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Vineyards and meadows — cycling with wine in the Tauber Valley

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Vineyards and meadows — cycling with wine in the Tauber Valley

Bike Touring Collection by Liebliches Taubertal

7

Tours

16:33 h

152 mi

7,875 ft

Württemberg, Franconia, Baden: it all sounds like a good glass of white wine on a sunny slope surrounded by green vines. This cycle adventure through the Tauber Valley takes you to all three of these German wine-growing regions and shows you 28 wine villages.

You ride through a picturesque, hilly landscape from the starting point in Dörzbach to Rothenburg ob der Tauber with its famous medieval old town. Then, you follow the course of the Tauber northwards past charming wine villages until it flows into the Main River at Wertheim. This mighty watercourse accompanies you until the end of your ride in Miltenberg.

The stage destinations are all in pretty villages and towns. The seven stages in this Collection are planned for leisurely cycling; you can start in the morning without needing to rush and, in the afternoon, there’s always enough time to look around and visit the local winegrowers for a tasting.

If you want to travel by train, you could skip the first stage and start in Niederstetten from stage 2. You can either cycle to the starting point in Dörzbach from one of the surrounding railway stations or take a bus from Möckmühl station, which has room for a limited number of bikes – for free!

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Wein-Radreise durchs Taubertal

150 mi

7,725 ft

8,100 ft

Last updated: April 25, 2022

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    Stage 1: Dörzbach to Niederstetten — wine cycling adventure in the Tauber Valley

    Intermediate
    01:38
    14.2 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your wine cycle tour starts in Hohenlohe in Dörzbach. The first stage is not far, so you might even be able to arrive on the same day. You earn your first glass of wine by climbing a few meters in the hilly terrain.

    

    With beautiful views you drive through the green landscape to the east. On the way you

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  • Intermediate
    01:51
    17.0 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can also tackle the second stage comfortably. From Niederstetten you continue east through the idyllic hilly landscape and approach the Tauber Valley. The paths mostly lead over open fields. Only now and then does it go through a small forest.

    

    Your stage destination is Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    27.9 mi
    8.8 mph
    925 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the third stage you now follow the course of the Tauber downstream. It's more downhill than uphill, but there are a few more kilometers. On wonderful cycle paths you will pass many beautiful places where it is worth making a short detour with a break.

    

    The Tauber Valley is quite narrow here and the

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  • Intermediate
    01:50
    18.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    775 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first part of this stage is still comfortable in the picturesque river meadows. Again, there are several places along the way for a break with a tour - including Igersheim and Bad Mergentheim.

    

    Shortly before Königshofen you leave the banks of the Tauber for a small challenge. Via Unterschüpf it first

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    31.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Beautiful landscapes, wonderful cycle paths and many sights are also on the program on this stage. From Beckstein you drive down to the banks of the Tauber and follow its course to Tauberbischofsheim. A detour to the old town with its half-timbered houses is worthwhile.

    

    Then you cycle over the hills in

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  • Difficult
    02:41
    22.9 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point and destination are very close together on this stage. Just a few meters as the crow flies on the other side of the Main in Kreuzwertheim you arrive at the end of this section. The loop through the quaint villages along the beautiful banks of the Main and to a famous vineyard is definitely

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    21.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    350 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of your wine cycle tour leads comfortably and without major differences in altitude along the Main to your destination Miltenberg. On the way you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the idyll by the river. You can pause in numerous cozy places and admire impressive red sandstone walls

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    152 mi
  • Duration
    16:33 h
  • Elevation
    7,875 ft

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