Naturpark Altmuehltal

Castles, legends & dreamlike panoramas in the Altmühltal Nature Park

Florian Mauerberger

Castles, legends & dreamlike panoramas in the Altmühltal Nature Park

Hiking Collection by Naturpark Altmuehltal

Medieval castle ruins, fascinating forests and impressive views, all this and much more awaits you in the Altmühltal Nature Park, one of the largest of its kind in Germany. In this Collection, we present five of the most beautiful circular Tours in this wonderful holiday region to the south of Nuremberg and north of Munich. The Altmühltal region will inspire you with its green landscapes, through which the Altmühl River flows from its source in the Frankenhöhe mountains, through the Franconian Alps, to Kelheim, a town on the Danube near Regensburg – there’s plenty to discover.

Following the Castle Trail near Kinding municipality, you walk along medieval paths and explore fairytale castle ruins and beautiful forests. The Eichstätt Dream Loop takes you through the impressive Field of Figures in the Hessental Valley and reveals wonderful views of Eichstätt and Willibaldsburg Castle. Loop 8 takes you around the town of Pappenheim and visits Pappenheim Castle. You also have the chance to stroll along beautiful tree-lined avenues near the village of Greding, enjoying great views over the Schwarzach Valley.

Since all of these varied routes are circular, you can choose where you start each Tour. You find recommendations for the best starting point and beautiful highlights in the Tour descriptions. Each route is 10 to 20 kilometres (6 to 12 miles), or slightly more. You rarely climb more than 500 metres (1,640 feet) in one day. Thanks to the well-maintained hiking trails, you don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy these exhilarating routes. You can look forward to an unforgettable break in one of the most beautiful nature parks in Germany – the Altmühltal welcomes you!

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:18
    11.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of castles in the Altmühltal and live out your fascination for the Middle Ages. The starting point of your castle tour is the cemetery in Enkering. First you climb to the ruins of the legendary Rumburg from the 14th century and on to the hill. At the forest you follow the dirt road past the dilapidated Schafhof, then keep right at the edge of the forest until you have reached the road above Erlingshofen.At the boulder, a junction leads you to the Stossenberg castle ruins, also known as Rundeck Castle. From here you have an impressive view of the idyllic Anlautertal, Altdorf and the Brunneck castle ruins. Back towards the street you walk left, partly through the forest, to the Burgstall Wieseck. From there the path leads you down the valley to Erlingshofen, past the church, along the edge of the forest for a while and on over the bike path towards Enkering.After about one and a half kilometers you cross the valley. From the Schafhausen church you go over a small valley up to the Mallburg. There the devil's wall leads to a path that leads you back downhill. Then you walk past the Festes Haus in Eibwang and on to the Schlößlmühle. From here a climb leads you through the forest up towards the Rumburg ruins. From the hill in front of the castle it goes downhill again to Enkering to the starting point - with lots of great impressions and photos in the luggage!

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    Difficult
    05:20
    11.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your impressive panorama tour starts at the market square in Dollnstein. From there you go over the Altmühlbrücke and follow Reichenaustraße in the direction of Wellheim. After the railway underpass, turn into Wellheimer Straße. In the right-hand bend, turn left into Antoniusweg. At the Antoniuskapelle you keep right and turn into the street Am Gänsbuck. After a few meters, the path leads you up the slope above the row of houses.On the upper edge of the slope you hike past beautiful rocks and juniper-covered dry grass to a small viewing level above the Dollnsteiner Weiher. You walk the slope to the farm road and keep left at the foot of the slope to the ski lift. There you go right along the edge of the forest to the second farm road coming from the valley. You follow this to the left into the forest.On the longer route you turn right twice before a charming path leads you down to Konstein. Go straight ahead over Bahnhofstrasse to the intersection of Staatstrasse and turn left into Glashüttenstrasse. After about 100 meters the hiking trail leads you up to the Löwenkopf viewpoint. You continue to hike to the elevated water reservoir, to the castle ruins and from there on a steep path down to Gammersfelder Straße.Past the parish church you come to Wellheim's market square. From here you go straight on, cross the Schutterbrücke in the direction of Harder Straße. You leave this after 200 meters and turn left into Wittmeßstrasse. Shortly before the school, turn left into Hüttenweg. At its end, a path begins that takes you to a beautiful poplar avenue, there you go left to the Schutterquelle. Here you hike right to the Ingolstadt Friends of Nature House.About 150 meters after the house, keep left and walk down to Aicha, past the climbing garden restaurant and up to the Ansbacher Naturfreunde-Haus. In the forest you climb slightly to the right uphill to the forest road. On it you go right and after about 400 meters turn left into Alte Römerstraße, which once led from Nassenfels to Weißenburg. You always follow her straight through the forest. At the end of the forest you have a wonderful view of the Burgstein rock and Dollnstein. Now you will reach the Antonius Chapel and hike back to the starting point on the familiar path.

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  • Intermediate
    02:58
    6.40 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your tour starts at the market square in Pappenheim. From here you go in the direction of the Altmühlbrücke and cross it; then straight ahead to the next fork in the road. Here you keep to the right, pass the Gasthof Grüner Baum and climb up about 50 meters to the right. There the loop trail begins. You follow the blue-yellow signs to the vineyard. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful view over Pappenheim.Now it goes past the wooden pavilion to the left, down the gravel path for about 50 meters, then a path turns sharply right to a wide forest path down into the valley to an overview board of the hiking trails in the region. Follow the signs to Obere Bergstraße, through the avenue to "Charlotte-Nestler-Straße", after about 30 meters go down sharply to the right. At the bottom, take the middle path to the left, which leads you through the forest climbing garden towards the train station.On the bridge you take the footpath, which then takes you under the street, after the Schützenhaus on the right to Bahnhofstraße. Under the next bridge, go up in the arch to the right, over the bridge, then cross the street to the right. Before the third bridge, turn right, the way to Altmühl over a footbridge. Turn right again on the bike path, past a wood storage area to Osterdorfer Straße.Here you turn right and after about 50 meters cross the street to the left, past the apartment blocks and following the signs to Friedwald. After about 1200 meters, take path number two to the right to a former quarry; After the rest area you go left to the edge of the forest, here you go sharp right down the ravine and cross the street. Turning right you will reach the starting point after about 350 meters on foot.

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    Intermediate
    03:18
    7.45 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour start is between Eichstätt and Landershofen: From the parking lot you follow the markings through the Hessental. A visit to the figure field by Alois Wünsche-Mitterecker is worthwhile. The path leads you on to a mighty linden tree with a small chapel near the Häringhof. Here you choose the path to the right towards the Ziegelhof. Immediately at the Ziegelhof you go to the right, after about 350 meters left through the fields and then right again towards the forest.Through forest and field you hike past the so-called Black Cross on the pilgrimage route, one of the oldest crossroads in Bavaria, to Buchenhüll. You leave the Way of the Cross at the Lourdes Grotto and continue to the Sacred Heart Grotto. There the path leads you right along the edge of the forest. Through the forest downhill you get to the Pfünzer Holzlege.There you go right on the Altmühltal-Panoramaweg, come to a resting bench with a beautiful view of the Roman fort Pfünz Castra Vetoniana and walk in the beautiful juniper heather in the Altmühlleiten nature reserve towards Landershofen.Above the settlement you leave the panorama path and turn left to the forest kindergarten, go to the Dorfweg Am Haselberg through the middle of the village, turn right at the Herrmannsleite and go over the football field up the hill and come back directly to the hiking car park.

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    Intermediate
    03:23
    7.79 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your wonderful tour starts at the overview board at the beginning. First you hike along a very beautiful tree-lined avenue below the Kalvarienberg to the west, after about one and a half kilometers, benches invite you to linger. From here you have a wonderful view over the Schwarzachtal. You now follow the shady forest path in a right curve to the country road from Röckenhofen to Greding, which you cross until you reach the village of Herrnsberg. Later you cross the village road and after about 80 meters you will reach a beautiful forest path.Here, in the so-called Burgleite, remains of the old castle ruins can still be seen. There is also a beautiful Marian grotto here. From a forest road you turn left over a grass path into the beautiful Agbach valley. If you are traveling with a stroller, go straight ahead on the forest road. You hike through the Agbach valley at the edge of the forest.You can visit several beaver castles by the stream and to the right of the path you will find another highlight: an ice cave. You will reach the fish ponds north of Greding along a water channel at the edge of the path with several spring tributaries. From here the path runs together with the Adolf-Hackner-Weg and the pilgrim path. You turn right, climb a few meters uphill on a gravel path and follow a beautiful hiking path to the left halfway up the slope.You continue past a Marien-wayside shrine, which is lovingly cared for by the Kolping family Greding, past towards Greding to the connecting road Greding-Röckenhofen. You cross this and initially keep to the left. However, following the signs, the path leads a few meters to the right across the slope to a large linden tree with a bench above the Martinskirche, from where you have a wonderful view of Greding. You can descend to the starting point in a few minutes via the newly created Kreuzweg.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    44.4 mi
  • Duration
    20:17 h
  • Elevation
    5,125 ft

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Castles, legends & dreamlike panoramas in the Altmühltal Nature Park