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Altmühltal and Danube Gorge

Atlmühl Cycle Path

Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
easy to moderate
749.00 €
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749.00 €

Start your holiday experience along the fascinating Altmühl. The Altmühltal cycle path is one of the great classics of cycle paths! In Rothenburg o. d. Tauber get in the mood for historical sights and cultural experiences on a city tour with the night watchman. Discover the beauty and diversity of the landscapes by bike. At the young Altmühl in one of the few still existing river swimming pools in Germany it is still possible: swim in the river - without frustration! Enjoy the holiday atmosphere at Altmühlsee, an afternoon in the worth seeing baroque, bishopric and university town of Eichstätt, marvel at Charlemagne's 1200-year-old attempt to connect the Main and Danube via a canal, be fascinated by the rock formations of the 12 Apostles, experience the Danube breakthrough by ship and explore the old town of Regensburg, which is well worth seeing. Discover this extraordinary and impressive old town, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006, as it represents an outstanding example of an intra-European medieval trading center. Many of its buildings are of exceptional quality and testify to its political, economic and religious importance since the 9th century . What a crowning conclusion to your bike tour.

This trip is perfect for:

  • River enthusiasts: You cycle along the Altmühl, the river accompanies you on your journey.
  • Nature lovers: This trip is particularly suitable for you if you like to spend a lot of time in nature.
  • Small town fans: You'll get your money's worth here! Admire cute old towns along your journey.


Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Take a trip to a thousand years of history! Let Rothenburg ob der Tauber bring the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to life.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Colmberg Castle
Documentation of Burg Colmberg reaches back to the first millennium.  The Unbehauen family acquired the castle in 1964 and transformed it into a hotel.

Burg Colmberg

The Altmühlsee in the Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen district was the first reservoir in the Franconian Lake District to become a coveted leisure and holiday destination in Bavaria within only two decades.


The treasures of thousands of years flash in it: fossil witnesses of primeval times like the primitive bird Archeopteryx, holy bones, mighty prince bishops with a passion for flowering gardens, the works of art of baroque master builders or the award-winning inventiveness of modern architecure.


Catch a glimpse of medieval city gates and whimsical renaissance façades on a walking tour of Kelheim’s historical centre; high above the city, Liberation Hall, built on behalf of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, awaits visitors.


Altmühltal and Danube Gorge

easy to moderate
Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
749.00 €
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Come to Rothenburg on time today! A historic old town with medieval flair awaits you. Marvel at the beautiful turrets and bay windows, the half-timbered houses lovingly decorated with flower boxes, beautiful patrician houses, magnificent facades and the Rothenburg market square, an international meeting place for young and old.

After a few kilometers by bike you will reach the Frankenhöhe, the headwaters of the Altmühl. The ridge is quickly mastered on small asphalted side streets without much effort, and soon afterwards Colmberg Castle greets you, one of the few well-preserved medieval castles in Germany. Rest at the height with a fantastic view or comfortably a few kilometers further in an idyllic forest swimming pool on the still young Altmühl. So refreshed you cycle on to Ansbach, a former residential town with a magnificent rococo palace, or to Herrieden.

On the banks of the Altmühlsee, the cycle route leads to one of the largest and most species-rich bird sanctuaries in Germany. Watch the hustle and bustle of the bird world. Jump into the floods of the beautiful lake and then marvel at the Karlsgraben before you reach your destination for the day.

The scenically most spectacular part of your bike tour begins in Treuchtlingen. The white gleaming dolomite rocks tower imposingly out of the Altmühltal. In the afternoon you can look forward to Eichstätt, an old baroque, bishopric and university town worth seeing. Elegant elegance and sweeping grace permeate the streets of Eichstätt. Baroque houses, churches and canons' courtyards shine in lovely colours. Marvel at the magnificent hall of mirrors and the staircase of the Residenz, which is well worth seeing, as well as at the water-spouting fountains on Eichstätt's squares

The Altmühl is slowly getting wider and wider, and the valley is becoming more and more beautiful. Be enchanted by the juniper heath, marvel at the Roman fort in Pfünz and look forward to Beilngries with its towers and interesting museums. In the afternoon, stroll comfortably through the old town of Beilngries and thus through the Middle Ages, Rococo and Baroque. Marvel at the venerable walls and extraordinary city towers that encircle Beilngries. They belong to the former city wall, parts of which are still preserved today. The towers themselves were built from 1407 - originally there were fifteen, today nine of them are still in place. Depending on which category you have booked, the overnight stay will be in Beilgries or Kinding-Enkering.

Experience a change in the river landscape once again: on the last 35 km to the confluence of the Altmühl and the Danube, the Rhine-Main-Danube canal cuts its way through the valley and replaces the original course of the river. Marvel at the longest wooden bridge in Europe and the Schulerloch stalactite cave. In the afternoon, take a trip on the Ludwigsbahn, a white and blue miniature train, from the shipping pier up to the Michelsberg to the Liberation Hall. Enjoy the magnificent view and marvel at the impressive structure commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. You shouldn't miss a visit to Schneider Weisse in the center of Kelheim today, as it is the oldest wheat beer brewery in Bavaria and offers you a shady spot in the beer garden. Depending on the booked category, your overnight stay will be in Kelheim, Abensberg, Bad Gögging or Riedenburg. Depending on where you are staying overnight, you will travel by boat from Kelheim to Weltenburg today.

You cycle along the Abens and the Danube to the Weltenburg Monastery. Take a break in the monastery's beer garden before taking a romantic boat trip through the rugged Danube Gorge. If you are staying overnight in Riedenburg, Kelheim or Essing, then take a boat trip from Kelheim to Weltenburg and back to Kelheim. If you are staying overnight in Bad Gögging or Abensberg, then take the boat from Weltenburg to Kelheim. Marvel at Regensburg's Stone Bridge, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, the Golden Tower, the oldest and tallest patrician tower in the UNESCO World Heritage city, the old town hall and St. Peter's Cathedral, one of the most important Gothic works in Bavaria.

Unfortunately it's over! If you still have some time, you can take part in a worthwhile city tour in the morning before you start your journey home. Book our practical return transfer to Rothenburg for your return journey (departure daily in the morning, duration approx. 3 hours).


Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Room with shower/bath/WC
  • Luggage transport
  • Guided tour of the night watchman Rothenburg
  • Boat trip Kelheim - Weltenburg and back incl. bike (Cat. A)
  • Boat trip Kelheim - Weltenburg and back excl. bike (Cat. B)
  • Return transfer Regensburg - Rothenburg incl. bike (Cat. A)
  • Detailed route description
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service

Worth knowing about the Altmühl bike trail

Below you will find specific information about the Altmühl bike trail and surroundings. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Arrival by train

Rothenburg o.d. Tauber is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Rothenburg o.d. Tauber. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.

Train schedule information

Parking facilities at the hotel

Some of the hotels have their own parking facilities directly at the hotel, these are subject to a fee and cannot be reserved through us in advance. There is free parking behind the train station, this parking lot is often occupied by commuters and cannot be reserved. For further information, you can get in touch with the respective arrival hotel after you have received your hotel list.

Available hire bikes

If you would like a hire bike for the tour, we will bring it to your starting hotel and pick it up again at your destination. You can choose from 27-speed touring bikes with derailleur gears and freewheel and 8-speed touring bikes with hub gears and coaster brake, both as unisex models with low entry and men's bikes from 1.75 metres in height. 8-speed electric bikes with hub gears and freewheel are also available as unisex bikes. The rental bikes are equipped with a waterproof saddle bag, a handlebar bag, a tool kit, an air pump, an odometer and a lock. Simply state your bike requirements when booking.

Condition of cycle paths

On the continuously signposted Altmühltal cycle path you cycle nearly without inclines on paved forest and field paths, small side roads with little traffic and mostly finely pebbled cycle paths. This tour is suitable for families.

Extra costs that are not included in the tour price

Any tourism tax that may be incurred is not part of the tour price and must therefore be paid on-site at the hotel.

7 day hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

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