Hiking in the Nürnberger Land

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Nürnberger Land

The nature on hand in the Nürnberger Land is something very special. Here, you'll discover a fairytale karst landscape complete with towering rocks, deep caves and gorges, ancient forests, romantic valleys and wild rivers. And to see it all, there is no better means than to hike — to discover the Frankenalb low mountain range, to immerse yourself in the magical world of the Rinntal, and to experience the romantic forests of the Veldenstein.

Thanks to over 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) of well-marked hiking trails, the Nürnberger Land has something for everyone, whether you are a beginner, a pleasure hiker, a mountain hiker or a long-distance hiker. From day hikes and half-day walks to multi-day treks, you'll find it all here — always on five-star hiking trails, such as the Frankealb Panoramaweg. As you go, you can expect excellent trail markings and beautiful views, as well as great hotels, restaurants, and public transport facilities en route.

In this Collection, we show you nine of the most beautiful hikes in the Nürnberger Land. Included are six day-hikes suitable to all tastes and two multi-day treks that will show the best of the landscape over five stages.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    15:13
    32.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    4,650 ft
    4,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Frankenalb Panoramaweg, formerly Ulrich-von-Königstein-Weg, is a 50 kilometer long (Lasso) circular route. It leads on cultural-historical paths into the beautiful, with natural beauties blessed region of the central Frankenalb. On this promising panorama path you will be rewarded again and again with imposing views.The Frankenalb Panoramaweg is divided into three sections as a large circular route. You start in Lichtenegg, hike via Happurg to Kainsbach, Egensbach and Engelthal back to Happurg. The hike takes you through the former area of ​​influence of the Knight and Reich Ministerial Ulrich von Königstein, who lived here at the beginning of the 13th century - hence the original name of the path. Characteristic of the trail are the many, sometimes challenging ascent and descent through beautiful beech forests and the numerous testimonies of early settlers and ancient cultures. In addition to great highlights along the route - such as the prospect Hohler rock, the castle ruin Reicheneck and the stone gutter at Engelthal - you will experience on the way but also lesser known and quiet landscapes such as the Hinterhaslacher Heide.The Lassostück the way is the "queen stage" and also suitable as a day trip. From the S-Bahn station Hartmannshof, it is almost 17 kilometers on hardly beaten paths on the magnificent Frankenalb. The tour leads you to the Erzweg first to the castle ruins Lichtenegg and from there on the panoramic path to impressive vantage points. It finally ends near the reservoir at the S-Bahn station in Happurg.

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  • Intermediate
    02:58
    6.82 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The eastern loop of the culinary castle tour starts in the quaint village of Lauf-Neunhof. Here is worth a visit to the former mansion "Welser Castle", which you can also visit on request. In the inn of the local brewery Wiethaler can be excellent. In addition to the beers from our own production, you will find typical Franconian and seasonal delicacies on the menu.Through forest and over fields, the idyllic path leads you to Simonshofen. Here you should stop in the village café Simonshofen and try the delicious home-baked cakes - a poem!After the coffee break you walk out of the village, past fields and fruit trees into a rustic forest. After you have left the forest behind you, a nice path leads you with moderate rise to Nuschelberg. Here, the popular Gasthaus Hallerschlösschen beckons with refreshments and excellent Franconian cuisine, which is best enjoyed in the beer garden under the sundial. Through the wonderfully peaceful nature, past pastures and fields, and into a wooded area, you will return to Neunhof, the starting point of this beautiful hike.

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  • Difficult
    02:54
    5.79 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    As a varied summit tour, the Nordkette proves to be the 1000-meter circular walk. It takes you on some roofs of Frankenalb and to striking viewpoints with magnificent views of the Nuremberg countryside. On the challenging route with some steep climbs and steep descents, beautiful forest passages provide cooling shade in summer.The tour starts at the parking lot Holz Pirner in Nürnberger Straße in Pommelsbrunn. From there it goes up to the Naturfreundehaus. Above the Blockschutthalde leads a beautiful path in the mountain forest to the castle ruins Lichtenstein, which invites you to a small breather at about 507 meters. Then head north, past the Pleßelberg and up to the Leitenberg summit (617 meters). After the long forest passage, it goes downhill, along a clearing and meadows direction Heuchling.Along the orchards and the outskirts Appelsberg the route leads you back into the forest and up to the Hofberg summit (569 meters). Cross the plateau to the Zankelstein summit (547 meters). Certainly the highlight of the tour: the detour to the lookout cliff with stunning views of the country. Then follows the steep, somewhat dragging descent from Zankelstein down to Pommelsbrunn back to the starting point. If you wish to continue by public transport, you can reach the S-Bahn station through the railway underpass on Arzloher Straße.

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    7.82 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The karst hiking trail around Neuhaus a.d. Pegnitz is an exceptionally beautiful hike through an impressive karst landscape to caves and caves, stone witnesses, sacrificial stones and the largest dripstone in Germany.The tour starts directly at Neuhaus a.d. Pegnitz. From there you first walk to the river that you follow. After a while, you leave the shore and wander along the edge of a beautiful riparian forest and up the Hasellohe valley. There, a steep path leads you to the Distlergrotte, which hides on the left mountain slope. Back on the main path you wander through the upper part of the Hasellohe valley. In a denser forest you pass the Mystery Grotto. You can explore these very well with the flashlight.The hiking trail leads you out of the forest, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Zinnberg with the Maximilians grotto. Over the dirt road direction Krottensee and over beautiful meadows you will arrive in a quaint forest, which leads you to the wind hole of the Maximilian grotto. Steep it then goes down to the entrance of the cave Maximilian cave, which you can visit on a guided tour. A few meters below, the Gasthof Grottenhof invites you for a long break.Well strengthened, we continue along the slope and soon the rocks of the Weissingkuppe tower in front of you. On stone steps you ascend to their "mushroom rocks". Tons of heavy blocks protrude here on pedestals that are only a few centimeters in diameter. The path winds its way between clefts and crevices and reaches the highest point of the tour on the ridge of Weissingkuppe at 531 meters.From there you climb downhill to the Hochwald. Following the steep climb to the Stone City, which you cross and wander around. Through the rocky dry valley "Gunzenloch" you then hike down again. Soon after, it's the last time on this tour steeply uphill. Upstairs you will find the Vogelherdgrot, whose rock hall you can cross from entrance to entrance and continue on the other side. After a short detour to the sacrificial stones you walk to Krottensee. From there it goes over fields and meadows back to Neuhaus a.d. Pegnitz.

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  • Intermediate
    01:58
    4.23 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The romantic, shady Ankatal and the rock grotto "Andreaskirche" are the highlights of this almost two-hour walk. You start in Velden at the Mill Gate and wander out of the village, where a natural trail leads uphill and idyllic along the slope.Behind the sports field Velden you change into the forest; after a crest you can once again enjoy the view over the meadows. On soft forest floor, it goes now steadily downhill to the tipping valley. Over an embankment you reach a narrow forest path, which you follow steadily uphill over root system. At the top you reach a clearing, at the edge of which the trail leads you straight on. Soon after, a few steps lead down. You cross another clearing, at the left lower end of which it goes back into the forest. Now you enjoy - always walking straight - the wildly romantic Ankatal. Here you can make a detour to the rock grotto "Andreaskirche".Finally, you reach the gravel road, past the climbing rock Ankatal, the place Rupprechtstegen. On a small wooden bridge you cross the Pegnitz and wander on a bike and footpath to Lungsdorf, which runs along between Pegnitz and forest edge. In Lungsdorf you go up the hill on the Velden, the starting point.

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  • Difficult
    23:25
    53.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Fränkische Dünenweg leads you into the little-known and quiet, partly also harsh landscape that emerged in the most recent geological history. It is worth to get to know them, because on the way new insights and views open up.The Fränkische Dünenweg is divided into five stages, each of which can be reached by public transport. So it is possible to walk only individual stages. If you want to go the whole round at a stretch, you can sleep in each of the waypoints.Start of the circular walk is Altdorf. From there it goes over the intermediate goals Weißenbrunn, Röthenbach an der Pegnitz, Brunn and Feucht back to Altdorf. Along the almost 90-kilometer circular route, you will discover not only the fascinating sandy landscapes of the Franconian dunes, but also the charming area with its cozy villages, romantic forests and old castles. Especially beautiful are the sections through the Röthenbachklamm gorge and the Schwarzach gorge, two wild ravines that will give you an unforgettable hiking experience.

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    6.27 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the circular hike is Dörlbach. From here you walk north past fields and meadows and through a beautiful mixed forest steadily downhill to Schwarzach. Now it's idyllic along the edge of the forest, the rippling Schwarzach right next to you. Finally, you come across a small road that leads you to Burgthann and the castle.After your visit to the castle, you leave on the canal road Burgthann. Through a small wooded area you reach the Old Canal and follow it on its left bank. Soon you will arrive at the northern towpath to the 30 meter high Distelloch dam. Accompanied by the rustling of the reeds, you continue on the southern towpath to Schwarzenbach. There you cross the canal and continue on its right bank - not without taking a look at the trailer Elfriede, which is still driving on selected dates today. A little later you are back in Dörlbach.

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    8.91 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start this tour on the trail parking lot of the nature trail Rinntal, where a view of the steep slope on the other side of the stream already gives you an impression of the nature that awaits you during the day. Passing the Wetzlmühle, you will hike into the Rinntal nature reserve, a typical dry valley in the Alb highlands. Where once the village shepherds guarded the animals, there is complete peace, which is interrupted only by the chirping of the crickets. Today, the flocks of sheep are moving across the heath again. To the right of you rises the juniper heath. At the side of the road blooms in the summer in violet splendor wild sage and many butterflies flow around here.After you have left the nature trail, you walk between meadows and forest steeply up to Dürrnberg. Above you can enjoy the view over the heights and the village Seiboldstetten. Along fields and through the forest you reach Waller. The local inn is the starting point for wonderful cross-country skiing and snowshoeing tours in winter. A footpath takes you past orchards to Lieritzhofen with its good restaurants.Strengthened you continue hiking. Behind Nonnhof you can expect the most "wild" piece of the Wallerberg circuit, which will take you in constant ups and downs over gnarled roots. At Alfeld you follow the road up to a rock column with the year 1968 and continue to the wonderful juniper heath, which rises above Alfeld. From the slope you can enjoy the view over the village and the surrounding nature. A small path with stairs leads you back down to the village and to the starting point.

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    5.31 mi
    2.1 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It goes high and deep into the story on the Archaeological Loop in Speikern, a district of Neunkirchen am Sand. Reconstructions reveal the Celtic culture of the Hallstadt period in today's Nuremberg region - and with the Glatzenstein you climb one of the most magnificent peaks in the region.The tour starts at the Wanderparkplatz Speikern-Kersbach. From here you hike along the edge of the forest and then uphill in the forest. After leaving the forest, you will encounter a grave mound model with surrounding stone setting and the model of a burial chamber. These are reconstructions of the grave mounds as they were actually found between Speikern and Rollhofen.Afterwards you dive back into the forest. After a detour to the fortress wall "Hintere Röd" it first goes through the forest, then downhill on a narrow road. It then goes on a particularly beautiful path through a romantic forest and finally across wide fields. Back in the forest, which presents itself here with rocks, roots and mosses from a particularly beautiful side, you walk directly to the summit of Glatzenstein. Once at the top you can enjoy the wonderful view of the valley and the fortress Rothenberg, which sits enthroned opposite. On a very steep path you leave the summit and wander through the village Weißenbach, meadows and the forest back to the trail parking lot, the starting point of the tour.

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  • Easy
    01:48
    4.20 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A Bronze Age gold cone hat and lots of interesting facts about the time of the Celts - that's what awaits you on this entertaining walk from Postbauer-Heng to Oberferrieden.The tour begins at the S-Bahn station in Postbauer-Heng and leads you first to the edge of the forest, from where you have a far-reaching view of the surrounding area. With good visibility, you can even recognize the Nuremberg telecommunications tower. You then continue your walk and walk right into the forest. The soft forest path continues to rise and finally flows into a wide forest road. At this point, turn left and follow the path that leads you pleasantly downhill. Through the village of Buch, you will reach the Goldkegelplatz with its imposing sculpture that you can see from a distance in the open field.About Ezelsdorf and past two ponds to Oberferrieden. From here you walk to the end of the tour, the stop of the S-Bahn.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    135 mi
  • Duration
    60:59 h
  • Elevation
    13,725 ft
Hiking in the Nürnberger Land
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Nürnberger Land