- Meander downstream along the Moselle from Nancy in France through Metz (cathedral), Roman Trier, Germany's oldest city to Koblenz or upstream as we suggest in one of our books.
- Follow the Neckar upstream through dreamy Heidelberg and bustling Stuttgart to the edge of the Black Forest and the start of the Danube.
- The Main from Wagner's Bayreuth through mediaeval Bamberg, baroque Würzburg and Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany, to the confluence with the Rhine in Mainz.
- The Danube downstream from Donaueschingen through Ulm with the highest cathedral spire in the world, Regensburg (cathedral) to Passau and the Austrian border. After this you can cycle on to Vienna or even the Black Sea.
- The Weser from middle of Germany to the sea.
- The Oder and Neisse Rivers along the border between Germany and Poland.
- Almost all the other rivers in Germany offer a Radweg - cycle route.
Varied Landscapes and fascinating old towns and cities
- Lake Constance, one of Germany' most popular cycling areas where you can visit four countries in a day. Our book is a superb introduction to the area.
- The Romantic Road from Würzburg via Bad Mergentheim with the Teutonic Knights Museum, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl where to this day allotments are divided equally between Catholics and Protestants, Nördlingen in the middle of the site of a meteor strike (a week or two ago - about fourteen million years!), Harburg with its castle, Donauwörth on the Danube, Augsburg home to the Mozart family, Bert Brecht and the Fuggers, Landsberg am Lech, Steingaden with the Wies Church where cherubim seem to take flight and as crowning summit Schwangau and Füssen with Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle. P.S. We can recommend it highly. We've written a book about it.
- The Via Claudia which runs parallel to the Romantic Road from Donauwörth to Füssen and on over the Alps to the Adriatic.
- The Niederrhein (Lower Rhine), the Rhine northwest of Cologne.
- The forests and lowlands of the North.
- The volcanic and faulted hills from the Rhineland across to the Bavarian Forest and the Czech border.
- The Black Forest
- East of Lake Constance on the Bodensee-Kaisersee Route through the Alpine foothills through the Allgäu
- Bremen City Cycle Route
- The Limes. The Roman wall built to keep the German tribes out.
- Ilm Valley Cycle Route in Thüringen in eastern Germany
- Werra Valley Cycle Route
- Tour de Ruhr: Industrial Heritage Cycle Route
- Danube-Lake Constance Cycle Route. Anyone for baroque?
- Mozart Cycle Route
- Berlin Wall green route
Last but not least: good wine and food, the Alps, Kaffee und Kuchen (deep frozen Black Forest Gateau was never like this!), the colours of the vineyards in the October sunlight and...
the beer is eminently drinkable as well!
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Why go cycle touring in Germany ?
To start with - 40 000 km of cycleways, most of which are well signposted. Enough good quality cycling maps to cover Germany to a depth of several centimetres. Railways that are pleased to see cyclists with free bicycle transport across large areas. Accommodation and restaurants are very reasonably priced by British standards.
Superbly varied cycle touring: The major rivers:
- The Elbe flowing from the Czech border through Dresden, Dessau (Bauhaus) and Hamburg to reach the sea at Cuxhafen (Cycle up it, however rather than against the prevailing northwest wind!).
- The Spree ending in Berlin where you can cycle round the former route of the Berlin Wall.
- The Rhine from Lake Constance, Basel (cathedral), through Strasbourg (cathedral), Speyer (cathedral), Heidelberg, Worms (cathedral), Mainz (cathedral), the Rhine Gorge - a UNESCO World Heritage site with its castles and vineyards, Cologne (cathedral), to the Dutch border. In our opinion however, the Rhine gets a poor deal from the tourist authorities. It is difficult to find compact information on the Internet about cycling along the river. The Swiss portion is well covered on the Cycling in Switzerland web site and incidently, in volume I of our two volume Rhine cycling touring opus. However the route after Basel along the French side of the border with Germany and on to Mainz was an EU project, but this is no longer mentioned by anyone Teutonic including the German National Tourist Office. They show the route only starting in Wörth where both banks of the river are in Germany. French Alsace is made up of two Departements: The Lower Alsace tourist site: http://www.tourisme67.com/en/cyclo/listeCircuits.php offers decent information about the route between Marckolsheim and the German border. The authorities in Upper Alsace have passed the heavy responsibility for the Internet representation to the regional association of cycle clubs. Their view of cycle tourism (in French only) is not mine and is more similar to the Audax concept listing a number of events. If you are interested in finding out about cycling in this area check out the web site (http://cyclos68.free.fr/) and if this does not match your interests, moan at the Upper Alsace Tourist people. The run through the Rhine Gorge is looked after by the Romantic Rhine an association of co-operating tourist offices (Koblenz-Touristik Bahnhofplatz 7, 56068 Koblenz, Tel. 0261 - 303880 Romantischer Rhein e.V. Kirchstraße 6, 53424 Remagen, Tel. 02642 - 20187 Rhein Touristik "Tal der Loreley", Bahnhofstraße 8, 56346 St. Goarshausen, Tel. 06771 - 91020. From about Bonn to Duisburg you will be following the Erlebnisweg-Rheinschiene and from there to the the Dutch border the lower Rhine tourist authority is responsible. Signposting within each region is good, but it is amazing that the most famous river is Europe does not have one set of cycle route signs. Volume II of our Rhine Guide does give you a lot of information and helps you navigate through France, Germany and the Netherlands. You will pleased to know that the Rhine in Germany will have new cycle route signs as a part of the new German long distance cycling route network. It will be Route D8, but when this work will be carried out is not certain. Don't hold your breath! South of Karlsruhe the left bank, of course, will be ignored, it is in France.