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Altmuhl Cycle Path – Rothenburg to Regensburg

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Homepage > Germany > Altmuhl Cycle Path – Rothenburg to Regensburg
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Thursdays to Sundays from 27th April to 6th October
  • Location: Rothenburg / Taubar

Altmühltal Cycle Path

Tour Details

The Altmuhl cycle path is one of Germany’s best-kept secrets, indeed it is considered by many as one of southern Germany’s most beautiful cycle routes but probably less known outside of Germany. The sweeping Altmuhl valley takes you through the Franconian Alps and makes for an ideal cycling holiday mostly away from traffic. The cycle path is well signposted and you will be amazed at the various Roman buildings, castles, and historic places and of course, you will be amazed at the landscapes you will be cycling through. The total length of the cycle path is 245km long and mostly meanders with the river as it follows the riverbanks. At Kelheim the Altmuhl flows into the mighty Danube.  Culturally there is also much to see from historic towns, such as medieval Rothenburg, Ansbach Castle, Welenburg Monastery, the town of Eichstatt with its Baroque architecture, and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Regensburg.

Starting Location

Rothenburg / Taubar

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 /4 star hotels and Inns
  • Information Pack
  • Daily Route Book and Maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ticket for Crystal Museum in Riedenburg
  • Ticket for Ansbach Castle
  • GPS Files on request
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Supplement
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Bike Rental
  • E-Bike Rental Cycle
  • Extra nights
  • City Taxes
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Rothenburg

During the day arrive in the town of Rothenburg/Tauber. If you have time explore the medieval centre of Rothenburg with is half-timbered houses lining cobbled streets. The town walls have many preserved towers and gate houses, you can almost image being taken back in time.

Day 2Rothenburg to Ansbach 34 miles 54km

In the morning handover of your rental bikes. Now you head out on the first section of the cycle tour which is to the source of the Altmühl. Now the Altmühl cycle path leads us via Hornau where with an extra 6km you can see the river source. Now you continue on the cycle path passing Colmberg with its imposing Hohenzollern castle. The cycle path now takes us through Lehrberg and onto Ansbach. You can visit Ansbach Castle but please note it is currently closed on Mondays.

Day 3Ansbach to Wettelsheim / Weissenburg 41 miles 65km

Today you cycle through the Franconian Lake region and past the Altmühlsee lake to Gunzenhausen and on to Karlsgraben, where Charlemagne tried to build a canal between the Rhine and the Danube but now only the ruins are left! Now you continue by bike Wettelsheim or Weißenburg where you stay overnight. Weissenburg has some interesting Roman evacuations to visit.

Day 4Wettelsheim / Weissenburg to Eichstatt 34 miles 54km

Today the Altmuhl cycle path twist and turns as you cycle through the Altmühltal Nature Park. This leads you through the beautiful Kerbtal valley deep in the Franconian Alps until you reach the old bishop’s town of Eichstätt. Along the way, you will notice several fortresses built deep into the landscape.

Day 5Eichstatt to Beilngries 28 miles 45km

Just after leaving Eichstatt, you come across the reconstructed Roman castle of Vetoniana which is well worth a visit. You continue to bike along the Altmühl passing Walting and Arnsberg until you reach the resort of Kipfenberg with its grand castle built in the 12th century. Now you continue the last few kilometres to Beilngries.

Day 6 Beilngries to Kelheim 29 miles 46km

Today you continue the cycle passing Dietfurt until you reach Riedenburg, where you can see the world’s largest rock crystal group in the crystal museum. Now you join the Main-Danube Canal as you cycle to the river delta of the Altmühl and the Danube at Kelheim.

Day 7Kelheim to Regensburg 23 miles 37km, 50mins by Boat

Our tip before you continue the bike tour is too take a boat trip through the impressive Danube breakthrough from Kelheim to Weltenburg Monastery & back (approx. € 13). Now you continue to cycle past Saal on the Danube and Bad Abbach to Regensburg which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth spending time exploring.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By Plane to Munich, Frankfurt, or Nuremberg airports and then by train to Rothenburg.

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