The county constitutes the heart of Nature Park Altmühltal, Germany's second-largest nature park. More than 80% of the county's area is part of that nature park, and it is a popular trip and recreation destination due its many natural treasures.
Cycling tours on over 360 kilometers of bike and hiking routes; exploring the Altmühl River by boat; climbing the Jurassic limestone rocks of the Franconian Alp; or boat excursions on the Main-Danube-Canal – these are just some of the many options to pass the time. In bad weather, numerous sports and recreation centers are yours to use, for instance the water park „Aquamarin“ in Gaimersheim.
Center of Tourism
Tourism is an important industry in Eichstätt County. As the core of Nature Park Altmühltal, the county impresses with a perfectly developed tourism infrastructure, from apartments to high-class hotels.
Nature Park Altmühltal – and with it, Eichstätt County – is one of Germany's most popular destination for cycling vacations, being part of the Altmühltal cycling route. Near the A 9 freeway, conference tourism has developed into a fixed, important pillar of Bavaria's tourism industry.
Center of Culture
The area between the Rivers Altmühl and Danube has been a land of culture since prehistoric times. At Kipfenberg, the grave of "the ancient Bavarian" was discovered. He served in the border troops of the Roman Empire, the border of which – the infamous Limes – crossed right through the county. Later on, the prince-bishops of Eichstätt shaped the country, especially he Baroque residency of Eichstätt itself, where its unique townscape offers traces of the past everywhere.
Eichstätt County has a rich variety of museums: World-famous is Eichstätt's Jura Museum with an original prehistoric Archaeopteryx bird that was found in the stone pits north of the town. Numerous festivities and cultural events around the county attract visitors and tourists; more than just locally famous are the summer concerts between Danube and Altmühl.