The Altmühl Bike Tour

The Altmühl Bike Tour

Active cycling from Rothenburg to Passau

Rothenburg – Regensburg – Passau

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Nature Park Altmühl Valley, Schulerloch drip-stone cave, Europe's longest wooden bridge near Essing
  • Daily routes ●●●●●
  • Altitude profile ●●○○○


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This active cycle tour brings you along the Altmuehl and Danube Rivers on one of the most popular cycle paths in Germany. The towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Regensburg will impress you! The route through the romantic Altmuehl Valley is impressive and the rural landscape of the Gäuboden region is home to many rare plants and animals. Your destination is the three-river-city of Passau, with its well-preserved old town and attractions including the Stephansdom Cathedral. This athletic Altmühl bike tour is perfect for well trained cyclists who enjoy cycling longer daily routes of about 70 km.


The Altmühl Bike Tour
  • Booking code
  • Start / Destination
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Passau
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 440 km
    Daily routes ●●●●●
    between 55 and 95 km, Ø 70 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Rothenburg

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.

Day 2: Rothenburg – Gunzenhausen, approx. 80 / 90 km

Today you leave the Tauber Valley for the not too distant source of the Altmuehl River. Those who wish can take the detour past the Ansbach Residence or can cycle directly to the small medieval town of Herrieden. You then continue on to Gunzenhausen in the Franconian Lake District. Numerous excavations have proven that the beautiful town was also the site of a pre-historic settlement.

Day 3: Gunzenhausen – Eichstätt, approx. 70 km

Today you cycle towards Graben, a small town which once grabbed attention due to the construction of a canal. After a few kilometres you find yourself in the Franconian Jura. The Valley becomes increasingly narrower and steeper. Forested mountainsides with overhanging limestone cliffs accompany you along the route. Pappenheimer Castle and rock formations such as the 12 Apostles are all located along the route.

Day 4: Eichstätt – Riedenburg, approx. 75 km

You pass through a charming nature park, the heart of the Altmuehl Valley. The imposing Kipfenberg Castle is a great place for a short break. You then continue on through Beilngries, a beautifully-preserved medieval town, towards Riedenburg, which is also known as the pearl of the Altmuehl Valley. The sounds museum is worth a visit with original sound reproduction equipment and devices.

Day 5: Riedenburg – Regensburg, approx. 55 km

You speedily cycle along the canal towards Essing, which is home to Europe’s longest wooden bridge und the secretive Schulerloch, a dripstone cave which functions as a winter hideaway for bats. In Kelheim, you have reached the river Danube. On the Danube cycle path, your journey take you to Regensburg, quite possibly Germany’s most beautiful city, whose medieval core is shaped by the Dome, the Salzstadel and the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge).

Day 6: Regensburg – Deggendorf, approx. 95 km

Don’t shy away from the steep approach to the Walhalla,opened by Louis I in 1842. Today’s stage takes you further along the Danube, which lavishly meanders through the vast plains. Via Straubing, you are cycling through the Gäuboden region towards Bogen, where a figurine of a pregnant Madonna was discovered in 1104. Soon after you reach Deggendorf, the Gate to the Bavarian Forest.

Day 7: Deggendorf – Passau, approx. 55 km

Before you leave Deggendorf and cycle on along the Danube, you shouldn`t miss a visit to the Old Town. On your way you are passing through Vilshofen and arrive at the Three River City and former bishop`s residence of Passau. Take time to discover the Danube, Inn and Ilz by boat and round off your night with a stroll through the Old Town or a visit to the Veste Oberhaus.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast your sportive Altmühl bike tour comes to an end and you return home or back to Rothenburg. We would also be more than happy to extend your holiday along one of the two rivers.


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Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival daily from 27.03.2021 to 24.10.2021Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
27.03. - 31.03.
05.04. - 17.04.
01.10. - 24.10.
ab549 €
Season B
01.04. - 04.04.
18.04. - 05.05.
07.06. - 10.06.
14.06. - 17.06.
21.06. - 24.06.
12.09. - 30.09.
ab649 €
Season C
06.05. - 10.05.
24.05. - 27.05.
11.06. - 13.06.
18.06. - 20.06.
25.06. - 30.06.
22.08. - 11.09.
ab699 €
Season D
11.05. - 15.05.
17.05. - 23.05.
28.05. - 05.06.
01.07. - 21.08.
ab749 €
All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 3* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Passau, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not inlcuded is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).

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Children discount

Due to the ambitious sections of this tour, we don't recommend this one for children.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

195 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Riedenburg

45 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Eichstätt

49 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Gunzenhausen

55 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Deggendorf/Regensburg

59 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Passau

65 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Rothenburg

75 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Riedenburg

69 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Eichstätt

75 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Gunzenhausen

79 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Deggendorf

85 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Regensburg

89 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Passau

95 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Rothenburg

109 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

79 €
199 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • Electric bike with free-wheel (minimum age 16 years)

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

Here you find further information and pictures of our rental bikes.

Rental Bike

27-gear Rental Bike

79 €


199 €

Brief Information

The Altmühl Bike Tour
  • Booking code
  • Start / Destination
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Passau
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 440 km
    Daily routes ●●●●●
    between 55 and 95 km, Ø 70 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
  • Parking information
    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. Alternative up to the booked hotel, there are parking spaces, costs approx. 5 – 15 € per day.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Returning to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
    Travel by train (on your own initiative), connections every 2 hours, duration approx. 3,5 hours, 3 train changes.
  • Tour operated by
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.


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