Travel report: The Altmühl Cycle Path - The classic from Rothenburg to Regensburg
From our guests Sabine and Konrad
Our journey to Rothenburg ob der Tauber was great. Around noon we were already at our hotel. We had enough time to look at a beautiful, romantic little town. The weather played along as we explored the town. A walk along the city wall is also a must. Our hotel was great and after dinner we started our tour with the night watchman.Show more Show less
Rothenburg - Ansbach
After a hearty breakfast, we started our first stage to Ansbach. We decided to take the northern route and there was only a short climb to do. The landscape was beautiful and we passed the Altmühlquelle. Actually it is just a lake, we had imagined that differently. As the trip continued, we came to Colmberg Castle. From up here we had a great view of the area. Later we reached Ansbach. This is a larger city and there was quite a bit to visit. Our hotel was great and we spent a nice evening in Ansbach.
Ansbach - Wettelsheim
Today we had our longest route and the weather didn't quite cooperate. We rode along the Ansbach bike path and came to the Altmühltal bike path along the Altmühl river. This was very beautiful. We came to Muhr am See. There was a bird island to visit. Over a bridge we dived into the bird world. This was very worth seeing. Along the Altmühl and on a beautiful bike path we reached our next destination Wettelsheim. We stopped at a cozy inn with a beer garden.
Wettelsheim - Wasserzell
Today's bike route was for us the most beautiful on the whole tour. First we visited the castle of Pappenheim. Then the area changed. The Altmühl flowed through many bends into the narrow valley, to the right and left many limestone rocks, including the "12 Apostles", a very imposing limestone formation. Our hotel today was just before Eichstätt. But we drove to Eichstätt, because this university town is absolutely worth seeing. We spent a nice afternoon. Unfortunately, the cathedral was closed for renovation, but it was also very worth seeing from the outside. Afterwards we drove back to Wasserzell.
Wasserzell - Beilngries
After breakfast we started to the next route, which was also beautiful. One drove almost always along the Altmühl and the bike path was wonderfully signposted. Many canoeists could be seen on the Altmühl. You could visit castles and museums and almost at the end of the route we reached a beautiful swimming lake. It was a pity that it was not warm enough. We would have liked to take a bath break there. Now we reached Beilngries. The whole town was decorated with colorful balloons. These had been hung up to welcome the guests. The city lives from tourism and was closed for a long time due to Corona. There was also a lot to see and the sun laughed from the sky.
Beilngries - Kelheim
The first stage led us to Dietfurt. This little town is also called "Chinese Town". Now we could choose whether to ride along the Altmühl River or along the Main-Danube Canal. This stage was completely different again. We drove to Riedenburg. There we could visit several castles. But they were located high up on the mountain. The wooden bridge "Tatzlwurm" was very interesting and we were especially impressed by the small village of Essing. The houses were built directly into the mountain and could be reached via a bridge. At the end of the tour we drove to the "Befreiungshalle". You had a great view of the Danube, very worth seeing.
Kelheim - Regensburg
We got up very early and were looking forward to the boat trip to the Danube breakthrough and the Weltenburg monastery. The ride on the ship was very impressive and the ship was also not so crowded in the morning. Weltenburg Monastery is a must see on this trip and we really enjoyed it. After a short return trip by ship, we continued our journey by bike. Today's stage was the shortest. We were now cycling along the Danube Cycle Path. The Danube is much larger than the Altmühl and so every route was different. We reached Regensburg in the early afternoon. The city is so big and there was a lot to see. St. Peter's Cathedral is also very worth seeing. Here we could very well have stayed another day here, but unfortunately our bike trip was over.
After a good breakfast in the morning we went back to Rothenburg by bus and further home by car.
We would like to thank Radweg-Reisen for the good and, as always, professional planning of this bike trip. It won´t be our last trip.