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Explore southern Germany – hiking and biking with the VGN

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Explore southern Germany – hiking and biking with the VGN

Hiking Collection by VERKEHRSVERBUND GROSSRAUM NÜRNBERG

12

Tours

48:54 h

148 mi

10,425 ft

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.

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    Distilleries and breweries on the Walberla – VGN Leisure Tips 2022

    Intermediate
    04:32
    10.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    8.47 mi
    2.8 mph
    925 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Lovely meets rugged: This pleasure hike takes you to the picturesque Seven Springs and the rough calamus rock with a beautiful view. The way up to the lookout point above the Steinspitzen requires some surefootedness, otherwise the paths and farm roads are easy to walk on.

    

    From Sulzbach-Rosenberg you

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  • Difficult
    06:03
    11.3 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,275 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Beer and Wine Express is a special bus that runs on Sundays and public holidays in the warm months - perfect for hiking in the northern Steigerwald. Because you keep passing bus stops along the way, the route can also be divided into two or three stages, if you want to take more time.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    7.92 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The landscape between the Nuremberg-Fürth area and the Frankenhöhe is called Rangau. Here you can visit many historical sights on comfortable paths. You will pass stations on the Hohenzollern Adventure Cycle Route. With the help of an app, this path brings history to life.

    

    You start in Roßtal and get

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  • Difficult
    05:00
    11.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fortified churches, also called Kirchengaden, are a specialty in Lower Franconia. In the villages, next to the churches, there are historical warehouses in which supplies were stored. They were used as a refuge in the event of attacks. Each village on this hike reminds of the past with such a fortified

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  • Difficult
    03:35
    8.13 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This hike from Wannberg leads on a wonderful path through the forest into the picturesque Klumpertal with its springs, rocks and mills. The further way into the Püttlachtal is peppered with highlights and finally ends in the beautiful Pottenstein.

    

    In Wannberg you turn south and go on the way to the Klumpertal

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  • Easy
    00:46
    5.84 mi
    7.7 mph
    100 ft
    150 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For cyclists and walkers, Nuremberg and Fürth are connected by a beautiful path along the Pegnitz - ideal for a trip to the two cities. With just a few inclines, the route is very relaxed and leaves enough time for long breaks.

    

    Start is at Nuremberg Central Station. There you are practically in the middle

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    18.6 mi
    8.5 mph
    650 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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  • Difficult
    05:20
    34.0 mi
    6.4 mph
    1,850 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Historic half-timbered houses, castles, ruins and some gravel! This route through the Haßberge Nature Park is ideal for a gravel bike, but you can also have a lot of fun with a trekking bike or e-bike. It's best to arrive early and bring plenty of time with you - even if getting up early is sometimes

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  • Difficult
    07:06
    15.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:45
    8.78 mi
    1.8 mph
    825 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This wonderful hike takes you through the Haßberge Nature Park. On mostly unpaved paths, it shows you the wonderful castle corner. It takes you back to the time of the knights and takes you to the wide view from the Schwedenschanze.

    

    The path starts in the small town of Manau. Right at the beginning you

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    7.06 mi
    2.2 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Cherries, apples and pears: This hike through the Frankenhöhe Nature Park takes you through wonderful orchards. You can expect gnarled trees, fantastic views and an exciting adventure trail that tells you more about the regional cultural landscape.

    

    From the Ottenhofen-Bergel train station, you first walk

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    148 mi
  • Duration
    48:54 h
  • Elevation
    10,425 ft

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