Rhine River’s Three Imperial Cathedrals
Germany Bike Tour
On this tour, you will experience the three great Imperial Cathedrals of Speyer, Worms and Mainz that sit magnificently along Europe’s longest river. Each of them was erected at the crossroads of important trading and traveling routes, surrounded by beautiful scenery. This bike tour offers a varied and interesting route along bike paths predominantly flat as you follow the Rhine, and once in the wine-growing regions, a bit more hilly. You will cycle into the largest German wine producing areas of Rhein-Hessen and the Pfalz as well as ride some of the long and famous German Wine Route or Weinstrasse, the 2nd largest wine-growing region in Germany. Bad Dürkheim especially pays homage to the wine with a huge Wurstmarkt (Wine and Sausage Festival) every September that is said to be the largest wine festival in the world!! Of course, the wine flows freely all summer long. In and around Bad Dürkheim alone, there are a reported 144 wineries, many of which offer wine tastings.
This tour includes many great cities in its itinerary. Heidelberg is known for its University, and its 16-17th century Schloß that still looks over the town and contains a huge wine cask in its cellar. Worms is famous for the legend of the Nibelungenlied, for which a festival is held every year, as well as its Imperial Cathedral (Wormser Dom). Oppenheim is best known for its wines, especially those from the Oppenheimer Krötenbrunnen vineyards. Rüdesheim is Germany’s biggest tourist attraction (except for Cologne Cathedral). This is because of its winemaking, the picturesque town itself and also its location within the Rheingau region and the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region. Neustadt an der Weinstrasse is also just a gorgeous little town with its heart in wine making.
Where You’ll Stay
Category A: 3 star to 4 star hotels Category B: Hotels or B&Bs of 3 star level
- 8 or 5 nights accommodations
- 21-speed hybrid bicycle
- Luggage transfer
- Tour information
- Route descriptions & maps (one set per room)
- 7 day service Hotline
What’s Not Included
- Train ticket Frankfurt to Heidelberg, ± € 25
- Lunches & dinners
- 9 day tour: Arrival on Saturdays from May 11 to September 22, 2013
- 6 day tour: Arrival on Sundays.
Easy self-guided hotel tour with daily distances ranging from 21 to 37 miles. Routes make use of good, hard asphalt roads (bike paths/side streets). Terrain is almost entirely flat with a possible sloping hill or two.
- Arrival in Heidelberg.
- Heidelberg - Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
- Worms - Oppenheim, 34 mi. (55 km)
- Oppenheim - Rüdesheim, 37 mi. (60 km)
- Rüdesheim - Alzey, 28 mi. (45 km)
- Alzey - Grünstadt, 25 mi. (40 km)
- Grünstadt - Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, 21 mi. (35 km)
- Neustadt - Heidelberg, 34 mi. (55 km)
- Departure from Heidelberg.
*Tour can also be taken for 6 days with same dates except arrival on Sundays. 6 day tour would start and end in Worms and be from Worms-Oppenheim-Rüdesheim-Alzey-Grünstadt-Worms.
DAY 1: Arrival in Heidelberg.
Individual arrival into Heidelberg. This is a great little town, and worth a stroll to the Neckar River, or the old castle up on the hill if you have time.
DAY 2: Heidelberg to Worms, 28 miles /45 km
Today you will cycle along the Neckar River to the old Roman town of Ladenburg, with its very beautiful medieval town center. Crossing the Rhine valley, you’ll immediately enter into the old Imperial city of Worms. The Cathedral dome of Worms dates from the 12th century as well as the old town, the old fortification walls, the Martin-Luther-monument and the oldest preserved Jewish cemetery in Europe - all of which are well worth a visit.
DAY 3: Worms to Oppenheim, 34 miles /55 km
Today you’ll continue leisurely along the Rhine River, ,often on idyllic paths all the way to Oppenheim. Oppenheim is the city of Gothic architecture and wine producing. Explore the underground old town, the labyrinth of Oppenheim and follow the traces of Martin Luther.
DAY 4: Oppenheim to Rüdesheim, 37 miles/ 60 km
The second Imperial dome of the tour will be in Mainz, capital of the Rheinland-Pfalz region. Here you’ll cross the Main River and can visit the Gutenberg Museum. In the idyllic town of Rüdesheim you can enjoy a splendid view over the Middle-Rhine-Valley from a cable car.
DAY 5: Rüdesheim to Alzey, 28 miles /45 km
First you’ll cross the river Rhine and reach Bingen, where the river Nahe flows into the Rhine and constitutes an intersection of four wine-growing territories. Along with the “mouse-tower” in Binger Loch, you should also visit the Drusus Bridge from the 10th century and the bridge chapel. Soon you will reach your days destination Alzey.
DAY 6: Alzey to Grünstadt, 25 miles/ 40 km
Today a short cycle day with enough time to explore the wine-culture that surrounds you. You reach the start of the German Wine producing region in Bobenheim and finish the day in tranquil Grünstadt. Plenty of time to sample the local wine today.
DAY 7: Grünstadt to Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, 21 miles/ 35 km
Today you cycle through lots of beautiful little wine producing towns, the cultural highlights of the day. Visit the largest wine-barrel of the world in Bad Dürkheim and if you are traveling beginning of September you will be able to see the largest wine festival of the world. In Deidesheim, visit the Wine Museum in the medieval town hall.
DAY 8: Neustadt – Heidelberg, 34 miles 55 km ( 5 night tour departure from Worms)
Today you will cycle to the third of the three Imperial cathedral domes, this one in Speyer. Enjoy the marvelous medieval ambience of Speyer’s old town and visit the splendid castle and park of Schwetzingen.
DAY 9: Departure from Heidelberg.
Individual departure following breakfast.
Variation: 6 days/5 nights
DAY 1: Individual journey to Worms
DAY 2: Worms - Oppenheim, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 3: Oppenheim - Ruedesheim, 38 mi. (60 km)
DAY 4: Ruedesheim - Alzey, 28 mi. (45 km)
DAY 5: Alzey - Gruenstadt, 25 mi. (40 km)
DAY 6: Gruenstadt - Worms, 19 mi. (30 km)