Altmühl Cycle Path

This journey along the Altmühltal Cycle Path takes you from the romantic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber to the point where the Altmühl flows into the Danube, culminating in Regensburg, one of Germany’s most beautiful major cities. Along the way, you’ll cycle past impressive rock formations like the Twelve Apostles, through juniper heaths, and along the shores of the Franconian Lake District.

You can customize your cycling tour in many ways: explore Rothenburg with a night watchman, visit a stalactite cave, encounter the prehistoric bird Archaeopteryx, cross the Limes—the ancient fortified border of the Roman Empire—and enjoy a refreshing beer at the world’s oldest monastery brewery. The tour concludes with a boat trip through the Danube breakthrough to Weltenburg Monastery, providing a perfect end to your adventure on the Altmühltal Cycle Path.

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate

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Itinerary

After making your own way to Rothenberg get acquainted with this romantic, medieval town which has inspired artists such as Spitzweg and Richter. At night be shown around by the night watchman and learn about the town’s rich history.

It’s time to start your cycling in the Tauber valley before quickly getting to the river Altmühl. Should you want to, you can also opt to take a scenic route via the Altmühl source, making the journey around 10km longer. A highlight on route today is the Zollern Castle in Colmberg, followed by your destination for the night of Ansbach.

An exciting day of cycling lies ahead of you today. Firstly, cross Limes, the previous border of the Roman Empire. The route today takes you peacefully through the Franconian Lake District with a choice of two options of where to stop for the night: A) Weißenburg – the home of the largest Roman treasure found in Germany or B) Wettelsheim – a sleepy and quaint village. Should you opt to stay in Wettelsheim you will arrive there via the Altmühl River from Gunzenhausen. If you stay in Weißenburg you will follow paths to the left of the Großer Brombachsee to Pleinfeld.

As you cycle on this part of the route, you will notice the valley becoming narrower and the river cutting into the pre-historic rock. Get a look at the 12 Apostles, an amazing rock formation on route. This isn’t all for the sights, you will also see numerous castles on route. Your stop for the night is Eichstätt, this was once a bishop city and is now notable for its gorgeous Baroque buildings.

Before leaving Eichstätt, don’t miss the Jura Museum equipped with fossils of dinosaurs found in the area. Your route to Beilngries will take you past wonderful growing junipers spread in a sea of purple whilst heading through the Altmühl Valley.

Head past Dietfurt following the Altmühl in the bed of the Main-Danube Canal before reaching Prunn Castle, which sits impressively above the river. When you get to Kelheim you will have reached the end of the Altmühl and where it flows into the Danube. We recommend paying a visit to Liberation Hall and its excellent views. You may also opt to stay overnight in Abensberg or Bad Gögging, you will also go past the Danube breakthrough by boat.

Via the Abens and Danube, you will head to the Weltenburg monastery, where you can see the magnificent Danube breakthrough; this is where the Danube has carved its way through a Jura rock. Before taking a boat through the breakthrough, be sure to visit the monastery beer garden. Final destination Regensburg, famous for its wonderful cathedral and roman remains.

Enjoy a last breakfast and then either head home or stay for longer.

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Route overview

Start point: Rothenberg

End point: Regensburg

Total distance: approx. 295 km

Difficulty: Moderate

The route is mostly flat, although it is slightly hillier in the beginning. The majority is on dedicated cycle lanes with the occasionally unpathed part.

BIKE HIRE OPTIONS

This cycling holiday benefits from high-quality bike hire options that have been carefully selected for the tour. Each well-maintained bike has modern V-brakes, aluminium wheels and puncture-proof tyres based around a custom frame. Dynamo lights, small panniers, repair accessories, a handlebar bag and a comfortable saddle ensure that you have everything you need for an enjoyable cycle tour. Rental bike insurance is included in every booking.

Standard Unisex Bike (27-gears)
Suitable for heights between 1.45 cm and 1.90 cm

Standard Men’s Bike (27-gears)
Suitable for heights from 1.75 cm

Sportier hybrids (30-gears)
These hybrid bikes are designed for a sportier sitting position and finely tuned gears offer excellent riding flexibility. The aluminium frame has disc brakes, a suspension seat post and Shimano XT derailleur gears. Every bike has puncture-proof Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres.
Suitable for heights between 1.60 cm and 1.80 cm

Unisex Electric Bike
The electric bikes available on this tour assist up to 25 km/h whilst pedalling. The pedalec motor is in the bottom bracket of the frame and the detachable batteries last for approximately 120 km. Each bike has an illuminated LCD and 8-speed internal hub gears. They weigh approximately 23 kg. Only limited numbers are available and available to riders over 16 years old.
Suitable for heights from 1.45 cm

What’s included

  •  7 nights with breakfast, national 3* level
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • Guided tour of Rothenburg with the night watchman
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Regensburg
  • Return transfer Regensburg – Rothenburg incl. bike
  • Service Hotline (7 days, 08.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m.

Not included

  • Flights to/from the start and finish
  • Evening meals (unless stated)
  • Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
  • Helmets
  • Water Bottles
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike hire (optional supplements, with rental bike insurance included)
  • Bike Insurance (unless stated)
  • Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
  • Transfers (unless included)
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