To Goethe's darling

The cycle tour takes you through meadows, forest and fields to small Ried villages with their well-preserved and lovingly-restored half-timber homes.

Along the way are a Roman settlement, an impressive abbey church (Schuttern), and the grave of Friederike Brion, with whom Goethe had a brief love affair. We recommend continuing to the charming town of Meissenheim. There are several lakes en route (Ichenheim, Meissenheim) where you can enjoy a swim. There are enticing refreshment spots in each of the villages.

Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church)

From the Collegiate Church, follow the Schuttertal-Rhein cycle route along the Schutter, then take the cycle path towards Offenburg. From Schuttern, take the main road to Schutterzell (not signposted), continue past the Ottenweierer Hof until you reach the Ichenheim commercial district, then follow the Ortenau cycle route back to Lahr.

Roman settlement, church in Schuttern, church in Meissenheim with the grave of Friedrike Brion

Easy tour with no climbs. Passes through woodland, meadows and villages. Around 40 kilometres, and 2.5 to 3 hours excluding stops