Germany · 5 Days · 31 Moments · August 2016

Würzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

23 August 2016

Did the night watchman tour with about 50 other people. Very funny, great storyteller!
Splurged a bit in our last night and ate at Zur Höll = Hell House, the Trip Advisor #1 restaurant in Rothenburg. The food was delicious, especially the apple strudel.
Climbed to the top of the tower at the city hall- what a view!
Today was a no biking day so we spent it walking around Rothenburg. I had been there on a high school trip in 1982 and remembered absolutely loving it but didn't remember anybody the sights!! Loads of tourists - first time we heard English being spoken for a few days.

22 August 2016

Our hotel website describes it as being located in a "quirky neighbourhood": being at the crossroads of a major route to the highway with a car dealership on one corner and a Subway shop on another is not exactly what I call "quirky"... We had the room under the eaves which was very spacious and yes, quirky, but the traffic noise is crazy!!
Climbed up a very long steep hill to Rothenburg - they certainly saved the best bit of the route for last! Had dinner at the hotel with an unusual starter : broth with "noodles" made out of strips of savoury crepes. Had salmon for a main dish too; nice to have something other than pork!
We had another frustrating search for lunch but it ended better this time in a lovely gasthaus on the deck in the sunshine. Doug loved his schweizershnitzel and I got croquettes because they made me think of Kathy C....
The cycle route was through dozens of orchards- we saw apples, pears and plums up close and vineyards in the hillsides
Stopped in Rottingem for a break
Left the hotel for our last day of cycling and the sky looked a bit dark. It cleared up quickly though and the first village we stopped in was so pretty: Walkersheim.

21 August 2016

The hotel seemed to be more a converted apartment block than anything else but Doug managed to find the bar and brought a small bottle of champagne back to the room.
Rode through dozens of apple orchards to arrive in Bad Mergentheim. Found our hotel on the very outskirts of the town and decided to skip the meal on offer and walk the 2.5km into town to explore and eat. Doug found a fabulous Greek restaurant on Trip Advisor - Poseidon- so we ate there. So much food!! Walked back through the KurPark - full of interesting art and gardens.
Stopped to eat our sandwiches in Tauberbischofsheim. Sat in the market square to eat them then went and had a drink at the Kloistercafe. The town wedding chapel/registry seems to be there- at least that's what the sign said!
Rode through a series of little villages - not a soul about except other cyclists! Waldenhausen seemed to have Pretezels in their coat of arms. Lovely little church in Bronnach.
Left the hotel at 09:30 as I spent a few minutes searching for my gloves which disappeared. Weather was quite a bit cooler than yesterday but still sunny. Quite windy!

20 August 2016

Walked out of the restaurant to get a photo of the hotel and the tower next door then headed up to bed. Hopefully the rain that started in the afternoon will go through during the night..
Dinner tonight was at the Italian restaurant adjacent to the hotel. That's where the similarity to the previous night ended - we had a really yummy meal and a very nice bottle of Montepulciano.
Stopped at a lovely little cafe for a glass of wine and met some French ladies who introduced us to a dessert speciality: deep-fried balls of crepe batter!
We arrived at our hotel in Wertheim at 14:30 but our bags hadn't been delivered yet so we went out for a walk around the town and up to the burg - castle ruins above the town. So after 47km of riding we climbed the equivalent to 50 flights of stairs. Crazy!!🙄
We started to get hungry at noon but none of the villages we rode through seemed to have open restaurants- very odd!! We stopped at the first one we saw & it turned out to be an American diner!! They had schnitzel on the menu though so we ordered it.
I particularly liked Holzkirchen- beautifully laid out and very quiet
We rode out of Würzburg and through a series of very pretty villages - almost all if it on bike paths
Day one of our ride started at 08:45 with beautiful weather and thanks to Doug's efforts the night before, bikes were ready to go!!

19 August 2016

Really pretty town!
Guess that 4:00 AM start was a bit much...
Apparently the area is known for its wines - vineyards were everywhere
What a great town - wine bar on the bridge!
And of corse stopped for a drink..
Went for a walk around town
10 minutes from the train station and we got to the hotel Amberger - lovely!!
Flew to Munich then caught a train to Würzburg. The advice from the travel arrangers was that we wouldn't need to worry about reserving seats - they were so wrong!! The train was packed but we managed to get seats together.