2012-07-30 12:25:01+0000 - Baiersbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Federal Republic of Germany (land mass)
  • Distance:
  • 64.4km / 40.0 mi
  • Duration:
  • 58:09

The Schwarzwaldhochstraße, (literally the Black Forest High Street but also the B500), is one of the oldest and best-known motorrad roads in Germany. Travelling from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt, this scenic ride through the Black Forest will take about 60 minutes to do in 40 miles (64 km).

Start in Baden-Baden, the world-famous spa city at the top of the Northern Black Forest in Germany. The natural thermal springs of Baden are what gives the town its name and have proved to be popular with everyone from Roman emperors to Napoleon III, as well as modern-day tourists. The baths will make a great place to sooth tired limbs after a hard day's ride. Other popular activities in Baden-Baden include golf, horse races, hiking and mountain climbing. For spectacular views of Baden-Baden visit the Old Castle called "Hohenbaden", built in 1102, it has been in ruins since the 15th century. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Baden- Baden see: http://www.baden-baden.de/en/

The roads in the Black Forest are very steep and curvy. The B500 heading South out of Baden-Baden is no exception, these roads feature more than 100 turns with many hairpins and excellent surfaces. As a result, it's heavily populated by sportsbikes but you'll also find some cruisers. Word to the wise: If the locals suggest you ‟just follow them” be prepared to be left behind unless you are John McGuinness fast. It's a demanding road and if you're not familiar with it, take it easy at first, but it's also short enough you can take in a few laps during the day.

Half way through the road, you can stop in Mummelsee to see the lake where locals claim a mermaid inhabits , also stop here to get some authentic German cuisine at the Black Forest shop. For more information on Mummelsee see: http://www.mummelsee.de/

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End the ride in Freudenstadt, which lies on a high plateau at the Eastern edge of the Northern Black Forest. The city is known as a health resort because of its location surrounded by treeswhich contributes to its fresh air. With many hotels and high-class cuisine, Freudenstadt remains a popular vacation spot for tourists worldwide. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Freudenstadt see: http://www.freudenstadt.de

The road from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt is not the entire B500 which, starts at the border with France (where the French D4 ends) all the way through to Switzerland at Waldshut. While it doesn't always carry the B500 designation, anything that is marked as such is well worth the ride. Do note that motorcycles are banned from certain sections of the road on weekends so check in advance.

The ride from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt is known as the best motorcycle road in Germany. It's the most renowned section of the B500 and it's marvellous. . It's likely to be one of the twistiest motorbike routes you will ever encounter and will reward multiple ridings. The combination of the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden, the wonderful cuisine and fresh air of Freudenstadt makes it a motorbike trip full of excitement and relaxation. Enjoy the ride! Eat Sleep RIDE.

For more information on the Schwarzwaldhochstraße see: http://esr.cc/NzyqVV

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