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On the rivers Tauber and Altmühl

Auf zur malerischen Altmühl

From Rothenburg o. d. Tauber to Regensburg

From the springs of the river Altmühl across the nature park Altmühl, passing fortresses and castles you cycle to Regensburg. In former times Altmühl was a flourishing cultural and economical centre, preserved in a kind of “sleeping beauty” until tourists and hydro-electricity remembered the secluded and idyllic countryside… The earlier “sleep” preserved many architectonic gems, the new life brought tourist comfort and marvellous cycle paths.
Germany
Easy to moderate
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

Your trip begins in Rothenburg, situated in the Tauber valley. You will find lean towers, flower-clad timber-frame houses and imposing ancient defence facilities. Rothenburg’s well-preserved historic centre, with its intricate alleys, is regarded as the archetypal medieval German town and is particularly popular tourists. Pre-booked rental bikes are ready for you at the hotel.

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 (approx. 50 - 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, home to Germany’s largest treasure trove, or the picturesque Wettelsheim (approx. 55-65 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. (approx. 50 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.(approx. 45 km)

Today’s first stop is Dietfurt, which means you will have arrived at the Rhine-Main-Danube canal. The Sounding Museum in Riedenburg displays a whole host of music playback devices. Afterwards, why not visit Prunn castle? In Kehlheim, not only you, but also the Altmühl’s masses of water will have reached today’s final stop: here, the Bavarian river flows into the Danube. From the Befreiungshalle you can get a beautiful panoramic view. (approx. 50 km)

You will be getting 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. 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. (approx. 40 km + ferry)

Your journey along the Altmühl Cycle Path concludes after berakfast. We would be more than happy to extend your stay in Regensburg.

The route

Off the traffic you cycle on cycle paths, partly flat, partly slightly hilly, always well signposted.

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  Season 1
09.04.2023 - 30.04.2023
08.10.2023 - 15.10.2023

Arrival daily
Season 2
01.05.2023 - 10.05.2023
15.09.2023 - 07.10.2023

Arrival daily
Season 3
11.05.2023 - 25.05.2023
11.06.2023 - 30.06.2023
01.09.2023 - 14.09.2023

Arrival daily
Season 4
26.05.2023 - 10.06.2023
01.07.2023 - 31.08.2023

Arrival daily
Altmühl valley cycle path, Rothenburg - Regensburg, 8 days, cat. A, DE-ATRRR-08A
Base price
949.00
999.00
1,079.00
1,149.00
Surcharge single room 299.00 299.00 299.00 299.00
Season 1
Apr 9, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Arrival daily
Season 2
May 1, 2023 - May 10, 2023
Sep 15, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023
Arrival daily
Season 3
May 11, 2023 - May 25, 2023
Jun 11, 2023 - Jun 30, 2023
Sep 1, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
Arrival daily
Season 4
May 26, 2023 - Jun 10, 2023
Jul 1, 2023 - Aug 31, 2023
Arrival daily
Altmühl valley cycle path, Rothenburg - Regensburg, 8 days, cat. A, DE-ATRRR-08A
Base price
Surcharge single room
949.00
299.00
999.00
299.00
1,079.00
299.00
1,149.00
299.00
Filter
27-gears unisex
27-gears gents
8-gears unisex
8-gears gents
Electric bike
99.00
99.00
99.00
99.00
239.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services & Extras

Services
  • 7 overnights as mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • halfboard, if booked: 5x 3-course-menu
  • Night city tour in Rothenburg o. d. Tauber
  • Cat. A: Return transfer to Rothenburg incl.
  • Boat trip Kelheim - Weltenburg and back (excluding bikes)
  • Luggage transport to Regensburg
  • Detailed travel information and maps
  • rental bike - insurance
  • 7-days-service-hotline

Not included

  • Arrival and departure
  • costs for parking
  • city tax, transfers
  • optional sightseeing’s
  • city maps
  • Travel Insurance
  • costs of the private requirements
Extras

Parking/arrival and departure

There is free parking at the station (unattended) where you can park your car for the duration of your trip. However, since this car park is used by many commuters, it is often full. Free parking on public roads.

Return transfer to Rothenburg:
Category A: Minibus (daily) included
Category B: Optional travel by chartered minibus (daily), 89,- €per person, duration approx. 2.5 hours. Departure approx. 08.30 – 10.00 am . Please include this option in your original booking.
Return by train to Rothenburg:
Travel by train (on your own initiative). Connections available every 2 hours, duration approx. 2.5 hours. Includes 3 changes of train.

 
Hotels

Category A: 3***- and 4****-star hotel level

All rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC.

Category B: 3*** - hotel level and well-kept guesthouses and inns

All rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC.

Important notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Ratings

4.5 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
4 stars
Dagmar Hansen DE | 05.06.2022
Schöne Reise von Mittelfranken in die Oberpfalz
Schlösser, Burgen, historische Städte, Störche, Kuckucke, Altmühl, Donau.... einfach wunderschön.... Eine wieder sehr schöne Radreise, in eine uns noch völlig unbekannte Gegend Deutschlands.
4 stars
Marco Bootz DE | 24.05.2022
Altmühltal
5 stars
Michael Tacke DE | 20.10.2021
Sehr gut vorbereitete Radreise
Die Reiseunterlagen und Informationn sowie das Kartenmaterial waren sehr gut ausgearbeitet. Von der Wegbeschreibung bis zu den Sehenswürdigkeiten waren wir jederzeit bestens informiert. Alle Unterkünfte hatten eine sehr gute zentrale Lage in den jeweiligen Altstadtbereichen. Auch die von Rückenwind gebuchten Hotels waren hinsichtlich Zimmer, Frühstück und Service, bis auf eine Ausnahme hinsichtlich Zimmer, sehr gut. Der Gepäcktransport hat reibunglos funktioniert. Mit dem gebuchten Rücktransport und sehr freundlichen Fahrer haben wir alles richtig gemacht. Insgesamt waren wir rundum sehr zufrieden mit der gebuchten Reise. Unsere nächste Radreise gerne wieder über Rückenwind.
5 stars
Wolfgang Beck DE | 06.10.2018
Tolle Tour
Interessante Tour mit Orten voller Sehenswürdigkeiten. Angenehme Tagesetappen mit ausreichend Zeit, die Orte zu erkunden. Ausführliche Reiseunterlagen und sehr gute Fahrräder.

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