Mannheim – Where Biking All Began – Hosts Fall Cycling Events
Mannheim is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the bicycle with fascinating exhibitions and spectacular events. The major exhibition at the TECHNOSEUM is over, but visitors can always see this extraordinary museum’s permanent exhibition that includes information on Baron von Drais and the history of the bicycle. On September 16th the magnificent baroque palace forms a fitting backdrop for a unique open-air spectacle – the “Monnem Bike Show.” In a multivisual journey of theater, music and light, the global triumph of the bicycle will be enacted and celebrated. The International Cycling Conference (ICC) on the 19 – 21 of September will focus on synergies in transport planning, health care, environmental quality as well as social issues. International researchers and practitioners will be meeting to discuss the role of active mobility in the modern world. Mannheim’s “Kunsthalle” (museum of arts) will be reopening in the center of town in December in a huge brand new building.
Baiersbronn is not Just a Gourmet Destination, Mountain Bikers and E-Cyclists Rejoice in Nature
Baiersbronn and the Murg Valley is not just about gourmet food with altogether nine Michelin stars, excellent local fare and five star hotels. The charming region deep in the heart of the Black Forest is also a haven for bicyclists, mountain and e-biking and especially for those who enjoy nature and natural scenery. The region fulfills the wishes of everyone from the serious mountain bikers seeking steep and rocky challenges to families who want gradual inclines and smooth paths. There is one 45 mile tour from Freudenstadt via Baiersbronn to Rastatt that is especially suited for families with children. The “Tour de Murg” starts in Freudenstadt and leads on to Baiersbronn and down to the former residence town of Rastatt. The route leads to picturesque locations and connects culture, landscape and traditions in a harmonious way. The tour winds its way through vast forests, open valleys along magnolia trees, chestnut, pine and hardwood forests. Those eager for a more sportive challenge can explore over 400 kilometers well-marked mountain bike trails around Baiersbronn and the national park through dense forests and passing lakes and waterfalls, with a backdrop of rolling hills. Alongside the trails Mountain Bikers can enjoy the culinary highlights of the region in numerous cozy hiking huts or restaurants with regional cuisine.
Beer Culture City Ehingen on the Danube Has Beery Experiences and Bikes on Tap.
Let it never be said that the Germans don’t know how to have fun! This small town of Ehingen located at the Danube, just over one hour from Stuttgart, has fun on the bikes all wrapped up in a beery experience. Brewery tours, a brewing museum, brewing seminars, a beer hiking trail, beer events, shopping and souvenirs make this town a barrel of laughs. The most recent addition is a two day beer mountain bike tour which was started this year in honor of the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. The tour was created by the towns of Ehingen and Münsingen and is a 70 mile long round trip. It can be started at any point along the route and easily be completed on a gentle gliding e-bike or regular bike as many parts of it lead downstream along river valleys. However if you choose the e-bike, there is a network of e-bike charging stations that make e-biking more accessible than ever for overnight trips.The two day tour combines the most beautiful countryside attractions with regional culinary art. You will experience the UNESCO biosphere region Swabian Alb, the Lautertal valley, that is known as the most castle-rich area of all Germany, the Young Danube, the BeerCultureCity of Ehingen with its Berg Brewery among other gorgeous places. In addition to the many places to eat along the way, people recommend the BeerCultureHotel Schwanen, a four star superior design hotel that is relaxed, informal and inviting.
Baden-Baden is a Spa Town and Cycling is Part of the Cure
Baden-Baden is one of the world’s most sought after and well-known exclusive spa resorts and exploring the actual town of Baden-Baden by bicycle widens the spa-goers cultural experience. Cyclists can ride through the extraordinary parks and allees to extraordinary museums, past famous concert halls, charming boutiques and beautiful villas. Nestled at the very beginning of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers a calm and rejuvenating atmosphere where one is surrounded by lush foliage and orderly streets and extensive parks. There are over 200 miles of bicycle trails through the town’s woodlands, and marked routes along the flat Rhine valley to the highest reaches in the Black Forest. Even cycling up and down the Lichtentaler Allee is relaxing and restorative as the atmosphere is peaceful and refreshing. Depending on your schedule, mood and level of fitness, there are routes that are more challenging and those that are more scenic. Some rides might last several hours while others are very short. In any case, all of the paths will allow you to get back to your hotel in plenty of time for a long soak and a glass of bubbly to ease those sore muscles.
SouthWest Germany’s Rhine Cycle Route is Ideal for Riders who Enjoy a Croissant in the Morning and a Pork Shoulder at Night
SouthWest Germany’s portion of the Rhine Cycle Route stretches 508 kilometers from Lake Constance to the city where the bicycle was founded, Mannheim. The route is inviting to all as it is mostly flat, the pathways are either asphalt or natural paths. Large portions of the route offers unique views of the water, riverside forests, vineyards and pretty villages. Numerous locks, port facilities and ships illustrate the Rhine’s significance as a transport route. The route touches many other additional local biking routes that offer additional sightseeing, challenges and adventures that riders can take advantage of. The Rhine Cycle Route presents the river as a waterway, but also shows off the versatile landscape, with its untouched riverside forests and rich flora and fauna. It passes through charming historical towns and villages, as well as renowned wine-growing areas, offering cyclists a tour rich in touristic, cultural and culinary diversity. Cultural offerings: the cities of Konstanz, Breisach with its St Stephen’s Minster, Rastatt with its baroque residential palace, and the cities of Karlsruhe and Mannheim.
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