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This pedelec tour connects 9 castles and palaces in the upper Neckar valley over a length of almost 46 kilometers.
Distance 45.9 km
3:46 h
634 m
634 m
532 m
338 m
From Rottenburg the tour leads via Weiler, Hemmendorf and Starzach to Börstingen and from there back through the upper Neckar valley. There are a total of 9 castles and palaces along the way, including the striking Weitenburg Castle. In addition, the tour runs through the wild and romantic Rommel Valley, which is ideal for a long snack on the edge of the stream.

Author’s recommendation

After the last big ascent of the tour, when you arrive at the top you have the opportunity to take a short detour across the flat field to Weitenburg Castle with its excellent gastronomy, a highlight of this tour and a castle like a picture book!
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Update: February 23, 2023
Highest point
532 m
Lowest point
338 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 28.82%Dirt road 37.31%Forested/wild trail 8.60%Path 2.13%Road 23.10%
13.2 km
Dirt road
17.1 km
Forested/wild trail
4 km
1 km
10.6 km
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Rest stops

Café-Restaurant Biesinger
Eiscafé & Bistro Vivaldi
Hotel Restaurant Martinshof

Safety information

Wearing a helmet should be a matter of course for all cyclists.

Tips and hints

Ein Tourenbuch mit allen Informationen zu dieser Tour erhalten Sie auf Anfrage kostenfrei per Post von der Tourismusförderung des Landkreises Tübingen. Kontakt über

Ebenfalls steht das Tourenbuch hier zum Download bereit.


Bahnhof Rottenburg (347 m)
48.472686, 8.935415
48°28'21.7"N 8°56'07.5"E
32U 495226 5368841


Bahnhof Rottenburg

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour through the Upper Neckar Valley begins right in front of the train station in Rottenburg and initially runs for around 200 meters on Poststrasse in a westward direction to the gated level crossing. From the sign behind the level crossing, the tour follows the district's official cycle path signs and is continuously marked with the blue castles and palaces inset. Through the Rottenburg district of Kreuzerfeld, it goes to Weiler, a small village that was built specifically to supply the former hamlet of Burg became. Those who are not afraid of the almost 80 meters up to the highest point of the tour can make a short detour to today's observation tower at the site of the old castle ruins. A flag waving on the tower indicates that the tower and catering are open. Separately from the main road, the cycle path runs to Dettingen and continues across the open field to the castle of the Order of St. John in Hemmendorf. When the visibility is good, this section offers impressive views as far as the Albtrauf and especially to Hohenzollern Castle. Running flat over the plateau above the Neckar Valley, the tour leads to the neighboring town of Hirrlingen and straight to the almost completely preserved Renaissance castle including the moat and auxiliary buildings. A visit is worthwhile: The castle courtyard is freely accessible and with a little imagination offers the opportunity to take a short journey back in time to the 16th century Place leaves. When you arrive at the quarry, there is a short, crisp ascent in the direction of Wachendorf, which is easy to manage with the pedelec. In its arched gate, an elaborate ceiling painting tells the story of the aristocratic family. The tour leads over Bierlingen and a long downhill section down into the Neckar Valley and offers views of the 127 meter high Neckar Valley Bridge Weitingen and - after a few hundred meters in the direction of Börstingen - Weitenburg Castle , which towers proudly over the narrow Neckar valley.After the last big ascent of the round, there is the opportunity to take a short detour across the flat field to Weitenburg Castle with excellent gastronomy, a highlight of this tour and a castle like a picture book! From the fields between Weitingen and Eckenweiler there is again a fantastic view over the Neckar Valley and the Rammert, with the exception of the Albtrauf, which is almost 20 kilometers away. With good eyesight you can even see Hohenzollern Castle! Behind Eckenweiler the tour leads gently downhill to the beginning of the Rommel Valley below the Liebfrauenhöhe. The pleasant ride through the wild and romantic Rommel Valley down to Obernau is a very special experience of nature. Arrived down in the Neckar Valley, the Obernau Donkey Tower is located directly on the tour and tells of the history of the small town, which was shaped by the mineral water production, among other things. On the two long-distance cycle paths Neckartal and Hohenzollern cycle path, the tour runs past Bad Niedernau back to Rottenburg am Neckar.

Public transport


The Rottenburg station has a regular regional train connection from Horb and Tübingen with the Kulturbahn. City and regional buses complete the offer. Information on taking bicycles with you in the naldo network can be found here: Taking bicycles with you in naldo

By road

Coming from the north and south on the A81 to the Rottenburg exit, then follow the B28a towards Rottenburg.

Coming from Reutlingen on the B28 to Tübingen, then on via Hirschau and Wurmlingen to Rottenburg. In town, follow the signs to the train station.


There is a large, free Park+Ride car park directly behind the train station (to be reached via the gated level crossing).


48.472686, 8.935415
48°28'21.7"N 8°56'07.5"E
32U 495226 5368841
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A free tour book is available on request from the Tübingen district tourism agency, contact via Detailed cycling and hiking maps are also available there for a fee.

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No special clothing required; If necessary, take a snack and enough drink with you for a break at one of the many rest areas.

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Joachim Keinert 
September 20, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour bei der es viel zu sehen gibt! ACHTUNG: vor Bierlingen war die Wegweisung falsch nach rechts (mutwillig verdreht?), so dass wir Börstingen verpassten!. ACHTUNG: Ein großer Wermutstropfen ist die Straße vom Steinbruch nach Wachenhausen: Es kam zweimal (!) vor dass ich an nicht übersichtlichen Stellen von ein bzw. zwei schnell fahrenden PKW überholt wurde, die im Abstand von weniger als 1 Meter an mir vorbeifuhren und dann bei auftauchendem Gegenverkehr 2 Meter vor mir wieder einscherten. Das waren gefährliche Momente.
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When did you do this route? September 19, 2021
Claus Jakob
May 24, 2021 · Community
Wirklich schöne Runde. Schade, dass kein Lokal auf hatte. Unbedingt in der angegebenen Richtung fahren, dass man die Abfahrt durch das idyllische Rommelsbachtal als Abschluss auch genießen kann.
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When did you do this route? May 23, 2021
Carsten Kohr
April 25, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour
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When did you do this route? April 25, 2021
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45.9 km
3:46 h
634 m
634 m
Highest point
532 m
Lowest point
338 m
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