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.
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 Waldspitze, to enjoy a varied route through Franconia, usually slightly downhill. On the way, you will always stroll charming places and villages such as Uettingen, wooden churches or desert cell. On quiet side roads or bike paths you roll relaxed through meadows and fields, until you meet again on the Main. Another loop on the beautiful Uferradweg and you have reached the Etapenzioel Wertheim.Wertheim has a beautiful old town with a worth seeing castle. Also recommended is a walk along the idyllic Main promenade or a tour of the city center, where you can strengthen yourself on the market square in the oldest bakery in southern Germany rustic. Many lodgings are waiting for you in Wertheim, some of them even certified by the ADFC as bed + bike accommodation.
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 of wine in between, for example, in the wine town of Lauda, which you cross, just before you reach the health city Mergentheim, where everything is in the sign of well-being. Here you can relax on the picturesque banks of the Tauber, enjoy the quiet atmosphere in the beautiful spa gardens or stroll through the lively pedestrian zone, where many cafes and restaurants invite you to linger.Rested and strengthened, you will make your way to the stage destination Weikersheim with its magnificent castle and the picturesque old town. If you have explored the beautiful city in peace, several bed + bike accommodations invite you to a good night's sleep.
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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 surrounded on the city wall. Countless historic buildings make for a great ambience, while you can fortify yourself in the many restaurants and get a little surprise in one of the souvenir shops the loved ones at home. But the romantic highlight of the city is the Christmas village on the market square: Here you can browse Christmas decorations and great gift ideas all year round and - if you like something - also buy directly.Today's stage is mainly slightly uphill, only very rarely it is a bit steeper. If you want to push in between, you have more time to enjoy the beautiful scenery! The highest point of the tour you reach at the very end. Even from afar, you can see the baroque palace of the princes of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst. The magnificent baroque castle in the stage destination Schillingsfürst is worth seeing, in addition, various museums or the historic water tower for entertaining entertainment. There are enough accommodations in Schillingsfürst, one of which is even certified by the ADFC as bed + bike accommodation. Just outside the village there is also a bed + bike campsite.
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 collegiate church or the educational Franconian Museum are definitely worth a break. Then it gets quiet again. You will cycle past Franconian carp ponds and through the idyllic Dentleiner Forst. About Schopfloch then you come to Dinkelsbühl, today's stage destination.Dinkelsbühl is considered a masterpiece of German urban architecture. The small town has barely 12,000 inhabitants, yet the amount of sights is impressive. Whether you look at the city's landmark, the Cathedral of St. George, visit one of the many museums, go to the theater or relax in the jazz club - in Dinkelsbühl it is guaranteed not to be boring. Especially exciting is an evening walk through the city with the night watchman. After that, you can fall exhausted but satisfied in bed. In Dinkelsbühl there are many accommodations, two of which have even received the ADFC predicate Bett + Bike, because they are particularly cyclist-friendly.
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 one of the restaurants on the way is worth twice , Incidentally, the princely family still exists: The Princely House Oettingen-Wallerstein is one of the oldest high nobility houses in Europe.In Nördlingen it gets down-to-earth. Here you can take a walk on the historic city wall, which today still surrounds the entire old town and gives you a good idea of what life here might have looked like hundreds of years ago. From the high church tower you have a great view of the Nördlinger Ries, the remains of a meteorite impact more than 14 million years ago. Back to the past is no longer possible today. Instead, you make your way to the stage goal Harburg. Here you can immerse yourself in a bygone era as part of a city tour, before you end the day in the cozy old town.
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 beautifully located at the confluence of the Danube and Wörnitz and attracts with numerous attractions, the picturesque old town and the beautiful Wörnitzinsel, which is completely enclosed by the river. Here you can look for a cozy café or restaurant and relax in peace. If you are in the mood for a special cultural detour, it is worth visiting the Käthe Kruse Doll Museum. The famous dolls have their origins in Donauwörth - in the museum you can find out everything about it.In the further course you follow the Danube, later the Lech and always enjoy the beautiful view of the water. Here and there you will pass a beautiful church, an idyllic monastery or a stately castle - there are plenty of opportunities for a little break. In the stage destination, the flower town of Rain, you can reward yourself with a delicious ice cream and then rest in the magnificent flower park, before you get one of the numerous accommodations in the city.
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, past worth seeing monasteries and idyllic churches.The last kilometers of the tour run directly on the banks of the Lech and lead you over a bridge directly to Augsburg, the Swabian metropolis, which was once founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus. Later, the Fugger and Welser ruled here, while Augsburg developed into one of the most important cities in the country. If you roll over the magnificent Maximilianstraße, you can empathize with these glittering times. In Augsburg, you can also immerse yourself in another historical feature. The town has a tradition of beer dating back to the Middle Ages. Even today there are many breweries in the old town, which in summer attract with cozy beer gardens. Various bed + bike accommodations ensure a restful night's sleep afterwards.
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 in the river. As you follow the Lech upriver, it is always slightly uphill, but the route profile of this stage is very even and free of any noticeable climbs.Via the villages Scheuring and Kaufering you finally reach the beautiful town of Landsberg. The city's 850-year history comes to life in the narrow streets of the old town with all its historic buildings, towers and gates of the old town fortification. Countless rustic taverns invite you to strengthen yourself in a cozy atmosphere and with delicious Upper Bavarian or Swabian specialties. A cyclist-friendly bed + bike hotel as well as many other accommodations will offer you a wide choice for your cozy bed and breakfast.
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, historic old town, you say the Lech adé and steer over Peiting on beautiful cycle paths and quiet side roads to the stage destination Wildsteig. Slowly but surely you reach a height of almost 900 meters until the end of the stage.From the cozy resort of Wildsteig you have a magnificent view of the Ammergau Alps. The place is small, but well prepared for tourists: There are some guest houses, inns and even rooms or apartments on the farm, so you can end the day here in beautiful peace and idyll.
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.Immediately after the start opens up the great view of the Wies Church, UNESCO World Heritage Site and definitely worth a visit. From here you also have a breathtaking view of the Alps, which you can enjoy for a while, while you roll over Halblech and past the Bannwaldsee down to Schwangau, where the next highlights are waiting for you. Before you crown the tour with a visit to the castles Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, you can still strengthen yourself in the cheese pasture Schwangau and pack a few culinary souvenirs in your pannier. Then you reach the romantic destination of your bike tour: The historic old town of Füssen invites you to a final stroll through the city, while you review the experiences of the past ten days, before you go on the journey home.