The German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC) recently added two cycle routes to its list of four-star quality paths. This quality seal indicates routes have fulfilled minimum standards in criteria such as signposting, surface conditions and safety.
One of those that now has four-star accreditation is the Aisch Valley Cycle Route, which stretches for 136 kilometres from medieval Rothenburg all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bamberg. The other is the Regnitz Cycle Route, which also leads to Bamberg and gives cyclists a choice of two routes from Nuremberg. Both quality-certified routes are a great way for families in particular to explore Germany by bike, away from busy roads.
Services along the route – another important criterion for the accolade – include a wide choice of Bed & Bike accommodation, as well as plenty of places to eat and drink.