Hand on heart – have you ever visited the German Emperors?
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!
TWIN tour twin
Please note: This tour has a ‘little sister’. Journey 225b is like it to a T. With one difference: it offers you less demanding daily routes. A variant for connoisseurs, so to speak. The beauty of it is: you can combine both tours as you like. One participant of your group or family can ride the easy version, another can dare to ride the challenging one. And the beauty of it: you can choose and change every day. Real TWIN just!
Accommodation and catering
You will stay in two very high quality, regiotypical hotels on ***star to ****star level. A rich breakfast is included in the price.
The route and its requirements
The proposed cycling tours are quite demanding. Especially the first two and the last day will get you going. In the middle of the week you can relax a little – but do not have to …
You cycle up to 80 km a day, mainly on paved cycle paths and country roads. They travel along the Neckar River, in the Rhine Valley, but also in the low mountain range of the Odenwald.
With the exception of Day 3, you can shorten each tour almost at will or replace it with alternative, shorter routes. Therefore, we classify this trip as “challenging” and “felxible”.
The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.
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.
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).
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. Please note that especially the tour through the Odenwald on day 7, the Siegfried cycle path, leads through beautiful forest and field paths. We therefore recommend a sturdy touring bike. If you are on a road bike, you should use the parallel federal road.
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 Schriesheim.
Please drive via
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> by long-distance or regional train.
There please get on the streetcar line 5
> Direction Weinheim / Mannheim (coming from Heidelberg) or
> Direction Weinheim / Heidelberg (coming from Mannheim)
um. Please take line 5 to Schriesheim train station.
- 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