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Walking in the Altmhltal Nature Park

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In the Green Heart of Bavaria is the Altmuhltal Nature Park. Its beautiful countryside and the variety of its natural landscape make it a walkers paradise… Discover steep jaggered Dolomite-rocks, sun-kissed juniper heaths, soft river valleys and extensive forests as you walk east from the spa town of Treuchtlingen to Kelheim on the Danube river.

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All about the Walking in the Altmhltal Nature Park.

In the Green Heart of Bavaria is the Altmuhltal Nature Park. Its beautiful countryside and the variety of its natural landscape make it a walkers paradise… Discover steep jaggered Dolomite-rocks, sun-kissed juniper heaths, soft river valleys and extensive forests as you walk east from the spa town of Treuchtlingen to Kelheim on the Danube river. You’ll walk through a landscape steeped in history and culture: impressive ramparts, reconstructed forts and spectacular treasure troves are testimony to Celtic and Roman times. From more recent times you’ll find castles and palaces built by nobility and magnificent churches and monasteries built by prince-archbishops. You’ll also enjoy some of the region’s culinary delights from tasty sausage specialties to numerous delicious beers.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Route notes and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Boat ride
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Altmuhltal Nature Park, Germanys second largest, full of natural monuments
  • Impressive ramparts, reconstructed forts and spectacular treasure troves are testimony to Celtic and Roman times
  • Idyllic walking paths above the river valley
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Treuchtlingen

    Arrive in the heart of the Altmuhltal Nature Park in the idyllic town of Treuchtlingen, known for its Thermal Spa.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Treuchtlingen to Pappenheim 14km/9mi (4 hr)

    Today starts with a short ascent to a viewpoint with views onto the river Altmhl meandering through the valley which you soon descend to follow. Continue via the Devils Pulpit and the Hollerstein viewpoint to finish with a leisurely walk along the course of the river to the medieval town of Pappenheim. You will be greeted by the impressive castle, seat of the former Reichserbmarschlle.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Pappenheim to Dollnstein 25km/16mi (6.5hr)

    A mountain trail leads you through heathland to Solnhofen, known for its limestone slabs and site of over 140 million-year-old fossils. Soon after an amazing and very popular photo opportunity awaits: the nature monument, the Twelve Apostles, steep limestone rocks embedded in juniper heaths. The route then leads you to the market town of Dollnstein, into the primeval Danube valley.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Dollnstein to Eichsttt 15km/9.5mi (5hr)

    Todays tour leads you through the historic town gate and on to the juniper heath. You walk above the river Altmhl past the rock tower Burgsteinfelsen and via a lovely mountain path onwards to Obereichsttt. Continue on with great views all the way to Eichsttt with Willibalds castle towering over the town. Enjoy a stroll around the town and head to the Altmhltal Nature Park Visitors Centre.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Eichstatt to Kipfenberg 26km/16.5mi (6hr)

    With a lovely view onto the striking Osterberg mountain and the Roman fort Vetoniana, you walk to the Buchenhller mammoth cave. You will walk across wonderful alpine paths above Altmhl 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.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Kipfenberg to Beilngries 24km/15mi (5.5hr)

    Todays walk starts on forest paths with stunning views from the clearings onto the beautiful Anlauter valley. Reach the village of Kinding with its impressive fortified church. Continue along the panorama path, which keeps its promise: magnificent views into the Altmhl valley and onto bizarre rock formations. Descend to reach the Main-Danube canal and your overnight stop, Beilngries.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Beilngries to Riedenburg 17km/10.5mi (3.5hr) or 35km/22mi (7.5hr)

    Today you have the option to do a longer walk or to shorten the walk at a number of places. The first section takes you via the Arzberg mountain plateau into the Seven Valley Town of Dietfurt. Enjoy the view onto Eggersberg palace, past rock formations and along the Altmhltal-boardwalk into the pretty village of Gundlfing. Your final destination is the 3-castle town of Riedenburg.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Riedenburg to Kelheim 19km/12mi (5.5hr)

    Your route today takes you first to Prunn Castle, a fairytale castle dating back to 1200. Continue along the Main-Danube Canal, then walking along the Jura rock to the Celts Wall to reach the Danube. Visit Weltenburg Monastery before the impressive finale of your tour, the boat ride through the Danube crevasse to Kelheim.

  9. Day 9 Day 9: Leave Kelheim
Where you stay
Hotels
You will stay in a mixture of HHH and 3 star hotels, all en suite. The hotels are chosen for their excellent facilities and proximity to the relevant local sites. All rooms have en suite facilities. You will mainly be staying in villages with most offering some shops and restaurants and an ATM machine. Extra nights can be booked in Treuctlingen, Eichstatt and Beilngries.
Eating and Drinking

What is your first thought when you think of German food, Bier und Bratwurst or Beer and sausages, and if this is what you want then you will not be disappointed. However there is much more to Bavarian cuisine. Meat and freshwater fish are heavily used but vegetarians are also well catered for. Germans tend to follow similar eating patterns to the US, with breakfast, followed by a small lunch, and large evening meal, dinners tends to be taken fairly early and restaurants will start serving from 6pm. Throughout the towns there are a good choice of differing places to eat, the most traditional of these are the beer halls, these are not just places to drink the local brew, they are also offer traditional cuisine, they can be nice for lunch as they offer small plates of tasty morsels, you will also find the local bratwurst in served them. The most social of places are the beer gardens, these offer really good food in an outdoor setting many have indoor eating areas as well, don’t let the name put you off they also normally have a fairly good wine list too. Then there are the restaurants you will find in most towns a good choice of both German and International cuisine.

Classification: Self-Guided

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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