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.
Romantic Road long-distance cycle route/West
Romantic Road long-distance cycle route/East
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 (in English) 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.
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.
Signposting and routing
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.
Individual bike tours
Discover the sights of the Romantic Road and enjoy the additional convenience of pre-booked accommodation, luggage transport from hotel to hotel and the return transport of the bicycles to your starting point. All tours and stages are compiled in accordance with your individual requirements and, in addition to the services booked, include an emergency number should you need assistance. A brief call or email is all it takes and Alpenlandtouristik will prepare your personal bicycle tour in line with your wishes and ideas.
Information & booking:
Cycle and hiking tours
Cycling tour organiser for the Romantic Road
86899 Landsberg am Lech
+49 (0) 8191 308620
Individual bicycle tour with or without luggage from Rothenburg o.d.T. to Füssen
If you do not have enough time to cycle the whole 500 km of the long-distance cycle trail from Würzburg to Füssen, you can opt to begin in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. From there, the approx. 365 km to the foothills of the Alps can be split into seven easy daily stages. This will leave you enough time to enjoy the different landscapes and discover the sights in the individual towns and villages. And to savour regional specialities as you make your way from Franconia to Swabia and Upper Bavaria: ‘Schäufele’, carp fried in butter, ‘Krustenbraten’, roast pork with crackling, and ‘Kässpätzle’, spätzle with cheese – the Romantic Road is Germany’s gourmet route, from Franconia’s vineyards to Bavarian beer country.
Feuer & Eis Reisen offers arrangements without or without luggage transport. A group discount is applied in the case of groups of six or more. ADFC members receive a discount of € 25.00
Information & booking:
Cycle and hiking tours
Feuer und Eis Touristik GmbH
Südliche Hauptstraße 33
+49 (0) 8022 66364-137