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 ●●○○○


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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.


Cycling Holiday along Altmühl and Danube
  • Booking code
  • Destination
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Passau
  • Duration
    11 days / 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 445 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 60 km, Ø 50 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 – Herrieden, approx. 55 km

This day offers two tour variations on the Jura Plateau. We recommend a detour to the Altmühl source. If that’s not enough for you, you can attempt the steep approach to the well-preserved Colmberg Castle. From here, you will cycle onwards to the beautiful Brandenburg count’s Rococo castle in Ansbach. You can enjoy your evening in one of the many beer gardens.

Day 3: Herrieden – Wettelsheim / Treuchtlingen, approx. 55 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. 40 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. 60 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.

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Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival daily from 27.03.2021 to 22.10.2021Early 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.
ab949 €
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.
ab1049 €
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.
ab1149 €
Season D
11.05. - 15.05.
17.05. - 23.05.
28.05. - 05.06.
01.07. - 21.08.
ab1199 €
All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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  • 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
  • Guided tour Rothenburg with the night watchman
  • 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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Child reduction on basic price

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From 0 to 5 years


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From 6 to 11 years


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From 12 to 17 years


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

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

299 €

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

45 €

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

59 €

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

65 €

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

75 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, other places

49 €

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

69 €

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 / Straubing

95 €

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

109 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, other places

75 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

79 €
199 €
Children's and Teenager's bike
Children's and Teenager's bike
39 €
39 €

Types of rental bikes:

  • 8-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • E-bike with free-wheel (minimum age 16 years)
  • Children's / teenager's bike (20 – 26 inch), children's trailer, children's trailer Weehoo, child seat

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

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

Rental Bike

8- or 27-gear Rental Bike

79 €


199 €

Children's/ teenager's bike, Trailer, Weehoo trailer

39 €

Baby bike seat

free €

Brief Information

Cycling Holiday along Altmühl and Danube
  • Booking code
  • Start / Destination
    Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Passau
  • Duration
    11 days / 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 445 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. 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
    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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