The Altmühl Valley is the heart of the largest Nature Park in
Germany, and this cycle route is one of the most popular in the whole
country. A tributary of the Danube, flowing through southern Franconia,
the scenery is characterised by limestone outcrops through which the
river winds its way. The dolomite cliffs of the Twelve Apostles are one of
the most photographed sights in Germany! Fossils can be found in many places
and you will pass the spot where the first remains of Archeopteryx, the
first bird, were discovered. For the enthusiast of flora
and fauna - whether those of today or the past - this is for you!
The route starts in fabulous medieval Rothenburg. After taking some time
to see the town properly, you set off for the source of the river.
Continuing via lakes, a roman city and dramatic cliffs you reach the fine
cathedral and university town of Eichstätt. Then you continue
via romantic Beilngries to the dramatic confluence of the river with
the Danube at Kelheim. Here the Altmühl cuts through the rock
to join the Danube. The final stage of the tour takes you to the
imperial city of Regensburg with its famous stone bridge across the
Danube, its medieval city centre and fine cathedral.
Detailed route and price information for Altmühl Valley Cycling Tours