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Walking in the Altmuhltal Nature Park

Trip code: W08AB

Self-guided walking

8 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

12.0Kg CO2e

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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 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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Boat ride

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 immersive 8-night journey invites you to explore the enchanting 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 traversing from the spa town of Treuchtlingen to Kelheim along the Danube River. Explore a landscape steeped in history, featuring impressive ramparts, reconstructed forts, and ancient treasures from Celtic and Roman eras. Marvel at castles, palaces, and churches, like the 14th-century Willibalds castle and the historically significant Prunn, home to the oldest complete manuscript of the Song of the Nibelungs, a thirteenth-century German epic poem that combines stories of chivalry with more ancient Germanic folktales.

Enjoy Bavarian cuisine with diverse beer options and delicious sausages. Try Himbeergeist, a spirit-soaked wild raspberry drink, and Semmelknodel, fluffy bread dumplings served with hearty roast pork or beef. After a day of hiking, these treats provide the perfect indulgence.

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.


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: Eichstatt to Kipfenberg (26km/16.2mi)

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

Day 6: Kipfenberg to Beilngries (24km/14.9mi)

Today’s 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 Altmühl valley and onto bizarre rock formations. Descend to reach the Main-Danube canal and your overnight stop, Beilngries.

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Day 7: Beilngries to Riedenburg (17km/10.6mi or 35km/21.7mi)

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 Altmühltal-boardwalk into the pretty village of Gundlfing. Your final destination is the 3-castle town of Riedenburg.

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Day 8: Riedenburg to Kelheim (19km/11.8mi)

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 Celt’s Wall to reach the Danube. Visit Weltenburg Monastery before the impressive finale of your tour, the boat ride through the Danube crevasse to Kelheim.

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Day 9: Leave Kelheim

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Jakob, Regensburg; Hotel Opera, Munich.

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Hotel Jakob, Regensburg

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Shops
Market
Cash machine
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AmEx
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Aircon
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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 18th century and was used for over 100 years as a police station.

The hotel offers contemporary styled rooms with warm wood tones in silver ash and shades of green, all with an ensuite bathroom, TV, high-speed internet connection and air conditioning. The friendly staff offer a warm welcome and professional service and the hotel's extensive continental breakfast buffet is a great start to the day.

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.

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Hotel Opera, Munich

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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.

The hotel has a wonderful Romanesque facade, and the building itself dates back to the 19th century, damaged in the war the building was bought in 1968 by the present owners who took 8 years to painstakingly restore and renovate the building.

Today's hotel is a nice mix of modern and old, with lovely airy rooms and and a relaxing tranquil garden patio. Rooms have all mod cons and some come with balconies, the hotel also owns a couple of superb restaurants close by.

Breakfast is served at your table with a choice of cold meats and cheeses or croissants and fruit and the option to order freshly cooked eggs.

Please call for prices and details

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £240.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £240.

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
  • Flights from Heathrow to Munich with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • 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 payable locally approx. 10 minutes Return: Taxi to train station payable locally, then rail Kelheim-Saal (Donau) to Munich Hbf via Ingolstadt, 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're open until 10pm today) 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

Kate was incredibly helpful. She was thorough in her work and went out of her way to look at different options to best suit our travel plans. I cannot praise her enough. She was professional yet personable and is a fantastic role model for Headwater.

8 Jul 2024

Very helpful and knowledgable. Couldn’t be faulted

Andrew Phillips, 30 Jan 2024

Responsive and helpful.Quick turnaround and named representative.

Alan Swift, 24 Jan 2024

An excellent service focused on the client’s needs

5 Dec 2023


Self-guided walking

8 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

12.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

8 nights from £1099

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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