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Similar to bicycle tours in Switzerland, cycling tours in Germany can give you a high-quality bicycling experience. Excellent maps, well-marked bicycle paths, a beautiful landscape, friendly people and good food along the way are just a few of the many things that have made Germany so famous among bike riding lovers.
One of my first bicycling trips in Europe was in Frankfurt, Germany. We had rented commuter bicycles, and we used them to climb quite high hills on our bike ride from Frankfurt to Kronberg (“berg” = mountain in German), and back. As we rode more and more in and around Frankfurt (day trips from Frankfurt), we gained some experience with cycling tours in Germany, and I want to talk about some of my bike rides.
GG – Riding Around Frankfurt (65 Km/40 miles)[Top]
Among all the Frankfurt tours, Grüngürtelradweg (to simplify things we have called it “GG”) is certainly the best. This well-marked (on maps and on the ground) trail takes you in a wide loop around the city, mainly on back roads. Going out of the city for a day trip from Frankfurt makes you feel refreshed. People who live outside the city are very friendly and this helps quite a bit when you get lost along the way.
Here are some pictures taken along this route
Tip: Summer is the ideal season for a cycling tours in Germany
If you're thinking of visiting Germany for your cycling holiday, try to plan a visit in summer as autumn and winter tend to be gloomy seasons in Germany while spring tends to be a little chilly. May is probably the best month to visit as warm sunshine and cool breezes are the order of the day. If the weather gets a little too warm and sticky for your liking, you can always cool off with a refreshing German beer.
A collection of my other cycling tours in Germany
- Bike riding to the Taunus via Bad Homburg - If you'd like to spend an hour or two in one of the famous spas in Bad Homburg, this route is for you. This break will give you the energy to continue climbing to the top of the Taunus Mountains and back to Frankfurt - an extraordinary adventure.
- Bike riding south of Frankfurt (to Darmstadt) - The area south of Frankfurt is quite hilly and full of bicycle routes. We chose to take a train from Frankfurt to Mainz and to start riding along the Rhine River until we reached Gernsheim, where we took a small ferry to cross the river from west to east.
- Bike riding in Munich - I rented bicycles in Munich (You can rent them from many places, and leave them at other points in the city). Munich is a big city but can be covered entirely and enjoyably if you are on a bike. Riding along with the English Garden (make sure not to drink too much there), a short visit to the Olympic stadium and a trip through the city center will complete a perfect bike riding day in Munich.
- Bike riding along the Rhine River - A wonderful, exciting bike ride. Here's a full story about my Rhine River Tour.
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Books About Germany
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