Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays

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Bread and Pretzel


  • Cycle the Franconian beer towns of Bavaria.
  • Explore the medieval brewing towns of Rothenberg & Nuremberg.
  • Pedal the Aischtal Valley, famous for it’s bier production
  • Ride ‘Deutsche Burgenstrasse’, the German Castle Route.
  • Sample fresh salty pretzels with Bamberg’s with a steiner of Bavarian beer

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: Arrive, Rothenburg

Linked to Frankfurt and Munich airports by train (approx. 2hrs), the Franconian city of Rothenburg is a near perfectly preserved medieval city. After settling into your central hotel, later in the evening you can join the night watchmen of the city for a guided tour to learn of Rothenburg’s rich history.

Overnight: Rothenburg

Day 2: Cycle to Wolframs-Eschenbach

Leave Rothenburg along the Taubertal Valley, following the Burgenstrasse cycle path. Soon after the route climbs to the impressive Zolernburg Castle in Colmberg. From here ride into the Ansbach where you rejoing the cycle way to the medieval Wolframs-Eshenbach.

Cycle: 60km

Overnight: Wolframs-Eshenbach.

Day 3: 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 of the city. We would suggest sampling the award-winning blonde, dark and white beers of Barfüßer Haus.

Cycle: 60km

Overnight: Nuremberg

Day 4: Cycle to – Forchheim – Rabenstein Castle

You can enjoy a relaxed morning in Nuremberg today and hop on the train (with your bikes) to Forchheim. If you prefer you can take on a challenging ride to Forchheim. From Forchheim the route undulates through rolling landscape, peppered with the distinct turrets of Bavarian Castles, the most impressive of which is at the end of today’s ride, Rabenstein Castle, built in the 12th century.

Overnight: Nr. Rabenstein Castle 

Cycle: 50km (+train ride) or 95km

Day 5: Cycle to Bamberg

Within a KM’s of beginning today’s ride you will reach Afusess, a record breaking German town with the most breweries per head. As it might too early to sample the beer, continue cycling to the delightful Franconian brewers’ town of Bamberg. Later in the evening , wander the charming cobbled streets and discover a multitude of local beers.

Cycle: 50 km

Overnight: Bamberg

Day 6: 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 7: Onward Travel

Depending on your departure time, you may like to explore more of Bamberg today, or enjoy an relaxed morning by the river.


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.





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 Region

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.







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.





You can start your Bavarian Beer adventure on date between April and early October. If you plan to travel June-August, please contact us as soon as your travel plans are finalised as the peak travel months.

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 Rotheburg so 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 when pedalling, 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 Rothenburg / from Bamberg

Getting to Rothenburg

By Air: Rothenburg does not have an airport but is well connected by train to the following cities; Nuremburg (2 hrs), Frankfurt  (3 hrs) and Munch (4hrs) all of which have have airports served by most interantional and low-cost airlines.

Private transfers from Frankfurt Airport to Rothenburg can be booked in
advance, or alternatively a taxi on arrival will cost around €250 for a 4
person taxi with journey time around 1hr 30mins. If you are bringing your own
bike, please discuss transfer options with us as larger vehicles will need to
be booked in advanced.

Travelling from Bamberg

Air: Bamberg does not have an airport but is well connected by train to
the following cities; Nuremburg (45mins), Frankfurt  (2-3 hrs) and Munch
(1hr 45mins). Alternatively please contact the office for the price of private transfers.


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


  • Bike Hire
  • Travel to Rothenburg / from Bamberg
  • Train from Nuremberg to Forchheim
  • 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— 90 km this trip is graded moderate with day 4 being graded moderate to strenuous, although there is the option to reduce the distance by taking the train. though on . 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 the opportunity to 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 June 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.  

Great holiday in Bavaria


Fabulous holiday, one of the best ever. Brilliant hotels, just the right type for myself and two teenage sons, great food, introduction to some fabulous beer. We could set our own timetable (important for two teenagers), four days hard cycling (after you have got lost a few times, signs aren't always clearly visible, but that is half the fun / challenge) is perfect, and the last day in Bamburg was a delight. The service leading up to the holiday was excellent and the instruction book when we arrived clear and informative. Bikes excellent. Fantastic scenery and different conditions: day 1 was pretty flat, day 3, very hilly. Great villages along the way and we were hardly ever on roads, let alone busy roads. The local people were so respectful (almost too much so) of cyclists. History was fascinating finally, one of the best holidays we have had. Thank you, Mac Adventures!

Machine cyclists



Beautiful ride through Germany's Old towns!!!


This was a fantastic ride we did for a friends 50th. It took us through stunning old towns and the rolling hillsides of Bavaria. The scenery was beautiful! The length of the ride each day was ok eccept we underestimated the grade of this ride. Thankfully us girls chose E-bikes but the boys struggled on some of the long steep hills with there regular bikes (even our avid mountain biker). The days were also made longer by stopping at many intersections trying to work out which way to go. We used google maps a lot but there are so many bike tracks we were often unsure of which one was supposed to be ours. The town names on the bike signs weren't always reflected on the map. It was great when we got a good roll on though! Last year we did Germany's Lake Constance ride, which I'd also highly recommend!!! so we were expecting some confusion with directions along the way but this ride was harder to navigate. Maybe a review of the maps/signage is needed by the bike company as sometimes there was absolutley nothing to go by. Or even better, an phone app that gives clear directions. Food for thought!! The accomodation and locations were excellent. Our favourite was Rothenburg. The owners of the Romantik Hotel absolutely loved us and bent over backwards for us when we had our friends 50th dinner there. We left a good jacket behind so they had someone drive 40mins to get it back to us. Amazing people!! We even got to stay in a Castle perched 'high' on a hill, of course. Great choices Macs! I must say, even though we ended up riding extra kms, on some very cold days (for us Aussies) and even in the rain, at the end of each day we drank well earned Bavarian beers and we still laughed about it and how good it really was. So anyone thinking about this ride do it, if you are unsure about wether you will be fit enough then concider an E-bike. I nearly didn't, but am thankful i changed my mind at the last minute!! Looking forward to our next Macs cycling adventure.

Dink from Aus!

Port Stephens, Australia.


Great area for biking!


Beautiful part of Germany great towns to explore and local food and drink to experience.


New Zealand


Beer, cycling and beautiful 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.


Canberra, Australia


Great Trip!


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!


South of Boston.


Do this bicycle tour!


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.




Bicycle Beer Trail of Bavaria

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