Cycling The Beer Brewing Tour - Germany
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
Along this cycle tour of romantic Franconia you will be able to experience and taste the Franconian brewing tradition. You will cycle along the Beer Cycle Route in the Aisch Valley which has an average of one brewery per kilometre making it the area with the highest concentration of breweries in the world. During this bike trip you will be able to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere in beautiful beer gardens. You will also have the chance to dis- cover cities such as Rothenburg, Nuremburg and Bamberg, which impress with their medieval townscapes.
The stages on this circular cycling tour are somewhat longer from Rothenburg ob der Tauber but cyclists have the option of taking the train thus shortening the route, so that the tour is also suitable for unseasoned cyclists.
- Visit the rococo castle in Ansbach
- Stop at the Duke’s castle of Ratibor
- Try some local beers in Bamberg
- The Franconian Open Air Museum is definitely worth a stop
- Total distance: 315 or 340 km, 196 or 211 mi.
The indicated routes on Google Maps are approximate.
Day 1 Individual arrival in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
This city is the embodiment of medieval city romanticism and was eternalised by artists such as Spitzweg and Richter.
Day 2 Cycling trip: Rothenburg - Ansbach
Distance: 55 km, 33mi. Today you will cycle from the Tauber Valley to the nearby Altmühl Spring. You will continue past Zollernburg Castle in Colmberg along the German Castle Road towards the former imperial residence of Ansbach with its impressive Rococo castle.
Day 3 Cycling trip: Ansbach - Nuremburg
Distance: 75 km, 47mi. Today you will follow the cycle path of the German Castle Road past Wasserburg Castle in Lichtenau towards Roth, where you should avail of the opportunity to visit the Duke’s castle of Ratibor. You will then come to the Rhine-Main Canal which you will follow towards Nuremburg.
Day 4 Cycling trip: Nuremburg - Bamberg
Distance: short route 70 km, 43 mi; long route 80 km, 50mi. Today you have an option: The picturesque, eighty kilometre valley route of the Regnitz Cycle Path runs through towns and villages along back roads and agricultural tracks along the banks of the Regnitz. Running parallel to this route is the approx. 70 kilometre long canal route directly along the Main-Danube Canal. Both routes can also be combined and can be shortened by taking the train for a portion of the route. Your destination for the day is Bamberg, the “Beer Capital”.
Day 5 Cycling trip: Bamberg - Neustadt an der Aisch
Distance: short route 55 km, 34 mi; long route 70 km, 43 mi. The first part of today’s cycling tour leads you back along some of yesterday’s route. You can shorten the route by taking the train to Hirschaid (price not included). After Hirschaid you will follow the valley of the small Aisch River to Neustadt.
Day 6 Cycling trip: Neustadt an der Aisch - Rothenburg
Distance: 60 km, 37 mi. Your last day of this cycling trip leads you to Bad Windsheim, were you will be able to admire the beautiful Old Town as well as the Franconian Open Air Museum. Historic buildings have been reconstructed here on a large open-air site. In the Museum’s guesthouse you will have the opportunity to taste the home-brewed beer before continuing your cycle. Once you have returned to Rothenburg you will be able to bring your holiday to an end against the town’s medieval backdrop. Don’t miss a town tour with the night watchmen!
Day 7 Individual Departure
After breakfast your Beer Bike Tour unfortunately comes to an end. We would, however, be more than happy to extend your stay.
- 6 nights in family-run middle class hotels, all rooms with bathroom (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- Guided tour Rothenburg with the night watchman
- 5 Vouchers for 500 ml of beer per room
- Entrance fee to the Franconian Open Air Museum (closed Mondays)
- Luggage Transport from hotel to hotel, no limit on the number of bags, maximum weight per bag 20 kg
- Travel documentation and maps
- 7 day service telephone assistance
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel insurance
- Bike rental
- Any items not mentioned in the program
Optional services (to be booked in advance):
- Additional night(s) at any of the accommodations $Cdn 81.-
- Airport or station arrival and/or departure transfers
- Bike rental 7- and 21 gear $Cdn 88 or E-Bike $Cdn 182,-
- Single supplement
Hilly streches with lots of small ascents, mostly along quiet rural roads, sometimes along forest and agricultural tracks.
How to get there:
Best arrival and departure airports are Munich or Frankfurt.
You can take the train from Munich, with changes at Steinach. The ride takes over 3 hours. Trains from Frankfurt require changes at both Wuzburg and Steinach. With good connections, the total trip should take about 2.5 hours.
Tip: For online rail connections and reservations visit Rail Europe.