Lovely town of Rothenburg. Photo via Creative Commons: Berthold Werner

Bavarian beer, of course! Photo via Flickr:digitalmagicphotography
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Tauber River Valley Romantic Road Bike Tour

Germany Bike Tours

Bike from Würzburg to Donauwörth

  • Germany’s famous Romantische Strasse covers some of Europe’s most beautiful and interesting trails where old-world charm and tradition run deep and well-preserved medieval towns line the route. Würzburg, the center of the Franconian wine region, is the perfect starting point for this tour, also known for its great Baroque architecture.

    One of the great highlights of this bicycle tour in Germany will be the picturesque town of Rothenburg, which is said to epitomize the Romanesque style. Discover the old town and don’t forget the great Franconian wines and beers!

    At last, the tour ends in Donauwörth, which lies at the mouth of the Wörnitz as it joins the Danube River. It has splendid imperial streets with impressive old buildings and a lovely town square.

    Highlights:

    • Vineyards, forests, and meadows
    • Culture, history, and architecture
    • Wurzburg, with its residence classified as Unesco World Heritage
    • Rothenburg and its 7 ancient gates
    • Castles
    • Monasteries
    • Old world charm

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  • Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 1154 £ 599 $ 1,027 694 $ 1193 kr 7497 $ 780

    Single room: $ 1486 £ 772 $ 1,323 894 $ 1537 kr 9657 $ 1,005

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: $ 1320 £ 685 $ 1,175 794 $ 1365 kr 8577 $ 893

    Single room: $ 1652 £ 858 $ 1,471 994 $ 1709 kr 10738 $ 1,118

    July 15 to August 15: $ 1370 £ 711 $ 1,220 824 $ 1417 kr 8901 $ 926

    Single room: $ 1702 £ 884 $ 1,516 1024 $ 1760 kr 11062 $ 1,151

    Half board: $ 266 £ 138 $ 237 160 $ 275 kr 1728 $ 180

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: $ 1070 £ 556 $ 953 644 $ 1107 kr 6957 $ 724

    Single room: $ 1403 £ 729 $ 1,249 844 $ 1451 kr 9117 $ 949

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: $ 1203 £ 625 $ 1,072 724 $ 1245 kr 7821 $ 814

    Single room: $ 1536 £ 798 $ 1,368 924 $ 1588 kr 9981 $ 1,039

    July 15 to August 15: $ 1237 £ 642 $ 1,101 744 $ 1279 kr 8037 $ 836

    Single room: $ 1569 £ 815 $ 1,397 944 $ 1623 kr 10197 $ 1,061

    Half board: $ 266 £ 138 $ 237 160 $ 275 kr 1728 $ 180

    Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 738 £ 383 $ 657 444 $ 763 kr 4796 $ 499

    Single room: $ 937 £ 487 $ 835 564 $ 970 kr 6093 $ 634

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: $ 821 £ 426 $ 731 494 $ 849 kr 5336 $ 555

    Single room: $ 1021 £ 530 $ 909 614 $ 1056 kr 6633 $ 690

    July 15 to August 15: $ 854 £ 444 $ 761 514 $ 884 kr 5552 $ 578

    Single room: $ 1054 £ 547 $ 938 634 $ 1090 kr 6849 $ 713

    Half board: $ 175 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 181 kr 1134 $ 118

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: $ 655 £ 340 $ 583 394 $ 677 kr 4256 $ 443

    Single room: $ 854 £ 444 $ 761 514 $ 884 kr 5552 $ 578

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: $ 738 £ 383 $ 657 444 $ 763 kr 4796 $ 499

    Single room: $ 937 £ 487 $ 835 564 $ 970 kr 6093 $ 634

    July 15 to August 15: $ 771 £ 401 $ 687 464 $ 798 kr 5012 $ 522

    Single room: $ 971 £ 504 $ 864 584 $ 1004 kr 6309 $ 657

    Half board: $ 158 £ 82 $ 141 95 $ 163 kr 1026 $ 107

    Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: $ 771 £ 401 $ 687 464 $ 798 kr 5012 $ 522

    Single room: $ 971 £ 504 $ 864 584 $ 1004 kr 6309 $ 657

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: $ 854 £ 444 $ 761 514 $ 884 kr 5552 $ 578

    Single room: $ 1054 £ 547 $ 938 634 $ 1090 kr 6849 $ 713

    July 15 to August 15: $ 888 £ 461 $ 790 534 $ 918 kr 5768 $ 600

    Single room: $ 1087 £ 565 $ 968 654 $ 1124 kr 7065 $ 735

    Half board: $ 175 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 181 kr 1134 $ 118

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: $ 688 £ 357 $ 613 414 $ 712 kr 4472 $ 465

    Single room: $ 888 £ 461 $ 790 534 $ 918 kr 5768 $ 600

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: 464

    Single room: $ 971 £ 504 $ 864 584 $ 1004 kr 6309 $ 657

    July 15 to August 15: $ 805 £ 418 $ 716 484 $ 832 kr 5228 $ 544

    Single room: $ 1004 £ 521 $ 894 604 $ 1038 kr 6525 $ 679

    Half board: $ 158 £ 82 $ 141 95 $ 163 kr 1026 $ 107

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental 8 day tour: $ 175 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 181 kr 1134 $ 118

    Electric bicycle rental 5 day tour: $ 125 £ 65 $ 111 75 $ 129 kr 810 $ 84

    Bus transfers (Must be reserved in advance. Price is per person including own bicycle):

    Rothenberg to Würzburg (daily departure at approx. 10:30 AM, min. 2 participants):  $ 108 £ 56 $ 96 65 $ 112 kr 702 $ 73

    Donauwörth/Rain to Würzburg (daily departure at approx. 9 AM, min. 4 participants): $ 115 £ 60 $ 102 69 $ 119 kr 745 $ 78

    Donauwörth/Rain to Rothenburg (daily departure at approx. 9 AM, min. 4 participants): $ 98 £ 51 $ 87 59 $ 101 kr 637 $ 66

    Extra nights (price is per person/night):

    Comfort
    Würzburg: $ 123 £ 64 $ 110 74 $ 127 kr 799 $ 83 Single room: $ 175 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 181 kr 1134 $ 118

    Donauwörth/Rain: $ 125 £ 65 $ 111 75 $ 129 kr 810 $ 84 Single supplement: $ 181 £ 94 $ 161 109 $ 187 kr 1177 $ 123

    Rothenburg: $ 103 £ 54 $ 92 62 $ 107 kr 670 $ 70 Single supplement: $ 156 £ 81 $ 139 94 $ 162 kr 1015 $ 106

    Standard

    Würzburg: $ 106 £ 55 $ 95 64 $ 110 kr 691 $ 72 Single room: $ 155 £ 80 $ 138 93 $ 160 kr 1005 $ 105

    Donauwörth/Rain: $ 108 £ 56 $ 96 65 $ 112 kr 702 $ 73 Single room: $ 150 £ 78 $ 133 90 $ 155 kr 972 $ 101

    Rothenburg: $ 91 £ 47 $ 81 55 $ 95 kr 594 $ 62 Single supplement: $ 140 £ 73 $ 124 84 $ 144 kr 907 $ 94

    Komoot cycling navigation: $ 50 £ 26 $ 44 30 $ 52 kr 324 $ 34

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Frankfurt

    Local Travel

    Train from Frankfurt airport to Würzburg, 1-2 hr.

    Climate

    Average high/low temperature in °F for Würzburg is approx. 56/39 in Apr; 65/47 May; 70/53 June; 74/56 July; 75/56 August & 67/50 September. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com

    Remarks

    Tour is also available as 5 days/4 nights from Würzburg to Rothenburg or from Rothenburg to Donauwörth. Please call or email for further details.

    Komoot Navigation:

    Komoot is the perfect supplement to the travel documents of your bicycle tour. Whether on mobile phone, tablet or computer, this app will greatly improve your self guided tour. The precast route always runs on the main cycle track, if your hotel should be in the neighbouring place or a little bit apart, this is stated then either on the hotel list or in the travel documents as a supplement.

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

Easy to moderate self-guided hotel tour. Cycling distances range from 19 to 30 miles, with an average of 28 miles a day over 6 days. Routes are well marked and consist of flat terrain with hills scattered throughout. You cycle on small, quiet and paved country roads as well as on paved and packed cycle paths. Ascents and partly hilly terrain are to be expected on the well-signed route between Würzburg and the Tauber valley, through the Wörnitz valley and the Nördlinger Ries.

Where You’ll Stay

Comfort Category: Comfortable middle class 3-and 4-star hotels
Standard Category: Quality inns and 3-star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 4 or 7 nights in booked Category
  • Breakfasts (mostly buffet)
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions with maps
  • 7-speed bike with back pedal brake or 21/24 speed bicycle with freewheel equipped with pannier
  • Guided tour with the night watchman in Rothenberg
  • GPS data on request
  • Service hotline
  • Bicycle protection

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights are possible!

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length5–8 days
From444 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrival possible daily from April 20 to October 5, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tauber River Valley Romantic Road Map

Day 1: Arrival in Würzburg
Day 2: Würzburg - Wertheim, 28 mi. (46 km)
Day 3: Wertheim – Bad Mergentheim, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 4: Bad Mergentheim - Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 5: Rothenburg – Dinkelsbühl,  36 mi. (60 km)
Day 6: Dinkelsbühl – Nördlingen, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 7: Nördlingen – Donauwörth/Rain, 24/39 mi. (39/63 km)
Day 8: Departure from Donauwörth.

Day 1: Würzburg
The starting point of your journey is the residence town of Würzburg, scene With its splendid buildings, including the residence and fortress Marienburg, the town became world-famous. There lived great artists such as Balthasar Neumann, Tilman Riemenschneider, and Tiepolo. Enjoy the charm of this town that lies among vineyards at the Main-riverside, and experience the romantic wine rooms. Your overnight stay is in Würzburg. 

Day 2: Würzburg - Wertheim, approx. 28 mi. (46 km)
Today you'll leave Würzburg on a woody path through the Steinbach Valley, and cycle through small villages and along the picturesque Aalbach. Near Bettingen, you'll finally reach the Main. Worth seeing is the Gothic fortress-church with the Saint Mary's altar at Dertingen. Now there are only a few kilometers left until Wertheim. This small town between Spessert and Odenwald is located picturesquely at the mouth of the Tauber as it runs into the Main. The beautiful castle ruin made of striking red sandstone lies high above the old city. In the evening, enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this Gothic town. Overnight stay is in Wertheim.

Day 3: Wertheim - Bad Mergentheim, approx. 30 mi. (48 km)
Today you'll leave the Main and bike further on through the Tauber valley. You will have both pure nature and art-historical sights of a thousand-year-old history. For instance, Balthasar Neumann became the artist of the bridge-building of the Tauber Valley. Through many bends, the river runs in the direction of Gamburg. A little later, you'll arrive at Tauberbischofsheim with its great castle. This town has an interesting history that you can easily see from its many great buildings and monuments. From now on, you'll be following the Romantic Road Street to Bad Mergentheim, your overnight stay.

Day 4: Bad Mergentheim - Rothenburg ob der Tauber, approx. 32 mi. (53 km)
First of all, you should plan a visit to the lively and friendly town of Bad Mergentheim. It has a pretty renaissance market place surrounded by incredible buildings. Nearby, you can visit a castle with a museum. Soon after leaving Bad Mergentheim, you can visit the water fortress of Weikersheim with its Rococo-style park. At Creglingen, you should take the time to visit the well-known Saint Mary's altar of Tilmann Riemenschneider. Finally, there's the highlight of your journey, Rothenburg. Stroll around through this world-famous Gothic town that is surrounded by thick walls with seven doors. During the evening hours, you will enjoy a tour with the "watchman" in Rothenburg.   

Day 5: Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Dinkelsbühl, approx. 36 mi. (60 km) 
​The next destination of your journey is Schillingsfürst with a very nice Baroque Castle. Before you get there, there's a small ascent to cover. Cycling through Zumhaus with its Bicycle Museum and Feuchtwangen, you will then reach the day's destination, Dinkelsbühl. This town lies in the idyllic Wörnitz Valley. There's a beautiful market place as well as some quaint traditional restaurants to visit. Something special at Dinkelsbühl is the night watchman.

Day 6: Dinkelsbühl - Nördlingen, approx. 23 mi. (37 km)
Today you will ride through a region of special geographical interest, namely the Nördlinger Ries. Fifteen million years ago, there was a meteorite 1200 meters in diameter that impacted the area and left a crater of 20 to 25 kilometers in diameter. The destination of this stage is Nördlingen, which has Germany's only fully-conserved town wall to walk on. You can enjoy the view of Saint George's church from a bell tower of 90 meters high. For those who are geologically interested, there's the Crater Museum. Overnight stay is at Nördlingen.

Day 7: Nördlingen - Donauwörth, approx. 24/39 mi. (39/63 km)
On today's route, you'll leave behind the Ries region and bike through the beautiful Wörnitz Valley. You'll pass Harburg, whose old fortress lies high above the valley. Then, you'll reach Donauwörth at the mouth of the Wörnitz as it enters the Danube. An essential part of the town is the splendid imperial street with impressing buildings, one beside the next. Another special attraction of this town is the Käthe-Kruse Puppet Museum. Overnight stay is in Donauwörth.

Day 8: Individual departure.
Departure following breakfast.


Day 1: Arrival in Würzburg
You start your tour in the old Franconian city Würzburg. The town is famous for its many spectacular old buildings. Renowned artists like Balthasar Neumann, Tilman Riemenschneider, and Tiepolo lived and worked here. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the town, beautifully situated among vineyards on the banks of the Main, and get to know the Franconian Joie de Vivre in one of the romantic wine bars. You spend the night in Würzburg. 

Day 2: Würzburg - Wertheim, 28 mi. (46 km)
You leave Würzburg on forested trails along the valley of the Steinbach river and bike through small villages beside the Aalbach river. The medieval fortified church in Dertingen has a beautiful altar that is worth a visit. You reach the Main River in Bettingen. From here it is only a short way to Wertheim: The small city is located between the hills of Spessart and Odenwald forests, where the Tauber joins the Main. A charming ruined castle built out of red sandstone sits majestically above the small, narrow alley of the historic town center. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this medieval town during a relaxed evening. You spend the night in Wertheim. 

Day 3: Wertheim - Bad Mergentheim, 30 mi. (48 km)
Today you leave the Main and continue into the Tauber Valley. This region combines beautiful countryside with art-historical relicts from over 1000 years of history. Balthasar Neumann is one of the area’s many artists and is known as the “Master Bridge Builder of the Tauber Valley”. The river follows a winding path before arriving in Tauberbischofsheim. The “Kurmainzische Schloss”, a pretty castle with thick walls and impressive towers, is a silent witness to the interesting history of the town. Numerous monuments and old buildings show architectural influences from several different ages. From here you take the Romantic Road to Bad Mergentheim, where you spend the night. 

Day 4: Bad Mergentheim - Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 32 mi. (53 km)
You spend the morning in Bad Mergentheim, a lively and friendly spa town. The renaissance market square is surrounded by grand old townhouses. Shortly after Bad Mergentheim, you pass the Weikersheim Palace with its lovely baroque park. Then you continue to Creglingen where you can see the famous altar to Mary by Tilman Riemenschneider. Finally, you cycle onwards through the charming Tauber Valley to Rothenburg. Just before midnight the Rothenburg night watchman offers guided tours of the city (included in tour price). He has many exciting stories to tell about life in the Middle Ages! You spend the night in Rothenburg. 

Day 5: Individual departure

Day 1: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
You start your tour in charming Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The town is an excellent example of German romance and boasts a historical town center with many beautiful medieval buildings that are surrounded by 2 impressive city walls. The famous carved altar by Tilman Riemenschneider in the Church of St. Jakob is a must-see. Enjoy the flair of the city during an evening stroll through the quaint and lit alleys. You spend the night in Rothenburg o. d. Tauber. 

Day 2: Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Dinkelsbühl, 36 mi. (60 km)
The first destination of your bike tour is visible from afar: The old, baroque castle in Schillingsfürst rises mightily above the town. A short climb takes you up to Schillingfürst, then you continue to Feuchtwangen. Finally, you reach the former free imperial city of Dinkelsbühl in the idyllic Wörnitz Valley. The town square is surrounded by beautiful, colorful old townhouses. Enjoy Frankish cuisine in one of the traditional restaurants. A city tour with the Dinkelsbühl nightwatchman is highly recommended. You spend the night in Dinkelsbühl. 

Day 3: Dinkelsbühl - Nördlingen, 23 mi. (37 km)
Today you cycle to the Nördlinger Ries, an area of great geological interest. 15 million years ago a meteorite with a cross-section of 1500 meters hit the earth at a speed of 72,000 km/h in this spot and left a 20-25 km large crater between the Swabian and Franconian Alps. Your destination today is the former free imperial city of Nördlingen. Don’t miss Germany’s only entirely preserved city wall! It is even possible to walk around on it. The 90 meters high bell tower of St. George’s Church is known as “Daniel” and offers an amazing view into the Ries (the meteorite crater). Another point of interest is the old tanners’ quarter and of course the Ries Crater Museum for the geologically enthusiastic. You spend the night in Nördlingen. 

Day 4: Nördlingen - Donauwörth/Rain, 24/39 mi. (39/63 km)
You leave the countryside of the Ries and bike through the beautiful Wörnitz Valley. Soon you pass Harburg with its lovely castle, situated high above the valley. Visit the charming old town center between the river and the castle. You continue to Donauwörth, where the Wörnitz meets the Danube. The Reichsstreet is the main attraction of the city: This lovely street is bordered by numerous amazing old townhouses, like the Tanzhaus and Café Engel. Also, visit the Käthe Kruse Doll Museum! You spend the night in Donauwörth or Rain am Lech. 

Day 5: Individual departure
Please note that all distances are approximate.

*All distances are approximate

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Tour Reviews

  • Terrence Z. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This potentially could be a great tour but it was not a great tour for us. The tour guide book was in German which we do not read, thus we wasted a lot of time every day being lost! Also, the provided bikes were not of the best quality, and pedaling them was not easy! The hotels were fine, but we would not recommend this tour unless you read German!

  • Raylee F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable part: The scenery, food and the cycling on quiet roads or bike paths.

  • Raylee F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We absolutely loved our Romantic Road cycle. Cycling in Germany is very scenic. People we met were friendly & helpful. Beer was great bread and pastries delicious. The route was well marked. We had a really wonderful holiday.

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