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All aboard for summer hiking with Germany’s VGN

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All aboard for summer hiking with Germany’s VGN

Hiking Collection by VERKEHRSVERBUND GROSSRAUM NÜRNBERG

6

Tours

32:41 h

69.7 mi

7,775 ft

It’s finally summer again; what could be better than enjoying long days in nature? We can’t think of much. In this Collection, we’ll take you on six of the most beautiful hikes in the greater Nuremberg area that are ideal for long summer days. Hike through the scenic Franconian Switzerland or catch the Burgenwinkel-Express to the Haßberge mountains. At the end of the day, enjoy a warm summer evening in an idyllic vineyard on Bullenheimer Berg and explore the varied nature around Nuremberg. All start and endpoints are only a short drive from Nuremberg's main train station.

Franconia is a hospitable region with peaceful nature. As you hike, you discover weathered castle ruins, impressive caves, magnificent views and cool forests – all the things that make for a wonderfully varied hike. It’s easy to explore the region in depth thanks to its good public transport network.

This summer, by the way, a trip to the countryside is even more tempting: In June, July and August, you can hop on local transport for €9 per month. Not a bad deal at all – right?

We’ve got a few tips to help you avoid crowded buses and trains, as they’ll be busy during this time. Firstly, travel to remote places – you’ll find some good ideas in this Collection. It’s also a good idea to stay out longer and enjoy the sunset at the end of your Tour. You’ll usually get a seat on the train home after dark. Travelling to your adventure during the week and using parallel commuter trains will also help you find a seat.

Last tip: Use the VGN Timetable and Ticket App which gives you up-to-date timetable data so if the train is late, you can sit in a beer garden rather than wait at the station. With this in mind, we wish you a great journey and hiking summer!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Birgland Trail – summer hiking with the VGN

    Difficult
    05:26
    11.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This path takes you through hilly terrain to mystical castle ruins, the best views and special flowers. At the beginning you make a detour to the summit of the Poppberg. Up there, nature is slowly reclaiming a ruin that dates back to the 13th century. Although nothing has been restored here, three floors

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  • Intermediate
    04:52
    10.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This almost 17-kilometer hike takes you through southern Franconian Switzerland in a varied up and down. Look forward to beautiful views and soothing forests that give you shade in summer. The hike starts at the train station in Simmelsdorf.

    

    Right at the beginning it goes uphill, after all, the distant

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    13.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Nature, culture and wine - on this hike from the mountain range of the Steigerwald over to the wine paradise Bullenheimer Berg you will find everything a hiker's heart desires.

    

    You follow the almost 500 meter high Steigerwald mountain range via many natural paths and root paths in a primeval forest. An

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    14.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Pendolino connects the two Pendolino stations Neuhaus an der Pegnitz and Neukirchen over its 23 kilometers. If the whole route is too much for you, you can make a stopover in Königstein or shorten the hike. It doesn't matter which side you start on, this hike starts in Neukirchen. Incidentally, the

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  • Intermediate
    04:44
    8.74 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. She shows you the wonderful Burgenwinkel on mostly unpaved paths. It takes you back to the time of the knights and takes you to the sweeping view of the Schwedenschanze.

    

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

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    10.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Panoramic views, prehistoric castles and the lime sinter terraces in the Kaisinger Tal - variety is clearly a priority on this hike. From the Kinding train station, half an hour from Nuremberg, the path leads you up to the Schellenberg, to the Rumburg ruins and over forest and fields down into the picturesque

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    69.7 mi
  • Duration
    32:41 h
  • Elevation
    7,775 ft

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