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Following the Tauber Altmühl Cycle Path from the Main to the Danube

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Following the Tauber Altmühl Cycle Path from the Main to the Danube

Bike Touring Collection by FrankenTourismus

4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

216 mi

6,825 ft

6,200 ft

Two of Franconia's most beautiful cycle paths unite to form the Tauber Altmühl cycle path. From Main, the route follows the Tauber River before joining the Altmühl River to the Danube, passing magnificent landscapes and romantic half-timbered towns along the way.

The first part of the Tauber Altmühl cycle path follows the five-star cycle path ‘the ‘Classic Tauber Valley’. From Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you cycle along the breathtakingly beautiful Altmühltal cycle path.

Starting in the castle town of Wertheim, you can cycle the 217 mile (350 km) long Tauber Altmühl cycle path in seven stages. Sprawled on the banks of the Main and Tauber, Wertheim can be easily reached by train or via the Main cycle path (komoot.de/collection/897916/mainradweg).

From Wertheim you cycle through the lovely landscape of the Tauber Valley, past cultural highlights such as the Bronnbach Monastery or the Topplerschlösschen and visit charming places like Weikersheim, Bad Mergentheim and medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Here, the cycle path leaves the Tauber and leads through the picturesque nature park Frankenhöhe to the source of the Altmühl. The route then meanders along the river as far as the Franconian Lake District and the impressively beautiful Altmühlsee. From here, it continues along the Altmühl to Kelheim, passing the dry slopes near Dollnstein and countless castles perched high above the valley on impressive rocks.

In Kelheim, the final stop on your adventure, you can take the train from Saal on the Danube 3.7 miles (6 km) away, or take the bus with a bicycle trailer which is available from spring until autumn. You could also continue your adventure along the Danube cycle path.

The Tauber Altmühl cycle path is ideal for families as it is almost completely flat. As the area has good transport links, you can also easily plan day rides or short trips along the route and travel to the destinations by public transport. The region is serviced by cycle-friendly buses during the summer. This is also the best season to enjoy the cycle path through the Tauber and Altmühl valleys.

You will find numerous cozy accommodation en route with hosts who warmly welcome cyclists. You will also be spoiled with culinary delights along the Tauber Altmühl cycle path where rustic restaurants, cozy cafés and beer gardens offer a relaxing break complete with delicious Franconian cuisine.

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    Stage 1: Wertheim to Bad Mergentheim – Tauber Altmühl Cycle Route

    Intermediate
    03:03
    30.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Wertheim begins the Tauber Altmühl cycle path. The city on Main and Tauber can be easily reached by train or via the MainRadweg. The first two stages of the cycle path follow the course of the beautiful Taubertalradwegs "Lovely Tauber Valley" to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

    

    On this first stage you cycle

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  • Difficult
    03:24
    31.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,575 ft
    900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you start on the second stage of the Tauber Altmühl bike path. It starts in Bad Mergentheim, the almost lowest point on the route. From now on the next 51 kilometers are going uphill, which makes this tour more demanding than the other tours.

    

    On the way you can enjoy the deaf and pretty little towns

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    34.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,000 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a romantic medieval town, surrounded by the original landscape in the Tauber Valley. Here begins the second part of the Tauber Altmühl cycle path, which follows the course of the Altmühltal cycle path. On this stage you cycle today through the Romantic Franconia to Herrieden

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    33.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    375 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you can look forward to a very nice and above all relaxed bike tour on the Altmühl and the Altmühlsee. The route of this stage leads you through the Franconian Lake District and is almost completely flat. Nevertheless, some highlights are waiting for you on the way.

    

    It starts in Herrieden. Through

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  • Difficult
    02:40
    25.4 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today you can relax a bit on a slightly shorter stage. In the immediate vicinity of the river you cycle through fresh forests, past green meadows and pass spectacular rock formations. The nature is simply breathtaking on this route.

    

    Right at the beginning of the tour you will pass the Weidenkirche in

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    30.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From Eichstätt we continue along the Altmühl to Beilngries. Today's distance of about 45 kilometers contains some small slopes. On the whole, it is quite relaxed in the shallow Altmühltal always along the shore. First, the Altmühl leads you to the southeast, but then makes a large arc and takes the path

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    30.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    450 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the last stage of the Tauber Altmühl cycle path. She brings you from Beilngries to Kelheim. In addition to incredible scenery with beautiful hills and impressive rocks, you can look forward to some castles and palaces that you can see from the bike path high on their mountains and rocks.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    216 mi
  • Duration
    22:31 h
  • Elevation
    6,825 ft6,200 ft

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