it is their name that the hotels will recognise. Our comprehensive Holiday documentation always includes the local supplier's details.