Cycling tour Germany: short vacation on the Altmühltal cycle path

6 Days

Your trip

Are you thinking of cycling down the Altmühl?

Great idea: The Altmühltal Cycle Path is now one of the most popular cycle paths in Germany!

This is due to the excellent, mostly flat route, which takes you away from traffic through wonderful nature and charming medieval towns. Imposing castles and palaces as well as interesting rock formations make for a varied route. The very good signposting ensures relaxed cycling stages.

You start in Gunzenhausen at the Altmühlsee and cycle in only 4 day stages to Regensburg at the Danube. Castles and palaces, medieval towns and a charming river landscape accompany you!


You will stay in good middle class hotels, occasionally in inns of the 3*** and 4**** category.


  • Daily breakfast buffet or extended breakfast included
  • When booking half board incl. 3-course dinner (partly in neighboring restaurants)

The route

  • mostly flat, very well-maintained bike paths and quiet, low-traffic side roads
  • 4 daily stages between 35 and 68 km; in total approx. 204 km
  • The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

  • Robust touring bikes: 7-gears with hub gears and coaster brake or 21-gears with derailleur gears and freewheel, comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights
  • If you are taller than 1.90 m or shorter than 1.60 m, we will request wheels with a 66 frame or 26 inch tires for you.
  • Electric bikes: 8-speed gears (freewheel, without coaster brake); range approx. 70 km (depending on riding style); only 21 kg net weight; suitable for body heights from 1.60 m – 1.90 m (bookable on request).

Own bikes

  • It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk.
  • For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.



  • Parking included in unguarded private parking lot at the hotel – subject to availability.


  • Gunzenhausen and also Regensburg are very easy to reach by train.
  • You can also find more information about the timetables at

Return transfer Regensburg – Gunzenhausen

Per comfort bus

  • Every Saturday all season and additional Fridays & Sundays in June, July & August.
  • Pick up directly from hotel / near meeting point in Regensburg and transfer to Gunzenhausen

By rail

  • On the remaining days, if no bus transfer is offered.
  • Free choice of train (2 x change) from 09:00, on all regional trains
  • e.g. Regensburg from approx. 09:18 / Gunzenhausen on approx. 12:06 (Attention: No transfer to the train station)

Customer’s own wheels

  • Return transfer is possible daily and must be reserved at the time of booking.
  • On the days with bus return transfer, the bikes are transported in the course of the bus trip
  • Remaining days: Delivery of the bikes until 17:00 the day before at the hotel in Regensburg – they will be ready the next day in Gunzenhausen.
  • Surcharge: 30,- € / bike WITHOUT transport insurance; 70,- € / bike WITH transport insurance.

Things to see on the way ...

  • Hohenzollern Residence Ansbach Palace & Orangery in the Margravial Court Garden
  • Charlemagne's Ditch near Gunzenhausen - and Charlemagne's attempt to build a canal between the Rhine and Danube rivers
  • Eichstätt Cathedral and Residence Palace and Willibaldsburg Castle on Day 4
  • Roman fort Vetoniana near Walting-Pfünz on the 5th day
  • Crystal Museum Riedenburg
  • Danube breakthrough to Weltenburg on day 7

Day by day

Journey to Gunzenhausen :
Day 1

Day 1: Arrival to Gunzenhausen

Individual journey to Gunzenhausen at the Altmühlsee. Private parking unguarded at the hotel included – subject to availability. Issue of rental bicycles (if booked).

Our tip: Evening bike tour around the idyllic Altmühlsee with its large nature reserve (18 km).

Overnight stay in 4**** Parkhotel Altmühltal or equivalent

Bike tour Gunzenhausen - Wettelsheim, approx. 35 km :
Day 2

Day 2: Bike tour Gunzenhausen – Wettelsheim, approx. 35 km

First you cycle on the Altmühl cycle path via Trommetsheim and Weißenburg with its very worth seeing medieval city wall to Karlsgraben. This was Charlemagne’s first attempt to connect the Rhine and Danube rivers in 793 AD. Continue to your destination for the day in Wettelsheim or Treuchtlingen.

Overnight stay in 3*** Gasthof Lamm, Sonne or equivalent

Bike tour Wettelsheim - Eichstätt, approx. 45 km :
Day 3

Day 3: Bike tour Wettelsheim – Eichstätt, approx. 45 km

The Altmühltal Nature Park begins behind Treuchtlingen. You cycle in the beautiful Kerbtal valley through the Franconian Alb. First through Pappenheim (castle ruins) and always following the Altmühl to the old bishop’s town of Eichstätt.

Overnight stay in 3*** Hotel Fuchs or equivalent

Bike tour Eichstätt - Riedenburg :
Day 4

Day 4: Bike tour Eichstätt – Riedenburg, approx. 70 km

Through the now wide Altmühl valley you cycle along the numerous river bends. Again and again, imposing castles and palaces such as Arnsberg, Tachenstein or Prunn rise high above the valley.

Overnight stay in 3*** Hotel zur Krone or equivalent

Bike tour Riedenburg - Regensburg, approx. 60 km :
Day 5

Day 5: Bike tour Riedenburg – Regensburg, approx. 60 km

You cycle past Essing with its wooden bridge ‘Tatzelwurm’ (one of the longest wooden bridges in Europe). The Altmühl flows into the Danube at Kelheim. The journey continues past Bad Abbach and finally to Regensburg. The charming old town with its large pedestrian zone invites you to stroll and relax in one of the countless cafes and restaurants.

Overnight stay in 4**** Hotel Hansa Apart, 3***s Hotel Ibis Styles or equivalent

Departure or extension :
Day 6

Day 6: Departure or extension

Do you still have a little time in your luggage? Treat yourself to a day of rest in Regensburg.



are included ...

  • 5 x overnight stay/breakfast
  • Luggage service Gunzenhausen - Regensburg incl. 700,- € Liability / person
  • Private parking Gunzenhausen (unguarded)
  • Saddlebag rental - also for customer's own bikes
  • Info package with tour map
  • 7 days service phone

supplement you should still ...

  • Local taxes: In some cases local taxes are levied by the local authorities / accommodation stations, approx. € 2.50 p.p./night - charged locally

Country info

Entry Germany

EU nationals and Swiss nationals (who do not have any special circumstances, e.g. dual citizenship, primary residence abroad or provisionally issued travel documents) require a valid identity card or passport for entry into Germany, which must still be valid for at least the next three months after the end of the journey. must be valid for 6 months. If you have another citizenship or more than one citizenship, or if you have special legal requirements, please contact us before booking your trip.

Information in connection with COVID 19: Guidance on current regulations for Germany can be found on the Federal Government’s website.


Are there child discounts and family discounts?

Yes. Please specify when booking:
Discount for 2 adults in double room, maximum 1 extra bed
0 – under 6 years: 100%
6 – under 12 years: 50%: please select child 1 in the booking form.
12 – under 16 years: 25%: please select child 2 in the booking form.

Can I book a return transfer from Regensburg to Rothenburg?

Yes. We offer the following options:
– Return transfer by bus (Note: only possible on Saturdays!): from approx. 50,- €
– Return transfer by train (remaining time): from approx. 25,- €
– Return transfer own bikes as per description WITHOUT transport insurance (Note: only Fri, Sat & Sun possible!): from approx. 30.- €
– Return transfer own bikes as per description WITH transport insurance (Note: only Fri, Sat & Sun possible!): from approx. 70.- €.
Please select when booking: Transfer pers or transfer bike with / without vers.

Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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