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

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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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The stages of the Rain valley cycle path

  • Intermediate
    02:40
    26.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    850 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Regensburg, the Regental cycle path starts, because there the rain flows into the Danube. In order to make traveling easy by train, today's stage starts in Regensburg at the station. From there it goes up to 42 kilometers up to Nittenau.After leaving the city, drive along the beautiful river Regen. After a few kilometers, you come to a great beach, which invites you to sunbathe for a swim in the rain. On the way to the north you pass again and again small places where you can rest and come in. In the Mariental the bike path becomes particularly beautiful, because it goes directly along the bank of the river and through original nature with a lot of forest and green meadows.In the stage destination Nittenau you have various accommodation options such as guesthouses, apartments or a campground. If your bike tour already ends in Nittenau, you can for example take the bus back to Regensburg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    30.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it goes on nearly 50 kilometers to the east. From Nittenau the route takes you through the Regental to Chamerau. You can not only look forward to the beautiful landscape on the way, but also on two great climbs that are waiting for you halfway.After the first few kilometers, there will be a beautiful swimming spot waiting for you on this stage, which you can use for a little refreshment in the rain. Then the bike path winds further upstream through the Regental. About halfway and after the first climb you pass a pilgrimage church, which is great for resting thanks to the associated restaurant. Well-fortified you can then enjoy the remaining kilometers to the intermediate goal to Chamerau.In the small village you have the opportunity to choose from various accommodations. There are also campsites in surrounding villages. For example, if you want to leave Chamerau, you can take the bus to Cham, where you can change to the train.

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  • Difficult
    04:09
    33.3 mi
    8.0 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-Radweg it goes with some height meters properly to the point. 53 kilometers lead you over several slopes from Chamerau to rain.At the beginning of the tour, you will ride along the rain, which splits shortly after Blaibach into the White Rain and the Black Rain. At this point, like the Black Rain, you turn south and follow its course for a few kilometers. However, most of the way you drive off the course of the river through the hills with their beautiful nature. Shortly before the stage goal rain you will meet again on the shore of the black rain.The town of Regen, which is today's destination, offers you nice opportunities to stop in and stay overnight. If your trip ends here, you can hop on the train back from rain.

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    17.5 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,275 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage, with its 28 kilometers, is also the shortest. So you can really enjoy the great finale of rain to Bavarian Eisenstein and recover from the previous stage a bit. But it is not too easy thanks to the final climb to the stage finish.It starts in rain directly along the river, which flows through the Regener reservoir. First you drive a piece on the shore of the beautiful lake and then cross it. You can enjoy the fantastic views of the lake and the wooded shores. Then the route takes you to Zwiesel. Here the river divides again - into the Big Rain and the Little Rain. From Zwiesel you cycle north along the Great Rain, which becomes ever wilder and more natural on the way to its source.On the Czech border in Bayerisch Eisenstein you have reached the stage destination and the end of the Regental cycle path. The Grenzstadt train station is another highlight of the exciting bike ride, which you can fully enjoy before you return home by train.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    108 mi
  • Duration
    12:24 h
  • Elevation
    5,875 ft
    4,650 ft

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