Lovely Tauber Valley — the Tauber Valley Cycle Path in 3 stages

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The Tauber Valley Cycle Path meanders through the lovely Tauber Valley from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Wertheim am Main. Picturesque landscapes with rolling hills, wide meadows and romantic forests accompany it. Old castles, monasteries and pretty half-timbered towns line the Tauber like pearls — something that makes this route one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Baden-Württemberg.

"Lovely Tauber Valley" is the official name of the Tauber Valley Cycle Path and it lives up to its name: the cycle path is the only cycle path in Baden-Württemberg to have been awarded five stars by the ADFC. So that you can fully enjoy this wonderful cycle path on your next ride, we bring it to you in three stages in this Collection. The stages of the approximately 62-mile (100-kilometer) long Tauber Valley Cycle Path are between 18 and 25 miles long (30 and 40 kilometers) and largely flat. This means that hobby cyclists and families can also enjoy themselves. As a more ambitious cyclist, you can also simply combine several stages.

The start and end points of the Tauber Valley Cycle Path, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Wertheim, can be easily reached by train. As you go, you'll also have the possibility to change to the train in Weikersheim, Bad Mergentheim, Lauda-Königshofen and Tauberbischofsheim, if you want to take a shortcut or if the weather is no longer good. In addition to the excellent public transport connections, you can also look forward to great bike infrastructure on the way along the Tauber to its mouth in the Main, with superb accommodation options available, as well great places to refuel.

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The stages of the Tauber Valley Cycle Path

  • Intermediate
    24.3 mi
    10.6 mph
    800 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Taubertal cycle path takes you from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Weikersheim. It is almost always pleasant downhill on the 39-kilometer route.Right at the train station in Rothenburg ob der Tauber the bike tour starts on the Taubertalradweg. If you have a little time, make a detour to the historic old town of the medieval town, before you drive to the banks of the Tauber. As soon as you have left the city walls behind you, you dive into the beautiful nature on the riverbank, which is characterized by lush green meadows, vast fields and romantic woodland. The smooth paved bike path always leads you near the river through this picturesque landscape.On many sections you have a unique view over the Tauber Valley and the wooded hills that line it. At other parts of the bike path, you are very close to the river and cycle directly along the water. Certainly you will find on the way your very own favorite place, where you want to take a comfortable break. The charming towns and villages, such as Tauberzell or Röttingen, which are on their way to the stage destination, are also suitable for a rest. Here you can stop by and stroll through the narrow streets.Full of impressions of the lovely Tauber Valley you will reach the stage destination Weikersheim on the first day of your bike tour. Here, the castle invites you to visit the magnificent castle garden and many restaurants and cafes are waiting to pamper you with culinary delights.

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  • Easy
    20.3 mi
    10.6 mph
    325 ft
    500 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you cycle on easy sloping 32 kilometers from Weikersheim to Tauberbischofsheim. On the easy route, you can especially enjoy the lovely Tauber Valley.Behind Weikersheim you cycle past beautiful orchards near the shore. Depending on the season, you will experience a magical sea of ​​flowers here or admire fruits that hang heavily from the branches. In Elpersheim, you switch to the shore and drive past picturesque vineyards that rise to the right of you. A little later you reach Bad Mergentheim. The city invites with cozy restaurants and cafes for a first break. The Deutschordensschloss, which houses a museum about the Teutonic Order, is also worth a visit.After enjoying Bad Mergentheim, you cycle back to the Tauber River and follow the river through wide fields, along the woods and pass through small towns where you can take a break and enjoy such special attractions as the steam locomotive in Lauda can.The last few kilometers you cycle then on the flat bike path to the stage destination Tauberbischofsheim. On the way you have the opportunity once again to enjoy the view over the beautiful meadows and fields that are lost in rolling hills. Tauberbischofsheim awaits you at the end of the stage with fascinating medieval buildings and pretty half-timbered houses.

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  • Intermediate
    18.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    875 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the last leg of the Tauber Valley Cycle Path you can expect very nice sections again. On 30 kilometers you cycle from Tauberbischofsheim to Wertheim, where the Tauber flows into the Main.Behind Tauberbischofsheim you will be greeted by lush green meadows and a few fields, through which you cycle a bit off the river. In Hochhausen you will meet again on the banks of the Tauber and can enjoy the views of the water.After a few kilometers, the Tauber Valley narrows and thickly wooded slopes rise to the left and right of the river. On the cycle path you follow the happy loop of the Tauber and cycle through a picturesque forest and meadow landscape. Especially beautiful on hot days are the passages that lead you through the shady, cool forest.In the middle of this wildly romantic landscape lies the monastery Bronnbach, to which a small detour is worthwhile. In addition to the monastery itself, the orangery and the herb garden enchant you there. In the abbey garden you have the opportunity to picnic and in the wine shop you can taste wines from the region.After a long rest in the monastery, you continue cycling through the winding Tauber valley to Wertheim. Here the Tauber flows into the Main. Exactly at the mouth there is a relaxed beer garden in the beach-bar style, where you can comfortably end the last leg of the Taubertal cycle path in the summer with a cool drink.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    63.3 mi
  • Duration
    06:03 h
  • Elevation
    2,000 ft
    2,950 ft