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Recommendations for Cycling Tours in the Wine Regions
Ahr: Ahr Cycle Route
Before the flood, the almost 80-kilometre-long path meandered along the river through the diverse landscape of the Ahr Valley. The well-maintained, undemanding and almost gradient-free route was also ideal for families with children. Almost 60 percent of the cycle path with its more than 40 structures was damaged or completely destroyed by the 2021 flood. Some sections, however, are now accessible again, and detours have been set up in other sections.
The Baden Wine Cycle Route through Germany's third-largest wine-growing region can be completed in eight stages of between 43 and 78 kilometres. Thanks to the good quality of the paths and infrastructure, the hilly wine landscape can also be explored in a relaxed manner on an electric bike. The Lake Constance Cycle Path runs 263 kilometres around Lake Constance (Obersee) and connects the three countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Franken: Main Cycle Path
If you follow the Main Cycle Path from Bischofsgrün or Creußen to Kulmbach (337 or 557km), you will discover Franconian wine and find the most beautiful places to stop: medieval towns and villages, idyllic landscapes with an almost Mediterranean climate, a centuries-old wine culture and people who are passionate about this heritage.
Hessische Bergstrasse: Bergstrasse Cycle Route
The entire Bergstrasse from Darmstadt to Heidelberg is covered by a continuous cycle path. It is 85 kilometres long and winds its way along the historical, cultural and tourist sights of "Germany’s Tuscany ".
Mittelrhein: Rhine Cycle Route in the Mittelrhein Valley
The UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley is very easy to explore by bike from the central location in St. Goar or Oberwesel. The cycle paths on the left bank of the Rhine between Koblenz and Bingen are connected by ferries at several points to the right bank of the Rhine, so that circular tours are possible. The hilltops of the Hunsrück offer many great views and are easy to reach by either bicycle or the Hunsrück railway.
Mosel: Mosel Cycle Route
The "Queen" is what this 250km international river cycle route from Perl to Koblenz likes to be called because of its charm and the sublime Mosel winding through the valley. Here, it's not about sporting prowess, but above all about enjoyment: wineries followed by vineyards, castles by half-timbered houses, antiquity by art nouveau, let alone countless opportunities to stop and feast.
Nahe: Nahe Cycle Route
The 135-kilometre Nahe Cycle Route stretches from its source in Selbach on Lake Bostal in Saarland to its mouth on the Rhine near Bingen. It connects the challenging hilly country between Hunsrück and the North Palatinate mountains with the lovely wine-growing region along the Nahe.
The range of cycle routes along the German Wine Route is as varied as the landscape. The cycle tour of the historic German Wine Route runs for around 100km through wine villages and vineyards in Germany's second-largest wine-growing region.
Rheingau: Rheingau Cycle Path
The Rheingau Cycle Path stretches from Kaub to Flörsheim am Main or from Flörsheim am Main to Kaub. It goes partly through the vineyards and partly along the Rhine or Main rivers.
Rheinhessen: Cycling tours in Rheinhessen
In Rheinhessen, over 500 kilometres of well-signposted cycle routes and 90km of the Rhine Cycle Path await cycling holidaymakers. Short half-day tours, extended full-day tours and stage tours show the full diversity of the region. Starting from the state capital Mainz, routes lead to the Rhine-Nahe Corner in Bingen, the cathedral city of Worms and the half-timbered town of Alzey in the middle of Rheinhessen. The Rhine Cycle Route, Selz Valley Cycle Route and Fruit Route are among the most popular in the region.
The Unstrut Cycle Route follows the Unstrut river on its approx. 190 km route from its source in Eichsfeld through the Thuringian heartland, the Kyffhäuser region and southern Saxony-Anhalt to where it flows into the Saale near Naumburg. The Saale Cycle Route runs for 403 kilometres along the Saale from its source at Großer Waldstein to its mouth on the Elbe at Barby.
The approx. 80-kilometre section of the Elbe Cycle Route between Bad Schandau and Meißen offers a beautiful mix of nature and culture. The rocky landscape of “Saxon Switzerland” is impressive. The Elbe meadows accompany the river right through the centre of Dresden. Further northwest, vineyards flank the river and path. If you want to make discoveries off the main route, you can follow the countless themed trails that combine magnificent landscapes with wine gastronomy.
The 396km Württemberger Weinradweg (Württemberg Wine Cycle Route) is a fascinating and diverse route that leads through hilly wine-growing landscapes and picturesque wine villages on the one hand, and through the cities of Stuttgart and Heilbronn on the other, where winegrowing also has a long tradition and which offer a variety of top-class museums.
Cycle paths through several wine-growing regions
Numerous cycle paths criss-cross the 13 wine-growing regions - or connect them with each other:
For example, the Heidelberg-Black Forest-Lake Constance Cycle Path, which runs from Heidelberg to Radolfzell and has a length of 305km; the tour on the Stromberg-Murrtal Cycle Path which extends over 166km from Karslruhe southwards to Gaildorf; on the Charming Tauber Valley Cycle Route ("Liebliches Taubertal Radweg") you can follow the Tauber over a length of 102km from Rothenburg o.d. Tauber to Wertheim am Main.
All three long-distance cycle routes have been designated as quality cycle routes by the cycling association for Germany (ADFC) and thus meet certain requirements.
ADFC Quality Cycle Routes in the Wine Regions
Long-distance cycle routes that have been designated as quality cycle routes by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club e. V. (ADFC) must be at least 100km long and uniformly signposted with a route logo. More background information on the ADFC quality cycle routes can be found here, and specifically on the criteria for their bett+bike accommodation on their website (English language). The ADFC also offers breakdown assistance to members.
At adfc-radtourismus.de there is further inspiration around quality long-distance cycle routes and cycle regions, but in German language only.
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