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The Hangman's Bridge in Nuremberg

Bavarian Beer Tour

The brewing tradition in Franconia

8 Days / 7 Nights
The Hangman's Bridge in Nuremberg

Renowned for its esteemed beer culture and picturesque landscapes, this tour guides you through the charming villages and bustling towns of Franconia. Along the way, you'll pause at quaint taverns and inviting restaurants in each stage destination - after all, you're in the region boasting the highest density of breweries worldwide! This tour isn't just about indulging in culinary delights; it also offers ample opportunities to explore architecture and culture. Over the course of eight days, you'll have the chance to visit iconic cities like Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, aptly named "Red Castle above the Tauber," ensuring a rich and diverse experience for all.

Begin your journey by immersing yourself in the rich history of Nuremberg's city center before setting off on the first leg towards the vibrant university town of Erlangen. Follow the route through the picturesque Regnitz valley to the charming city of Bamberg. The next day, pedal back to Hirschaid and onward to Neustadt an der Aisch.

After exploring the Franconian Open-Air Museum and indulging in a beer tasting at the nearby inn, venture to the enchanting city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Christmas Museum within the historic city walls. Finally, pedal your way back to Nuremberg, journeying through the scenic Tauber Valley and along the Castle Road.

  • Bratwurst and the Christkindl in Nuremberg: The vibrant Franconian metropolis is defined by its illustrious history, medieval architecture, and bustling cultural scene. Nuremberg's Christkindl market is renowned worldwide. Don't miss the chance to explore the Germanic National Museum of Art and Cultural History, take a leisurely stroll along the city wall, and uncover the secrets of this imperial city.
  • A jewel of beer culture: Bamberg is known for its variety of breweries and unique beers. The city offers numerous traditional breweries and beer gardens where you can sample local specialties such as the smoky "Bamberg Aecht Schlenkerla". You can also take a leisurely stroll through the historic old town and the fishermen's and tanners' quarter.
  • The Franconian Castle Road: The fascinating landscape in Franconia is dotted with medieval castles and palaces. Visit the Margrave's Castle near Roth, explore the romantic ruins of Colmberg Castle and enjoy the view from Schwarzenberg Castle in Scheinfeld.

During our Bavarian beer tour, we blend leisurely breaks in the region's charming beer gardens and inns with invigorating sporting challenges. The stages, ranging from 30 to 65 kilometers, are undeniably hilly, requiring a solid level of fitness. Our travel package includes a diverse range of activities, such as a guided tour with the night watchman in Rothenburg and a visit to the Franconian open-air museum in Bad Windsheim.

The enchanting south of Germany beckons with its picturesque lakes, stunning mountain vistas, and diverse cultural landscapes. On our cycle tours in Bavaria, you'll experience a fusion of fine cuisine with regional beer and wine, encounter delightful villages, and explore vibrant cities, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience.

Itinerary at a glance

Castles and palaces meet the taste of beer in Franconia! Medieval Rothenburg and the cathedral city of Bamberg invite you to explore, while green landscapes, shaded forests and idyllic river meadows await along the way.

Nuremberg – thousand years of history: The old imperial city with its mighty castle, famous churches and museums atrracts tourists from all over the world. Right in the centre of this metropolis with half a million inhabitants, the town houses, proud churches, the castle and 5 km of walls that circle the town have all been resurrected.

The Regnitz cycle path begins directly in the old town of Nuremberg - the largest city in Franconia. Today you continue north through green meadows and shady floodplain forests. On the sandy meadows typical of the Regnitz valley, you roll into the Huguenot, university and industrial city of Erlangen.

With the Steigerwald on your left and Franconian Switzerland on your right, you cycle downstream through the valley of the Regnitz and enjoy beautiful landscapes but also impressive weirs. Twice, at the Strullendorf lock and the Hirschaid hydroelectric power station, you cross the Main-Danube Canal.

You cycle towards Hirschaid and reach the romantic Aisch valley. Take a break in Höchstadt and try the well-known dish of mirror carp. The crispy fried fish is a specialty here. In Neustadt, your destination today, at the town hall clock a goat comes out and bleats at every hour – it's quite a spectacle.

Today, Bad Windsheim and the impressive Franconian open-air museum are on your route. This is where many historic buildings have been rebuilt. In the guesthouse and in several beer gardens you can try their home-brewed beer. The medieval backdrop of Rothenburg offers a wonderful atmosphere - perfect for enjoying sunny evenings with some tasty bites to eat. If you still have room in your stomach for a dessert in Rothenburg in the evening, you should definitely try (besides the obligatory beer) the Rothenburg snowballs.

Today you can opt for a detour to the Altmühl spring before taking a break in Colmberg. This mighty, well-preserved castle towers over the town – the climb is steep but it's worth it! The Franconian Rezat now takes you into the heart of Ansbach with its lovely Rococo castle - which belonged to the Brandenburg Electors. Your destination today is Wolframs-Eschenbach. Since 1917 this little medieval town bears the name of its eldest son, poet of the Romance, Parzival, Wolfram von Eschenbach.

The Bavarian Beer Tour takes you on along the Castle Road passing the star-shaped water castle, Lichtenau. In Roth you should definitely visit the Markgravian castle. Next you pedal to Nuremberg, which is not just known for its Lebkuchen biscuits but also for a magnificent castle. Several breweries compete for its favour. Over a beer from Barfüß brewery and an original Nuremberg sausage you have everything you need for a great evening! Above the old imperial city towers the mighty castle, which has housed numerous emperors and kings.

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Route information


Hilly stretches with many small climbs, mostly on quiet farm tracks, rarely on paved forest and field paths. Basic condition recommended.

Prices & Dates

Category: hotels of 3***-level

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch)
  • 1 guided city tour Rothenburg with the night watchman
  • 1 voucher for 4 x 0,5 l of beer per person (from 18 years of age, redeemable in Bamberg)
  • 1 entrance to the Franconian Open-Air Museum Bad Windsheim
  • GPS-Data
  • Service-hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Train ticket Bamberg – Hirschaid to be organized by your own, costs approx. EUR 12 per person incl. bike

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Nuremberg train station
  • Nuremberg, Munich or Frankfurt on the Main airport
  • Public parking, costs approx. EUR 35 per week, no reservation possible

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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