Discover the green heart of Bavaria by bike – Altmühltal Nature Park
Tucked away in the Altmühltal Nature Park, one of Germany’s largest nature parks, lies swathes of unspoilt nature, the stunning Jura Plateau, countless historical sites and green valleys. The nature park is often considered to be the most beautiful area of Bavaria and is known as the region’s green heart. You’ll find fairytale castles, charming villages, rippling rivers and dreamy landscapes which are a dream to discover by bike.
The five varied routes in this Collection reveal the most beautiful corners of Franconia. We’ve included something for every ability: from long day tours to relaxed circulars. On the Robbers and Knights route, you will discover austere castles and mysterious caves in the south-east of the Altmühltal. In the north-east, you can explore the lofty heights of the Jura Mountains and in the south-west, you can take a day trip to one of the most beautiful basilicas in the region. On the Eichstätter Loop, you will explore dry grasslands alive with juniper bushes that are typical of the Altmühltal region.
You’ll find many delightful places to stop to enjoy regional dishes in the romantic medieval market squares of the towns en route.
As all routes in this Collection are circular, you can choose where to begin your ride. You can comfortably arrive by train via Nuremberg or Munich. There are also direct bus connections between all the larger towns and villages in the region such as Beilngries, Berching, Breitenbrunn, Kinding and Dietfurt. Kinding, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Parsberg or Saal an der Donau also have train stations. You can find more information about travelling to the nature park, here: naturpark-altmuehltal.com/arrival
With the 65 km long Eichstätter circuit you cycle through two of the most beautiful valleys in the Altmühltal nature park and climb the promising Jura plateau. Sunny meadows and fields await you, peppered with charming little villages.In the delightful Eichstätt with its baroque cityscape, you start your tour and have to work hard right from the start. It goes a short distance to the Jura plateau. After you have mastered this single big climb, you roll over beautiful meadows and whiz down the last stretch to Titting. There you can recover from the exertions with a break.From here you can concentrate completely on the beautiful nature. The wonderful bike path leads you through the picturesque Anlautertal along lush green meadows, fragrant conifers and the course of the Anlauter. At Kinding you turn south. If you get hungry, just drive further into the village and have a bite to eat. If you are on the weekend or on public holidays, you can also take the leisure bus back to Eichstätt from here.If you are still full of zest for action, continue and you have the Altmühl at your side from now on. In Kipfenberg you have a great view of Kipfenberg Castle, which houses the Roman and Bavarian Museum. The section back to Eichstätt takes you to the Gungoldinger Wacholderheide nature reserve. As a golden finish, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the dry grass slopes with their juniper bushes, which are typical of the Altmühl Valley.
This challenging circuit offers around 70 kilometers of pure cycling fun with medieval old towns, an impressive basilica, magnificent palace complexes and of course a lot of refreshing nature. If you would prefer to make a shorter tour out of it, you can simply skip the detour to Hahnenkammsee. So you save a whole 20 kilometers.In Treuchtlingen you get on the bicycle saddle and drive past the city palace to the Altmühltal cycle path, which soon becomes the Treuchtlingen-Hahnenkammsee cycle path. On your way to the lake you cycle across wide fields, through shady forest and quiet villages. Once at the lake, you can treat your hard-working feet to a little break in the cool water.If you want to drive the short version, you take the Quellenweg via Möhren and Otting to Wemding instead.The Ries Cycle Path 4 takes you to Wemding with its scenic landscape, which with its colorful houses and the village market square invites you to stop. Since a proper pilgrimage tour also includes a church, you make a short detour to Maria Brünnlein. The basilica was built in the 18th century in the Rococo style.The way back to Treuchtlingen takes you past Möhren Castle, where you can even spend a night if you like. Then follow a few more meters and you're back at the starting point of your tour.
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Heavy armor, enchanted caves and imposing stone walls - on the relaxed 27 kilometer round tour you can completely immerse yourself in the time of the robbers and knights. Look forward to impressive castle complexes and overgrown castle ruins.In Riedenburg, the so-called three-castle city, your journey through time begins at the historic market square. You cycle along the city pond and meet the Schambachtalbahn bike path. The railway used to chug along here, today the former railway line belongs entirely to cyclists. Rosenburg Castle will soon appear in front of you. Take some time, because the falcon's flight demonstrations there are a really breathtaking spectacle.Without large elevations, you continue rolling along the lovely Schambach to Hexenagger, where the castle of the same name sits majestically on a mountain spur. A detour is worthwhile! You can put your bike aside just before Altmannstein, because a mysterious cave magically attracts you. Are robbers hiding their treasure here?Once you have passed the small town of Schamhaupten, you will climb the only significant altitude difference of the day. The heights bring you back to Riedburg with great views. Before you go on to the well-deserved stop, you can park your bike again and tackle the Rabenstein castle ruins. The view compensates for your efforts.
Fantastic nature, gentle hills and the meandering course of the Laber with their diverse names characterize this smooth 25 kilometer round tour. Also included: the pretty, medieval town of Breitenbrunn.Your day on the saddle starts in Dietfurt, where the Laber merges with the Main-Danube Canal and the Altmühl. You have hardly left the last houses behind you, you are already following the turns of the White Laber. The easy bike path leads you through the beautiful Labertal directly to Breitenbrunn. The small town enchants with its medieval charm, enriched by the elegant Tilly castle and the promising pilgrimage church of St. Sebastian. You can also stop off at the historic market square.Shortly after Breitenbrunn you leave the Weißen Laber, which is also called Wissinger Laber from here, in favor of gentle elevations. The green hills decorate the landscape particularly memorable. You roll through the sleepy Dürn and Gimpertshausen and it goes downhill again.From now on, the Laber is your loyal, quietly babbling companion until the end of the round tour. You will come back to Dietfurt along delicate, green meadows. There you can relax as a successful end to the day in the 7-valley panorama pool and enjoy the beautiful Altmühl valley from the swimming pool.
On this varied tour through the beautiful Altmühltal you dive deep into the jura2000 region with your bike, which gives the tour its name. A special highlight are the enchanting towns of Dietfurt, Beilngries, Breitenbrunn and Berching, which entice you to explore the Middle Ages and Baroque.Your tour on the donkey starts in Dietfurt at the "Chinese fountain". Because you are on a round trip, you can of course also start in one of the other places. Past the historic town hall, you leave Dietfurt and cycle into the idyllic valley of the Weißen Laber. The river winds romantically to your left and accompanies you to Breitenbrunn.The elegant Tillyschloss is privately owned, but it is worth taking a look past as well as the impressively located pilgrimage church of St. Sebastian. If you are out in autumn, the city shines at the Tillyfest in a colorful spectacle around the time of the Thirty Years' War. If cycling made you hungry, you have come to the right place to stop at the market square.From now on you have to pedal a little harder because you climb to the Jura. Once you have passed Oening and Winterzhofen, you race back down to the Sulztal and Berching. Medieval flair awaits you here in its purest form with the most beautiful half-timbered houses and an imposing weir system. Every June, the historic old town is immersed in a sea of light and colors as part of the “Berchinale of Light”.You cycle along the Main-Danube Canal in a relaxed manner, which runs through the region as a broad band. On the way to Beilngries you can visit the Plankstetten Benedictine monastery. In Beilngries you cross another romantic old town with many small streets and towers, then you go back to the starting point in Dietfurt via the Altmühltal cycle path.