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Bavarian Rivers and Valleys Walk

Bavarian Rivers and Valleys Walk

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Bavarian Rivers and Valleys Walk

  • Scenic walks following the Altmuhl and Danube rivers
  • Fascinating flora and fauna: eagles, hawks, deer, wild boar, flowers
  • Stunning fairytale castles peeping from green woodland
  • Beautiful spa town of Bad Abbach, with its sulphurous springs
  • Start and finish in UNESCO World Heritage Regensburg
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1235 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '18 to 14 Oct '18
  • All breakfasts and 2 evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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Bavaria is simply stunning - criss-crossed by beautiful rivers that meander through deep valleys and contrasting dark Alpine forest, pretty towns and villages are home to quaint traditional inns and eateries, and onion-domed church towers peep above lush green meadows.

This eight-night holiday takes you on a stunning journey, following the well-marked Jurasteig path, through the rich Bavarian countryside, covering riverside paths, flowering meadows, and pine-scented forests. Your walk follows the Altmuhl river with its steep valleys rich with castles and pretty towns, crossing Europe's longest wooden bridge to arrive at the confluence with the mighty Danube. After visiting the spa town of Bad Abbach, you'll leave the Danube behind and climb into the lower German Jura Mountains to arrive at Eilsbrunn, finishing at the world's oldest inn.

En route you'll marvel at the fascinating flora and fauna: eagles and hawks swoop overhead, whilst deer and wild boar roam the forests. A mix of northern European and Mediterranean flora lines the route and springtime brings out an abundance of flowers. Later in the year, a mix of fruit and grapes come in to season.

Traditional German favourites - bratwurst and beer - are on most menus along the way but you'll also find fresh foods made using the local produce from fresh seasonal vegetables to superb grilled meats. Look out for the local pasta, Spatzle, served with a rich cheese sauce and deep fried onions.

You'll stay in a mix of hotels: a modernised town house in Regensburg, a traditional guest house in Reidenburg, a lovely **** boutique hotel in the centre of Kelheim and a small aparthotel ran by the extremely welcoming Simone in Bad Abbach.

Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

Walks are on well marked paths - a mix of tarmac, stone and woodland paths.


Day 1 Arrive in Regensburg

Arrive in mediaeval UNESCO World Heritage Regensburg and maybe head to a local beer garden for dinner. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Regensburg (Deising) to Riedenburg 18km/11.5mi/5hrs

After a short transfer, enjoy a gorgeous view from the Rosskopf peak to the castle of Eggersberg and the Altmuhl valley. The route then leads along juniper heathland down to Altmuhlmunster. The trail to Obereggersberg features flowery forest edges and bizarre rock formations. You'll pass Schloss Eggersberg with its museum of the local jurisdiction district (Hofmarksmuseum) and walk down into the valley, where the route leads to Gundelfingen along the natural backwaters of the Altmuhl. A climb rewards with fantastic views of Riedenburg and the Altmuhl river bend with the castle of Eggersberg. You then descend to reach Riedenburg, the pearl of the Altmuhl valley. (Staying at Hotel Zur Post, Half Board)

Day 3 At Riedenburg

Reidenburg is a beautiful quaint village where you can stroll and enjoy its cafes or have lunch on the river promenade. Following one of its many walking paths, visit the C12 Rosenburg Castle with its glorious views of the town and river. The castle houses and falconry and hunting museum and displays are held in in its Romanesque courtyard. (Staying at Hotel Zur Post, Half Board)

Day 4 Riedenburg to Kelheim 19km/12mi/5.5hrs or 22km/14mi/6.5hrs

Today's route leads over the slopes at the side of the Altmuhl to the enchanting rocky compound of the Klamm nature reserve (gorge). On its highest point you have a most impressive view of the castle of Prunn on the opposite side. Crossing the bridge across the Altmuhl near Einthal you'll reach the other side of the river, where the trail leads up to the castle of Prunn and an inn of the same name. You are rewarded for the strenuous ascent with a spectacular view of the Altmuhl valley. Continuing, with a view of the massive Jura walls above Essing, you cross the Altmuhl for a last time on one of the longest wooden bridges in Europe, the so-called Tatzlwurm (winged dragon). Soon, you reach the ascent to the Keltenwall (Celts' rampart) which leads over the hill down into the valley of the Danube. (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)

Day 5 At Kelheim

Kelheim sits in the confluence of the Danube and Altmuhl rivers. You can wander around the pleasant town or take a boat trip along the Danube to the C7 Benedictine abbey Kloster Weltenburg. Complete with its own brewery and brewery museum, from here you can walk back on a lovely route passing the Weltenburger Enge, or take the boat back. Alternatively, take a trip up to the Hall of Liberation (Befreiungshalle) of King Ludwig I or to the Archeological Museum. (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)

Day 6 Kelheim to Bad Abbach 22km/14mi/6hrs

The Jurasteig trail leads up to the Goldberg. Shortly before you reach Kapfelberg, there is a gorgeous view over the Danube valley with the Devil's Rock (Teufelsfelsen) near Bad Abbach, before the Jurasteig crosses the Danube near Poikam to the river's other side. The route follows a scenic pathway through an idyllic sloping forest directly into the spa park, where in former times Emperor Charles V bathed in the salubrious waters of Bad Abbach. (Staying at Parkresidenz Bad Abbach, Breakfast only)

Day 7 At Bad Abbach

Maybe take a spa to refresh the muscles from the previous days or relax in the lovely park. There are a series of well-marked circular trails you can follow, including an easy path along the Danube. You can also take the local bus to Regensburg to spend the day there. (Staying at Parkresidenz Bad Abbach, Breakfast only)

Day 8 Bad Abbach to Regensburg (Eilsbrunn) 17km/11mi/5hrs

Today you follow the idyllic Danube shores to the pedestrian bridge north of Bad Abbach, after which the Jurasteig follows the route through the nature preserve of the slopes above Oberndorf. The route ascends through the settlement of Kalkofenring, following a changing woody landscape with beautiful views of the Danube valley. In Matting, a cable ferry boat takes you to the other side of the Danube. With its steep rocky walls, the nature preserve of the slopes of Mattinger Hange offers impressive scenery and the opportunity to watch the peregrine falcon hunt. On top of the slope, a pathway leads to a marvellous viewpoint that offers a last outlook over the Danube valley. Passing the Zuylen chapel, you will reach Alling in the valley of the Schwarze Laber. Scenic beech forests nature trails lead to Eilsbrunn, and after having a beer in the world's oldest inn (closed Tuesdays) you take a bus back to Regensburg for your last night. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

Day 9 Leave Regensburg

Where you stay

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. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Jakob, Regensburg

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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 C18 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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates 'First' Room
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £11

All prices shown above are valid from 22/11/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. First rooms are bigger than the standard rooms and have a seating area within the room.

Dates Standard Double/Twin Room Single Room
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £73 £103

All prices shown above are valid from 22/11/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Hotel zur Post, Riedenburg

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The family Sollinger will offer you a warm and pleasant welcome to this traditional and charming hotel, in the beautiful riverside town Riedenburg. The rooms are decorated in a traditional way and offer all the comforts required including ensuite bathroom with either bath or shower, TV, safe and minibar. Dinner here is excellent with the restaurant offering traditional Bavarian fayre.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Dormero, Kelheim

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Room
01/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £12

All prices shown above are valid from 04/12/2017. Prices are per person per night based on on two people sharing. The superior room is a larger room offering some seating.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Parkresidenz Bad Abbach, Bad Abbach

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The Parkresidenz is an aparthotel offering well decorated rooms with separate sitting areas. The rooms are of a good size and have balcony or a terrace. Breakfast, weather allowing, can be served in the nice garden. Frau Ritter will make you feel at home with her warm and friendly welcome.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Junior Suite
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £10

All prices shown above are valid from 18/11/2017. Prices are per person per night based on two people sharing. The junior suite offers a separate living area and a terrace to the garden.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

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.

Hotel Jakob, Regensburg

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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 C18 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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates 'First' Room
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £11

All prices shown above are valid from 22/11/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. First rooms are bigger than the standard rooms and have a seating area within the room.

Dates Standard Double/Twin Room Single Room
13/05/2018 - 14/10/2018 £73 £103

All prices shown above are valid from 22/11/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

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 C19, 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

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

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Reviews

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Mrs Garwood
09/10/2017

Enjoyed exploring an area of Germany which we have not been to before but would have preferred a bit more variety to the walking (slightly less walking through woodland as didn't get enough opportunities to admire the views; we enjoyed the boat trip from Kelheim up the Danube gorge). Apart from Regensburg we didn't find the towns as pretty as expected. The food was good and the variety of beers from local breweries was excellent.


Mr Heyes
02/10/2017

This was a lovely holiday in beautiful Bavaria in spite of mixed weather. The ascents through the forests led to speculation views. The morning of the second day walking was the star event, walking through a magical forest and looking across the the Altmuhl to Schloss Prunn on the other side. Once we descended to cross the bridge and climb again to the castle we were rewarded with delicious plum tart at the restaurant there. This 2 boot walk was challenging in terms of climbs and distance but ma... read morenageable. We would recommend going earlier in the season for a chance of better weather. The forests afford plenty of shade from sunshine. We found the local people friendly and spontaneously helpful.


Mrs Piercey
24/09/2017

Very enjoyable holiday with extremely well marked tracks. Regensburg is a beautiful city and there is a good mixture of things to do on this trip.

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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 13th May 2018 to 14th Oct 2018, for 8 nights.

Meals
All breakfasts and 2 evening meals included

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Tour only
Transfers included from Regensburg train station at 16:11 and back to Regensburg train station at 11:30.

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