Cycling tour Germany: Star bike tour in the Altmühl Valley

8 Days

Your trip

Altmühl and Franconian Lake District: two dreams in one tour

Gunzenhausen is located in the Franconian Lake District directly on the Altmühl Cycle Path, the oldest long-distance cycle path in Germany. The resort with historical center invites you to relax. The Altmühlsee is only about 2 km away, so a nice starting point for “bike and swim”.

They spend the week in the comfortable and always highly praised 4****Superior Parkhotel Gunzenhausen.

Your hotel

Franconian hospitality combined with the most modern comfort! You are a guest at the Parkhotel Gunzenhausen, Zum Schießwasen 15, 91710 Gunzenhausen

The family-run Parkhotel is located in the center of the Franconian Lake District and at the gateway to the Altmühltal Nature Park. It is quiet and located directly on the bike path.


67 comfort rooms, restaurant, sun terrace, hotel bar, fireplace room, wellness area with indoor adventure pool, steam bath and sauna.


Comfortable rooms furnished in modern country house style (Altmühlsee category), with shower/WC, minibar, TV, tel., internet access via WLAN, hairdryer, cosmetic mirror, seating area and desk.


The kitchen of the house offers a rich breakfast buffet and in the evening a 3-course menu with a choice of the main course (2 courses to choose from) or dinner in buffet form. Franconian specialties are on the menu as well as international dishes.

The route

> mostly flat, sometimes slightly hilly, very well-maintained bike paths and quiet side roads with little traffic

> The daily stages are between 27 and 43 km long and are also well suited for families.

> The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

Sturdy touring bikes 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur gears and freewheel, comfort saddle (wide seat), 28 inches with different frame heights.

If you are taller than 1.90 m or shorter than 1.60 m, we will be happy to request wheels with a 66 frame or 26 inch wheels for you.

Electric bikes: 8 gears (freewheel, without coaster brake); range between 60 and 80 km (depending on riding style); suitable for 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.



Gunzenhausen is very easy to reach by train.

You can also find more information about the timetables at


Parking available in unguarded private parking lot at the hotel. Please pay any fees directly on site. They are not included in the tour price.

Things to see on the way ...

  • Charlemagne's Ditch near Gunzenhausen - and Charlemagne's attempt to build a canal between the Rhine and Danube rivers
  • The Franconian Lakes in the Altmühl Valley
  • Hohenzollern Residence Ansbach

Day by day

Arrival Gunzenhausen :
Day 1, Sunday

Journey to Gunzenhausen

Individual arrival at the Parkhotel Altmühltal. A parking lot is available at the hotel for a fee, payable on site. Your rental bicycles, if booked, are waiting for you in the hotel’s underground garage.

Lake Altmühl and Brombach :
Day 2, Monday

Bike tour Lake Altmühl and Brombach, ~ 40 km, ~ 200 m↑↓, ~ 4 h

Your first cycling stage takes you on the Altmühlradweg to the nearby Altmühlsee. Then it’s around this beautiful swimming lake and on the Seenland cycle path to nearby Brombachsee.

After cycling around this lake as well, you will cycle back to your hotel.

Altmühl Nature Park :
Day 3, Tuesday

Bike tour Altmühl Nature Park, ~ 40 km, ~ 420 m↑↓, ~ 4 h

You will start today with a train ride to Solnhofen. The train runs every hour.

You then cycle through the Altmühl Nature Park past interesting rock formations, the Solnhofer granite with fossilized fossils. You will come to Pappenheim with its castle and return via Wettelsheim.

Ansbach - Gunzenhausen :
Day 4, Wednesday

Bike tour Ansbach – Gunzenhausen, ~ 30 km, ~ 100 m↑↓, ~ 3 h

By train you travel – every hour – to your starting point in Ansbach. There we offer you a guided tour (included) through the Hohenzollern residence. The magnificent rococo palace boasts the largest orangery in Germany.

You cycle leisurely on the Altmühlradweg back to your hotel.

Altmühltherme and Karlsgraben :
Day 5, Thursday

Bike tour Altmühltherme and Karlsgraben, ~ 30 km, ~ 50m↑↓, ~ 3 h

On the Altmühlradweg you cycle today first via Aha to Karlsgraben.

Charlemagne already tried to connect the Rhine and the Danube by water here more than 1,000 years ago. Today, the cities are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Continue biking to the Charles Ditch Exhibit(admission included; Tues-Sun, 1-5 p.m. April-Oct. open) and then to the Altmühltherme in Treuchtlingen (7 indoor and outdoor pools, spacious facility). Admission included – 2 hour ticket; open daily 09 – 21 hrs.

Back you go by train.

Stork cycle path :
Day 6, Friday

Bicycle tour Stork Cycle Route, ~ 30 km, ~ 100 m↑↓, ~ 3 h

Very slightly hilly, this stage takes you to Gunzenhausen Stork’s Nest (panoramic view) to Gundelsheim (Art Nouveau church), Alesheim (stork’s nests) and via Aha back to your hotel.

Weißenburg :
Day 7, Saturday

Bike tour Weißenburg, ~ 40 km, ~ 240 m↑↓, ~ 3 h

By bike you cycle via Trommetsheim to the medieval Roman town of Weißenburg with its very well preserved city wall – individual visit of the Roman thermal baths. Afterwards you will cycle back to the hotel in a comfortable way.

Farewell :
Day 8, Sunday

Individual departure

The time at the Altmühl is passing. On the return trip – after breakfast – think with pleasure about your next cycling vacation and come again. We also appreciate a review on this page here, see below.



are included ...

  • 7 x overnight stay, breakfast and half board
  • Service package with transfers as per itinerary incl. € 700,00 Liability / person
  • 3 x train rides: Treuchtlingen - Gunzenhausen, Gunzenhausen - Ansbach as well as Gunzenhausen - Solnhofen incl. Wheel
  • Admission Hohenzollern Residence Ansbach
  • Ticket Altmühl-Therme Treuchtlingen
  • Admission museum Treuchtlingen
  • Saddlebag rental - also for customer's own bikes
  • Info package with detailed tour book
  • Car parking subject to availability. Any fee payable directly on site
  • 7-day service hotline: available daily from 9:00-17:00

supplement you should still ...

  • Local taxes: approx. € 2.50 per person & night - charged on site

Dates and prices

Arrival days 2024: every Sunday in …
Season 1 07.04 – 28.04, 09.06 – 30.06 and 01.09 – 13.10
Season 2 05.05 – 02.06 and 07.07 – 25.08
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
Double room w. breakfast 770 € 800 €
Single room w. breakfast 785 € 950 €
Rental bicycles
E-bike 190 € 190 €
Touring bike 90 € 90 €
Children discounts
Discount for 2 adults in double room, maximum 1 extra bed in double or shared room.
> Child as 3rd pers in room up to under 6 years old 100%
> Child as 3rd pers in room from 6 and under 12 years old 50%
> 3rd pers in room from 12 years 25%


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.

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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