Bicycling Secret Bavaria Plus! the Austrian Alps

Cycling the landscapes of Bavaria on this guided bike tour in Germany
  • Length 11 days
  • From USD$5595
  • Style/Level Classic 2.0
  • Countries Austria
    Germany
  • Begin/End Würzburg/Heiterwang
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We’ll bicycle along Germany’s famous Romantic Road which stretches from central Germany to the Austrian Alps. This route provides a link back in time, extending from the Roman occupation of Transalpine Gaul into the medieval and Renaissance periods. Today some of the best-preserved towns and villages from the 15th through the 18th century are strung out like pearls throughout Bavaria. You’ll bicycle through the fairy tale landscape of the brothers Grimm and gain a better understanding of this historic part of central Europe. A visit to the extraordinary Neuschwanstein Castle and crossing the border into the Austrian Alps are memorable highlights. Join us for a perfect combination of cycling, nature, and the occasional spa hotel.

***If this sounds great, but you prefer a shorter tour, join us on our 8-day Bicycling Secret Bavaria tour.

Highlights

  • Bad Mergentheim, Augsburg, Castle Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, Würzburg, Rothenburg on the Tauber, Dinkelsbühl, Landsberg, Austrian Alps

Includes

  • 11 days, 10 nights accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, 1 wine and beer tasting, a guided visit of Neuschwanstein castle

  • All Classic tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Some small sections of dirt paths but easily rideable on any style of bike.

We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven’t been needed traditionally. Read more on the use of air conditioning in Europe here.

Separated twin beds are rare in many places; instead there will be two mattresses together that sit on the same base.


Highlights: Bicycle fitting, Test ride, Würzburg baroque architecture

We gather today in Würzburg, a historic medieval center (dating back as early as the 7th century) that sits on the banks of the Main River. Come a day early to explore the exquisite Baroque palace, churches and gardens dating to the 18th century. After fitting bikes this afternoon we’ll gather for introductions and dinner together.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Walfisch

Highlights: Hill rides and castles

Our ride today takes us through the hills of central Germany to the medieval town of Mergentheim. In the early 20th century the name was changed to Bad Mergentheim in honor of the discovery, a century before, of natural mineral springs in the area. Today the village is dominated by the castle complex on the edge of the historic town. Take time this afternoon to explore this wonderfully preserved medieval town. Our hotel tonight has one of the best restaurants in the city so be sure to save your appetite for dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Bundschu

Highlights: Rothenburg, wine tasting

Today we continue through the rolling hills of central Germany to the medieval village of Rothenburg. Perched high above the meanders of the Tauber River, Rothenburg looks perfectly preserved but the town center surrounded by its 14th and 15th century walls was rebuilt after WWII. This afternoon we will visit a special cellar with a beautiful collection of rare varietals. After which we’ll continue our wine education and meet one of the last vintners in Rothenburg, who just so happens to own our hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Glocke

Highlights: Rothenburg’s market and architecture

Take your time to enjoy this fabulous medieval city and the views it offers of the Tauber valley. For those who want some cycling we have a relaxing ride towards Bad Windsheim, another opportunity to explore Bavaria’s picturesque countryside. We’ll suggest a fascinating open-air museum which will transport you to the last 700 years of Franconian life. After the ride, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the market center and the streets lined with Gothic and half-timber houses, and take a tour on the walls of the city, or explore them on your own.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Glocke

Highlights: Medieval towns of Feuchtwangen and Dinkelsbühl

We ride over undulating farmlands from one fairy tale village to another today. In contrast to Rothenburg on the Tauber, Dinkelsbühl is indeed nearly perfectly preserved from the middle ages. As early as the 11th century, the town was a major center at the intersection of two medieval trade routes. Tonight is another opportunity to enjoy the rewards of a good handcrafted German kitchen at our top rated hotel restaurant.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Deutsches Haus

Highlights: Ries Basin meteor impact crater, medieval town of Donauwörth, Danube River

The landscape changes today as we pedal across the 12-17 mile wide, nearly circular Ries Basin. Unlike most of the areas we bike, which are a mixture of forests and farmlands, the geology of this area doesn’t allow rich forest lands. We are back in the “typical” landscape of Bavaria as we approach historic Donauwörth on the banks of the Danube, western Europe’s longest river.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel zur Promenade

Highlights: Lech River, the Cassian Way, Augsburg, brewery visit

Our ride today takes us up the Lech River valley to Augsburg, which was founded by the Roman emperor Augustus in 15 BC. As you might expect, there is plenty to see here this afternoon. We will visit the award-winning Riegele Brauerei brewery and taste some of their modern beers before a traditional Bavarian dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Dom

Highlights: Landsberg, the “Bavarian Gate”

As we bicycle from Augsburg to Landsberg we are back in the forests and farmlands, which are densely settled with small villages and hamlets all along the way. Under the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval period, Landsberg was a fortified border town separating the duchy of Swabia from that of Bavaria. Historic walls, towers and gates define the architecture of the community, including one of the best town gates in Germany, the “Bavarian Gate.”

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Goggl

Highlights: The ancient Claudia Augusta Way, Rosshaupten

Today we continue to parallel the Lech River and the ancient Claudia Augusta Way, which eventually became the medieval trade route that gave its name to the “Romantic Way.” Our destination is Füssen. The town sits near King Ludwig’s most famous castle, Neuschwanstein, at the foot of the Austrian Alps.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Sonne

Highlights: Neuschwanstein Castle

The “faux” medieval Neuschwanstein Castle was built by mad King Ludwig in the late 19th century and is one of the most famous attractions in southern Germany. A predecessor and inspiration for the Disney-style castles that have captured the imagination of children for a century and a half. We’ll pedal or walk to the castle for a 35 minute guided visit. After our visit we’ll cross the border into Austria to Heiterwang, or nearby Reutte.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Goldener Hirsch

Highlights: Tour end

If you are headed home, the Munich airport is 3 1/2 hours away by train. Gute Reise!

Meals : Breakfast

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  • Great trip. Great tour leaders. Great bikes. Wonderful German scenery, medieval towns, countryside, people.

    William W., Mt Pleasant, SC
  • Riding in Bavaria on the last day in Heidi and Sound of Music country. I felt like I was in a post card. Days like this are why I cycle.

    Linda M., Livermore, CA
  • We had a great time. Finished up in Munich with a fine Bavarian beer to celebrate my birthday. Our best to all of you until we ride together again!

    Mike H., Sewell, NJ