Vacation on the Altmühl: 7 days canoe tour like in heaven

7 Days

Your trip

You have always wanted to do it?

But you are not quite sure?

Then you are exactly right here! The Altmühl is not only THE paddling river among ‘pros’. This leisurely stream, which prides itself as the slowest in Bavaria, offers you ideal opportunities to get to know the country from a whole new perspective. For long stretches you will think: I’ve never experienced Germany like this before!



It’s amazing how much our perspective shapes our perception. You will see: Germany is a jungle country …

The Altmühl enchants with its very special tranquility! Very quickly you will get used to the paddling technique and begin to appreciate the boat as your very own nutshell. Haste and stress fall away in an instant as soon as your paddle dips into that river for the first time. Herons nest on the banks. Swans swim proudly by. Baroque castles, mighty fortresses, fortresses, beautiful old towns and the Bavarian Gemütlichkeit await you, as soon as you put on somewhere…

And who knows? You might make friends with a beaver. In the Altmühl Valley you will feel transported to times long past. Dive in and enjoy the heavenly peace on the water!

Oh, by the way, you can also paddle the tour with kayaks. Please indicate this as a comment when booking if you would like a kayak.


regionally typical middle class hotels and inns


Daily rich breakfast buffet or large sportsman breakfast.

The route

– The Altmühl is a quiet river with almost no shipping traffic. It is also excellent for inexperienced paddlers and beginners.

– Normal everyday condition sufficient. The total distance is about 88 km. They are per day approx. 4 to max. 6.5 hours in the boat.

Return transfer

You can return from the destination to the starting point by bus and train. If you like us to organize the return transfer for you, please book the option “Transfer Person”. We will then of course also take care of your luggage. You then take the boat transfer back. You arrange the time and modalities at the start on site.



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

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


– Free parking is available at the Treuchtlingen train station.

First bake small rolls ?!

No problem – this trip has a little sister. With tour 217b you are only 4 days in the boat instead of 7. If you like, you can build an individual vacation around the ‘paddle’s core’ with additional nights.

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
  • You will never forget paddling again. Promise!

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

Canoe tour Treuchtlingen – Pappenheim, approx. 14 km

In the morning you will receive your new center of life: the canoe!

We will give you a short introduction – you paddle off. The Altmühl leads you quietly through open terrain for the first few kilometers. Soon you can make out the castle of the county of Pappenheim in the town of the same name. Perfect for a break and a walk up to the castle.

From here it is only a few more paddle strokes to your accommodation.

Pappenheim - Dollnstein :
Day 3

Canoe tour Pappenheim – Dollnstein, approx. 20 km

First thing in the morning, you’ll be back on the water, passing quaint villages and juniper heaths.On the way, a beer garden in Zimmern awaits a stop.

You continue paddling past the “12 Apostles”. After a few kilometers it gets exciting, because two cross weirs with mini rapids and “canoe slides” are waiting for you: At the Hammermühle and shortly after at the Hagenacker. The Altmühl is dammed here with small weirs and barrages. In the middle you will find one boat slide each, that is a concrete slide easily passable by boat. But don’t worry: immediately in front of both weirs you can moor up, stop for a rest and take a leisurely look from the shore. Once through – it’s really fun!

Please just drive centrally towards the culvert and maneuver confidently like a pro. If you do not dare to go over these weirs, you can also carry the canoe past.

Shortly after, you will reach the village of Dollnstein.

Dollnstein - Eichstätt :
Day 4

Canoe tour Dollnstein – Eichstätt, approx. 17 km

Shortly after Dollnstein you pass the 45 meter high Burgstein rock. In the course of the day, the valley opens up more and more. Shortly before Eichstätt, Willibaldsburg Castle comes into view. Soon you will have made it. 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.

Eichstätt - Kipfenberg :
Day 5

Canoe tour Eichstätt – Kipfenberg, approx. 21 km

Get out of the city and back into nature! In Pfünz you can see an old Roman fort. It was partially rebuilt and can be visited.

Afterwards you will paddle leisurely through one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Bavaria. A castle also towers over the market town of Kipfenberg. Do you still have strength? Walk up and enjoy the view.

Kipfenberg - Beilngries :
Day 6

Canoe tour Kipfenberg – Beilngries, approx. 16 km

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. In front of you lies the Main-Danube Canal and you have long left the small hills of the valley behind you. The trip ends in the pretty town of Beilngries. Cheers to the successful tour!

Departure or extension :
Day 7

Departure or extension

Stay another day in Bleingries or take the train and bus – or our transport, if booked – back to Treuchtlingen.



are included ...

  • 6 x nights incl. Breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Canoes incl. Equipment
  • Luggage garbage cans or packing bags
  • Introduction to boat handling and paddling technique
  • Map material (1 x per room)
  • Service hotline

supplement you should still ...

  • Local taxes: In some cases local taxes are charged by the municipalities, approx. € 3,- per person and night - please settle directly on site.

Dates and prices

Travel start 2024: possible daily in …
Season 1 07.04.24 – 26.04.24 and 28.09.24 – 06.10.24
Season 2 27.04.24 – 27.09.24
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 with breakfast / pers 840 € 890 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.100 € 1.140 €
Extra nights
Treutlingen (starting point): Double room w. breakfast 90 € 90 €
Treutlingen (starting point): Single room w. breakfast 120 € 120 €
Treutlingen (starting point): Child 6 … 14 y., s. u 55 € 55 €
Bleingries (destination): Double room w. breakfast 90 € 90 €
Bleingries (destination): Single room w. breakfast 140 € 140 €
Bleingries (destination): Child 6 … 14 y., s. u 75 € 75 €
Additional services
Return transfer Bleingries => Treutlingen (payable on site) 69 € 69 €
Children discounts
Discount for 2 full-paying guests, extra bed in double or family room.
> Child under 6 years 0 € 0 €
> Child from 6 and up to under 15 years (“Child 1”) 505 € 535 €


Are there child discounts and family discounts?

Yes. Children under 6 years travel free of charge. Children from 6 and up to under 15 years receive special rates when staying in a room with two full-paying guests. Please select “Child 1” in the booking form for any child in this age range.

Do I need paddling experience?

Don’t worry – you’ll get them very quickly. So in fact: No. You do not need any previous experience. With the handover of the boats, paddles, life jackets and waterproof luggage garbage cans at the starting point, we will briefly introduce you to paddling techniques. You will then learn the practice “on the flow”. Good luck!
The Altmühl is a very calm river – and also suitable for inexperienced paddlers to get started in this beautiful sport. Paddling time per day is about 4 to max. 7 hours.

How does the return transport work?

You can return from the destination to the starting point by bus and train. If you like us to organize the return transfer for you, please book the option “Transfer Person”. We will then of course also take care of your luggage.


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