Cycling through the Tauber Valley – Germany’s prettiest countryside

Bike Touring Collection by Liebliches Taubertal

Are you looking for a weekend getaway for the whole family? Maybe you are unsure where to go on your next cycling holiday? Or perhaps you just want to head out on your bike for a few day rides so that your well-deserved dinner at a beer garden tastes even better. Then look no further than the Tauber Valley, one of the most beautiful places to cycle in Germany.

The 12 circular routes in this Collection take you on a journey through the lovely Tauber Valley and its neighbouring regions. You will ride through the Hohenlohe and Odenwald, as well as the main valley and various side valleys. On the way, you can stop at medieval cities such as Weikersheim, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and Würzburg.

Culture and food are just as important as cycling in this region. The Tauber Valley is known for its excellent wines and regionally-brewed beer. With a full stomach, you can enjoy the varied routes through the region. Whether you like to ride at a leisurely pace or push for big distances, you will find your perfect tour in the routes we have put together for you.

The region’s wonderful cities and bike paths are worth taking the time to explore. You may want to divide the longer routes into two stages to spend a full weekend in the area. We’ve included information about accommodation in the Tour descriptions.

All of the routes are easy to reach by train except for Tour 11. However, there’s a train station a short ride away from the start of Tour 11 if you’re willing to add a few miles on to the route. If you are looking for a bigger challenge, you can also combine the tours. Have a look at the map overview of the Collection to see which ones fit well together.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    01:39
    15.8 mi
    9.5 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour is perfect for a small evening round or a cozy family outing at the weekend. It leads you from Wertheim an der Mainschleife near Urphar, which here on the border from Baden-Württemberg to Bavaria encloses the so-called Himmelreich on the edge of the Spessart. At Bettingen you branch off from the Main onto meadows and fields and circle the two elevations of the Bremen and Büstrich, where a few vertical meters stand in your way. Then the path leads you along the Main from Urphar back to Wertheim.In the medieval town of Wertheim, a whole smorgasbord of sights awaits you, especially the castle ruins towering over the city. As a listed overall complex, Wertheim offers much more: whether it's a walk through the alleys of the old town with its historic half-timbered houses, a look into the Kilian chapel or an assessment of the glass museum - Wertheim is simply worth a visit.During your tour around the large Main Loop, a stop at the Factory Outlet Center "Wertheim Village" is worthwhile, which was roughly modeled on the townscape. In addition, you can fill your panniers with some tempting energy food on the go in the adjoining shop of the chocolate manufacturer "Art of Chocolate" or - also next door - practice a headstand in Toppel's Twisted World. The wine towns of Dertingen and Lindelbach, on the other hand, invite you to taste one of those good wines that, thanks to the mild climate that the Main brings with them, are able to convince with particular excellence.

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    Difficult
    03:47
    36.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This proper day tour takes you from Tauberbischofsheim through the Brehmbachtal up to Külsheim's local mountain "Hoher Herrgott", where the Kabinett wine of the same name also has its roots in the ground. After you have thoroughly explored this area, you will descend shortly behind Sachsenhausen into the Taubertal. From Waldenhausen you follow the meandering water, which is the namesake for the entire region, upriver until the tour in Tauberbischofsheim finds its starting point.The medieval town center of Tauberbischofsheim then invites you to linger a while: In the green areas along the former city wall and the hunger tower, you can stretch your legs a little, for example, and finally have a drink at the foot of the tower tower, the symbol of the city To set up a café. A visit to the market place is also worthwhile. There you can admire the town hall in particular - one of the few southern Germany that were built in the neo-Gothic style.If you would prefer to experience culture in a different way outside the former city walls, the wine trail in the “Edelberg” urban vineyard is ideal. Here you can discover the Weinberg habitat either on your own or, if you like, under expert guidance. Of course, a walk through the grapevines is the most enjoyable if you can also try the fine wines along the way. That is why it is worth registering this foray in advance.

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    26.5 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Depending on your fitness level, you should take at least half a day for this tour. You start in Bad Mergentheim and drive south in the Stuppach valley to the hill to Assamstadt. At Boxberg the route goes downhill again and you follow the Umpfertal to Königshofen - where the Umpfer flows into the Tauber. Now it is not far and you come back to your starting point in Bad Mergentheim.A visit to the Residenzschloss Mergentheim with the affiliated Teutonic Order Museum, which houses various exhibitions, is particularly worth visiting. If you would rather relax and stretch your legs after your tour, we recommend a relaxing visit to the Solymar Therme at the end of the day. If, on the other hand, you are looking for some sporty variety, you can find it in the Leiser mini golf park in the neighboring town of Markelsheim.Along the way, alongside the old and new Kilianskirche in Assamstadt, the Frankendom in Wölchingen is a must-see. The Romanesque church from the 13th century is an impressive building, which is also designated as the official cycle path church. The Madonna by Matthias Grünewald in Stuppach and the historic tenth Gothic from the 12th century next to the collegiate church in Königshofen complete the cultural journey.

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    Intermediate
    02:27
    24.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In an eventful half day, this round takes you in two pretty loops from Lauda from the Taubertal into the Grünbachtal, which you follow to Paimar. From here, a slightly hilly passage awaits you, which leads you across meadows and fields in the second loop to Unterwittighausen and over an extended descent into the Wittigbachtal. At the end of the day, you follow the valley slightly downhill to the Grünbach and continue to your starting point in Lauda.In addition to good places to stop for refreshments, Lauda also impresses with its historic old town. The many half-timbered houses also contribute to the medieval cityscape, as do the remains of the old city wall, which can still be seen here and there. You can find out more about the history of the city in the local museum of local history, which has also devoted part of its exhibition to regional viticulture.On the way, the chapels of St. Achatius in Grünsfeld-Hausen and St. Sigismund in Oberwittighausen tell of the incredible hammer-throwing legend that a giant is supposed to be responsible for the artistic construction of the two architecturally impressive, sacred buildings: Every time this one According to legend, Bauwerk had thrown his hammer away. The giant built the next chapel where it landed. In total there were once three of these octagonal places of worship. The third one - the Michaelskapelle in Gaurettersheim - has unfortunately now succumbed to decay.

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    Difficult
    05:18
    48.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This demanding day tour takes you in an extensive loop from Tauberbischofsheim to Würzburg right in the heart of the Franconian wine region and back again. If the entire route is too far for you, you can shorten a section of it via Lauda by train. Alternatively, you can of course take a two-day tour and spend the night in Würzburg.From Tauberbischofsheim it goes steeply up to the Hammerberg. Once at the top, the route profile remains quite jagged and leads you across fields and through forests to Würzburg, down into the Main Valley. Back you can also expect two decent climbs, then the profile calms down a bit and the route leads in parts along the Romantic Road and through the Welzbach Valley back to your starting point in Tauberbischofsheim.In Würzburg, the towering Marienberg Fortress is hard to miss. You can either face the mountain of the same name and explore the fortress up close or just enjoy the picturesque view of it, like so many others - for example from the old Main Bridge. Where you are already on the Main, it is of course worth taking a small tour along its banks - perhaps to the Old Crane to stop there and then back through the Würzburg old town, where the impressive Marienkapelle stands - those who are in Knows how to convince in terms of their name through absolute understatement.

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    Difficult
    04:59
    43.7 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This, also quite demanding day tour, takes you on a journey over mountains and through valleys. You start in Wertheim, from where it goes south through the Taubertal before you climb steeply out of the valley to Külsheim just before the Bronnbach Abbey. From there, the route leads in a small curve around the Schönertsbach valley and then across meadows and fields to Freudenberg, where you drive between Schlossberg and Tannenbuckel down into the Main valley. From here it is now leisurely along the Main back to Wertheim.In addition to the worth seeing old town of Wertheim, it is worth taking a longer stop in Freudenberg, whose historic town center as a whole has also been a listed building since 2004. The ruins of Freudenberg Castle rise above the city and look down on the Main. In the north of the city there is also a small zoo, which is kindly free of charge, and a small swimming lake next to the Main. If you want to split the tour over two days, you will certainly find a suitable quarters for the night in Freudenberg.On the route sections in between, it is worth visiting the Romanesque-Gothic monastery in Bronnbach from the 12th century. Affiliated to the monastery you will even find a restaurant including a wine shop. A visit to Collenburg Castle in Collenberg or Henneburg in Stadtprozelten is also a good idea. The small Asian garden created according to Feng Shui in the south of Faulbach completes the energy bike tour perfectly.

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    Intermediate
    01:43
    17.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour with start and end point in Tauberbischofsheim is suitable both as a relaxed weekend trip and as a good round for in between, and is particularly dedicated to the immediate vicinity of Tauberbischofsheim. The route takes you through the Brehmbachtal to Dittwar, where you will soon reach the highest point of the tour and can look forward to a short but crisp descent to Dittigheim. Follow the Tauber in a northerly direction to Hochhausen via a short dangle to Distelhausen, from where you can return to your starting point.In addition to the impressive old town of Tauberbischofsheim, numerous 18th century baroque churches await you on the route: including St. Laurentius in Dittwar, St. Vitus in Dittigheim and St. Markus in Distelhausen. And if you are already there, take a detour to the Distelhäuser brewery, where the regional beer has its origin.If you would rather pour a more noble drop at the end of your working day, the wine village of vaccingen offers itself. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to the Groasmückle beer garden in Hochhausen at the end of the tour, where there is bound to be both, served with a hearty side dish.

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    Difficult
    05:00
    47.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With this neat day tour we send you on the traces of the green kernel, the power grain that has been harvested by hand in the Taubertal and Odenwald in a long-standing tradition and dried in the usual green-core kilns over a beech wood fire in the traditional manner. Nowadays the harvesting and drying process takes place predominantly by machine, but during various festivals you still remember the tradition and practice the traditional production methods.The start and end point of your tour is the Grünkern city of Boxberg. From here it goes sideways across the Kailberg to Eubigheim, where you can relax in the river valley of the Eubigheimer Bach for the next few kilometers. The next climb is waiting for you at Altheim. Once this is done, you can look forward to a nice, long descent down to Hardheim. From here you follow the Mühlenradweg to the south before the next mountain passage awaits you shortly after Erfeld. At Unterschüpf the path finally leads you back to the valley of the Umpfer and from there to Boxberg.On the way, you will always notice the traditional green seed grinds along the way. Altheim even invites you to visit the local Grünkern Museum. If you want to split the route into two days, there are overnight accommodations in Walldürn or Hardheim. By the way, the Limes also runs near Walldürn, which you can also take a closer look at on the Limes nature trail north of the city.

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    Intermediate
    02:51
    27.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Depending on your level of fitness, you can plan a half to a full day for this tour. It starts in Bad Mergentheim and first leads you south through the Wachbach valley to Hachtel. There the tour branches off from the valley and overcomes the hill that separates the Wachbach from the Aschbach, which you now follow northwards to the Tauber. From here you make a small detour to Weikersheim, where the Vorbach flows into the Tauber, before you cycle along the Tauber back to Bad Mergentheim.Weikersheim in particular lends itself to an extensive break. Here you can stop off comfortably on the historic market square and enjoy the view of the castle. If you are curious, you can also visit this including the attached castle park. There is even an alchemy museum to admire.In Bad Mergentheim, the Teutonic Knights Museum offers cultural enrichment or the Solymar Therme as a relaxing end to the tour. On the culinary side of the day, the desired delicacy in Herbsthausen in the Herbsthaus brewery or in Markelsheim at the winegrowers' cooperative is also not long in coming.

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    Difficult
    02:09
    21.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour is just the thing for you if you want to have a really hard workout or plan a relaxing bike ride at the weekend. The start and end point are in Igersheim. From there the route follows the Harthauser Talbach along the edge of the forest to Harthausen. You reached the highest point of the tour a short time later exactly on the border from Baden-Württemberg to Bavaria. Behind Bernsfelden you continue along the Stalldorfer Bach, which flows into the Tauber a little later than the Nassauer Bach near Schäftersheim. Through Weikersheim the path leads you along the Tauber back to your starting point in Igersheim.If you bring enough time with you, it is worthwhile to stop at Weikersheimer Marktplatz or even visit the castle. In Igersheim you will also find a wide range of cultural offerings with the Neuhaus Castle and the local museum in the Kulturhaus. As a supplement to the tour, the Weikersheim also offers the Planet Path, which leads through Queckbronn around the Karlsberg and leads you across our solar system.

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    Intermediate
    01:57
    17.3 mi
    8.9 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour is ideal as a small round in between as well as for a leisurely bike tour at the weekend. The start and end points in Creglingen are no longer accessible by train despite their location on the former Gaubahn, but the nearest train station in Weikersheim is not too far away. From there, the tour over the Taubertal is also quite easily accessible. At most, the start and end points want to be postponed.From Creglingen you first follow the Tauber in a northerly direction to Bieberehren and pass some of its most beautiful spots along the way. From here you follow the Gollach, which runs a little below you to Alb, where you turn around again and finish the round in a southern direction at Creglingen via Frauental.In Creglingen you can, if you like, go on a whole museum tour: The Lindlein Tower Museum is housed in an old watchtower and offers unique insights into the lifestyle of the last inhabitants of the tower. In the Thimble Museum you can inspect a whole range of sewing tools, some of which are elaborately crafted. The Jewish Museum, on the other hand, is dedicated to the special features of Jewish life in Creglingen from the beginning of the 17th century to 1939.

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    Difficult
    05:18
    50.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For the crowning conclusion of the adventure tours in the Taubertal valley, take us on the Hohenloher Residenzenweg. This leads you in a large loop from Weikersheim to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and back. In total, it is almost 82 kilometers to be mastered. From Weikersheim you follow the Vorbach up south to Schrozberg, where you have already reached the highest point of the tour. The path leads through a piece of forest from here to the west and then takes you directly to the Taubertal in Rothenburg.If you would rather ride the tour in two stages, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is of course the perfect option for an overnight stay. There is so much to discover here - from Plönlein, the landmark of Rothenburg, to the Topplerschlösschen to medieval town fortifications - that a few hours alone is probably not enough to absorb everything.From Rothenburg it goes back along the Tauber back to Weikersheim. You pass the towns of Tauberzell, Creglingen and Röttingen, where a short or longer stop is worthwhile - whether just for a physical or even cultural break, that is entirely up to you. While culinary delights are waiting for you in the wine town of Tauberzell, there are a number of museums in Creglingen. In Röttingen you can read the time on the various sundials towards the end of your tour. Not exactly impractical: this way you can make sure that you catch your connecting train in Weikersheim several times.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    377 mi
  • Duration
    39:48 h
  • Elevation
    19,175 ft

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