Kloster Holzen, Foto: Kloster Holzen Radverleih Donauwörth  , Foto: Max Heller Klosterkirche Holzen St. Johannes der Täufer, Foto: Kloster Holzen Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Foto: Harald Landsrath/pixabay.com Kloster Holzen, Foto: Kloster Holzen
Bycicle tour

Pleasure tour Donauwörth

swimming possibility
Churches & Monasteries
Animals & Nature

Discover the treasures of the Western Forests Nature Park by bike. Admire the majestic gallows oaks near Mertingen and experience the Holzen Monastery as a cultural highlight.

5 h
42 km
Key facts of the tour
On the northern edge of the Augsburg - Western Forests Nature Park, this varied tour offers you insights into the nature and culture of the region and gives you the opportunity to indulge, enjoy and be active.

The gallows oaks near Mertingen are both a beautiful natural monument and a historically eerie place. Holzen Monastery is a cultural and, if you like, culinary highlight. After many kilometres through fields and forests, you can end the day at the pretty Riedlinger Baggersee.
A cycle tour for nature lovers, explorers and culture vultures

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take your own bike with you, depending on capacity utilisation.

Start and end station

Start station
Bahnhof Donauwörth

5 tour steps
42 km / 5 Stunden
End station
Bahnhof Donauwörth

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.


Tour starts on Bahnhof Donauwörth


DB bicycle service Donauwörth station

There are 268 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the railway station.

Bahnhofstr. 34

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


To hire a well-maintained bike for your tour, take the Donauwörth city bus line 6 from the railway station.

Get off at either the Zirgesheim Stillbergweg or Zirgesheim Ost stop. From there it is a 2 or 5 minute walk to the bike hire centre.

Bike hire Donauwörth

At Donauwörth bike hire, the bikes can be tested on a test ride and are also individually adjusted to suit your posture.

Delivery of hire bikes to the railway station is only possible in exceptional cases (by prior arrangement). In any case, all hire bikes must be reserved in advance by telephone and a pick-up time arranged.

Of course, all bikes are always well maintained and the batteries of the e-bikes are fully charged.

If you have your own bike, you can also contact Donauwörth bike hire in the event of a breakdown.

Stillbergweg 1

Phone: 0151 61519354
Email Address: max.heller1@gmail.com
Foto: Harald Landsrath/pixabay.com


The tour begins with a ride through the centre of Donauwörth and across the old town island of Ried to the north. This gives you the opportunity to take a look at the pretty little town before heading out into the countryside. You cycle through the Rieder Tor gate past the town hall. Turn right at Ochsentörl and then soon cross the Danube and head south. If you have picked up a bike from Zirgesheim, join us here and save the town centre as a highlight for the end of the tour.

You leave the town behind you and cycle through fields and the villages of Auchsesheim and Mertingen. Less than a kilometre south of Mertingen, you will discover your first destination: the gallows oaks.

Gallows oak Mertingen

A beautiful and peaceful place whose eerie history is reflected in its name. Of the once three mighty oaks, the two younger ones with a trunk circumference of almost five and over three and a half metres still stand today. Their eldest sister died in the 1980s and her trunk and root plate remained in place.

Less peacefully, felons used to die here. Merdingen, now Mertingen, was once the capital of the imperial bailiwick of Werd, now Donauwörth. A high court execution site was set up here for offences such as murder, fornication, arson and serious theft.

In the meantime, life and nature have long since taken centre stage again, and further oak trees have been replanted over the decades.


Continue southwards through fields and along the edge of the forest. After Druisheim and Allmannshofen, you reach your next port of call, Holzen Monastery.

Holzen Monastery

Holzen Monastery is nestled on the banks of the Schmutter.

The Benedictines founded the double monastery of Neuwasser as early as 1150. In the same century, it was relocated to the edge of the forest on the western bank of the Schmutter and was given the name Holzen Monastery, which it still bears today. During the wars of the 16th century, it suffered severe destruction and had to be rebuilt. In the 17th century, it was elevated to the status of an abbey, but then fell into such disrepair that it had to be demolished.

The foundation stone for the current complex on the Karlsberg was laid in 1696. The monastery buildings are grouped around a square inner courtyard, whose Benedictine character is recognisable in the axis running from east to west with the monastery church and the conference area.

The extensive grounds have a varied design. The outdoor facilities include its own orchard, beehives and an animal enclosure as well as a chapel for contemplation, a monastery forest with grotto and forest nature trail and a listening tour. The outbuildings and neighbouring houses are home to facilities that support and accompany people with disabilities. They make products that can be purchased in the monastery shop.

Klosterstraße 1


Phone: 08273 99590
Email Address: info@kloster-holzen.de
Kloster Holzen, Foto: Kloster Holzen


Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the monastery. Perhaps you will also take the opportunity to savour the award-winning cuisine at Holzen Monastery.

If you have managed to tear yourself away, continue on. At Ehingen, turn westwards and cycle back across the open countryside. After Neuweiler and shortly before Buttenwiesen, turn northwards. Now a wooded section and the villages of Lauterbach, Rettinen and Zusum await you. At the power station, you cross the Danube again as at the start of your tour and cycle round your last destination of the day: the quarry pond.

Riedlinger quarry pond in the local recreation area

The Riedlinger Baggersee, which locals also refer to as the large and small quarry pond, is located not far from Donauwörth directly on the Danube. There used to be several gravel pits here, which have been recultivated and turned into an attractive local recreation area.
There are sunbathing lawns, changing facilities and toilets. There is a beach volleyball court and a table tennis table for the more active. There is also a playground for children and car parking spaces for their parents. You can prepare your own food at the barbecue area. That's good, because the kiosk is so popular with the best sausage salad far and wide that it sometimes runs out of food.

Am Kesseldamm


Tour ends on Bahnhof Donauwörth


Once you have had your fill of cool water, cycle past the Airbus Helicopters factory to the station or, as described at the beginning, through the city centre back to the bike hire.

Tour map


Bahnhof Donauwörth

Bahnhofstr. 34

86609 Donauwörth

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