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

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus

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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Tours & Highlights

    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.In Herrieden you say goodbye to the Altmühl and explore the place. You literally enter the city through the Storchentor. Interesting is the monastery basilica, which looks inconspicuous from the outside, but is lavishly and colorfully decorated inside. The beer garden at the city palace is ideal for a hearty break before you negotiate a long ascent and drive back to Ansbach.

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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.Halfway, at the most easterly point of the tour, is Windsbach. Before you start your way back, you can do a little lap through the place. You leave Windsbach over the 200-year-old sandstone bridge and drive back a bit in the Rezattal.Then you turn onto a very nice path that leads you to Wolframs-Eschenbach. Take your time to discover the well-preserved medieval old town and stroll through the city moat.After extensive exploration through the Middle Ages, it gets a bit hilly again. But then you whiz down to the Rezat and follow it back to the residential city.

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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.Now you cross the Altmühl and drive on small, hilly paths to Feuchtwangen. The city lies on the Romantic Road, the oldest holiday route in Germany. The picturesque old town with its narrow streets is ideal for an extended lunch break.You leave Feuchtwangen on hilly paths and drive through the village of Ant Bridge. Then you dive into the Dentleiner forest. Like in an enchanted forest, pretty ponds appear here and there as you meander through the forest. Over fields, through forests and past quiet places, the path finally leads you back to Ansbach via Herrieden.

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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 is a well in the village, the water of which flows on one side into the Rhine and thus into the North Sea and on the other side via the Danube into the Black Sea.Shortly after the sleepy village of Dombach im Loch there is an atonement cross on the roadside. Many years ago a butcher died here in a tragic accident and the atonement cross is intended to remind passers-by to pray for the deceased. And after less than 15 kilometers and at least as many art-historical treasures you will reach Ansbach again.

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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.The tour starts at Schlossplatz, directly in front of the margravial residence. Today the government of Middle Franconia sits there. During a guided tour you can get to know more than 300 rooms better. Then it goes hilly out of the city and after a short time you reach an idyllic landscape with meadows, forests, small streams and villages.The next castle is already waiting for you in Bruckberg. After a dangling you will reach the valley of the Bibert and drive to Dietenhofen. The place is great for a lunch break. The former moated castle and a rose garden are located in the center of the village. You drive back to Ansbach via Weihenzell and after a few ascents and descents you are back at your starting point.

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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. Here you have already arrived in the area of the fish ponds. In some of them you can even fish yourself, provided you get a fishing permit.Back to Ansbach, it is slightly hilly up to the Gumbertus spring. Finally you pass the beautiful Scheerweiher, on the banks of which you can briefly let your soul dangle. From there it is only a carp jump to Ansbach.

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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 starts at the Aquella outdoor pool, on the banks of the Rezat, not far from the old town. The first hills are not long in coming. Soon you will pass the Gumbertus fountain. A settler named Onold once settled here, after whom the Onoldsbach and Ansbach were named. In earlier times the city was still known as Onoldsbach.The tour continues through extensive forests and past small villages. There are also some cultural highlights on your way, such as the forest cemetery. Just before you reach Landstrasse in Ziegelhütte, you can turn left and make a detour to the Kneipp pool.After a good 60 kilometers you are back at your starting point and have circled Ansbach. Now you've earned a refreshment.

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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!The carp tastes better the more you've ridden your bike beforehand. So let's go to the land of the Franconian carp. From Ansbach you drive along the Franconian Rezat to Lehrberg. After a small ascent you change the valley and are at the Altmühl river. On your way there are many ponds and ponds as well as Rammersdorf Castle.Leutershausen is perfect for an extended break. You can stroll through the medieval streets, bathe in the Altmühl or of course eat a carp. In the Altmühltal you continue to Herrieden with its beautifully preserved old town. There is also the possibility of a stop there. After an ascent to the European watershed Rhine / Danube, you drive back to Ansbach through the Dombachtal.

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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 you are in the middle of nature before the gates of the city. In Dietenhofen you reach the Bibert river, which you now follow for a while. On your way you pass the castle ruins of Leonrod. Here you can see in an impressive way how nature is regaining its place.After you have overcome a small height, you come to the valley of the Franconian Rezat. You drive along the river back to Ansbach and can cool off in the Lehrberger Weiher on the way.

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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 beautiful view in the distance. In Wernsbach you can take a short break, strengthen yourself in the inn and take a look at the church.On cozy streets you drive through sleepy villages to Lehrberg on the Franconian Rezat. There is a great swimming pond in the north of the village if you want to cool off. Back to Ansbach you then just follow the Rezat as it ripples quietly through nature.

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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 leave the village over a stone bridge and from there drive along the Altmühlzuleiter. In some places you can hang your feet in the river water or bathe.The Altmühlsee waits at the end of the Altmühl feeder. Half of the lake is a particularly beautiful bird sanctuary. A wooden bridge takes you to Vogelinsel with its observation tower - a very special destination.On the other side of the lake you can swim or take a boat trip. Back to Ansbach you simply circle the lake and then drive the same route or you get on the train in Gunzenhausen.

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Collection Stats

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

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