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The Rain valley cycle path — 4 days through the Bavarian Forest

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The Rain valley cycle path — 4 days through the Bavarian Forest

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

2-3

days

3-5 h

/ day

105 mi

5,825 ft

4,575 ft

The enchanting Rain Valley cycle path leads through wild river valleys, into lush forests on lonely shores, past beautiful bathing spots that tempt you to cool off in the water, and across breathtaking meadows. The River Rain winds its way through the Bavarian Forest, passing charming villages and idyllic reservoirs. A singularly picturesque landscape that impresses not only from the Rain Valley but also from the hills that line it.

The River Rain is a tributary of the Danube and draws its water from several spring rivers, called Big, Small, White and Black Rain, some of which originate in the Czech Republic. On the approximately 100-mile (170-kilometer) long Rain Valley cycle path, you'll cycle from Regensburg over four stages, each an average of 25 miles (40 kilometers) long, through the Bavarian Forest to the Czech border. Behind which originates the Great Rain, which is called Řezná in the Czech Republic. Most of the time you'll cycle along the river in the valley, but on some stretches, you also cross the surrounding hills and you can look forward to a few feet of elevation.

The start of this four-day bike ride is the beautiful city of Regensburg, to which you can arrive comfortably by train. As you go, you'll find numerous options for staying overnight at all of the stage destinations, including camping sites. The Rain Valley cycle path ends at the Czech border in Bayerisch Eisenstein, from where you can also take the train back home.

Tip: If you'd prefer to bike downhill rather than uphill, you can ride the Rain Valley cycle path in the other direction, for example from Bayerisch Eisenstein to Regensburg. Whichever direction you choose, however, one thing is certain: Lots of rain and a lot of forests will accompany you on your ride.

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Regental-Radweg

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5,575 ft

4,300 ft

Last updated: November 9, 2021

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The stages of the Rain valley cycle path

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    Etappe 1: Von Regensburg nach Nittenau – Regental-Radweg

    Intermediate
    02:17
    23.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    800 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Regental cycle path starts in Regensburg, because this is where the rain flows into the Danube. In order to enable easy arrival by train, today's stage starts in Regensburg at the train station. From there it goes 42 kilometers upstream to Nittenau.

    

    After leaving the city, you will drive along the

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  • Intermediate
    03:22
    30.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it's almost 50 kilometers east. From Nittenau the route leads you through the Regental to Chamerau. You can not only look forward to the beautiful landscape on the way, but also to two great climbs that are waiting for you halfway.

    

    After the first few kilometers, a nice swimming area awaits you

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  • Difficult
    03:46
    33.2 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On today's stage of the Regental Cycle Path, it is really down to business with a few meters of altitude. 53 kilometers lead you over several inclines from Chamerau to Regen.

    

    At the beginning of the tour you drive along the Regen, which divides into the White Rain and the Black Rain shortly after Blaibach

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  • Intermediate
    02:08
    17.4 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,275 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage is also the shortest with its 28 kilometers. So you can really enjoy the grand finale from Regen to Bayerisch Eisenstein and recover a bit from the previous stage. But thanks to the final ascent to the stage destination, it won't be too easy.

    

    It starts in Regen directly along the river

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    105 mi
  • Duration
    11:32 h
  • Elevation
    5,825 ft4,575 ft

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