Romantic Road in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany. Flickr:Chuca Cimas

Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany. Flickr:z0rc CC0

Germany’s Romantic Road - Würzburg to the Alps

Germany Bike Tours

A guided bike tour through Bavaria along the scenic Romantic Road

  • This guided bike tour in Bavaria starts in Würzburg and leads to Füssen at the foot of the Alps. You bike on the oldest tourist road in Germany, the Romantic Road, through a storybook landscape of medieval villages. Through valleys and over hills, up into the beauty of the Austrian Alps, you pedal riverside trails and country roads. Come join this rare guided bike tour in Germany and step back in time into a Bavarian fairytale.

    Highlights:

    • Tauber River Valley, magnificent and medieval
    • Rothenburg, Germany's best preserved walled town
    • Dinkelsbuehl, another walled town with lovely timbered buildings
    • Harburg Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle
    • Nördlinger Ries depression
    • Historical, culural, and culinary delights
    • Cycling a well maintained route, stress free with a guide and support vehicle
    • Incredible scenery with forests, meadows, and fields
    • Unique accommodations

    Interested in combining your Romantic Road experience with a bike and boat tour? before your Romantic Road experience. Check out Cochem to Aschaffenburg on August 15, 2020!

    Check our our full list of bike tours in Germany.

  • Twin/double: £ 1577 $ 3,178 1840 $ 2797 NOK 17480 kr 16135 $ 2,098 Single supplement: pending

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 77 $ 155 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103 Extra nights: on request

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport to fly into and out of is Munich (MUC). However, you could also fly into Frankfurt (FRA) and out of Munich.

    Local Travel

    All of Germany is well connected by trains. Regardless of which airport you fly into, Wuerzburg is very accessible

    Climate

    Germany has a varied climate from a maritime climate in the northwest and along the coast, to a mountain climate in the south. Please check local conditions before your arrival.


Skill Level

Easy to moderate guided bike tour averaging approximately 28 miles a day. There are some hills to contend with that do require some leg and lung effort. If you do not like the word “hill”, consider an electric bike, a great way to enjoy this itinerary without worrying about the effort it might take. Electric bikes make biking as easy as you would like it to be, still giving you the exercise that active vacationers seek.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in local hotels and “Gasthofe”, small establishments in the midst of the historic parts of the villages They are selected on the basis of their customer reviews, offered level of service, available rooms, and location.

What’s Included

  • 8 nights in hotels in Bad Mergtenheim, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbuehl, Noerdlingen, Landsberg am Lech, Schongau and Schwangau
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Van support
  • Dinners in Bad Mergentheim, Dinkelsbuehl, Schongau, and Fuessen
  • Packed lunches on cycling days
  • 1 cycling guide and 1 support vehicle driver
  • Guided city walk in Rothenburg
  • Guided tour at Schloss Neuschwanstein
  • All transfers during the tour by van or coach
  • Sensa Trekking bike
  • Helmet, pannier, and water bottle

What’s Not Included

  • Excursions and entrances not mentioned in the day to day program
  • Lunches and dinners not indicated as included
  • Drinks during lunches and diners included in the program
  • Gratuities for your tour guides/vandriver
  • Arrival and departure travel
  • Electric bike (available with supplement. See pricing)
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length9 days
From1840 Rates
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Tour Dates

August 22, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Würzburg - Bad Mergentheim,  31 mi. (50 km)
Day 2: Bad Mergentheim - Rothenburg ob der Tauber,  31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Rothenburg - Feuchtwangen - Dinkelsbuehl,  36 or 17 mi. (58 or 27 km)
Day 4: Dinkelsbuehl - Nördlingen,  23 mi. (32 km)
Day 5: Nördlingen - Donauwörth,  24 mi. (33 km)
Day 6: Landsberg am Lech - Schongau
Day 7: Wildsteig - Schwangau (Füssen),  18 or 31 mi. (29 or 50 km)
Day 8: Schwangau, free day
Day 9: Schwangau

All distances are approximate

Day 1: Würzburg - Bad Mergentheim, 31 mi. (50 km)
It is advised that you book an extra night in Würzburg before your tour to recover and enjoy. The city is known for its lavish baroque and rococo architecture, particularly, the 18th century Residenz  Palace with ornate rooms and a huge fresco.

Your tour officially begins at 11.00 am with a transfer to the start of the tour. But first on the agenda is a visit to a hidden gem and lunch. Once on the bike, the route follows the river to the first hotel in Bad Mergentheim. “Bad” refers to its Spa. Famous also for its Castle of the Teutonic Order. The market place is a collection of buildings showing every imaginable period of history.

Day 2: Bad Mergentheim - Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 31 mi. (50 km)
Through the Tauber Valley, you cycle upstream through charming villages. At the end, the valley gets a bit more narrow and there are some little climbs to deal with.

The incomparable silhouette of the former Free Imperial City of Rothenburg ob der Tauber rises high above the Tauber Valley. This city is the most visited little town in Germany. There is opportunity for a guided city walk after dinner. 

Day 3: Rothenburg - Feuchtwangen - Dinkelsbuehl, 36 or 17 mi. (58 or 27 km)
Two options today:

First and easy going: you enjoy an extended visit in the town, maybe walk along the city walls, relax and have Kaffee und Kuchen (Coffee and Cake) and then join the touristic coach at 1 pm to get to Feuchtwangen.

Second and definitely more challenging: an early start to bike to Feuchtwangen, mapped as offering “steeper slopes”.

Those who have stayed behind will transferred to Feuchtwangen and the group will then all bike to Dinkelsbuehl through forests and meadows and undulating hills. Some little climbs to master here.

Dinkelsbuehl, described as the most closely packed and best preserved medieval towns in Germany, shows her unspoilt townscape dating back over 400 years.

Day 4: Dinkelsbuehl - Nördlingen, 23 mi. (32 km)
Today you will experience the meteorite Crater Nördlinger Ries which was formed by the impact of an asteroid and along with it, the nearby Steinheimer Basin. These two geological features represent the only two confirmed impact structures in Germany. This flat area surrounded by higher grounds was long thought to be the result of volcanic activity in the prehistoric times. But then US scientists found out that the pieces of rock they were analyzing must have been part of a large meteorite that hit the earth 15 million years ago and left a crater of 12 km.

Noerdlingen is the only town in Germany with walls and battlements that can be walked all the way round. 2.7 km in length and passing 11 towers. Perhaps you will have the energy for this or even to climb the “Daniel”m 350 steps in a 90 meter high tower. The view will be worthwhile.

Day 5: Nördlingen - Donauwörth - Landsberg am Lech, 24 mi. (33 km)
As the route continues to lead south, a pleasant stop is medieval Harburg, with its impressive castle towering above the town. It is worth a visit. Donauwoerth at the confluence of the Woernitz and the Danube (Donau in German) is next on the agenda. Originally a fishing settlement on the island in the river, it became an important traffic junction. 

An afternoon transfer is provided to Landsberg am Lech, the day's final destination, passing Augsburg and more. 

In Landsberg am Lech, you will stay in some little hotels at the market square.

Day 6: Landsberg am Lech - Schongau
Along the Lech River, you cycle through forests and meadows, passing little villages where time has stood still.  A highlight will be the Roman Basilika St. Michael, dated before the 12th century, the only well kept Roman church, not “spoiled” by the Baroque architects with their overkill of gold plated and exuberant detailing. You are clearly heading to the Alps,  glorious peaks beckon and the panorama unfolds.

Day 7: Wildsteig - Schwangau (Füssen), 18 or 31 mi. (29 or 50 km)
The foothills of the Alps are an incredible backdrop as you bike. You will have  some steep hills to cover, but the views are worth the effort. The idyllic village of Wildsteig is the perfect place for a coffee break, nestled in an Alpine countryside, with cows and bells, and the Wieskirche.

Schwangau offers a lot to do such as visiting  the castles, starting with the Neuschwanstein castle right out of Disney’s picture books…or should we say very well copied in Disney pictures?

As well, you could  join the guide for another loop around the lake or around the “Dreilaender Punkt” (3 country point). At the end of this day we will enjoy our farewell diner.

Day 8: Schwangau, free day
After breakfasts your guided tour ends. Time to say goodbye to the tour leaders. The day is yours to go and explore the area!

Day 9: Departure

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