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Time Out Bicycle Experience: Raptors & Knights Tour

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Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Blick auf Schloss Rosenburg und die Burgruine Tachenstein in Riedenburg im Altmühltal
    / Blick auf Schloss Rosenburg und die Burgruine Tachenstein in Riedenburg im Altmühltal
    Photo: Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau
  • / Schafe beim Lintlberg in Riedenburg im Altmühltal
    Photo: Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau
  • / Markierung Räuber- & Ritter-Tour
    Photo: Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau
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Rosenburg Castle near Riedenburg in the Altmühl Valley, the ruined fortress of Rabenstein and other historic highlights await the cyclist on the Raptors & Knights Tour. This tour includes some energetic ascents.
moderate
Distance 26.4 km
1:53 h
230 m
230 m
502 m
350 m

The tour starts at the Tourist Information Office on the market square in Riedenburg, a town with three castles in a romantic setting in the Altmühl Valley. The route runs alongside the town pond to the Schambach Valley railway cycle path, which follows the route of a former railway line. You leave Riedenburg on this mainly level railway embankment.

After the town of Hexenagger with its castle, which is worth seeing, and the historic smithy the route continues towards Altmannstein and its ruined fortress. The next imposing castle awaits in Sandersdorf, where you leave the cycle path and take the Deutscher Limes cycle path, which you stay on until Schamhaupten. In the Hummel Valley you have to tackle the steepest section of the route, which leads to Thann.

The effort is rewarded when you reach the Jura Plateau: from here, at the highest point of the tour, you look out over the surrounding valleys. A detour to Eggersberg Castle and its museum, where the exhibits include suits of armour, and the nearby cliff-top viewpoint overlooking the Altmühl Valley is recommended.

The Raptors & Knights Tour then carries on past the last two mediaeval structures: the ruined fortress of Rabenstein and Rosenburg Castle are both worth visiting and at the latter you can watch unique flying displays featuring birds of prey from the castle falconry. Then it’s downhill back to the starting point of the tour in Riedenburg, where attractions such as the Crystal Museum and a choice of places to make a stop complete the tour.

Author’s recommendation

See birds of prey up close at the flying displays at Rosenburg Castle - highly recommended for those with children.
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Tourismusverband im Landkreis Kelheim e.V.
Update: March 15, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
502 m
Lowest point
350 m
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Rest Stop

Fasslwirtschaft
Fuchsgarten

Tips and hints

Falconry in Rosenburg Castle

Start

Tourist-Information Riedenburg (350 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.962578, 11.684416
DMS
48°57'45.3"N 11°41'03.9"E
UTM
32U 696482 5426768
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Destination

Tourist-Information Riedenburg

Turn-by-turn directions

The entire tour is signposted in both directions, so all you have to do is follow the tour logo.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
48.962578, 11.684416
DMS
48°57'45.3"N 11°41'03.9"E
UTM
32U 696482 5426768
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

You can order a free eBike / bicycle route map with the 16 Time Out Experience bicycle tours at www.rauszeit.bayern

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
26.4 km
Duration
1:53 h
Ascent
230 m
Descent
230 m
Highest point
502 m
Lowest point
350 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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