- 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: 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Rothenberg / 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.