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. The German Tourist Office has a superb website about cycle touring in the Federal Republic. 

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. Check out our e-book: “The Rhine End to End Part II Basel to Rotterdam"
  • You can also follow the Rhine upstream. Cycle through the Netherlands and then drift south along the Rhine into Germany, then France to reach Switzerland. The whole route is covered in our e-book: "Following the Rhine gently upstream Rotterdam to Basel, a Cycle Tourist’s Guide" (
  • 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 eastern 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 North 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.

Fascinating old towns and cities and interesting Landscapes

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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