Neckar Cycling Holiday

Neckar Cycling Holiday

From Donaueschingen to Heidelberg

Donaueschingen – Tübingen – Esslingen – Heidelberg

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Vineyards, Forts, Castles and historical cities
  • By bike through the Black Forest and across Baden-Württemberg!
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○


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This Neckar cycling holiday takes you from Donaueschingen to Heidelberg, straight through the whole county of Baden-Württemberg. On this trip, discover the variety of the countryside – the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb for example. On your route, you will also visit the well-known towns of Rottweil, Tübingen or Stuttgart. The Neckar river is your trusty companion all the way! First a small stream, it soon develops into a major river, which is navigable from Plochingen. Expansive riverside meadowland and narrow curving valleys, vineyards, castles and forts – the wonderful mixture of countryside and culture is the particular charm of this tour.

Neckar Cycling Holiday
  • Booking code
  • Start / Destination
    Donaueschingen / Heidelberg
  • Duration
    10 days, 9 nights
  • Length
    approx. 350 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 30 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
Donaueschingen, brewery Fürstenberg
View of Donaueschingen and the brewery Fürstenberg

Day 1: Individual arrival in Donaueschingen

"Brigach und Breg bringen die Donau zuweg" is the phrase people say here meaning that the Brigach and Breg rivers jointly form the river Danube. The Romans considered the spring in the parkland of Castle Fürstenberg to be the start of the Danube. The castle, in the style of the Belle Epoque, is an impressive testimony to Fürstenberg Family’s former significance. Reserved rental bicycles are parked at the hotel ready for you.

market square, Rottweil
The farmer's market at Rottweil

Day 2: Donaueschingen – Rottweil, approx. 30 km

Up on the high Baar plateau you cycle through beautiful rural scenes between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb to Bad Next, you continue on to Schwenningen, where you reach the narrow stream waters of the Neckar. You follow the river to Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg's oldest town. It developed from a Roman settlement to a charming town with a medieval centre.

moated castle, Glatt
The moated castle at Glatt

Day 3: Rottweil – Sulz / Glatt, approx. 30 / 40 km

You follow the river north, the Neckar now carving its way deeply through the valley and widening considerably. The few villages along the way are idyllically situated. Of the former majestic Neckar Castle – now only ruins remain. In Oberndorf, you reach the midpoint of today's section. After this town, which is regarded as the capital of the Swabian-Alemanni carnival festivities, you pedal on to Sulz.

old town, Tübingen, Neckar
View of Tübingen

Day 4: Sulz – Tübingen, approx. 55 / 45 km

You can take your first break in Horb, the gate to the Black Forest, and visit the Schurkenturm tower. And then cycle on to Rottenburg. The town suffered many city fires, which is why its townscape is Baroque rather than Medieval. Now it's not much further to today's destination ‒ Tübingen. It is one of the prettiest towns on the Neckar cycle path and its medieval historic quarter is particularly enchanting.

Esslingen, old town
The old town of Esslingen

Day 5: Tübingen – Esslingen, approx. 55 km

Leaving the busy university town behind you, you now cycle downstream. You will come across of number of bathing pools you might like to stop at and have a swim. You go past Nürtingen, where the poet, Hölderlin, used to go to School. In Plochingen, we recommend visiting the tower by Hundertwasser. Esslingen is one of the towns that wasn't destroyed during the war, enabling you to enjoy its historic flair.

theatre, Stuttgart
The public theatre in Stuttgart

Day 6: Esslingen – Marbach / Freiberg, approx. 40 / 45 km

Today you can try the healing waters in the mineral spa resort in Stuttgart-Canstatt and take a break. Further down the river you cycle past lovely terraced vineyards and the royal summer residence at Ludwigsburg. The Neckar valley as home to poets and philosophers is felt most in Marbach, where Friedrich Schiller was born. In the newly renovated Schiller museum you can find out all about the poet.

castle museum, Lauffen, Neckar
The castle museum in Lauffen

Day 7: Marbach – Bad Friedrichshall / Neckarsulm, approx. 50 – 60 km

Cycling past picturesque vineyards, you follow the bends of the river to Lauffen, where you can allow yourself a little sip of the delicious Katzenbeißer wine (cat biter!). Another important wine-growing and wine-trading centre is Heilbronn. The large town is shaped by a mixture of historic and modern buildings. You continue along romantic roads past castles to Neckarsulm.

sightseeing, cyclist
Sightseeing with bicycles

Day 8: Bad Friedrichshall / Neckarsulm – Eberbach, approx. 45 / 50 km

Worthy of a visit is the NSU museum featuring exhibits of historic bicycles and cars. As you approach Bad Wimpfen you will be amazed by the breath-taking views of the town with its many towers and alcoves. Pedaling past terraced vineyards and wooded slopes, you can catch a glimpse of Hornberg Fort. The Staufer town of Eberbach used to be known for its handicraft professions.

landscape, Neckar
View of the river Neckar

Day 9: Eberbach – Heidelberg, approx. 35 km

The Neckar winds its way through Odenwald forest and depending on which side of the river you're cycling on, either through the county of Baden-Württemberg or Hessen. In Neckargemünd, you are able to see glimpses of medieval architecture. The famous university town of Heidelberg awaits you with its famous castle ruin, Baroque buildings in the old part of town and a lively cultural scene.

Heidelberg, old town, castle
Farewell to Heidelberg

Day 10: Individual departure or extension of stay

The great Neckar cycling holiday ends after breakfast with your own individual return journey to Donaueschingen or back home. We are very happy to extend your holiday in Heidelberg.

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival daily from 27.04.2021 to 23.10.2021Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

Season A

27.03. - 31.03.
05.04. - 17.04.
01.10. - 24.10.

Season B

01.04. - 04.04.
18.04. - 05.05.
07.06. - 10.06.
14.06. - 17.06.
21.06. - 24.06.
12.09. - 30.09.

Season C

06.05. - 10.05.
24.05. - 27.05.
11.06. - 13.06.
18.06. - 20.06.
25.06. - 30.06.
22.08. - 11.09.

Season D

11.05. - 15.05.
17.05. - 23.05.
28.05. - 05.06.
01.07. - 21.08.

Single room supplement 259

All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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  • 9 nights incl. breakfast, national 3* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Heidelberg, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not inlcuded:

  • City or visitor's tax (if payable)
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Child reduction on basic price

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From 0 to 5 years


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From 6 to 11 years


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From 12 to 17 years


Applies for accommodation in rooms with 2 full-paying guests.

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Additional bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

259 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Sulz / Glatt/Donaueschingen

49 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Rottweil

69 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Heidelberg/Tübingen

79 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, other places

59 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Sulz / Glatt

75 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Rottweil

95 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Heidelberg/Tübingen

109 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Donaueschingen

79 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, other places

79 €

Return transfer incl. bike, Heidelberg – Donaueschingen

99 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
79 €
199 €
Children's and Teenager's bike
Children's and Teenager's bike
39 €
39 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 8-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • Electric bike with free-wheel (minimum age 16 years)
  • Children's / teenager's bike (20-26 inch), children's trailer, children's trailer Weehoo, child seat

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

Here you find further information and pictures of our rental bikes.

Rental Bike

8- or 27-gear Rental Bike

79 €


199 €

Children's / Teenager's bike, Trailer

39 €

Baby bike seat


Neckar Cycling Holiday
  • Booking code
  • Start / Destination
    Donaueschingen / Heidelberg
  • Duration
    10 days, 9 nights
  • Length
    approx. 350 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 30 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Parking information
    Parking deck An der Stadtmühle, Opening hours: 24 / 7, Cost: free.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Returning trip to Donaueschingen
    Optional: transfer by minibus (only on Saturdays), duration approx. 3 hours. Please include this option in your booking.
    If you do not want to continue your journey directly after the transfer, you can book additional nights in Donaueschingen.
    You can also book the transfer from Heidelberg to Donaueschingen before the bike tour. So you can continue your tour from Heidelberg right after the tour. Please write your booking request in the online booking form in the free text field.
    Alternative: Make your own way back by train, hourly connections, duration approx. 3.5 hour, 1 train change.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.


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