After the Altmühltal Nature Park tension and limitations of the past few weeks, many feel “ready” for a nice trip to the region. The nature park Altmühltal is a good choice.
Now is the perfect opportunity to make new discoveries right on your doorstep, explore nature on foot, just let yourself drift or go on a treasure hunt.
A particularly relaxing trip, according to the information from the Altmühl Valley Nature Park Information Center, based in Eichstätt, is a hiking tour through the extensive forests and over the heights, for example on the Hahnenkamm loop (No. 3) of the Altmühltal panorama trail. With a view of the towers of the Heidenheim cathedral, you hike on the 18-kilometre circular tour to the newly renovated monastery with the monastery in and then to the plateau. The path then plunges into the forest before returning to the starting point with a view of Spielberg Castle.
Those who prefer a shorter tour are right with loop 8 around Pappenheim. Fantastic views of the city and the castle are guaranteed on this ten-kilometre route. In the end, you can treat yourself to a stop: The inn “Zur Sonne” is open again.
Little dino fans, whose blankets fall on their heads at home, are looking forward to an excursion to the Mühlheim quarry near Mörnsheim. The slabs can be easily split with a hammer and chisel, and because the rock layers here are particularly rich in fossils, there is even a find guarantee so that everyone can take a small souvenir home with them. In addition, the area is so large that the fossil seekers will not get in each other’s way.
If you want to meet life-size giants, take a trip to the Altmühltal Dinosaur Museum in Denkendorf: The Dinopark with its exhibits scattered along a forest path is open again.
A hit for families – groups cannot go on tour together due to the current contact restrictions – is boat hiking on the leisurely flowing Altmühl. Since the tourists are (still) missing, fewer paddlers are now out and about, but ducks and swans with their chicks. The tour can be designed depending on experience and endurance. Canoeists cover 16 kilometres from Treuchtlingen to Solnhofen. The stage of Solnhofen to Dollnstein, which is a good eleven kilometres long, is particularly appealing, passing the rock formation “Twelve Apostles”. Paddlers pass the Burgstein cliffs on the 18 km section from Dollnstein to Eichstätt.
Each of the stages is a day tour. The boat rental companies pick up the canoes at the endpoint and can also transport people from a household if necessary. In addition, you can easily return to the starting point by train on these sections.
There are exciting alternatives for cyclists who now want to avoid the popular Altmühltal cycle path. For example, you can follow the trail of Charlemagne on the Treuchtlingen – Graben – Weißenburg – Treuchtlingen cycle route. The emperor wanted to have a navigable connection between the river systems of the Rhine and Danube at Graben in the 8th century. The Karlsgraben still testifies to this today.
History fans in Weißenburg also have the opportunity to take a detour to the partially reconstructed Biriciana fort. This is followed by a sporty climb, which is rewarded with a panoramic view of Weissenburg. The 24-kilometre route also leads past the Gunthildis Chapel near Suffersheim before returning to Treuchtlingen.