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: £ 590 $ 1,307 694 $ 1046 NOK 6535 kr 6032 $ 784

    Single room: £ 760 $ 1,684 894 $ 1347 NOK 8419 kr 7771 $ 1,010

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: £ 675 $ 1,495 794 $ 1196 NOK 7477 kr 6902 $ 897

    Single room: £ 845 $ 1,872 994 $ 1498 NOK 9360 kr 8640 $ 1,123

    July 15 to August 15: £ 700 $ 1,552 824 $ 1241 NOK 7759 kr 7162 $ 931

    Single room: £ 870 $ 1,929 1024 $ 1543 NOK 9643 kr 8901 $ 1,157

    Half board: £ 136 $ 301 160 $ 241 NOK 1507 kr 1391 $ 181

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: £ 547 $ 1,213 644 $ 970 NOK 6064 kr 5598 $ 728

    Single room: £ 717 $ 1,590 844 $ 1272 NOK 7948 kr 7336 $ 954

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: £ 615 $ 1,364 724 $ 1091 NOK 6818 kr 6293 $ 818

    Single room: £ 785 $ 1,740 924 $ 1392 NOK 8701 kr 8032 $ 1,044

    July 15 to August 15: £ 632 $ 1,401 744 $ 1121 NOK 7006 kr 6467 $ 841

    Single room: £ 802 $ 1,778 944 $ 1422 NOK 8889 kr 8206 $ 1,067

    Half board: £ 136 $ 301 160 $ 241 NOK 1507 kr 1391 $ 181

    Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: £ 377 $ 836 444 $ 669 NOK 4181 kr 3859 $ 502

    Single room: £ 479 $ 1,062 564 $ 850 NOK 5311 kr 4902 $ 637

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: £ 420 $ 930 494 $ 744 NOK 4652 kr 4294 $ 558

    Single room: £ 522 $ 1,156 614 $ 925 NOK 5782 kr 5337 $ 694

    July 15 to August 15: £ 437 $ 968 514 $ 774 NOK 4840 kr 4468 $ 581

    Single room: £ 539 $ 1,194 634 $ 955 NOK 5970 kr 5511 $ 716

    Half board: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: £ 335 $ 742 394 $ 594 NOK 3710 kr 3425 $ 445

    Single room: £ 437 $ 968 514 $ 774 NOK 4840 kr 4468 $ 581

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: £ 377 $ 836 444 $ 669 NOK 4181 kr 3859 $ 502

    Single room: £ 479 $ 1,062 564 $ 850 NOK 5311 kr 4902 $ 637

    July 15 to August 15: £ 394 $ 874 464 $ 699 NOK 4369 kr 4033 $ 524

    Single room: £ 496 $ 1,100 584 $ 880 NOK 5499 kr 5076 $ 660

    Half board: £ 81 $ 179 95 $ 143 NOK 895 kr 826 $ 107

    Comfort Category

    April 20 to April 30: £ 394 $ 874 464 $ 699 NOK 4369 kr 4033 $ 524

    Single room: £ 496 $ 1,100 584 $ 880 NOK 5499 kr 5076 $ 660

    May 1 to July 14 | August 16 to October 5: £ 437 $ 968 514 $ 774 NOK 4840 kr 4468 $ 581

    Single room: £ 539 $ 1,194 634 $ 955 NOK 5970 kr 5511 $ 716

    July 15 to August 15: £ 454 $ 1,006 534 $ 805 NOK 5029 kr 4642 $ 603

    Single room: £ 556 $ 1,232 654 $ 985 NOK 6159 kr 5685 $ 739

    Half board: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Standard Category 

    April 20 to April 30: £ 352 $ 780 414 $ 624 NOK 3899 kr 3599 $ 468

    Single room: £ 454 $ 1,006 534 $ 805 NOK 5029 kr 4642 $ 603

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

    Single room: £ 496 $ 1,100 584 $ 880 NOK 5499 kr 5076 $ 660

    July 15 to August 15: £ 411 $ 912 484 $ 729 NOK 4558 kr 4207 $ 547

    Single room: £ 513 $ 1,138 604 $ 910 NOK 5688 kr 5250 $ 683

    Half board: £ 81 $ 179 95 $ 143 NOK 895 kr 826 $ 107

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental 8 day tour: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Electric bicycle rental 5 day tour: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    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):  £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73

    Donauwörth/Rain to Würzburg (daily departure at approx. 9 AM, min. 4 participants): £ 59 $ 130 69 $ 104 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78

    Donauwörth/Rain to Rothenburg (daily departure at approx. 9 AM, min. 4 participants): £ 50 $ 111 59 $ 89 NOK 556 kr 513 $ 67

    Extra nights (price is per person/night):

    Comfort
    Würzburg: £ 63 $ 139 74 $ 111 NOK 697 kr 643 $ 84 Single room: £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Donauwörth/Rain: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85 Single supplement: £ 93 $ 205 109 $ 164 NOK 1026 kr 947 $ 123

    Rothenburg: £ 53 $ 117 62 $ 93 NOK 584 kr 539 $ 70 Single supplement: £ 80 $ 177 94 $ 142 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106

    Standard

    Würzburg: £ 54 $ 121 64 $ 96 NOK 603 kr 556 $ 72 Single room: £ 79 $ 175 93 $ 140 NOK 876 kr 808 $ 105

    Donauwörth/Rain: £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73 Single room: £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102

    Rothenburg: £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62 Single supplement: £ 71 $ 158 84 $ 127 NOK 791 kr 730 $ 95

    Komoot cycling navigation: £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 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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