Summer Holidays in the Altmühltal
Get to know an extraordinary Nature Park.
The Altmühltal is an ideal place to enjoy a stay in summer. Whether it is for a few days, several weeks or a short getaway to escape from the urban hustle and bustle. In the local area you will surely find what you are looking for. Numerous bathing lakes, walking routes and cycle trails await you. And if you fancy something quite special, you can visit the open air Dinosaur Museum, enjoy a ride on the summer toboggan run or join in on a walk with huskies at night through the Altmühltal. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Gams Hotel.
There are a lot of things to do and to see
Adventurous tours by boat. River “Altmühl” is an ideal water for a leisurely canoe trip and paddling. It is actually the slowest flowing river in Bavaria. Following the river, which meanders down over 150 kilometres from Gunzenhausen to Kelheim, you can discover the beauty of the picturesque scenery of the holiday region in the very heart of Bavaria. Propelled by the sheer muscle power, you will paddle past steep limestone formations, willow trees with branches drooping down into the water and riverbanks covered with reeds. Guided boat trips are organised daily, weather permitting. At normal flow, you can make easily 5 kilometres per hour paddling down the river.
Take time out. Enjoy peacefulness. Follow your own rhythm. In the “Altmühltal” Nature Park awesome rock formations alternate with sun-kissed heathlands dotted with juniper trees, lovely valleys and extensive woodlands to be discovered during a walk. The countless well maintained and well waymarked footpaths take the walker across a marvellous natural scenery and a countryside steeped in history. Mighty fortresses, restored castles and spectacular archeologic treasures bear witness to the Celtic, Roman and Germanic period. Long-distance trails, such as the “Altmühltal Panaroma Trail” leading from Gunzenhausen to Kelheim, and numerous walking routes running in the surroundings of Beilngries enrapture the walkers.
Step on board! From May to October, you are welcome to discover the beautiful countryside of the “Altmühltal” Valley during a boat trip along the “Maine-Danube” Canal on board of a steamer. From Riedenburg, approx. 26 km away from Beilngries, the ships start in the direction of Kelheim. From there a trip through the Danube breakthrough to the Koster Weltenburg is offered as a day trip. Visit the website of “Schifffahrt Kelheim” Cruises to view the timetables and to get more information about the routes and current cruise fares.
Walk with Huskies at night
Only about 15 minutes away from the Gams Hotel, you can immerse yourself in a Canadian ambience. In the near town of Dietfurt, you can find the Snow Wolf Valley Husky Ranch. The owners have made a long-cherished dream come true. Other than raising huskies, they offer unique experiences for visitors of all ages. You can, for example, join in on a walk at night in the company of huskies. After having become acquainted with the animals and received some information on the character of these dogs, you will get a few instructions regarding the gear. Afterwards, you can finally head off for the walk. The children can take the lead helped by an adult. The walk ends with a gathering around the campfire on the ranch. The participants are served snacks and drinks.
Follow the countless meanders of the “Altmühl” River. Along idyllic riverbanks, past awesome rock formations and sun-kissed heathlands dotted with juniper trees. The “Altmühltal” cycle trail is an ideal route to suit cyclists of all ages and abilities. The trail, which boasts an exemplary route and profile off busy roads on level grounds, leads the cyclist past interesting sights. All along the route there are great services for cyclists: repair and servicing workshops, hire businesses and biker-friendly accommodations.
Mountain bike Tours
The “Altmühltal” Valley is renowned far beyond the Nature Park as a destination for cycling enthusiasts. Many people imagine level trails, running through a beautiful, scenic valley. Of course, this is true. In the surroundings of Beilngries, you find a 250-kilometre network of excellent family-friendly cycleways that can be easily managed by everyone regardless of the personal abilities. This is however not all. In the local area there are endless opportunities to enjoy to the heart’s content mountain bike rides off the beaten tracks to suit both beginners and passionate mountain bikers.
open air dinosaur museum
Catch some glimpses into what seems to be a realm of fantasy. Marvel at fascinating prehistoric specimen that overshadow everything we know today by the strangeness of their appearance and their size. Following the 1.5-kilometre long adventure trail across the Dinosaur Park, you can undertake a thrilling journey back in time through different geological periods and immerse yourself in 400 million years of evolutionary history.
In the “Altmühltal” Valley you can enjoy a golf round almost throughout the year. Of course, playing golf is more delightful from spring to autumn when it is warmer and the days are longer. A 9-hole golf course, set in a gently rolling countryside, with natural fairways and exciting hazards awaits you. The golf facility in Beilngries suits golfers of all personal abilities. The guests of the Gams Hotel benefit from a green fee reduction on the “Altmühlgolf Beilngries” golf course. Our receptionists will be delighted to give you advice.
Nordic walking is arguably one of the healthiest sports. Involving the entire musculoskeletal system, it is a suitable activity to strengthen the muscles, notably in the shoulder, back and chest. You do not need much to enjoy Nordic walking in the fascinating scenery of the “Altmühltal” Valley. Starting at the Gams Hotel, you can choose from 7 Nordic walking routes. Special walking poles are available free of charge from the reception desk. The only thing you need to head off are solid walking boots or running shoes and comfortable sportswear.
High rope course
Following the high ropes course in the “Altmühltal” Adventure Park, you can climb to dizzy heights and explore the wood from an extraordinary and exciting perspective. The high ropes trail includes an obstacle course that takes you from treetop to treetop. You are helped by ropes, cable and safety gear. There are courses of different levels of difficulty to suit both beginners and experts.
Summer Toboggan run
The summer toboggan run in the “Altmühltal” Valley, which is open from March to September, provides year after year great fun. After having been tugged uphill in your bob, you can enjoy an exciting downhill ride. The toboggan run has a length of 100o metres, including a hairpin bend, several banked curves and numerous jumps. Being one of the most modern summer toboggan runs in the world, the track is completely safe. The users can determine themselves the speed of the bob.
Bathing fun is guaranteed in the Altmühltal Nature Park. In the middle of the Altmühltal Nature Park and thus in the heart of Bavaria the Kratzmühlsee is located. This beautiful lake invites you to bathe, swim, row and sunbathe. For non-swimmers the bathing zone proves to be a perfect area. Boats can also be rented. A children’s playground and idyllic soccer fields ensure fun for acitivity-seekers. The Altmühlsee combines leisure fun and nature conservation. There is plenty of space for swimming, surfing and sailing. Between the five docks the passenger ship “MS Altmühlsee” crosses the water in a scheduled service. Hikers and cyclists explore the bank on a lovely path.