Nature & Outdoor Activities

Altmühl Valley Nature Park

Altmühl Valley Nature Park: Tatzelwurm bridge ©Naturpark Altmühltal (Andreas Hub)

The Altmühl Valley Nature Park, covering 3,000 square kilometres at the heart of Bavaria, is one of Germany's largest nature parks. The idyllic riverside scenery is dotted with bizarre rock formations and juniper heathland.

Adventure and exploration are the order of the day at the Altmühl Valley Nature Park. Visitors can go for a bike ride on the family-friendly 166-kilometre-long Altmühl Valley Cycle Route, hike along the Altmühl Valley Panoramic Trail and hop into a canoe on the gently meandering Altmühl. The region is also home to a wealth of cultural treasures, including castles, palaces, churches, abbeys and Roman relics along the Roman Limes UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quarries and fossil museums are ready to take visitors even further back in time if they wish. The Danube Gorge is a spectacular natural wonder that can be admired by boat from Weltenburg Abbey, which is home to the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

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