On the Aisch valley cycle path 3 days through Franconia

Bike Touring Collection by
komoot

Dozens of small streams, hundreds of enchanted ponds, endless meadows and original river meadows await you on the Aisch Valley Cycle Path. Dense deciduous forests alternating with picturesque vineyards. Countless fields where cheerful sunflowers, tall corn and fluffy carpets of yellow rape and green grain grow. Historic old towns with pretty houses, castles, palaces and romantic stork nests on the roofs.

You will be able to enjoy all this on the slightly over 120 kilometre long route on the Aisch Valley Cycle Path, which runs right through Franconia. Strictly speaking, it connects Middle Franconia with Upper Franconia. From medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber, it meanders through charming and varied countryside with a widely ramified water network into the world heritage city of Bamberg. Most of the time it goes comfortably downhill.

In this collection we show you how you can ride the bike tour relaxed in three days. The three short stages are ideal for a small adventure on a long weekend without having to plan much beforehand. The arrival and departure to the Aischtal cycle path is very easy thanks to the good train connection from Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Bamberg. You don't have to search much for accommodation in the stage destinations either, as they offer a large selection of guesthouses, hotels and holiday apartments. Off the beautiful cycle path, the two cities Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Bamberg are of course real highlights where you can really enjoy the day of arrival and departure.

Tip: If you want to stay longer than three days, you can combine the Aischtal cycle path with other long-distance cycle paths, such as the Main, Tauber valley, Altmühltal and Regnitz cycle paths.

The Main cycle path: komoot.com/collection/92/the-main-cycle-path-from-the-spring-to-the-estuary

The Altmühltal cycle path: komoot.com/collection/496/the-altmuehltal-cycle-path-fantastic-nature-fairytale-castles

The Tauber Valley cycle path: komoot.com/collection/804/lovely-tauber-valley-the-tauber-valley-cycle-path-in-3-stages

The Regnitz Cycle Path: komoot.com/collection/807/regnitz-cycle-path-4stages-between-nuremberg-and-bamberg

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:16
    22.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    550 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the beautiful medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber begins the Aischtalradweg. From the train station, where the tour starts, it is worth taking a short detour through the historic old town, whose heart is the marketplace. You can take your time, because the first leg to Bad Windsheim is only 38 kilometers long and goes down almost all the time.From Rothenburg ob der Tauber the bike path leads down into the valley, past yellow rapeseed and sunflower fields, green meadows and dense forests. Countless small streams accompany you, including the Ens and the Tiefenbach, which unite at Burgbernheim in a large pond and then continue to flow as Ens. In the vicinity of Burgbernheim springs also the Aisch.But before you continue on the Aischtalradweg, you are welcome to visit the Kapellenberg in Burgbernheim. The small climb up is a welcome change to the continuous downhill and from the top you have a magnificent view of the small town and the surrounding countryside.Back on the Aischtalradweg you cycle comfortably through beautiful fields and meadows until you reach the gates of today's stage destination for the first time on the river. Here you cross the Aisch flood channel and then accompany the Aisch a little bit to Bad Windsheim, where this stage ends. In the beautiful place you can end the day relaxed in the spa or during a visit to the graduation house.

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  • Intermediate
    02:50
    30.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    325 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage takes you 48 kilometers from Bad Windsheim to Höchstadt on the Aisch and downhill all the time. You will ride large parts of the route directly along the Aisch, others will guide you on beautiful cycle paths through the enchanting landscape off the river.Immediately after Bad Windsheim you will meet the Aisch and follow its course for several kilometers. Charming little wooden bridges lead you over and over the beautiful natural river.Half way there is Neustadt an der Aisch waiting for you. Here you are welcome to make a detour to the pretty city center. If you come here on a Saturday, the weekly market invites. At the many colorful stalls you can strengthen yourself and enjoy the fun.After you have cycled along the Aisch a few kilometers, you reach the small town of Gutenstetten, where you can stop by at the Radlertreff and share the best tips around the Aischtalradweg with like-minded people.On the way to the stage destination Höchstadt an der Aisch, you will not only be enchanted by the river with its bifurcations and enchanted ambience, but also by the many ponds along the way. After all, this area with more than 7000 ponds is one of the largest contiguous ponds in Central Europe.In the beautiful city of Höchstadt on the Aisch you have reached today's stage destination. Here you can calmly look at the historic old town and end the evening in a cozy restaurant with good Franconian cuisine.

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    25.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    300 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage on the Aischtalradweg takes you on 41 comfortable kilometers from Höchstadt an der Aisch to the World Heritage City of Bamberg - and yes, it goes downhill.Behind Höchstadt an der Aisch you pass small ponds and wide meadows, which stretch to dense forest. Large fields of corn, sunflowers, rapeseed and various cereals complete the varied landscape along the Aisch, near which you cycle to the northeast. Inviting beer gardens await you on the way, where you can relax under shady trees and strengthen yourself.Halfway around, you will meet the Regnitz, into which the Aisch flows. After crossing the river, turn north and follow the straight-sided Main-Donau-Kanal on flat bike paths directly on the shore, which will take you directly to Bamberg.Before you cycle to the train station in Bamberg, the destination of the bike tour, and take the train home, it is worth making a long detour to the uniquely beautiful old town, which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993. So that you can find the way to the most beautiful highlights of the city completely relaxed, we have built them into the tour. Have fun!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    78.2 mi
  • Duration
    07:31 h
  • Elevation
    1,200 ft
    1,775 ft

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