Bicycling Secret Bavaria Plus! the Austrian Alps

Cycling the landscapes of Bavaria on this guided bike tour in Germany
  • Length 11 days
  • From USD$5195
  • Style/Level Classic 2.0
  • Countries Austria
  • Begin/End Würzburg/Heiterwang
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What to expect in your European 3 or 4 star hotel

The most important factor when it comes to selecting a hotel is your comfort. We understand a good night’s sleep makes all the difference when you are on an active vacation. We have carefully chosen all our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture. We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small, not all the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour.

  • Hotels will be located centrally but off busy areas so you will have a quiet and, if necessary, sound-proof room.
  • Comfortable rooms and beds for a good night’s rest.
  • Modern amenities, even if A/C may be limited
  • Cleanliness and a welcoming atmosphere.

Read more on what to expect on Air Conditioning in Europe and Rooming Options on tour.

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  • Bad Mergentheim

  • Augsburg

  • Castle Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

  • Würzburg

  • Rothenburg on the Tauber

  • Dinkelsbühl

  • Landsberg

  • Austrian Alps


  • 11 days, 10 nights accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, 1 wine and beer tasting, a guided visit of Neuschwanstein castle

  • and the usual (see below).

  • “The usual” (see Classic tour includes)

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We gather today in Würzburg, a historic medieval center (dating back as early as the 7th century) that sits on the banks of the Main River. Come a day early to explore the exquisite Baroque palace, churches and gardens dating to the 18th century. After fitting bikes this afternoon we’ll gather for introductions and dinner together.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Walfisch

Our ride today takes us through the hills of central Germany to the medieval town of Mergentheim. In the early 20th century the name was changed to Bad Mergentheim in honor of the discovery, a century before, of natural mineral springs in the area. Today the village is dominated by the castle complex on the edge of the historic town. Take time this afternoon to explore this wonderfully preserved medieval town. Our hotel tonight has one of the best restaurants in the city so be sure to save your appetite for dinner.

Distance: 58km (36mi) | Gain: 499m (1637ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.5

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Bundschu

Today we continue through the rolling hills of central Germany to the medieval village of Rothenburg. Perched high above the meanders of the Tauber River, Rothenburg looks perfectly preserved but the town center surrounded by its 14th and 15th century walls was rebuilt after WWII. This afternoon we will visit a special cellar with a beautiful collection of rare varietals. After which we’ll continue our wine education and meet one of the last vintners in Rothenburg, who just so happens to own our hotel.

Distance: 50km (31mi) | Gain: 557m (1827ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.5

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Glocke

Take your time to enjoy this fabulous medieval city and the views it offers of the Tauber valley. For those who want some cycling we have a relaxing ride towards Bad Windsheim, another opportunity to explore Bavaria’s picturesque countryside. We’ll suggest a fascinating open-air museum which will transport you to the last 700 years of Franconian life. After the ride, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the market center and the streets lined with Gothic and half-timber houses, and take a tour on the walls of the city, or explore them on your own.

Distance: 68km (43mi) | Gain: 733m (2404ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.5

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Glocke

We ride over undulating farmlands from one fairy tale village to another today. In contrast to Rothenburg on the Tauber, Dinkelsbühl is indeed nearly perfectly preserved from the middle ages. As early as the 11th century, the town was a major center at the intersection of two medieval trade routes. Tonight is another opportunity to enjoy the rewards of a good handcrafted German kitchen at our top rated hotel restaurant.

Distance: 45km (28mi) | Gain: 433m (1420ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.0

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Deutsches Haus

The landscape changes today as we pedal across the 12-17 mile wide, nearly circular Ries Basin. Unlike most of the areas we bike, which are a mixture of forests and farmlands, the geology of this area doesn’t allow rich forest lands. We are back in the “typical” landscape of Bavaria as we approach historic Donauwörth on the banks of the Danube, western Europe’s longest river.

Distance: 73km (46mi) | Gain: 552m (1811ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.0

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel zur Promenade

Our ride today takes us up the Lech River valley to Augsburg, which was founded by the Roman emperor Augustus in 15 BC. As you might expect, there is plenty to see here this afternoon. We will visit the award-winning Riegele Brauerei brewery and taste some of their modern beers before a traditional Bavarian dinner.

Distance: 67km (42mi) | Gain: 443m (1453ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.0

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Dom

As we bicycle from Augsburg to Landsberg we are back in the forests and farmlands, which are densely settled with small villages and hamlets all along the way. Under the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval period, Landsberg was a fortified border town separating the duchy of Swabia from that of Bavaria. Historic walls, towers and gates define the architecture of the community, including one of the best town gates in Germany, the “Bavarian Gate.”

Distance: 54km (34mi) | Gain: 369m (1210ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.5

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Goggl

Today we continue to parallel the Lech River and the ancient Claudia Augusta Way, which eventually became the medieval trade route that gave its name to the “Romantic Way.” Our destination is Füssen. The town sits near King Ludwig’s most famous castle, Neuschwanstein, at the foot of the Austrian Alps.

Distance: 76km (47mi) | Gain: 705m (2312ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.0

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Sonne

The “faux” medieval Neuschwanstein Castle was built by mad King Ludwig in the late 19th century and is one of the most famous attractions in southern Germany. A predecessor and inspiration for the Disney-style castles that have captured the imagination of children for a century and a half. We’ll pedal or walk to the castle for a 35 minute guided visit. After our visit we’ll cross the border into Austria to Heiterwang, or nearby Reutte.

Distance: 39km (24mi) | Gain: 576m (1889ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.5

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Goldener Hirsch

If you are headed home, the Munich airport is 3 1/2 hours away by train. Gute Reise!

Meals : Breakfast

Visit our Tour Level page to learn more about terrain levels and how we dermine day and tour levels.

Dates & prices

Date Price Private room fee Note
Jul 30-Aug 9, 2023 USD$5195 USD$650
Aug 27-Sep 6, 2023 USD$5195 USD$650  Departure confirmed to go!


Arrival & departure



  • Great trip. Great tour leaders. Great bikes. Wonderful German scenery, medieval towns, countryside, people.

    William W., Mt Pleasant, SC
  • Riding in Bavaria on the last day in Heidi and Sound of Music country. I felt like I was in a post card. Days like this are why I cycle.

    Linda M., Livermore, CA
  • We had a great time. Finished up in Munich with a fine Bavarian beer to celebrate my birthday. Our best to all of you until we ride together again!

    Mike H., Sewell, NJ