Arrive early, because it's worth it. Who has been to the source of such a great river? The Schlossquelle is the starting point of the Danube Cycle Path. The pretty little town is characterised by the former Fürstenberg residence.
Finally it's time to get on your bikes! You cycle quickly through the "Baar", a truly unique landscape. In Pfohren it is worth making a detour to the Entenburg and then it gets exciting in Immendingen. For most of the year, the small Danube disappears into the porous limestone here! Instead of flowing into the Black Sea as described in the atlas, these masses of water ripple through Lake Constance and over the Rhine into the North Sea. A unique natural spectacle! After a worthwhile break, you roll through the narrow valley of the Swabian Alb to Mühlheim. Overnight stay in Mühlheim or Fridingen.
Look forward to what is probably the most spectacular section of your journey, the Danube breakthrough. Between Fridingen and Beuron there is only the most beautiful landscape, the cycle path and the cyclists. Between towering limestone cliffs you cycle swiftly to Sigmaringen, the former capital of the principality of the same name. Marvel at the residential palace, still inhabited today, where an interesting guided tour awaits you. Overnight stay in Sigmaringen or Scheer.
A day of castles, monasteries and palaces. The Danube takes you to Zwiefaltendorf with its beautiful moated castle. A detour to the Benedictine monastery of Zwiefalten with its beautiful baroque and rococo architecture is also worthwhile. In Obermarchtal, the next baroque monastery awaits, this time of the Premonstratensians.
Great destinations beckon today. You leave the Danube for a short distance and cycle via Allmendingen and Schelklingen through the valley of the Ur-Danube to Blaubeuren. Behind the monastery is the famous Blautopf, a powerful karst spring and the beginning of a large cave system. From here you follow the Blau river, accompanied by medieval castles and ruins to the Swabian-Bavarian twin city of Ulm. Marvel at the highest church tower in the world during a city tour! How about a climb up the tower? Or would you prefer a stroll through the picturesque fishermen's and tanners' quarter with its warped half-timbered houses?
Pedal your way between Ulm and Lauingen from one beautiful town to the next. Marvel at the pilgrimage church in Elchingen, the rococo-style Liebfrauenkirche in Günzburg and look forward to Lauingen, the town of towers. Stroll through the historic old town, which has a lot to offer from the famous Schimmel Tower to the Apollo-Grannus Temple.
Today you cycle first to Höchstädt with the Pfalz-Neuburg castle. After a worthwhile break, you cycle leisurely through the Danube meadows to Donauwörth. Picturesquely situated at the mouth of the Wörnitz, where the most important trade route between Nuremberg and Augsburg once crossed the Danube, splendid town houses and the Käthe Kruse Doll Museum await your visit!
You have now seen the first part of the German Danube. Many more beautiful kilometres along the Danube still lie ahead of you.... We wish you a safe journey home and hope to see you again next year for the second stage.
Prices / Dates
Services / Info
- Accommodation incl. breakfast in hotels of the local 3 star category
- Room with shower/bath/WC
- Luggage transport
- Entrance Sigmaringen Castle with audio guide
- Detailed route description
- Map of bike trails with marked route
- Tips for tour preparation
- Touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the bike tour German Danube: spring to Donauwörth
Below you will find specific information on the cycle tour German Danube: Spring to Donauwörth. If you have any further questions about this tour, simply give us a call: Tel.: 06421 - 886890.
Arrival by train
Donaueschingen is easy to reach by train from all major cities in Germany. The best way to reach our partner hotels in Donaueschingen from the station is to take a short taxi ride. Current timetable information and prices can be found at www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the starting hotel
Free parking at the Stadtmühle, at the Realschule and at the Fürstenberg-Gymnasium. In some cases, the partner hotels also have their own parking spaces for which a fee is charged; reservations are not possible. You will receive detailed information about the parking facilities at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of your tour.
Condition of the cycle paths
You cycle largely level on asphalted cycle paths. Between Mühlheim and Sigmaringen there are also sections on compacted earth paths. There are short climbs in Mühlheim, near Beuron and near Munderkingen.
Available rental bikes
8-speed touring bikes hub gears (unisex) with coaster brake or 27-speed touring bikes derailleur gears (unisex) are available. Men's bikes can be booked from 1.75 m in height. All bikes are equipped with speedometers.
Electric bikes (only with freewheel. There are no map holders bookable.
Return transfer to the starting point of the tour
Every Sunday there is the possibility to return to Donaueschingen by transfer with a minibus (with bicycle transport trailer) around 09:00 am. The driver comes to your hotel and has room for you, your luggage and, if necessary, your private bike. He will drive you back to your starting hotel, ensuring a perfect return service without the hassle of changing buses or lugging luggage.
Extra costs not included in the tour price
A possible tourism tax is not part of the tour price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel on site.
7 days hotline service
If the bicycle chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your journey or other nasty surprises await you: We are available 7 days a week and will organise help as quickly 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.
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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