The Altmühl cycle path

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Tour

Bike Tours, E-bike tours

Duration

8 days

Distance

295Km

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With family

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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2/5 Medium-Easy

Moderate-Easy, between 25 and 65 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 150 and 300 meters.

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Linear

The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Rothenburg
Individual arrival in Rothenburg, a town located in the Tauber valley whose landscape is characterized by towers, houses with flower-covered walls and imposing ancient structures. The historic center is well preserved and marked by intricate alleyways, considered the archetype of the medieval German city and particularly appreciated by tourists.

Day 2: Rothenburg – Herrieden (50 km)
Today your stage will take you to the Frankenhöhe Nature Park and if you wish, you can make a detour (optional) to the source of the Altmühl (+16 km). Then, get ready for the steep climb to the castle of Colmberg, demanding but definitely rewarding, as its base structure has remained unchanged since the 12th century. Today's destination is Herrieden, a small village with over 1000 years of history.

Day 3: Herrieden – Wettelsheim / Treuchtlingen (50 or 60 km)
An ambitious construction project aimed at balancing Bavaria's water reserves has shaped Franconia's lake district, through which you will cycle today. Via Limes, the ancient frontier of the Roman Empire, you will reach today's final destination, either the city of Weißenburg, home to Germany's largest treasure chest, or the picturesque city of Wettelsheim.

Day 4: Wettelsheim – Eichstätt (50 km)
From Treuchtlingen onward, the valley will become increasingly narrow as the river bed here is deeper due to Jurassic rock formations. The Twelve Apostles, very impressive dolomite rocks in the Altmühl nature park, are perhaps the most striking rock formations you will see during your trip. Today's stage is punctuated by majestic castles, leading to the next destination, the Episcopal and university city of Eichstätt.

Day 5: Eichstätt – Beilngries (45 km)
In Eichstätt, you will have enough time to visit the Jurassic Museum: inside the Jura Museum you will find countless dinosaur fossils on display, from two-legged predators to the archaeopteryx. You can also choose to travel back in time and visit the Roman fortress Vetoniana, before cycling back into the present. Through the heath and juniper expanses of the Altmühl Valley, you will reach today's final destination, Beilngries.

Day 6: Beilngries – Essing/ Kelheim (40 or 50 km) | boat trip
The first stage today is Dietfurt, which means you have arrived at the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal. At Riedenburg you can visit the Phonograph Museum, which displays a series of music playback devices. And then, why not visit the castle of Prunn? In Kehlheim, not only you, but also the waters of the Altmühl, reach today's final stage: here the Bavarian river flows into the Danube. From the Befreiungshalle, the monument on the hill, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view.

Day 7: Kelheim – Regensburg (40 or 50 km) | boat trip
In the morning you will take a ferry through the impressive Danube Gorge and towards the monastery of Welternburg, which houses the oldest brewery in the world and is definitely worth a visit. And here is the final destination of your trip: Regensburg, whose historic center was recently declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, without limiting its modern style. Open-air cafés, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife will make your visit memorable.

Day 8: Regensburg
After breakfast, end of services. Individual departure or extension of stay.

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✅ What is included in the trip?

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • GPS or navigation APP
  • City tour in Rothenburg with the night watchman
  • Boat trip Kelheim
  • Weltenburg
  • Boat trip Weltenburg
  • Kelheim

❌ What is not included?

  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

💸 Cancellation fees

  • Time Range
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  • More 27 days of departure
  • 80%
  • From 13 to 27 days before departure
  • 60%
  • From 6 to 13 days before departure
  • 20%
  • From 0 to 6 days before departure
  • 10%

The Altmühl cycle path

  • To start the journey in Rothemburg, a medieval gem located along another wonderful route perfect for cycling: the Romantic Road
  • To immerse yourself in the lush nature of the Frankenhöhe Natural Park, where the picturesque Colmberg castle dating back to the 13th century is also located
  • To cycle on the beautiful and little-known cycle path of the Franconian lake district
  • To explore the idyllic Altmühl valley and present yourself before the Twelve Apostles, wonderful dolomite rocks shaped by atmospheric agents
  • To travel back in time to the dinosaur era in the Jura Museum in Eichstätt, located inside Willibaldsburg castle, from which one of the most beautiful views of Germany can be enjoyed
  • To enjoy the magnificent spectacle of the Danube Gorges from the boat, a unique and unmissable place, as well as the Weltenburg Abbey, which houses the oldest brewery in the world
  • To end the journey in the vibrant city of Regensburg, a perfect mix of old and new
  • To discover Germany by bike, travelling at a slow pace through a surprising variety of landscapes, between nature and history

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