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Time Out Bicycle Experience: Weltenburg Tour

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  • Übersetzen mit der Zille beim Kloster Weltenburg
    / Übersetzen mit der Zille beim Kloster Weltenburg
    Photo: CC BY-ND, Tourismusverband im Landkreis Kelheim e.V., Fotograf Rainer Schneck
  • / Erdbeer- und Spargelfelder bei Sandharlanden
    Photo: Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau
  • / Die historische Altstadt von Kelheim mit Blick auf die Befreiungshalle König Ludwig I.
    Photo: Anton Mirwald, CC BY-ND, Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau
  • / Kuchlbauer's Bierwelt in Abensberg verbindet Bier und Kunst auf einzigartige Weise.
    Photo: Anton Mirwald, CC BY-ND, Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau
  • / Altstadt von Abensberg im Hopfenland Hallertau
    Photo: Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau
  • / Kloster Weltenburg im Donaudurchbruch
    Photo: CC BY, Bayerns Herzstück - Altmühl | Donau | Hallertau
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This circular tour takes you through Abensberg and Kelheim. Highlights like Weltenburg Abbey at the Danube Gorge and the Kuchlbauer Tower await the cyclist.
Distance 35.6 km
2:35 h
296 m
296 m
472 m
343 m

The Weltenburg Tour can be started from the town square in Abensberg. From there the route leads out of Abensberg and towards Sandharlanden, known for asparagus and strawberry growing. Passing the Sandharlander Heide nature reserve it then continues via Holzharlanden to Weltenburg. This is where the first cultural highlight of the tour awaits: Weltenburg Abbey, where the impressive Asam church and a beer from the abbey brewery at the abbey bar are worth a break.

After that, those who want to take the energetic option can follow the cycle path uphill over Weltenburger Berg to Kelheim, whereas those who prefer a more relaxed mode of travel and would like to see the Danube Gorge and the Weltenburger Enge nature reserve from the water can simply board one of the regular excursion boats. On reaching Kelheim there are more sights to be seen, such as the Liberation Hall built by order of King Ludwig I, before continuing to Saal an der Donau. From here you also have the option of returning to Abensberg by train if the weather is bad.

Otherwise, the route leads on out of the town, passing extensive meadows and fields, small ponds and woods and so back to Abensberg, the “Gateway to Hallertau”. You return to the historic town centre through the Regensburg Gate, a late mediaeval tower. You should allow some time to see this and also for a guided tour of the Kuchlbauer World of Beer and the tower built to plans drawn up by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and the KunstHausAbensberg exhibition centre. The beer garden right next to the tower is a pleasant place to stop and relax at the end of the tour.

Author’s recommendation

The river trip from Weltenburg Abbey to Kelheim is not to be missed – the Danube Gorge is particularly impressive when seen from the water. Of course you can take your bicycles with you on the boat. Anyone travelling with children should make a detour to the bird and animal park in Abensberg.
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Tourismusverband im Landkreis Kelheim e.V.
Update: May 06, 2021
Highest point
472 m
Lowest point
343 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Brauerei Kuchlbauer mit Kuchlbauer Turm
Klosterschenke Weltenburg
Cafe am Donautor
Gasthof Jungbräu
Weisses Bräuhaus Kelheim
Aunkofener Stub'n - Wirtshaus beim Lauberger
Gasthof Stockhammer
Gasthof Weißes Lamm
Brauereigasthof zum Kuchlbauer

Safety information

Rettungspunktesystem im Donautal: Sollten Sie einmal einen Radunfall auf einem der ausgeschilderten Radwege im Landkreis Kelheim haben, finden Sie an den Schildern einen roten Rettungsaufkleber. Wählen Sie den Notruf 112 und geben Sie die Standortnummer an, die Sie auf dem nächstgelegenen Schild finden. 

Tips and hints

Weltenburg Abbey

Boat trips in the Altmühl Valley and Danube Gorge

Kuchlbauer's World of Beer


town square in Abensberg (366 m)
48.815476, 11.848153
48°48'55.7"N 11°50'53.4"E
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town square in Abensberg

Turn-by-turn directions

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


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


It is possible to travel by train arriving at Saal an der Donau station.

Getting there

Die Anfahrt mit dem PKW nach Abensberg erfolgt über die Autobahn A93 Regensburg-Holledau (Ausfahrt 49 Abensberg) oder über die Bundesstraße B16 Regensburg-Ingolstadt (Ausfahrt Abensberg/Gaden oder Ausfahrt Abensberg/B301).

Kelheim ist über die Autobahnen A9 Nürnberg-München (Ausfahrt 59 Denkendorf), A3 Nürnberg-Passau (Ausfahrt 98 Sinzing) oder A93 Regensburg-Holledau (Ausfahrt 48 Hausen) und über die Bundesstraße B16 Regensburg-Ingolstadt (Ausfahrt Kelheim) zu erreichen. 


Kostenlose Parkmöglichkeiten finden Sie hier:

  • Großparkplatz "Gillamooswiese", Münchener Straße 23, 93326 Abensberg
  • Parkplatz P3 "Pflegerspitz", Am Pflegerspitz, 93309 Kelheim

Weitere Radparkplätze finden Sie hier.


48.815476, 11.848153
48°48'55.7"N 11°50'53.4"E
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Die kostenlose ebike- & Radkarte inklusive der Radtour von Regensburg nach Riedenburg gibt es unter  

Author’s map recommendations

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


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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2:35 h
296 m
296 m
Highest point
472 m
Lowest point
343 m
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