Germany

Short Break in the Altmuhltal Nature Park

Trip code: W04AB 4 (1 reviews)

Self-guided walking

4 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

11.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • As nature and geology enthusiasts, indulge in Bavaria's green heart at your own pace on this walking holiday, tailored for your exploration.
  • Altmuhltal Nature Park stands as Germany's second-largestsecond largest, teeming with natural wonders, bizarre rock formations and ancient fossils.
  • Explore the birthplace of German folktales and medieval history, surrounded by charming castles and historical marvels.
  • This is a shorter version of the 8 nights Walking In The Altmuhtal Nature Park holiday. Short break excludes visits to Anlauter Valley, Weltenburg Monastery, Reidenburg, and Beilngries.
  • Based on our popular 8 night, Walking in the Altmuhltal Nature Park

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Step into the serene embrace of nature with our self-guided walking trip through the breathtaking Altmuhltal Nature Park nestled just 100 km north of Munich. This 4-night journey invites you to explore the magnificent landscapes of Bavaria, promising an unforgettable experience for walking enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Renowned as the birthplace of the Archaeopteryx fossils, this park unveils a fascinating chapter in Earth's history, allowing you to journey back through time by searching for fossils in its ancient stone quarries. The park covers 1840 m², offering a picturesque backdrop of steep Dolomite rocks, sun-kissed juniper heaths, gentle river valleys, and expansive forests.

This walking holiday in the green heart of Bavaria, one of the biggest nature parks in Germany traverses from the spa town of Treuchtlingen to Eichstatt along beautiful rivers. Explore a landscape steeped in history, featuring impressive ramparts, reconstructed forts, and ancient treasures from Celtic and Roman eras. Behold awe-inspiring castles, palaces, and churches, including the 14th-century Willibalds Castle and the natural marvel, the Twelve Apostles - limestone monoliths nestled amidst juniper heaths.

Enjoy Bavarian cuisine with diverse beer options and delicious sausages. Try Himbeergeist, a raspberry spirit, and Semmelknodel, Bavarian bread dumplings, ideal with hearty meals. These treats provide a tasty reward after your hiking adventures.

Stay in our delightful mix of traditional 3-star hotels, assuring you a cosy experience. Positioned conveniently within villages, these accommodations not only boast excellent amenities but also provide easy access to local attractions. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Altmuhltal, where each step leads you deeper into nature's marvels and Bavaria's vibrant heritage.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

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.

You stay at Selected hotels.

hotel details

Hotels, Bavaria


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.

Day 2: Treuchtlingen to Pappenheim (14km/8.7mi)

Today starts with a short ascent to a viewpoint with views onto the river Altmühl meandering through the valley which you soon descend to follow. Continue via the ‘Devil’s 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 Reichserbmarschälle.

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Day 3: Pappenheim to Mornsheim (15km/9.3mi)

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 small town of Mornsheim.

Day 4: Mornsheim to Eichstatt (25km/15.5mi)

Today‘s tour leads you through the historic town gate and on to the juniper heath. You walk above the river Altmühl past the rock tower Burgsteinfelsen and via a lovely mountain path onwards to Obereichstätt. Continue on with great views all the way to Eichstätt with Willibalds castle towering over the town. Enjoy a stroll around the town and head to the Altmühltal Nature Park Visitors Centre.

Day 5: Leave Eichstatt

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £115.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £115.

Twin-bedded rooms in German resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Munich then rail Munich Hbf to Treuchtlingen and taxi to hotel approx 10 minutes payable locally Return: Taxi to train station payable locally then rail Eichstatt to Munich Hbf then British Airways Munich to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. Please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

The Altmuhltal 5 day walking holiday is one of the less good Headwater holidays we’ve been on - we've been in more than a dozen. Our holiday was in September and therefore just after the season ended. As a result finding restaurants was difficult - we actually had no dinner at Dollnstein since all the restaurants were closed. A little tricky after a 17 mile walk!



The walking was enjoyable, through pretty countryside. Day 2 was tough (Pappenheim to Dollnstein) and dragged on a bit towards the end. We’re glad we didn’t do the longer holiday, which would have been very tough.



Eurohike notes were scant, but their App was excellent.



One high point was Hotel zur Sonne in Pappenheim. A lovely hotel and fabulous restaurant.



One last point. We don’t recommend flying via Nuremberg. BA flights in and out were late in the day. Our outbound flight ran 3 hours late, meaning we arrived at our hotel after midnight. Our return flight was almost as late, meaning we got home similarly very late.

Mr Asteriades, 11 Sep 2022

 


Self-guided walking

4 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

11.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

4 nights from £699

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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