Harz, Black Forest, Dambusters and Colditz


Harz, Black Forest, Dambusters and Colditz


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Harz, Black Forest, Dambusters and Colditz

Spend 11 days exploring mountain roads, cobbled streets and magnificent castles.

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Spend 11 days exploring mountain roads, cobbled streets and magnificent castles.
Ben Spear and Felix Billington.
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The Harz is a true biker’s paradise home to the Walpurgis celebrations when, according to German folklore, witches meet in the mountains to commune with the gods. You spend this tour surrounded by the craggy peaks of the Harz Mountains riding beautiful, empty, sweeping tarmac roads.
  • Self Guided Tour
  • 11 Days
  • 1750 miles
  • Folkestone, UK

March to October

You begin your adventure with a leisurely cruise through France and Belgium towards your first stopping point, the picturesque Eifel National Park, to the west of Germany. Then comes the first Dambuster Dam, The Mohne, where you stop for coffee and relive the heroic breach by the Lancasters of 617 squadron in 1943.

From the Mohne Dam, you then ride through the magical, medieval Harz mountains the land of German folklore, home to the wicked witch and dwarfs from the Brothers Grimm tales. Ride these biker designed roads all the way down to Lower Saxony which will be your base for three nights

Explore the Dambuster Dams

You can venture out on a number ride-outs along some of the most glorious motorcycling roads the region has to offer and visit the cobbled streets and famous 13th century castle of Stolberg. For those interested in history, this tour is crammed with fascinating stops. You can ride through the old East/West border town of Braunlage and onto the medieval town of Wernigerode with its fairy-tale castle and even have the option to ride out to Colditz Castle and see how the prisoners planned their glider escape.

Awakening bright and early on day 6 to ride towards Boppard, you stop off at the Eder Dam and finish at Lahnstein, your base for the following few nights. From Lahnstein there are ride-outs to the Rhine valley and the medieval castles of Burg Eltz and Castle Marksburg or for the more adventurous the Nürburgring is right on your doorstep.

Explore the B500

Explore the B500

You then make your way along the riverside, winding through vineyards ending up in Baden Baden, a place famous for it’s hot springs. The baths at Baden Baden have hosted famous names from Roman emperors to Napoleon, and are perfect for soothing sore limbs after a long days ride.

Get your biking bucket lists out! We’ve got one of Europe’s most amazing motorcycling roads lined up! The B500 has long been considered a motorcyclists dream. Riding from Baden Baden through the Black Forest, it delivers on its promise of being one of the best with its scenic beauty and hairpin bends to keep even the most seasoned riders on their toes! From one iconic road to another its a true bikers feast as you leave Germany and take on the Vosges mountains in France before heading to the hotel. After dreaming of hairpins, forests and medieval castles it’s time to leave and make your way to the Champagne-Ardennes region of France before heading off home with a head full of memories, a face full of smiles and a bike with lots more miles!

So what are you waiting for? There’s something for everyone, and we promise you’ll love the Harz region!

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Tour highlights

Harz mountains and the 88 bends of the Kyffauser: Kyffauser is located in the South-East of the Harz region, a hilly range with significance in German mythology. More importantly for us though it offers a series of tantalising hairpin bends that leave you wanting to come back the next day to experience it again!

Medieval castles: Burg Eltz, still owned by the thirty-third generation of the Eltz family offers an insight into the rich and elegant history of a castle that looks fit for cinderella, while Castle Marksburg a short ride away gives an insight into a true fortress.

Two “Dambuster” dams of Eder and Mohne: For those interested in the recent history of Germany, these two Dams are fascinating. For those not so interested in history, luckily they’re also situated in beautiful countryside and a walk over the dam and around the lake is enjoyable for either reason.

'Great trip, great roads, great company, great organisation. Looking forward to being with Magellan Motorcycle Tours once again next year!'
Paul T

Colditz Castle: Touring this castle is one of our ride-out day options and it really is a must see for avid history enthusiasts (or those who loved the BBC series in the 70s!). The guides are informative and knowledgeable, without being dry, and it’s fascinating to see all the escape routes, many of which have been discovered recently.

Nurburgring visit: Whether you choose to book in advance and ride this famous racetrack, or simply go along and gawk at the beautiful bikes and cars, the Nurburgring is an amazing place to visit.

The B500 in the German Black Forest: All the roads in the Black forest are steep and twisty and the B500 is no exception. A road that consistently features in the top ten biking roads in the world, its many twists are curves along the forest ridge are exhilarating.

Deep forests and the twisty roads of the Vosges Mountain, including a section from the Tour de France: The deep leafy forests surrounding the Vosges mountains make this ride as picturesque as it is fun. The Vosges mountains are often overlooked, but in biker communities widely seen as some of the best roads in France. The route that we take even takes in a section of the Tour de France course!

Abandoned MotoGP circuit in Gueux near Reims: Reims-Gueux was the second location of the Grand Prix, several Formula one races and MotoGP was built in 1926 and closed in 1972. We pass through it on our way back through France as the main road is a section of the old track, which means riding past the old pits and grandstand.

99.7 % Overall
100 % Would recommend

Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Day 1 243 Miles

Through France and Belgium and on to our first hotel destination in the Eifel Mountain region of Germany.

Day 2 170 Miles

Scenic ride through the German countryside, and a visit to the Mohne Dam.

Day 3 151 Miles

From the Mohne Dam, we ride through the Harz Mountains and onto our base for the next 3 nights in Lower Saxony.

Day 4,5 Rideout Days

Rideouts along some of the most glorious motorcycling roads the region has to offer.

Day 6 223 Miles

We ride towards Boppard, stopping off at the Eder Dam on the way to our base for the following few nights.

Day 7 Rideout Day

Rideouts along the Rhine valley to the medieval castles of Burg Eltz and Castle Marksburg or for the more adventurous the Nürburgring is right on your doorstep.

Day 8 145 Miles

We then make our way along the riverside, winding through vineyards ending in Baden Baden.

Day 9 162 Miles

From Baden Baden, we ride one of Germany’s most famous roads, the B500. Then cross into France and tackle the Vosges mountains towards our hotel in the heart of the mountains.

Day 10 237 Miles

We ride north through the epic scenery of the Vosges before bedding down for our last hotel stop in the Champagne-Ardennes region of France.

Day 11 191 Miles

A hearty breakfast and then onto the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home.

What's included
Euro Tunnel return trip Folkestone-Calais (if Folkestone isn’t convenient for you do please get in touch as other crossings can be arranged see Q&As below).
10 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels.
Excellent breakfast each morning.
Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities.
Detailed route plans and maps.
GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom).
Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee / lunch stops.
What's not
Toll charges.
Admission charges.
Occasional hotel parking charges.
Meals and drinks.
Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK.

Common questions about this trip

Can I get a different crossing on this trip?

Of course, many of our clients cross by ferry from further north. If you would like to do this and make your own way to the hotel on the first night just let us know in the comments section of your booking form and we will deduct the cost of the Eurotunnel crossing from your booking.

When is the best time of year to do this trip?

April to September as a rule although March and October can work with a dash of luck weather wise if you don’t mind the chance of a little snow on the mountain peaks!

Can I ride the Nurburgring?

Yes you can, you need to pre-book though and we provide full details in the tour pack for this.

More information
For general information on planning and preparing for motorcycle trips including what to pack please see our Prepare for your trip section.
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