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Neckar Cycle Path

From Tübingen to Heidelberg



Tourprofile / Level 2

A very scenic tour along the river „Neckar“ with some challenging sections as you sometimes leave the natural course of the river. Slight ascents and some occasional steeper inclines have to be taken into account. The bike trail is well signed and leads you on calm side roads and bike paths through marvellous scenery. Short sections have to be passed on roads with traffic – especially through villages.

Day 1: Tübingen

Individual arrival in the Swabian university town Tübingen. Be enchanted by the picturesque old town and the steep winding streets.

Day 2: Tübingen – Esslingen, approx. 55 km

You continue downriver through lovely countryside. You pass several inviting lakes, where you can stop for a swim, before arriving in the picturesque town of Nürtingen. Via Plochingen, where you should take the time to see the House and Tower by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, you make your way to Esslingen.

Day 3: Esslingen – Marbach/Freiberg, approx. 40 - 45 km

Today, your cycling tour leads you into the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart. Passing by the baroque city Ludwigsburg, you will arrive at Marbach, the birthplace of the famous poet Friedrich Schiller. A visit to his birth house (incl.) gives you an impression of the way how life was back then.

Day 4: Marbach/Freiberg – Heilbronn, approx. 40 - 45 km

You cycle over fields and pastures to Besigheim and continue to travel close to the riverbank, into the wine village Lauffen. Travelling through vineyards, you will then reach the Käthchen city Heilbronn. Use the remaining time for a stroll through the old city and visit the numerous monuments, for example the gothic Kilians church or the city hall which is one of the loveliest in Germany.

Day 5: Heilbronn – Region Eberbach, approx. 35 - 55 km

You follow the street "Burgenstraße" and arrive in Neckarsulm, where the German bicycle museum is located. Passing by lush wine terraces and wooded mountain ridges, you will pass the Hornberg castle and the Zwingenberg palace and will then reach the old staufer city Eberbach.

Day 6: Region Eberbach – Heidelberg, approx. 35 - 55 km

Between Eberbach and Heidelberg, the Neckar now winds its way through the mountain ranges of the Oden forest. You will reach Hirschhorn, which is dominated by its knight’s castle. You continue to cycle to the four-castle-town Neckarsteinach. In Neckargemünd, you cross the river again and will then arrive in the university city Heidelberg.

Day 7: Heidelberg

Individual departure or extension.


  • 6 nights

  • Daily breakfast

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel between 9am and 5:30 pm. (no restriction of luggage)

  • Entrance fee birthplace of Schiller in Marbach

  • Rental bike-complete protection insurance

  • GPS data on request

  • Service-Hotline

  • Maps- and informationmaterial per room

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period
    S1   20.04. - 30.04.24
    Category A
    S2   01.05. - 28.06.24
    Category A
    S3   29.06. - 22.08.24
    Category A
    S2   23.08. - 05.10.24
    Category A
    S1   20.04. - 30.04.24
    Category B
    S2   01.05. - 28.06.24
    Category B
    S3   29.06. - 22.08.24
    Category B
    S2   23.08. - 05.10.24
    Category B


    Discount with 2 full paying adults in double room, max. 2 children
    0-4,99 years -100%
    5-13,99 years -25%
    from 14 years -10%
    Bicycles & Equipment
    Touring bike 99
    E-Bike 229
    Additional nights
    Tübingen cat. B (dbl/sgl) 93/135
    Heidelberg cat. B (dbl/sgl) 93/145
    Tübingen cat. A (dbl/dgl) 114/184
    Heidelberg cat.A (dbl/sgl) 114/189
    Returntransfer Heidelberg-Tübingen without own bikes 139
    Transport private bike 10

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR


    Hotel samples

    Your accommodation with breakfast will be in middle class hotels or good to very good inns and guesthouses, mostly centrally located (category. 3-star, partly also in 4-star) 

    Category A

    Tübingen: Hotel Domizil
    Esslingen: Hotel Am Schillerpark
    Marbach/Freiberg: Parkhotel Schillerhöhe
    Heilbronn: Mercure Hotel
    Eberbach: Hotel zum Karpfen
    Heidelberg: The Heidelberg Exzellenz Hotel

    Category B

    Tübingen: Ibis Styles
    Esslingen: Ecoinn Hotel Am Campus
    Marbach/Freiberg: Parkhotel Schillerhöhe
    Heilbronn: Hogh Hotel
    Eberbach: Hotel Lamm
    Heidelberg: Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg

    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.


    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    The following bikes are available:

    • Touring bikes unisex 28'' with different frame heights
    • E-Bikes

    Producer: Victoria; Shift: Marke Shimano; Weight: 16 kg, Max. weight: 130 kg, Saddle: Selle Royal

    Electrical bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide our clients with our highly modern E-bikes from Victoria. A highlight is the stepless NuVinci-Gearshift.

    With an electric bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness levels. Acclivity can be handled easily.


    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Stuttgart (STR)

    The best way from the airport Stuttgart to Tübingen is with the bus. There is a direct connection from Flughafen/Messe (SAB) to Tübingen central station. The ride takes approx. 1 hour. Then you either come on foot or by taxi to the booked hotel. Bus tickets are available on site at the ticket machine.

    Arrival by car

    Parking: In Tübingen depending on the booked hotel between € 11-16,-/day, reservatioan partly possible

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Tübingen main train station
    The best way is to arrive to Stuttgart train station as there are very good connections by ICE-trains to Tübingen.


    Backtransfer Heidelberg - Tübingen every SUN at approx. 9 am, min. 4 person, see "dates and prices" for price details

    Additional information

    Please be informed that some hotels charge local taxes, They vary between approx. € 1,- to € 3,-/person/night and are payable locally. They are not included in the tourprice.


    Travel stories

    5,5 of 6 Stars | 4
    6 01.07.2022 | David C. Neckar Cycle Path

    Neckar River Cycle Ride

    Very scenic and attractive route on very good cycle paths. Distances between hotels allowed for plenty of time to explore villages and towns on the route. All of the hotels were very good and well located (not too far from the Neckar Trail). Baggage transfers ...
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    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
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    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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