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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

This cycling holiday is for pleasure - you will become familiar with the delicacies of Bavarian cuisine and explore the most beautiful places by bike! You will experience both the rough charm of the Upper Palatinate and the traditions of Middle Franconia. The route leads you through fairytale hills and romantic river valleys, with the five most important rivers in Bavaria in your eyes. You will cycle along the Altmühl river with its beautiful water liles, admire the Danube gorge near Kelheim,  and find idyllic places along the Naab and Vils rivers. The valley of the Pegnitz river with it’s unspoilt landscape is a real feast for the eyes. Anyone who feels comfortable in forests will enjoy the Hersbrucker Alb. The historical sights too are a great change, including the Hammerherrenschloss in Theuern and Henfenfeld Castle.

The journey starts in Nuremberg and leads you along the Ludwig Canal to Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate. Then you will go via Beilngries and Dietfurt to Riedenburg. On the next day, you can explore the Danube gorge by boat,before you travel along the Danube via Bad Abbach to Regensburg. The next stop is at Amberg, and then finally you will travel  to Hersbruck and back to Nuremberg.

  • Nuremberg: the old imperial city is very impressive, with the magnificent imperial castle and interesting museums. The cityscape is characterised by rustic town houses and enchanting churches.
  • Neumarkt: the landmark of Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate is the legendary ruins of Wolfstein castle, which sit enthroned on a mountain ridge. It is also worthwhile to walk through the picturesque old town.
  • Sulzbach-Rosenberg: this town was built on a mighty rock approximately 1,000 years ago, and looks back on a long tradition of being a mountain town.
  • Hersbruck: it is clear to see that this town, which has kept its original flair, was once the centre of hop cultivation and trade.

On this cycling holiday, you should be prepared for a medium level of difficulty. There is a steady climb on the first stage and short climbs beyond Amberg. There are no significant gradients elsewhere. You cycle on small country roads and on forest or farm paths, which are either asphalt or gravel. You will only encounter higher traffic volumes in the larger cities and on short stretches.

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.

Prices & Dates

Category: Hotels of 3***-level

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

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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