The Black Forest guided motorcycle tour is one of our best established and most popular holidays. This latest evolution includes all-new transit destinations, hotels, tourist attractions, routes and day rides.
With its green valleys, thick forests, flowery meadows, stout timber-framed farmhouses, mountain lakes, fast-flowing rivers and tumbling waterfalls, this beautiful corner of Germany makes it a perfect choice as a shortish break or a first trip abroad.
Wunderschönen Schwarzwald is deep, dark and delicious, just like the famous Schwarzwald Gateau! However, for us, two-wheel-travellers, one thing is even more synonymous with the Black Forest than the Black Forest gateau. Of course, it is the fantastic pretzel-like twisty biking roads. And one road in particular more than any, the iconic B500 – Schwarzwaldhochstraße.
Riding mile upon mile of perfectly tarmacked roads through the fairytale landscapes, the Black Forest creates the impression of the Brothers Grimm’s finest kids’ bedtime stories. Here we can almost half expect to come across a wicked witch trying to lure us to the next fantastic biking road wandering further and deeper into the dark forest. And by the end of the day, just like Hansel and Gretel, we will need those breadcrumbs to retrace our tracks back to our comfortable hotel.
As we mention hotels, this fantastic holiday includes a range of 3*** and 4**** hotels. They are located in the French Ardeness, The Black Forest, the Vosges Mountains, and France’s Champagne region. Travelling through each region, we’ll be able to experience their unique charms, customs, traditions and culinary delicacies.
During our stay in the Black Forest, we’ll be spoiled for the choice of things to do and places to visit. We’ll take a ride to the tranquil mountain lakes of Mumelsee and Titisee. In the past, Mummelsee was a place of many tales and legends. They featured water nymphs and an underwater king. However, nowadays, the lake is also a top-rated biking destination and a convenient coffee or lunch spot. We’ll pay a flying visit to the small but beautifully formed lakeside town of Titisee-Neustadt. The town is a bit of a German answer to the UK’s Windemere in the Lake District. A laid-back Seestraße promenade is a perfect place for a relaxing stroll and perhaps a slice or two of the Schwartzwald gateau accompanied by the stunning vistas of the lake and surrounding mountains.
If there’s one quintessential souvenir to take home from the Black Forest, it has to be a cuckoo clock. And Triberg is undoubtedly the best place to get it (a full-size cuckoo clock does fit into the top box, and yes, it has been done). As well as the Erste weltgrößte Kuckucksuhr (the world’s largest cuckoo clock), the Triberg Falls is among the towns famous tourist attractions worth seeing. As we continue with our journey of discovery, the dizzying treetop walk at the Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald in Bad Wildbad will give us breathtaking bird-eye views of the forest below. And finally, the city-lovers and culture-vultures amongst us might take a short ride to the historic spa town of Baden-Baden to see the preserved Roman ruins and even get rejuvenated at the famous thermal bathhouses.
The passage from the Black Forest towards the Vosges Mountains will take us via the spectacular Hollental or the Valley of Hell on our return leg. In the past, this route was frequented by robbers, smugglers and thieves. But fortunately, nowadays, it is one of the most popular biking roads in the Black Forest. After crossing the German/French border, our last port of call before arriving at our hotel can be the historical city of Colmar. Its half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, riverbanks of Little Venice dotted with cafés and restaurants are brimming with the typical Alsatian charms.
Our final destination on this fantastic tour before heading back towards Calais is one of the most beautiful towns in the Champagne region. Troyes has been described as having one of the most impressive medieval town centres seen in France. The Champagne city is an ideal place, over a glass or two of bubbly, to reflect on the last seven days, say our farewells and start thinking about our next biking adventure.
For more day-to-day information, please spend some time studying the below tour itinerary.
To extend this tour, please use this link: Austrian Tyrol guided motorcycle tour.
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When we go:
Day by day tour itinerary
We’ll start this tour with the morning Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. Then 100 or so miles on the motorway through France will get us quickly to Belgium. As we head towards the Ardennes Region, we’ll cross the borders between France and Belgium on several occasions.
Our route will take us through Philippeville, Bouillon and Givet. We can stop at any or all of these towns for lunch or a drink. We usually stop at Givet for a bite to eat and a drink. The town is on the banks of the river Meuse on the French side, not far from the Belgian border.
With its bridge over the river, pretty house fronts, hilltop citadel and fantastic roads all around, it is a popular biking destination. There are several cafés and restaurants by the river, and the parking isn’t a problem. The ride is not that long and demanding, so we should be in our comfortable hotel by mid-afternoon.
What our customers say
“We just wanted to thank you for a brilliant holiday we had in Slovenia, Croatia and the rest. It was our first real bike tour abroad and it exceeded all my expectations.”
Anne & Mike
Dublin, Ireland, 2014