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Beer and Bike Riding Germany

Hello, we are planning to spend time in Germany next year and would like to ride bikes between breweries. We would like to base ourselves in a city and ride to a brewery and bike in the same day. Is this possible? Where would you recommend we stay?? Bamberg is already on our list, I'm looking for a way to get in the country by bike and visit breweries too.

Thanks for your help!

Debbie

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Have you looked at Zepher Adventures? They offer Brewery and Bike Tours.

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The Aischgründer Bierrunde bike route does what you ask about. The Aisch is a river in Franconia; "Neustadt an der Aisch" (Neustadt on the Aisch River, in other words) is a handsome small town on this route, one that is easily reached by train. We stayed there a number of years back in an apartment that came with bikes. We weren't aware of the beer route at the time; we enjoyed the town and did day trips by train to Nuremberg, Bad Windsheim, and Iphofen. Anyway, maybe you could rent a place for a few days (one that comes with bikes) or rent there and do a similar stay. Bamberg could be reached from Neustadt by train if you wish.

Scroll through photos of Neustadt:

https://www.stadtbild-deutschland.org/forum/index.php?thread/5806-neustadt-an-der-aisch-galerie/&postID=182279#post182279

Fahrrad Hofmann and Loewenbrücke show up as possible bike rental outlets in Neustadt.

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German beer is stronger than American beer, so take care with even something like bike riding after a couple of half liter servings.

I lived in Bavaria for four years and there is a fest almost every weekend from Spring to Fall. Munich has many breweries and you could check for tests (Oktoberfest is wonderful, but very crowded). Augsburg had 9 breweries alone for a city of 350K.

If you want to do a bike ride, you need to plan carefully.

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I just came back from Germany and did a few hiking tours of breweries in Franconia. Here is my advice:

  • Franconia is your best bet for something like this as there are many, many existing hiking and biking brewery trails.
  • Use these Brewery routes to make a custom one that fits you needs. for example, In Bamberg we did just three of the Breweries on the 13 Brewery trail and in Gräfenberg I did the Fünf-Seidla-Steig twice but followed two different route that I made up as I went.
  • Double check opening times for the breweries you plan to visit as many are not open every day (and sometime only 2-3 days per week).
  • You will likely have to rent a bike in one of the larger towns like Bamberg or Nürnberg but these towns are small enough to easily ride out of town and into the countryside quickly. The cycling infrastructure is pretty good, for example you can ride from central Bamberg to breweries in Memmelsdorf and Merkendorf on paved bike paths in 30 to 60 mins.

Hope this helps,

DJ

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Thanks DJ and Russ for your input.

I'll definitely look into your suggestions!