Bike tour Rhine Bike Vine: Jubilee Tour Baden Revolution 1848

8 Days

Your trip

It is now 175 years since an entire country, an entire continent, looked with wonder and trepidation at this magnificent land on the southwestern edge of the empire: with admiration, with anger, with brutal aggression.

In 1848/49, the Paulskirche Assembly in Frankfurt failed. In the fortress of Rastatt, the arms of Baden rose up against their own grand duke. Duke Leopold fled. Baden proclaimed the republic.

Come to this beautiful country between the Black Forest, Vosges, Palatinate Forest and Odenwald on the Rhine and Neckar. Visit by bike the places of the dreamers and fighters of yesteryear!

Wine country, Rhineland, Palatinate and Bergstrasse – probably nowhere is Germany as warm, as ‘Florence’ as here.

It is almost a paradisiacal sight to see grapevines and fruit, even kiwis and figs, growing so richly in the area between the Rhine, Neckar and German Wine Routes.

It is probably also this culinary richness that makes people so proud of their homeland. So proud that they give each and every guest their full attention and are happy to share anecdotes from the region. Many of the stories revolve around the famous cathedral in Speyer or the old imperial city of Worms.

Hand on your heart – have you ever been a guest of the German emperors?

Also this tour offers you a round arc from the legends of the Nibelungen at Worms, the High Middle Ages with the imperial cities and imperial congresses at Speyer and to Worms, the Kurzpfalz with its ancient capital Heidelberg, the lovely wine route on the edge of the Odenwald with its castles and picturesque half-timbered towns, all the way to the Neckar Valley Cycle Route into the land of the Baden struggle for freedom against Prussia around the Romantic Four.

Oh and yes – you can also pay your respects to the emperors!

Strictly speaking, it was the Salians who built the cathedral at Speyer justify. About 1000 years ago, Emperor Conrad II died in 1039. He was still buried on the construction site of ‘his’ cathedral. Twenty years later, the roof was then close over the graves. The founder’s grandson, Emperor Henry IV, was able to consecrate the cathedral in 1061. At that time it was the longest church in the world. Today you enter a living church, the episcopal seat of the diocese. You can also visit the tombs of the emperors in the crypt of the church under the high altar. Take some time to let the impressions of 1000 years of power, splendor, loss, destruction, resurrection and faith take effect on you.

But so be it – you want to ride a bike!

Along this tour you will encounter history(s) at every turn. The Celts were the first to settle the Heiligenberg above Heidelberg. The Romans fortified this land, built the first bridge over the Neckar River. The electors had the first stone bridge built in the 18th century. The Baden freedom fighters wanted to blow it up, the German Wehrmacht blew it up.

But you notice – I digress.

And that’s exactly what we’d like to invite you to do with this tour: digress. Cycle what you have always wanted to know and see. Welcome to the Rhine and Neckar!

Accommodation and catering

You will stay in two high quality, regiotypical hotels. You can choose between two hotel categories when booking:

  • Category A: 3*** and 4**** hotels
  • Category B: Hotels / Inns in 3*** level

Every day begins for you with a rich breakfast or buffet.

The route and its requirements

  • We classify the cycling tours as moderately demanding. The routes along the Rhine and Neckar rivers run entirely on the flat, with no inclines. Along the German Wine Route, the profile is rather hilly.
  • You will cycle a total of about 315 km in 6 stages.
  • The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

  • Sturdy unisex touring bikes, 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur and freewheel (please choose when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights. On request also 21-speed men’s bike possible.
  • Rental bike PREMIUM: the sportier version! High-quality equipment, for example, with 27-speed Shimano Deore XT gears, Magura brakes HS 11 and Suntour suspension fork.
  • Electric bikes: unisex e-bikes with electric pedal assistance up to 25 km/h; 8-speed gears with coaster brake; range approx. 80 – 120 km (depending on riding style).

Own bikes

  • It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk.
  • For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

We recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Arrival and transfers

We recommend that you arrive by train. Get in on the vacation at home. Arrive here relaxed. Dream a little during the return trip. Make yourself comfortable and book one of our rental bikes. Please book a train ticket to Neustadt an der Weinstraße.

Information and timetables can be found at Deutsche Bahn, see www.bahn.de.

Parking

If you come by car, you can leave your car free of charge and unguarded in public parking lots near the hotel. Alternatively you can rent a garage at the hotel for about 10,- € / day, payable on site. Reservation is neither possible nor necessary.

Unforgettable

  • The cathedral at Worms, at Speyer
  • Heidelberg, its warmth, its castle
  • The wine country of the Bergstrasse with its castles and half-timbered towns
  • The Odenwald with its Nibelungen saga, its simple beauty and vastness
  • The Neckar with its cycle path, the Romantic Four with their old towns and castles

From day to day

Individual arrival :
Day 1

Individual journey to Neustadt an der Weinstraße

Tour information and bike handout in the secret wine capital of Germany, with winding streets, the mighty collegiate church and its Elwedritschen fountain.

Hotel
Neustadt - Bad Bergzabern :
Day 2

Bike tour Neustadt – Bad Bergzabern, approx. 50 km, 430 m ↑

550 m ↓ ~ 4 h

The route leads through romantic wine villages with unique atmosphere. In the former fortress town of Landau, visit the medieval Städtisches Kaufhaus on Rathausplatz and enjoy the view of the Rhine Valley from Landeck Fortress.

Unique in Germany is the Hambach Castle with its famous cradle festival of democracy here in this country. In fact, you are in the heartland of the Vormärz, the desire for freedom and the Baden Republic 1848 / 49.

At the stage destination, the baroque castle, the historic inn “Engel” and the Westwall Museum are worth seeing.

Breakfast
Hotel
Bad Bergzabern - Rastatt :
Day 3

Bike tour Bad Bergzabern – Rastatt, approx. 50 km, 200 m ↑↓

Through the wine gate in Schweigen you drive directly to the Alsatian town of Wissembourg with its former wine cellar. Benedictine Abbey. Leisurely you cycle through the Bienwald and the Lautertal to the Rhine. You follow directly the German – French border.

A detour to the lakes of the Altrhein arms behind Munchhausen is worthwhile – a swim in the Altrhein, by the way!

The baroque residence in Rastatt is the impressive end of the day. Once built as one of the most important fortifications of the German Confederation, the garrison rose up against the Grand Duke in 1849. The duke fled, and Baden proclaimed a republic. It was a breath of freedom in Germany. It was a provocation that provoked Prussia into action and had it bloodily put down.

The struggle for freedom and democracy is witnessed by this fortress and the many monuments and graves of fallen freedmen and soldiers in those devastating days of collapsing hope.

Welcome to the land of freedom!

Rastatt - Germersheim :
Day 4

Bike tour: Rastatt – Germersheim, approx. 50 km, 500 m ↑↓

Today you will be traveling from fortress to fortress in the midst of the land of military resistance to the Prussian-led reaction of the German Confederation to the Vormärz in Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

In Karlsruhe you cycle past the castle and the magnificent castle garden. It is not only home to the Federal Constitutional Court. It also offer a permanent exhibition of freedom space. The Grand Duke of Baden once resided here. From here he fled, preparing the way for the first proclamation of a republic on German soil.

The revolutionary past has left many traces – right up to the bizarre flag dispute between Baden and Württemberg over the castle in recent years.

They drive towards the distress, the military defeats of the rebellious Baden army. Pay attention to what happened in these lands.

Breakfast
Hotel
Germersheim - Heidelberg :
Day 5

Germersheim – Speyer – Heidelberg bike tour, approx. 50 km, 100 m ↑↓

The Old Rhine brings us to the imperial city of Speyer and its impressive cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The famous ensemble of the palace and palace gardens in Schwetzingen are further highlights of the tour before the day ends in the oldest German university city of Heidelberg.

Welcome to the heart of the Kurpfalz!

Breakfast
Hotel
Heidelberg - Worms :
Day 6

Day 6: Heidelberg – Worms, approx. 45 km, 100 m ↑↓

The tour continues along the Neckar River to Ladenburg, where two millennia of cultural history can be traced.

In the old imperial, Nibelungen and Luther city of Worms, visit the imperial cathedral of St. Peter, the Luther Monument or the largest European Jewish cemetery.

Breakfast
Hotel
Worms - Bad Dürkheim :
Day 7

Bike tour: Worms – Bad Dürkheim, 40 km, 300m ↑↓

The route now takes us to the northern part of the German Wine Route. Particularly beautiful here are the medieval castle village of Neuleiningen and Freinsheim with its historic old town.

In Bad Dürkheim you will reach the largest wine barrel in the world and the large salt works at the spa gardens.

Breakfast
Hotel
Bike tour Bad Dürkheim - Neustadt & departure :
Day 8

Farewell day – or extension

Today you will cycle from Bad Dürkheim back to the starting point of the tour in Neustadt.

The rather short daily stage leaves plenty of time for the wine culture of the region, among others in the winegrowing communities of Wachenheim, Forst and Deidesheim. Over the balcony of the Palatinate you cycle to the starting point of the tour, to Neustadt an der Weinstraße.

Stay – or come back! There is still so much to experience.

Services

contain

  • 7 x nights in the chosen category
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Personal tour information (in English, German)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (in German, English)
  • Navigation app and GPS data available
  • Service hotline

not included

  • Rhine ferry in Neuburg, approx. € 2.50 / person incl. Wheel
  • Tourist tax, if due, payable on site

Country information

Entry Germany

EU nationals and Swiss nationals (who do not have any special circumstances, e.g. dual citizenship, primary residence abroad or provisionally issued travel documents) require a valid identity card or passport for entry into Germany, which must still be valid for at least the next three months after the end of the journey. must be valid for 6 months. If you have another citizenship or more than one citizenship, or if you have special legal requirements, please contact us before booking your trip.

Information in connection with COVID 19: Guidance on current regulations for Germany can be found on the Federal Government’s website.

Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from the start and finish points indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! Also, in many places you have freedom to shorten the path or make it different. The proposal presented here is therefore more for inspiration and orientation than for compulsive imitation. We recommend: Download the komoot app on your phone, search for this "Collection", download the routes on your phone and let the app guide you as navigator and inspirer. Especially in the Rhine Valley, the navigation is very helpful not to get "stuck" in any dead ends and commercial areas.

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