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Cycling in Franconia – romantic German landscapes & local food

© Florian Trykowski

Cycling in Franconia – romantic German landscapes & local food

Bike Touring Collection by FrankenTourismus

11

Tours

37:29 h

346 mi

12,625 ft

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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    Blauer Radschmetterling – Romantisches Franken

    Difficult
    04:29
    41.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A good 67 kilometers of romantic Franconian flair lie ahead of you on this beautiful circular tour. Old castles, half-timbered houses, wonderful landscapes - there is nothing missing from the blue wheel butterfly.

    

    In the romantic-medieval city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber you swing on your saddle. You

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    33.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Following the red wing of the wheel butterfly, you wind around 55 kilometers through the southern part of the Frankenhöhe Nature Park. Pack a few bathing suits, because alongside the fantastic landscape there is also an inviting natural outdoor pool.

    

    The round tour starts in the city of Schillingsfürst

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  • Difficult
    04:07
    38.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    47.4 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A castle, tranquil cities and fantastic landscapes characterize the 65-kilometer route of the green wheel butterfly. The tour starts in the beautiful city of Schillingsfürst, where you can see the magnificent castle and hunting falcon flight show before you climb on the bike.

    

    Then it goes out to the villages

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  • Intermediate
    02:35
    23.7 mi
    9.2 mph
    600 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    With its length of around 38 kilometers, the Ansbach Carp Cycle Route from Leutershausen to Windsbach is an ideal basis for extended tours. After leaving your starting point behind you will find yourself in the middle of open fields. You cross the Zobelholzbach and there is the first and only climb.

    

    You

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  • Intermediate
    01:44
    14.8 mi
    8.6 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A good 22 kilometers of relaxed rolling through the most beautiful landscapes make this wonderful circular tour a great excursion for the whole family. You always have the Hesselberg in view and you pass idyllic ponds.

    

    Your tour starts in beautiful Wittelshofen and leads you over the leisurely flowing

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    22.8 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    02:28
    22.2 mi
    9.0 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Romantic half-timbered houses, idyllic villages, meadows and art works along the way - the almost 36-kilometer round tour is the epitome of variety. The changing path types, however, require a certain level of fitness and ability.

    

    Your journey of discovery along the Bibert river valley starts in the pretty

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    31.2 mi
    9.6 mph
    800 ft
    825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    A wonderfully extensive circular tour around the Farrnbach Valley with natural cycling through the picturesque landscape awaits you on this 50-kilometer route. The road conditions and distance require a good level of fitness from you.

    

    In historic Cadolzburg you get on your saddle and start towards the

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    29.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Discover and relax is a top priority on this almost 48-kilometer circular tour. The route takes you along beautiful nature through beautiful, historic inner towns, field and meadow landscapes and one or the other culinary temptation.

    

    The journey starts in the tranquil Seukendorf. You drive north across

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    39.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Springs, ponds and lakes full - that's what the 64-kilometer circular tour of the Dinkelsbühler Karpfenlandroute promises. It follows the course of the water and spans the extensive pond areas of the region.

    

    In tranquil Halsbach you start the varied round tour that follows the course of the Wörnitz between

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    346 mi
  • Duration
    37:29 h
  • Elevation
    12,625 ft

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