Climate-friendly travel by bike


A beautiful and environmentally friendly way to go on holiday: the state long-distance cycle paths criss-cross the whole of Baden-Württemberg and lead past lakes, castles or through pretty towns. Photo: Shutterstock/sun ok

Going on a climate-friendly holiday? No problem with the bike! You don’t even have to travel far to do this: the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC) Baden-Württemberg recommends great tours on the local long-distance cycle paths and offers individual trips not only for the summer holidays.

Enjoy nature, protect the climate and do something for your health: “Anyone who goes on holiday by bike has several positive effects,” says Kathleen Lumma, state manager of the ADFC Baden-Württemberg. Beautiful routes are often right on the doorstep in the Ländle: past castles, rivers and lakes all run through 21 long-distance cycle routes with a length of more than 4500 kilometers throughout Baden-Württemberg.

On tour on excellent cycle paths

Holidaymakers do not have to worry about the quality of the cycle paths: within the framework of the nationwide unique “Quality offensive state long-distance cycle routes” of the state of Baden-Württemberg, 20 of 21 paths will soon be awarded as ADFC quality cycle routes. “Our seal of quality classifies the routes with up to five stars and guarantees excellent paths on which cyclists can pedal comfortably and easily – whether on a day trip or on a tour lasting several days,” says Lumma. In addition to complete signage, the evaluation criteria also include the care and maintenance of the paths and on-site service.

Württemberg Wine Cycle Path promises pure enjoyment

Whether sporty on a mountain bike or racing bike or relaxed on an e-bike: every cyclist will find suitable routes in Baden-Württemberg. For leisure cyclists, the ADFC recommends the Württemberg Wine Cycle Path, which was recently awarded four stars and offers a wine experience for all the senses over a total length of 400 kilometers from Niederstetten in the Tauber Valley to Rottenburg am Neckar: “Cyclists enjoy the unique cultural landscape while riding through vineyards, experience it learn a bit about the history of Württemberg wines and stop off at inns and wine shops along the route,” says Lumma. Other tips are the new state long-distance cycle paths “Baden Wine Cycle Path” and “Black Forest Nature Park Cycle Path”.

ADFC takes care of the planning

If you don’t want to plan and cycle on your own, you can contact the ADFC: “With our individual bike tour offer we plan the routes and stages, book bike-friendly accommodation along the route and provide cyclists with travel documents, bike maps and tour information,” explains Lumma. The total of ten offers also includes the Württemberg Wine Cycle Path – or brand new in the portfolio of Danube Valley Cycle Path, which opens up 14 side valleys of the Danube on a round trip over 270 kilometers from Ulm. “The tours and long-distance cycle paths are well suited for newcomers to cycling tours,” says Lumma. She is certain: “Baden-Württemberg is extremely attractive as a cycling tourism region. And if you have good experiences with your bike in your free time, you will also use it more often in everyday life”. That is exactly the goal of the ADFC: to get people on their bikes.

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