Welcome to the Funf-Flusse-Radweg, one of Bavaria's long-distance cycle routes.
This circular route starts in the UNESCO medieval city of Regensburg and takes you on a 10-night journey through the north-east of Bavaria. You'll follow a series of well-networked paths along a mix of waterways: the majestic Danube, the stunning Altmuhl, the Main-Danube Canal, the tiny Pegnitz and the beautiful Naab.
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.
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)*
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)*
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 medieval castle. *(Staying at Hotel Fuchsbrau)*
After following the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal to the beautiful walled town of Berching, from here you'll head through pretty villages and small farming communities, passing woodlands and meadows on your way to Freystad with its pretty walled old town, where you'll stop off for lunch. It's then a short climb to Neumarkt and your hotel for the next two nights. *(Staying at Hotel Lehmeier)*
Today you could follow a walk around the Weinberg to the ruined castle or mooch around the only museum dedicated to the Maybach. Alternatively, take a train to Regensburg to spend more time in this city, or take your bike on the train to Parsberg and cycle back along the Schwarze Leber river cycle route. *(Staying at Hotel Lehmeier)*
Today you'll follow the Ludwig-Main-Donau Canal for the whole day to arrive at Nuremberg. The canal passes through some wonderful scenery, pine-scented forests, apple, cherry and pear orchards, all wrapped up by beautiful mountains. En route you'll pass many quaint locks and a good choice of gasthofs to stop and enjoy a radler. The cycle track takes you right into the centre of Nuremberg. *(Staying at Hotel Prinzregent)*
'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 the 10th century. 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)*
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)*
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 15th century 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 medieval walls is a popular local stroll. *(Staying at Hotel Fronfeste)*
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)*
* All breakfasts and 2 evening meals * All accommodation * Headwater beer service * GPS route navigation provided * High quality bikes provided * Luggage transfers between hotels
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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