You start your one-day tour of approximately 50 km in the Wittelsbach town of Kelheim, which is also worth a day trip with its archaeology museum, organ museum and Liberation Hall. The route runs along the Main-Danube Canal. A few kilometres after the Gronsdorf Lock comes your first opportunity for a special detour: in the Schulerloch stalactite cave not only is it cooler (the temperature in the cave is a constant 9°C) but an impressive journey through time in the form of a cave projection also awaits you.
On your cycle tour you will pass historic places like Essing or Prunn in the picturesque setting of the Altmühl Valley with its sheer rocky sides. It’s also worth making the energetic detour to the ruined Randeck Castle or Prunn Castle, both towering above the Altmühl Valley.
Shortly afterwards you reach the pearl of the Altmühl Valley, Riedenburg. As well as the many culinary delights on offer, the falconry on Rosenburg, the Crystal Museum and the Klingendes Museum devoted to radio and communication await your visit.
After a short stopover in Riedenburg you follow the Schambach Valley railway line cycle path towards Buch. You and your eBike now face an ascent of no less than 120 metres before you can take a well-earned break in Echendorf with its interesting farm museum. The route then carries on through the extensive and shady Hienheimer Forest. Shortly before you hit the Danube again, you will cross the Limes. After crossing over via the cable ferry (note ferry times or phone 0151-23313996 for details) you can treat yourself to a break at the beer garden. A side trip to Abusina Roman fort is not to be missed.
You go on via Staubing to Weltenburg with its world-famous abbey, situated at the entrance to the Weltenburger Enge nature reserve. After a visit to the Asam church and the abbey brewery, you have a choice: you can either climb Weltenburger Berg hill on the Danube cycle path, or relax and enjoy the last stage on board one of the passenger boats and see the fascinating and impressive rock formations of the Danube Gap before returning to Kelheim.
Rest StopRitterschänke Burg Randeck
Schneider Hotel & Brauereigasthof
Cafe am Donautor
Biergarten "An der Fähre"
Weisses Bräuhaus Kelheim
Hotel-Gasthof zur Krone
Tips and hints
Highlights entlang der Route
- Tropfsteinhöhle Schulerloch
- Burg Prunn
- Riedenburg mit Falkenhof Schloss Rosenburg und Kristallmuseum
- Bauernhofmuseum in Eschendorf
- Römisches Kastell in Eining
- Kloster Weltenburg
- Donaudurchbruch mit Schifffahrt
- Bike-Energy Ladesäulen in Kelheim (gegenüber Tourist-Info) und Riedenburg (Tourist-Info im alten Rathaus). Adapter können jeweils in der Tourist-Info ausgeliehen werden.
Stromtreter-Ladepunkte entlang der Route:
There are several large car parks in Kelheim. For more information go to en.kelheim.de/anreise/
Author’s map recommendations
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)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- 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.