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Altmühltal Nature Park

Altmühl Valley and Danube

Loop tour with start in Regensburg

8 Days / 7 Nights
Altmühltal Nature Park

On this cycling holiday, you will get to know the main Danube canal and the most beautiful section of the Altmühltal, with the famous rock formations. You can ride leisurely along the idyllic Danube and explore the diverse region. It is particularly relaxed within the little-travelled Wellheim dry valley, created by the Danube before it changed its course. Take a boat trip at the Danube Gorge and enjoy the thermal springs at Bad Gögging. Roman influence can be felt in the Vetonian Roman fort, whilst the town of Beilngries still exudes medieval charm. One of the most magnificent Renaissance castles lies in Neuburg on your route. The hustle and bustle of the larger towns invite you for a city stroll. Whether in Regensburg, Ingolstadt or Eichstätt, discover the sights and the culinary specialities!

This cycling holiday begins in Regensburg. From the city, you cycle up the Danube past Kelheim to the mouth of the Altmühltal river, where you take a boat through the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg monastery. The destination for the night is Abensberg or Bad Gögging. The next day, you cycle to Ingolstadt and Neuburg, before travelling from the Danube to the Altmühltal, and arriving in Eichstätt. The next stage point is Beilngries. Finally, we travel along the main Danube canal to Kelheim and back again to Regensburg.

  • Regensburg: Retaining some its original flair, the city of Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A landmark to visit is the stone bridge, 310m long and built in the 12th century.
  • Danube Gorge: The famous Danube Gorge, a pinch point within the Danube valley, is recognised as a geotope and protected nature reserve.
  • Bad Gögging: This Is the only health resort in Bavaria to have three state-recognised natural remedies. In addition to the natural mud and sulphur water, there is also mineral thermal water. The thermal springs were even popular in Roman times!
  • Ingolstadt: Here, the charm of an old fortress town is combined with the modern influence of the world-famous Audi factory. Sightseeing is just as worthwhile here as shopping and a culinary journey.

This cycle tour is composed of several stages with a medium difficulty level. You mostly use cycle paths that are well maintained and have a good surface. There you do not need to pay attention to traffic; you can pedal in peace and enjoy the wonderful landscape.

Itinerary at a glance

Walk across the Stone Bridge in Regensburg before the tour takes you to Eichstätt and Beilngries. Explore the Danube Gorge at Weltenburg by boat and enjoy a dip in the thermal springs in Bad Gögging.

The city is the best-preserved large city in Germany and UNESCO world cultural heritage. Enjoy your stay in the medieval alleyways.

You cycle upstream along the Danube to Kelheim to the water mouth of river Altmühl. Here you go by boat through the spectacular Danube opening to monastery Weltenburg. Goal is Abensberg/Bad Gögging where already the Romans made use of the hot springs.

You continue unhurried to Ingolstadt, not only registered office of Audi, also well-preserved old Bavarian fortress city. In Neuburg you can visit one of the most beautiful renaissance palaces at river Danube.

Today you cycle from river Danube through the ancestral Danube valley to river Altmühl. Here you will find the impressing lump of rocks which made valley Altmühltal so famous. Eichstätt was developed through bishops to a baroque residence.

Past Roman castle Vetoniana you continue through the romantic valley. In Dietfurt you reach the Main-Danube-canal.

From Dietfurt you follow the Altmühl in the bed of the Main-Danube Canal and soon you reach Prunn Castle, which towers majestically above the river. In Kelheim you have reached your stage destination and at the same time the end of the Altmühl, because here it flows into the Danube.

Before you set off for Regensburg, gather your strength and cycle up to the Befreiungshalle. From there you have a magnificent view over the region. Then continue leisurely to Regensburg, where you will once again reach the northernmost point of the Danube.

Departure or extension

Route information


You cycle mostly on good bike paths.

Prices & Dates

Category: hotels of 3***-level

Prices per person in EUR

Our Rental Bikes

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Unisex bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

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Men's bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

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E-bike 7 to 21-speed
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High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch)
  • 1 boat tour Kelheim – Weltenburg incl. bike
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train station Regensburg
  • Munich airport
  • Public car park, costs approx. EUR 10 to EUR 20/day

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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