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Where to spend a month, bicycle friendly with great markets

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Where to spend a month, bicycle friendly with great markets

We are looking to spend a month in Germany late summer/early fall. We would like a small city that's easy to get around on a bicycle, and has bicycle paths connecting so we can ride out-of-town in various directions. It needs to have a train station that's well served and easy to go other places for a day or two, and it would be nice if it's fairly easy to get there from Frankfurt. We don't plant to rent a car. We want to get an apartment and do a lot of our own cooking, but a great vegetable/food market is a must. We'd like a place with great restaurants as well. Two places that come to mind are Freiburg and Heidelberg (not really wanting anything bigger than that) but we're open to ideas from people who know more about this than we do!

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1. Re: Where to spend a month, bicycle friendly with great markets

Münster?

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2. Re: Where to spend a month, bicycle friendly with great markets

Konstanz,

Everybody has a bike, but they also have an efficient bus service. Lots of restaurants in all price ranges. Many excursion options around the lake, ships take bikes. If you can't find low cost accommodation, try Radolfzell, Ueberlingen or a village along the lake. Use the German search word "Ferienwohnungen' in combination with a specific location on the lake.

(Bodensee = Lake Constance).

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Münster comes to my mind, too. It’s Germans bicycle capital (a car is completely useless in town). There are plenty of bicycle routes around town and in the whole of the region Münsterland. The best known route is the 100 castles route (100 Schlösser Route).

https:/…a-100-schloesser-route

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4. Re: Where to spend a month, bicycle friendly with great markets

I think just about any city or town in the West of Germany will do (bicycle infrastructure in the East is still lagging behind). In my experience, when browsing online for different cities, some seem more appealing than others - I'd simply pick the one that speaks most to you on a variety of levels. You've mentioned Freiburg and Heidelberg - while both are not as bicycle-friendly as Münster, I doubt very much that you would have a tough time doing exactly what you are setting out to do.

Always keep in mind, too, that the North of Germany is a lot "flatter" than the South and thus, more amenable to bike riding.

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Karlsruhe is a bicycle town (and flat, too)

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Somewhere like Bamberg would also be an idea.

Unesco recognised historical city, with beautiful countryside and the possibility of visiting loads of breweries and country inns scattered in the hinterlands.

Not far from it you also have bike paths along the rivers Danube, Main, Altmühltal etc. Of course you can get a train to a certain place, cycle along the river and then get a train home in the evening.

Bamberg is also on the high speed train line between Berlin and Munich so you are in either city in about 2 hours.

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