The Five Rivers Cycle Path in Bavaria Germany

This picturesque route is characterised by five rivers: the River Vils, Naab, Pegnitz, Altmühl and Danube. Enjoy some of Bavaria’s best known cultural and scenic gems, for example the old imperial city of Nuremberg, the start of the Danube at Kelheim and the beautiful Regensburg cathedral. You’ll follow sturdy cycle paths where the cycling practically does itself, so you can enjoy the wonders along the way. Aside from the cultural and scenic sights, it wouldn’t be a trip to Bavaria without trying its world-famous beer!

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate

From £1000.00 P/P

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After making your own way to Nuremburg, explore this city with a rich history dating back to over 1000 years ago. Some of the highlights include the Grande Emperor Castle, famous churches, and museums. You will also find old, traditional houses in the old town as well as the town’s wall which circles 5km around the middle part of the city.

After having a taste of the history of Nuremberg, it’s time to set off on your adventure! Pedal by the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal, a listed building, and of course beautiful landscapes all the way until you arrive in Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate. Neumarkt has a fascinating castle ruin that takes throne on a mountain side. Pay a visit to the old town which has some beautiful church towers.

Loop the oxbow lakes of the Altmühl, which are a truly unique sight. Then by way of Beilngries and Dietfurt reach of Riedenburg, a town that is situated at the bottom of the ruins of three castles: Taschenstein, Rabenstein and Rosenburg.

There is a day of truly unique natural beauty ahead of you, at the Danube breakthrough near Kelheim. You can get a close-up experience by boat for an additional cost. Back to culture attractions with the Weltenburg Monastery and there is also an unmissable chance to visit the oldest monastery in the world (not included)! Time to head to Regensburg along the Danube and via Bad Abbach. Acquaint yourself in the city by walking over the cobbled pavements whilst admiring the historical buildings.

Time to leave Regensburg and head along the River Naab where the surrounding area includes meadows, forests, and fields. On either side of the river, you can see jura rocks which reach up to 100m high. You will reach the point where the Naab River meets the Vils river at the castle ruins of Kallmünz. If you are a culture vulture, you should make a stop at Hammerherrenschloss in Theuern before heading to Amberg.

Time for a climb to the up-hill destination of Sulzbath-Rosenburg, a 1000-year-old town that was built on huge rocks. After your stop in this town, you will cycle through one of the regions with the most forests in Germany, the “Hersbrucker Schweiz”. Discover the old centre for hop-growing and trade in the town of Hersburg. On the some of the rooves you can still see traditional wooden carvings to remind you of the hop-growing history.

Find your way out of the town via the famous “watergate”, you’ll then cycle along the river Pegnitz which finds itself in a gorgeous valley. The whole time Castle Henfendfeld will be in view as if it is watching over you. You may also want to pay a visit to the town of Lauf at the River Pegnitz, also known as the “gate to Franconia”. Via beautiful scenery and copious trees, you will eventually end up back in Nuremburg.

Have one last breakfast and then either set off home or extend your trip!

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Route overview

Start point: Nuremburg

End: Nuremburg

Distance: Approx. 295 km

We recommend attendees to be young and those in good physical condition due to the more difficult parts of the route.

What’s included

  • 7 nights with breakfast in the local 3*-level
  • Standard Bike Hire
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room )
  • 7 day Service Hotline

Not included

  • City or visitor‘s tax (if payable)
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We are excited to announce that we are offering a 20% discount on all European Cycling Tours!


Terms and Conditions: The discount is valid for bookings made before July 31, 2023. The discount must be used for travel before November 30, 2023. The discount cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.