The Lovely Tauber Valley

Known as the Liebliches Taubertal, the Lovely Tauber Valley region is a delightful part of the world, offering culinary, cultural and scenic highlights.

Deutschordensschloss in Bad Mergentheim
Deutschordensschloss in Bad Mergentheim

If you like biking, hiking, local wines and local dishes, then you will love the Tauber Valley.

Magnificent and medieval

If you are looking for half-timbered houses and cobbled stone streets, you are in the right place. Take a guided tour of Bad Mergentheim, with its medieval castle and hot springs, admire Boxberg’s Unterschüpf Castle, stay the night in the medieval monastery at Bronnbach, visit the Glass Museum in Wertheim and the baroque church in Gerlachsheim. Finally, stroll through the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the most complete medieval towns in Europe.

Hiking and biking the charming Tauber Valley

The best way to appreciate the beauty and calm of the Tauber Valley is on foot…or on a bicycle. The “Klassiker” (Classic) bike trail is a three-day outing along the river, covering 60 miles/100 km from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Wertheim. Walkers can also choose a variety of multi-day tours, such as the 5-day Panorama Trail (Rothenburg to Freudenberg am Main). Note that 100 miles/170 km of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail also runs through the Tauber Valley.

Culinary treats

The clean, bright streams in the Tauber Valley are famous for their trout, served at inns all along the valley. Tauber Valley lamb is also top-class. And, of course, the local wines are the perfect accompaniment: Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner and Schwarzriesling (Pinot Meunier), as well as local favorites such as Dornfelder. Among the four well-known breweries in the region are the Distelhäuser and Spessart, with special country brews, such as a Winterbock (strong winter beer).