Headwater - Cycling Bavaria's Majestic Waterways

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Welcome to the Funf-Flusse-Radweg, one of Bavaria's long-distance cycle routes. 

Cycling on a circular route, you'll start in the UNESCO mediaeval city of Regensburg and pedal through the north-east of Bavaria. Along the way you'll follow a series of well-networked paths that run alongside a mix of waterways: the majestic Danube, the stunning Altmuhl, the Main-Danube Canal, the tiny Pegnitz and the beautiful Naab.

Highlights
* Based on our 10-night 'Five Waterways of Bavaria Cycling' trip - with two days combined into one to make for a longer cycle ride and no 'stay put day' at Neumarkt * Scenic cycling along the five waterways of Bavaria * An abundance of flora and fauna: scented pines, fruit orchards and poppies; deer, boar, hawks and kingfishers * Beautiful towns and quaint hamlets, including the spa town of Bad Abbach and Kallmunz with its fairytale castle * Two nights spent in a restored prison
Food

All breakfasts and 2 evening meals. What is your first thought when you think of German food, Bier und Bratwurst or Beer and sausages, and if this is what you want then you will not be disappointed. However there is much more to Bavarian cuisine. Meat and freshwater fish are heavily used but vegetarians are also well catered for. Germans tend to follow similar eating patterns to the UK, with breakfast, followed by a small lunch, and large evening meal, dinners tends to be taken fairly early and restaurants will start serving from 6pm. Throughout the towns there are a good choice of differing places to eat, the most traditional of these are the beer halls, these are not just places to drink the local brew, they are also offer traditional cuisine, they can be nice for lunch as they offer small plates of tasty morcels, you will also find the local bratwurst in served them. The most social of places are the beer gardens, these offer really good food in an outdoor setting many have indoor eating areas as well, don’t let the name put you off they also normally have a fairly good wine list too. Then there are the restaurants you will find in most towns a good choice of both German and International cuisine.

Profile
* 8 Nights, hotel-to-hotel * 4 Days cycling * Departs Every two days from 13 May '18 to 14 Oct '18 * All breakfasts and 2 evening meals * Managed locally by Headwater employed representative * Headwater beer service  * GPS route navigation provided  * High quality bikes provided * Optional electric bikes  * Luggage transfers between hotels 
Destinations
  • Europe
  • Germany
Tour Types
  • Cycling
  • New Cycling Holidays
Day 1

Head out for dinner in this charming city, perhaps in a traditional beer garden, which is often the best place to sample the local food. *(Staying at Hotel Jakob)*



Day 2

You take the Danube Cycle Way today, which follows the river. Cycling through the wide verdant valleys of the Danube, you'll pass pretty hamlets, stunning cliffs and lovely churches. Passing through the spa town of Bad Abbach with its relaxing gardens and lively cafes, you'll leave the Danube at Kelheim then follow the Altmuhl river that meanders its way through the stunning Altmuhl valley with its high peaks on either side. Look out for fishing herons and speedy kingfishers and the 'Tatzelwurm' - a waved wooden bridge spanning over 600m. Take time to wander around riverside Reidenburg and stop off in one of the beer gardens en route. *(Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau)*



Day 3

Either relax in the pretty town of Beilngries - there's a small toy museum to visit - or walk up to the Schloss Hirschberg, where you'll find the rock cellar brewery museum. Alternatively, pick the Altmuhl river and follow to the Pfraundorfer See, a popular local swimming spot. Continuing along the river you'll arrive at Kipfenburg, the geographical centre of Bavaria, with its famous mediaeval castle. *(Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau)*



Day 4

Today you break from the rivers and follow the impressive Ludwig-Main-Donau Canal for most of the day. The first stop is the beautiful mediaeval walled town of Berching. Then it's on to bustling Neumarkt with its pretty main square, continuing on the Ludwig-Main-Donau Canal you pass through some wonderful scenery - pine-scented forests, apple, cherry and pear orchards - all wrapped up by beautiful mountains. There are many quaint locks and a good choice of gasthofs en route, where you can stop off and enjoy a radler. The cycle track takes you right into the centre of Nuremberg and your hotel for the next two nights. *(Staying at Hotel Prinzregent)*



Day 5

'The most German of German cities', Nuremberg was named this after the beauty of the town (pre-war). One of the most important trading points under papal rule, Nuremberg grew from C10. Its huge castle still to this day hovers over the town and the old city walls are still complete. There is a good choice of museums to visit, from the German National Museum to the cute Nuremberg Toy Museum, or perhaps go on a tour of the subterranean beer cellars. You can stay longer in this city or add extra days to visit nearby Bamberg and Weurzberg. *(Staying at Hotel Prinzregent)*



Day 6

Today you'll enjoy a beautiful ride along the Pegnitz river, passing a series of pretty towns, including Lauf which is a highlight to stop off at. You'll then climb a little through stunning mountain landscapes, high meadows and small farms to the reach the beautiful town of Sulzbach. A long freewheel then takes you to Amberg and your prison cell for the next two nights. *(Staying at Hotel Fronfeste)*



Day 7

Enjoy the sights of this walled town today - it is a lively place with many bars and restaurants and plenty of sights such as the C15 New Palace, the Gothic town hall and market square, the world's smallest hotel, 'Little Wedding House', and the town museum. A walk around the mediaeval walls is a popular local stroll. *(Staying at Hotel Fronfeste)*



Day 8

Today you'll follow a beautiful old railway track along the Pengitz; sitting above the villages and meadows it offers wonderful views as you slowly make your way down Kallmunz, a quaint village that sits at the confluence of the Pengitz and Naab rivers. Let the castle lead you into town and then pick up the Naab river, following it through woodlands past the wonderful monastery at Pielenhofen to rejoin the Danube. Then it's back to your hotel in Regensburg for a final night. *(Staying at Hotel Jakob)*



Day 9

LEAVE REGENSBURG



* All breakfasts and 2 evening meals * All accommodation * Headwater beer service  * GPS route navigation  * High quality bikes  * Luggage transfers between hotel

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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