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The ALTMüHL is a river in Bavaria , Germany
Germany
. It is a left tributary of the river Danube
Danube
and is approximately 230 kilometres (140 mi) long.

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It is a place well-known for potato farming. Old Altmühl
Altmühl
at Essing, between Dietfurt
Dietfurt
and Kelheim

The source of the Altmühl
Altmühl
is close to the town of Ansbach
Ansbach
. From here the river runs southeastwards as a narrow brook to enter the Altmühlsee (de) (a lake) north of Gunzenhausen . After leaving Gunzenhausen the river describes a broad curve through the Franconian Jura . It enters the Naturpark Altmühltal (de) ( Altmühl
Altmühl
Valley Nature Park), which is known for its natural environment: The meanders of the Altmühl
Altmühl
river have cut deep gorges into the mountains of the Franconian Jura.

The Altmühl
Altmühl
passes the towns of Treuchtlingen , Eichstätt
Eichstätt
and Beilngries .

Downriver of Dietfurt
Dietfurt
the river bed was straightened and integrated into a canal connecting the river Main and the river Danube
Danube
(the Rhine–Main– Danube
Danube
Canal ). In spite of protests by conservationists the canal was opened in 1992 and has changed much of the eastern Altmühl
Altmühl
valley.

The Altmühl
Altmühl
finally flows into the Danube
Danube
in