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Kinzigtal Family Cycle Route

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  • Family at the Friedrichsturm
    Family at the Friedrichsturm
    Photo: Freudenstadt Tourismus, Nationalparkregion Schwarzwald - Freudenstadt
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Not only the low gradients and the accompanying railway connection, but also numerous adventure and play opportunities invite you to a family cycling trip to the Kinzigtal.

Distance 88.9 km
11:00 h
192 m
769 m
811 m
154 m

Cycling through the Black Forest on two wheels is not only a pleasure for trained racing cyclists or mountain bikers, but also for families. On selected cycle paths, such as the Kinzigtal cycle path, you can spend a great holiday on your bike, whether with a child trailer or self-propelled children.

The Kinzigtal cycle path largely fulfils all the important requirements for a relaxed cycling trip for parents and an eventful holiday for children: low gradients, a route far away from motor roads, good cycle-friendly public transport connections, very good signposting along the cycle path and numerous adventure and play opportunities as well as swimming facilities along the route.

In addition to the certified "family-holiday"-location Freudenstadt-Lossburg and the open-air museum Vogtsbauernhof (also "family-holiday" certified), the Kinzigtal offers adventure trails and playgrounds, outdoor pools, natural monuments, summer toboggan run and mini-golf courses, among other things, in many places. In addition, there are specially compiled leisure programmes, such as fairy tale hours in Zauberland Lossburg, adventure afternoons on the farm or the children's trip in the town of Zell am Harmersbach. There are also numerous bad-weather alternatives along the way, such as the Raft Museum, the MiMa, visitor mines or the Black Forest Model Railway.

You can also visit the Black Forest Model Railway.

You can download the map overview with the family-friendly attractions along the Kinzigtal Cycle Path or save the entire route with the Black Forest App and always be informed when the next stop for your children is coming. We wish you a fun and eventful journey on our Black Forest Family Cycle Route through the Kinzigtal.

P.S.: Also visit the six side valleys of the Kinzig Valley.

With the Black Forest Railway, for example, there is the option of going to Hornberg, where open-air theatre performances take place, among other things. From Hornberg, the route goes downhill towards Gutach, past the Park of the Senses, the summer toboggan run and to the Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum. From there it is not far to Hausach and the connection to the Kinzigtal cycle path (total from Hornberg to the Kinzigtal cycle path access: 9.9 km).


Another side valley leads you to Oberhamersbach. In Oberharmersbach, the Adventure.Mini.Golf.Park and the Hademar Waldwichtel along the nature discovery trail await you. Here, too, you can take the S-Bahn to Vor Riersbach station and then roll back along the side valley to the Kinzigtal cycle path (8.1 km; some sections gravelled)


Author’s recommendation

For families with small children, it is advisable to start the route in Alpirsbach or Schiltach, as the first section of the cycle path is difficult for children due to the metres in altitude and the gravelled surface.

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Update: January 12, 2023
Highest point
811 m
Lowest point
154 m
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You can find even more information about your family holiday in the Black Forest here.


Freudenstadt / Alpirsbach (734 m)
48.465510, 8.410080
48°27'55.8"N 8°24'36.3"E
32U 456392 5368209


Offenburg / Gengenbach

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For the most part, the Kinzigtal cycle path runs on level ground or sloping terrain. Only the first section between Freudenstadt and Alpirsbach has some quite steep and longer ascents with 8-12% gradients and is only suitable for children's trailers with restrictions. For families with small and inexperienced children, it is therefore advisable to start the cycle route from Alpirsbach or Schiltach.

The start is in Freudenstadt. There you can take a look around the large market square and get ready for the bike route. In Freudenstadt, you first go up to the Friedrich Tower with its weather station. Then you enter the forest. A wide forest path takes you to Lossburg, with a few ups and downs along the way. On the way you can make a detour to the Großvatertanne or the Vogteiturm in Lossburg.

Watch out carefully through Lossburg. After Lossburg you enter the forest again. Beware of the steep descent at the beginning. Afterwards, far above the Kinzig, the route goes up and down on wide forest paths through masses of greenery. Beware: After the Eichhaldenhütte, a steep descent of approx. 1 km with a tight curve separates you from the arrival in Alpirsbach.

On the route to Schenkenzell, the Kinzigtal cycle path turns into the forest and a steeper forest path one last time, after which the cycle path runs downhill or level to Offenburg.

Past Schenkenburg Castle, the path leads to Schiltach. The river cycle path is constantly accompanied by the raft theme. In Schiltach, you can also take a look at the rafting museum in case of bad weather.

The route then continues along the river, past the Halbmeiler children's playground to Wolfach, where you are about halfway there. In Wolfach, you can visit the raftsmen's park, a mini-golf course, the Grube Clara mineral dump and the Dorotheenhütte smelting works.

And you continue along the Kinzig. From Gengenbach onwards, the road network along the cycle path becomes denser and at the entrance to Offenburg you have the choice of either cycling directly to the main railway station or finishing at the Gifizsee.

You will pass through the following towns in this order: Freudenstadt - Lossburg - Alpirsbach - Schenkenzell - Schiltach - Halbmeil - Wolfach - Hausach - Haslach - Steinach - Biberach - Gengenbach - Offenburg (all towns have cycle-friendly rail connections).

Trail conditions: The cycle path consists mainly of asphalt paths, a few sections have a well-maintained water-bound surface, only between Freudenstadt and Alpirsbach are there mainly graveled forest paths.


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Public transport


The railway connections in the Kinzigtal and its side valleys are very well developed. At 17 stations, families have the opportunity to change spontaneously to the accompanying railway line if the day's stage has to be finished early or sections of the route are to be skipped.

Please also note the offer of the KONUS guest card, which allows free use of public transport for Black Forest holidaymakers



48.465510, 8.410080
48°27'55.8"N 8°24'36.3"E
32U 456392 5368209
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The detailed brochure "Kinzigtal-Radweg für alle" can be requested or downloaded free of charge at Alternatively, offers the tour book of the Kinzigtal Cycle Path (ISBN: 978-3-939657-50-7) with extensive maps.


From Alpirsbach, the entire course of the Kinzigtal cycle path can be used without restriction, even with children's trailers.


Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language

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April 12, 2020 · Community
When did you do this route? April 11, 2020
Günther Tobien
April 17, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöner Radweg auf und neben dem Flößerweg
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Jörg Dinkelaker
September 24, 2017 · Community
Wir haben die Tour von Freudenstadt Hbf bis Hausach heute bei hervorragendem Wetter gemacht. Wir waren leider sehr enttäuscht. Hauptnachteil: der größere Teil des Radwegs führt auf sonntags sehr verkehrsreichen Autostraßen oder viele km auf einem Radweg direkt neben Autostraßen. Kleinere Passagen nur sind ruhig, idyllisch und richtig zu genießen. Die Ausschilderung ab Freudenstadt Hbf existiert überhaupt nicht, sie ist erst ab Alpirsbach vernünftig. In Loßburg fehlerhafte Beschilderung. Für Rennräder sind Abschnitte grenzwertig (grober Schotter). Es gibt bis Schiltach kurze, knackige Steigungen, und sehr steile Abfahrten, die ich Familien mit Kindern nicht empfehlen kann. Wir werden diesen Radweg nicht mehr machen und nur Teilstrecken empfehlen, leider. Welch ein Unterschied zum viel ruhigeren und mit Genuss zu fahrenden Murgtalradweg ab Freudenstadt! Ich hätte den Kinzigtalradweg gerne besser beurteilt!
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88.9 km
11:00 h
192 m
769 m
Highest point
811 m
Lowest point
154 m
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