Dietfurt an der Altmühl

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Dietfurt an der Altmühl

The Bavarian China

Dietfurt is a little German town that has earned the nickname ‘Bavarian China’ because at carnival time it celebrates the Asian culture. The town is on the River Altmühl and there is a lot to do there in an area that is comprised of beautiful hills and seven pretty valleys.

The hills are excellent for hikers and you will see lots of nature and wildlife above the town which is also known for its forestry and agriculture industries.

Carnival Time At Dietfurt an der Altmühl

When the carnival takes off, that is the time to visit Dietfurt an der Altmühl. Dressed up as Little China, the parades begin on Unsinnigen Donnerstag (nonsensical Thursday) with over 50 different groups vying for attention in the heart of the town. The various groups bring Chinese culture to Bavaria by using the Chinese mottos from Ko-Huong, the Emperor and his court.

This famous festival takes place on the final Thursday of carnival season and starts early at 2.00 a.m. when the population of the town is awoken by Maschkaras, the noisy wake up call. A proclamation at the Palace is read out and then the celebrations continue throughout the night with all the restaurants in the town taking part.

Music And Food At The Carnival

The celebration at carnival time runs over two days and there is music and culture from both Germany and China. You can taste cuisine with Bavarian and Chinese delicacies and there are games and fun all around the town.

Buildings And Culture In Dietfurt an der Altmühl

The town hall dates from 1479 and it features a Chinese fountain at the front of the building. A Franciscan monastery which was built in 1660 is worth a visit and there is plenty of culture at the Hollerhaus Museum.

Outside Of The Town

Two great places to visit are the Alcoma Adventure Village and the Archaeological Park. Surrounded by hills and valleys, Dietfurt an der Altmühl is ideal for hiking through the Jura heights, biking or just taking a stroll. The trails go for many miles and you can take a guide or navigate yourself.

Dietfurt an der Altmühl is a secret gem that is there for you to discover and a trip to the town and the surrounding area has a lot to offer everyone.

Accommodation Near To Dietfurt an der Altmühl

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Ringhotel Die Gams

The Hotel Ringhotel Die Gams is rated four stars. It is a family run establishment and offers a cosy environment that will make you feel very welcome. The hotel serves Bavarian speciality dishes as well as International cuisine. The rooms are warm and comfortable with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi.

At the Ringhotel Die Gams you can bring your pet on holiday (book in advance) and parking for guests is free. Located some 8.24 kilometres from Dietfurt an der Altmühl, the hotel is also close to many other amenities including a golf course, bike rental and canoeing.

Metzgerei Gasthof Romantikhotel Der Millipp

The outside of the Metzgerei Gasthof Romantikhotel Der Millipp will take you back in time and remind you that you are truly in the heart of Germany. It has a half timbered facade and the rooms also have beams and traditional furniture and decor.

The building dates back to 1401 and the hotel has been run by the same family for 16 generations. You will be served a traditional breakfast buffet which can be eaten in the lounge or outside on the sun terrace. Bavarian dishes and International cuisine are available and all meats are locally sourced. Free on site parking for guests and close proximity to the A9 motorway make this hotel an ideal place to stay if you are visiting Dietfurt an der Altmühl.


Many of the hotels near to Dietfurt an der Altmühl are historic buildings and this is one of them. Hotel Fuchsbräu is family run and has its own brewery. Rooms are styled in a country house design and have all modern amenities including free Wi-Fi and a TV.

You will enjoy a wide selection of foods from the breakfast buffet and in the evening you can choose local dishes or International cuisine. Meals can be taken on the sun terrace where you can relax and do some people watching after a day out at Dietfurt an der Altmühl. Located 8.27 kilometres from the town, the hotel is close to hiking and cycle paths and is an excellent base for visitors who want to explore the region.

Travelling To Dietfurt an der Altmühl

Fly into Munich and you can reach Dietfurt an der Altmühl using the excellent public transport systems in Germany or drive to your final destination.

By Air

Munich has an excellent airport with two terminals that receive International flights from the UK.
There are both train and bus links to Dietfurt an der Altmühl and the motorway system is easy to navigate.

By Train

The train from the airport station takes you to München Hbf (main city train station). Trains run every 15 minutes and the journey takes 40 minutes. From München Hbf you take a regional express which runs on the hour to Kinding (Altmühltal) and from there take a bus number 222 to Weiherstraße, Dietfurt a.d. Altmühl. Journey time is around 6 minutes on the bus.

By Road

Leave Munich airport and take the Zentralallee and St2584 to A92 in Freising. Take the A9 and exit the motorway at number 59 to Denkendorf then take St2392, EI26 and NM23 to Im Kellergarten in Dietfurt an der Altmühl.

You can also get to Dietfurt an der Altmühl by bus. However there are several changes and the journey time is nearly 6 hours.

Attractions Close To Dietfurt an der Altmühl

Exploring Secret Paths In The Nature Park

If you are looking for secret places to explore then there are plenty of them in the area. With 3000 kilometres of hiking and walking paths and 800 kilometres of cycle paths you can explore all the areas of the nature park including a stunning trail that runs right alongside the river.

Climbers will also be in their element taking to the cliffs along the River Altmühl which has many kinds of terrain. Both newcomers and experienced climber will love this beautiful place.

Sightseeing Around The Unusual Museums

The Hollerhaus Museum is shows you a restored farmhouse that was from Jura and a large collection of fossils and rocks from the surrounding area. There is also an exhibit showing the history of the canal construction between Main and Danube.

In the Holler House museum there is a virtual reconstruction showing a scaled down part of the old town which shows the kinds of people who lived and worked there around 120 years ago.

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