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 town houses. 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 watch man 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 town houses. Enjoy Frankonian cuisine in one of the traditional restaurants. A city tour with the Dinkelsbühl Night Watch Man is highly recommended.
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 town houses, like the Tanzhaus and Café Engel. Also visit the Käthe Kruse Doll Museum.
Overnight in Donauwörth or Rain am Lech.
Day 8: Individual Departure