At a glance
Germany's fairytale castles, romantic villages and bustling cities are surrounded by a wealth of pristine natural landscapes. Only a unified nation since 1990, Germany now boasts Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation. Within its unified boundaries, Germany remains a nation of diversity. Northern Germany’s coastal terrain along the Baltic Sea includes Hamburg, a harbor city of canals and waterways. Southern Germany's Bavaria region, known as "the green roof of Germany," features snow-tipped Alps, the Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle and the historic, picturesque city of Munich. Cruise the Rhine River through the western regions and visit Cologne's famous Gothic Cathedral built in 1248. Experience the arts, fashion and music in the capital, Berlin, and see the revitalized city of Dresden destroyed during World War II.
Why cyclists love it
- More than 200 long-distance cycling routes traveling through city and countryside
- A strong tourism industry that is bike friendly with well-maintained paved paths and roads
- Popular bike routes that include the Danube Cycle Path, Lake Constance Cycle Route, and through the Bavarian and Mosel River Valley regions
- Tasty beer and interesting brewery visits
- Charming villages and towns
- Vibrant cities
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Located in southeast Germany, Bavaria is Germany's second largest state. Home to many miles of cycling paths, the region features the Bavarian and Bohemian Forests, Lake Constance, the Danube and Main Rivers.
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The Danube River flows from Passau, Germany across the border to Vienna, on its way from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Following the Danube River on its way to Vienna is the Danube Bike Path, a dedicated, paved biking path. A favorite for cycle tourists, especially families, the path provides many "bail out" options, allowing cyclists to hop on a boat or train at any point for any number of sightseeing opportunities.
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Lake Constance is home to Europe's most popular cycling route. The lake borders three countries – Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. You'll be surrounded by the breathtaking views of a turquoise lake against the backdrop of the snow-capped Alps.
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The Main River begins in the Franconian forests, flowing through the Upper Main Valley, known as "God's Garden," till it meets the Rhine River. Cycling on the Main River Bike Path provides great views of meadows, vineyards, castles, and churches.
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Mosel and Saar
The Mosel region is Germany's oldest wine district and the most internationally renowned. The region is a great place to enjoy the good life as you visit charming villages, historic castles and sample the renowned wine direct from the vineyard.
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The Rhine River begins in the Swiss Alps, winding its way through Germany for 820 miles (1319 kilometers) before merging with the North Sea. On the shores of Rhine River (and the Neckar and Lahn rivers that merge with the Rhine) are picturesque cathedrals, castles and vineyards.
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Elb River Valley
The Elbe River makes its way from to the North Sea, passing by enchanting mountains, scenic plains and fascinating villages along the way as well as past historic cities like Hamburg, Meissen, Bad Schandau and Dresden. Timeless castles are nestled among vast vineyards, dramatic rock formations, and marshland. Highlights in this region include the UNESCO Biosphere reserve – the largest unbroken expanse of riverside woodland in Central Europe, the Semper Opera House in Dresden, the largest canal bridge in the world, and more.
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The Romantic Road is one of Germany’s oldest designated scenic routes. The medieval trade road goes from Würzburg in central Germany to Füssen in the Bavarian Alps. This region offers the quintessential German scenery and culture you expect.
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Bavaria Bicycling at its Best (Altmuhl Valley)
This tour travels through the Altmuhl Valley and Wellheimer Tal, along the Danube River. Highlights of this tour include Regensburg, Ingolstadt, and Eichstatt.
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Lake Constance Bicycle Path
Cycling around Lake Constance, this tour will visit three countries (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), four islands (Reichenau, Mainau, Lindau, and Werd), and the medieval towns of Konstanz, Meersburg, and Lindau.
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Mosel Bike Path: Dreamy Mosel Valley from Trier to Koblenz
This bicycle tour follows the Mosel River from the ancient Roman city of Trier to the medieval city of Koblenz, all through the best-known wine-growing region in Germany.
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Romantic Road Bike Tour from Wurzburg to Donauworth
This tour starts in Wurzburg, cycling over moderate terrain along the Main River to the Tauber River Valley. It then follows the Romantic Road to Rothenburg and Donauworth.
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Size: 137,846 square miles (357,022 square kilometers) - slightly smaller than Montana
Border countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland
National tourist office: www.germany.travel