Romantic Street: Würzburg – Donauwörth
The bike trail „Romantische Straße" from Würzburg to Donauwörth.
The bike trail Romantische Straße connects several wonderful old german cities. Your bike holiday starts at Würzburg with its residence, classified as UNESCO world cultural heritage in 1982. Follow the bike path to the famous town Rothenburg o.d. Tauber which you will enter through one of the 7 ancient gates. Find yourself behind massif defense walls, making you feel like in medieval times. On your bike tour castles and monasteries seam your way until you reach your wonderful destination Donauwörth. Enjoy the special atmosphere of the town and load along the grand „Reichsstraße“ with its noble middle-class houses.
1. day Würzburg arrival
Let’s go to Würzburg! The town has attained worldwide fame thanks to its residence and the fortress Marienberg.
2. day Würzburg - Wertheim 43 km
Follow the romantic course of the Aalbach through the Steinbachtal until reaching the Main again. Let the medieval fortified church of Dertingen inspire you, just as Wertheim, situated picturesquely between the landscapes of Spessart and Odenwald at the banks of the Tauber and the Main.Take a walk up to the beautiful castle ruin built of red sandstone or enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the cafes on the medieval town’s colorful market place.
3. day Wertheim - Bad Mergentheim 49 km
Be looking forward to the Taubertal valley! Genuine nature, broad evidence of a distinct history of art and Balthasar Neumann, the „Master of bridge construction in the Taubertal valley“ will impress you on your way. You will cycle through blooming meadows and vinyards spoilt by the sun in order to reach Bad Mergentheim. Loaf through one of Germany’s most beautiful spa garden and visit one of the nice cafes at the market place in renaissance style.
4. day Bad Mergentheim - Rothenburg ob der Tauber 53 km
A stage bursting of highlights! Already after a few kilometres you will reach Weikersheim and its worthwhile castle, then pass by Creglingen and its famous Lady altar by Tilman Riemenschneider. You will enter Rothenburg through one of the 7 ancient gates and find yourself behind massif defense walls, making you feel like in medieval times. Marvel at this glamorous town of half-timbered houses and look forward to a tour with the watchman at night (on one's own initiative).
5. day Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Dinkelsbühl 59 km
Meadows of a bright green accompany you to Schillingsfürst, whose baroque castle dominates the town. A visit is very worthwhile here, just as at the Bavarian “Jagdfalkenhofs”. Past Feuchtwangen you will continue to the former free imperial town Dinkelsbühl. Explore the colorful central place of the town, marvel at the most beautiful late gothic hall churches of Southern Germany. Frankish delicacies are waiting to be served at night in traditional restaurants before joining the watchman on his night tour.
6. day Dinkelsbühl - Nördlingen 44 km
The Nördlinger Ries is an area of great geological interest. A stone meteorite crashed to the ground with a speed of 72.000 km/h 15 million years ago.It has left a crater of a diameter of 20 -25 km. Be looking forward to the town wall of Nördlingen accessible at all points. Climb the “Daniel”, the bell tower measuring 90 m of St. Georg’s hall church. Then, visit the crater museum and loaf around the tanner’s quarter almost completely in its original state. And as almost every night, you are welcome to follow the steps of a watchman again tonight.
7. day Nördlingen - Donauwörth/Rain 39 km/60km
Castles and monasteries seam your way through the Wörnitztal valley today. You will pass Harburg and its castle throning high above the valley before reaching your wonderful destination Donauwörth. Enjoy the special atmosphere of the town and load along the grand „Reichsstraße“ with its noble middle-class houses. Should you wish to see another highlight, we recommend a visit in the famous Käthe-Krusedoll museum. Overnight stay in Donauwörth or Rain upon Lech.
8. day Donauwörth/Rain departure
Your roundtrip ends after breakfast in your hotel.
prices & services
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.
20.04. – 30.04.2023
16.08. – 05.10.2023
01.05. – 14.07.2023
15.07. – 15.08.2023
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Night guard tour in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- GPS tracks on request
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the Würzburg - Donauwörth tour
Below you will find specific information about cycling on the Romantic Road from Würzburg to Donauwörth. If you have any further questions about this trip, just give us a call: Tel .: 06421 - 886890.
Arrival options by train
Würzburg can be easily reached by train from all major cities in Germany. The best way to get to our partner hotels in Würzburg is a short taxi ride from the train station. Current timetable information and price information can be found very practically at:
Some of the hotels have their own parking spaces directly at the building (e.g. parking spaces for around € 12 or underground parking spaces for around € 12 per day). Alternatively, you will find public parking spaces, multi-storey car parks and underground garages in the vicinity, these are free of charge or for a fee.
Available rental bikes
If you would like a rental bike for the tour, we will bring it to your starting hotel and pick it up at your destination. You can choose from 24-speed unisex bicycles with free-wheeling and 8-speed unisex electric bicycles with hub gears and free-wheeling.
The rental bikes are equipped with a waterproof, spacious saddlebag as well as a tool set, an air pump, an odometer and a lock. You will also receive a handlebar bag per room. On request, we will be happy to provide a second saddle bag for you. Simply state your bike requirements when booking.
Characteristics of the cycle paths
For the most part, the cycle route runs on small, quiet and paved country roads; some of it is on paved or paved bike paths. There are also forest and field paths where you - but rarely - have to reckon with less well traveled parts of the path. You drive through hilly country between Würzburg and the Taubertal. The Taubertal itself is flatter again. The route is well signposted.
Transfer back to Würzburg
Daily there is the possibility to return to Würzburg by transfer by minibus (with bike transport trailer) at 11:00 AM. The driver comes to your hotel and has space for you, your luggage and, if necessary, your private bike. He will take you back to your starting hotel. Please note that a minimum of 4 people is required.
Extra costs that are not included in the tour price
A certain applicable tourism tax is not included in the travel price and has to be paid at the hotel on site.
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.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
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Corona virus and holiday planning
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.
UNESCO world cultural heritage residence Würzburg
The Würzburg residence is the main building of the southern German Baroque and also one of the most important castles in Europe. In 1981, UNESCO already included it in the list of objects belonging to the Welterbe as a third building in Germany. It was built in 1720 - 1744 according to Balthasar Neumann's plans.
Grafeneckart and the Town Hall of Würzburg
The Würzburg town hall is not a single complex, but a group of buildings originally of different purpose from different times ... In 1256, a municipal council is mentioned in Würzburg for the first time. The citizens are thus decisively involved in the administration of the city. In 1316, the mayor and council acquired the Grafeneckart - visible sign of bourgeois independence striving against the episcopal sovereign.
Grafeneckart & Town Hall of Würzburg
Glass museum, Wertheim
In the former "Kallenbach'sche Haus" (1577) as well as an adjacent half-timbered house, the glass museum houses exhibits from luxury glass from the ancient world to the glass industry. Special exhibitions are held regularly. Sights: glass bead cabinet, glass for science and industry, glass blowing demonstrations, Christmas exhibition in the Adventszeit. In the direction of the church, the church goes to the present Protestant church
Old Town Hall, Bad Mergentheim
The construction of the Old Town Hall is closely linked to the history of the Teutonic Order. The distinctive Renaissance building was built between 1562 and 1564 at the request of the German minister Wolfgang Schutzbar of the Teutonic Order.
Old Town Hall in Bad Mergentheim
Baumeisterhaus, Rothenburg o.d.Tauber
The work and dwelling-house of the stonemason Leonhard Weidmann, is located in the Oberen Schmiedgasse, just below the market square, and is probably one of the most beautiful patrician houses in Rothenburg with its Renaissance facade and the magnificent inner courtyard (1596).
Baumeisterhaus in Rothenburg o.d.T.
Rothenburg, Christmas museum
In the middle of the heart of the picturesque town of Rothenburg, the Tauber in the beautiful Franconia on a journey into the past. Let yourself be captivated step by step by the romance of long past Christmas festivals. Enjoy a true eye-and-eye smell in our traditionally committed exhibition, among others. With glittering Christmas tree balls, grim and cheerful Christmas men, countless nutcrackers and man-made pyramids.
Christmas museum in Rothenburg
Located on the edge of the town of the same name, Schillingsfürst Castle rises above a 545-meter-high mountain spur above the Mittelfränkischen Naturpark Frankenhöhe. Here is also the Danube-Rhine watershed. Thus the water flows from the western rainforests of the castle across the Rhine-Main system towards the North Sea; The rain, which collects itself on the eastern roofs of the castle, is carried over the Danube into the Black Sea. The name "Schillingsfürst" derives from the prominent location ("First" = "Fürst") of the castle on the highest point of the Franconian height as well as from the name of the builder ("Schilling") of the first castle built here. The lords of Schillingsfuerst belonged to the Franconian Uradel. After the extinction of the Schillingsfürster line, around 1300, the Hohenlohe family, also belonging to the Uradel family, took over the castle and its village Frankenheim.
Old Town Hall, Dinkelsbühl
The building, which has been designated as the "Old Town Hall" since 1855, is one of the most important buildings in Dinkelsbühl, both in terms of its former function and its particular urban development. It probably originated in a Staufian ministerial seat, on the foundation of which a residential tower was built at the beginning of the 14th century. 1361 it is called for the first time as "stainhaus" of the patrician family Berlin. The entire complex includes a four-wing system, which is grouped around a courtyard.
From autumn 2008, the "Haus der Geschichte Dinkelsbühl von Krieg und Frieden" (House of History) will be located there. The old town hall with Löwenbrunnen and the nearby Wörnitztor form the imposing backdrop of the "Kinderzeche" every year to the city transfer.
The Summer Festival of the Landestheater Dinkelsbühl takes place in the garden of the Künßberghaus at Altrathausplatz.
Nördlingen is a beautiful city, with its medieval city center is probably unique in the world. The all-round city wall, the church tower "Daniel", which still calls the warmer every evening the so called "So, G'sell, so", and the medieval cityscape, valuable art works and interesting museums will leave a lasting impression on you .
In the middle of Germany's well-known holiday route, the "Romantic Road" one meets the confluence of Danube and Wörnitz on Donauwörth, "Bavarian Swabian Donauperle on the Romantic Road". Due to its central location, the city is a popular destination for urban explorers and also an ideal starting point for excursions and sightseeing in the environs.
Donauwörth, Käthe Kruse Doll Museum
Donauwörth's high class doll collection of the Käthe-Kruse-Doll-Museum is located in the historic building of the former Capucin Monastery. The building dates back to 1630 and was elaborately renovated by the town. The unique doll collection was donated to the town by Käthe Kruse's daughter Hanne Adler-Kruse and her husband Heinz Adler in 1988.