Kassel - Weimar
Medieval Castles & Weimar Classics.
Fair Weather Cyclist
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Kassel
The famous documenta city of Kassel welcomes you with open arms. We would recommend that you arrive in the early afternoon so that you have time to visit the Neue Galerie, the Orangerie, the Karlsaue, the Planetarium or the Marmorbad – all near the centre of town. Afterwards there is still time to see the popular Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe with the huge Wilhelmsburg palace and museum, the medieval Löwenburg and also the landmark, Hercules, all of which have recently been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Kaskadenweg has no steps, so you can see the sights from your bicycle.
Today you will travel along the Hercules-Wartburg bike path that connects Kassel and the Wartburg-City of Eisenach. Pedalling along strongly you will enjoy the trip, which takes you slowly uphill to Hessian Lichtenau. It continues on through the beautiful Losse valley, passing the local Steinertsee Park. Hessian Lichtenau is like a fairy tale. Not only is it located on the German Fairy Tale Route, the German Half-Timber Route and just below Hohe Meißner hill – the home of Frau Holle. But also the narrow alleyways and idyllic courtyards within the completely half-timber ensemble of the town’s centre await you.
You will be travelling downhill most of the day – through the green lower mountain range landscape. The Hercules-Wartburg bike path continues on to Sontra. The 1,200 year-old half-timber town is located in the exact centre of Germany. The path continues on through the rippled landscape of the Ringgau. Between the limestone slopes a rich world of flora and fauna abounds. Between here and Creuzburg you are passing through the former East-West German border territory. Your first stop in Thuringia is Creuzburg. The medieval castle greets you in the distance. Along the Werra you will pass the Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn and then continue on to Eisenach.
During the morning, plan to tour this city, which is located below the world-famous Wartburg castle. In addition you will find the Bach House, the Luther House, parks, the city palace, churches and museums in the centre of town. Afterwards you can continue your trip along the Thuringian city chain, travelling along the well-maintained bike path through the Hörsel mountains. Effortlessly pedalling along, you will arrive in the former residence city of the Duchy of Saxe-Gotha. Schloss Friedenstein, the largest early baroque palace in Germany, is very worthy of a visit.
Along the Thuringian city chain, you leave Gotha behind and continue on along the easy to medium difficulty Bach-Rad-Erlebnis route to Wechmar, which was declared Thuringia’s most beautiful village in 2003. Visit the Bach-family’s original home. A highlight of your tour today is the Drei Gleichen. The prominent trio of castles – the Wachsenburg, Mühlburg and the Burg Gleichen – greets you in the distance. After a few kilometres you arrive at the Bach-city of Arnstadt, which is also called a “Doll Town”. Discover the more than 1,300 years of the city’s history: the castle, the Liebfrauen-Church, the castle ruin of Neideck, the Bach house, the Bonifatius Church (Bach Church) and the wildlife park “Fasanerie” or the baroque miniature city “Mon plaisir”.
You will leave Johann Sebastian Bach’s former place of work this morning. Today’s diverse route will take you through magical river landscapes to picturesque little towns with countless sights to see. The Gera bike path takes you to Ichtershausen and then to Molsdorf, where you will see the wonderful baroque palace that is nicknamed the Versailles of Thuringia. In the next place, Möbisburg, the castle ruin is awaiting your visit. From there it is only a few kilometres to Erfurt. In the state capital you will see the Krämerbrücke, the cathedral, representative patrician houses and historic half-timber buildings
The classical city of Weimar is your destination today. Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Wieland, Cranach, Bach and Liszt all lived and worked here. Nowadays you will find lively cultural and art history here, in a small place with cosmopolitan appeal. The 1,000-year-old city of the classics offers interesting venues such as the Goethe or Schiller residences, which belong to UNESCO World Heritage. Weimar is also a must for architecture and design enthusiasts, because the Bauhaus school initiated a new epoch of modernity here. The parks and palaces in town are inviting, and the many cafés and restaurants offer true Thuringian hospitality.
Mostly on paved trails and bike paths along the cycle path Wartburg Hercules and the Towns of Thuringia. Wide forest paths and small roads with daily long flat sections and individual wave passages and rarely short sliding distances.
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- If half board is booked: every day a 3 course meal
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents
- Eisenach: entrée fortress Wartburg, Bach house, Luther house, automobile exhibition
- Public guided city tour Erfurt and entrées o.a.: EGA Park, museum of Thuringian popular art , city museum, art hall
- Public guided city tour Weimar and entrées: Goethe national museum, Weimar house, Gardenhouse and Bauhaus, castle Belvedere
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Kassel train station
- Multi storey car park close to the hotel costs € 6 per day, to be paid at the time, no reservation possible/necessary
- Public car park close to the hotels, free of charge, no reservation possible
- Return transfer by minibus to Kassel daily, this costs € 60 per person incl. your bike, minimum number of participants is 2, to be paid at the time, reservation is necessary