Castle Road cycling/Neckar valley

Mar 14th, 2008, 09:02 AM
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Castle Road cycling/Neckar valley

Starting a new thread in response to PalenQ's reply to my "romantic road" questions regarding the Neckar Valley

<<Date: 03/13/2008, 10:24 am
Indeed after having cycled in Germany for years there are much better cycling places than the RRd IMO - it does get all the hype - i'd head up the Neckar Valley - the Castle Road route to Heidelberg - this is a gorgeous river valley punctuated by old towns and castles.>>

I have a few questions about this stretch which i'm guessing runs from heilbronn to heidelburg

1) How many days should it take on a bike, given a leisurely pace? two males travelling both 30 and in fair shape - I'll probably want to do it in four days

2) are there any good cycling route maps online in English?

3) any recomendations to towns that I should visit/avoid along the way??

4) can you rent a bike in one town than drop it off in another?

5) I'm sure it's the same as the romantic road, but is accomodation plentiful/cheap along the way?

6) Is there any kind of luggage service so I dont have to carry a huge backpack with me while cycling?

thanks for all your help
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Mar 14th, 2008, 06:23 PM
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are good sites to look at.

as I mentioned on your previous question, is a good source for German cycling maps.
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Mar 14th, 2008, 08:49 PM
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I can't answer your question, but maybe this information would be helpful...

We used to book a cycling trip last summer along the Danube River. We started in Passau and rode 200 miles to Vienna. We stayed at simple inns each night. In the morning, on our way to breakfast, we'd leave our luggage in the lobby and a van came and transported it to the next inn, so it was waiting when we arrived. The bike path was wide, paved and flat.

Everything was set up around the cycling. Restaurants, hotels, etc. On a rainy day, we just boarded a ferry with our bikes and took a boat ride to the next town. On a day when we were very tired and there was no ferry service to that town that day, we boarded the train which runs from town to town, parked our bike in the bike car and rode to the next town.

There is an excellent set of cycling maps for this route from omnimaps. The route runs another 200 miles to Budapest. Although we booked through eurobike, it was very simple in that we just received a book of vouchers and instructions at the first hotel. A local company took care of the luggage transportation. It was a great trip.

Have fun.
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Mar 14th, 2008, 09:36 PM
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Definitely visit Bad Wimpfen. It is a gem!

Read these articles by Tom Galvin. He has quite a few interesting comments on the Neckar Valley.

Other info:
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Mar 15th, 2008, 01:12 AM
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Hi Betty,
Thanks for the links for Bad Wimpfen, we have been researching the Neckar Valley just this afternoon. Looks fabulous.
Best wishes for your cycling holiday insidethefall.
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Mar 15th, 2008, 08:37 AM
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I was comparing the Neckar Valley with the Romantic Road by the buses i took over each.

the romantik road seemed to be a fairly busy two lane highway with lots of lorries, etc. I'm sure there are bike strips or paths along it now but were not several years ago

But the Neckar Valley from Heidelberg, a gem of a town, to Rothenburg area was dreamy - towns like Bad Wimpfen and others and the valley is really gorgeous and it appears bike routes go along it most of the way.

But though i have biked thousands of miles in Europe including other parts of Germany i have no biked either route
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Mar 18th, 2008, 12:57 PM
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The places listed at the site are supposed to provide luggage transfer.
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Mar 20th, 2008, 07:19 PM
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for bike with baggage transfer
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Apr 1st, 2008, 01:50 PM
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If someone is planning a bike route in the Bad Wimpfen area and the hotels in BW don't fit the bill, consider Bad Rappenau, the next town over and also on one of the most commonly used bike routes. The hotels in the town are very welcoming to cyclists and are good value for money (for example, we stayed in a huge apartment--bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living/dining room, two large terraces--in the Hotel Adler for 78 euro per night last summer, including breakfast). Moreover, the back route from Bad Rappenau to BW along Wimpfener Strasse is very pretty and has little traffic (plus by far the best meal I had in the area was in the Tan Do restaurant along that route, 55 Wimpfenerstrasse ). BR is also on the local train line connecting BW to Heidelberg.
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