Orangerie Kempten, Foto: www.guenterstandl.de Hofgarten Kempten, Foto: Dominik Berchtold Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Radverleih, Foto: Pixabay Kempten Rathausplatz, Foto: www.guenterstandl.de St.-Mang-Platz, Foto: Dominik Berchtold Blick Richtung Bachtelweiher und Allgäuer Alpen, Foto: Hilarmont Foto: pixabay-katjasv Kempten Hofgarten mit Mosaik, Foto: Kempten Tourismus
Bycicle tour

Explore Kempten by bike

Animals & Nature
Churches & Monasteries
Culturally Important

Cycle tour around and through the beautiful town of Kempten in the Allgäu, past the steep slopes of the Iller. Explore the hilly foothills of the Alps as well as the medieval old town.

Start
Kempten
Duration
8 h
Distance
33 km
Key facts of the tour
There are great views of mountains and valleys to enjoy on this tour. You will get to know Kempten and the surrounding area of the Allgäu metropolis. You will pass small ponds, cycle along the "steep coast" of the River Iller and explore the hilly Alpine foothills. But Kempten's old town also has a lot to offer. The medieval town hall, the twin-towered Basilica of St. Lawrence with its "prince-abbot's residence" and the Church of St. Mang characterise the townscape. Another eye-catcher is the orangery in the courtyard garden.

At just under 34 kilometres, the tour is not particularly long. Nevertheless, riders need a certain level of fitness to cope with the differences in altitude.
A cycle tour for culture lovers and explorers

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take your own bike with you, depending on capacity utilisation.

Start and end station

Start station
Bahnhof Kempten (Allgäu) Ost
7 tour steps
33 km / 8 Stunden
End station
Bahnhof Kempten (Allgäu) Ost

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.

Schedule

Tour starts on Bahnhof Kempten (Allgäu) Ost

Direction

DB bicycle service Kempten Ost station

There are 155 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the railway station.

Ulmer Str. 2
87437
Kempten

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG

Direction

Leave the railway station via Ostbahnhofstraße, Schumacher- and Adenauerring.

Then head towards the Iller. It is a good 2 kilometres walk to the bike hire, but the walk along the banks of the Iller makes up for it with beautiful views of the city.

Bikecheckpoint

In the mountainous landscape around Kempten, it's easy to get out of breath on a bike. That's why "bikecheckpoint" offers e-bikes for hire. From €45 per day, anyone can get the necessary tailwind. Repairs are also carried out.

The new shop is located at
Brodkorbweg 10
87437 Kempten
Tel.: 0831 93065830

E-bike hire is still located at
Weidacherweg 104
87437 Kempten
Tel.: 0151 59466645
Rental pick-up: Fridays until 6 pm
Return option: Sunday at 7 pm

Weidacherweg 104
87437
Kempten (Allgäu)

Phone: 0151 59466645
Monday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Tuesday: 03:00pm - 06:00pm
Thursday: 03:00pm - 06:00pm
Friday: 03:00pm - 06:00pm
Radverleih, Foto: Pixabay

Direction

From the bike checkpoint, cycle along the other side of the Iller.

You will soon reach the old town centre of Kempten.

Kempten Town Hall

Kempten's town hall stretches along the former market square. The building with the white façade was erected in 1474, but was subsequently remodelled several times. In the Middle Ages, the three-storey building was used as a court and town council building, among other things. The stepped gable on the east side is worth seeing. Above it are the coats of arms of former patrician families. Today, the mayor of Kempten is based in the town hall, as is the town council. In front of the building is a market fountain from the 17th century.

Rathausplatz 29
87435
Kempten

Phone: 0831 25250
Kempten Rathausplatz, Foto: www.guenterstandl.de

Direction

You can even push your bike to the next attraction, as it is only around 300 metres from the town hall.

Church of St Mang

St Mang's is the oldest church in Kempten. Large parts of the building date back to the 15th century and from 1527 it was the centre of the reformed church in the area around Kempten. The present appearance of the church is the result of a remodelling in rococo style in the 18th century. The church's greatest treasure is the high altar, which has stood there since 1906. It received a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Chicago in 1893, was then purchased by a wealthy Kempten manufacturer and installed in St. Mang. The richly decorated mayor's lodge is also a beautiful sight. St Mang's is one of the two most important churches in Kempten, which was a divided city until 1818. The rivals were the Catholic-dominated collegiate town of Kempten with its basilica of St. Lawrence as the spiritual centre and the secular-oriented imperial city of Kempten with St. Mang.

St.-Mang-Platz 4
87435
Kempten

St.-Mang-Platz, Foto: Dominik Berchtold
Erasmuskapelle, Foto: www.guenterstandl.de

Direction

You now cycle over the Iller bridge and then a short distance along the river.

You pass the Engelhalde landscape park, a green area with a small pond.

The little river that winds first to the right and later to the left of the path is the Bachtelbach. It flows through the Bachtelweiher, a small recreational area on the outskirts of the town.

Bachtelweiher

The pond was created in the 13th century by the Kempten prince abbey at the foot of the Lenzfried ridge for carp farming. It was also used to operate the Bachtelmühle mill. However, this has long been history. Today, the pond is a popular excursion destination. It is home to the "Bachtelweiher Garden" with a mini golf course, petting zoo, beer garden, café and restaurant. There is also a bathing area. To the south-east of the lake is a wetland biotope with meadows and woods. The lake and its surroundings can be explored on a circular trail.

Am Bachtelweiher 8
87437
Kempten (Allgäu)

Wednesday: 11:30am - 08:30pm
Thursday: 11:30am - 08:30pm
Friday: 11:30am - 08:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 08:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 08:30pm
Blick Richtung Bachtelweiher und Allgäuer Alpen, Foto: Hilarmont

Direction

This stage is partly steeply uphill. From the village of Hochstraß, you can take a breather and let your gaze wander over Kempten and the Allgäu Alps.

You pass through Leubas, a village that was completely burnt down during a battle in the course of the Peasants' War in 1525.

A little later, you cross the Leubas River, where the fighting took place. It nestles in a wooded area. You follow it until you reach the village of Heising and a little later turn into the small town. Your next destination is at the northern end of the village: the "Sieben Schwaben" inn.

Seven Swabians Inn

Even the façade of this rustic inn makes you want to stop for a bite to eat. Inside the rustically furnished restaurant, home-style cooking is served. With "Allgäu schnitzel with cheese breading and chips", "crusty roast" or "seven Swabian pots" with homemade spaetzle and medallions of beef or pork, even the hungriest cyclists will be satisfied. The prices are moderate.

Kemptener Str. 8
87493
Lauben (OT Heising)

Phone: 08374 315
Tuesday: 11:45am - 01:30pm and 05:45pm - 08:00pm
Wednesday: 11:45am - 01:30pm and 05:45pm - 08:00pm
Thursday: 11:45am - 01:30pm and 05:45pm - 08:00pm
Friday: 11:45am - 01:30pm and 05:45pm - 08:00pm
Saturday: 11:45am - 01:30pm and 05:45pm - 08:00pm
Sunday: 11:45am - 01:30pm and 05:45pm - 08:00pm
Foto: pixabay-katjasv

Direction

The route from Heising back to Leubas is the same as the approach route. Shortly before the river, however, continue to the right.

Many smaller and larger highlights await you on the route. You cross under a railway viaduct, pass an old pumping station, a former flour mill and the Mühlbach canal. You follow the Leubas until it flows into the Iller. This river now becomes your temporary companion.

Steep rock faces occasionally rise up on the banks opposite the cycle path. Shortly after Neuhausen in the village of Heiligkreuz, it is worth taking a look at the church of the same name, which used to be a place of pilgrimage due to a "miracle of blood".

However, you should not miss out on a visit to the St Lorenz Basilica in Kempten. It is a landmark of the town.

St Lawrence Church and Princely Residence

The basilica with its two onion domes owes its existence to a catastrophe. When the previous building and the associated monastery were destroyed by the Swedes and citizens of the imperial city during the Thirty Years' War, the then prince abbot of the Benedictine monastery commissioned the construction of a new monastery, residence and church. The foundation stone for the first baroque monastery complex in Germany was laid in 1652. Until its secularisation in 1802, St. Lawrence was both a collegiate and parish church. A fence separated the two areas: the choir was reserved for the convent, the nave for the people.

Worth seeing inside are the numerous altars, the sculptural stucco work and the elaborately carved choir stalls. The state rooms of the neighbouring residence can be visited on a guided tour. Visitors are given an insight into the life of the former prince abbots. In addition to the living and sleeping quarters, the banqueting hall and the opulent throne room are also on display.

Stiftsplatz
87435
Kempten

Monday: 08:00am - 06:00pm
Tuesday: 08:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 08:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 08:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 08:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 08:00am - 06:00pm
Sunday: 08:00am - 06:00pm
Kempten Hofgarten mit Mosaik, Foto: Kempten Tourismus
Prunkräume, Foto: Martin Erd Photographer
Residenzplatz, Foto: Martin Erd Photographer

Tour ends on Bahnhof Kempten (Allgäu) Ost

Direction

The Fürstäbtliche Residenz also has a baroque courtyard garden, which is a popular meeting place in Kempten.

You have to push your bike in the park, but it's worth the effort. The splendour of the flowers changes depending on the season. At the northern end of the garden is an orangery castle, which once housed delicate plants. Today, the building houses the municipal library.

The park is on the way to the cycle hire centre and offers the perfect setting for a last rest before the journey home. Whether on a bench or on the lawn, you will find relaxation and beautiful photo opportunities here.

Tour map

Start/Ende

Bahnhof Kempten (Allgäu) Ost

Ulmer Str. 2

87437 Kempten

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