Day 1: from Würzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (ca. 70km / 45 miles):
Rothenburg ob der Tauber might be one of the most famous destinations among travellers in Germany. The beautiful old town is full of medieval buildings, cobbled roads, and gorgeous green spots. For more facts about the sweet spot in Middle Franconia you can
click the Wikipedia article
Our trip started at Würzburg and thus we cycled along the river Main. The Mainradweg (Main cycle route) led us from our home town to the neighbouring town on Ochsenfurt via beautiful green countryside and the gorgeous places Randersacker, Eibelstadt, and Sommerhausen. Our steady companions were the river Main on our right, and the vineyards on our leftt. If you are interested in longer trips on the Mainradweg,
check the official site
Ochsenfurt is a great place for the first short break. Between the riverside and gorgeous architecture, you will find a shadowy spot to rest. Also, there are some stores around, in case you need to buy some more supplies for your tour.
There we left the Mainradweg and got on the Gaubahnradweg (Gau rail cycle route). This route is named after an old railroad (the Gaubahn) which led from Ochsenfurt to Röttingen and used to connect plenty of villages in this region of Lower Franconia. The hilly route goes through calm and rich green forests, tiny villages, and some open fields between them. On the picture below you can see an old fountain in the village Bieberehren where you can refill your bottles with clean, fresh drinking water. This was the moment when one of the toughest parts of our trip was about to commence. We hit the cycle route along the Romantic Road. This route from Würzburg to Füssen might be one of the most famous roads for tourists in Germany. If you like to gain more information on how to travel this route via bicycle, car, bus, or train, have a look
Anyway, cycling towards Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a tough task. The slopes are steep, and we quickly recognized the real weight of our luggage. It took us some stamina, willpower, and wheeling our bikes at some parts to reach our destination. But it was absolutely worth it!
We found a gorgeous little camp site in the village of Detwang only a few kilometres before Rothenburg. If you are into camping, here is
. For everyone else there are plenty of pensions, hotels, and other accommodations in Rothenburg.
We slept well at the camp site, and found some time to explore Rothenburg’s beauty on the next day before our journey was about to continue. Since we do not want to spoil you, the pictures only show the area around the gorgeous old town.
For those of you who are planning to stay in Rothenburg for longer, we recommend participating at walking tours which
you can can find here
, and get a “Schneeballen” (snow ball). The latter is a unique pastry dish from the area.
So much for the first part. The second part of the story will be released next Thursday.
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