+++ when the Mohrenkopf disappeared from Coburg +++ half-timbered at the bottom of the crater +++ Frankish cradle of European high nobility +++ stone bones from distant times +++ “No other wine will taste good to me, and I am morose, when I run out of my usual favourite potion” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Franconian wine) +++ shell limestone and Keuper soils +++ white monks where the boar dropped the abbot stick +++ Peace for capital and religion +++ Bocksbeutel instead of Steinwein +++ colourful half-timbered houses from the dark past +++
Our tour from Franconia to Swabia in seven days, maximum 14 people, two double nights in Volkach and Dinkelsbühl.
Travel Dates 2021
DCA1: Saturday, 10-jul to Saturday, 17-jul-2021
DCA2: Saturday, 31-jul to Saturday, 07-aug-2021
DCA3: Saturday, 21-aug to Saturday, 28-aug-2021
DCA4: Saturday, 04-sep to Saturday, 11-sep-2021
Travel Price 2021
Price per person in the DR for 7 nights with half-board, eBike, entrance free, transfers, guided tours: 1890 €
Single-room surcharge: 450 €
Does not include lunch, drinks and your personal expenses as well as traveling there and back.
The closest airports are Erfurt and Nuremberg (each about 80 km away). Booking at daily updated prices on request.
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Mediterranean Renaissance and half-timbered medieval architecture line the route through the “Three Franks” into Bavarian-Swabian. Picturesque towns such as Volkach, Rothenburg and Dinkelsbühl alternate with imposing witnesses of the earth’s history in the Nördlinger Ries. Enjoy cycling through the vineyards of the Main Triangle and on the “Romantic Road” along the picturesque river valleys of the Main, Tauber, Wörnitz and Lech. Castles, palaces and monasteries; Martin Luther, Tilman Riemenschneider and Jean Paul; wine taverns and brewery inns – a journey by eBike through the diversity of Bavaria.
Arrival Saturday to Coburg.
The closest airports are Erfurt and Nuremberg (each about 80 km away). Booking at daily updated prices on request.
Coburg is on the A73 and can be reached from the north via Suhl and from the south via Bamberg.
Direct train connections from Berlin and Munich. From Frankfurt, Hamburg, Vienna or Zurich you can reach Coburg by changing trains once.
Together with the booking confirmation, the “pedelon travel information” will be sent, which contains further useful information on how to get to Coburg and other travel tips.
In the old town of Coburg, the hotel “Villa Victoria” awaits the pedelon cyclists. The rooms in the elegant Biedermeier villa are available from 2 pm. The nearby market square is a good place to stretch your feet or enjoy a coffee after your arrival.
At 5 p.m. we meet in the hotel lobby for a detailed tour of the historic old town. Afterwards dinner in a restaurant very popular with the locals.
1st day, Sunday: Coburg – Ebern – Ebrach – Volkach (72 km)
After a rich breakfast the first kilometers are bridged with a transfer by the pedelon escort bus. In Ebern, a small town with a well-preserved medieval old town and city walls, the eBikes will be adapted. The gentle hilly landscape of the southwestern Haßberge is perfect to get familiar with the “built-in tailwind” of our bikes.
After just under an hour, we reach Zeil am Main, where the market square with its old half-timbered houses is perfect for a short break. Immediately after the small town, the Main is crossed. The route continues south through the Steigerwald forest to the former Cistercian monastery of Ebrach. Despite its redesign during the baroque period, the early gothic features of the monastery church are still clearly visible. Donations from secular princes such as the Staufer, among others, increasingly expanded the possessions of the monastery, which was founded in 1127, so that it eventually comprised 23 abbeys.
Not far from the monastery is the treetop path with its 42-meter-high observation tower, from where the views reach far into the distance over the Steigerwald forest. Leaving the Steigerwald, the cycling stage leads to the Main, where the small town of Volkach is located in one of the river loops. Here, on the eastern edge of the Franconian wine country, town houses from the 17th and 18th centuries bear witness to the profitability of wine growing.
For the next two nights the “Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten” will accommodate pedelon cyclists (double night). On the DCA3 trip, pedelon guests stay in the time-honored “Hotel Tuchhaus”, a carefully renovated former dye works from the 16th century with very comfortable rooms.
Dinner in a restaurant known for its local cuisine right in the center of Volkach.
2nd day, Monday: Volkach – Kitzingen – Volkach (60 km)
Today’s cycling day is all about Franconian wine and picturesque towns and cities. In the wine locations Mainviereck/Unteres Maintal, Maindreieck, Steigerwald and Oberes Maintal, 80 % of the area of just over 6000 hectares is devoted to white wines, especially the Franconian wines par excellence: Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau.
The cycle route first leads through the Maindreieck wine growing region via Sommerach to Münsterschwarzach with its imposing monastery church dating from 1935. Leaving the Main, the route continues via Rödelsee with its “Küchenmeister” to Iphofen, where the “Julius Echter Berg” is the main attraction. However, Iphofen is not only characterized by its wines, but also by its perfectly preserved, picturesque, medieval and baroque old town ensemble.
Via Mainbernheim with its typical Franconian town center, the cycle path continues to Kitzingen and thus back to the Main. Here the market place with the Kilian Fountain and the Renaissance town hall invite you to take a break. Back to Volkach, the route leads via Dettelbach, Neuses and Eschendorf almost exclusively along the Main.
Before the “Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten” (DCA3: “Hotel Hezelhof) is reached, another cultural highlight awaits the cyclists: outside of Volkach, in the pilgrimage church Maria im Weingarten, there is the “Madonna in the Rosary” by Tilman Riemenschneider.
3rd day, Tuesday: Volkach – Marktbreit – Rothenburg ob der Tauber (70 km)
After breakfast, the accompanying bus brings the pedelon cyclists to Marktbreit in just under half an hour. After visiting the historic old town and a few kilometers of cycling, the Main River is left at Ochsenfurt in a southerly direction. In the fertile area of the Ochsenfurter Gaus, agriculture has always been practiced. Visible witnesses of this are the proud, typically Franconian three-sided farmsteads, which still characterize many village centers.
In Weikersheim, an early medieval town on the Tauber river, which was owned by the Lords of Hohenlohe since 1244, it is worth visiting the castle. The original moated castle was extensively extended in the Renaissance style from 1595 onwards and, with its three-axis Baroque garden, extends far into the landscape of the Tauber valley. After a few kilometers you reach Creglingen, whose main attraction, the Marian altar by Tilman Riemenschneider, is undisputedly considered one of the most important works of medieval woodcarving art.
The rest of the route follows the “Romantic Road” along the Tauber river to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the epitome of German romanticism. The medieval townscape, partly preserved in its original state or reconstructed in an exemplary manner after the Second World War, attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world year after year. Directly at the historic Würzburg Gate, cyclists are welcomed by the “Villa Mittermeier”, a boutique hotel furnished with great attention to detail. Patron Christian Mittermeier himself is responsible for his original reinterpretations of regional cuisine.
4th day, Wednesday: Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Schillingsfürst – Dinkelsbühl (52 km)
After a farewell lap through the still sleepy town of Rothenburg, the route leaves the Tauber valley after a few kilometers and winds its way through the hilly center of the “Naturpark Frankenhöhe”, one of the sunniest areas in southern Germany with mixed forests, flowing waters, dry biotopes and viticulture.
Soon the baroque castle of the Princes of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst appears in the distance. It rises far visible on a mountain spur and is the landmark of the small town of the same name. One of the owners of the castle, Prince Clovis of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, was Bavarian Minister-President between 1866 and 1870 and finally became Chancellor of the German Empire and Prussian Minister-President from 1894 to 1900.
Via Feuchtwangen, whose marketplace was named “Franconia’s Festival Hall” by the art historian Georg Dehio, the route again follows the “Romantic Road” and finally ends in Dinkelsbühl. Towers and gates, winding alleys and wide squares, the walled old town, moats and ponds form an ensemble of European standing. On a tour you will learn interesting facts about this place, which is full of stories. In the middle of the center, the “German House”, built in 1440 and stylishly renovated by the Kellerbauer family, serves as a noble hostel (double overnight stay). On the DCA4 trip, pedelon guests stay in the “Hotel Hezelhof” a patrician house from the 16th century, which has been transformed into a design and city hotel after extensive renovation.
Dinner in the hotel’s own “Altdeutsche Restaurant”, which the gastronomy critic Wolfram Siebeck attests to as “nothing less than proof that originality is possible even beneath the best art cuisine”.
5th day, Thursday: Dinkelsbühl – Nördlingen – Dinkelsbühl (72 km)
Along the Wörnitz river, which winds through an idyllic valley landscape, we are heading south today. On the extensive round trip through the Nördlinger Ries, located in the border area between the Swabian Alb and the Franconian Alb, you will find yourself most of the time at the bottom of a 14.6 million year old impact crater. The almost circular, flat Ries stands out conspicuously from the surrounding wooded ridges.
Around noon you cycle through the Deininger Tor into the completely preserved medieval old town of Nördlingen. On the beautiful squares of the former free imperial city, a Mediterranean flair spreads under the protection of the completely preserved city wall, which can be walked around.
The stage back to Dinkelsbühl first leads through the Swabian countryside. If you prefer to stay a little longer in Nördlingen, you can of course use our accompanying bus for the return trip.
Second overnight stay in the “German House” or in the “Hezelhof”. Today we will have dinner in a restaurant in the old town of Dinkelsbühl, which is especially popular with locals.
6th day, Friday: Dinkelsbühl – Harburg – Augsburg (70 km)
The first kilometers of today’s stage will be bridged by the pedelon escort bus, which will bring the cyclists to Harburg an der Wörnitz. After an extensive visit to the castle, which is situated above the river on a mountain spur and dates back to the 11th/12th century, today’s stage first leads to Donauwörth. The formerly independent imperial town of “Schwäbischwerd” is not only captivating because of its location on the Danube, but also because of the picturesque imperial road in the center of the town with gables of various designs.
After almost ten kilometers, which lead through the Danube floodplains, the Lech River is reached, which is followed by the bicycle route south to Augsburg. Bavaria’s third largest city is not only a university town but also the seat of government of the Swabian district. Once founded as the Roman army camp “Augusta Vindelicum”, the city has helped shape history over the centuries: whether as the Roman provincial capital and in the Middle Ages the scene of imperial diets, or as a Fugger city or as the eponym of religious peace in the mid-16th century.
In Augsburg, pedelon cyclists can expect to find the centrally located “Maximilian’s” (formerly “Drei Mohren Hotel”), a house rich in tradition that can look back on a history of more than 500 years. Dinner at a restaurant not far from the hotel, which is known for its seasonal products and fresh ingredients.
7th day, Saturday: Departure
After breakfast, a detailed city tour will show you everything you need to know about Augsburg, this city full of history and stories. If you have parked your car in Coburg, there is a direct connection from Augsburg twice a day (2 ¼ hours driving time). Munich can be reached regularly in half an hour to three quarters of an hour, Frankfurt is three to three and a half hours without changing. Berlin (approx. 4 ½ hours) and Hamburg (approx. 5 ½ hours) can also be reached without changing.
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