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Luther Trail Tour Tip: 'Fortified Castles' – Bad Rodach – Heldburg Fortress – Coburg Fortress

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  • Aerial view - Veste Heldburg
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    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Discover the historic paths taken by Luther in the Rodach Valley
moderate
Distance 50.9 km
6:00 h
671 m
697 m
435 m
286 m
You begin your tour in the Bavarian town of Bad Rodach and follow the cycle route south through the little town, past the clinic and the Stöckenteich bathing lake into the thick forest of the former inner German border area that is today known as the ‘Green Belt’. Follow the Kolonnen Trail and turn west at the foot of the 405 m high Hohe Stein mountain. After around 3 km, you arrive at the historic Heldburg Fortress, also known as the ‘Franconian Light’.

Cycle on through the town of Heldburg through the border forest, past the Schnepfenbrunnen spring and back into the picturesque Rodach Valley. After leaving the small town of Gauerstadt and passing through Neumühle you enjoy an idyllic ride through fields and meadows to the village of Breitenau. Continue north through Großwalbur and Kleinwalbur until after the town of Meeder you pick up the train tracks again and follow them south. In the distance, you can already make out the mighty Coburg Fortress that is also known as the ‘Franconian Crown’.

Just before you get to Coburg, we recommend a quick stop in Beiersdorf to visit Callenberg Castle. After crossing the Goldbergsee reservoir, you enter the city of Coburg via Neuses. The route takes you through the historic city centre, across the market square, past St Moriz Church and along the edge of the castle grounds to the fortress itself.

Author’s recommendation

A festival featuring a medieval market takes place at Heldburg Fortress every year at the beginning of June.
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Paul Hentschel
Update: June 19, 2017
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
435 m
Lowest point
286 m
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Track types

Asphalt 42.99%Dirt road 29.22%Forested/wild trail 13.27%Road 14.15%Unknown 0.30%
Asphalt
21.9 km
Dirt road
14.9 km
Forested/wild trail
6.8 km
Road
7.2 km
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0.2 km
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Safety information

The route uses some public roads. Please make sure that your bicycle conforms to national road traffic regulations.

Start

Bad Rodach Town Hall (316 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.341832, 10.779333
DMS
50°20'30.6"N 10°46'45.6"E
UTM
32U 626609 5578152
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Destination

Coburg Railway Station

Turn-by-turn directions

Bad Rodach - Heldburg Fortress - Heldburg - Gauerstadt - Breitenau - Großwalbur - Kleinwalbur - Meeder - Wiesenfeld - Beiersdorf - Callenberg Castle - Coburg 

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can take bus number 8313, operated by Frankenbus, to Bad Rodach from Coburg. Timetable

Alternatively, you can take the regular agilis train to Coburg and back. Timetable information

Getting there

From the A73 take the Coburg exit onto the B4 towards Coburg. Just before you reach the town, turn right onto Rodacher Straße towards Bad Rodach.

If you want to bring your bikes by car, we recommend parking in Coburg and taking the train to Bad Rodach.

Parking

Please use the designated parking spaces. Link

Coordinates

DD
50.341832, 10.779333
DMS
50°20'30.6"N 10°46'45.6"E
UTM
32U 626609 5578152
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Wolfgang Blechner
May 26, 2017 · Community
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May 26, 2017 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
50.9 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
671 m
Descent
697 m
Highest point
435 m
Lowest point
286 m
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