2023
The Tauber and Altmühl cycle Route

The Tauber and Altmühl Cycle Route

From Wertheim via Rothenburg to Regensburg

  Wertheim – Rothenburg – Regensburg

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Numerous castles & palaces, imposing rock formations, Kelheim Liberation Hall
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profil ●●●○○

days
10

km / day avg.
50

Welcome to the Tauber-Altmühl Cycle Route. Here you will not only discover two rivers, but with the Main and the Danube, you will get to know the diverse landscape of four rivers at once. You start your cycling holiday in Wertheim am Main. During the first two stages, you follow the Tauber through the vineyards of the lovely Tauber Valley to Rothenburg. The Altmühl accompanies you past impressive rock formations. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans and cycle through an enchanting picture-book landscape. Rows of castles and palaces line your path and invite you to visit them. Finally, cycle along the Danube until you reach your destination in Regensburg. Enjoy the atmosphere of this wonderful city. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and go exploring on the Tauber-Altmühl cycle route. You won't regret it...

Itinerary

  • Booking Code
    BY-ATWR9
  • Start / Destination
    Wertheim / Regensburg
  • Duration
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Length
    approx. 395 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
Map of The Tauber and Altmühl Cycle Route

Day 1: Individual arrival in Wertheim

You start your cycle tour on the Tauber-Altmühl Cycle Route in picturesque Wertheim at the confluence of the Main and Tauber rivers. The town is famous for its castle ruins on a narrow hilltop between the two river valleys. A visit to the original 12th century Hohenstaufen castle will give you a glimpse of the region you will be cycling through over the next few days. Enjoy the first evening in one of the numerous restaurants and look forward to an exciting week on the bike!

Day 2: Wertheim – Weikersheim, approx. 60 km

You say goodbye to Wertheim and the Main river. As far as Rothenburg, you follow the Romantic Road, Germany's oldest holiday route. Passing the beautiful vineyards of the lovely Tauber Valley, you will pass Tauberbischofsheim and Bad Mergentheim. Soon you will reach Weikersheim, your destination for the day. Would you like to travel back in time? Then visit the incomparable Renaissance castle with its wonderful castle garden. This is considered one of the most important of its kind, as the interior decoration has also been almost completely preserved.

Day 3: Weikersheim – Rothenburg, approx. 40 km

Get on your bike and follow the Tauber Valley Cycle Path for the last time. Take a break in Creglingen and marvel at the pretty half-timbered houses. Just outside is the world-famous Herrgottskirche church. In the church you will find the artistically carved altar of the Virgin Mary by Tilman Riemenschneider. Rothenburg is probably the most romantic town in Germany. On a tour, half-timbered houses, narrow turrets and the imposing fortifications line your path. Keep your eyes open at all times: There is something to discover at every turn in this multifaceted town.

Day 4: Rothenburg – Ansbach, approx. 50 km

From today onwards you follow the well-known Altmühl cycle path. First you cycle through the Frankenhöhe Nature Park and pass the Hornauer Weiher, the source of the Altmühl. In Colmberg you will come across the imposing castle of the same name. If you don't want to spare any effort, pay a visit to the castle high above the town. You will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the Upper Altmühl Valley. Via the Castle Road you travel along the Franconian Rezat to your stage destination Ansbach. During a stroll through the town, you will discover impressive buildings such as the Court Chancellery or the former residence of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach with its 27 state rooms.

Day 5: Ansbach – Wettelsheim, approx. 60 km

Your tour on the Tauber-Altmühl cycle route starts in Ansbach comfortably downhill until you meet the Altmühl again at Herrieden. With the river always in view, you cycle on an almost completely flat stretch towards the Altmühl lake. This is very popular with migratory birds, so that it is home to one of the most important protected areas for migratory birds in Bavaria. How about cooling off? The lake is perfect for a swim before continuing on to Gunzenhausen. A section of the outer border of the Roman Empire, the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes, ran here. Visit the Archaeological Museum, which displays unique excavation finds from the Stone Age to the Early Middle Ages. With Wettelsheim you have reached your destination for the day.

Day 6: Wettelsheim – Eichstätt, approx. 50 km

You cycle leisurely through the juniper heath. As the valley becomes narrower and narrower, spectacular rock formations keep appearing. Among the most impressive of the trip are the so-called Twelve Apostles between Solnhofen and Esslingen. But before that, the ruins of the castle of the same name welcome you to Pappenheim. It is one of the most important medieval castle ruins in Bavaria. The Altmühl makes a few more loops through the breathtaking nature as you approach Eichstätt. Pay a visit to Willibaldsburg Castle, which towers over Eichstätt's old town. Today, the former seat of the Eichstätt prince-bishops houses the Jura Museum, which displays numerous fossil exhibits.

Day 7: Eichstätt – Beilngries, approx. 45 km

Today it is once again evident that the Romans were particularly present in this region. Near the village of Pfünz you will come across the Roman fort Castra Vetoniana. Among other things, the garrison at that time had the task of guarding the nearby Limes. Today, a part of the defence wall, a corner tower and the northern gate have been faithfully reconstructed and invite you to visit them. Passing the imposing Kipfenberg Castle, you will pass the idyllic Kratzmühlsee lake shortly before your stage destination Beilngries. Take the opportunity and reward yourself with a jump into the cool water!

Day 8: Beilngries – Essing / Kelheim, approx. 40 / 50 km

The Altmühl accompanies you for the last time on your way to Kelheim. At Dietfurt you will come across the Main-Danube Canal, in whose riverbed the Altmühl now flows. Around Riedenburg, several castles and castle ruins come into your field of vision. The most impressive is Prunn Castle, perched on a vertical rock. Don't forget to take a souvenir photo! Your stage destination is Kelheim at the confluence of the Altmühl and Danube rivers. Pay a visit to the Liberation Hall, the town's landmark. Commissioned by King Ludwig I, the memorial stands for the victorious battles against Napoleon in the Wars of Liberation. Not only the impressive building, but also the magnificent panoramic view will inspire you.

Day 9: Kelheim – Regensburg, approx. 50 / 40 km

You say goodbye to Kelheim and at the same time to the Altmühl. On the last stage of your tour on the Tauber-Altmühl Cycle Route, you follow the Danube to its northernmost point. You cycle along the cycle path close to the river bank and always have a beautiful view of the river. Take a break along the way before you get a taste of the big city air in your destination Regensburg. Regensburg's St. Peter's Cathedral welcomes you from afar. Let it convince you why Regensburg, with its more than 1,500 listed buildings, is the best-preserved major German city of the Middle Ages.

Day 10: Individual departure or extension of stay

The cycling tour on the Tauber-Altmühl cycle route will certainly remain in your good memories for a long time. If you do not want to start your journey home yet, we will be happy to extend your stay with an extra night.

Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2023

Arrival Saturdays and Sundays 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. - 07.05.
11.09. - 07.10.
from1099 €
Season C
08.05. - 21.05.
11.06. - 25.06.
28.08. - 10.09.
from1199 €
Season D
22.05. - 10.06.
26.06. - 27.08.
from1299 €

All prices per person in a double room.

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Services

  • 9 nights incl. breakfast, national 3*-level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Regensburg, 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.)
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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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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

299 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

Room
Breakfast
Price
Ansbach / Rothenburg
 DBL

69 €

 SGL

105 €

Eichstätt
 DBL

59 €

 SGL

89 €

Essing
 DBL

55 €

 SGL

85 €

Kelheim
 DBL

55 €

 SGL

85 €

Regensburg
 DBL

65 €

 SGL

95 €

Wettelsheim
 DBL

55 €

 SGL

95 €

other places
 DBL

65 €

 SGL

99 €

All prices are per person

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
99 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
239 €
Teenager's bike
Teenager's bike
49 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • Electric bike / Pedelec with freewheel (minimum age 16 years)
  • Teenager's bike (26 inch)
Fittings

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

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

Radweg-Reisen 27-gear unisex bike
27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen 27-gear men's bike
27-gear men's bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen E-Bike
Unisex E-Bike, 8-speed hub gears and free-wheel
Teen's bike
Teen's bike
Rental Bikes

27-gear Rental Bike

99 €

E-bike

239 €

Teenager's bike

49 €

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    BY-ATWR9
  • Start / Destination
    Wertheim / Regensburg
  • Duration
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Length
    approx. 395 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Parking information
    There are various parking facilities in Wertheim where you can leave your car during your bike tour. Costs in public car parks are approx. 5 € per day. The rear part of the Tauber car park and the car park of the Main-Tauber-Halle are free of charge.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Returning to Wertheim
    On your own by train, connections several times a day, duration approx. 4 – 5 hours, 2 – 3 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.

days
10

km / day avg.
50