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Altmühltal and Danube Gorge

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  • Bei Weltenburg
  • Ansbacher Tor
  • Befreiungshalle Kelheim
  • Blick auf Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Ansbach
  • Schifffahrt zum Kloster Weltenburg
  • Blick von der Befreiungshalle Kelheim auf die Donau
  • Ornbau
  • Innenstadt Eichstätt
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Schneebälle Deliktesse aus Rothenburg
  • Residenz Eichstätt
  • Eichstätter Schloss
  • Essing
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Kloster Weltenburg
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Eichstätt
  • Walhalla bei Kelheim

tour description

Atlmühl Cycle Path with boat trip

This popular tour along the Altmuehl Cycle Path leads you through the pastoral landscape of the Franconian Lake District and the impressive valley which the Altmuehl has cut through the Franconian Jura. Before you come to the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Regensburg , take a trip to the famous Weltenburg Monastery and pass twice through the narrow straits of the Danube through the Jura. Well maintained paths ensure that cycling along this route is an enjoyable experience. The stages are quite short and are also suited to those who do not cycle often.

1. day Rothenburg ob der Tauber arrival

Your holiday begins in the town of Rothenburg in the Tauber Valley, which is well-known from America to Japan. The old town was rebuilt after it was completely destroyed in the 30 years war and is practically unchanged since then. The town has been immortalised by artists such as Spitzweg and Richter. The town walls with its towers and gateways are a good example of urban fortification. Rental bikes await you in your hotel.

2. day Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Herrieden/Ansbach 50 km

Today, you will be starting in the Frankenhöhe nature park, with an optional detour to the Altmühl’s source (approx. 16 km / 10 miles). The steep ascent to Colmberg Castle is also very worthwhile, as its basic structure remains unchanged since the 12th century. Today’s final destination will either be Herrieden, a small village with over 1000 years of history, or Ansbach, a splendid margravial residency. In category A accomodation in Ansbach or category B accomodation in Herrieden.

3. day Herrieden/Ansbach - Weißenburg / Treuchtlingen 55/60 km

Today you will cycle to Gunzenhausen in the middle of the Franconian Lakeland region. You will cycle through maize fields on your way to Graben, a small collection of houses, which during the reign of Charlemagne was the centre of world attention due to the construction of a canal. If you are not staying overnight in Weißenburg, you should definitely take a visit to the Roman excavation site there. Cat. A in Wettelsheim Treuchtlingen (60km), cat. B in Weißenburg (55km). 

4. day Weißenburg / Treuchtlingen - Eichstätt 50 km

Shortly after setting out this morning you will come to Karlsgraben Canal. This canal was built under Karl the Great in the early Middle Ages to connect the Danube and Rhine rivers. The Valley narrows from Treuchtlingen on as the Altmuehl cuts deep into the Jura rocks. The twelve apostles are possibly the most impressive cliff formations. You will pass numerous castles along the way to your next destination, the diocesan town of Eichstätt with its Baroque flair.

5. day Eichstätt - Beilngries 45 km

Today you will have sufficient time for a long stroll through Eichstätt. Shortly after starting out on your tour you should take a break at the Roman Fortress of Vetoniana. You will then continue on through the beautiful moorland nature park, past the impressive Kipfenberg Castle and on to the well preserved, medieval town of Beilngries.

6. day Beilngries - Kelheim 50 km

First stop is Dietfurt, where you will come to the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. The “Museum of Sound” presents a collection of important music reproducing appliances and devices and afterwards you can pay a visit to Prunn Castle. In Kelheim you will come to the end of the Altmuehl Valley. There is a beautiful panoramic view from the “Befreiungshalle” (“Hall of Liberation”).

7. day Kelheim - Regensburg 40 km + boat trip

Abandoning the saddle you will hop on a boat to Weltenburg Monastery. You will pass through the imposing Danube break-through and come to the picturesquely situated monastery. You will then continue on to Regensburg, the most northern point of the Danube. The city is viewed as being the best preserved town in Germany and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Round off your holiday with a stroll through the winding laneways of the “Spitalviertel” (“Hospital Quarter”).

8. day Regensburg departure

After breakfast your cycling tour in the Altmuehl Cycle Path comes to an end and you will return home or to Rothenburg. We would also be more than happy to extend your holiday along the Altmuehl River.

 

prices & services

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Altmühltal and Danube Gorge
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
beginners-intermediate
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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prices 2019

Prices are per person.

Season 1

13.04. – 17.04.2019

22.04. – 26.04.2019

05.05. – 17.05.2019

06.10. – 13.10.2019

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Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 599,00 €
Single room 779,00 €
 
Cat. B
Double room 499,00 €
Single room 649,00 €
 

Season 2

18.04. – 21.04.2019

27.04. – 04.05.2019

18.05. – 24.05.2019

15.09. – 05.10.2019

Info

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 699,00 €
Single room 879,00 €
 
Cat. B
Double room 599,00 €
Single room 749,00 €
 

Season 3

25.05. – 07.06.2019

23.06. – 12.07.2019

25.08. – 14.09.2019

Info

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 749,00 €
Single room 929,00 €
 
Cat. B
Double room 649,00 €
Single room 799,00 €
 

Season 4

08.06. – 22.06.2019

13.07. – 24.08.2019

Info

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 779,00 €
Single room 959,00 €
 
Cat. B
Double room 679,00 €
Single room 829,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
75,00 €
 
electric bike
175,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Rothenburg Cat. A
Double room 75,00 €
Single room 95,00 €
 
Regensburg Cat. A
Double room 75,00 €
Single room 95,00 €
 
Rothenburg Cat. B
Double room 45,00 €
Single room 65,00 €
 
Regensburg Cat. B
Double room 45,00 €
Single room 65,00 €
 

bookable additional services

half board Cat. A
180,00 €
half board Cat. B
160,00 €
Transfer back incl. bike (Friday & Saturday & Sunday)
80,00 €
Travel services
  • Category A: Accommodation in hotels of the local 3* category
  • Category B: Accommodation in guesthouses and hotels of the local 2*/3* category
  • Tour with the nightwatchman in Rothenburg
  • Boat trip Kelheim-Weltenburg and back excl. bike
All-carefree service:
  • accommodation incl. breakfast
  • room with shower/bath/WC
  • luggage transport
  • map of bike trails with marked route
  • detailed route description
  • tips for tour preparation
  • touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service

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worth knowing

Worth knowing

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

There is a free parking space behind the train station. However, this one is used by commuters and is often occupied during the week. No reservation possible.

Detailed information you will receive together with the travel documents two weeks prior to departure.

Condition of cycle paths

You cycle mostly on bike trails with good surface. This tour is suitable for families.

Available rental bikes

If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 8-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 27-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

Transfer back to the starting point of the journey

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays there is the possibility to transfer back to Rothenburg o.d. Tauber with a small bus (with bike trailer). The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle. The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without transfer and the hassle of hauling luggage.

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.

tour highlights

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. Immerse yourself in medieval life. Take a trip to a thousand years of history that seems to pass in a little moment! Let Rothenburg bring the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to life before your eyes.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Baumeisterhaus, Rotenburg

The work and dwelling-house of the stonemason Leonhard Weidmann, is located in the Oberen Schmiedgasse, just below the market square, and is probably one of the most beautiful patrician houses in Rothenburg with its Renaissance facade and the magnificent inner courtyard (1596).

Das Baumeisterhaus

Colmberg Castle

Documentation of Burg Colmberg reaches back to the first millennium. Little is known about the castle until 1318 when the property was sold to Duke Frederic IV of Nuremberg. The castle belonged to the Hohenzollern family for 500 years. By the 19th century, the castle had become the headquarters of the kingdom of Bavaria, and from 1927-1964 the last imperial consul of Japan owned the castle. The Unbehauen family acquired the castle in 1964 and transformed it into a hotel.

Burg Colmberg

Ansbach Residence

Ansbach Residence evolved from a medieval complex. Its Gothic Hall, a feature of the original building, today houses the important collection »Ansbach faience Adolf Bayer«. The Residence was rebuilt in its present form by Gabriel di Gabrieli and Karl Friedrich von Zocha in the 18th century. The early Rococo interior was created by Leopold Retti. Further highlights are the fresco on the Banqueting Hall ceiling by Carlo Carlone, the Art Gallery with Rococo paintings and works from the former Margrave's Gallery (Branch of the Bavarian State Galleries) and the collection of Meißen porcelain in the Mirror Cabinet.

Ansbach Residence

Altmühlsee

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 protected area of the Vogelinsel consists of ecologically high-quality and sensitive areas: the open sea area, shallow water areas, reed areas, moistened meadows and bushes form the habitat for an unusually wide variety of plants and animals.

Altmühlsee

"Obere Veste" Treuchtlingen

The castle Treuchtlingen, also called "Obere Veste", is a castle ruin above the town Treuchtlingen in the district Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen in Mittelfranken (Bavaria). The expanded defense system was renovated and partly reconstructed by the "Fördergemeinschaft Burg Treuchtlinen e.V" from 1975 onwards.

"Obere Veste" Treuchtlingen

Eichstätt

Eichstätt spreads like a treasure chest on the meanders of the Altmühl.

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.

Eichstätt

Falkenhof Rosenburg

The Falkenhof on the Rosenburg, once the seat of the Burggrafen of Riedenburg, is today widely known for its birds of prey, where hawks, eagles, vultures and other greaves in simulated hunting flights offer a breathtaking spectacle.

Falkenhof

Kelheim

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. The city’s museums divulge further facets of its history.

Kelheim

Cathedral St. Peter Regensburg

Built in the 1300s on the site of earlier cathedrals, Regensburg Cathedral (Dom St. Peter) is the finest Gothic building in Bavaria. Its harmonious exterior, alive with interesting medieval sculptures, has recently been fully cleaned. Inside are even more sculptures along with an extensive collection of medieval stained glass.

Cathedral St. Peter Regensburg

Stone Bridge, Regensburg

A Wonder of the World: The Stone Bridge. The people of Regensburg were obviously brilliant bridge-builders way back in the 12th century. The “Bruckmandl” however, the little statue on the bridge, didn’t take up his breezy position there till the middle of the 16th century. At the far end of the bridge, you will fi nd a peaceful idyll in Stadtamhof’s maze of streets and alleys.

Stone Bridge, Regensburg

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