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The Altmuehl Valley Way

The Altmuehl Valley's location is in the heart of beautiful Bavaria - just north of the Danube river. And now there exists a new opportunity for hikers to experience this extensive nature park on a long-distance path of about 200 km length. The panoramic way, which has only recently been opened, follows the course of the Altmuehl river and the Main-Danube canal.


It starts in Gunzenhausen and passes Treuchtlingen, Eichstätt and Beilngries before it finally ends in Kelheim.


The unique scenery of the Altmuehl Valley is indeed original in the true sense of the word. Rock formations of jurassic limestone are one of the landscape's characteristic features. Millions of years ago they have been reefs in the jurassic sea. And in their inside they hold secrets of past ages.


Lots of evidence of primeval nature can therefore be discovered in the Altmuehl Valley's fossil quarries and in numerous museums of natural history, e.g. in Solnhofen, Schernfeld and Eichstätt. Among other things, several original specimen of Archaeopteryx, the famous primeval bird which has only been found in the Altmuehl Valley, are exhibited.


The new path in the Altmuehl Valley is a panoramic way that allows fantastic views from the heights, overlooking the river with its idyllic slopes and a unique scenery of beautiful juniper heathlands, quiet woodlands and bizarre rock formations. Among the most famous sights are the limestone pillars of the Twelve Apostles near Solnhofen and the Danube Gorge near Weltenburg.


Along the way there are also some remains of Celtic and Roman settlement in the region, e.g. parts of the Roman limes. The long-distance path passes medieval towns and villages and the baroque town of Eichstätt. Mighty castles, for instance Burg Prunn near Riedenberg, impressively keep guard on high jurassic limestone rocks.


The excellent yellow and red marking of the new Altmuehl Valley Way makes it possible for hikers to enjoy the region's wealth of scenery and of natural and cultural history to the full.