Surrounded by colourful meadows and fragrant forests, riding through Franconia is like cycling through the pages of a fairytale. This picturesque region of southern Germany is known for its half-timbered houses, magnificent castles, palaces and fruit orchards, not to mention its hearty regional dishes and giant schnitzels.
In this Collection, we present 11 rides through this wonderful region. We have included four Tours which make up the bicycle butterfly, a butterfly-shaped route marked with blue, red, purple, and green trails. These rides show you the most beautiful spots around the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. You’ll explore tranquil villages, shady forests, and former railway lines, as well as the occasional impressive castle.
The routes in the northeast of Franconia near the city of Nuremberg take you to baroque churches and unusual sculptures as you ride through the Zenne, Farrnbach, and Bibert valleys. In the south, you can take a dip in wild swimming lakes as you ride around the Hesselberg, the highest point in Franconia, and along the Wörnitz River. Don’t forget to pack your towel and maybe a picnic too. Afterall, what could be nicer than a picnic on a blanket beside a shimmering lake?
You can reach these Tours by train from across Germany. As many of them are circular routes, you can easily plan a flexible adventure.
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Picturesque landscapes and beautiful towns await you on the approximately 62-kilometer circular tour of the purple wheel butterfly, on which you cross the Bavarian border and enter Baden-Württemberg.The tour starts in the tranquil Insingen, which goes back to an Alemannic settlement. There are numerous old half-timbered houses and historical buildings for you to admire. Before you get on the saddle, you can pay a visit to the fortified church of St. Ulrich and Sebastian from 1488.
This relaxed 37 kilometer round tour takes you along the Sulzach to picturesque villages and towns with their half-timbered houses typical of Franconia. The most beautiful nature and physical well-being are of course not neglected.Your tour starts at the magical market square of Feuchtwangen. You leave the city behind you on the Museumstrasse and Ringstrasse and now roll across open fields along the winding Sulzach. The undulating landscape accompanies you to Dürrwangen with its former moated castle.