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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

5

Tours

20:17 h

44.4 mi

5,125 ft

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Collection Stats

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

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