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 sausage 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.
With views onto the river Altmühl meandering through the valley you continue via the ‚Devil’s Pulpit’towards Medieval Pappenheim. You descend again to the river Altmühl via the viewpoint Hollerstein and continue leisurely along the course of the river to your Day Finish, where you are greeted by the impressive castle, seat of the former ‚Reichserbmarschälle’-marshals.
Details: approx. 4 hours | 14 km | up 310 m; down 320 m.
Via an high-altitude path with great views you walk over to Solnhofen, the mining place of the well-known Solnhofer limestone slabs and site of over 140 million-year-old fossils. Soon after an amazing and very popular photo opportunity awaits: the nature monument ‚Twelve Apostles’, steep limestone rocks embedded in juniper heaths. The route leads you to Dollnstein into the primeval Danube valley.
Details: approx. 5 to 6.5 hours | 25 km | up 510 m; down 500 m
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.
Details: approx. 5 hours | 15 km | up 360 m; down 340 m
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.
Details: approx. 6 hours | 26 km | up 720 m; down 740 m
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.
Details: approx. 5,5 to 6 hours | 24 km | up 540 m; down 550 m
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.
Details: approx. 7,5 hours (approx. 3,5 hrs. by bus ride) | 35 km| up 680m; down 700m
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. Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 19 km | up 470 m; down 470 m
The terrain is not too difficult 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: Daily from mid April to mid October
Season 1: 07.04. to 25.05. | 17.09. to 14.10.
Season 2: 26.05. to 22.06. | 20.08. to 16.09.
Season 3: 23.06. to 19.08.
|Price per person: season 1||CAD||$880|
|Price per person: season 2||$950|
|Price per person: season 3||$1030|
This Tour Includes:
NOTES: A 4 or 6 night version of this tour is also available. Enquire for details.
Local “tourist taxes” must be paid at each hotel.
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