Bike Tour through Franconia

Bike Tour through Franconia

Along the Main and through the Tauber valley

Rothenburg – Würzburg – Rothenburg

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Medieval towns, Vineyards and Castles
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○


km / day avg.

Medieval towns, elegant residences and a love for wine – these are the trademarks of this romantic bike tour through Franconia at the heart of the Main and in the gentle Tauber Valley. This round trip starts in the well-known town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and takes you through the vineyards along the border between Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. You not only get to see a large number of forts, castles and monasteries but also visit fascinating museums and become familiar with the faces and tales of the area in the country guesthouses. Enjoy!

Bike Tour through Franconia
  • Booking code
  • Start / Destination
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Duration
    7 days, 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 285 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 45 and 70 km, Ø 55 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Rothenburg

Your bike tour through Franconia begins in Rothenburg, situated in the Tauber valley. You find lean towers, flower-clad timber-frame houses and imposing ancient defence facilities. Rothenburg’s well-preserved historic centre, with its intricate alleys, is regarded as the archetypal medieval German town and is particularly popular tourists. Pre-booked rental bikes are ready for you at the hotel.

Day 2: Rothenburg – Ochsenfurt, approx. 55 km

The Tauber guides you today, until you cross a ridge of mountains comfortably along the old Gaubahn line. Then it's a great free-wheel down into the Main valley to Ochsenfurt. The town hall clock shows not only the time but also the phases of the moon. Make sure you don't end up in the Fool's House on your visit.

Day 3: Ochsenfurt – Gemünden / Rieneck, approx. 60 / 70 km

By bike is the best way to become acquainted with the romantic Main valley. The elegant town of Würzburg is perfect for a break. The all-enthroning castle was rebuilt with incredible attention to detail after being seriously damaged during the Second World War. Your route takes you on through vineyards to Gemünden. A little wine-tasting should not go amiss to let the evening come to a pleasant close.

Day 4: Gemünden – Wertheim, approx. 55 / 65 km

You cycle along the banks of the Main today, first to Rothenfels a small town with a castle worth a visit. Wertheim, today's destination amidst green wooded slopes, is situated where Main and Tauber meet. It is watched over by the ruins of old Steinburg castle. The trek up is worth it as at the top of the old walls you get a wonderful view of the countryside you've been cycling through.

Day 5: Wertheim – Weikersheim, approx. 60 km

You take leave of the Main now and follow the Tauber upstream. Old grape varieties have been rediscovered by passionate winemakers here and nurtured to grow again. Timber-framed houses in Tauberbischofsheim and the romantic Bad Mergentheim are on your way. In Weikersheim you can visit the stately renaissance castle. The interior has been almost entirely preserved.

Day 6: Weikersheim – Rothenburg, approx. 45 km

The final section takes you back to Rothenburg. Taking a longer break in Creglingen enables a visit to Lindlein Tower – a rare example of village living in the 18th century. Similarly unique and most endearing is the thimble museum. Countless sewing accessories from all over the world and all different eras are exhibited here. Rothenburg's silhouette welcomes you from afar.

Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast your bike tour through Franconia along Main, Spessart and charming Tauber Valley comes to an end with your individual journey home. We would, however, be more than happy to extend your stay in Rothenburg.