Discover unique highlights along the Danube by bike from Regensburg. Ludwig I's national monument Walhalla and Bavaria's smallest wine-growing region await you.
A cycling tour for culture lovers and connoisseurs.
Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed, depending on the capacity.
Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.
There are 488 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the station.
The DB app Rad+ can be used to collect kilometres cycled in the participating cities and then exchange them with exclusive partners.
Regensburg Hbf Bahnhofstraße 18
Directly at Regensburg main station, you can rent bicycles from RENT A BIKE REGENSBURG for excursions in the surrounding area.
There is a wide range of high quality rental bikes to choose from. Bicycle service and the sale of bikes is also possible.
So if necessary, repairs can also be made to bikes you have brought with you. Good equipment including cycling maps is available for the planned cycling tour. The RENT A BIKE team is always available to recommend tours around Regensburg.
Whether it's a trip to Passau or Vienna, the return transport of bicycles with or without people is also organised. Please arrange or request appointments in advance.
From the 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 AD. The course of this ancient fortification determines the angular layout of Regensburg's old town to this day.
After crossing the Nibelungen Bridge, follow the Danube cycle path along the north bank of the Danube.
In Donaustauf, a ruined castle sits enthroned on a 424 m high hilltop. The castle was built from 914 AD onwards by order of the Regensburg bishop Tuto. The oldest existing parts of the medieval walls date back to 1060/70.
Now drive below the castle on Maxstraße in the direction of Walhalla.
The Chinese Tower is one of Donaustauf's landmarks. In 1842, when Valhalla was inaugurated, Prince Karl Alexander von Thurn und Taxis had a Chinese Tower built in his palace garden, today's Fürstengarten. It served as a bandstand and for tea parties and was part of the ensemble of the Thurn and Taxis family's summer palace built around 1800, which had also been painted in the Chinese style.
It was a popular 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 Prüfening in Regensburg.
On the initiative of Franz Kastenmeier, who is committed to local history, and the sponsoring 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 hours:
May to September every 1st Sunday of the month from 2 to 5 p.m. or during exhibitions, events and by appointment.
Wörther Str. 5
Shortly after Donaustauf, you will see King Ludwig I's most famous legacy from afar: Valhalla.
To take a closer look at the temple of honour of German personalities, take the Walhalla road, which leads directly up. The ascent is 252 metres. You need either good physical condition or an e-bike.
Near Regensburg, Valhalla 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 (r. 1825-1848) and is today one of the most important German national monuments of the 19th century.
The building was erected 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 Valhalla was ceremoniously opened on 18 October 1842.
The temple, clad in precious marble inside and out, is supported by an enormous stepped substructure. Inside, the busts and commemorative plaques of the "Valhalla comrades" selected by Ludwig I and his advisors are lined up along the walls, a compilation of the rulers, commanders, scientists and artists considered exemplary in the 19th century.
Since 1962, the original 96 busts have been supplemented by others 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.
After descending from the Walhalla, continue cycling eastwards on the Danube Cycle Path. Pass Sulzbach and Demling.
At Bach a.d. Donau, follow the signpost to the BaierWeinMuseum.
Today, a unique special museum is located in a historic Biethaus (also called Presshaus) from the 14th century. Here you can learn about the history of winegrowing in Old Bavaria in a vivid and true-to-life way. Starting with Roman times, the documentation spans the time frame up to the present. A tree press built in 1615 is also on display, which once helped the winegrowers to extract the grape juice. Today it is one of the oldest wine presses in existence. Also on display are tools for working the vineyard and for plant protection, as well as wine-making equipment such as a screw press, grape mill and wine filter.
In the outdoor area, which is accessible at all times, there is an educational wine trail and very vividly designed information boards. Here you can learn about history and stories about viticulture. The Hierländer, the White Elbing, also grows here. Thanks to its strong acidity, it contributed considerably to the "good reputation" of Baier wine.
In the wine taverns in Bach you can taste the "Regensburger Landwein", a real speciality typical of the region.
Bach an der Donau
Well, have you become curious and want to try the Regensburger Landwein? Then head to the wine tavern in town next.
The Eibl wine tavern was founded by Wilhelm Eibl in 1964 to strengthen regional viticulture. Since the acidity of the local wine made it a challenge to enjoy, the winegrowers learned how to de-acidify the wine at a training course in the 1960s. The result was the Regensburger Landwein, which is now served and sold with great success in the region.
The wine tavern offers 70 seats, comfort and good service. There are 50 seats in the heated winter garden 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 lush vines and let the view wander over the fields to the Danube.
The wine is grown in our own vineyard and pressed ourselves. Especially the following varieties: 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 sausages, the Heurigenbrettl with smoked meats, cheeses and bread, or the Käsebrettl with different cheeses and fruit.
Bach an der Donau
Well-fed, you head to the banks of the Danube, keep to the south-east and continue cycling along the Danube Cycle Path.
You cycle idyllically along the Danube bank between the undulating river and fields.
Above the Danube bend you have a beautiful view of Schoss Wörth in the distance.
At Illkofen, the path briefly leaves the bank and you cycle through the middle of the village, where it is worth taking a look at Illkofen's St. Martin's Church.
And you continue along the banks of the Danube. At the Sarchinger Weiher pond, you can take a break in the idyllic park and refresh yourself with a swim in the lake.
The Sarchinger Weiher was created from a former gravel pit where gravel was extracted for the construction of the A3. Now the pond and the surrounding grounds of trees and meadows are a popular local recreation area. The lake has a water surface of 28 hectares and a maximum depth of 7 metres. Beaches have been laid out that are also well suited for children. There are kiosks and toilets and official fireplaces for barbecues.
There is an island in the middle of the lake. Originally there were two lakes here, 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 middle. Birds that have become rare, such as the night heron, now nest there.
After the bathing fun, you drive through Sarching and cross the Danube at Donaustauf. From the Danube bridge you can take another look at Valhalla.
The familiar Danube cycle path now leads back into Regensburg. The route changes after you cross the Nibelungen Bridge.
This time you cycle through the Ostengasse. With the Ostentor, which you pass, you once again encounter a relic of the ancient Roman fortifications, which had four gates.
The path leads past the restaurant "Leerer Beutel" (Bertoldstraße 9, 93047 Regensburg, Tel. 0941 58997) in the former granary from the 16th century. Here you can fortify yourself after the tour with dishes from sustainable and organic food production in the region. In addition, exhibitions by contemporary artists of the region can be visited.
From here you are then back at Regensburg main station in five minutes.