Walking in the Altmuhltal Nature Park

5 days
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$849 USD
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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 13+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
W04AB
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Min age:
13

In the Green Heart of Bavaria is the Altmuhltal Nature Park. Its beautiful countryside and the variety of its natural landscape make it a walkers paradise.

This short break self-guided walking holiday starts in the spa town of Treuchtlingen. From here, the Altmuhltal Panorama Trail will take you on a panoramic and historical nature trail. The area is rich in fossils and home to the Archaeopteryx fossils (the link in the evolutionary chain that connects birds to reptiles) and you'll also find natural monuments, including the 'Twelve Apostles', steep limestone rocks embedded in juniper heaths. Walking mostly above the River Altmuhl you'll be rewarded with spectacular views along the valley.

Staying in medieval towns you will be greeted by castles at the end of some of your walks and can enjoy some of the region's culinary delights from tasty sausage specialties to numerous delicious beers.

Highlights

  • Altmuhltal Nature Park, Germany's second largest, full of natural monuments
  • Impressive ramparts, reconstructed forts and spectacular treasure troves are testimony to Celtic and Roman times
  • Idyllic walking paths above the river valley

Key information

  • 4 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • 3 days walking
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Germany

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • Route notes and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

3

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 2 14.0km/9.0miles
Day 3 25.0km/16.0miles
Day 4 15.0km/9.5miles

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Itinerary

Treuchtlingen
to
Eichstatt
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Treuchtlingen

    Arrive in the heart of the Altmuhltal Nature Park in the idyllic town of Treuchtlingen, known for its Thermal Spa.

  • Day 2

    Treuchtlingen to Pappenheim

    Today starts with a short ascent to a viewpoint with views onto the river Altmühl meandering through the valley which you soon descend to follow. Continue via the ‘Devil’s Pulpit’ and the Hollerstein viewpoint to finish with a leisurely walk along the course of the river to the medieval town of Pappenheim. You will be greeted by the impressive castle, seat of the former Reichserbmarschälle.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Pappenheim to Dollnstein

    A mountain trail leads you through heathland to Solnhofen, known for its limestone slabs and site of over 140 million-year-old fossils. Soon after an amazing and very popular photo opportunity awaits: the nature monument, the Twelve Apostles, steep limestone rocks embedded in juniper heaths. The route then leads you to the market town of Dollnstein, into the primeval Danube valley.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Dollnstein to Eichstätt

    Today‘s tour leads you through the historic town gate and on to the juniper heath. You walk above the river Altmühl past the rock tower Burgsteinfelsen and via a lovely mountain path onwards to Obereichstätt. Continue on with great views all the way to Eichstätt with Willibalds castle towering over the town. Enjoy a stroll around the town and head to the Altmühltal Nature Park Visitors Centre.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Leave Eichstätt

    Leave Eichstätt

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Germany

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

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.

Weather

Average temperatures in summer are in the region of 25oC-30oC. The warmest month is usually July whilst the coldest is mainly January. Every month has its share of precipitation on an average of 14 days per month.

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. 

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Bavaria hotels

You will stay in a mixture of 3 and 4 star, HHH and HHHH hotels, all en suite. The hotels are chosen for their excellent facilities and proximity to the relevant local sites. All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning. Please specify whether you would prefer a double or twin room when booking.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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