On your walk along the Altmühltal-Panorama path, steep jagged Dolomite-rocks, sun-kissed juniper heaths, low river valleys and extensive forests will line your way. The nature park ‚Altmühltal’ is well known for its romantic scenery and hence predestined for a comfortable week of walking amidst unspoilt nature. On top of that you come across a landscape steeped in history and culture: impressive ramparts, reconstructed forts and spectacular treasure troves are testimony to Celtic and Roman times, with castles and palaces built by nobility, plus magnificent churches and monasteries built by prince-archbishops. In the Altmühltal valley you will also enjoy many culinary delights: from tasty saussage specialities all the way to the local hops in the shape of numerous delicious beers.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
The idyllic little Altmühl-town Treuchtlingen is situated in the centre of the nature park ‚Altmühltal’, the second biggest Nature Park in Germany. We recommend you seize the first day and relax in the well-known Altmühl-Thermal Spa.
Facing the river Altmühl, meandering through the valley, you walk towards the medieval town of Pappenheim, with the impressive castle and seat of the former ‚Reichserb’-marshals. In Solnhofen we recommend you visit the ‚World in Stone’, a collection of fosslis over 140 milion years old and amongst them the primal bird ‚Archaeopteryx’. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours.
After only a short while on today’s tour, an incredible and very popular photo motif is waiting for you: the natural monument ‚Twelve Apostle’, steep limestone cliffs embedded in juniper heaths. Then the route takes you to Dollnstein into the ancient Danube valley: this is where the river Danube used to run, before this valley was released to the river Altmühl. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours.
You pass the Geo-monument ‚Burgsteinfelsen’ and continue through forests and juniper heaths all the way to Eichstätt. With Willibalds castle towering over this diocesan town, it is a complete Baroque work of art with prestigious buildings as well as dreamy little alleyways. Walking time: approx. 5 hours.
With a lovely view onto the striking Osterberg mountain and the Roman fort Vetonina, you walk to the Buchenhüller mammoth cave. Through forest and heath to the castle ruin of Rieshofen. A few metres higher in altitude you reach the Gungoldinger juniper heath, part of a nature reserve with an area of 70 000 square metres. Via the Arnsberger mountainside – a stunning area on this planet – the route takes you past the remains of the Roman limes to Kipfenberg. Walking time: approx. 6 hours.
Today’s tour starts with stunning views and insights into the beautiful Anlauter valley. Reach Kinding with its impressive fortified church and cosy inns. Shortly afterwards the panorama path again keeps its promise: magnificent views into the Altmühl valley and onto bizarre rock formations. After that another scenic outpost awaits: the Main-Danube canal, Arzberg, Beilngries, Altmühl and Sulz. A steep descent to Beilngries follows. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours.
Via the Arzberg mountain plateau into the ‚Seven Valley Town’ of Dietfurt, where water in the form of the Main-Danube canal, rivers and springs plays a major role. Enjoy the view onto Eggersberg palace, past rock formations and along the Altmühltal-boardwalk into the pretty village of Gundlfing. From the ‚Devil’s Rock’ -Teufelsfelsen into the 3-castle town of Riedenburg. Walking time: approx. 6.5 hours (approx. 3.5 hours with boat ride).
Gnarly trees and rock towers line your – in parts – steep path up to Prunn castle. As a reward enjoy a grandiose view into the distance. Back again in the valley, you walk along the Jura rock to the “Celt’s Wall”, which leads you immediately back to the Danube – the view down to the mighty Danube crevasse is awe-inspiring. After that the impressive finale of your tour: the boat ride through the Danube crevasse to Kelheim. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours.
RATING: Easy to Moderate
The terrain is easy and you walk on well-maintained walking paths. For each daily tour a good basic fitness level is required. Technically the tours are easy and can be mastered without any difficulties. In parts shortcuts by public transport are possible.
We suggest flying into Munich. We can supply train tickets or private taxi transfers from there.
Departure Dates 2016: Daily from mid April to mid October
Season 1: April 16 to June 2; Sep 12 to October 16
Season 2: June 3 to July 10: August 15 to September 11
Season 3: July 11 to August 14
|Price per person: season 1||CAD||$840|
|Price per person: season 2||$910|
|Price per person: season 3||$960|
This Tour Includes:
NOTE: A 4 or 6 night version of this tour is also available. Enquire for details.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment