If this is not the perfect tour for your next franconian cycling adventure: 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. No tours with overnight stay are possible yet — until then we will spoil you with the anticipation of this bike tour.
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. You can find the timetables here naturpark-altmuehltal.de/freizeitbus. This is also the best season to enjoy the cycle path through the Tauber and Altmühl valleys.
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 from the train station in Wertheim to Bad Mergentheim. From the station, head south. The almost 50-kilometer route contains some small gradients and goes slightly towards the end, but continuously uphill.On the way you come through several beautiful places like Tauberbischofsheim, where a small sightseeing tour is definitely worthwhile.At the stage finish in Bad Mergentheim you can easily spend the night and rest for the second stage of the Tauber Altmühl cycle path the next day.
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 that are ideal for resting. One of the highlights along the bike path is the late medieval Toppler castle, which impresses with its tower-like construction.The goal of the stage is Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is known worldwide for its well-preserved medieval town center. Rothenburg has a very good infrastructure for tourists and therefore also a lot of accommodation options.
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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.After a short climb at the beginning, it goes largely downhill past one of the three sources of Altmühl. From here on you drive along the river through beautiful nature far away from traffic and roads.Halfway around about you come through the small town Colmberg. Here you can make a detour to the castle Colmberg, which towers high above the town. In the castle there is a hotel with restaurant, where you can stop and enjoy good Franconian cuisine.Freshly fortified, you cycle comfortably downhill to the finish in Herrieden. Here you can stay in one of the hotels, pensions or apartments. If you only want to enjoy this one stage, you can simply take a bicycle or bus to the train station in Ansbach, about ten kilometers away. From here you can leave by train.
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 beautiful nature you always drive near the Altmühl towards the southeast. Finally you meet the Altmühlzuleiter and follow its bank. On the way you have a wonderful view of the watercourse, which takes you to the Altmühlsee, into which it flows.The Altmühlsee is in a class of its own and the absolute highlight of this stage. The route on the bank is one of the most beautiful sections of the Tauber Altmühl bike path. Since the lake is halfway there is a stop at one of the many refreshment stops. Afterwards it continues along the Altmühl to the stage destination Treuchtlingen. Here you can either stay the night or take the train home.
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 on this route is simply breathtaking.At the beginning of the tour you will pass the Weidenkirche in Pappenheim. A natural, open church covered with green plants. This natural structure is a nice place to take a little break.A few kilometers further on, about halfway, you have an excellent view of the 12 apostles from the bike path, a rock formation that can be seen on the opposite side of the Altmühl.At Dollnstein you can experience breathtaking rock formations again, this time up close. Here you drive directly past the impressive dry slopes.Today's destination is Eichstätt, the unofficial capital of the Altmühl Valley. If you want to leave from here, you can easily do so by train. Otherwise, you can find all conceivable accommodations such as a campsite, a youth hostel and classic hotels, guest houses and holiday apartments for overnight stays.
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 to the northeast. There is also the stage destination Beilngries.Shortly before the destination you will pass a beautiful lake that invites you to rest and refresh. The water of the lake is beautifully clear and the view of the opposite wooded shore is beautiful.In Beilngries itself you have the opportunity to see the castle, which towers high above the city. In addition, the city enjoys a beautiful old town. In Beilngries you have countless accommodations, including a campsite. Otherwise, you can leave from spring to autumn with the leisure bus, which has a bike trailer.
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.The 46 kilometers of today's tour are mostly flat, mostly even slightly sloping. A few minor climbs in between make for a bit of action on the track.Arrived in Kelheim you can look forward to beautiful sights and good accommodation. You can easily leave by train from the hall on the Danube, which is six kilometers away, or you can take the leisure bus with bicycle trailer, which is available from spring to autumn.