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The Franconian Water Bike Path – 8 days of creeks, lakes & rivers

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The Franconian Water Bike Path – 8 days of creeks, lakes & rivers

Bike Touring Collection by Fränkischer WasserRadweg

11

Tours

28:34 h

293 mi

10,050 ft

South of Nuremberg opens a wide, gentle hills, characterized by large and small lakes and criss-crossed by countless streams, streams and rivers: the Franconian Lake District. Since May 2019, the Fränkische WasserRadweg has been running here, taking you through the picturesque landscape in eight stages. On your bike tour you will visit the idyllic waters as well as cozy old towns that take you on a journey of discovery into the Middle Ages. If you roll through the streets here, many a tavern attracts with Franconian specialties, home-brewed beers and excellent wines. Not only do you get to know the idyllic landscape on your bike tour, you also dive into the diverse culture and history of Middle Franconia.

The Fränkische WasserRadweg, recommended in the ADFC brochure "Discovering Germany by Bike", consists of eight daily stages and leads through the Franconian Lake District in a round trip of around 240-miles (390-kilometers). With distances between 25 and 35 miles (40 and 55 kilometers) and only gentle climbs over the hills of Central Franconia, the tour is perfect for connoisseurs. In addition, there are three intermediate stages, which shorten the round. So you can do part of the tour, for example, on a long weekend. The bike ride is on cycle paths and quiet roads, where you can enjoy nature away from traffic. The route alternates with the many streams and rivers that splash through wide meadows: Roth, Wörnitz, Altmühl, Franconian Rezat and Ludwig-Donau-Main-Kanal. Along the way, you will also visit picturesque bathing lakes, which offer a refreshing resting place on hot summer days.

We have put together the Fränkische WasserRadweg for you so that your round trip begins in Roth. The start of your tour you can easily reach from Nuremberg with the S-Bahn line 2. As it is for a round trip, but you can of course also start with any other stage. In all stages along the Fränkische WasserRadwegs you will find cozy guesthouses, hotels and holiday apartments with typical Franconian charm. Since many of the waypoints also have their own train station, you can also put together a shorter tour or plan individual stages as day trips. Just rummage in our tours and let yourself be inspired to your discovery journey through Middle Franconia.

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242 mi

8,225 ft

8,225 ft

Last updated: December 6, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:23
    33.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate e-bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The starting point of your bike ride on the Franconian water cycle path is the town of Roth on the northern edge of the Franconian Lake District. From here you cycle along the course of the Roth, pass the Rothstausee and finally meander over wide fields to the stage destination Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    32.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    625 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate e-bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage is dedicated to the old and the new Main-Danube Canal. From Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate, it goes first along the old and finally along the new canal to Beilngries. From there you turn off into the picturesque Altmühltal and cycle to the stage destination Greding.

    

    Your starting point

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    33.2 mi
    11.0 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate e-bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As the name implies, on the third day of the Franconian water cycle path, large and small bodies of water are also on the program. From Greding it goes upstream on the Schwarzach and then along the Thalach. After leaving the creek, you will cycle across wide meadows and through quiet forests to the Swabian

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    34.7 mi
    10.8 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate e-bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth stage of the Fränkische WasserRadwegs takes you from Brombachsee to the neighboring Altmühlsee. Here you circle the reservoir on a comfortable bike path, before continuing through the wide landscape from Mittelfranken to Wassertrüdingen. Here at the finish line, you will meet the Wörnitz

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  • Easy
    02:14
    25.3 mi
    11.3 mph
    700 ft
    600 ft
    Easy e-bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fifth stage, the Wörnitz accompanies you on your bike ride to Feuchtwangen. You cycle along the meandering course of the river and along idyllic meadows. Shortly before the stage destination you leave the river and cycle over a gentle hilly landscape to Feuchtwangen.

    

    Starting point of today's stage

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    25.8 mi
    8.2 mph
    850 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate e-bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the sixth stage you cycle from Feuchtwangen along the course of the Sulzach to Schillingsfürst, where the river rises. It is worth visiting the impressive castle before continuing your tour. The last kilometers run in direct proximity to the Tauber and bring you into the famous Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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  • Easy
    02:37
    27.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Easy e-bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the seventh stage with some ups and downs over the hilly landscape of the Franconian Lake District. On your tour to Ansbach you can expect wide, beautiful views, the impressive castle Colmberg and small, romantic villages.

    

    From the Old Town of Rothenburg, the Franconian

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    35.3 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate e-bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the eighth and last stage of the Franconian Water Cycle Path, Middle Franconia is again showing its best side. On your tour from Ansbach to Roth you follow the meandering course of the Franconian Rezat for many kilometers and visit small towns with enchanting old towns and exciting castles.

    

    Starting

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  • Easy
    01:54
    20.6 mi
    10.9 mph
    550 ft
    575 ft
    Easy e-bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first intermediate tour along the water cycle path leads you from Dennenlohe through a beautiful forest, meadow and lake area. It starts right at the Mühlweiher in Dennenlohe. It is located directly below the beautiful Dennenloher See. Before you start properly, you can stroll a bit through the impressive

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  • Easy
    01:59
    21.9 mi
    11.1 mph
    875 ft
    1,100 ft
    Easy e-bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second intermediate tour starts at the westernmost point of the Brombachse. The lake actually consists of three lakes separated by narrow dams. They originated only in the 1970s as a water reservoir for the Main-Danube Canal and were created from the beginning as a recreational area.

    

    You drive on

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  • Easy
    00:14
    2.57 mi
    11.4 mph
    150 ft
    125 ft
    Easy e-bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short intermediate tour connects the third stage with the second intermediate tour. So, if you only want to do the eastern part of the Franconian Water Cycle Path, for example on a long weekend, you can cut short here.

    

    The short Zwischenstückchen is so beautiful on the beautiful Brombachsee, that

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    293 mi
  • Duration
    28:34 h
  • Elevation
    10,050 ft

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