This eight-night holiday is situated in beautiful unspoilt Bavaria. Like Andalucia to Spain, Bavaria is very much the archetypical Germany. Bratwurst, beer and Lederhosen are still the mode of fashion. Behind this caricature of German psyche lies a stunning region surrounded by the German Jura Mountains, dissected by a network of beautiful rivers, pine-clad hills, hilltop castles and pretty towns and villages around every turn in the road.
Starting and finishing in the mediaeval UNESCO city of Regensburg, which lies on the banks of the imperious Danube, you'll cycle past four rivers: the majestic Danube, the stunning Altmuhl, the Sulz and the Schwarze Leber.
Following the Danube Trail right along the riverside, you'll visit the spa town of Bad Abbach with its mix of relaxing gardens and lively cafes. Along the way you can immerse in the local culture and cycle or enjoy boat trips from the pretty towns to stop off at traditional breweries - it is Bavaria, after all!
Cycling along the stunning Altmuhl river, which cuts through a deep beautiful valley, there are wonderful vistas of high- perched castles and the 'Tatzelwurm', a waved wooden bridge spanning over 600m to admire. Look out for fishing herons and speedy kingfishers splashing in the waters en route. Pfraundorfer See is a popular local swimming spot you can pedal to, where you can cool off and dip your toes.
Along the way you'll pass through scented pine forests, green meadows and quaint towns complete with fairytale castles and friendly locals. Your final stretch takes you from the charming town of Parsberg along the Schwarze Laber back to the jewel that is Regensburg, where you can marvel at the architecture, take part in the custom of Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and a large portion of cake) or enjoy lunch and a beer in one of the gasthofs.
En route, sample the famous bratwursts that appear on every menu, as well as fresh, local dishes. You can wash these dishes down with the great beers and excellent wines from slightly north of the region.
The routes are mostly on dedicated cycle tracks that are a mix of tarmac and gravel, with the occasional short stretch of hard packed earth.
You'll stay in a good mix of accommodation styles: the modern *** Hotel Jakob, the boutique **** Dormero Hotel in Kelheim, a converted **** brewery in Beilngries and a classic Bavarian **** upscale hotel.
Head out to choose from one of the many restaurants in this charming city, maybe visiting a traditional beer garden, which are often the best places to sample the local food. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)
You take the Danube Cycle Way today which follows the river for the whole of the day's cycle. You cycle through the wide verdant valleys of the Danube, passing pretty hamlets, stunning cliffs and lovely churches. En route you pedal through the spa town of Bad Abbach, with its relaxing gardens and lively cafes. (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)
Kelheim sits in the confluence of rivers Danube and Altmuhl. The town itself is a nice place to wander, or either cycle or take a boat trip along the Danube to the C7 Benedictine Abbey Kloster Weltenburg, complete with its own brewery and brewery museum. Alternatively, cycle to Abensburg to the Kuchlbauer brewery complete with crazy art deco tower! (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)
You follow the Altmuhl river today, which meanders its way through the stunning Altmuhl valley with its high peaks on either side. Look out for fishing herons and speedy kingfishers, and for the 'Tatzelwurm' - a waved wooden bridge spanning over 600m. Take time to wander around riverside Reidenburg and stop in one of the beer gardens en route. (Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau, Half Board)
The pretty town of Bielngries is nice place to relax; there is a small toy museum or you can walk up to the Schloss Hirschberg , where you will find the rock cellar brewery museum. Alternatively, take a boat ride along the canal to pretty Berching, or pick the Altmuhl river and follow it to the Pfraundorfer See, a popular local swimming spot. (Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau, Half Board)
Following the Sulz river out of town to the stunning village of Berching, you'll leave the waterways behind. Climbing a little you'll pass through pine forests, high meadows and small farming communities. You'll then descend through Dasswang and continue downwards to Parsberg and your upscale Bavarian-style hotel for the next two nights. (Staying at Romantik Hotel Hirschen, Half Board)
Parsberg is a quaint town and you can visit the castle close to the hotel. Alternatively, leave the bikes today and take the train to Nuremberg, where you can explore the streets and walk along the completely walled old town. Admire the stunning Schloss that looms over the town and sample the Nuremberger sausage, perhaps the most famous in the region. (Staying at Romantik Hotel Hirschen, Breakfast only)
Today you mostly follow the Schwarze Leber, as it flows into the Danube, passing through forests, beautiful villages and along lovely meadows. Look out for the popular climbing rocks and lunch at one of the gasthofs en route. Finish the day following the majestic Danube as you return to Regensburg for your last night in this jewel of Bavaria. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.
NEARBY: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 and the building itself dates back to C18 and was used for over 100 years as a police station.
Room upgrades: First Room.
First rooms are bigger than the standard rooms and have a seating area within the room.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
NEARBY:The Hotel Dormero is located in the semi-pedestrianised area of Kelheim just inside the old gates. The old building has been transformed inside to create a modern stylish hotel with boutique style rooms and a cool panorama bar.
Room upgrades: Superior Room.
The superior room is a larger room offering some seating.
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 run 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 centre of bustling Beilngries.
Room upgrades: Superior Goldfuchs room, Junior Suite or Kaiserbeck Suite.
First opened in 1883 on the site of a brewery and farmyard, the Romantik Hotel Hirschen has remained in the same family ever since. The hotel was heavily renovated in 1998 and been continuously upgraded since. You will find a hotel that manages to mix traditional Bavarian with a modern spirit, with excellent traditional dishes with a modern twist. The hotel has a large wellness area with sauna, steam bath and whirlpool, with an indoor swimming pool at the Garden Hotel (sister property) just 100m away. Look out for the hotel's own 'oxygen spring water'! It is ideally located in the middle of Parsberg, a short walk from the castle.
If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.
NEARBY:The Hotel Opera is situated in the Lehel district of Munich, the area has a village feel to it, but is just a 15 minute walk to the main centre of Munich and a 20 minute walk to the Englischer Garten, Munich's huge leafy park.
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Great cycling holiday in wonderful scenery
I really enjoyed Bavaria, provision for cycling is excellent and when you have to use the roads the other road users are very sympathetic to people on two wheels.
Excellent. we really enjoyed ourselves.and can't wait for next year's cycling holiday!
Extremely enjoyable and good fun. Excellent bikes, hotels and food.
A cycling holiday is the best way to see and experience a country, particularly in Bavaria. Nothing beats riding next to the Danube and decending through Alpine forest on a sunny day with hardly a soul around. We find German people very friendly and helpful. We have no problem anywhere we go. German drivers are patient and considerate to cyclists, unlike I dare some of those in the UK. The hotels used by Headwater are excellent. The Romantic Hotel Hirschen (Parsberg), in particular, is Michelin quality. The bikes that we were provided are good. My wife would have taken it home if she could. Our rep, Stephen Miles, is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Not only does he fit and equip the bikes for us but also provided useful hints that were not found in the brochure. It a bonus that he also turns out to be a very interesting person to talk to. All in all, we had a wonderful time and would recommend it to anyone. Just one word of caution, this is not a cycling holiday really for softies. The routes are not all flat. There is at least one section where there are significant climbs. However, any reasonably fit cyclist should enjoy this holiday. I recommend it.
Great scenery with a good mixture of easy cycling along beautiful rivers and some medium climbs with great views. Excellent beer and ice cream in every town and village.
Cycling in Bavaria provided us with a lovely holiday with very pleasant cycling along the Danube and other rivers. Good scenery along the way and some interesting towns to explore. Opportunities to visit other towns and attractions on 'rest days'. Good hotels, all well located.
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Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.
Every two days from 3rd May 2019 to 14th Oct 2019, for 8 nights.
All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £100 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.
Transfers included from Regensburg train station at 16:11 and back to Regensburg train station at 11:30.
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