The Danube Valley by bike
Here you are in the Danube valley and enjoy an extraordinary bike trip from Donaueschingen. You will ride through the Bavarian landscape on a path lined with monasteries, castles and beautiful views.
This is a unique bike trip in a constantly changing landscape on safe bike paths. You can admire the city of Ulm, Sigmaringen Castle and visit many museums.
Highlights of the trip:
- Fürstenberg and Sigmaringen castles
- the landscape of the Danube valley
- Ulm and many cities with a unique charm
- the Blautopf
Day 1: Individual arrival in Donaueschingen
Arrival at the starting point of your Danube bike tour in Donaueschingen. You can start with a visit to the Belle Epoque castle, a testimony to the former influence of the von Fürstenberg family. The castle regularly hosts new exhibitions and has an interesting art collection.
Day 2: Donaueschingen - Mühlheim / Fridingen, about 45 / 50 km
This first stage by bike leads you along the Danube bike path. In Immendingen you can observe a unique natural spectacle on the Danube. Here the river disappears into the limestone for a large part of the year. Instead of flowing into the Black Sea, part of the river flows via the Aachtopf and the Rhine into the North Sea. After Tuttlingen, the valley narrows and you reach Fridingen.
Day 3: Fridingen - Sigmaringen / Scheer, about 45 - 55 km
Today you drive through the impressive Danube valley created over time. You will see limestone cliffs of more than 100 m high, on which you can still see a castle or a ruin along the route. Take a step back in time with a visit to the Hohenzollern Castle in Sigmaringen, which is still inhabited by the royal family.
Day 4: Sigmaringen - Obermarchtal / Ehingen, about 40 - 70 km
You leave the rugged rocky landscape to enjoy a softer landscape along the Danube. Don't forget to make a detour to the ancient Celtic town of Heuneburg. In the open-air museum, you can immerse yourself in the life of this ethnic group. Then pedal to Ehingen via Riedlingen and admire the half-timbered houses. The baroque town attaches great importance to its beer culture as 4 independent craft breweries have shaped the town's history.
Day 5: Obermarchtal - Ulm, about 40 - 60 km
You can either drive along the Danube or make a detour to Blaubeuren. A spring gushes into the Blautopf, which also marks the beginning of a large cave system. The intense color of the water appears colorful. The blue leads you to the city of Ulm, which has the highest church tower in the world. The ascent of the 768 steps is long, but rewarded by an exceptional view to the Alps.
Day 6: Ulm - Lauingen, about 50 km
This stage leads you from town to town to Lauingen, a little bit behind the Danube and protected from the floods. Here you can marvel at the more than 50 million Lego blocks in every possible color and shape at Legoland in Günzburg. Your destination for the day Lauingen is also known as the city of towers. It owes its name, among other things, to the 54-meter high molding tower on the market square.
Day 7: Lauingen - Donauwörth / Wörnitzstein, about 45 / 40 km
Via Höchstädt with its late Renaissance castle, your last stop on the Danube by bike leads through the Danube meadows to Donauwörth at the mouth of the Wörnitz. The most important trade route between Nuremberg and Augsburg once crossed the Danube at this very spot. Even today, the beautiful houses are a reminder of the city's rich past. The Käthe Kruse doll museum is a must-see.
Day 8: End of the bike trip
After breakfast, your cycling tour in the valley of the young Danube comes to an end. Feel free to extend your stay in Donauwörth.