2023
Cycling Holiday along Altmühl and Danube

Cycling Holiday along Altmühl and Danube

Unhurried cycling from Rothenburg to Passau

 Rothenburg – Regensburg – Passau

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Bishop's and baroque town Eichstätt, dripstone cave Schulerloch, blue lakes, imposing rock formations
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profile ●●○○○

days
11

km / day avg.
50

This extended cycling holiday leads you through Franconia and Lower Bavaria. You will start off cycling along the Tauber River and then along the Altmühl and Danube Rivers. Rothenburg, Eichstätt, Regensburg and Passau are well preserved historical cities along the tour, which otherwise runs through scenic countryside. The Walhalla Temple high above the Danube is worth a visit. At the end of your trip, in Passau, you can enjoy a boat trip along the three rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz. This Altmuehl and Danube cycling tour is also suitable for those who do not cycle often.

Itinerary

  • Booking code
    BY-RP10
  • Destination
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Passau
  • Duration
    11 days / 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 450 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
Cycling Holiday along Altmühl and Danube

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 – Ansbach, approx. 50 km

Today you can opt for a diversion to the source of the Altmühl before taking a first break in Colmberg. The mighty, well-preserved castle towers over the town - the climb is steep, but worth it! Then continue on to the margravial seat of Ansbach. Visit the princely crypt here or take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque orangery in Ansbach's courtyard garden.

Day 3: Ansbach – Wettelsheim / Treuchtlingen, approx. 60 km

Cycle through fields and meadows to Lake Altmühl, which is ideal for sailing and surfing, but also for swimming. Countless sunbathing spots and beaches invite you to take a break. In Gunzenhausen, you will have reached the centre of the Franconian Lake District. The historic marketplace is adorned with impressive Baroque buildings. Cycle further through rural areas to reach today’s destination.

Day 4: Treuchtlingen – Eichstätt, approx. 50 km

Behind Treuchtlingen the Altmühl Valley gets narrower, as the river has carved its path deep into the Jurassic rock. The Twelve Apostles are one of the most impressive rock formations. In Pappenheim, you will be greeted by the eponymous castle, which is one of Bavaria’s most important medieval castle ruins. Follow the river bends of the Altmühl to reach your next destination, the episcopal see and baroque town Eichstätt.

Day 5: Eichstätt – Kinding-Enkering, approx. 35 km

After breakfast you have enough time for a stroll through Eichstätt. The main town of the Altmühl valley owes its baroque townscape mainly to Graubünden master builders who rebuilt the town after the Thirty Years' War. Then you cycle through the charming nature park characterised by juniper heath and past the imposing Kipfenberg Castle. Your destination is the small, dreamy village of Kinding-Enkering, at the confluence of the Anlauter, Schwarzach and Altmühl rivers.

Day 6: Kinding-Enkering – Riedenburg, approx. 40 km

Before you get back in the saddle, visit a very special building in Kinding: the church castle. A church was established in the fortified castle as early as the 14th century. From Beilngries you cycle the last few kilometres along the Altmühl before the river first flows into the Main-Danube Canal at Dietfurt. Dietfurt is also called the Chinese town. A fountain in front of the market square picks up on the legend. Today's destination is the tranquil town of Riedenburg, guarded by three castles.

Day 7: Riedenburg – Regensburg, approx. 60 km

An eventful stage lies ahead of you. Let the charming landscape pass you by. Shortly before Kelheim lies the Schulerloch. The 420 m long stalactite cave offers magical insights into the world of stalactites and stalagmites. Kelheim is home to Bavaria's oldest still existing wheat beer brewery. Via Saal and Bad Abbach, the large town at the northernmost point of the Danube with a charming old town, you cycle to Regensburg.

Day 8: Regensburg – Straubing, approx. 50 km

We can recommend taking your first break in Walhalla, close to Donaustauf. The route then takes you on along the Danube to Castle Wörth. From here you can look over the Gäuboden, or Bavaria's granary and one of the largest loess regions in South Germany. Today’s section ends in the old city of Straubing, which looks back on Celtic and Roman roots. The town’s striking tower is this small town’s land mark.

Day 9: Straubing – Deggendorf, approx. 40 km

Today you first cycle through Bogen, which became known when a statue of the pregnant Madonna was found here in 1104. The Church of the Assumption on Bogenberg is the oldest pilgrimage church of the Madonna in Bavaria. The tour takes you on through Pfelling and Mariaposching to the Benedictine Abbey in Metten. Deggendorf is your destination today. Gothic and baroque styles characterise the unusual pear-shaped site of the old town.

Day 10: Deggendorf – Passau, approx. 55 km

This section takes you to the small historic town of Vilshofen. It is famous largely due to the Ash Wednesday speeches given here by the Chairman of the CSU Party, Strauß. You will soon reach your destination of the three-rivers town and former diocese, Passau. Discover the Danube, Inn and Ilz by boat and let your day come to a pleasant end with a walk through the historic city centre or a visit to the fortress Veste Oberaus.

Day 11: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast your cycling holiday along Altmühl and Danube comes to an end and you will return home or back to Rothenburg. We would also be more than happy to extend your holiday along one of the two Rivers.

Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2023

Arrival daily from 09.04.2023 to 15.10.2023Early 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
09.04. - 30.04.
08.10. - 15.10.
from999 €
Season B
01.05. - 10.05.
15.09. - 07.10.
from1099 €
Season C
11.05. - 25.05.
11.06. - 30.06.
01.09. - 14.09.
from1249 €
Season D
26.05. - 10.06.
01.07. - 31.08.
from1349 €

All prices per person in a double room.

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Services

  • 10 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)
  • Service-Hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Guided tour Rothenburg with the night watchman
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Not included is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).

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Child reduction on basic price

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From 0 to 5 years

-100%

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From 6 to 11 years

-50%

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From 12 to 17 years

-25%

Applies for accommodation in rooms with 2 full-paying guests.

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For our younger cyclists

Due to the more challenging sections, we recommend this tour only for young people in good physical condition.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

379 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

Room
Breakfast
Price
Ansbach
 DBL

69 €

 SGL

105 €

Eichstätt
 DBL

59 €

 SGL

89 €

Kinding-Enkering
 DBL

55 €

 SGL

95 €

Passau
 DBL

69 €

 SGL

99 €

Riedenburg
 DBL

55 €

 SGL

85 €

Rothenburg
 DBL

69 €

 SGL

105 €

Treuchtlingen
 DBL

55 €

 SGL

95 €

Wettelsheim
 DBL

55 €

 SGL

95 €

other places
 DBL

65 €

 SGL

95 €

All prices are per person

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

27-Gear Rental Bike
27-Gear Rental Bike
89 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
239 €
Teenager's bike
Teenager's bike
49 €
Rental Bike

27-gear Rental Bike

99 €

E-bike

239 €

Teenager's bike

49 €

Brief Information

  • Booking code
    BY-RP10
  • Start / Destination
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Passau
  • Duration
    11 days / 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 450 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 60 km, Ø 50 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.
    P1 Friedrich-Hörner-Weg, unlimited time, costs approx. 6 euros / day
    P4 Galgentor, unlimited in time, costs approx. 6 Euro / day
    P5 Bezoldweg, unlimited in time, costs approx. 6 Euro / day
    Alternatively, depending on the booked hotel, there are parking spaces available, costs approx. 5 – 15 € per day. Details can be found in the travel documents.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Returning to Rothenburg
    Travel by train (on your own initiative), connections every 2 hours, duration approx. 3,5 hours, 3 train changes.
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.
Cycling Holiday along Altmühl and Danube

days
11

km / day avg.
50