The sources of the Danube from Donaueschingen to Donauwörth

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Tour

Bike Tours, E-bike tours

Duration

8 days

Distance

330Km

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With family

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3/5 Medium

Moderate, between 35 and 85 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 300 and 1000 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: Donaueschingen
Individual arrival in Donaueschingen and accommodation in hotel. At the confluence of the Brigach and Breg rivers, in the Black Forest and close to the city of Donaueschingen, are the sources of the Danube, the second longest river in Europe, after the Volga. In the city, in the park of the famous castle built in the Belle Époque style of the Fuerstenberg family, the point indicated by the Romans as the source of the Danube is still located today.

Day 2: Donaueschingen – Mühlheim/Fridingen (45 or 50 km)
From the sources of the Danube you will start the first leg of your journey through what is known as the Baar landscape, a vast green plateau. After passing Tuttlingen, the valley carved by the Danube in the Swabian Alb (or Jura) begins to narrow; you then reach the town of Mühlheim or Fridingen.

Day 3: Mühlheim/Fridingen – Sigmaringen/Scheer (45 or 55 km)
Having now definitively left the sources of the Danube, on this second leg you will cover one of the most beautiful stretches of your journey. Approaching Sigmaringen, you will notice the castle, still inhabited and built on a rocky peak that dominates the city; it dates back to the 12th century, but was largely rebuilt during the 16th century and underwent further changes in 1893, when it became the main residence of the counts of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Today it also houses an interesting collection of weapons that can be visited.

Day 4: Sigmaringen/Scheer – Obermarchtal/Ehingen (40 or 70 km)
In Hundersingen awaits the Heuneburg Museum: among interesting artifacts from dwellings and workshops, you will have a broad overview of the Celtic civilization that developed in this area. You will continue your bike ride along the Danube, up to the town of Zwiefalten, known for its beautiful abbey. In Obermarchtal, your attention will be drawn to the Baroque monastery.

Day 5: Obermarchtal/Ehingen – Ulm (40 or 60 km)
Today you will cycle past the beautiful village of Munderkingen, with its characteristic half-timbered houses. You will then continue to Ehingen. Behind the Benedictine monastery in Blaubeuren, you will find the famous Blautopf, a deep blue body of water, a limestone spring at the beginning of a considerable cave system where, according to The Tale of Beautiful Lau, by Morike, a beautiful nymph lived. Castles and medieval ruins will accompany you along the river, until you reach Ulm: approaching the city, with its dual Swabian and Bavarian soul, you will have the feeling of stepping into history. Even before you arrive in the city, you will see the towering bell tower of Ulm Münster, which, at 161 meters, is the tallest tower in Europe.

Day 6: Ulm – Lauingen (50 km)
Moving from Ulm to Lauingen, you will encounter towns and beautiful villages. In Elchingen you can visit the church, a pilgrimage destination, while the city of Gűnzburg offers visitors the Rococo-style Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche).

Day 7: Lauingen – Donauwörth/Wörnitzstein (40 or 45 km)
Today you will cycle towards Höchstadt, where the 16th century castle of the former palatine counts of Pfalz-Neuburg is located. The final destination of the day and your journey from the sources of the Danube will be the picturesque city of Donauwörth, located at the confluence of the Wörnitz river and the Danube: with the construction of the first bridge for the Augsburg-Nuremberg trade route, the town gained strategic importance and became a city in 1193. The Doll Museum (Käthe-Kruse-Puppenmuseum) is always a great attraction for both adults and children.

Day 8: Donauwörth
After breakfast, the services end and individual departures. Possibility to extend the stay.
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The sources of the Danube from Donaueschingen to Donauwörth

  • To set off to discover the much-debated sources of the Danube, which, over the centuries, geographers and cartographers have engaged in locating, nestled right in the heart of the park of the Princes of Fürstenberg Castle in Donaueschingen
  • To cycle on the picturesque routes that cross the Black Forest and the Baar Plateau
  • To visit the fairytale Sigmaringen Castle, the largest of the Danube Valley castles, which overlooks the river from a rocky spur
  • To travel back in time and learn all about the Celtic people who lived in the area in the Iron Age, by visiting the Celtic Museum of Heuneburg, one of the most important archaeological sites in Central Europe
  • To relax on the banks of the Danube contemplating the silhouette of the Ulm Cathedral, one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Germany with the tallest bell tower in Europe
  • To cycle quietly on the Danube Cycle Path between beautiful Benedictine monasteries and ancient castles
  • To end this surprising trip in the beautiful medieval village of Donauwörth, which is located on the Romantic Road and will charm you with its colourful Swabian-Bavarian style houses
  • To discover Germany by bike starting from the legendary sources of the Danube, in the heart of the Black Forest

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