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Discover the heart of Germany’s Franconia on two wheels

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Discover the heart of Germany’s Franconia on two wheels

Bike Touring Collection by Tourist-Information Erlangen

9

Tours

40:30 h

443 mi

20,450 ft

With 380–kilometre (236 mi) of cycle paths, Erlangen is one of the most bicycle–friendly cities in Germany. You can easily access the centre of this Huguenot city via fast bicycle lanes.

It’s not only Erlangen itself that’s a true cyclist’s El Dorado. The city is also a great basecamp for exploring the unique landscapes in the surrounding area on two wheels. Diverse nature reserves, the historic Franconian Knoblauchsland cultural landscape, the Regnitztal valley river paradise and, of course, the extensive forests and wide plateaus of Franconian Switzerland lie en route. If you’re more drawn to city life, the metropolitan Nuremberg region isn’t far away either.

Whether you like to ride a gravel, road or e-bike, this Collection includes varied Tours for every type of bike. Each route is designed as a circular so you don’t have to worry about travelling back to the start point. You set off from the Tourist Information Centre in Erlangen, a stone’s throw from the train station.

You can conveniently reach Erlangen with your bike on a regional train via Bamberg or Nuremberg. The large car park in Erlangen centre makes it easy to arrive by car too. We recommend arriving by public transport, not least so that you can try a freshly tapped Erlangen beer at one of the countless restaurants after your ride. You can't end a day on two wheels in the heart of Franconia any more ‘Franconian’ than this.

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    Erlangen, the gateway to Franconian Switzerland – cycle through the heart of Franconia

    Difficult
    05:27
    77.1 mi
    14.1 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Many roads lead to Franconian Switzerland, but one of the most beautiful starts right in Erlangen. Here, the affectionately called "Berch", a first foothill of Franconian Switzerland, welcomes cyclists on their tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg. Wild valleys and hills, steadfast castles

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  • Difficult
    07:22
    81.3 mi
    11.0 mph
    4,300 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This challenging road bike tour leads through beautiful valleys such as the Trubachtal and the Pegnitztal, past the striking Walberla and along orchards into Franconian Switzerland.

    

    From the starting point at the tourist information center in Erlangen, the tour initially heads north-east through Langensendelbach

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  • Difficult
    07:22
    95.3 mi
    12.9 mph
    6,325 ft
    6,325 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    On this approximately 153-kilometer round trip, you'll follow in the footsteps of Germany's largest cycling event: the Deutschland Tour 2021. You'll follow a section of the demanding fourth stage of the Deutschland Tour and explore Franconian Switzerland in the north-east of Erlangen. Around 2,000 vertical

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  • Intermediate
    04:44
    42.7 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Gentle hills of southern Franconian Switzerland, idyllic half-timbered houses, endless pine forests... on the tour through the metropolitan region you flank Nuremberg and cross historical places embedded in idyllic landscape. Nevertheless, you can also feel the formative character of the Franconian capital

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    28.6 mi
    9.3 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This varied tour connects Erlangen with its surrounding districts and its green lungs. The city's most popular bathing lake, the Wiesengrund, which is home to storks in spring and summer, and the Tennenloher forest with the wild boar enclosure and primeval wild horses are some of the highlights along

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  • Intermediate
    02:00
    19.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Mysterious forests, the Nuremberg Garlic Land, Neunhof Castle, a deer park and the Indian Gorge are just some of the highlights of this bike tour. There is also the opportunity to learn a little about the local fish world on the fish nature trail at the slave lake.

    

    From the starting point at the tourist

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    23.1 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This varied tour leads through picturesque Franconian villages and forests, along fruit trees and fields, past numerous farm shops and is rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of Franconian Switzerland.

    

    The tour starts at the tourist information and leads east along Universitätsstraße to Lorlebergplatz

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    23.5 mi
    10.7 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate e-bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The west of Erlangen is characterized by wide meadows and green forests. In between there are a number of lakes and ponds like a string of pearls, which provide a break or a refreshing cool down. That means for you: Don't forget to pack your bathing suit.

    

    Important note: the motorway crossing near Kosbach

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  • Difficult
    05:30
    51.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Erlangen is the eastern gate of the Aischgrüner Karpfenland, which with its wildly romantic scenery and numerous ponds created hundreds of years ago for carp farming is a little insider tip for nature lovers. In this unique lake landscape there are many picturesque, Franconian places where the mills

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    443 mi
  • Duration
    40:30 h
  • Elevation
    20,450 ft

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