Cycling itineraries in Germany
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Dec 13, 2012 1:03 PM Last Post By: OgieOglithorpe2
Dec 12, 2012 5:55 PM
Cycling itineraries in GermanyHi all,
I am leading a group of 20-25 students on a cycling tour next summer, and one destination being considered is Germany! I was hoping someone here could provide some basic itinerary suggestions to get us started. We just have a few constraints:
- We have a total of 5 full days available, not including half-days on both sides when we will be traveling. Ideally, 1-2 of these days would be spent touring a major city (such as Munich), so that gives us 3-4 days of cycling.
- Fitness levels will vary, so we'd like to keep cycling distances under 40 miles per day on average. If we have to go higher / lower on one day it may be okay, but nothing too strenuous. Also, let's try to keep the elevation gain reasonable.
- Things we like: rivers, villages, castles, rolling hills, beautiful countryside, breweries, other sights of historical significance
From my preliminary research, we've heard that routes along the Danube and Rhine might be good options. I'd love to hear about some suggested itineraries around these parts, but certainly welcome other ideas as well.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Dec 12, 2012 10:36 PM
Dec 12, 2012 10:56 PM
2Germany Tourism on cycling.
I would consider one of the 5* or 4* cycling routes (classified by the German cycling club).
The two 5* routes in Germany the Tauber Valley and Main Valley route would fulfill your criteria and are both next to each other in Northern Bavaria. Thus can be reached cheap from Munich by train using Bayern Tickets. The Westfrankenbahn railway serving a good part of these cycling routes has also dedicated trains for cyclists which could cope with a group of this size. On the Westfrankenbahn bicycle transport is free on Sa, Su and on weekdays past 9am.
Danube cycle route is very popular. This has its cons and pros. Does however not fulfill all of your criteria. Rhine valley route I would not rate high. It's in parts boring and industrial (Upper Rhine, Lower Rhine) and in the Middle Rhine Valley the enormous traffic by train/cars/boats next to it is not that relaxing/romantic.
Dec 12, 2012 11:25 PM
3In contrast to abalada, I love living next in the Middle Rhine Valley. :-)
The Rhine doesn't go anywhere near Munich; the closest it gets is Konstanz, which is about 150km away.
Pick the Danube instead therefore. The link provided by abalada to the German cycling is excellent, I've heavily used it.
Dec 13, 2012 1:03 PM
4There's some really nice cycling around Garmish and Mittenwald (about an hour south of Munich by train).
It's a mountainous area but the trails between towns are pretty flat, or you could climb on harder routes is you so desired. Scenery is beautiful. The trails between towns are mostly dirt but they are smooth enough so a regular road bike would be fine. I cycled for 3 days there and loved it.
I didn't cycle when I went to the Rhine but that appeared to be a great area for it also.
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