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Altmuehltal - In the Franconian lake district

from/to Rothenburg



Tour profile: Level 1- 2

On the Altmühltal cycle path, you will travel on an ascent free route on mounted forest and field paths, small side streets with little traffic as well as mostly on fine gravelled cycle paths. When travelling along the Main Danube canal, you will cycle on mounted gravel paths. On the Franconian Wasser cycle path, you will cycle on a route without any larger ascents, apart from a few exceptions.

Day 1: Rothenburg

Individual arrival. On the first evening, you can take a stroll with the Rothenburg night watchman.

Day 2: Rothenburg – Gunzenhausen, approx. 80 km

Travelling through the upper Altmühltal valley, you will cycle to Herrieden, where you can still sense the medieval atmosphere. Before reaching your stage destination Gunzenhausen, it is possible to enjoy a refreshing swim in the splendid Altmühlsee Lake.

Day 3: Gunzenhausen – Eichstätt, approx. 70 km

The nature park Altmühltal unveils a landscape of unique beauty. In Eichstätt, you can admire the baroque splendour of the former prince bishop town.

Day 4: Eichstätt – Beilngries, approx. 45 km

Travelling through the nature reserve area of the Gungoldinger Wacholderheide (juniper heath), the cycling tour then leads to Beilngries. The historic old town centre is surrounded by a well preserved city wall.

Day 5: Beilngries – Hipoltstein/Roth, approx. 40 - 50 km

Today, this diverse cycling tour leads you from the Altmühltal valley along the Main Danube canal to Hipoltstein. The castle town lies embedded in meadows and pastures. At the nearby idyllic Rothsee Lake, you can relax in the well kept sunbat hing areas.

Day 6: Hipoltstein/Roth – Ansbach, approx. 55 km

Travelling along the Burgenstraße, this stage of the Franconian Wasser cycle path will lead you from the Franconian lake country into romantic Franconia. Travelling via the Minnesinger town of Wolframs Eschenbach with its completely preserved town wall, you will then reach the former residence city of Ansbach.

Day 7: Ansbach – Rothenburg, approx. 45 km

During the following route section, numerous historical discoveries make the Franconian Wasser cycle path a particularly impressive one. After Colmberg with its imposing castle, you will cycle through the hilly foothills of the Frankenhöhe to Rothenburg.

Day 8: Individual departure

Individual departure or extension of your stay.


  • 7 nights in room with shower/WC

  • Daily breakfast

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • City tour with night watchman in Rothenburg (only in Cat. A and A+)

  • 1 cup of coffee + dessert in Eichstätt (only for Cat. A+)

  • Tasting of a glass of schnapps in the Plankstetten monastery

  • Map and information material/room

  • Complete bike rental cover

  • GPS data on request

  • Service hotline

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period
    S2   10.04. - 16.05.24
    Cat. A+
    S3   17.05. - 31.05.24
    Cat. A+
    S2   01.06. - 27.06.24
    Cat. A+
    S3   28.06. - 25.08.24
    Cat. A+
    S2   26.08. - 01.10.24
    Cat. A+
    S1   02.10. - 10.10.24
    Cat. A+
    S2   10.04. - 16.05.24
    Cat. A
    S3   17.05. - 31.05.24
    Cat. A
    S2   01.06. - 27.06.24
    Cat. A
    S3   28.06. - 25.08.24
    Cat. A
    S2   26.08. - 01.10.24
    Cat. A
    S1   02.10. - 10.10.24
    Cat. A
    S2   10.04. - 16.05.24
    Cat. B
    S3   17.05. - 31.05.24
    Cat. B
    S2   01.06. - 27.06.24
    Cat. B
    S3   28.06. - 25.08.24
    Cat. B
    S2   26.08. - 01.10.24
    Cat. B
    S1   02.10. - 10.10.24
    Cat. B


    Discounts 3rd bed in room with 2 full payers
    Children 0-4,99 yrs -100%
    Children 5-13,99 yrs -25%
    from 14 yrs -10%
    Bikes and equipment
    21/24 speed freewheel 99
    E-bike 229
    Additional nights
    Cat. B Rothenburg (dbl/sgl) 66/99
    Cat. A Rothenburg (dbl/sgl) 74/109
    Cat. A+ Rothenburg (dbl/sgl) 124/185

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR


    Hotel samples

    Category A+
    Accommodation in comfortable selected 4 star hotels.

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Hotel Tilman Riemenschneider
    Gunzenhausen: Parkhotel Altmühltal
    Region Eichstätt: IBB Hotel Eichstätt 
    Beilngries: Hotel Fuchsbräu
    Hilpoltstein/Roth: Hotel Zum Schwarzen Ross
    Ansbach: Das Hürner

    Category A
    Accommodation in good to very good 3-4 star hotels

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Hotel Goldenes Fass
    Gunzenhausen: Hotel Adlerbräu
    Region Eichstätt: Hotel Adler
    Beilngries: Hotel Die Gams
    Hilpoltstein/Roth: Hotel Zum Schwarzen Ross
    Ansbach: Hotel Schwarzer Bock

    Category B
    Accommodation in good inns and middle class hotels within 3 star level

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Hotel Merian
    Gunzenhausen: Hotel Adlerbräu
    Region Eichstätt: Hotel Garni Fuchs
    Beilngries: Hotel zur Krone
    Hilpoltstein/Roth: Hotel Zum Schwarzen Ross
    Ansbach: Hotel Grünwald

    NotePlease be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.


    Bicycles inclusive panniers

    The following bikes are available:

    • Touring bikes unisex 28'' with different frame heights
    • E-Bikes

    Producer: Victoria; Shift: Marke Shimano; Weight: 16 kg, Max. weight: 130 kg, Saddle: Selle Royal

    Electrical bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide our clients with our highly modern E-bikes from Victoria. A highlight is the stepless NuVinci-Gearshift.

    With an electric bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness levels. Acclivity can be handled easily.


    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Nürnberg (NUE), Munich (MUN), Frankfurt (FRA) Stuttgart (STR)
    For train connections see "Arrivall by train"

    Arrival by car

    Parking: unguarded parking place or  unguarded hotel garage, approx. € 5-20,- per day, reservation necessary, payable locally! Coaches will need a permission! Information >>here.

    Take Highway A7 Würzburg - Ulm to Rothenburg. Take exit 108 “Rothenburg / Tauber” and follow the signposts for the town center. After two kilometers you will come upon one of the car parks from which you can reach the old town on foot in just a few minutes. 

    No motor vehicles permitted in the center of the old town from 7.00 p.m. - 6.00 a.m. Additional closures during festivals and celebrations.

    Arrival by train

    Train station: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    Travel to Würzburg or Ansbach and change there to a regional train via Steinach to Rothenburg. The historical old town can be reached on foot from the railway station in just a few minutes.

    Train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber:
    from Nuernberg Airport: durati on about 2 hours, 2 x changing
    from Frankfurt Airport: durati on about 3 hours, 3 x changing
    from Munich Airport: durati on about 3,5 hours, 3 x changing


    see under "dates & prices"


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