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  • Cycle the Franconian beer towns of Bavaria.
  • Medieval towns of Nuremburg & Rothenburg
  • A day of Bamburg beer tasting
  • Ride ‘Deutsche Burgenstrasse’, the German Castle Route.
  • Famous crispy fried fish of Hochstadt

Cycle through Bavaria’s Franconian brewing towns, visiting the medieval towns of Rothenberg and Nuremberg. Ride through the timbered hamlets of the Aisch Valley and spend a day in the beer lovers’ town of Bamberg, seeking out over 50 local brews.

Renowned for castles, beer and fairy tale countryside, the Franconian region of Bavaria is a land of unspoilt rolling woodland, ancient towns and brewing traditions dating back to the Middle Ages. At the day’s end wash down a local wurst at a traditional bier haus.

Day 1: Nuremberg

Linked to Frankfurt and Munich airports by train (approx. 2hrs), the city of Nuremberg is home to many breweries. Within the old city walls,  the award winning blonde, dark and white beers of Barfüßer Haus is worth a visit to kick-off your week of Bavarian beer discovery.

Overnight: Nuremberg

Day 2: Cycle to Bamberg

Following the Regnitz River Cyclepath to Bamberg is an easy going route to get the legs warmed up. Winding northwards, through the timbered hamlets and towns of Fürth, Erlangen and Forchhiem presents plenty of opportunity to try out the local staple of wurst and brot. Later, arrive in Bamberg, a Franconian brewers’ town. This evenign , why not wander the charming cobbled streets and discover a multitude of local beers.

Cycle: 80 km

Overnight: Bamberg

Day 3: Beer Tasting in Bamberg

Overlooked by St. Lawrence, the patron saint of brewing, the Franconian town of Bamberg has around 80 breweries within its region. Today is a free day to explore the ancient alleyways, fresco artwork and 50 types of beer brewed in Bamberg, including the signature Rauchbier, a smoked beer produced by kilning the malt over a beechwood fire.

Overnight: Bamberg

Day 4: Cycle to Neustadt

An easy roll out of town heads south west towards Neustadt through the Aisch Valley. Alternatively, there is an option to take the train to Hirschaid and start cycling from here. The lure of Hochstadt’s famous crispy fried fish is too good not to hop out the saddle for before pedalling onto the 12th century town of Neustadt.

Cycle: 55 km or 70km

Overnight: Neustadt

Day 5: Cycle to Rothenberg

You may like to leave a little extra time today to explore the impressive Franconian open-air museum at Bad Windsheim. Over 100 houses, mills, breweries and farm properties take you on an 700 year journey of Franconcian history. Rolling into Rothenberg crooked buildings overhang cobbled alleyways where century old taverns have a few raucous tales to tell.

Cycle: 60 km

Overnight: Rothenberg

Day 6: Cycle to Ansbach

Worth the extra kilometres is a ride out across the Jura Plateau to the source of the Altmühl River. Cycling onwards to Ansbach, there’s a punchy climb to the 13th century Colmberg Castle and onwards to Rococo castle in Ansbach where there are many beer gardens to kick back and enjoy the evening.

Cycle: 50 km

Overnight: Ansbach

Day 7: Cycle to Nuremberg

Cycling the Deutsche Burgenstraße (German Castle Route), takes you via moated castle of Lichtenau and the lavish Margrave  Castle (built in 1704). Riding onto Nuremberg the artistic displays of gingerbread may distract you before heading to one of the many breweries for a final celebratory beer.

Cycle: 55 km or 75 km

Overnight: Nuremberg

Day 8: Onward Travel

Depending on your departure time, the contrasts of modern and ancient Nuremeberg are a delight to explore before your onward travel.


You'll stay in bike friendly 3* hotels and guesthouses during your trip. We carefully select small friendly hotels that offer great value, food and welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary. 

Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable. Unfortunately this trip is not available to single cyclists.





Prinz Regent - Nuremberg

Only 1 kilometre from the main train station, Prinz Regent is conveniently located on the banks of River Pegnitz. Situated in the quiet surrounds of Wohder Wiese park, the famous Barfüßer Bier Haus is only a 15 minute walk







Hotel Europa - Bamberg

Centrally located next to the Chain Bridge provides easy access into the pedestrian zone of Bamberg. This former Venetian house also has large gardens to relax in.







Kohlen Muehle - Neustadt

Kohlen Muhle - Neustadt

Sitting on the River Aisch, Kohlen Muhle Brewery and Guesthouse offers all the traditions of Bavarian hospitality. As the local brew flows all night, the brewery also offers simple, delicious dishes of wurst and pommes







Hotel Markusturm - Rothenberg

Run by the Berger family for generations, Hotel Markusturm dates back to the 13th century. Nestled in the medieval streets of Rothenberg makes for easy exploration of this enchanting town.







Hotel Buerger Palais - Ansbach

Formerly the 17th century home of the royal Hohenzollern family, the centrally located Hotel Buerger Palais is decorated in traditional furnishing and makes for easy access to the historic centre of Ansbach.





You can start your Bavarian Beer adventure on date between May and early October. As soon as you decide your date of travel availability and booking can be accessed here.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

This cycling route follows a combination of paved, well-marked cycle
routes, quiet country lanes, stretches of hills and busier roads closer to
towns and villages. Please always be mindful of other roads users. Our tried
and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your
self-guided adventure. Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone
support will also be available throughout your trip.

Rental Bikes

24 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped
with a basic repair kit, pump, pannier bag and bike lock. You will need to
bring your own helmet. We strongly advise wearing a helmet at all times when

If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is
thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as Scott Sub,
Trek 7200 or similar.

Bike bags/cases can easily be stored in Nuremberg but please do pack an
extra soft bag for your personal belongings as bike bags/cases are too large
for the daily baggage transfers.

If you would like a little assistance, Ebikes are available for a supplementary

Please do supply us with your height when selecting your bike.

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Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have
suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation
and hospital care.

General Information

The distances  are approximations of the recommended
routes. We reserve the right to make appropriate changes to the route depending on local conditions and circumstances.

Getting to / from Nuremberg

By Air: Nuremberg Airport has limited links with a small number of European cities. Frankfurt and Munich Airports are served by
most major international and low-cost
carriers, offering a wider choice of connections.

Frankfurt Airport train
station is linked with Nuremberg via a direct 2hr 22min train service.

Private transfers from Frankfurt Airport to Nuremberg can be booked in
advance, or alternatively a taxi on arrival will cost around €350 for a 4
person taxi with journey time around 2hr 30mins. If you are bringing your own
bike, please discuss transfer options with us as larger vehicles will need to
be booked in advanced.

Munich Airport is a 2hr 6min journey train journey to Nuremberg, changing once at the
central Munich station.

Private transfers from Munich Airport to Nuremberg can be booked in
advance, or alternatively a taxi on arrival will cost around €300 for a 4
person taxi with journey time around 2hrs. If you are bringing your own bike,
please discuss transfer options with us as larger vehicles will need to be
booked in advanced.


  • 7 Nights in guesthouses & 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes, maps & information pack
  • Daily baggage transfer
  • Bamberg brewery beer tasting vouchers (5 per room)
  • 24/7 local and UK telephone support
  • Night tour of Rothenburg


  • Bike Hire
  • Travel to / from Nuremburg
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches, Dinners & Snacks
  • Miscellaneous expenditure


  • Additional nights before, during the trip
  • Bike hire (7/21 gears or E-bike)
  • Single room or solo traveller supplement (as applicable)

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

With daily distances of 55 km— 80 km this trip is graded moderate to strenuous. The cycling is not technical and is well suited to active cyclists that ride regularly as part of an active lifestyle. There are options on a couple of days to shorten the distance. However, it’s not just about cycling. Each day presents villages, places of natural beauty, cafes and bars to refuel, discover the local culture and meet a few characters along the way.

When is the best time to go?

May and September will offer cooler days, changing colours and many of the summer crowds will have thinned. From June to August, days will be usually be long, warm and you are most likely to stumble on a local festivity or celebration during summer months.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from July to August. 

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling clothing for every eventuality, including waterproof jacket and trousers and of course, always wear a helmet when cycling. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  


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Beer, cycling and beautiful Bavaria

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Comments about macs adventure Bicycle Beer Trail of Bavaria:

We had a brilliant time on this adventure. Everything was organised brilliantly by Macs Adventure and Radweg Reisen in Germany. When we arrived at our hotel in Nurnburg our bikes, maps and accompanying information were all there, allowing us to get moving as soon as we were ready the next day. The scenery was beautiful, riding the Danube canal and through centuries old villages and the beer, breweries and beer gardens all exceeded expectations. The recommendations for these provided by the tour were really great. A couple of things that would have worked better for us would have been someone giving us a briefing before we took off. Over the first few days we got lost many times which became a little stressful. This might have been less of an issue if someone had talked us through how to use the maps properly and the sign posted cycle ways. Also the bikes. We are people who do a lot of cycling and ride top quality mountain and road bikes at home. If you have the time/opportunity we would recommend to bring your own bikes or hire better ones from else where. The tour bikes are very well maintained and are relatively new, but they are extremely heavy and uncomfortable. The distances each day are generally between 60-70km and there are some hills. We would think carefully before doing this tour with children, unless you can space out the days more (or catch the train as suggested in some parts of the trip). Also, people who do not ride regularly might find it a bit too much. Overall though we had a brilliant trip and would thoroughly recommend it.

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    Comments about macs adventure Bicycle Beer Trail of Bavaria:

    Most excellent trip. The accommodations were fantastic. The beer was fantastic, food was good. The rented bikes where good, comfortable, seemed in good shape. The bike trails are super nice, 90% of the time on trails with occasionally biking on a road. We did miss signs and got lost, sometimes missing the signs was our fault, sometimes there just seemed to be no signs. Some of the best days where when we had missed signs. This was our first ever bike trip, so had no clue what to expect and didn't even know what signs to look for. Yes the instructions talk about signs, and the map had a ledger for the sign, but they didn't always match up. And as stated, sometimes the signs were not there, or hidden or we just missed them! But we always got to where we needed to go by the end of the day. I would do this trip again!


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      The tour was well organized and exciting--there was always something new and interesting to see. The cycling paths in Germany were well marked and the little towns along the way were perfect stops for exploring or a beer. I would certainly recommend this type of tour to anyone who loves cycling, exploring, and the outdoors.

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