Headwater - Bavarian Two Rivers Self-Guided Walk Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided
Destinations:
Germany
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W06BA
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

7 Days Flight Inclusive
7 Days Land only
Min age: 12

Trip Overview

This six-night holiday takes you on a stunning journey, following the well-marked Jurasteig path, through the rich Bavarian countryside, covering riverside paths, flowering meadows, and pine-scented forests. Your walk follows the Altmuhl river with its steep valleys rich with castles and pretty towns, crossing Europe's longest wooden bridge to arrive at the confluence with the mighty Danube. After visiting the spa town of Bad Abbach, you'll leave the Danube behind and climb into the lower German Jura Mountains to arrive at Eilsbrunn, finishing at the world's oldest inn.

At a Glance

  • 3 Days walking
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Headwater beer service 
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Germany

Trip Highlights

  • Based on our popular 8 night, Bavarian Rivers and Valleys Walk
  • Scenic walks following the Altmuhl and Danube rivers
  • Fascinating flora and fauna: eagles, hawks, deer, wild boar, flowers
  • Stunning fairytale castles peeping from green woodland
  • Beautiful spa town of Bad Abbach, with its sulphurous springs
  • Start and finish in UNESCO World Heritage Regensburg.

Is This Trip for You?

Classification: Self-Guided
Average daily distance on move on days: 20km (13 miles). 
No. of days walking: 3
Terrain and route: The suggested walking follows a mix of tarmac, stone and woodland well-marked paths.
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 accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

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.

Families
Self-guided walking holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you.

Group

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. A local representative is on hand to assist you and will meet you at the beginning of the week to go through the route notes and point out particular places of interest. Your luggage is transferred and route notes and maps are provided. Please note: the walking and luggage transfers included in this tour are subject to a minimum of 2 people (in total) booked on the departure. A supplement (payable in advance) to cover these transfers and sole occupancy of a room will apply if only 1 person travelling on a departure date.

Adult min age:
18
Child min age:
12

Child max age:

17

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Regensburg
End City:
Regensburg

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Regensburg

    Arrive in medieval UNESCO World Heritage Regensburg and maybe head to a local beer garden for dinner. (Staying at the Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

  • Day 2

    Riedenburg to Kelheim

    Today's route leads over the slopes at the side of the Altmuhl to the enchanting rocky compound of the Klamm nature reserve (gorge). On its highest point you have a most impressive view of the castle of Prunn on the opposite side. Crossing the bridge across the Altmuhl near Einthal you'll reach the other side of the river, where the trail leads up to the castle of Prunn and an inn of the same name. You are rewarded for the strenuous ascent with a spectacular view of the Altmuhl valley. Continuing, with a view of the massive Jura walls above Essing, you cross the Altmuhl for a last time on one of the longest wooden bridges in Europe, the so-called Tatzlwurm (winged dragon). Soon, you reach the ascent to the Keltenwall (Celts' rampart) which leads over the hill down into the valley of the Danube. (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 22 km / 14 miles
    Activity (hours):
    7
  • Day 3

    At Kelheim

    Kelheim sits in the confluence of the Danube and Altmuhl rivers. You can wander around the pleasant town or take a boat trip along the Danube to the C7 Benedictine abbey Kloster Weltenburg. Complete with its own brewery and brewery museum, from here you can walk back on a lovely route passing the Weltenburger Enge, or take the boat back. Alternatively, take a trip up to the Hall of Liberation (Befreiungshalle) of King Ludwig I or to the Archeological Museum. (Staying at Hotel Dormero, Breakfast only)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Kelheim to Bad Abbach

    The Jurasteig trail leads up to the Goldberg. Shortly before you reach Kapfelberg, there is a gorgeous view over the Danube valley with the Devil's Rock (Teufelsfelsen) near Bad Abbach, before the Jurasteig crosses the Danube near Poikam to the river's other side. The route follows a scenic pathway through an idyllic sloping forest directly into the spa park, where in former times Emperor Charles V bathed in the salubrious waters of Bad Abbach. (Staying at Parkresidenz Bad Abbach, Breakfast only)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 22 km / 14 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 5

    At Bad Abbach

    Maybe take a spa to refresh the muscles from the previous days or relax in the lovely park. There are a series of well-marked circular trails you can follow, including an easy path along the Danube. You can also take the local bus to Regensburg to spend the day there. (Staying at Parkresidenz Bad Abbach, Breakfast only)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Bad Abbach to Regensburg (Eilsbrunn)

    Today you follow the idyllic Danube shores to the pedestrian bridge north of Bad Abbach, after which the Jurasteig follows the route through the nature preserve of the slopes above Oberndorf. The route ascends through the settlement of Kalkofenring, following a changing woody landscape with beautiful views of the Danube valley. In Matting, a cable ferry boat takes you to the other side of the Danube. With its steep rocky walls, the nature preserve of the slopes of Mattinger Hange offers impressive scenery and the opportunity to watch the peregrine falcon hunt. On top of the slope, a pathway leads to a marvellous viewpoint that offers a last outlook over the Danube valley. Passing the Zuylen chapel, you will reach Alling in the valley of the Schwarze Laber. Scenic beech forests nature trails lead to Eilsbrunn, and after having a beer in the world's oldest inn (closed Tuesdays) you take a bus back to Regensburg for your last night. (Staying at Hotel Jakob, Breakfast only)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 17 km / 11 miles
    Activity (hours):
    5
  • Day 7

    Leave Regensburg

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

You'll stay in a mix of hotels: a modernised town house in Regensburg, a lovely 4 star boutique hotel in the centre of Kelheim and a small aparthotel ran by the extremely welcoming Simone in Bad Abbach.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from 266,70 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts included.

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 & Seasonality

Weather Information

Average temperatures in summer are in the region of 25'C-30'C. 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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

The tour itself normally begins at the start hotel in Regensburg on the afternoon of Day 1 in the itinerary.

The tour only prices for this holiday include our standard transfers. If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge). British Airways Heathrow to Munich 09:00/11:55 then rail Munich HBF to Regensburg 14:44/16:11 and transfer to hotel 5 minutes. Return: Transfer to station 5 minutes then rail Regensburg to Munich HBF 11:46/13:17 then British Airways Munich to Heathrow 16:25/17:30. Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports.

Full joining instructions including route notes, hotel list, map and local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Standard transfers
Transfers included from Regensburg train station at 16:11 and back to Regensburg train station at 11:30.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Location start:
Regensburg
Location end:
Regensburg

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Walking boots
  • Water bottle
  • Daypack
  • Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses
  • Warm jumper
  • Waterproofs

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles
  • A small umbrella in case of unexpected showers

Practical Information

Passport

Germany

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Germany

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Germany

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Germany's Timezone:
Europe/Berlin CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Germany's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Germany's Currency

The national currency of Germany is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2018) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.86 to the USD, 0.66 to the CAD, 0.61 to the AUD and 0.56 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available, but we recommend taking some Euros cash with you in case you can't get to a bank at the start of the trip. Cards are widely accepted.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need spending money for meals not included in the itinerary and all drinks. We suggest €25 per day to cover a few drinks if not then €10 per day. On the days where lunch or dinner is not included expect to spend €10-€15 for lunch and €15-€35 for dinner.

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Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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