The Black Forest Tour 2020

Day 1. The Hague to Koeprerich, Germany

Early start from The Hague southwards to Barendrecht and pick up point for 4th member of our party and then motorway to Eindhoven and on the A2 to Leende. This is where the route starts. From Leende a further 25 km on the A2 to the turnoff for Roermond and towards the German border. The first part of this route is a bit stop/ start with a lot of traffic as you pass through the industrial south West of Germany but once past Geilenkirchen it tends to lighten up and more so as you head into the Eifel National Park. The route tends to hug the border of Belgium as it heads south and the roads start to empty and become more winding the further south you go. Past Monschau which is well worth a stop if you have the time. Further south you get into the Vulkan Eifel region and for us our overnight stop at our usual Eifel Hotel Im Goldener Grund.

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Day 2. Koerperick to Natzwiller, Alsace, France

Casual start leaving at 0930 from Koerperich the route heads directly south following the Moselle river and border with Luxemburg. Along the way you pass into the wine country along the border famous for its sparkling wine or Cremant as it is called in the area. At Shengen you cross the border into France at the intersection of 3 borders – Germant, Luxemburg and France. After the border again southwards deeper into France and towards the Vosges region. Here again the roads become more windy as you ascend into the hills of the Vosges. Our overnight stop was in Natzwiller in the Alsace region where we stayed at the Auberge Metzger. Great location and hotel although not cheap compared to some of our stops was excellent. Food very traditional in an excellent restaurant.

Day 3. Natzwiller to Todtmoos, Schwarzwald, Germany

Leaving Natzwiller we stopped at the Struthof Concentration Camp just outside Natzwiller. Very moving to visit and well worth a stop if you have time. After spending a good few hours walking around the camp we set of in a south east direction continuing through France heading towards the German border. Temperatures along the route were reaching 37 degrees which in full bike gear is not that great. We realized that we needed to stop every hour simply to re-hydrate and try to cool down.

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At the Rhine we crossed by ferry at Rhinau and headed east towards the Black forest. Roads became windier as we ascended into the hills and despite having had a thunderstorm just after the border crossing were quite dry ready to enjoy. Hotel stop for the next two days was the Waldwinkel in Todtmoos. Excellent value for money with great traditional food in the hotel restaurant.

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Day 4. Schwarzwald 

Original route was 160 km but after reaching the Rhine just outside Basel we decided on a few adjustments to extend by another 100 km. Weather was great and roads even better. A real riding paradise. Be careful however, this time of year a fair bit of farm traffic out and about and also remember the tourist traffic. The B 500 was a great ride but west of Todtmoos back to the wine area was also a great experience. Try to stick to the B roads as some of the smaller ones are very narrow and the deck not always easy for hard riding.

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Northern France
Vosges, France

Vosges, France

Border, Germany & France

Northern France
Northern France

Day 5. Todtmoos to Bulligny, France

Early start leaving Todtmoos as we had over 300 km to our destination back in the Alsace area of France. Heading west from Todtmoos again great roads as you leave the Black Forest. Once out the terrain is a bit flatter but roads distinctly quiet so nice for building a bit of speed. Temperatures were OK as we headed back over the border and into the Vosges park. Through the Vosges, albeit the highest point with tremendous windy and wide roads thanks to it being a Ski area, a stop at the Lidl for some bread and lunch and onwards. Temperatures at the top of the ski area were a cool 15 degrees but back on the levels quickly back up to 30.

Our final destination was a small winery with rooms for B&B in Bulligny at the Maison Crochet. Wine was not great but we had dinner with the owners which was great.

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Day 6. Bulligny to Huy, Belgium 

Leaving Bulligny and heading north towards the Belgium border. The area of North East France and border with Belgium is all a bit run down. Roads not great and a bit boring riding however its on the way back home and after being spoiled with the time in the Black Forest all fades in comparison. Nevertheless onwards into Belgium and our final overnight stay just outside Huy. Huy itself is nothing special but our overnight stay in a beautiful farm / chateau was really spectacular. Hotel Chateau d'Áhin

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Day 7. Huy to The Hague

Final leg of our 7 days tour. Heading north further into Belgium. Roads a bit straight and not spectacular , headed across the border by Laakdaal back into NL. We decided to cut the route short just after the border and head back via the Motorway. Temperatures were still quite high and all were a bit tired.

Finally arrived back home mid afternoon. 

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