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.
- Vineyards, forests, and meadows
- Culture, history, and architecture
- Wurzburg, with its residence classified as Unesco World Heritage
- Rothenburg and its 7 ancient gates
- Old world charm
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):
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
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
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Frankfurt
Train from Frankfurt airport to Würzburg, 1-2 hr.
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
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 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.
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.
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
- 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
- Remaining meals
- Bus transfers
- Travel Insurance
- Visitor's tax
Extra nights are possible!
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.
*All distances are approximate