Maybe I'm just being silly or naive about this, but it seems to me that the confluence of two rivers is a point of geographical significance and should not be defaced by having a big slanting concrete highway bridge built right across it.
After cycling sixty kilometers down the Tauber River, I would have preferred to have a nice place to look at where it flows into the Main.
One hundred and sixty kilometers further downstream there is another place called Mainspitze, where the Main flows into the Rhine, and that one looks a lot better.
For the continuation of this bicycle trip, see the Main River Tour on my Germany page.
The Tauber Valley isn't entirely dependent on tourism for its income. In several towns along the way the bicycle route passes through modern industrial areas, with clean, quiet factories that make things like solar paneling to put on your roof.
This company, Palux, makes kitchen equipment for restaurants. They have been in business for over fifty years, and employ 250 people here at their factory in Bad Mergentheim-Edelfingen.
Bad Mergentheim is a spa which has a full program of concerts and other events to keep its guests entertained while they are "taking the waters."
One nice side effect of these concerts is that they provide work and income for struggling young opera singers, and keep them from drifting off permanently into the German country music scene.
What’s so bad about a town like Bad Mergentheim? Click on the link below to find out.
The scenery in the Tauber Valley is pleasant but not spectacular.
It's a nice place to go cycling, for example from Weikersheim down to Wertheim, where the Tauber flows into the Main. The following tips show some of the places along the way that I went through on my bicycle.
Tauberbischofsheim is the one town in the Tauber Valley that all Germans have heard of, because it is mentioned on the news every time there is a fencing tournament anywhere in the world.
The local "Fecht-Club Tauberbischofsheim e.V." describes itself as "the world’s most successful fencing club." More than half the members of the German Olympic Fencing Team (eight out of fourteen) are members of this club, and this is also where the Olympic Fencing Team is trained.
Sonoco describes itself as "a global manufacturer of industrial and consumer packaging solutions." They have more than 300 manufacturing and sales locations in 32 countries, including nine in Germany.
At this modern factory in Lauda-Königshofen in the Tauber Valley they make paperboard tubes for food packaging.
Weikersheim's long musical tradition includes the August Laukhuff company, which has been building and repairing organs since 1829. One of their jobs is to take care of the organ in the chapel in Schloss Weikersheim.
Aug. Laukhuff GmbH & Co.,
August-Laukuff-Str. 1, Weikersheim.
Above Wertheim there is a large castle which is at least partly in ruins.
This is what it looks like from the cycling route on the way in to town.
Thirty-three kilometers downstream from Weikersheim is the attractive old town of Tauberbischofsheim. The photo shows part of the former moat around the town walls.