Bavarian Beer Tour
Castle and Beer in Franconia.
- 9 Days / 8 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Your Bavarian Beer Tour begins in Rothenburg in Taubertal. Slim towers, timber-frame houses decorated with flowers and impressive fortifications are on the agenda today. This well-preserved old town with its many winding streets is known abroad as THE medieval German town. In the evening you can go on a night-time guided tour where you'll learn all about the history and life in early Rothenburg.
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 German 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!
Nuremberg – Rabenstein Castle (Ahorntal valley)approx. 50 km + train ride (not incl.) or approx. 95 km
Today's route is long. However, you can do the first part of it by train if you prefer. Then you'll have enough time to explore Forchheim, the gate to Franconian Switzerland. Next you can look forward to a few up and downhill stretches along the Castle Road cycle path amidst wonderful countryside. You cycle through the green forests and meadows of the Ahorn valley, surrounded by craggy rocks. Castle Rabenstein is also here, set in the middle of this picture-book countryside.
The small village of Auseß with a population of just over 1000 is in the Guiness Book of Records. But why? This unprepossessing town has the highest number of breweries per resident. Four breweries produce the original Franconian beer – so now is a great time to have a taste. And then you're off, cycling through the quiet, rural countryside. The streets get busier as does the surrounding area – a sign that Bamberg is no longer far.
Sightseeing in Bamberg
Bamberg has a lot to offer - so you should take a whole day to do see it! Visit the Imperial Cathedral and walk through the little windy streets of this well-preserved old town. This is where you'll also find the town hall, which was built on an artificial island in the middle of Regnitz. In the evening, fortify yourself in an old brewery guesthouse with Franconian specialties and a freshly brewed beer.
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.
Departure or extension
After breakfast your beer tour is completed, if wished you can book extra nights
Hilly stretches with many small climbs, mostly on quiet farm tracks, rarely on paved forest and field paths. Basic condition recommended.
Category: Hotels of 3***-niveau
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Well elaborated route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- 1 guided city tour Rothenburg with the night watchman
- 1 Dinner at castle Rabenstein (3 course menu)
- 4 Voucher for 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 (closed on Mondays)
- GPS-Data is available
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber train station
- Frankfurt, Nürnberg or Munich airport
- Public unattended car park at the train station in limited number.
Things to note:
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
- Train ticket Nuremberg – Forchheim approx. EUR 13 per person incl. bike
- Train ticket Bamberg – Hirschaid approx. EUR 6 per person incl. bike
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!