At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
    Rothenburg o.T.
  • Duration of trip:
    9 days / 8 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
    approx. 335-395 km / 208-245 mi
  • Distance per day:
    45-65 km / 28-40 mi
  • Altitude Profile:
    hilly, hilly, with several small inclines
  • Route:
    Quiet side roads, paved and unpaved farm and forest roads. The longest one-day-routes can easily be cut short by taking the train.
Eating and drinking
There is a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, bistros, snack bars and places to shop all along the cycle path. That is why we do not offer half board. An evening meal costs approx. EUR 10-20 per person. Of course, you can eat more economically or even more exquisitely.

Cycling tour in Franconia

Round trip from Rothenburg, 9 days/8 nights from EUR 599

The Tour

Cycling tour in Franconia - Nuremberg

This round trip will lead you through the famous medieval towns of Bamberg, Nuremberg and Rothenburg, as well as “Beer Franconia” - where you’ll find more breweries than anywhere else in the world. Along the route which mostly leads along rivers and canals, you’ll see countless castles, chateaus and beer gardens. However, you should have a certain level of baseline fitness for this tour, or consider using an e-bike.

Cycling tour in Franconia
Cycling tour in Franconia

Day 1 Arrival in Rothenburg o.T.
The medieval town is famous around the world, in the evening, the night watchman will give you a tour through its alleys.

Day 2 Rothenburg - Wolframs-Eschenbach, approx. 60 km / 37 mi
Along the slightly hilly Burgenstraße, you’ll ride up to picturesque views of the mighty Zollernburg castle in Colmberg and the splendid residential city of Ansbach, after which you’ll reach Wolframs-Eschenbach, a medieval village under the banner of the Parzival poet.

Day 3 Wolframs-Eschenbach - Nuremberg, ca. 60 km / approx. 37 mi

Today’s ride along the Burgenstraßen cycle path is refreshingly easy-going. In Nuremberg, you can look forward to evening strolls through the historic centre and Franconian specialties

Day 4 Nuremberg - Castle Rabenstein, ca. 50 km / approx. 31 mi + train ride (not incl.) / ca. 95 km / approx. 59 mi
For those who love pushing themselves, we’d highly recommend cycling to Forchtheim. Alternatively, go for a leisurely stroll through Nuremberg and take the train. Afterwards, the route will take you through a diverse landscape towards today’s final destination: the impressive Rabenstein castle.

Day 5 Castle Rabenstein - Bamberg, ca. 50 km / approx. 31 mi
Via Aufseß - the town with the highest number of breweries per capita in the world - you’ll cycle to Heiligenstadt and Litzendorf and onwards to Bamberg.

Day 6 Bamberg
The UNESCO world heritage city of Bamberg lures you in with its many sights. Why not stroll through the beautiful historic centre, explore the town hall and the dome or go on one of the countless guided brewery tours.

Day 7 Bamberg - Neustadt a.d. Aisch, ca. 55 km / approx. 34 mi + + train ride (not incl.) / ca. 70 km / 43 mi
The river Aisch will lead you along to Neustadt, which is shaped by its widely preserved fortifications. This route can be shortened by taking the train.

Day 8 Neustadt a.d. Aisch - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, ca. 60 km / approx. 37 mi

Bad Windsheim is not only home to an interesting open-air museum, but also an exquisite museum micro-brew. For your last evening, the towns’ medieval alleys offer a great setting.

Day 8 Departure or extension
Your tour ends after breakfast. Why not extend your cycling tour in Franconia?

Cycling tour in Franconia - Bamberg
Cycling tour in Franconia
Cycling tour in Franconia


Included in your package "Cycling tour in Franconia":

  • 8 overnight stays, incl. breakfast
  • luggage transport from hotel to hotel, max. 20 kg/44 lb per piece
  • guided tour through Rothenburg conducted by the night watchman
  • 4 beer vouchers for 0.5 L beer in Bamberg, per person
  • dinner at Rabenstein Castle
  • entry to the Franconian open-air museum in Bad Windsheim
  • travel documents and maps in english
  • 7-day customer helpline
  • visitor's tax to be paid on site
  • train tickets not included
  • optional rental bike


  • Category M:
    Guesthouses and hotels at the international 3* level as per Hotelstars Union. All rooms are en suite with bath or shower.

Bikes for hire:

  • Comfortable unisex bikes available in different frame sizes with 7 gears/rear brake or 24 gears/freewheel. Equipped with panniers, lock and repair kit. E-bikes available upon request.

Travel time 2020:

  • Arrivals daily from 09/04 to 11/10
  • the day of arrival determines the price of your tour


All prices apply per person in a double room, incl. breakfast.

  • 599 EUR super saver price
    13/04-24/04 + 01/10-11/10
  • 679 EUR saver price
    09/04-12/04 + 25/04-15/05
    14/06-26/06 + 13/09-30/09
  • 749 EUR basic price
    16/05-28/05 + 01/06-05/06
  • 799 EUR seasonal
    29/05-31/05 + 06/06-13/06
  • 229 EUR single room surcharge
  •   80 EUR rental bike
  •   40 EUR kids bike/trailer
  • 195 EUR e-bike
  •   75 EUR additional night Rothenburg, double room, B&B
  • 109 EUR additional night Rothenburg, single room, B&B
  •   55 EUR additional night Nuremberg, double room, B&B
  •   85 EUR additional night Nuremberg, single room, B&B

The booking process

The Tour



  • Arrival by car in Rothenburg ob der Tauber:
    Large car parks outside the historic centre, cost approx. 10 EUR / day. Hotel parking as well as parking supplied by partner hotels, cost approx. EUR 5-15/day. Sorry, we can’t take reservations for this.

  • Arrival via train:
    Rothenburg o.T. train station, approx. 600 m to city center

  • Arrival at Frankfurt airport:
    Frankfurt Airport, take the train to Rothenburg, about every half hour, approx 3 h, you have to change the train 2-3 times, cost: approx. EUR 50

  • Booked rental bikes awaits you at the hotel.


Because of several lengthy stages and the slightly hilly terrain, we don’t recommend this cycling holiday for kids.

Perfectly looked after:

  • During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

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