4.6/5 (8)
7 nights | 32 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 549
Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours
4.6/5 (8)

7 nights | 32 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 549

Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours

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  • Romantic Road from Wurzburg to Donauworth

    7 night self guided bike tour in Germany

    Enjoy a bicycle tour along the famous Romantic Road in Germany from Würzburg to Donauwörth. The tour begins in the town of Würzburg, featuring splendid buildings and the world-famous Marienburg Fortress. You cycle along the Main River on the way to the Tauber River Valley.

    From there, you follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg and on to Donauwörth. On this part of the Romantic Road you bike through an amazing variety of terrain: the lovely hills of Keuperbergland on the small mountain range of the Frankenhöhe, the Wörnitz Valley with its lush meadows, the circular crater of the Nördlinger Ries and, of course, the Danube Valley near Donauwörth. On the way you pass countless castles and interesting historical towns.

    Highlights

    • Exceptional scenic bike ride through wild and romantic Tauber valley
    • World famous Rothenburg with medieval center
    • Guided walk with the night watchman in Rothenburg
    • "Kurmainzische Schloss," ancient castle
    • St. George's Church in Nordlingen
    • Donauworth, where the Wornitz meets the Danube
    • Nordlinger Ries, 12-15 miles (20-25 km) crater between the Swabian and Frankonian Alps
    • Lovely hills of Keuperbergland
    • Worntiz Valley
    • Former imperial city of Dinkelsbuhl

    Learn More

    Learn more about self-guided tours or see more bike tours in Germany.

  • Traveler photos

    • Our route and our gang of 6 great friends. (photo by Crew dog)
    • Great scenery, great food and great beer? (photo by Crew dog)
  • Daily program

    Day 1: Würzburg
    Your tour starts in the old Franconian city Würzburg. The town is famous for its many spectacular old buildings, like the Residenz and Marienberg Castle. Renowned artists like Balthasar Neumann, Tilman Riemenschneider and Tiepolo lived and worked in Würzburg. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the town, beautifully situated among vineyards on the banks of the Main River, and get to know the Franconian Joie de Vivre in one of the romantic wine bars.
    Overnight in Würzburg.

    Day 2: Würzburg – Wertheim (28 miles/46 km)
    You leave Würzburg on forested trails through the Steinbach Valley, cycling through small villages beside the Aalbach River. The medieval fortified church in Dertingen has a beautiful altar that is worth visiting. Upon arrival in Bettingen, you reach the Main River. From there it is only a short way to Wertheim.

    Wertheim is a small city located between the hills of Spessart and Odenwald, where the Tauber joins the Main. A charming ruined castle built out of red sandstone sits majestically above the small, narrow alley of the historical town center. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this medieval town during a relaxed evening.
    Overnight in Wertheim.

    Day 3: Wertheim – Bad Mergentheim (30 miles/48 km)
    Today you leave the Main and continue into the Tauber Valley. This region combines beautiful countryside with art and historical relics from over 1,000 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 towards Gamburg 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.
    Overnight in Bad Mergentheim.

    Day 4: Bad Mergentheim – Rothenburg ob der Tauber (33 miles/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. Just beyond Bad Mergentheim you pass the Weikersheim Water Castle with its lovely baroque park.

    You then continue to Creglingen and the famous altar to Mary by Tilman Riemenschneider. Finally, you cycle onwards through the charming Tauber Valley to Rothenburg. This famous medieval town is surrounded by an impressive town wall with seven gates. Just before midnight the Rothenburg night watchman offers guided tours of the city. He has many exciting stories to tell about life in the Middle Ages!
    Overnight in Rothenburg.

    Day 5: Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Dinkelsbühl (36 miles/60 km)
    The next destination of your bike tour is visible from afar. The old, baroque castle in Schillingsfürst rises mightily above town. A short climb takes you up to Schillingfürst, before you continue to Feuchtwangen. Finally you reach the former free imperial city of Dinkelsbühl in the idyllic Wörnitz Valley. The town square is ringed by beautiful old townhouses. Enjoy Frankonian cuisine in one of the traditional restaurants.
    Overnight in Dinkelsbühl.

    Day 6: Dinkelsbühl – Nördlingen (22 miles/37 km)
    Today you cycle to the Nördlinger Ries, an area of great geological interest. A meteorite with a cross section of 4,900 feet (1,500 m) hit the earth at a speed of 44,000 miles/hr (72,000 km/hr) and left a 12-15 mile (20-25 km) large crater between the Swabian and Frankonian Alps 15 million years ago.

    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 295 feet (90 m) 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.
    Overnight in Nördlingen.

    Day 7: Nördlingen – Donauwörth/Rain (25-37 miles/39-63 km)
    You leave the countryside of the Ries behind 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 Reichsstraße 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.
    Overnight in Donauwörth or Rain am Lech.

    Day 8: Individual Departure

    Surface and terrain

    This tour cycles on quiet narrow paved roads. Sometimes you will cycle on sandy bike paths or on paths through fields and forests. This tour follows approximately 50% on dedicated bicycle paths, 30% on quiet roads, 15% on roads shared with traffic and 5% on dirt or gravel roads. The terrain is flat with occasional hills between Wurzburg and the Tauber Valley.


    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels

    GHotel Würzburg, Wurzburg
    www.ghotel.de

    Hotel Restaurant Bronnbacher Hof, Wertheim
    www.bronnbacherhof.com

    Hotel Bundschu, Bad Mergentheim
    www.hotel-bundschu.de

    Hotel Gerberhaus, Rothenburg
    www.gerberhaus.rothenburg.de

    Hotel Weisses Ross, Dinkelsbuhl
    www.hotel-weisses-ross.de

    Hotel NH Klosterle, Nordlingen
    www.nh-hotels.com

    Parkhotel, Donauwörth/Rain
    www.parkhotel-donauwoerth.de


    Category B: 3-star hotels

    Hotel Residence, Würzburg
    www.wuerzburg-hotel.de

    Tauberhotel Kette, Wertheim
    www.tauberhotel-kette.de

    Vitalhotel König, Bad Mergentheim
    www.kurhaus-koenig.de

    Hotel Goldenes Fass, Rothenburg
    de.goldenes-fass.de

    Hotel Goldenes Lamm, Dinkelsbühl
    www.goldenes.de

    Kaiserhof Sonne, Nördlingen
    www.kaiserhof-hotel-sonne.de

    Hotel Drei Kronen, Donauwörth/Rain
    www.hotel3kronen.com

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    How to get there

    Tour Start
    Nearest airport: Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg or Stuttgart, Germany
    Nearest train station: Würzburg, Germany

    Tour End
    Nearest airport: Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg or Stuttgart, Germany
    Nearest train station: Donauwörth, Germany

    You can book a return bus trip back to Wurzburg for €99 per person. There is a 4-person minimum. The bus leaves at 9:00am daily, takes about 3 hours, and includes transport of luggage and bikes. Note: Must be reserved at time of booking. You will pay an additional surcharge of €20 for the transport of your own e-bikes.

    Tips on getting to and from your tour

  • Dates

    Daily: Apr 20-Oct 5, 2022

    Low season: Apr 20, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022

    Shoulder season: May 01, 2022 - Jul 14, 2022, Aug 16, 2022 - Oct 05, 2022

    High season: Jul 15, 2022 - Aug 15, 2022

    Prices

    Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels

    Per person, double occupancy € 599
    Shoulder season surcharge € 169
    High season surcharge € 199
    Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 240

    Bike Rentals

    Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed € 79
    Electrically assisted bike € 189

    Extra Nights, Donauworth/Rain

    Per person, double occupancy € 80
    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 116

    Extra Nights, Wurzburg

    Per person, double occupancy € 79
    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 109

    Transfer

    Return to Wurzburg, per person (Saturdays) (minimum 4) € 99

    Discounts

    Children, ages 0-4 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 100%
    Children, ages 5-13 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 25%
    Third person in room, ages 14+ sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 10%

    Category B: 3-star hotels

    Per person, double occupancy € 549
    Shoulder season surcharge € 149
    High season surcharge € 169
    Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 230

    Bike Rentals

    Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed € 79
    Electrically assisted bike € 189

    Extra Nights, Donauworth/Rain

    Per person, double occupancy € 70
    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 99

    Extra Nights, Wurzburg

    Per person, double occupancy € 69
    Single room (1 person/1 room) € 99

    Transfer

    Return to Wurzburg, per person (Saturdays) (minimum 4) € 99

    Discounts

    Children, ages 0-4 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 100%
    Children, ages 5-13 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 25%
    Third in room, ages 14+ sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 10%

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation with private facilities
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfer (unlimited number of luggage items)
    • Detailed information with maps
    • Service hotline available in case of problems or questions
    • Guided tour with the night watchman in Rothenburg
    • GPS tracks available upon request

    Please note visitor's tax not included.


    Bike rentals

    Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

    • Hybrid touring bike, 21- or 24-speed
    • Electrically assisted bike*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

    • Saddlebag
    • Cycle computer
    • Repair kit (one per group)
    • Lock (one per 2 bikes)

    Additional equipment available upon request:

    • Map holder
    • Handlebar bag
    • Second saddlebag

    Helmets:
    Please plan to bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes. Helmet rental is not available on this tour.


    Tour Company

  • Route Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    • Jonathan Barker 2 weeks ago

      Beautiful towns, safe cycle paths, one bike was poor.

      We enjoyed visiting the Romantic roads stunningly beautiful and well maintained towns. The hotels very varied, some modern others traditional which was great. The cycle paths were mostly off road, away from traffic and passed through moderately pretty agricultural countryside and small villages. One of the bikes was manual and was very heavy. I was told I would get 24 gears but it only had a basic 3-5 gear mechanism operated from one side of the handle bars. This meant I had to get off and push the bike up steep hills which was disappointing..

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was our first
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 1/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Leticia October 1, 2019

      Lovely tour

      Great opportunity to slowly enjoy the romantic road. The material provided for the self guided tour was poor, but we made it thanks to the Komoot app. The tour was mostly on paved bike paths, so it was super safe. Some parts of the way were hilly, but we would get off the bike and push it - not a problem when taking a self-guided tour. Although the distance is relevant, it is feasible if you don't want to rush. But I did expect more breathtaking scenarios - from Wuzburg to Donauworth, there aren't as many epic mountains as in Fussen region. Therefore, I'd recomend taking the longer tour until Fussen.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 13th 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      It was my first
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 1/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 2/5 Route selection
    • Biking Pete July 11, 2019

      Magical Medieval Villages of Bavaria

      We loved our biking in Bavaria, even though it was during an extreme heat wave. We left early and took beer and water breaks in cute villages along the way. Then we showered and napped in our charming accommodations, before enjoying a stroll and dinner in the cooler evening. This was a great way to visit the romantic medieval towns in Bavaria. Rottenburg was such a treat with the Nightwatchman tour and the world famous Christmas shop.

      What was the date of your tour?
      6/22/19 - 6/28/19
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe July 12, 2019

        So glad to hear you did not let the heat get you down and that you so enjoyed your tour! Great recommendations for Rottenburg.

      • 3/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Crew dog May 19, 2019

      Needed to last longer.

      Self guided, had a great time. The local bike company was very good. We departed Wurzburg and left some articles behind the tour company got the article to us down the road. Thanks.

      What was the date of your tour?
      1 May to 7 May 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      18
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Our route and our gang of 6 great friends. (photo by Crew dog)
      • Great scenery, great food and great beer? (photo by Crew dog)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Dancing Bear May 14, 2019

      What a way to go

      What was the date of your tour?
      1May-8May
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Jenn September 19, 2017

      An all round good time!

      A great way to experience the romantic road - would highly recommend cycling as you get to see so many small towns and villages you would otherwise miss. The people are incredibly friendly and the food is excellent.

      Once we got a hang of the directions, we did not get lost. It just took us a day to adjust. Some of the English translation was a bit unclear! One day took us on a long (planned) detour through lots of forest and agriculture - we actually would have preferred the direct route to have more time to explore the amazing towns we were staying in. So it would have been nice to know the options.

      We LOVED the nightwatchman tour in Rothenburg, and our other favourite towns were Wurzburg and Wertheim.

      Four out of six hotels were superb - clean, friendly staff, great breakfast. The only two hotels that weren't great were in Bad Mergentheim (generally the town was very quiet and lacked atmosphere compared with other places) and the final hotel in Donauworth. It was a conference hotel on the side of a very steep hill and across the highway from town, making it really difficult to explore the town centre and not close to any cafes, pubs or restaurants that we were hoping to enjoy on our last day.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept 4-10
      How many tours have you completed?
      0
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 3/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 2/5 Ease of navigation
      • 1/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • julieb September 8, 2017

      beautiful towns and great bike route

      Bikes and map/directions were good. Accommodations were excellent. Routes were well marked, primarily on bike paths and small country roads. Towns were interesting and charming. Terrain quite hilly. Would recommend highly.

      What was the date of your tour?
      8/21 - 8/28 2017
      How many tours have you completed?
      10
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • kshollen August 14, 2016

      Great family bike tour

      This tour was perfect for myself, husband, and 15 year old son. It was a perfect mix of scenery, history, and nature. We really enjoyed exploring each town and all the stops in between. All the hotels and breakfast each morning were great (we took the upgrade). Finally, skipping the dinner plan was a good idea because it let us explore many more options each night.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 2016
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)