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10 fabulous stages along the Romantic Road

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10 fabulous stages along the Romantic Road

Bike Touring Collection by Romantische Straße

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

318 mi

12,900 ft

10,900 ft

Fairytale castles and medieval towns — on this cycle tour along the Romantic Road you will feel almost permanently transported to the romantic world of days gone by. Idyllic river floodplains, picturesque resting places and not least the Franconian, Swabian and Upper Bavarian hospitality make this tour, which is also recommended by the ADFC in its brochure "Discover Germany by bike", a cultural and culinary experience. It takes you on ten stages over about 500 kilometres from Würzburg to Füssen, where the romantic Neuschwanstein Castle awaits you as the fairytale highlight of the route.

The magic of romanticism is always present on this tour. No matter whether you roll through medieval half-timbered towns, awaken childhood memories in the Käthe Kruse doll museum or let the baroque churches and magnificent parks along the way work their magic on you. In between you cycle through beautiful natural landscapes with vineyards, raised bogs and dreamy beech forests, where you can relax far away from the hustle and bustle.

The tour along the Romantic Road is very varied. Some stages are flat and easy to ride, others have hilly sections that make you sweat, but reward you with great views. Each of our stages ends in a beautiful city or idyllic place with plenty of accommodation and great opportunities to spend the evening. Of course, you can also try your hand at individual sections of the route. Often — but not always — the stage destinations have railway connections, so you can also get on in between. In summer, you are always flexible if your plans change or the weather changes: from April to October, the "Romantic Road Bus" runs along the route transporting bicycles, luggage and passengers. You can find all the information you need here: romantischestrasse.de/bus-bahn/romantische-strasse-bus.

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The Stages Along The Romantic Road

  • Difficult
    02:54
    27.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You start your journey along the romantic street in the residential city of Würzburg, where you briefly say hello to the Main and have a look at the Würzburg landmark, Marienberg Fortress. Now you leave the Main to meet him again at the end of the tour. On a slightly longer climb you cycle to the Zeller

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    39.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage two along the Romantic Road leads you through the lovely Tauber Valley, where you will pass idyllic rest stops, where you can rest and strengthen yourself for the onward journey. You should not miss a regional specialty: The Tauber Valley is known for its grape variety "Tauberschwarz". A glass

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    34.6 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,025 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage three lives up to the name of the Romantic Road. Because today you cycle through Rothenburg ob der Tauber - the city is considered one of the most romantic cities in Germany. Located on the edge of the Tauber Valley you can discover here a well-preserved old town, which can be almost completely

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  • Intermediate
    03:12
    29.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth stage along the Romantic Road takes you out of Schillingsfürst and along the idyllic river Sulzach to the festival town of Feuchtwangen. During the summer, the cloister games in the monastery garden are a cultural highlight. But the romantic old town with its iron fountain, the impressive

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    39.0 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage along the Romantic Road takes you back to the past. For example, in the world of the princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein, who brewed the "Wallersteiner Fürstenbier" centuries ago, which perfectly matches the culinary delicacies of the Swabian-Franconian Alb - an extensive lunch break in

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    23.3 mi
    10.2 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sixth stage along the Romantic Road is a bit shorter and almost flat over large parts - a small "resting phase", so to speak, that gives you enough air to enjoy the beautiful landscape along the Wörnitz, the Danube and at the end of the Lech. You can plan a longer break for Donauwörth. The city is

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    34.5 mi
    9.3 mph
    775 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The seventh stage along the Romantic Road leads you along the course of the Lech to the university town of Augsburg via beautiful gravel paths and beautiful cycle paths. While you can expect a lively city life here, you will enjoy the idyllic river landscape on the way and cycle through small villages

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  • Difficult
    03:44
    35.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,050 ft
    725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the eighth stage along the Romantic Road you follow the Lech from Augsburg to Landsberg. You pass through the idyllic nature park "Westliche Wälder", pass several barrages of the Lech river and pass cozy rest stops, traditional restaurants or quiet swimming spots, inviting you for a refreshing dip

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  • Difficult
    03:58
    35.0 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,350 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    While the journey along the Romantic Road has been quite casual so far, a few climbs await you on the ninth stage - no wonder, as you will arrive today at the Pfaffenwinkel in the Upper Bavarian Alpine foothills, the land of farmers, cheese and churches. Behind Schongau, a medieval town with an impressive

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    20.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    775 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The best comes to the end: For the tenth stage along the Romantic Road is absolutely true. Today you can expect a little more than 30 kilometers, packed with scenic and cultural highlights, including Germany's most famous "fairytale castle", Neuschwanstein Castle.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    318 mi
  • Duration
    33:52 h
  • Elevation
    12,900 ft10,900 ft

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