Hike for 237 km on the Jurasteig quality trail
Long-distance hiking in the heart of Bavaria: natural landscapes as far as the eye can reach in the Bavarian Jura Mountains
Varied, challenging and impressive – three qualities that apply in every sense to the Jurasteig trail. Traversing 237 km, the peaks and valleys of the Jurasteig can be completed in a circuit over 13 daily stages. These stages on the main route vary between ten and 27 km, which represents a walking time of three to eight hours. There are also 18 loops that take hikers off the main path on a day tour of the local countryside. This quality trail is particularly special for nature lovers due to its high number of untreated paths. Almost 40 per cent of the trails are unpaved and a further 15 per cent are tracks.
However, it is not just the trails themselves but the scenery along the way that inspires a sense of Wanderlust. The Mediterranean-looking limestone rocks, low mountain range and river valleys around Naab, Altmühl, Weiße Laaber and Lauterach lend the Jurasteig trail its particular flair. The juniper heathland, pines and beeches round out the natural experience. Hikers with a penchant for culture will also find plenty to enjoy along the Jurasteig trail. It passes through the districts of Kelheim, Neumarkt, Amberg and Regensburg as well as many charming places such as Kallmünz, Riedenburg, Holnstein and Kastl, which are all well worth exploring. A visit to the abbeys, castles and ruins along the way serves to enhance the whole experience. One absolute highlight of the trail is Weltenburg Abbey, which boasts the oldest beer brewery in the world, and the Weltenburger Enge with the famous Danube Gap. Hikers can fortify themselves with refreshments in the trail’s many restaurants.
Menus here often feature Altmühltal or Juradistl lamb dishes. Other regional products are Juradistl beef and apple juice. Since the Jurasteig trail also passes through the Nature Park Hirschwald, various venison dishes are also popular. Hikers who prefer fresh fish can try the typical local Lauterach trout.