Ride Report: Nurburgring – Cochem – Baden-Baden

Best time to go

The best months to ride to Baden-Baden are between May and September, although July and August can get very hot with temperatures in the high 20s.

Recommended hotels

Here are the two hotels we recommend you stop off at on this trip. Both links below take you to Booking.com.

Cochem: Hotel Zehnthof

Located beside the River Moselle, this family-run hotel in the wine town of Cochem offers spacious rooms, varied buffet breakfasts, and free parking. Cochem Train Station is 500 metres away. Featuring a wooden-framed façade, the Hotel Zehnthof has brightly decorated rooms with a desk, and private bathroom. There is a self-service bar and free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. The Zehnthof Hotel’s daily buffet breakfast includes a glass of sparkling wine. In the evenings, the country-style bistro serves fine Moselle wines and colourful cocktails. Cochem’s Old Town district and pretty market square are about 500 metres away from the Zehnthof. The Reichsburg Castle is 1 km away.


Baden-Baden: Holiday Inn Express

Just 300 metres from the Baden-Baden Festival Theatre, this hotel has a 24-hour bar, included Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms with hot drink facilities. Enjoy an extended continental breakfast which is included in the overnight stay. The non-smoking Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden offers welcoming rooms with soundproofed windows. In warm weather, guests can enjoy coffee on the terrace overlooking the Black Forest. Guests are within walking distance of many restaurants serving traditional German meals.


Alternatively, take a look at this map of local hotels in the Baden-Baden region.


The Nurburgring

The N258 is a fantastic road that swoops, rises and falls in equal measure and takes you almost to the entrance of the visitor centre at the Nurburgring race circuit 50 miles later. The visitor centre and circuit should be your next stop. It’s a great place to visit to soak up the historic track, grab a spot of lunch and spend your change in the gift shop!

Green Hell

A mile or so away from the official race circuit is the famous Nordscleife (North Loop) also known as the ‘Green Hell’ – 13 miles of the original race circuit that is now a public toll road and where Nikki Lauda almost lost his life in the horrific 1976 Grand Prix.

Yes, that’s right, you can roll up, buy a ticket and ride/drive arguably one the greatest and most historic circuits in the world! But be warned, it is not for the faint hearted: there are with no speed limits, no road signs or markings and lots and lots of very fast riders, drivers and Ring experts. I’ve completed a few laps and it always scares and excites me in a 60/40 mix!

After leaving the Nurburgring look for the L93 to Mullenbach where you can pick up the N257 to Ulmen. The 257 becomes the N259 and takes you the rest of the way to the beautiful town of Cochem.

Base Cochem

Cochem sits on the Mosel river with stunning views and an impressive castle which overlooks the town from its dominant position on the hilltop. There are numerous bars, cafes, restaurants and river walks to burn off all those extra calories too.

You could easily base yourself in Cochem for a few days and ride some fantastic roads around the immediate area as well and returning to the Nurburgring for more laps! Or head south for Baden-Baden…

Day 2: Cochem to Baden-Baden – 180/200 miles

Leave Cochem heading south on the N49 which hugs and follows the Mosel river. Cross over bridge after bridge as the road numbers swap between the N49 and the N53, but keeping heading south and you will be rewarded with beautiful views, riverside cafes and picturesque towns.

At Bernkastel turn left of the N53, head to Longkamp and join the N269 south for Neubucke before joining the N41 to Neunkerchen. Then head across the border to France and Bitche, after that you’ll cross over the Rhine, back into Germany and into Baden-Baden.  

Baden-Baden is a busy town and, like Cochem, offers a host of bars, restaurants and cafes as well as some ‘high end’ shops and boutiques for anyone who wants to buy presents and gifts.


Welcome to the B500

South from Baden-Baden is the famous B500 and another 120 miles to its finish near Koblenz in Switzerland. Although, most ride around 90 miles to the town of Titisee-Neustadt to enjoy a lakeside lunch.

It cannot be stressed how much caution should be taken when riding this road. Firstly, because it can get extremely busy with other riders, some of whom will be local and going VERY fast! Secondly, because the police regularly set up speed traps and use unmarked cars and bikes. The fines can be eye wateringly expensive. You have been warned!

After lunch in Titisee you could return to Baden-Baden back along the B500 or via any of the many but still enjoyable minor roads. Alternatively, you could head over the border to Colmar in France and head north through the beautiful Vosges region back to Baden-Baden.

From there, you can retrace your steps home, plot another course or stay for years perfecting the twists and turns!


Source: madornomad.com