The Altmühltal Cycle Path
From Rothenburg to Regensburg
Along the beautiful Altmühltal Nature Park leads the Altmühltal cycle path, one of the most popular cycling routes in Germany. On this unique cycling tour you cycle the first route through beautiful meadows and river landscapes over the Franconian Lake District, an area with artificial lakes. From Treuchtlingen the landscape changes and offers a fascinating view of imposing rock formations. Whether you are keen on sports or are interested in history, you are guaranteed to get your money's worth on a cycling holiday along the Altmühl.
Starting point of the bike tour is the medieval Rothenburg in the Tauber Valley. Let the Rothenburg night watchman take you on an evening tour through the winding streets of the old town in times past. Due to the well-preserved medieval cityscape Rothenburg has been used in numerous historical films as a backdrop. Through the upper Altmühltal the bike path leads over Herrieden and the market Berolzheim to Treuchtlingen. From the track to Treuchlingen you will witness a geological natural spectacle. The impressive rock formation "Twelve Apostles" towers over the valley, through which it leads the cycle path. Anyone who wants to take a break from cycling should do so in the Altmühltherme in Treuchtlingen.
With renewed energy it goes on in the bishop and baroque city of Eichstätt and the next scenic highlight of this bike trip. The Gungoldinger juniper heath is the largest, designated as a nature reserve, juniper heath in Bavaria. Via Dietfurt, with the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, you get to Kelheim, where the Altmühl flows into the Danube. Absolutely worth seeing is the Liberation Hall on Michelsberg, from which you have a beautiful view over the landscape. Make sure you visit the impressive Danube Gorge by boat and pay a visit to Weltenburg Abbey.
There is the oldest monastery brewery in the world. Now it is not far to Regensburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a lot more to offer besides a well-preserved medieval city center. Cross the Steinerne Brücke bridge, one of the landmarks of Regensburg, and marvel at the cathedral with its twin towers. The Bavarian city is definitely a beautiful end to a fascinating bike tour.