The mighty Danube and its 14 side valleys are the main protagonists of the Danube Valley Cycle Route, which takes you through a wide variety of landscapes and themed areas over a distance of around 300 kilometres. On the ADFC quality cycle route with four stars, you will repeatedly encounter the Danube, which flows from Ulm in the west to Schwenningen in the east, as if it were walking leisurely through its throne room. But the Danube Valley cycle path also distances itself again and again from the majestic centre and dives into the theme worlds of its side valleys. You ride through the monastery garden, which spoils you in the south of the tour with peace and contemplation. You cycle through the Zusamtal in the east, where you pass countless rattling water mills and idyllic farm gardens. Or you can roll through the region's nursery, where you can stop for a break at lakes and great playgrounds or plan a day at Legoland.
In this collection we guide you through the eight theme areas of the Danube Valley cycle path. Each one is an experience in its own right and you are sure to find the right bike tour for you: with distances from 16 to almost 100 kilometres, you can choose between a leisurely pleasure tour or a full-day sports programme. And of course you can also divide the individual sections according to your mood or combine them for a stage tour. The large round is almost 300 kilometres long and is made up of the first six tours in the Collection. Alternatively, you can opt for the slightly shorter north or south lap: To do this, simply shorten the big lap with the last two tours of the Collection. Whichever option you choose, you won't want for anything on the road. The majority of the routes take you along low-traffic country roads or separate cycle paths, but you rarely come across a more frequented road. On the way you will pass many sights, towns worth seeing, exciting museums, monasteries steeped in history and impressive natural monuments. Countless places to stop for refreshments and accommodation will ensure your physical well-being and undisturbed night's rest.
If you would like to travel by train, the cities of Ulm, Neu-Ulm, Schwenningen, Langenau, Leipheim and Günzburg, all of which have rail connections, are ideal. As soon as you leave the station, the enchanting landscape with its rivers, floodplain forests, lakes and moors welcomes you, which you can now fully enjoy on the Danube Valley cycle path.
Majestically, the Danube flows through this peaceful landscape that stretches from Neu-Ulm in the west to Schwenningen in the east. The DonauTäler cycle path crosses this "Green Thronsal" twice and this section leads you through its western part.Start of the tour is in Ulm, the medieval city, in the middle of which the impressive Ulmer Münster is located - its huge church tower you can still see, if you are cycled for many miles. Ulm is absolutely worth seeing and is ideal as a starting point of your bike ride - here you should definitely plan some time.If you've mastered the slightly longer ascent from Ulm, you've earned yourself a little breather. Get off the bike for a short while and enjoy the amazing views of the city and the steeple towering far beyond the other buildings. Rested, you can now enjoy the following section, where it is mostly downhill to the fullest.When you arrive down in Langenau, you have two options. On the right you turn off into the beautiful Nautal, which brings you right through an idyllic landscape to the banks of the Danube. If you want to drive the Danube Valleys Cycle Path on the short "Südrunde", this branch offers itself. If, on the other hand, you have planned the big round, you follow the DonauTäler cycle path from Langenau in the direction of Lindenau, where already a delicious snack and a refreshment in the "Schlössle" are waiting for you.
Impressive rock formations alternate with green meadows where sheep graze. A small climb, a nice descent and the next highlight is waiting for you. This section on the DonauTäler cycle path is beautiful and offers a lot of variety. It's packed with interesting stations, so you can plan a full day for less than 40 kilometers.You start in the idyllic Lonetal, where you will always come across impressive rock formations and numerous caves. The most famous is the Vogelherd Cave, which is part of the Vogelberg Archaeological Park - this is an interesting and entertaining break.You continue following the winding course of the Lone. The roads are quiet and excellent for cycling and the scenery is wonderful. In addition, only a few climbs await you - perfect conditions for enjoying the bike ride properly. If you see the ruins of the Kaltenburg, you leave the Lonetal behind you and instead follow the Brenz, another tributary of the Danube. It takes you to Giengen, home of Margarethe Steiff, the founder of the world-famous cuddly toy empire. A break in the Steiff Museum takes you into the exciting world of the teddy bear and his cuddly friends.Behind Giengen, you take a course on Wittislingen, where the end of this section is located. On the way you can expect great views of the beautiful landscape of Bavarian Swabia and relaxed moments, such as in the Kneippanlage Staufen, where you can treat your legs a break.
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Rough rock formations, green hills, secluded forests and fish-rich waters - pure nature awaits you on this section of the DonauTäler cycle path that leads you from Wittislingen in the northeast to the Kesseltal valley to Bissingen.After you have left Wittislingen, you first roll on a flat section relaxed on quiet roads and beautiful bike paths, until you already see the monastery church Maria Medingen. A short stop and a look into the magnificent church worth it, because the church is beautifully decorated and freshly spruced up after a fire in 2015.Now the track is a bit hilly and more varied. Green meadows and shady forests alternate and again and again, there are beautiful opportunities for a break. Just enjoy the idyll and the beautiful view and sit on the green lawn next to the bike path. Or treat yourself to a refreshment in the Schlössle Finningen and admire the historic ambience of this very special snack station. Strengthened and rested you are then ready for the second half of this section on the Danube Valleys Cycle Path.The ride remains varied. Forests and meadows, up and down. Before you start the descent to Bissingen, a break bank invites you to linger again. The view into the Kessel valley is so beautiful from up here that it is worthwhile to accept the invitation. It's only downhill to the small market town - the bike path spits you right on the banks of the Kessel.
This short section of the Danube Valley Cycle Route takes you through the eastern part of the "green throne valley", the landscape that is dominated by the Danube, which quietly and peacefully connects the magnificent Danube cities. In between, however, it offers space for the diverse flora and fauna that has their home here. The birds nest and roost in the beautiful arable areas, while you can cool off in one of the refreshing lakes or in a Kneipp facility.This short section begins in the Kessel valley. The Kessel is a tributary of the Danube, which flows at Donauwörth from the left in Europe's longest river. In Bissingen you say the kettle adé and climb the only increase of the section - from the top you have once again a really nice view into the Kesseltal.Now you can let it run casually if you roll over Schwenningen down to the Danube. Once at the bottom, you have a fantastic view of the river, which flows sublimely towards Donauwörth. Stay a little bit on the Danube bridge and enjoy the moment. For even more relaxation, a stop in the small nature Kneipp facility, which is located just a few meters from the banks of the Danube.
The Danube does not only characterize the beautiful landscape that you cross on the Danube Valley Cycle Path. With it many small tributaries provide the beauty and idyll of this area. Along these rivers you cycle through remote villages with cozy houses and colorful cottage gardens. The leading actor in this section is the company that meanders playfully through the green valley and is the lifestream for both animals and humans. You can see that throughout the tour as you cross the bridge over one of its bridges, follow the winding path along the winding path, or linger at one of the countless mills lining the river like a string of pearls.This section starts on the banks of the Danube, which you soon leave to reach the compound a few kilometers further. The small town of Wertingen is ideal for a first break in the beautiful ambience of the historic center, where you can extend your stay by visiting the Ofen- or beer museum or stopping at the Gasthaus der Schwanenbrauerei. Strengthened, you're ready to follow suit. If you keep your eyes open you will see one of the many water mills again and again. It was over 40 once. Most still exist today, although many are no longer in operation.At Zusamzell the bike path leaves the river for a short detour into a hilly forest area. In Glöttweng you can fortify yourself for the rest of the tour, before you meet again in Ziemetshausen on the Zusam, where you can admire a particularly beautiful mill specimen.
The southern section of the DonauTäler cycle path is peaceful and tranquil. Towards the end you will again reach the soothing aura of the Danube, whose sluggish masses of water flow sublime and convey a sense of calm and serenity. Previously, you will experience a lovely landscape of monasteries, churches and gardens, where you can enjoy many relaxing moments.This section starts in Ziemetshausen, where you can usher in the tour according to their motto with a visit to the pilgrimage church "Maria Vesperbild" contemplative. In the further course, however, you still expect some places of silence, so you can also go directly on the way. Look forward to the beautiful Lourdesgrotte with the Way of the Cross at Aletshausen or the impressive monastery in Roggenburg. And enjoy the ride along the Kammel, which winds its way playfully through the valley and gives you a little later to the Günz, which you continue to follow. Shortly after Roggenburg you can reward yourself with a jump into the Roggenburger Weiher, strengthen yourself in the restaurant or relax on a small boat trip.In the second part of this route you drive to Ulm. On the way, there is another bathing lake, a wonderful bird sanctuary and an alpaca farm for a change. Before you drive the last few kilometers to Obereichingen, you should take a little time to let the many sights of the medieval city of Ulm rest in peace on you.This section is almost 100 kilometers long, so it's best to split it up into two (or more) tours. On the way, cozy towns such as Weissenhorn, Roggenburg, Krumbach or Senden offer a stop or a stage destination.
On this section of the Danube Valley Cycle Path, the child is brought to life in you. At almost 18 kilometers, you will come to countless playgrounds, lakes and great vantage points that delight the whole family. This short tour is varied and entertaining and therefore especially suitable for children. They will be all the more pleased if you plan a trip to the world-famous Legoland.Right at the beginning of the tour, however, Ichenhausen offers a stop that may seem rather off-putting to the kids at first sight. At the school museum, you can feel like a student about 100 years ago. But at the latest, when the school bell rings for the historic lesson, the offspring will be enthusiastic and captivated.Back in the present, you follow the route via fortified farm roads, small country roads and cycle paths. About half way you reach the branch to Kleinkötz, which brings you directly to the legendary Legoland. Here you can immerse yourself in the fantasy world of 55 million of the iconic building blocks. If you want you can just stay here: In the resort, a campsite and a hotel invite you to linger. Alternatively, you can follow the route to Günzburg, where you reach the bank of the Danube again.
The valleys of the Mindel and the Kammel, two tributaries of the Danube, await you on this short section of the DonauTäler cycle path. Enjoy the ride through flowering meadows and fertile fields and take the time to cool off in the lake along the route.If you are not cycling along the banks of a river or the view opens onto an idyllic pond, small wooded areas make for a change that is perfect for cycling. Small but perfectly paved back roads offer excellent conditions and it is simply a pleasure to roll here and let the view wander over the beautiful fields and meadows, which alternate again and again with the shady forest.The track itself is beautiful, but relatively unspectacular. If you plan a few detours, you can still experience a lot. Not far from the bike path is, for example, the Torferlebnispark Bremental (near Jettingen-Scheppach), where you can learn all about the craft of peat cutting and the flora and fauna in the Bremental. On the other hand, the GIEP Waters Information Adventure Trail near Münsterhausen revolves around water. At eleven stations, the nature trail will provide you with exciting knowledge about the waters of the area and will encourage you to think about how to deal with this beautiful habitat.