The Charming Tauber Valley Cycle Route, known as the Tauberradweg in German, is a true classic – and is in a class of its own. Here, in one of the prettiest parts of Germany, culture, cuisine and history are brought together in a landscape of almost surreal charm.
It's easy to see why artists such as Tilman Riemenschneider, Balthasar Neumann, Matthias Grünewald and Otto Modersohn felt so inspired by the landscapes along the Tauber river. But perhaps it was also because the riverbanks here are lined with famous old wineries.
Legacies of bygone days
The pristine historical townscape in Rothenburg ob der Tauber will take you back to bygone days and offers a taste of what you can expect from the rest of this route. The further waypoints Tauberbischofsheim and Wertheim are equally beautiful, and other important cultural stops include Creglingen, Weikersheim and Bad Mergentheim. From its starting point in Rothenburg the route drops steeply into the Tauber valley and after that stays mainly on tarmaced farm tracks.
Roasted spelt and fine wines
As you pedal along you'll discover old mills, Romanesque churches, former abbeys and any number of historical towns and villages, including those with vineyards and wineries. And where wine grows, it's usually possible to eat well too. There's something for every taste and budget on this route, from seasonal wine-rooms and cosy village inns to fine-dining restaurants. The people here are particularly proud of the grünkern, a nutritious roasted spelt grain that was 'discovered' in this region. It's just one of the many highlights for you to discover on your tour, which ends in the beautiful town of Wertheim where the Tauber flows into the river Main.
Terrain: All the cycle paths are tarmaced and are largely free of traffic and climbs. The sections along the Tauber river are also suitable for novice cyclists and families.
Scenery: The route tracks the meandering river Tauber and runs through meadows and fields, past sun-kissed vines and into medieval towns and villages.
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