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Cycling through Franconia – Germany’s Lake District

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Cycling through Franconia – Germany’s Lake District

Bike Touring Collection by FrankenTourismus

10

Tours

27:40 h

245 mi

10,575 ft

You will forget the number of lakes you pass whilst cycling through the Franconian Lake District in Germany. Located just south of Nuremberg, this region’s countless lakes are a special treat for water addicts and nature lovers. In this Collection, we present six of the region’s seven lakes to reveal the Franconian Lake District from its most beautiful sides. You can choose from 10 different routes which lead you along idyllic riverbanks and to the medieval towns of Abenberg, Weißenburg, and Wolframs-Eschenbach, with plenty of swimming breaks along the way.


Much of the Franconian Lake District was artificially created as a water-management project, aside from the Great Brombach Lake, the largest lake in the region. Planning for the area began in the mid-1960s and it was completed by the turn of the new millennium. Today, you can follow a network of cycle paths through the varied landscape which is fun for the whole family. In this Collection, you will find routes for all abilities, ranging from challenging full-day rides to relaxed circulars. We also reveal the region’s most beautiful swimming spots, wild river valleys, and historic towns en route.

From Nuremberg, you can easily reach the Franconian Lake District by train. At the lakes, you will find tranquil spots where nature conservation is a priority, as well as lively areas with developed infrastructure. During your trip, you can spend the night at a campsite or in one of the villages. At some of the lakes, you can swap your bike for a boat or surfboard and swap land for water. There is a lot to discover in the Franconian Lake District — we wish you lots of fun!

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    Im Spalter Hügelland – mit dem Rad durchs Fränkische Seenland

    Intermediate
    02:05
    19.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this 30 kilometer round tour you will discover the Spalter hill country. A train once ran on the route between Georgensgmünd to Spalt, also called Spalter Bockl. In the nineties, the railway line was converted into an attractive cycle path. A beautiful route with wonderful views - and the best start

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  • Difficult
    00:55
    8.11 mi
    8.9 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this relaxed bike tour you can enjoy beautiful views of the picturesque Almühltal. With its 13 kilometers, the route is well suited for a short afternoon trip or a trip with the whole family. Along the way, there are some nice highlights waiting for you, so you can extend your trip with several long

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  • Intermediate
    01:21
    12.5 mi
    9.3 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Pack your swimming trunks, sit on your bike and off to the lake! This relaxed round tour starting in Hipoltstein takes you to the beautiful Rothsee. The route is only 20 kilometers long and runs on a flat route - leaving more time for swimming.

    

    It starts at the parking lot in Badstrasse in Hilpoltstein

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  • Difficult
    05:50
    55.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The “Tore-Türme-Schlösser” cycle route connects several cities, markets and villages, all of which can look back on an important historical past. So you can expect several interesting stations along the way. If you want to take your time, or if the 90 kilometers are just too steep for a day, you can

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    32.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This 50 kilometer bike tour takes you from lake to lake - more precisely from Rothsee to Altmühlsee. Start is on the banks of the idyllic Rothsee. Let your gaze wander over the water to get in the mood, take in the wonderful landscape and then get on your saddle. If you are traveling by public transport

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    25.1 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This almost 40 km long bike tour connects the Rothsee with the Großer Brombachsee - or the fourth largest lake in the Franconian Lake District with the largest. Be sure to pack your bathing suit. You have more than earned the refreshing dip in the water at the end of the tour. The varied route starts

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    28.2 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A historic old town, wide plateaus of the Juraalb and idyllic nature along the Anlauter - this almost 45 km long bike tour promises a lot of variety. The route starts at the train station in Weißenburg. From here it is only a small swivel to the beautiful old town. Treat yourself to a short lap through

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    20.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The water plays a major role on this 30 kilometer bike tour: You cycle past idyllic lakes, bubbling springs and refreshing fountains. The perfect tour for a warm summer day, especially since a large part of the way leads through a shady forest. It starts at the outskirts of Haundorf.

    

    It doesn't take long

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    22.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this 35-kilometer bike path you cycle from the market square in Gunzenhausen via the Hahnenkamm to Wemding. On the way, a stately castle, a picturesque lake and lots of fun await you on the bike. The path is partly asphalted, but in places also runs along forest paths or paths.

    

    After a short round

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    21.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this 35-kilometer circuit you will get to know the five Altmühl-Mönchswald communities and you will also get a lot of listening. Along the way you will always find so-called listening points where you can hear exciting audio experiences. Allow a little more time for the bike tour so that you can relax

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    245 mi
  • Duration
    27:40 h
  • Elevation
    10,575 ft

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