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Half-timbered houses, bridges and a tower on the Pegnitz in Nuremberg

Five Rivers of Bavaria

Romantic in White-Blue

8 Days / 7 Nights
Half-timbered houses, bridges and a tower on the Pegnitz in Nuremberg

Let's go to Bavaria: to the land of the white and blue flag, to the land of cosiness and hospitality, to the land of countless breweries, but also to the land of history and baroque. To a completely "new Bavaria" far away from clichés! The unspoilt natural landscape captivates with its diversity and contrasts. A fascinating mosaic of romantic river valleys, striking rock formations, soft forest and hilly landscapes, caves, sparse juniper heaths, and the frequently encountered imposing backdrop of castles, castle ruins, Renaissance and iron hammer castles characterise the landscape and are witnesses to a vibrant past. All this is Bavaria - diverse and lovable! The five rivers Vils, Naab, Danube, Altmühl and Pegnitz are your companions. Take time for the beautiful old towns, the small, dreamy villages and the varied landscapes. Experience the rough loveliness of the Upper Palatinate, the charm of Middle Franconia and the delicacies of Bavarian cuisine. Take a break in a hearty beer garden and treat yourself to a decent beer. A pleasure trip by bike!

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Itinerary at a glance

Begin your journey in Nuremberg with a visit to the Imperial Castle. Idyllic nature and river landscapes will accompany you to the ruins of Wolfstein Castle near Neumarkt, the charming town of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, or the former hop-growing town of Hersbruck.

Nuremberg – 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.

You leave the historical Nuremberg and roll along the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal, a listed building, through beautiful nature to Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate. A special landmark of the city is the castle ruin Wolfstein, which is enthroned on a mountain ridge. The old town with its striking church towers is always worth a visit.

Today, they alternately drive along "oxbow lakes" of the Altmühl, which captivate above all by their originality. Via Beilngries and Dietfurt you reach the three-castle town of Riedenburg, which lies at the foot of the ruins of Tachenstein, Rabenstein and Rosenburg.

A once in a lifetime nature experience awaits you with the wild and romantic Danube breakthrough near Kelheim, which you can experience by boat (not included). A visit to the Weltenburg Monastery and the oldest monastery brewery in the world (not included) should also be planned. Then follow the Danube via Bad Abbach to Regensburg. During a walk trough the old town you can hardly get enough of all the historical 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.

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Route Information


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.

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Category: Hotels of 3***-level

Prices per person in EUR

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Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch)
  • GPS-data
  • Service-hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Nuremberg train station
  • Nuremberg or Munich airport
  • Public car park in the city centre approx. EUR 35/week, no reservation possible, to be paid for at the time

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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