Cycling, hiking & golfing
Cycling along the Romantic Road is a fantastic experience.
There definitely isn’t a more intense way to experience Germany’s most famous and best loved holiday route! No other form of travel offers a greater experience for the senses. The gradually changing ambience of a slowly altering landscape is hidden from the motorist, who stops only to view the highlights. But to the cyclist it is revealed on literally every one of the 500 kilometres along its leisurely route from the River Main to the Alps or from the Alps to the River Main. And all this on quiet roads, dedicated cycle trails and rarely used byways, away from the traffic hubbub of the modern era.
The Romantic Road offers visitors from near and far one treasure after another, lined up like pearls in a necklace. Historic old towns, medieval city walls with their fortified towers and gates, Baroque pilgrims’ churches, Roman abbey walls and the Bavaria’s fairytale king’s fantasies in stone are as much a part of this as wild, romantic river valleys, fish pools and a rural, cultivated landscape, which has grown up over many generations; dark forests, an ancient meteorite crater and the overawing panorama of the Ammergau Alps. Pedal pushers will be rewarded with the most beautiful sights that Franconia, Baden, Württemberg, Swabia and Upper Bavaria have to offer.
An excess of impressions await travellers with enough leisure time to let all that’s new and fascinating make their mark on a cycling trip. The unique and varied cycling tour from Würzburg to Füssen does not require the well-trained leg muscles of a professional cyclist – there are no mountains to cross so there are no long, perspiration-inducing ascents to overcome. Only in the Pfaffenwinkel region are there ascents, which, although somewhat longer, are rarely steeper and can be easily mastered by less well-trained cyclists. Part of the tour leads through romantic river valleys, the Tauber, Sulzach, Wörnitz and Lech being the most famous, and crosses the stripling Danube in Donauwörth. In Franconia, the landscape is characterised by carp pools and woodland paths and in the Allgäu a host of lakes, both large and small, delight the visitor. And let’s not forget how much there is to experience not only in the famous towns but also in the many villages, large and small, and that includes the cuisine. The utmost importance is attached to HOSPITALITY for, at the end of the day, the Romantic Road is famous as Germany’s festival play and pleasure route.
The D9 Romantic Road long distance cycle route is carefully marked throughout and has proven itself as a long distance cycle trail, along this route, over many years. Provided cyclists follows the clear signposting along the way and carefully researched descriptions in the accompanying guide, they are unlikely to have difficulty finding the way and will find themselves cycling along a superb, varied and cycle-friendly route. It does sometimes happen that signs are damaged or deliberately removed or become temporarily overgrown following a spring growth spurt but most of the signs are reliable.
If, when you look at the map, you see one or two detours, they have not been put there arbitrarily but because of a desire to give Romantic Road cyclists as many memories as possible to take away with them by taking them on an exciting itinerary. Don’t let signposts for other cycle routes lead you astray or onto main roads! In recent years, new cycle routes have been created for cyclists who use them either by choice or necessity to travel between specific locations along the Romantic Road (as in our special case), especially on heavily utilised trunk roads, where the aim is to reduce motorised long distance traffic. They are certainly not intended for peaceful cycle tours. Do not, under any circumstances, follow the huge yellow signs near the main traffic arteries. Regrettably, these yellow signs have been erected at certain locations along the Romantic Road long distance cycle route. We have no idea what purpose they serve.
We will be happy to provide you with free GPS-data for the entire route to help you complete and plan your own personal cycling tour. This data is divided into nine sections, which are definitely not intended to be recommended stages. The GPS is north to south in orientation, i.e. from the River Main to the Alps. The difference in altitude between Würzburg and Füssen is around 600 m, which split over a seven-day cycling tour, is about 85 m a day, so the difference in altitude is not really a reason to travel from south to north. There is a much more important reason to set off in a north-south direction – the main wind direction along the entire route is namely west or north west, so anyone travelling north will most probably be riding into the wind, whereas from north to south, will have the wind in the back.
Our cycle route guidebook describes the D 9 Romantic Road long distance cycle route in both directions, from north to south and south to north, tracing the sign-posted route in both directions. The guide contains all the information you will need to plan your trip, both before and during the tour, including stage lengths, altitude profile, the altitude differences to be climbed, the nature of the routing, attractions, accommodation and much more. The guide also contains an accurate description of the itinerary, together with precise distances (in kilometres) and a map on which the route is marked, making it as easy as possible to find your way en route.
Good to know:
Romantic Road buses operate along the Romantic Road from April to October and will carry bicycles as long as you book in advance, so you don’t have to cycle all the way or return to the starting point of your journey. A current timetable is available on the Internet at www.touring-travel.eu
Bus-cycle tours for individualists
Experience the sights of the Romantic Road but enjoy the comforts of pre-booked accommodation, luggage forwarding from hotel to hotel and cycle transport back to your starting point. All tours and stages are tailored to your individual requirements and also include an emergency breakdown number, in addition to the services booked. A short call or email is all that is needed and, within a few days, we’ll create a cycling holiday tailor-made to your requirements and expectations.
Individual cycle tours and suggestions for stages
All our individual cycle tours include accommodation in comfortable guest houses and hotels, together with a copious breakfast buffet, transport of luggage to the next daily stage-point, an emergency number for use in case of problems and return transport of participants, together with their cycles and luggage, to the desired point of departure of the Romantic Road Bus. The whole trip is organised to fit in with the personal wishes and expectations of those involved.
Price per person based on a shared double room
3-day tour with 2 nights' accommodation from € 390.-
5-day tour with 4 nights' accommodation from € 605.-
For information on 1-day tours, please click here.
Cycling tour organiser for the Romantic Road
Touring Tours & Travel GmbH
Am Römerhof 17
Tel: +49 (0) 69 719126-261/268, Fax: +49 (0) 69 719126-156
Suggestions for stages on cycling trips along the Romantic Road as PDF document.