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.
Rothenburg / Taubar
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart after breakfast.
By Plane to Munich, Frankfurt, or Nuremberg airports and then by train to Rothenburg.
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