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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

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 (boat trip not included). 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 o.d. Tauber arrival

Your holiday begins in the town of Rothenburg, 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 o. d. Tauber - Herrieden/Ansbach, 45 - 55 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.

3. day Herrieden/Ansbach - Weißenburg/surroundings, 55 - 65 km

An ambitious construction project aimed at balancing Bavaria’s water reserves has shaped the Franconian lake district, through which you will be cycling today. Via the Limes, the former frontier of the Roman Empire, you will be reaching today’s final destination, which will either be Weißenburg, with its beautiful old town or Treuchtlingen, well known for the Treuchtlingen marble.

4. day Weißenburg/surroundings - Eichstätt, 45 - 55 km

From Treuchtlingen onwards, the valley will get narrower as the river has deepened its profile through the Jurassic rock formations. The twelve apostles, highly imposing dolomite rocks in the Altmühl valley natural park are perhaps the most impressive rock formation you will witness on this journey. Along today’s stage, the Altmühl is guarded by stately castles, while you get closer to the next destination, the episcopal and university town of Eichstätt.

5. day Eichstätt - Beilngries, 45 km

In Eichstätt, you will have enough time to pay the dinosaurs a visit: In the Jura museum there are countless fossils on display, including everything from two-legged predators to the archaeopteryx. You can also choose to travel in time and visit the Roman fort of Vetoniana, before cycling back into the present. Through the juniper heather of the Altmühl valley, today’s final destination is Beilngries.

6. day Beilngries - Kelheim, 55 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

If you want to, you can take a ferry through the impressive Danube breakthrough to Weltenburg monastery, which is home to the oldest monastery brewery in the world – so you should definitely pay its beer garden a visit (Boattrip not included). Regensburg’s historic centre was recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site, without losing any of its modern flair. Street cafes, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife will make your visit highly memorable.

8. day Regensburg departure

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 & services

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Altmühltal and Danube Gorge
tour no.:
00272
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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.

individual
duration:
8 days
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level:
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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 2022

Prices are per person.

Season 1

10.04. – 19.04.2022

01.10. – 10.10.2022

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

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

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 499,00 €
Single room 679,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 579,00 €
Single room 799,00 €
 
Premium
Double room 699,00 €
Single room 979,00 €
 

Season 2

17.09. – 30.09.2022

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

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

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 648,00 €
Single room 828,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 738,00 €
Single room 958,00 €
 
Premium
Double room 898,00 €
Single room 1.178,00 €
 

Season 3

20.04. – 16.05.2022

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

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

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 678,00 €
Single room 858,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 768,00 €
Single room 988,00 €
 
Premium
Double room 948,00 €
Single room 1.228,00 €
 

Season 4

17.05. – 16.09.2022

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

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

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 698,00 €
Single room 878,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 798,00 €
Single room 1.018,00 €
 
Premium
Double room 998,00 €
Single room 1.278,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
79,00 €
 
electric bike
189,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Rothenburg Cat. B
Double room 59,00 €
Single room 89,00 €
 
Regensburg Cat. B
Double room 63,00 €
Single room 95,00 €
 
Rothenburg Cat. A
Double room 69,00 €
Single room 99,00 €
 
Regensburg Cat. A
Double room 69,00 €
Single room 99,00 €
 
Rothenburg Premium
Double room 105,00 €
Single room 151,00 €
 
Regensburg Premium
Double room 99,00 €
Single room 133,00 €
 

bookable additional services

Return transfer to Rothenburg every day in the monrning (from 2 people)
99,00 €
Return transfer for own bike additional
10,00 €
Half board Cat. B
169,00 €
Half board Cat. A
189,00 €
Travel services
  • Cat. B good inns and middle class 3-star hotels
  • Cat. A good to very good inns and comfort hotels in the 3 and 4 star level
  • Cat. Premium comfortable, very good 4-star hotels
  • City tour night watchman Rothenburg (Cat. A and Premium)
  • Entry to the Riedenburg Crystal Museum (from 2022)
  • 1 cup of coffee or chocolate drink + dessert in the pleasure factory Chocolatique in Eichstätt (Cat. Premium)
  • GPS data on request
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

Some of the hotels have their own parking spaces directly at the building (e.g. long-term parking spaces for the duration of your stay for around € 5 to € 10 per day or garage spaces for around € 7 to € 10 per day) or in the vicinity in parking garages or in public parking lots. Whether a reservation is possible depends on the hotel in question. For further information, you can contact the respective arrival hotel after receiving your hotel list.

Condition of cycle paths

On the continuously signposted Altmühltal cycle path you cycle 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.

Available rental bikes

If you would like a rental bike for the tour, we will bring it to your starting hotel and pick it up at your destination. You can choose from women's and men's bikes, either with 7-speed gear hub and coaster brake or 21/24-speed chain gear and free-wheeling. We can also provide you with unisex electric bicycles with free-wheeling for a more relaxed ride. Simply state your bike requirements when booking.

Extra costs that are not included in the tour price

The Kelheim-Weltenburg boat trip is not included in the tour price and costs around € 12.50 per person for a return trip, excluding bike.

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.

Extra costs, which are not inculded in the price

Boattrip along the Danube Gorge is not included. A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.

Passport and visa requirements, health regulations

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.

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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