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.
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.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
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.
Prices are per person.
19.04. – 30.04.2020
26.09. – 04.10.2020
21.06. – 17.08.2020
01.05. – 20.06.2020
18.08. – 25.09.2020
bookable additional nights
- Ticket for Heidelberg castle and funicular
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.