Weißkopfseeadler Kristallmuseum Riedenburg Wasserrad an der Schambach Naturschutzgebiet Kreutberg Brotzeit im Kastaniengarten Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Eingang zur Burgruine Altmannstein Biergarten unter ehrwürdigen Kastanien Mäusebussard Die größte Kristallgruppe der Welt Im Kastaniengarten
Bycicle tour

Fine birds, fine jewellery - from Ingolstadt to the Schambach Valley

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How about a tour along the old railway line through the idyllic Schambach Valley? This cycle tour takes you from Ingolstadt past castles and palaces to Riedenburg in the Altmühl Valley.

8 h
93 km
Key facts of the tour
Romantic castles, fortified fortresses, charming little towns and historic villages await you on this tour. The 93-kilometre tour, which is more suitable for experienced cyclists, rewards you with very special highlights between Ingolstadt and the Schambach Valley. These include the world's largest group of rock crystals in the Riedenburg Crystal Museum and a bird of prey show in the historic setting of Rosenburg Castle.

The starting point is Ingolstadt main railway station. The tour leads northeast out of the city along a former railway line. From Altmannstein, you cycle through the idyllic Schambach Valley to Riedenburg in the Altmühltal. There are several places to stop for refreshments along the route, for example at the Fuchsgarten or Rosenburg in Riedenburg and the Kastanienhof in Ingolstadt.

Instead of cycling back through the Schambach valley, you can also follow the Altmühl river westwards from Riedenburg to Kinding and take the train back to Ingolstadt from there.
A cycle tour for explorers, culture vultures and nature lovers

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
Ingolstadt Hbf
6 tour steps
93 km / 8 Stunden
End station
Ingolstadt Hbf

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


Tour starts on Ingolstadt Hbf


DB Bicycle Service Hbf. Ingolstadt

There are 461 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of Ingolstadt main station.

Bahnhofstr. 8

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


The starting point is Ingolstadt main station. Cycle through the city centre to the north, past the northern railway station. Follow the signs with the cycle path logo towards the Schambachtalbahn cycle path. We then follow the former railway line to Altmannstein for our first stop at the castle ruins.

Altmannstein castle ruins

Since the eponymous Count Altmann II of Abensberg had Altmannstein Castle built on a promontory in the 13th century, the keep with its 2 metre thick humpback ashlar walls has seen many lords come and go. The castle was pawned for lack of money, later robber barons and plunderers fought skirmishes and, last but not least, it was destroyed by a fire set by the Swedes in 1632.

Today, the magnificent view over Altmannstein and the Schambach Valley can be enjoyed in peace. It can be reached from the village via hiking trail no. 1 and Burg-Stein-Gasse. There is a small playground opposite the castle complex.

Burg-Stein-Gasse 19

Phone: 09446 90210
01.01. - 31.12.
Monday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 07:00pm
Eingang zur Burgruine Altmannstein
Ausblick von Burg Altmannstein


The route continues north-eastwards through the Schambach valley, past Hexenagger Castle to Riedenburg.

Fox garden

The spacious beer garden offers locals and day-trippers a cosy spot under large, venerable chestnut trees directly opposite the town pond in the old town of Riedenburg to enjoy a freshly tapped pint of beer. The pub offers hot meals, snacks, coffee and cake as well as the best Bavarian beers. There is a playground and a petting zoo with goats to keep children amused. The FuchsStadl can also be used as a shelter on unstable and cold days.

An der Altmühl 18

Phone: 094421312
01.01. - 31.12.
Monday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Biergarten unter ehrwürdigen Kastanien


The best way to get up to Falkenhof Schloss Rosenburg is a 15-minute walk.

Falkenhof Rosenburg Castle

It doesn't take much imagination to visualise the life of the Counts of Riedenburg from the 12th century onwards at Rosenburg Castle, picturesquely situated on a mountain ridge high above the Altmühltal valley. Between its metre-thick walls, they often passed the time with minstrel songs and falconry, hunting with the help of birds of prey. It is a tradition that has been revived in the castle complex since 1978 and which you can take part in twice a day (except Mondays).

At the birds of prey show (11 am and 3 pm), proud eagles, majestic vultures and manoeuvrable falcons present their impressive flying skills. Afterwards, there is the opportunity to get to know the birds of prey up close on a tour of the castle grounds. The castle museum also provides information about the history of falconry, birds of prey and the entire local animal kingdom.

Local specialities, snacks and salads as well as coffee and cake are offered in the vaults of the Rosenburg and in the beer garden in the inner courtyard. The nearby Rabenstein castle ruins are also within easy walking distance. From there, there is a marvellous view of the town of Riedenburg and the Altmühltal valley.

Schlossweg 7

Phone: 09442 2752
20.03. - 31.10.
Tuesday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.germanUnity: 10:00am - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.whitMonday: 08:30am - 06:00pm
15.08. - 15.08.
tour.contact.opening-times.ascensionDay: 10:00am - 05:00pm


A short walk takes you back down to Riedenburg. The path to the Crystal Museum is also just a few minutes' walk away.

Crystal Museum Riedenburg

Gemstones have always held a special fascination for us humans. They are said to have mysterious, lucky and healing powers. At the Riedenburg Crystal Museum, everything revolves around gemstones and minerals. The largest diamond replica collection in the world tells adventurous stories about the world-famous diamonds. Tourmalines are the kings of colour among gemstones. A collection of 800 tourmalines cut into slices makes this splendour visible. One highlight is the largest group of rock crystals in the world. It was found in 1981 in western Arkansas/USA, weighs 7.8 tonnes and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

The museum shop has a large selection of genuine, sparkling gemstone jewellery, minerals, "healing stones" and pretty souvenirs. A mini-golf course is located right next to the museum.

Bergkristallstr. 1

Phone: 09442 90030
01.01. - 31.12.
Tuesday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Die größte Kristallgruppe der Welt
Größte Turmalinsammlung der Welt


Return to Ingolstadt through the Schambach valley along the old railway line. On the outskirts of Ingolstadt there is another opportunity to stop off at the Kastaniengarten.

Chestnut garden

The brewery pub with beer garden under large chestnut trees, terrace and Tyrolean hut invites you to enjoy a refreshing beer and tasty Bavarian specialities. Alpine cuisine and seasonal beer are served. There is also regular live traditional music.

Gutsstr. 4

Phone: 0841 55541
Im Kastaniengarten

Tour ends on Ingolstadt Hbf


Return to the starting point via Schillerstrasse and Südliche Ringstrasse past the city centre.

Tour map


Ingolstadt Hbf

Bahnhofstr. 8

85051 Ingolstadt

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