Explore southern Germany – hiking and biking with the VGN
VGN | Andrea Gaspar-Klein
Do you feel like getting out into the fresh air again, even though it’s sometimes more difficult at the moment? Then polish your hiking boots or service your bike so that you’re ready when it’s time to get going again. Until then, you can let yourself be inspired. In this Collection, you’ll find ideas for your next nature-filled trip. With these VGN leisure tips, you can discover the varied region of Franconia from the Haßberge and Steigerwald hills to the winegrowing areas of Main and Franconian Switzerland to the Upper Palatinate and the Hersbrucker Alb. There are lots of beautiful and exciting cycling and hiking routes a stone’s throw from Nuremberg.
The region of Franconia is known for its beer, wine and schnapps culture. Many of the Tours in this Collection take you past rustic breweries, beer cellars and wine taverns. If this topic particularly interests you, we recommend the hike to the distilleries and breweries on the Walberla plateau in Franconian Switzerland. Or, you could take the Beer and Wine Express to the northern Steigerwald hills and discover a particularly rustic beer cellar and an original winery on foot.
Nearby in the Upper Palatinate, spectacular nature awaits. Here, you explore the picturesque Seven Springs and the rugged Kalmus Rock. You hike through the idyllic valley without gaining much altitude whilst still enjoying magnificent views from the Klumpertal to Püttlachtal valley. In the Frankenhöhe Nature Park, you walk through the orchard meadows and enjoy impressive views from the edge of the Trauf escarpment.
It’s especially beautiful here in April when the apple trees are in bloom. We recommend the hike on the Walberla plateau at this time of year, when the cherry trees come alive with blossom. If you hike through the Franconian Alps near Herbruck, you follow a ‘fried egg’ – the route is waymarked with a yellow dot on a white background.
For a shorter bike trip with plenty of opportunities to take a break, the Tour along the Pegnitz River from Nuremberg to Fürth is ideal. You can also hike close to the city, following in the footsteps of the Hohenzollern dynasty and marveling at impressive historic buildings.
There’s also an enjoyable hike to churches in the Franconian wine country that’s steeped in fascinating history and you can explore the Burgenwinkel region in the beautiful Haßberge mountains on foot or by bike. The Franconian Water Cycle Path builds a bridge between nature and modern technology as you discover how impressive water can be between Roth and Allersberg.
You can reach all of these hikes and bike Tours with the VGN buses and trains. This makes it easy to travel between the routes and plan your adventures flexibly so you can see a lot along the way.
This beautiful route takes you directly past Walberla to some places that make hiking in Franconian Switzerland particularly pleasant: Distilleries and breweries. With a few palate-friendly stops along the way, things are particularly lively. You will also roam the orchards, which are the origin of so many schnapps. It is particularly beautiful here during the cherry blossom season in April and also in autumn.
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This section of the Franconian Water Cycle Path takes you through wonderful landscapes to testimonies of historical and modern technology from Roth to Allersberg. People have always made use of water; this is clearly shown by the route with the river mill, canal lock and reservoir. This bike tour is also suitable as a family outing if your children are already fit on the bike. It leads over bike paths and small roads.
The Hochlandsteig is a wonderful hiking trail that was first walked by the Franconian Alb Association in 1926 and marked a year later. It is also affectionately known as the “Fried Egg Path” because it is marked with a yellow dot on a white background. In addition, this dish was probably to be had in the rare restaurants almost 100 years ago.