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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Last updated: February 9, 2023
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In Gunzenhausen, south of the sprawling Altmühlsee, your hike begins through the Altmühltal. From the train station you follow the path through the historic old town and soon a wide landscape spreads before you. In its middle course, the Altmühl meanders as a small meadow river through an open hilly…
Spielberg, starting point of the second stage, is located directly on the edge of the Franconian Jura plateau. As a result, it will slowly become mountainous from today. Right at the beginning, a gentle climb awaits you on a wooded ridge. You follow the course of the ridge to the Yellow Mountain. It…
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Treuchtlingen is located right at the beginning of the Altmühltal and so you can look forward to the third stage on the beautiful landscape. First, it goes over the open meadow landscape on the valley floor, before you ascend steeply at Dietfurt at the valley slope.
High above the valley, you hike on…
On the fourth stage of the Altmühltal panorama path, the long-distance hiking trail lives up to its name: on the way between Solnhofen and Dollnstein, you will be treated to innumerable views of the romantic valley.
Right at the beginning one of the biggest highlights of the whole hike awaits you. Immediately…
The fifth stage of the long-distance hiking trail follows some picturesque bends of the Altmühltal and leads you to further geological highlights. Just a few meters from the starting point Dollnstein you can admire rugged dry slopes. From here you hike along the Altmühl along beautiful river meadows…
The sixth stage of the Altmühltal Panoramaweg begins in picturesque Eichstätt. From here it goes uphill over a sprawling high plateau on the edge of the Altmühltal. Soon, the trail leads back down into the valley and you walk along the edge of the forest above the river.
The trail eventually branches…
The seventh stage of the Altmühltal panorama trail runs through the narrowest and rockiest part of the Altmühltal. From Kipfenberg, the trail meanders first over a wooded ridge. Especially on hot summer days the trees provide cool shade and in winter the unique silence of the sleeping forest enchants…
The eighth stage, with its length of twelve kilometers, is a real pleasure trip. From Beilngries you climb comfortably up to Arzberg and enjoy already beautiful views of the city and the Main-Danube Canal.
The Arzberg is a broad mountain ridge, which is surrounded in the north by the Main-Danube Canal…
Even though the course of the Altmühl and Main-Danube Canal has been straightened out in the course of time, the landscape on the ninth stage is no less impressive. From the starting point Dietfurt, the watercourse winds through a narrow valley with towering valley slopes.
First you walk on beautiful…
On the tenth day of your hike, the last stage is on the Altmühltal Panoramaweg. Finally, you will be spoiled again with stunning views, impressive rocks, idyllic villages and a trip to the Danube Valley.
In Riedenburg begins the tenth stage and the route takes you along a narrow trail along the steep…
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