Germany Bicycle Touring Route Maps. 1:150,000. Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club. These are the official maps of the Allgemeinen Deutschen Fahrrad-Club e.V., the Germany cycling federation. The maps have contours at different intervals depending on the terrain, with steep roads also indicated by gradient marking. An overprint highlights national and local cycling routes and indicates various facilities, such as railway stations with bike rentals, cycle repair shops, campsites, youth hostels and shelters. Each map covers approximately 156 x 138 km (97 x 86 miles).
This series is in the process of being updated - all titles are expected to be fully revised by mid-2007. The new editions are better cartography that is easier to read and a UTM grid has been added. Unfortunately the maps/legends are still in German only. Each new edition map comes with a booklet of cycling/tourist information and Bett & Bike accommodation suggestions.
Sample of a map Index showing sheet coverage
Sheet 1: Mordfriesland/Schleswig.
Sheet 2: Holstein/Hamburg.
Sheet 3: Ostseeküste/Mecklenberg.
Sheet 4: Rügen/Vorpommern.
Sheet 5: Ostfriesland/Emsland.
Sheet 6: Zwischen Elbe und Weser.
Sheet 7: Lüneburger Heide/Hannover.
Sheet 8: Havelland/Magdeburger Börder.
Sheet 9: Brandenburg/Spreewald.
Sheet 10: Münsterland/Niederrhein.
Sheet 11: Ostwesrfalen/Sauerland.
Sheet 12: Harz/Leinetal.
Sheet 13: Sachsen/Westl. Erzgebirge.
Sheet 14: Lausitz/östl. Erzgebirge.
Sheet 15: Rheinland/Eifel.
Sheet 16: Rhein/Main/Nordhessen.
Sheet 17: Thüringer Wald/Rhön.
Sheet 18: Oberfranken/Vogtland.
Sheet 19: Mosel/Saarland.
Sheet 20: Rhein/Neckar.
Sheet 21: Mainfranken/Taubertal.
Sheet 22: Fränkische Alb/Altmühl.
Sheet 23: Bayerischer Wald/Donau.
Sheet 24: Schwarzwald/Oberrhein.
Sheet 25: Bodensee/Schwäbische Alb.
Sheet 26: Oberbayern/München.
Sheet 27: Ohiemsee/Inn Salzkammergut.
Germany Cycling Guides
Cycle Touring in Northern Germany guide - a Route Through Schleswig-Holstein. Bergstrasse Bike Books, December 2009.
This guide covers Schleswig-Holstein, the most northerly German province with a border to Denmark, although the book does not cross the Danish border. The guide covers the Elbe between Hamburg and Brunsbüttel, the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal Route (Kiel Canal) to Kiel, the Ostseeküstenradweg (Baltic Sea Coast Cycleway) to Lübeck and the Old Salt Road to Lüneburg. There has been a change from the earlier books. The authors give route instructions in those areas where it is necessary, because the signposting is less than adequate, but in those areas where the signposting is good or better they just give general directions. They still suggest what to look at in the towns, how to get to the area by public transport, list facilities underway, discuss road safety, the weather, landscapes, the maps you'll need, and food and drink. There is an extensive list of cyclist-friendly accommodation.
The authors have written seven other cycling guides (see Germany Cycling Guides) for five of their guides. They also have written two guides for Switzerland.
The Danube Cycle Way Guide. Cicerone, UK. The first in a two-volume set, this guidebook describes cycling the first 1271km of the Danube river from its source in the Black Forest to Budapest, passing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Suitable for all levels of cyclist, the route visits the great cities of Vienna and Bratislava before arriving in the Hungarian capital.
NOTE: Volume 2, covering from Budapest to the Black Sea will be coming out later this year.
Iron Curtain Trail guide, vol. 1 - Barents Sea to the German-Polish border. 1:75,000 - 1:400,000. This first volume documents 3500 knm from the Norwegian Kikenes to the German-Polish border by Swinemuuml;nde.
Iron Curtain Trail guide, vol. 2 (German-German Border Trail) - Baltic Ocean to the Czech border. 1:75,000. 1400 kilometers in length. The present book describes the German-German Border Trail in the "Green Belt", which approaches 150 natural parks, 150 flora-and-fauna areas, three biosphere reservations Schaalsee, Elbaue and the Rhoen and the National Park of the Harz Mountains. It takes one from the Baltic to the Czech border, passes countless rivers, streams, and lakes and takes us through the higher parts of the Harz mountains and through the forests of Thuringia. We pass many monuments and border land museums and also several of the remaining observation towers. Of course there are many alternatives to taking this path. One can remain on the western or on the eastern side, one can stay close to the border or bike some distance from it, one can take the former control road with its perforated roadway or one can choose asphalt. The route in this book stays as close as possible to the former border, but stays on as comfortable a path as possible, avoids heavily travelled roads, integrates many historical monuments, crosses the former border at several points and informs about many monuments and museums.
Iron Curtain Trail guide, vol. 3 - German-Czech border to the Black Sea. 1:300,000. This guide covers the southern part of the trail, about 3300 km, from Hof at the German-Czech border to the Bulgarian-Turkish border by the Black Sea town of Carevo.
Berlin Wall guide. 1:20,000. A route for cyclists, hikers and skaters along the path of the former Berlin Wall.
Rhein Radweg #1 - Andermatt to Lake Constance to Basel. 1:50,000. This guide covers the 435-km route along the Rhine from Andermatt to Lake Constance and on to Basel.
Rhein Radweg #2 - Basel to Mainz. 1:75,000. This guide covers the 815-km route along the Rhine from Basle to Mainz, between the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest.
Rhein Radweg #3 - Mainz to Duisburg. 1:75,000. This guide covers the 302-km long route along the Rhine River from Maiz, across the Rhine Gorge, to Koblenz, then on to Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf, and Duisburg.
Rhein Radweg #4 - Mainz to Rotterdam. 1:75,000. This guide covers the 442-km long route along the Rhine River from Duisburg to Rotterdam.
Cycling the Rhine Route. Cycle Publishing.
288 pages with 80 maps and 40 black & white photographs, paperback, 5½ x 8½ inches.
A spectacular tour from the sea to the mountains
Travel along many minor roads and paths away from traffic
Experience the cultural and historic diversity of much of Western Europe
Visit ports, castles, museums, ancient cities, and nature parks
Introductory chapters dealing with all relevant general information
For over 1,200 years, the Rhine river has been Europe's main corridor of transport, linking markets and cultures from the sea border in Holland with the inland regions all the way to Switzerland. Today's bicycle tourist can experience the great diversity of geography, architecture, trade, and culture that is still apparent along this spectacularly scenic waterway.
Best of all, it's not an exhausting ride: Despite the sometimes formidable mountains that look over the river, author John Powell has mapped out a route that keeps mainly level. The trip can be traversed all the way, requiring about three weeks of cycling, with all levels of accommodation readily available, or cut up into sections, with convenient points of access identified.
Altmühl River guide. 1:50,000. From Rothenburg to Kelheim, on the Danube. In German.
Berlin Wall Trail. 1:20,000 scale maps, 140 pages. In English. A route for cyclists, hikers and skaters along the path of the former Berlin Wall.
Bodensee cycling atlas. 1:50,000. This atlas covers the entire route around the Bodensee (Lake Constance). In German.
Deutsch-Deutscher cycling atlas - Iron Curtain Trail. 1:75,000. This atlas covers the former Iron Curtain (East Germany - West Germany border) that divided the two Germanies. In German.
Elbe Radweg #1. 1:75,000 scale maps, 152 pages. In English. Bestseller! Covers the Elbe River from Magdeburg to Prague.
Elbe Radweg #2. 1:75,000 scale maps, 152 pages. In German. Bestseller! Covers the Elbe River from Cuxhaven through Hamburg to Magdeburg.
Fulda River guide. 1:50,000. In German.
Inn Bike Trail: Vol. 2, Innsbruck to Passau (Inn Radweg 2). Covers the Inn River Trai from Innsbruck north to Passau in Germany. In German. ;
Lahntal Radweg cycling atlas. 1:50,000. This atlas cover the Lahn River from Bad Laasphe to Koblenz at the junction with the Rhein. In German.
Main Radweg guide. 1:75,000. A relaxing tour along the Main River from Mainz through Frankfurt, Würzberg, and Bamberg, then on to Bayreuth. In German.
Moselle River Trail. 1:50,000 scale maps + city maps, 120 pages. In English! This guide covers the 304-km route along the Moselle from Metz to the old Roman city of Trier, then across the southern Eifel to the Rhine. Two additional excursions from the main route go to Luxembourg and along the Ruwer valley. Accommodation suggestions included.
Nahe Radweg cycling atlas. 1:50,000. This atlas covers the Nahe from Birkenfeld to Bingen at the junction with the Rhein. In German.
Neckar Radweg cycling atlas. 1:50,000. Covers the Neckar River from Schwenningen through Stuttgart, to the Rhein at Mannheim. In German.
VeloTour SaarLorLux guide. 1:75,000. This guide covers the wonderful SaarLorLux area of western Germany; specifically Saarbrücken-Trier-Luxembourg-Metz. In German.
The Baroque Tour guide (Tour de Baroque). 1:50,000. From Newmarkt on the Altmühl to Passau on the Danube. In German.
Vorarlberg Cycling Atlas (Radatlas Vorarlberg). 1:60,000. A beautiful ride along the Rhein River from Lindau to Chur in Switzerland. In German. ;
Weser River guide. 1:75,000. In German.
Germany Cycling Guides by Bergstrasse Bike Books
Rhine End-to-End. Part I: Andermatt to Basel. Bergstrasse Bike Books. "The Rhine End to End part 1: Andermatt to Basel" starts in Andermatt in the Swiss Alps and on the first day there is a pass climb of 600 m over 10 km, after that the road drops or is basically flat down to Basel. You can take a train to just below the top of the pass. The route leads you to Disentis with its monastery, Chur, Leichtenstein, Lake Constance, Kaiseraugst with its well excavated and restored Roman settlement to finish in Basel. The cycle touring guide includes information on back up public transport, accommodation, food and drink, travel to the starting point, how to cope with emergencies, the basic rules of the road, equipment and packing, recommended maps and a 60 page route description with sketch maps. A series of appendices include an English-German cycling glossary, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, Youth Hostels, camp sites and bike shops. Don't forget volume 2, Basel to Hook of Holland, listed below.
Rhine End-to-End. Part II: Basel to Hook of Holland. Bergstrasse Bike Books. "The Rhine End to End part 2: Basel to Rotterdam" starts in Basel and follows basically the left bank of the Rhine through Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Speyer, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Worms, Mainz, the Rhine Gorge, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, Düssseldorf, Nijmegen, Rotterdam to the Hook of Holland. The book includes information on back up public transport, the castles on the Rhine, accommodation, food and drink, travel to the starting point, how to cope with emergencies, the basic rules of the road, equipment and packing, recommended maps and a 90 page route description with sketch maps. A series of appendices include an English-Dutch-French-German cycling glossary, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, Youth Hostels, camp sites and bike shops. This self-published guide, written by a retired couple of cycling enthusiasts who rode the entire route, is a superb English-language guide to this very popular route. Don't forget the first volume that covers from Andermatt to Basel.
e-Book Following the Rhine gently upstream Rotterdam to Basel, a Cycle Touristís Guide. Bergstrasse Bike Books. A guide to bicycling along the Rhine from its North Sea estuary to the Swiss border across the Netherlands, through western Germany and eastern France. The guide advises when to tour, what to do in case of an accident or illness, discusses road safety, suggests local food to eat and public transport back up, what to pack and describes the route in detail when necessary and sketchily when the signposting is good. It offers information on: accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, Youth Hostels and on campsites, on bike shops and on bike hire.
Available as an e-Book, in the following formats: Mobi (Kindle) and epub (Apple). Please specify format when checking out. The ebook will be delivered by e-mail.
Cycling the Riesling Route. Bergstrasse Bike Books. "Cycling the Riesling Route" is a description of an 800km circular route through western Germany and eastern France. The route goes down the Rhine from Strasbourg, up the Moselle to Nancy, and along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin to Strasbourg. The description starts in Mainz, but a trip can be started anywhere along the route. The cycle touring guide includes information on back up public transport, accommodation, food and drink, travel to the starting point, how to cope with emergencies, the basic rules of the road, equipment and packing, recommended maps and a 50-page route description with sketch maps. A series of appendices include an English-German cycling glossary, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, Youth Hostels, camp sites and bike shops.
The Romantic Road from Würzburg to Füssen. Bergstrasse Bike Books. Planning a trip along this route is not easy. You are spoilt for choice. During the trip you can visit a uniquely massive meteor crater, two UNESCO World heritage sites, two of the most popular tourist sites in Germany, three walled mediaeval towns, five castles, five chateaux, a concert at a music festival, forty or so museums and more former Free Imperial Cities than you can shake a stick at. You can savour fine wines; eat carp, grünkern and emmer; drink emmer or wheat beer, contemplate the colour of a fine dark beer or even a second dark beer; swim or learn the secrets of summer tobogganing. All this in two weeks coupled with cycling 424 km and between 2300 and 2550 metres height difference.
The book includes information on back up public transport, accommodation, food and drink, travel to the starting point, how to cope with emergencies, the basic rules of the road, equipment and packing, recommended maps and a route description with sketch maps. A series of appendices include an English-German cycling glossary, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, Youth Hostels, camp sites, bike shops and bike hire.
e-Book Mainly in High Gear - A Cycling Guide Around Lake Constance. Bergstrasse Bike Books. Lake Constance is one of Germany's most popular cycling areas. This guide describes not only the lakeside path, but also gives a series of excursions into Thurgau in Switzerland, down to the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen and up to historic Ravensburg.
The book includes information on back up public transport, accommodation, food and drink, travel to the starting point, how to cope with emergencies, the basic rules of the road, equipment and packing, recommended maps and a route description with sketch maps. A series of appendices include an English-German cycling glossary, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, Youth Hostels, camp sites, farmhouses where you sleep in the barn, bike shops and bike hire.
Available as an e-Book, in the following formats: Mobi (Kindle), epub (Apple). Please specify format when checking out. The ebook will be delivered by e-mail.