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Experience the vastness of „Romantic Franconia” – Cycling around Ansbach

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Experience the vastness of „Romantic Franconia” – Cycling around Ansbach

Bike Touring Collection by FrankenTourismus

11

Tours

33:12 h

298 mi

12,550 ft

With over 1,250 years of history, not many cities can look back on such a rich past as Ansbach. Founded as a monastery where the Onoldsbach and Rezat Rivers meet in Bavaria, Ansbach has witnessed its fair share of turbulent times. The castle ruins around the city could tell some fascinating stories. The best way to explore the town and its picturesque surroundings is on your bike. On these Tours, we take you through quiet forests, sleepy villages, and numerous glistening lakes in the Franconian Lake District.

In this Collection, we present 11 cycling Tours ranging from short and easy to more challenging rides that will get you pedalling hard. On the way, you discover many of the special treasures hidden in the region of Middle Franconia. Whether you are a local or just visiting, you will be surprised by the varied sites. As you ride along the European watershed that separates the North Sea from the Black Sea, you visit impressive Medieval towns, hidden swim spots, and historic churches. To round off your adventure, you learn how to recognise fresh carp, and where and when to eat it.

Ansbach can be proud of both its cultural history and magnificent nature, as well as its culinary delights. Plus, all of this is only half an hour away from Nuremberg by train. The royal residence city is looking forward to seeing you!

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    Intermediate
    03:12
    31.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Not far from Ansbach, the Altmühl splashes through idyllic nature and tranquil villages. The quickest way to reach the river is to drive along the well-developed bike path on the B13 federal road.In Ornbau you will then reach the Altmühl. The place has a special charisma with its city wall and its pretty, small houses. From there you drive comfortably through the Altmühltal through small settlements and cross the river again and again.

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    32.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you fancy living history or an excursion along the Franconian Rezat, you've come to the right place. This tour takes you from Ansbach along the Rezat to Windsbach and back via Wolframs-Eschenbach.You start appropriately in the old town of Ansbach and drive past the pompous residence. The path leads you through the Rezat Valley, in which the river meanders quietly through nature. In Lichtenau you can examine the impressive fortress before you continue cycling through the idyll.

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  • Difficult
    04:37
    42.8 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A demanding but varied and eventful bike tour lies ahead of you. On the Dombachtalweg you leave Ansbach and cycle uphill to Elpersdorf. There is the European watershed between the North Sea and the Black Sea.You then drive mostly downhill to Herrieden. The place with its medieval buildings is extremely worth seeing. If you don't feel like going for a stroll yet, you can do that later, because this is where the outward and return journey is separated.

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  • Easy
    01:01
    8.56 mi
    8.4 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this round tour you will discover art historical treasures west of Ansbach. It all starts in Ansbach itself, of course, which is bursting with cultural highlights. You leave the residential city in the direction of Schalkhausen, where the Scheerweiher invites you to relax.Then it goes on to Elpersdorf. Here you will meet one of the European watersheds. There …

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  • Difficult
    03:05
    27.0 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the late Middle Ages, the Principality of Ansbach, a patchwork quilt in the Holy Roman Empire, was created. The margraves had a good time and built magnificent residences. On this tour you will get to know some magnificent buildings. But even if you are not interested in Friedrich Wilhelm and Co., this round trip through a beautiful, hilly landscape is a wonderful day trip.

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    23.1 mi
    9.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The traditional Franconian carp tastes best when you have exercised a little in the fresh air beforehand. So take your bike and do a little round through the land of the Franconian carp.From Ansbach you drive through the valley of the Franconian Rezat to Lehrberg. From there it goes a little up on small streets, sometimes down to Leutershausen. …

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    38.5 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,225 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The trekking tour around Ansbach shows you the diverse landscape that surrounds the residential city. You are out and about a lot in the wonderful nature: Most of the paths lead through the forest and you will have to climb a few meters. In addition to the unique nature experience, you will be rewarded with great views.The star-shaped tour …

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    28.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Franconia is not exactly the ideal area to set up fish ponds. But since the clergy so often had to live without meat in the past, they did not want to do without the fish. That is why the tradition of the Franconian carp was born. It tastes best in beer batter and in the months that have an "R" in their name. And when the tail fin points in the air after baking, the carp is particularly fresh!

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    30.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Frankenhöhe Nature Park is one of the sunniest areas in southern Germany. Not only all kinds of plants and animals feel at home here, but cyclists too. On this 50 kilometer tour we will show you the eastern part of the nature park with its mixed forests and biotopes.You drive out of Ansbach with a slight incline and …

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  • Intermediate
    01:43
    16.6 mi
    9.7 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Would you like to get out of town a little and stretch your legs in the fresh air in beautiful nature? Then you've come to the right place, because the name says it all on this tour.To warm up, drive out of Ansbach on the bike path on Grüberstraße. On narrow paths you drive slightly uphill and enjoy a …

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  • Intermediate
    01:48
    17.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You don't have to drive too far to get to the water from the city. After you have overcome the hills south of Ansbach, you drive through the forest and to Leidendorf on a well-developed bike path. Then you meander through small towns.Ornbau is particularly beautiful. The old town looks like nothing has changed since the Middle Ages. You …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    298 mi
  • Duration
    33:12 h
  • Elevation
    12,550 ft

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