Bavarian Five Rivers Tour
Romantik in Weiß-Blau.
- 7 Days / 6 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Nürnberg – with a history of a 1000 years: The old free city with its grande emperor castle, famous churches and museums attracts lots of tourists year after year. In the old part you will find pretty town houses, proud churches, the castle and the old town’s wall, which is a ring of 5 kilometres around the inner part of the city.
Depending on your motivation and passion for cycling you can either start easy on your trip or tackle the longest stage on the first day. If you choose to cycle as much as possible you will start in Nuremberg and roll along the old Ludwig-Main-Danube-Canal to Berching (approx. 80 km). If you want to take it slow you can take a local train (not included) out of the metropolitan area of Nuremberg and cycle on the same path along the Canal. .
You follow each of the “old arms” of the Altmühl on today’s stage, which will impress you furthermost for their unspoilness. After passing Dietfurt and Riedenburg you will reach Essing, which calls one of the most popular picture spots its own: The two-storied “Bruckturm” tower and the 46 m long wooden Bridge in front of it. Cycling on flat and easy paths you have a chance to visit the stalactite cave “Schulerloch” (not included) before you reach Kelheim.
A once in a lifetime nature experience awaits you today! Because you only have a short stage in front of you, you will have more than enough time to take a boat through the famous Danube Gap at Kelheim and visit the old monastery Weltenburg (not included). Afterwards you follow the Danube to Bad Abbach and Regensburg. A short walk through the old town of Regensburg and you won’t know where to look first. There are just too many old buildings!
Leaving Regensburg behind you, you will find yourself cycling through meadows, forests and fields along the river Naab. On both sides of the river impressive rocks aim for the sky, some as high as 100 metres. At the ruin of the castle Kallmünz you will change rivers once again: The river Vils now guides you to Amberg. If you are a culture nerd, you must stop and have a look at the “Hammerherrenschloss” castle in Theuern, before you tackle the last kilometres to Amberg.
After a flat section today’s stage has some uphill climbing in the game for you. You reach the 1000 year old town Sulzbach-Rosenberg, which was built on impressive rocks far above. After a short break in this town you cycle on through one of the regions with the most forests in Germany, the “Hersbrucker Schweiz”. The town of Hersburg was a centre for hop-growing and -trade for over centuries. Look up at the roofs: Some of the old wooden carvings still remind you of the hop-growing tradition.
The famous “watergate” shows you the way out of the town Hersburg and you cycle along the river Pegnitz through its beautiful valley. Castle Henfendfeld will watch over you from the top of a hill along the way. The town of Lauf at the river Pegnitz, the “gate to Franconia” is also worth a visit. Through glorious avenues, lined with many green trees, you cycle into Nuremberg. If you want to, we are happy to book an additional night in Nuremberg for you. Otherwise we wish you “good-bye” and safe travels home.
Easy, steady ascent on the first stage from Nuremberg to Neumarkt, and some short climbs behind Amberg. The rest of the tour runs without any steep gradients. The route leads mostly on smaller country roads, forest and farm roads, which are mostly asphalted, partly gravelled. You only have to expect a higher traffic volume in larger cities or a few short sections.
Category: Hotels of 3***-niveau
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- GPS-data is available
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Nürnberg train station
- Nürnberg airport
- Public car park in the city centre approx. EUR 35 per week, no reservation possible, to be paid for at the time.