Oberpfälzer Wald

Your cycling adventure in the Upper Palatinate – Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt

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Your cycling adventure in the Upper Palatinate – Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt

Bike Touring Collection by Oberpfälzer Wald

24

Tours

92:15 h

807 mi

41,825 ft

Idyllic landscapes, enchanted castles, centuries-old traditions and welcoming hosts – the Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt in Upper Palatinate in southern Germany is an awesome cycling destination in 2021. Following former railway tracks and shaded river cycle paths through challenging low mountain ranges, we take you to the most beautiful parts of the Upper Palatinate Forest in this Collection.

The main route of the Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt runs for about 310 miles (500 km) long in a figure of eight around the beautiful town of Weiden in the Upper Palatinate. You can easily shorten the eight-day route to four days and ride just one loop of the figure of eight. Alternatively, you can choose one of the six two- or three-day adventures along themed trails. You can combine the routes together to create your own route depending on how much time you have.

The rides take you through the unique landscapes of the Upper Palatinate Forest. The dreamy Forest & Valleys Tour takes you through shaded woodland, the legendary Zoigl & Fish Tour introduces you to traditional fishing and beer brewing in the region, and the fantastic Legends & Stories Tour takes you on a journey back in time. The Volcanoes & Geological History Tour gives you an insight into the earth’s systems. On the Enjoyment & Culture Tour, you can look forward to culinary and cultural highlights whilst the Water Worlds Tour takes you through the vast river and lake landscapes. It’s up to you which routes you choose.

The Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt has great infrastructure for cyclists. You’ll find plenty of e-bike charging stations, clear signposting, free bike maps, and certified, cyclist-friendly accommodation that know how to make a cyclist happy when they stop off for a break or overnight stay. In this Collection, we present the main route as well as the six other adventure worlds of the Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt. You can look forward to a beautiful cycling adventure that will stay with you for many years to come.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:06
    44.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,225 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 500-kilometer round starts in Weiden in the Upper Palatinate, which you can also reach by train. The charming old town with its winding streets can be wonderfully explored on a city tour. From here the route takes you north along the Waldnaab river, the path rising steadily. You can quench your thirst in the Brauhaus Floss - the rustic parlor and the idyllic beer garden invite you to take a short break.

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  • Difficult
    05:14
    43.7 mi
    8.3 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Rested, you continue on the second day through the beautiful Upper Palatinate. From Lindau bei Schönsee you cycle south. You cycle on well-developed bike paths through the wide meadows and …

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    41.4 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage starts with a beautiful section through the idyllic river landscapes along the Regen River. From there the route leads you through shady forest to Burglengenfeld with its castle complex. It continues along the Naab to Schwandorf. The city not only offers you a picturesque market square with nice cafés, but also the historic rock cellars, the largest of their kind in Bavaria.

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    39.6 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After a relaxing night in Pfreimd, you follow the shimmering Naab, just like the day before. It winds through the landscape in countless loops, sometimes wider and sometimes narrower. An …

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  • Difficult
    03:34
    28.4 mi
    8.0 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fifth day you start in Weiden and for the first few kilometers you follow the same path along the Waldnaab that you already know from stage 1. At Neustadt an der Waldnaab, this time you don't turn east, but continue to cycle north on the river bank. You pass the lovely St. Anna Church, which invites you to dismount and pause.

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  • Difficult
    04:15
    39.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,675 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the sixth stage you have a few meters of altitude ahead of you, but you will be rewarded with fascinating views. Starting from Tirschenreuth, you cycle through a colorful cultural landscape and smaller forests. You follow the very well developed Vizinalbahnradweg, which brings you directly to the border with the Czech Republic. At an altitude of almost 800 meters you drive through quiet forest areas, but you also come across great views again and again.

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  • Difficult
    04:46
    41.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    3,100 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Right at the beginning of the seventh stage, there is a demanding climb: From Waldsassen you step up to Kappl on shady forest paths. Above you will find the unique Trinity Church, which stands like a landed UFO in the landscape. After a visit, you leave the towers of the church behind you and cycle to Konnersreuth. If you are a flower and garden fan, then a detour to the picturesque Reslgarten is worthwhile.

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  • Difficult
    04:51
    44.4 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,900 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the Radl-Welt main route starts with the absolute highlight of the day: From Waldeck you pedal properly up to the castle ruins, which towers high above …

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  • Difficult
    03:05
    24.1 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In three stages you cycle in the footsteps of the popular Zoigl beer through the land of 1,000 ponds. Along the route you will experience the centuries-old traditions of brewing …

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  • Difficult
    03:34
    32.2 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After a night in Tirschenreuth, the old railway line of the Vizinalbahn cycle path takes you to the button town of Bärnau. A cozy inn invites you to take a …

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  • Difficult
    04:52
    40.6 mi
    8.3 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third and last stage of the Zoigl & Fisch adventure world starts in Bad Neualbenreuth and initially leads you past the Sibyllenbad spa park. Not far from the Czech border you cycle into the valley of the Wondreb, which accompanies you to Waldsassen. The city is known for its monastery and its magnificent baroque buildings - many souvenir photos are inevitable here.

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  • Difficult
    04:07
    36.4 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Take a deep breath and switch off - because in the forests of the Upper Palatinate not only the streams are incredibly clear, but also the air. Again and again …

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  • Difficult
    04:04
    31.7 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage, the Wald & Täler adventure world lives up to its name: From Waldsassen you walk along the banks of the Wondreb and you follow its course to Themedreuth. There you keep right and cycle south through quiet forest. You will pass the moor pond in the Waldnaabau adventure world, which is an important habitat for insects and amphibians.

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  • Intermediate
    01:44
    14.5 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,300 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Very profound - on this bike tour you will discover dormant volcanoes and gain insights into the earth system. In three stages you cycle through the landscape of the Upper …

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  • Difficult
    04:16
    37.4 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,950 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The second stage of the volcanoes & geological adventure world starts in Waldeck with a view of the impressive castle complex. You will soon reach the historic Kemnath through which …

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  • Difficult
    02:02
    18.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    850 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    If you haven't already explored the mighty basalt cone in Parkstein on the second day, you can start the third stage with it. Then you roll through the shady Pressather …

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    39.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Enchanted castles meet an impressive city experience: the historical places in the region are still used today as locations for cultural events, such as the Weiden weekly market. And enjoyment …

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  • Difficult
    03:40
    29.9 mi
    8.2 mph
    2,300 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Enjoyment and culture await you on the second stage as well: After a night in the city of Pfreimd, you start out along the river of the same name. The idyllic valley is a Natura 2000 protected area and an important habitat for beavers and otters. The first cultural highlight of this day awaits you in Trausnitz, where you can visit the castle complex.

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  • Intermediate
    02:00
    21.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    575 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third is also the shortest stage in the world of enjoyment and culture - so you can start the day in a relaxed manner. Starting from Vohenstrauß, you follow the bike path on the railway embankment through the hilly landscape. You cycle along streams and past ponds to Floß, where you can try a delicious beer brewed from regional ingredients in the brewery of the same name.

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  • Difficult
    04:55
    39.6 mi
    8.1 mph
    2,825 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Legendary, historical walls bring history to life in this world of adventure: discover enchanted castles, historic castles and charming old towns along the route.The bike tour starts in Pfreimd …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    24
  • Distance
    807 mi
  • Duration
    92:15 h
  • Elevation
    41,825 ft

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