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Five Waterways of Bavaria Cycling


Hotel Jakob ***
Regensburg   (Days 1+10)

The Hotel Jakob is in an ideal location for old town Regensburg - the hotel is actually built into one of the old gates to the town. The hotel offers boutique style rooms with all mod-cons and has nice buffet breakfast to start the day. The building itself dates back to C18 and was used for over 100 years as a police station.

Further details on the hotel website.

Day 1 - Arrive in Regensburg

Head out for dinner in this charming city, perhaps in a traditional beer garden, which is often the best place to sample the local food.(Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 2 - Regensburg to Beilngries 84km/52mi

You take the Danube Cycle Way today, which follows the river. Cycling through the wide verdant valleys of the Danube, you'll pass pretty hamlets, stunning cliffs and lovely churches. Passing through the spa town of Bad Abbach with its relaxing gardens and lively cafes, you'll leave the Danube at Kelheim then follow the Altmuhl river that meanders its way through the stunning Altmuhl valley with its high peaks on either side. Look out for fishing herons and speedy kingfishers and the 'Tatzelwurm' - a waved wooden bridge spanning over 600m. Take time to wander around riverside Reidenburg and stop off in one of the beer gardens en route. (Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau, Half board)

Hotel Fuchsbrau ****
Beilngries   (Days 2+3)

The Fuchsbrau has been owned for five generations by the same family. Until the late seventies it was a brewery but has since been turned into a quality hotel. Still ran by the same family, it offers a small pool and sauna area. Dinner in good weather can be taken in the hotel's beer garden. The hotel is located right in the center of bustling Beilngries.

Further details on the hotel website.

Day 3 - Beilngries

Either relax in the pretty town of Beilngries - there's a small toy museum to visit - or walk up to the Schloss Hirschberg, where you'll find the rock cellar brewery museum. Alternatively, pick the Altmuhl river and follow to the Pfraundorfer See, a popular local swimming spot. Continuing along the river you'll arrive at Kipfenburg, the geographical centre of Bavaria, with its famous medieval castle. (Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau, Half board)

Day 4 - Beilngries to Neumarkt 44km/27.5mi

After following the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal to the beautiful walled town of Berching, from here you'll head through pretty villages and small farming communities, passing woodlands and meadows on your way to Freystad with its pretty walled old town, where you'll stop off for lunch. It's then a short climb to Neumarkt and your hotel for the next two nights. (Staying at Hotel Lehmeier, Breakfast only)

NEUMARKT (Days 4+5)

The traditional, historic exterior of the centrally located Hotel Lehmeier belies the modern hotel that resides within.

All 27 rooms of the Hotel Lehmeier are elegantly decorated in warm colours offering a contemporary style and bright atmosphere. Each room is appointed with en-suite facilities, hairdryer, radio, flat screen television, safe and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel has won several awards for their cuisine, serving traditional local dishes in their restaurant. There is a good choice of shops, bars and restaurants nearby.

Find out more on the hotel website.

Day 5 - At Neumarkt

Today you could follow a walk around the Weinberg to the ruined castle or mooch around the only museum dedicated to the Maybach. Alternatively, take a train to Regensburg to spend more time in this city, or take your bike on the train to Parsberg and cycle back along the Schwarze Leber river cycle route. (Staying at Hotel Lehmeier, Breakfast only)

Day 6 - Neumarkt to Nuremburg 48km/30mi

Today you'll follow the Ludwig-Main-Donau Canal for the whole day to arrive at Nuremburg. The canal passes through some wonderful scenery, pine-scented forests, apple, cherry and pear orchards, all wrapped up by beautiful mountains. En route you'll pass many quaint locks and a good choice of gasthofs to stop and enjoy a radler. The cycle track takes you right into the center of Nuremburg. (Staying at Hotel Prinzregent, Breakfast only)

Hotel Prinzregent ***
Nuremburg   (Days 6+7)

The Hotel Prinzregent sits on a leafy street overlooking the Pengitz river, just a 10 minute walk to the old town. Originally a Jewish merchant's art nouveau mansion, the hotel has been owned by the same family since 1951 and was restored from ruins. Today it manages to mix art nouveau elegance with boutique style room decor.

Further details on the hotel website.

Day 7 -At Nuremburg

The most German of German cities, Nuremburg was named this after the beauty of the town (pre-war). One of the most important trading points under papal rule, Nuremburg grew from C10. Its huge castle still to this day hovers over the town and the old city walls are still complete. There is a good choice of museums to visit, from the German National Museum to the cute Nuremburg Toy Museum, or perhaps go on a tour of the subterranean beer cellars. You can stay longer in this city or add extra days to visit nearby Bamberg and Weurzberg. (Staying at Hotel Prinzregent, Breakfast only)

Day 8 - Nuremburg to Amberg 77km/47mi

Today you'll enjoy a beautiful ride along the Pegnitz river, passing a series of pretty towns, including Lauf which is a highlight to stop off at. You'll then climb a little through stunning mountain landscapes, high meadows and small farms to the reach the beautiful town of Sulzbach. A long freewheel then takes you to Amberg and your prison cell for the next two nights. (Staying at Hotel Fronfeste, Breakfast only)

Hotel Fronfeste ***
Amberg   (Days 8+9)

The Hotel Fronfeste is a former 300-year-old prison built into the old walls of Amberg, just a short walk from the Englischer Garten. Today it has been restored very well to create a prison hotel. Each room is a former cell, the staff dress as prison wardens and each room has a welcoming 'bread and water'. This makes for a unusual and quirky stay.

Further details on the hotel website.

Day 9 - At Amberg

Enjoy the sights of this walled town today - it is a lively place with many bars and restaurants and plenty of sights such as the C15 New Palace, the Gothic town hall and market square, the world's smallest hotel, 'Little Wedding House', and the town museum. A walk around the medieval walls is a popular local stroll. (Staying at Hotel Fronfeste, Breakfast only)

Day 10 - Amberg to Regensburg 63km/40mi

Today you'll follow a beautiful old railway track along the Pengitz; sitting above the villages and meadows it offers wonderful views as you slowly make your way down Kallmunz, a quaint village that sits at the confluence of the Pengitz and Naab rivers. Let the castle lead you into town and then pick up the Naab river, following it through woodlands past the wonderful monastery at Pielenhofen to rejoin the Danube. Then it's back to your hotel in Regensburg for a final night. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 11 - Leave Regensburg

For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Passau to Vienna Cycling.

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