Cycling Holiday along Altmühl and Danube
Unhurried cycling from Rothenburg to Passau
- Radweg-Reisen Tour
- Rothenburg – Passau
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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.
- Booking code
- Start / Destination
Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Passau
10 days, 9 nights
approx. 420 km
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between 40 and 65 km, Ø 55 km
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- 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
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
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: 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 – Beilngries, approx. 45 km
After breakfast there will be enough time for a stroll through Eichstätt. The Altmühl Valley’s main town owes its Baroque townscape to the Grison builders, who rebuilt the town after the Thirty Years’ War. You will then cycle through the charming nature park, which is characterised by juniper heaths, and past the impressive Kipfenberg Castle. Your destination is the medieval town Beilngries.
Day 6: Beilngries – Regensburg, approx. 65 km + boat trip
An exciting stage lies before you. Cycle to Riedenburg via Dietfurt. Then you will take the ship and sail to Kelheim along the Main-Danube Canal. Watch the beautiful landscape drift past. In Kelheim you can find Bavaria’s oldest existing wheat beer brewery. Here you have reached the Danube, which you will follow all the way to Regensburg.
Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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.