The Altmühltal Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 9 days | 8 nights | £539 per person
On your walk along the Altmühltal-Panorama path steep jaggered Dolomite-rocks, sun-kissed juniper heaths, soft river valleys and extensive forests will line your way. The nature park ‚Altmühltal’ is also mainly know for its romantic scenery and hence predestined for a comfortable week of walking amidst unspoilt nature.
On top of that you come across a landscape steeped in history and culture: impressive ramparts, reconstructed forts and spectacular treasure troves are testimony to Celtic and Roman times. Castles and palaces built by nobility, magnificent churches and monasteries built by prince-archbishops.
In the Altmühltal valley you will also enjoy many culinary delights: from tasty saussage specialities all the way to the local hops in the shape of numerous delicious beers..
Walking Tour Highlights
• Walk along the Altmuehltal Valley Balcony Path
• Go past steep dolomite rocks, river valleys and large forests
• A classic walking tour in the Bavarian region
• Explore the thermal spa resort of Treuchtlingen
Walking Route Features
Easy hiking on good paths and small side roads. Stages from 20 to 30 km to require a good level of fitness. Sometimes abbreviations are possible by bus.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st Day: Individual journey to Treuchtlingen
The idyllic little Altmühl-town Treuchtlingen is situated in the centre of the nature park ‚Altmühltal’, the second biggest Nature Park in Germany. We recommend you seize the first day and relax in the well-known Altmühl-Thermal Spa.
2nd Day: Treuchtlingen – Pappenheim/Surroundings.
With views onto the river Altmühl meandering through the valley you continue via the ‘Devil’s Pulpit’ towards Medieval Pappenheim. You descend again to the river Altmühl via the viewpoint Hollerstein and continue leisurely along the course of the river to your Day Finish, where you are greeted by the impressive castle, seat of the former ‚Reichserbmarschälle’-marshals.
Details: approx. 4 hours | 14 km | Up 310 m | Down 320 m.
3rd Day: Pappenheim/Surroundings – Dollnstein/Surroundings
Via an high-altitude path with great views you walk over to Solnhofen, the mining place of the well-known Solnhofer limestone slabs and site of over 140 million-year-old fossils. Soon after an amazing and very popular photo opportunity awaits: the nature monument ‚Twelve Apostles’, steep limestone rocks embedded in juniper heaths. The route leads you to Dollnstein into the primeval Danube valley.
Details: approx. 5 to 6.5 hours | 25 km | Up 510 m | Down 500 m.
4th Day: Dollnstein/Surroundings – Eichstätt
You pass the Geo-monument ‚Burgsteinfelsen’ and continue through forests and juniper heaths and later on on a mountain path with great views all the way to Eichstätt. With Willibalds castle towering over this diocesan town, it is a complete Baroque work of art with prestigious buildings as well as dreamy little alleyways.
Details: approx. 5 hours | 15 km | Up 360 m | Down 340 m.
5th Day: Eichstätt – Kipfenberg
Individual journey home from Eichstätt at 5-Day-Tour.
With a lovely view onto the striking Osterberg mountain and the Roman fort Vetonina, you walk to the Buchenhüller mammoth cave. You will walk across wonderful alpine paths above Altmühl and you will get fantastic views of the valley and the rock faces whilst walking along the panoramic path. You will walk through the Gugoldinger Wacholderheide, which is a fantastic nature protection area before you will go past the Arnsberger Leite and the Limes watch tower to Kipfenberg.
Details: approx. 6 hours | 26 km | Up 720 m | Down 740 m.
6th Day: Kipfenberg – Beilngries
Today’s tour starts with stunning views and insights into the beautiful Anlauter valley. Reach Kinding with its impressive fortified church and cosy inns. Shortly afterwards the panorama path again keeps its promise: magnificent views into the Altmühl valley and onto bizarre rock formations. After that another scenic outpost awaits: the Main-Danube canal, Arzberg, Beilngries, Altmühl and Sulz. A steep descent to Beilngries follows.
Details: approx. 5,5 to 6 hours | 24 km | Up 540 m | Down 550 m.
7th Day: Beilngries – Riedenburg
Individual journey home from Beilngries at 7-Day-Tour.
Via the Arzberg mountain plateau into the ‚Seven Valley Town’ of Dietfurt, where water in the form of the Main-Danube canal, rivers and springs plays a major role. Enjoy the view onto Eggersberg palace, past rock formations and along the Altmühltal-boardwalk into the pretty village of Gundlfing. From the ‚Devil’s Rock’ -Teufelsfelsen into the 3-castle town of Riedenburg.
Details: approx. 7,5 hours (approx. 3,5 hrs. by bus ride) | 35 km | Up 680 m | Down 700 m.
8th Day: Riedenburg – Kelheim
Gnarly trees and rock towers line your – in parts – steep path up to Prunn castle. Pass the blue glittering karst spring “Blautopf” and continue along the Main-Danube Canal. As a reward enjoy a grandiose view into the distance. Back again in the valley, you walk along the Jura rock to the ‚Celt’s Wall’, which leads you immediately back to the Danube – the view down to the mighty Danube crevasse is awe-inspiring. After that the impressive finale of your tour: the boat ride through the Danube crevasse to Kelheim.
Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 19 km | Up 470 m | Down 470 m.
9th Day: Individual departure
The terrain is easy and you walk on well-maintained walking paths. For each daily tour a good basic fitness level is required.
Technically the tours are easy and can be mastered without any difficulties. In parts shortcuts by public transport are possible.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Altmühltal tour stays in middle class country hotels and inns carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
• 8 x overnight stays, breakfast included
• Luggage transfer
• Boat ride Weltenburg – Kelheim (9-day tour)
• Carefully elaborated route descriptions
• Detailed travel and tour documents
• Service hotline
The terrain is easy and you walk on well-maintained walking paths. For each daily tour a good basic fitness level is required. Technically the tours are easy and can be mastered without any difficulties. In parts shortcuts by public transport are possible.
We recommend flying to Munich or Nuremberg and arriving by train to the starting point in Treuchtlingen. The region is covered by the DB ‘Bayern’ Ticket and is valid from the airport and all local public transport in Bavaria. For more information, please visit Deutsche Bahn.
Train journey to Treuchtlingen and only a short walk to the start-hotel.
Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation possible. Parking spaces at Treuchtlingen train station free of charge.
Return train journey to Treuchtlingen, from Kelheim (by bus to Kelheim-Saal) duration approx. 2.5 hours (1x change trains) and from Beilngries duration approx. 2 hours (1x change trains).
The Altmühltal, 9 days, 8 nights
All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room. A number of single rooms are available at a supplement. This holiday is also bed and breakfast.
2018 Walking Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 07.04. – 25.05. | 17.09. – 14.10.2018
Season 2: 26.05. – 22.06.| 20.08. – 16.09.2018
Season 3: 23.06.. – 19.08.2018
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price, and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: £539
Single Supplement: £159
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