Radln bei Walhalla, Foto: Stefan-Gruber Blick ins Donautal von Burg Donaustauf, Foto: tefan Gruber, Lizenz: Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V. Burgruine Donaustauf, Foto: Stefan Gruber, Lizenz: Landkreis Regensburg Chinesischer Turm Donaustaufen, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB-AG Ausblick Walhalla in Donaustauf, Foto: Clemens Mayer, Lizenz: Regensburg Tourismus GmbH Zwischen den Weinreben am Baierweinmuseum Bach, Foto: Stefan Gruber Baierweinmuseum Bach, Foto: Stefan Gruber Donauradweg, Foto: Maximilian Semsch Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Fahrrad, Foto: pixabay.com Chinesischer Turm Donaustaufen, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB-AG Walhalla, Foto: Aleksandra Zelena Am Baierweinmuseum Bach, Foto: Stefan Gruber Weinstube Eibl, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB-AG Sarchinger Weiher, Foto: Susanne Kammerer
Bycicle tour

Ludwig's Walhalla and Roman wine near Regensburg

swimming possibility
Fine wine
Historically Relevant
Culturally Important
Animals & Nature

Discover unique highlights along the Danube by bike from Regensburg. Ludwig I's national monument Walhalla and the smallest wine-growing region in Bavaria await you.

Start
Regensburg
Duration
7 h
Distance
57 km
Key facts of the tour
Wine has been cultivated in the region around Regensburg for 1800 years, brought here by the Romans. On this cycle tour along the Danube, you can enjoy views of water, fields, vineyards, mighty cliffs and time-honoured walls. The Prince's Garden with the Chinese Tower in Donaustauf bears witness to the princely lifestyle here. The Walhalla bears witness to aristocratic longings that manifested themselves in the beauty of the landscape.

However, you should be in good physical condition if you want to see the Temple of Honour of Ludwig I from the inside. It is possible to cycle up the hill thanks to the road leading up, but it is a challenge (around 60 metres with an 8% gradient). Otherwise, the view is highly impressive even as you cycle past.

You should also pack your swimming gear, as the Sarchinger Weiher pond is on the route.

Note on the tour:
The Chinese Tower is regularly open every first Sunday, but there are special opening times that can be enquired about at the Donaustauf tourist information centre. Or you can make an appointment by telephone at least three days before your excursion. (Tel.: 09403 9552929)

Although the BaierWeinMuseum is also only open on Sundays, a visit to the outdoor facilities is always worthwhile.
A cycle tour for culture lovers and connoisseurs

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and, depending on capacity utilisation, taking your own bike on board cannot be guaranteed.

Start and end station

Start station
Regensburg Hbf
7 tour steps
57 km / 7 Stunden
End station
Regensburg Hbf

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

Schedule

Tour starts on Regensburg Hbf

Direction

DB Bicycle Service Hbf. Regensburg

There are 488 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the station.

With the DB Rad+ app, kilometres cycled in the participating cities can be collected and then exchanged with exclusive partners.

Regensburg Hbf Bahnhofstraße 18
93047
Regensburg

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG

Direction

At RENT A BIKE REGENSBURG, you can hire bikes for excursions in the surrounding area directly at Regensburg main station.

rent a bike Regensburg

There is a wide range of high-quality hire bikes to choose from. Bicycle service and the sale of bicycles is also possible.

If necessary, repairs can also be carried out on bikes you have brought with you. Good equipment is available for the planned cycle tour, including cycle touring maps. The RENT A BIKE team is always available for tour recommendations around Regensburg.

Whether it's a trip to Passau or Vienna, the return transport of bikes with or without passengers is also organised. Please make an appointment or enquiry in advance.

Bahnhofstraße 18
93047
Regensburg

Phone: 09415998193
Monday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Fahrrad, Foto: pixabay.com

Direction

From the railway station, you cycle directly to the Nibelungen Bridge.

You will pass part of the former wall of the Roman legionary camp Castra Regina from 179 A.D. The course of this ancient fortification determines the angular layout of Regensburg's old town to this day.

After crossing the Nibelungen Bridge, you follow the Danube cycle path along the north bank of the Danube.

In Donaustauf, a ruined castle sits enthroned on a 424 metre-high hilltop. The castle was built from 914 AD onwards by order of Bishop Tuto of Regensburg. The oldest existing parts of the medieval walls date back to 1060/70.

Continue below the castle on Maxstraße in the direction of Walhalla.

Chinese tower Donaustaufen

The Chinese Tower is one of Donaustauf's landmarks. In 1842, when the Walhalla was inaugurated, Prince Karl Alexander von Thurn und Taxis had a Chinese Tower built in his palace garden, today known as the Fürstengarten. It served as a music pavilion and for tea parties and was part of the ensemble of the Thurn and Taxis family's summer palace built around 1800, which was also painted in the Chinese style.

It was a favourite summer residence of the princely family until the market fire in 1880 and was completely destroyed in the fire. Only the tower survived the disaster. The family had it dismantled in 1900 and rebuilt in the new summer residence in Prüfening in Regensburg.

On the initiative of Franz Kastenmeier, who was committed to local history, and the support association he founded, the tower was brought back to Donaustauf in 1999 and re-erected in the Fürstengarten, restored and made accessible to the public.

Note on opening times:
May to September every 1st Sunday of the month from 2 to 5 pm or during exhibitions, events and by appointment

Wörther Str. 5
93093
Donaustauf

Contact person: Donaustauf tourist information centre
Phone: 09403 9552929
Email Address: info@touristinfo-donaustauf.de
Chinesischer Turm Donaustaufen, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB-AG

Direction

Shortly after Donaustauf, you will see King Ludwig I's most famous legacy from afar: the Walhalla.

To take a closer look at the temple of honour of German personalities, take the Walhalla road that leads directly up to it. The ascent is 252 metres. You will need either a good level of fitness or an e-bike.

Valhalla

Near Regensburg, the Walhalla rises above the Danube and dominates the landscape from its height. The classicist building in the form of a temple surrounded by columns was commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I (reigned 1825-1848) and is today one of the most important German national monuments of the 19th century.

The building was constructed by the architect and master builder Leo von Klenze (1784-1864). Ludwig I favoured his work. Klenze was one of the most important representatives of classicist architecture in the 19th century. The foundation stone was laid in 1830 and the Walhalla was officially opened on 18 October 1842.

The temple, clad inside and out with precious marble, is supported by an enormous stepped substructure. Inside, lined up along the walls are the busts and memorial plaques of the "Walhalla comrades" selected by Ludwig I and his advisors, a compilation of the rulers, generals, scientists and artists considered exemplary in the 19th century.

Since 1962, the original 96 busts have been supplemented by further ones at intervals of five to seven years. The selection is made by the Bavarian Council of Ministers on the recommendation of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

Walhallastraße 48
93093
Donaustauf

Phone: 09403 961680
01.04. - 31.10.
Monday: 09:00am - 05:45pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 05:45pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 05:45pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 05:45pm
Friday: 09:00am - 05:45pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 05:45pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 05:45pm
01.11. - 31.03.
Monday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 04:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 04:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 04:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 04:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 04:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 04:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 04:00pm
Walhalla, Foto: Aleksandra Zelena
Die Walhalla in Donaustauf, Foto: Regensburg Tourismus GmbH
Walhalla, Foto: Markus Spiske

Direction

After descending from the Walhalla, continue cycling eastwards on the Danube cycle path. Cycle past Sulzbach and Demling.

At Bach a.d. Donau, follow the signpost to the BaierWeinMuseum.

BaierWineMuseum

A historic Biethaus (also known as a press house) from the 14th century is now home to a unique specialised museum. Here you can learn about the history of viticulture in Old Bavaria in a vivid and realistic way. Starting in Roman times, the chronological framework of the documentation stretches right up to the present day. A tree press, which was built in 1615 and once helped the winegrowers to extract the grape juice, is also on display. Today it is one of the oldest wine presses in existence. Also on display are tools for working the vineyard, plant protection and winemaking equipment, such as a spindle press, grape mill and wine filter.

In the outdoor area, which is accessible at all times, there is an educational wine trail and very clearly designed information boards. Here you can learn about the history and stories of viticulture. Hierländer, the white Elbing, also grows here. Thanks to its strong acidity, it contributed significantly to the "good reputation" of Baier wine.

In the wine taverns in Bach, you can taste the "Regensburger Landwein", a genuine speciality typical of the region.

Hauptstraße 1B
93090
Bach an der Donau

01.05. - 30.09.
Sunday: 01:00pm - 04:00pm
Am Baierweinmuseum Bach, Foto: Stefan Gruber
Baierweinmuseum im Herbst, Foto: Reinhard Eberl
Weinpresse, Foto: Robert Englbrecht
Zeittafel Weinlehrpfad Baierweinmuseum Bach, Foto: Stefan Gruber
Das Baierweinmuseum in Bach, Foto: Förderverein Bach

Direction

So, have you become curious and fancy trying the Regensburg country wine? Then head to the wine bar in the village next.

Wine bar Eibl

The Eibl wine bar was founded by Wilhelm Eibl in 1964 to strengthen regional viticulture. As the acidity of the local wine made drinking it a challenge, the winegrowers learnt how to deacidify the wine at a training course in the 1960s. The result was Regensburger Landwein, which is now served and sold in the region with great success.

The wine bar seats 70 and offers cosiness and good service. There are 50 seats in the heated conservatory with a view of the countryside. In summer, it is popular to sit on the terrace, enjoy a glass of homemade wine in the shade of the lush vines and let your gaze wander over the fields to the Danube.

The wine is cultivated on our own vineyard and pressed by ourselves. The main varieties are Domina, Dornfelder, Blauer Zweigelt, Bacchus and Sauberg.

Of course, the wine is also accompanied by good food, such as the various platters with different types of sausage, the Heurigen board with smoked meats, cheeses and bread or the cheese board with different types of cheese and fruit.

Hauptstraße 70
93090
Bach an der Donau

Phone: 09403 606
Wednesday: 01:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday: 01:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 01:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 01:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 01:00pm - 11:00pm
Weinstube Eibl, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB-AG

Direction

Well fortified, you cycle to the banks of the Danube, keeping south-east and continuing on the Danube cycle path.

You cycle idyllically along the banks of the Danube between the undulating river and fields.

Above the Donausknie you have a beautiful view of Schoss Wörth in the distance.

At Illkofen, the path briefly leads away from the bank and you cycle through the centre of the village, where it is worth taking a look at the Illkofen church of St. Martin.

The route continues along the banks of the Danube. At Sarchinger Weiher, you can take a break in the idyllic park and refresh yourself with a dip in the lake.

Sarching pond

The Sarchinger Weiher was created from a former gravel pit where gravel was extracted for the construction of the A3 motorway. Now the pond and the surrounding area of trees and meadows is a popular local recreation area. The lake has a water surface area of 28 hectares and a maximum depth of 7 metres. Beaches have been created that are also suitable for children. There are kiosks and toilets and official fire pits for barbecues.

There is an island in the centre of the lake. Originally there were two lakes here, which were separated by a narrow dam. The dam was partially removed in the 1970s, so that both lakes became one and the island remained in the centre. Rare birds such as the night heron now nest there.

Sarchinger Weiher, Foto: Susanne Kammerer

Tour ends on Regensburg Hbf

Direction

After swimming, you cycle through Sarching and cross the Danube at Donaustauf. From the Danube bridge, you can see the Walhalla once again.

The familiar Danube cycle path now leads back to Regensburg. The route changes after you have crossed the Nibelungen Bridge.

This time you cycle through the Ostengasse. As you pass the Ostentor, you will once again encounter a relic of the ancient Roman fortifications, which had four gates.

The route takes you past the "Leerer Beutel" restaurant (Bertoldstraße 9, 93047 Regensburg, Tel. 0941 58997) in the former granary from the 16th century. After the tour, you can fortify yourself here with dishes from sustainable and organic food production in the region. You can also visit exhibitions by contemporary artists from the region.

From here, you can be back at Regensburg main station in five minutes.

Tour map

Start/Ende

Regensburg Hbf

Bahnhofstraße 18

93047 Regensburg

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