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Right through the Franconian Alb - the Altmühltal Panorama Trail

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Right through the Franconian Alb - the Altmühltal Panorama Trail

Hiking Collection by Top Trails of Germany

9-20

days

3-6 h

/ day

134 mi

14,900 ft

15,275 ft

In the middle of the massive limestone plate of the Franconian Jura, the Altmühl has dug its way through a deep valley over the millennia. On both sides of the river, the slopes rise up and rugged rocks throne high above the valley. The Altmühltal Panoramaweg leads you from the Altmühl lake at the edge of the Franconian Lake District through the picturesque river valley as you accompany the Altmühl on its long journey to the Danube. You will climb the wooded slopes, explore fossil-rich quarries, discover Stone Age caves, visit picturesque towns and impressive castle ruins. And, above all, you will be thrilled by the countless vantage points high above the valley, which offer you deep insights into the picturesque landscape.

Over 133 miles (215 kilometers) long, you'll hike the Altmühltal Panoramaweg in ten daily stages from Gunzenhausen at the Altmühlsee along the course of the Altmühl to Kelheim at the Danube. As you go, you'll cross the Altmühl Valley Nature Park, Bavaria's largest nature park. The signposted long-distance hiking trail leads you through varied landscapes of meadows, juniper heath and dense forests on field paths, hiking trails and also on to some narrow climbs.

Some stages are considerably longer than 12 miles (20 kilometers) and are therefore aimed primarily at hikers with great endurance and plenty of experience. However, as there are many cozy villages and towns along the way, you can easily divide the long stages into two or more days. In addition, you can also reach all the stage towns easily by bus or train. So you can put together your personal long-distance hike from your favorite sections of the Altmühltal Panorama Trail or complete individual stages as a day Tour. All timetables for buses and trains in the Altmühltal can be found at bayern-fahrplan.de.

Whether you hike all ten stages from the Altmühl lake to the Danube or just want to enjoy individual sections, the Altmühl valley with its picturesque nature will always fascinate you.



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Altmühltal Panoramaweg

126 mi

14,450 ft

14,675 ft

Last updated: December 18, 2021

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All stages of the Altmühltal Panoramaweg

  • Intermediate
    03:44
    8.64 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your hike through the Altmühltal begins in Gunzenhausen, south of the extensive Altmühlsee. From the train station you follow the path through the historic old town and soon a wide landscape will spread in front of you. In its middle course, the Altmühl meanders as a small meadow river through an open

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  • Difficult
    08:23
    18.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,725 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Spielberg, the starting point of the second stage, is right on the edge of the Franconian Juraplatte. Accordingly, it will slowly get more mountainous from today. Right at the beginning you can expect a gentle ascent on a wooded mountain range. You follow the course of the ridge to the Yellow Mountain

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    10.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Treuchtlingen is located right at the beginning of the Altmühltal and so you can look forward to the fantastic landscape on the third stage. First it goes over the open meadow landscape on the valley floor, before you climb steeply on the valley slope near Dietfurt.

    

    High above the valley you hike on forest

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    11.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fourth stage of the Altmühltal Panoramaweg, the long-distance hiking trail lives up to its name: On the way between Solnhofen and Dollnstein you will be spoiled with countless views of the romantic valley.

    

    Right at the beginning, one of the greatest highlights of the entire hike awaits you. Immediately

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  • Difficult
    05:44
    12.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fifth stage of the long-distance hiking trail follows some picturesque bends in the Altmühltal and leads you to other geological highlights. Just a few meters from the Dollnstein starting point, you can admire rugged dry slopes. From here you hike close to the Altmühl over beautiful river meadows

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  • Difficult
    08:41
    18.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The sixth stage of the Altmühltal Panoramaweg begins in picturesque Eichstätt. From here it goes uphill over an extensive high plateau on the edge of the Altmühltal. Soon the trail leads back down into the valley and you hike along the edge of the forest above the river.

    

    The hiking trail finally branches

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  • Difficult
    07:26
    16.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The seventh stage of the Altmühltal Panoramaweg runs through the narrowest and most rocky part of the Altmühltal. From Kipfenberg, the hiking trail initially winds over a wooded ridge. Especially on hot summer days, the trees provide cool shade and in winter you will be enchanted by the unique silence

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  • Intermediate
    03:30
    7.54 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The eighth stage is a real pleasure tour with its length of twelve kilometers. From Beilngries you climb comfortably to the Arzberg and enjoy beautiful views of the city and the Main-Danube Canal.

    

    The Arzberg is a wide ridge around which the Main-Danube Canal flows in the north and the Altmühl in the

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  • Difficult
    06:57
    14.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Even if the course of the Altmühl and Main-Danube Canal was heavily straightened in the further course, the landscape on the ninth stage is no less impressive. From the starting point in Dietfurt, the watercourse winds through a narrow valley with towering valley slopes.

    

    First you hike on beautiful river

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  • Difficult
    06:53
    14.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the tenth day of your hike, the last stage on the Altmühltal Panoramaweg is on. At the end you will be spoiled again with fantastic views, impressive rocks, idyllic villages and a detour to the Danube Valley.

    

    The tenth stage begins in Riedenburg and the route takes you along a narrow hiking trail along

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    134 mi
  • Duration
    61:12 h
  • Elevation
    14,900 ft15,275 ft

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