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Heidelberg – Pfalz: round trip

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  • Heidelberger Brücke
  • Heidelberger Schloss
  • Riesenweinfass in Heidelberg
  • Radweg bei Deidesheim
  • Heidelberg Innenstadt
  • Riesenweinfass in Bad Dürkheim
  • Freinsheim
  • Blick auf Ruinen vom Heidelberger Schloss
  • Schloss Heidelberg
  • Speyer
  • Radstrecke Worms - Bad Dürkheim
  • Speyer
  • Stadtführung in Speyer
  • Speyer
  • Ladenburg
  • zwischen Worms und Freinsheim
  • Lorsch
  • zwischen Worms und Freinsheim
  • Deidesheim im Weinmuseum
  • Radstrecke Worms - Bad Dürkheim
  • Wormser Dom
  • Dom zu Speyer
  • Saline in Bad Dürkheim
  • Schwetzingen Schlosspark
  • Vor dem Schwetzinger Schloss

tour description

A bike tour on the Emperors tracks

Your holiday experience will take you through towns as well-known and worthwhile as Heidelberg, Worms and Speyer. This trip will take you through three famous German winegrowing areas. The vineyards along Rhine and Neckar will surely impress you just as much as the small villages along the Palatinate Wine Route would. You should absolutely take every chance to taste not only the wines but also the regional cuisine of the Pfalz, which is famous way past the borders of the region.

1. day Heidelberg arrival

Make sure to arrive early, you will not regret it! Visit the famous castle, take a look into the universiys library and use the evening to walk along the Untere Straße with its various pubs.

2. day Heidelberg - Bensheim/Zwingenberg 42/48 km

This bike trip starts with a journey through time! Following the Neckar river you will arrive in Ladenburg, where the open air museum with its Roman Lopodunum. Die Römer waren es, die den Weinbau mitbrachten und die Bergstraße befestigten. So radeln Sie am Odenwald entlang in das einstige Jagdgebiet der Nibelungen. Staunen Sie über die hübschen Städte und Burgen aus der Karolingerzeit und über den von stattlichen Fachwerkhäusern gesäumten Marktplatz von Heppenheim. Über Bensheim rollen Sie in das sehenswerte 700-jährige Zwingenberg. Übernachtung in Zwingenberg oder Bensheim.

3. day Bensheim/Zwingenberg - Worms 36/42 km

A day full of highlights.The Carolingian gate and the royal hall in Lorsch are two of them. This pre-Romanic building has been rated world cultural heritage by the UNESCO. After a small break, you will continue into the floodplains of the Rhine River to cross the river close to Worms. Arriving early in Worms, there will be enough time to visit the famous cathedral and the towns historical churches.

4. day Worms - Bad Dürkheim/environment 39/60 km

You will leave behind the Nibelungen town of Worms with its cathedral to reach the famous Palatinate wine route. Due to the mild climate, not only wine but even exotic fruits such as lemons and figs are grown here. This region counts about 1500 hours of sunshine each year. Bad Dürkheim with its famous Dürkheimer Riesenfass are waiting for you after another few kilometres. You will spend the night in Bad Dürkheim/ Deidesheim or Neustadt.

5. day Bad Dürkheim/environment - Speyer 27/48 km

The wine route takes you to Wachenheim today, where you can walk to the Wachtenburg by foot. Afterwards, Deidesheim waits for you with its long wine growing tradition and its cozy half-timbered architecture. In Neustadt, you will have the occasion to walk around the Old town and to taste the delicisous and solid cuisine of the Palatinate region. The shadowy forests guide your way to Speyer, where another object of the UNESCO world cultural heritage awaits you: The Salian cathedral built in 1030.

6. day Speyer - Heidelberg 28 km

You will take it slow on the last stage of your bike trip: The Electoral Palatinate route takes you to Schwetzingen, famous for its asparagus cultivation and the beautiful palace garden. You will be back in the centre of Heidelberg in no time; take the occasion to visit all the beautiful sights the town has to offer!

7. day Heidelberg departure

If you wish to stay longer in order to visit Heidelberg, we will be pleased to book additional nights in your name.

prices & services

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Heidelberg – Pfalz: round trip
tour no.:
00051
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

individual
duration:
7 days
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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
beginners-intermediate
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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prices 2020

Prices are per person.

Season 1

19.04. – 30.04.2020

26.09. – 04.10.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 499,00 €
Single room 669,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 599,00 €
Single room 789,00 €
 

Season 2

21.06. – 17.08.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 599,00 €
Single room 769,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 699,00 €
Single room 889,00 €
 

Season 3

01.05. – 20.06.2020

18.08. – 25.09.2020

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 639,00 €
Single room 809,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 739,00 €
Single room 929,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
75,00 €
 
electric bike
180,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Heidelberg Cat. B
Double room 60,00 €
Single room 90,00 €
 
Heidelberg Cat. A
Double room 75,00 €
Single room 115,00 €
 
Travel services
  • Ticket for Heidelberg castle and funicular
All-carefree service:
  • accommodation incl. breakfast
  • room with shower/bath/WC
  • luggage transport
  • map of bike trails with marked route
  • detailed route description
  • tips for tour preparation
  • touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service

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worth knowing

Worth knowing about your bike trip

Please find more information about your bike trip below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0) 6421 - 886890.

Arrival by train

Heidelberg is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the trainstation to get to your hotel. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.

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Parking facilities at the hotel

In the district of Kirchheim am Messeplatz, Kirchheimerweg you have the possibility to park your car for free. From here you can take tram no. 26 to Bismarckplatz into the old town.

Condition of cycle paths

The route is very well signposted and the quality of the trail is very good. The volume of traffic varies, but mostly there is a seperate bike trail.

There are practical no unpaved or poorly developed path. Detailed information you will receive together with the travel documents two weeks prior to departure.

Available rental bikes:

If you choose to rent a bike for the tour, we bring it to your start hotel. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and backpedal brake, 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening and the bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height. The men's bikes are available in various frame sizes for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes with your booking,

7 day hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any
other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help
you as fast as possible.

Passport and visa requirements, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

tour highlights

Heidelberg Castle

It would be hard to imagine a more striking location: set against the deep green forests on the north flank of Königstuhl hill, the red sandstone ruins tower majestically over the Neckar valley. From its lofty position, the palace’s silhouette dominates the old town centre of Heidelberg.
The rich and eventful history of Heidelberg Palace began when the counts palatine of the Rhine, – later prince electors – established their residence at Heidelberg. First mentioned in 1225, this was destined to become one of the grandest palaces of the Renaissance.

Heidelberg Castle

University Great Hall, Heidelberg

The Great Hall, Heidelberg University’s magnificent historic auditorium, is located on the first floor. Like the rest of the building, the Great Hall was long a home for courses and lectures. Its present design dates back to Josef Durm’s redesign of the auditorium to mark the university’s 500th anniversary in 1886. This redesign features paintings and busts honouring the university’s founders, innovators and benefactors as well as its most important academics from its founding to the 19th century.

Today, the Great Hall is chiefly used for academic ceremonies, though it does also lend its venerable ambience to concerts, lectures and similar celebrations, which attain a special lustre thereby.

University Great Hall, Heidelberg

Bensheim

Dubbed the "Town of Flowers and Wine", Bensheim is justly proud of its old quarter, the market square in particular boasting a number of beautiful half-timbered houses. In the Auerbach district, a sheltered valley is home to Fürstenlager Park, once the residence of the Landgraves of Hessen. A little further north, Auerbach Castle commands a view over the whole region.

Bensheim

Auerbach Castle

The historic Auerbach castle (Schloss Auerbach) is a mountain ruin, which is one of the most impressive and largest castles in southern Hesse, Germany. It is a cultural monument with an important historical meaning. The clearly visible basic triangular shape of the main castle is in today's ruin of the Castle still evident and awesome for visitors to examine. A formidable over 300-year old and about seven metres high Scots pine stands on a curtain wall of the Castle, which is an old preservative monument.

Auerbach Castle

Auerbach Castle

St. Peter's Cathedral, Worms

Romanesque pillar basilica with a double choir and a transept, built 1125/1130 – 1181 on the foundations of a structure erected by Bishop Burchard (1000 – 1025). Elaborate decorations in the east and west choirs. The “Emperor’s portal” on the north side is the setting of the “quarrel of the queens” in the Nibelungenlied epic. Gothic south portal (pre-13th century) with representational designs displaying an “illustrated stone Bible” ; Gothic St Nicholas chapel adjoining. The cathedral’s interior features Romanesque and late-Gothic stone sculptures. After the city’s devastation in 1689, the east choir was given a baroque design (high altar by Balthasar Neumann). Burial vault with sarcophagi of five generations of Salian dukes (10th – 11th centuries). St John’s baptistery in front of the south front demolished in 1807. 

St. Peter's Cathedral, Worms

Worms

There are lots of beautiful sights to discover in Worms: the Romanesque Cathedral, Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery, the synagogue in the old town, the world’s biggest Reformation monument (Luther Monument), the multimedia Nibelungen Museum, wonderful green spaces with gently splashing fountains, the Hagen statue on the Rhine promenade, Herrnsheim Palace and Park and much more.

Worms

Hardenburg, Bad Dürkheim

The Hardenburg thrones upon a mountain ridge high above the Isenach Valley near Bad Dürkheim like a mighty reef of sandstone. This imposing colossus of metre-thick walls, massive towers and an area covering 180 by 90 metres is one of the largest castles of the Palatinate. The Counts of Leiningen, who expanded their medieval castle into a magnificent Renaissance residence, once dwelt here. Today the Hardenburg is a ruin, labyrinthine, enchanted and as mighty as ever. In summer it serves as a wild and romantic tilt-yard for chivalric tournaments for the tourist market, and offers a magical, atmospheric setting as an open-air stage.

Hardenburg

Speyer Cathedral

The imperial cathedral in Speyer, officially known as the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Stephen, is the town's most prominent landmark. Laid out in the form of a Latin cross, it is one of Germany's largest and most important Romanesque buildings, and was intended to be no less than the largest church in the western world when building work began in 1030.

Speyer Cathedral

Jewish Heritage, Speyer

The Jews of Speyer were invited by Archbishop Rüdiger Huzmann to settle in the city in 1090. They erected a synagogue at the same time as the construction of the prelate’s cathedral that still dominates the city today.

Vestiges of the eastern wall are all that remain of the original synagogue. In contrast, the mikvahdating from the same period is preserved in excellent condition. Perhaps the oldest mikvah in western Europe, this structure is a classic example of the Romanesque architecture of the period.

Jewish Heritage, Speyer

ShUM, Unesco Heritage

Heidelberg, Funicular Railway

The lower funicular railway starts at Kornmarkt and runs via Heidelberg Castle station as far as Molkenkur. From there you can continue with one of the oldest electric funicular railways to the city's highest point, the Königstuhl.

Heidelberg, Funicular Railway

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