Five rivers that flow in cheerful loops through the middle of Bavaria - sometimes calmingly leisurely, sometimes excitingly wild. They are bordered by green meadows, wide fields and romantic wooded hills on which fairytale castles throne. Straight as a die canals stretch between the rivers and charming towns and cities such as Regensburg or Nuremberg adorn the banks.
You can cycle the approximately 300 km long Five Rivers Cycle Route along the Danube, Altmühl, Pegnitz, Vils and Naab in five stages that are between 35 and 75 km long. The starting point of the circuit is Regensburg. Of course, you can also get on at any other point on the cycle path. You can reach Regensburg easily by local and long-distance trains or via the Danube cycle path. From there you cycle clockwise along the Danube and the Altmühl. In Nuremberg you meet the Pegnitz and then follow the Vils and the Naab back to Regensburg.
In all stage destinations you will find a good selection of accommodation and refreshments. Along the way you also have plenty of opportunities to eat and drink, be it in the countless towns and villages you cross or in the cosy beer gardens and inns along the way. If some stages are too long for you, you can simply cut them in half or shorten them. Along the cycle path there are always overnight accommodations and also some railway stations. In summer there are leisure buses in the region, where you can take your bike with you, and at the Danube and Altmühl you also have the possibility to change to ships. You can customise your cycle tour on the Five Rivers Cycle Route to suit your fitness level and adventure plans. Have fun!
Ready to get going? Create and customize your own version of this adventure using the full Tour below as a template.
Last updated: March 21, 2023
Plan your own version of this adventure in the multi-day planner based on the stages suggested in this Collection.
In Regensburg begins the Five Rivers Cycle Route, where you can easily get on the train. The Danube Cycle Route, which you also follow on the first leg of the Five Rivers Cycle Route, also takes you to the starting point. On the banks of the river you cycle from Regensburg, past the Naabmündung into…
From Kelheim you cycle through the beautiful Altmühltal, surrounded by hills and forests. Always on the bank of the river, you always have the sparkling water in view. Every now and then it is worthwhile to look over the hills, because there you can see fairytale castles perched on dizzyingly high rocks…
Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.
In Berching you drive directly to the shore of the Ludwig-Danube-Main-Canal and follow its course almost to the final destination. The bike path on the dead straight canal leads you almost always along the shore, so you can enjoy the view of the water again today. Alternating you cycle past wide meadows…
At Wöhrder See you drive out of Nuremberg. On the outskirts of the lake, the lake passes into the Pegnitz, the course of which you follow to the east. At the beginning of the stage you cycle through some places like Röthenbach an der Pegnitz and Lauf an der Pegnitz, which connect almost seamlessly with…
On the last leg of the Five Rivers Cycle Route, you will set out on your way back to Regensburg, the starting point of the tour. On the banks of the Vils you cycle from Amberg. After leaving all the foothills of the city behind you, you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of forests, meadows and fields…
Bike Touring Collection by FrankenTourismus
Bike Touring Collection by Bahn und Fahrrad
Bike Touring Collection by Lakes Gravel Gang
Bike Touring Collection by Guillaume Favez