Short vacation Altmühltal: 5 days hiking on the Panorama Trail

5 Days

Your trip

Hiking on the panorama trail high above the Altmühl?

A truly beautiful idea!

This hike takes you to the Altmühltal Nature Park. You will hike the first three stages of the entire trail from Treuchtlingen to Eichstätt. Routes 5 – 8 to Kelheim are omitted on this tour. They are included in the hiking tour 133a.

The nature park is known mainly for its romantic landscape. It invites you to a pleasant week of hiking in the midst of unspoiled nature. In addition, there is a cultural landscape steeped in history: mighty ramparts, reconstructed forts and spectacular treasure finds are evidence of the time of the Celts and Romans. Noble families built castles and palaces, prince-bishops magnificent churches and monasteries.

On your hike along the Altmühltal Panorama Trail you will be accompanied by rugged dolomite rocks, sun-drenched juniper heaths, gentle river valleys and extensive forests. The Altmühl enchants with its very special tranquility! Haste and stress fall away in an instant once you’re on the road.

You will also get your money’s worth in culinary terms in the Altmühltal: from spicy sausage specialties to regional hops, in the form of numerous tasty types of beer.

Accommodation

regionally typical middle class hotels and inns

Catering

Daily rich breakfast buffet or large sportsman breakfast.

The route

Easy hiking tours on good hiking trails. For the daily tours a good basic condition is to be brought along. The hikes are technically easy and can be done without difficulty. For the longer hiking days, there are shortcut options. You can also travel part of the way by public transport. Shown here is the respective maximum variant. Details of individual shortcut options by bus, train and boat can be found in the travel documents at the starting hotel.

Please note: This trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Hiking with dog

On this walking tour you are welcome to take your four-legged friend with you. Please let us know the breed and size of your dog when booking. Any additional costs are payable on site.

Return journey

From Eichstätt please take the train back to Treuchtlingen. You will have the whole last day to return home, so you can take it easy. The train connection is direct, so you usually do not need to change trains. They are on the road for about half an hour.

You can find connections by the hour e.g. at www.bahn.de.

Arrival

Railroad

We recommend that you arrive by train. Start your vacation at home and enjoy the journey to the land of the Altmühl.

Treuchtlingen is very easy to reach with regional trains of the Deutsche Bahn. More information about the schedules can also be found at www.bahn.de.

The starting hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from Treuchtlingen train station.

For a stress-free start to your trip, we recommend that you allow plenty of time and arrive at your starting hotel by early evening.

Car/Parking

Free parking is available at the Treuchtlingen train station. Limited parking is also available directly at the hotel. They cost about 5 € per day and can not be reserved in advance. If necessary, please discuss availability and payment directly on site when you arrive.

Think one step bigger ?!

No problem – this trip has a big sister. With tour 133a you are on the road for 9 days instead of 5. Feel free to take a look at the complete Altmühl crossing.

Things to see on the way ...

  • Treuchtlingen with the Upper Veste and the 'Fossa Carolina', the Charles' Ditch
  • Eichstätt Cathedral and Residence Palace as well as Willibaldsburg Castle on the first and last day
  • The boat trip through the Danube breakthrough to Kelheim on the penultimate day

Day by day

Arrival Treuchtlingen :
Day 1

Arrival Treuchtlingen

Individual journey to Treuchtlingen in the Altmühltal Nature Park. Your hotel is located just a few minutes from the train station. We therefore recommend arriving by train.

Do you have a little time after the ride? Visit the Altmühltherme or enjoy the first evening in a Bavarian beer garden.

Treuchtlingen - Pappenheim :
Day 2

Hike Treuchtlingen – Pappenheim, approx. 14 km, 200 m ↑↓, ~ 4 h

With a view of the Altmühl, which winds its way through the valley in many twists and turns, you hike over the Teufelskanzel (Devil’s Pulpit Rock) in the direction of medieval Pappenheim. Through the cemetery forest you climb to the vineyard with a lookout pavilion and a dream view of the castle and surrounding mountain ranges.

Back in the valley, you now hike directly past Germany’s only willow church, an imposing structure made of plant material! In the afternoon you reach your destination, where the imposing Pappenheim Castle, seat of the former imperial marshals, welcomes you.

Breakfast
Pappenheim - Mörnsheim :
Day 3

Hike Pappenheim – Mörnsheim, ~ 15km, 330 m ↑↓, ~ 5 h

You will hike along a scenic high trail to Solnhofen, the quarrying site of the famous Solnhofer Plattenkalk and the discovery site of fossils that are over 140 million years old.

Soon after, a dreamlike and very popular photo motif awaits you: the natural monument
Twelve Apostles
. The rugged limestone cliff appears embedded in wide juniper heaths.

Your hike will take you past the site where Archaeopteryx was found to Mörnsheim in the Urdonautal valley: the Danube used to flow here before it opened up the valley again for the Altmühl. You can shorten the stage by train.

Breakfast
Mörnsheim - Eichstätt :
Day 4

Hike Mörnsheim – Eichstätt, approx. 23 km, 500 m ↑↓, ~ 7 h

You will pass the geological monument “Burgsteinfelsen” and hike through forest and juniper heaths and later on a scenic high trail to Eichstätt. Overlooked by the Willibaldsburg Castle, the bishop’s town is a baroque synthesis of the arts with representative buildings as well as dreamy alleys.

Eichstätt is a lively small town with many cafes and restaurants. After the small villages of the last days, the city air brings a completely different atmosphere.

Breakfast
Eichstätt - Kipfenberg :
Day 5

Hike Eichstätt – Kipfenberg, approx. 24 km, 400 m ↑↓, ~ 7 h

Past the striking Osterberg and the Roman. Fort Vetoniana you hike to the Buchenhüll mammoth cave.

Via beautiful high trails above the Altmühl, with fantastic views of the valley and rock faces, you will enjoy the most beautiful sides of the panoramic trail.

You will hike through the Gungoldinger Wacholderheide, a unique nature reserve, before heading to Kipfenberg via the Arnsberger Leite and the Limes watchtower.

Kipfenberg - Beilngries :
Day 6

Hike Kipfenberg – Beilngries, approx. 20 km, 400 m ↑↓, ~ 7 h

This hiking stage starts with great views and insights into the beautiful Anlauter valley.

Your journey on the Altmühl seems to have been much longer than just 6 days. We have, I hope, not promised too much – the tranquility of the river captivates everyone.

Kinding welcomes you with a mighty fortified church and cozy inns. Shortly thereafter, the Panorama Trail again delivers what its name promises: magnificent views of the Altmühl Valley and bizarre rock formations.

Later, another vantage point awaits you: Main-Danube Canal, Arzberg, Beilngries, Altmühl and Sulz. Steeply downhill it goes to Beilngries.

Breakfast
Beilngries - Riedenburg :
Day 7

Hike Beilngries – Riedenburg, approx. 27 km, 570 m ↑↓, ~ 9 h

Across the high plateau of the Arzberg you walk to the “Siebentälerstadt” Dietfurt.

With a view of Eggersberg Castle, past rock formations and along the Altmühltal riverside path to the pretty village of Gundlfing. From the Teufelsfelsen (Devil’s Rock) you hike along a beautiful high trail to the tranquil castle town of Riedenburg.

Note: The day today can be shortened to about 3.5 – hour hike by bus. Details will be provided with the tour information at the starting hotel.

Breakfast
Riedenburg - Kelheim :
Day 8

Hike Riedenburg – Kelheim, ~ 17 km, ~ 400 m ↑↓, ~ 6 h

Gnarled trees and rock towers line your sometimes steep path up to Prunn Castle. Past the blue glittering karst spring “Blautopf” we continue along the Main-Danube Canal.

Back in the valley you hike along the Jura rocks to the “Keltenwall” which leads you directly to the Danube – the view down to the mighty Danube breakthrough is overwhelming.

This is followed by the impressive conclusion of your hike: the boat trip through the Danube breakthrough to Kelheim. Tickets are included in the price of the trip.

Breakfast
Kelheim :
Day 9

Kelheim – return journey or extension

You did it! Congratulations!

You will probably never forget the Danube and Altmühl for the rest of your life. Stay another day in the beautiful town of Kelheim am Strom or make your individual return journey by bus and train to Treuchtlingen, see above.

Services

are included ...

  • Overnight stays as listed
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 boat trip Weltenburg - Kelheim (9-day tour)
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (DE, EN)
  • Navigation app and GPS data available
  • Service hotline

supplement you should still ...

  • Please pay tourist tax, if due, directly on site. It is not included in the price of the trip.
  • Any trips by public transport to shorten the stages.
  • Return by bus and train to Treuchtlingen

Dates and prices

Travel start 2024: possible daily in …
Season 1 06.04 – 05.05 and 16.09 – 06.10
Season 2 06.05 – 16.06 and 02.09 – 15.09
Season 3 17.06 – 01.09
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room with breakfast / pers 500 € 530 € 600 €
Single room w. breakfast 640 € 670 € 740 €
Extra nights
Treutlingen (starting point): Double room w. breakfast 90 € 90 € 90 €
Treutlingen (starting point): Single room w. breakfast 110 € 110 € 110 €
Eichstätt (destination): Double room w. breakfast 80 € 80 € 80 €
Eichstätt (destination): Single room w. breakfast 110 € 110 € 110 €

Questions

How does the return transport work?

You can easily return from the destination to the starting point by train.

From Eichstätt please take the train back to Treuchtlingen. You will have the whole last day to return home, so you can take it easy. The train connection is direct, so you usually do not need to change trains. They are on the road for about half an hour.

You can find connections by the hour e.g. at www.bahn.de.

Map

Please note: For this "small" Altmühl hike only the first 4 tour sections to Eichstätt are relevant. Furthermore, 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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  • easy
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