Bavarian Beer Tour

The Bavarian Beer Tour

Castles and Beer in Franconia

Rothenburg – Nuremberg – Bamberg – Rothenburg

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Breweries, Nuremberg sausage and Ginger bread
  • Dinner in Rabenstein castle and free beer included!
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○


km / day avg.

On the Bavarian Beer Tour through romantic Franconia you'll find out everything there is to know about brewing traditions and can try all kinds of different varieties of beer. You cycle along the beer cycle path through an area that has the highest density of breweries in the world - on average one brewery every square kilometre. Enjoy the rustic atmosphere in these wonderful beer gardens and try the local dishes. On your route you get to know the well-known towns of Rothenburg, Nuremberg and Bamberg, which impress with their medieval townscapes. Part of your route involves cycling along the Burgenstrasse or Castle Road cycle path. And that's the name of the game! You'll see all kinds of mighty castles and forts nestled in the hills along your tour. The friendly hospitality of the Franconians and their excellent beer make for a great cycle ride - and it's been one of our most popular for a very long time.

You can also begin the Bavarian Beer Tour in Nuremberg, if you prefer.

  • Booking Code
  • Start / Destination
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber
    or Nuremberg
  • Duration
    9 days / 8 nights
  • Length
    approx. 335 – 395 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 50 and 60 km, Ø 65 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Rothenburg

Your Bavarian Beer Tour begins in Rothenburg in Taubertal. Slim towers, timber-frame houses decorated with flowers and impressive fortifications are on the agenda today. This well-preserved old town with its many winding streets is known abroad as THE medieval German town. In the evening you can go on a night-time guided tour where you'll learn all about the history and life in early Rothenburg.

Day 2: Rothenburg – Wolframs-Eschenbach, approx. 60 km

Today you can opt for a detour to the Altmühl spring before taking a break in Colmberg. This mighty, well-preserved castle towers over the town – the climb is steep but it's worth it! The Franconian Rezat now takes you into the heart of Ansbach with its lovely Rococo castle - which belonged to the Brandenburg Electors. Your destination today is Wolframs-Eschenbach. Since 1917 this little medieval town bears the name of its eldest son, poet of the Romance, Parzival, Wolfram von Eschenbach.

Day 3: Wolframs-Eschenbach – Nuremberg, approx. 60 km

The Bavarian Beer Tour takes you on along the German Castle Road passing the star-shaped water castle, Lichtenau. In Roth you should definitely visit the Markgravian castle. Next you pedal to Nuremberg, which is not just known for its Lebkuchen biscuits but also for a magnificent castle. Several breweries compete for its favour. Over a beer from Barfüß brewery and an original Nuremberg sausage you have everything you need for a great evening!

Day 4: Nuremberg – Rabenstein Castle (Ahorntal valley), approx. 50 km + train ride or approx. 95 km

Today's route is long. However, you can shorten the first part of it by train if you prefer (not included). Then you'll have enough time to explore Forchheim, the gate to Franconian Switzerland. Next you can look forward to a few up and downhill stretches along the Castle Road cycle path amidst wonderful countryside. You cycle through the green forests and meadows of the Ahorn valley, surrounded by craggy rocks. Castle Rabenstein is also here, set in the middle of this picture-book countryside.

Day 5: Rabenstein Castle (Ahorntal valley) – Bamberg, approx. 50 km

The small village of Auseß with a population of just over 1000 is in the Guiness Book of Records. But why? This unprepossessing town has the highest number of breweries per resident. Four breweries produce the original Franconian beer – so now is a great time to have a taste. And then you're off, cycling through the quiet, rural countryside. The streets get busier as does the surrounding area – a sign that Bamberg is no longer far.

Day 6: Sightseeing in Bamberg

Bamberg has a lot to offer - so you should take a whole day to do see it! Visit the Imperial Cathedral and walk through the little windy streets of this well-preserved old town. This is where you'll also find the town hall, which was built on an artificial island in the middle of Regnitz. In the evening, fortify yourself in an old brewery guesthouse with Franconian specialties and a freshly brewed beer.

Day 7: Bamberg – Neustadt, approx. 55 km + train ride or approx. 70 km

You cycle towards Hirschaid and reach the romantic Aisch valley. Or you shorten the stage with a train journey from Bamberg to Hirschaid (not included). Take a break in Höchstadt and try the well-known dish of mirror carp. The crispy fried fish is a specialty here. In Neustadt, your destination today, at the town hall clock a goat comes out and bleats at every hour – it's quite a spectacle.

Day 8: Neustadt – Rothenburg ob der Tauber, approx. 60 km

Today, Bad Windsheim and the impressive Franconian open air museum are on your route. This is where many historic buildings have been rebuilt. In the guesthouse and in several beer gardens you can try their home-brewed beer. The medieval backdrop of Rothenburg offers a wonderful atmosphere - perfect for enjoying sunny evenings with some tasty bites to eat.

Day 9: Journey home or extension of stay

Your Bavarian Beer Tour ends after breakfast. We would be happy to extend your stay in Rothenburg if you wish.