The 10 most beautiful mountain bike tours in Franconian Switzerland

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Fränkische Schweiz

Franconian Switzerland is one of the oldest and most popular holiday regions in Germany. No wonder that people have come here since the beginning of the 19th century: the impressive landscape with its caves, rocks and rivers, the cozy villages with their half-timbered houses, mills and castles and of course the Franconian cuisine have always had a special charm. For mountain bikers, there is still an excellent reason to come to Franconian Switzerland. Because here are fantastic trails for all off-road friends, which can be combined to make incredible rides. Whether flowy and relaxed or demanding and technically challenging - Franconian Switzerland has the right tour for every biker.

Franconian Switzerland is centrally located in the Upper Franconia region and is easily accessible from Bamberg, Bayreuth, Erlangen, Forchheim and Nuremberg. In the larger towns such as Pottenstein, Waischenfeld or Ebermannstadt, there are many hosts who offer you cozy accommodation. A true hotspot for bikers is Heiligenstadt. Here the MTB center is waiting for you with several marked routes. You can also take riding technique courses or book a trail camp here. By the way, in Franconian Switzerland not only the time on the bike is a pleasure: Franconian cuisine is known for its culinary delights, the countless small breweries provide after the tour for delicious refreshment. So, what are you waiting for? A biking holiday in Franconian Switzerland is pure pleasure in every way!

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Mountain bike rides in Franconian Switzerland

  • Difficult
    04:55
    33.1 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,550 ft
    3,550 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Forchheim is located directly on the A73 and maybe you bring the big county town in the south of Upper Franconia not necessarily with natural idyll and cool trails in combination. But Forchheim is not called the "gateway to Franconian Switzerland" for nothing. From here it is only a few meters to the challenging hilly landscape with its great views, flowing trails and idyllic river valleys.Right at the beginning of the tour, the trail on the RV's pulpit awaits you for the first crisp climb and thus the rhythm of the Franconian Switzerland: Uphill - breathtaking view - flowing downhill! You enjoy the trail down to Wiesenttal and come soon after Ebermannstadt, the "heart of the Franconian Switzerland". High to the castle ruins Neideck it gets steep again, but meanwhile you know: Above the view is intoxicating and the trail down into the Wiesenttal is a dream. Once at the bottom you roll past an idyllic bathing area. When the sun is shining it is a good idea to jump into the cool water of the Wiesent for a refreshment.On the way back, you will explore the trails on the other Wiesent side. It will be particularly enjoyable towards the end when you enjoy the magnificent view on the plateau of the Long Mile and you are already looking forward to the long descent back to Forchheim.Whether by car or by train: The start of this tour is easily accessible. Especially when traveling by public transport Forchheim is the perfect starting point for tours in the Franconian Switzerland. From Nuremberg, for example, the regional express does not need half an hour to start biking.

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  • Difficult
    03:33
    24.0 mi
    6.8 mph
    2,475 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    This challenging tour with start in Pegnitz really includes everything that Franconian Switzerland has to offer: You drive through romantic river valleys, pedal up to breathtaking viewpoints, enjoy fast-paced, flowing and sometimes technical descents and, of course, always come to cozy guesthouses and beer gardens over, which spoil you with Franconian specialties.There are many highlights on the tour. For example, the town of Pottenstein with the castle of the same name - definitely worth a break! On the other hand, it gets really idyllic in the Upper Püttlachtal, one of the last two car-free river valleys of the Franconian Switzerland. The Brewery Herold Büchenbach is one of the culinary highlights of the round: Here there are rustic snacks and fresh beer.The start of this tour is located directly at the station of Pegnitz. So you can travel quite relaxed, for example, from Nuremberg with the Regional Express. Alternatively, you can of course also come by car and park it in the station parking lot.

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  • Difficult
    03:51
    27.1 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Anyone who would like to mountain biking in the Franconian Switzerland and has lodgings in Heiligenstadt, has already done everything right: Because around the market town in the romantic Leinleitertal there are several beautiful tours, all of which are designed as circular courses and can even be combined with each other. If you want to know it right, you can biking 128 kilometers and 2,500 vertical meters in one go here!On this tour you go it a little quieter. With more than 43 kilometers and almost 1,000 vertical meters, but also this exit is a quite demanding pleasure. But you can be sure that you will be royally rewarded on the way. With breathtaking views, with great trails and cozy stop-off in the beer cellars of the region, where you can not only taste home-brewed beer specialties, but also with delicious, regional delicacies. At the turning point of the tour, you can follow the footsteps of jeans in Buttenheim by visiting the birthplace of Levi Strauss. Allow enough time to enjoy all these great highlights in peace. Incidentally, you can shorten the tour at various points quite uncomplicated and tinker so from a trip of several hours a short indulgence round.Since Heiligenstadt has no train connection, it is best to travel by car. The community is easily accessible via the A73 or the A70. If you prefer to come by train, you can go to Buttenheim train station and just board the circuit at the southern turning point. After Buttenheim there are very good connections, for example with the regional express of Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:50
    26.0 mi
    6.8 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,700 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour largely follows the official "Geisberg Tour", one of three specially laid mountain bike routes that run around the cozy market town Heiligenstadt. With almost 42 kilometers and 820 vertical meters, it provides enough material for a few great hours on the bike. The special feature of the route, however, is that it runs in the shape of an eight: so you can easily cut it to about half the distance.This bike tour attracts with the typical specialties of the Franconian Switzerland: Cozy villages, great vantage points, tempting rest stops and of course fantastic trails. A special highlight on the route is the dry valley to the Heroldsmühle, a green paradise through which but no brook flows. Only after heavy rainfall the water bubbles out of the ground and transforms the dry valley into a humid and happy idyll.Heiligenstadt has no connection to the railway network, so it's best to travel by car. However, the cozy place is a nice base camp for a longer stay in the Franconian Switzerland dar. Just plan a few more days, then you can comfortably roll from the hotel or inn to the start of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    01:53
    15.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    If you like beer and enjoy mountain biking, there is no better place for you than the Franconian Switzerland, the region with the highest brewery density. There are more than 70 small but fine breweries that produce the most delicious barley juice according to all the rules of (brewing) art. And a small town is even better: Aufseß holds the world record for the highest brewery density in terms of population. And exactly in this place (and to his breweries) leads you this mountain bike tour, which is exactly why we just called "Tour de beer".Of course, more awaits you on this tour than beer. Even the first meters along the Wiesent spoil you with the finest trails and beautiful scenery. You drive across meadows and fields and over a varied mix of dirt roads, side roads and trails. With almost 25 kilometers in length and manageable 230 meters in altitude, this tour is a real treat even for occasional biker - also leaves more time for the visit of the four small brewery tubes that line your trail. It's best to go on this tour in comfort and plan enough time for one or the other break, in which you can treat yourself to a beer and / or a hearty strengthening.The easiest way to get to Hollfeld is by car, which you can park in the parking lot at the starting point of the tour. If you want to use public transport, you can take bus 376, 969, 975 and 067 from Bayreuth or Bamberg. It is best to drive outside of rush hours, so that there is room for your bike, for which you have to solve a bike ticket (or a children's ticket).

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    18.4 mi
    7.7 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Aufseß is a tributary of the Wiesent, which flows through a picturesque valley, until it finally opens at Doos in the Wiesent. Right here begins and ends this 30-kilometer, relatively flat tour. For about 14 kilometers you follow the small river on picturesque trails and trails that wind through the idyllic Aulandschaft the Aufseß. Past impressive cliffs, picturesque ponds and cozy benches you finally come to Aufseß, the small town that - like the river - was once named after the noble family of Aufseß, whose descendants still inhabit the two castles Unteraufseß and Oberaufseß.After you have crossed the small water, you leave the flood plain and the track gets a bit hilly. Now you drive up and down over beautiful forest and meadow trails and past various breweries that invite you to take a rest. A nice descent through the "Katzengraben" brings you back to Aufseß. As on the way out, you follow the river, only in the opposite direction, until you finally reach its mouth in the Wiesent, where this beautiful tour is over.The easiest way to get to the starting point of the tour is by car. The journey by public transport is possible, but a bit more complicated. By bus and train you can take you to Muggendorf, from there you cycle about two kilometers to the start of the route.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    16.8 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,400 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Ebermannstadt, "the heart of the Franconian Switzerland", is the starting point of this beautiful bike tour, where you will discover the enchanting landscape with its steep ascents, romantic valleys, idyllic orchards, impressive views and bizarre rocks. The route takes you steeply up to the most famous mountain in Franconian Switzerland, the Ehrenbürg, popularly known as Walberla. From the 530 meter high summit you have an amazing view over the region, especially in the beautiful valley of the Wiesent, in which you roll down to the end of the tour on a beautiful descent.The relaxed roll out at the end of the round, you've earned before but also: In addition to the Ehrenbürg you master two more, quite steep climbs on the key stone and the rice mountain. Fortunately, effort and total enjoyment in Franconian Switzerland are always close to each other - just before you are back in Ebermannstadt, the smallest brewery in the region invites you to fortify yourself with Franconian beer and rustic food. Afterwards, you will roll back to the starting point of the tour on a beautiful but quite relaxed path along the Wiesent.Ebermannstadt is easily accessible via the A73 from Forchheim. It's even easier with the "Agilis" regional train, which takes you from Forchheim to the start of the tour in just 19 minutes.

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    25.0 mi
    6.6 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour follows more or less the course of the Wiesent, the river of the Franconian Switzerland and thus it is a kind of classic that you should not miss. Again and again, the route makes little detour away from the river, which ensures that many crisp climbs wait for you and you have collected in the end whopping 880 vertical meters. If that's a bit too much for you, you still do not have to give up the beautiful Wiesent: from the start of the tour to Doos, you can follow the river on beautiful bike paths or roads and enjoy an almost flat course.On this tour you will get to know the Franconian Switzerland in all its facets. Shortly after the start in Gasseldorf invites the ice-cold Wiesent with a wonderful swimming area for a quick refreshment. Then the first ramp up to the castle ruins Neideck - absolutely worth seeing and the view from up here is awesome! After each uphill follows a downhill: In the Franconian Switzerland expect many totally flowy trails on which you can run it beautifully. And of course, the cozy rest stops may not be missing. Beautifully idyllic beer gardens invite you to stop for a breather right on the banks of the Wiesent.In Doos you leave the Wiesent and drive through the no less beautiful Aufssßtal for a while. With the last crisp increase in the tour, the return journey to the starting point will be heralded. A few more easy up and down and you reach the small town Streitberg and thus again the shore of the Wiesent. If you have left out the bathing area on the way out, now offers yourself again a jump into the cool water, before you roll the last few meters back to Gasseldorf.The tour starts at a parking lot near the Wiesent, where you can simply park your car. If you want to arrive by public transport, you best take the train to Ebermannstadt. From there it is about three (flat) kilometers to the start of the route.

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    18.7 mi
    6.9 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this approximately 30 kilometer long bike tour you can expect some curiosities that you probably would not have expected in the Franconian Switzerland. As usual, on the other hand, you will drive over fantastic trails in a wonderful landscape and enjoy the idyll of one of the oldest and most popular holiday regions in Germany.Just a few meters after starting in the cozy village of Thuisbrunn, you'll wonder if you're still right when you're past a quaint lamage hideaway with a small café. If you like, you can pet the Andes Camels - but you better leave the bike glasses if it gets wet! As strange as this tour begins, it continues. A little later, you pass a magnificent baroque garden - the private estate of a retired lawyer with an extraordinary hobby. Especially at Easter, the Bieberbacher well is worth a stop: He has even made it into the Guinness Book of Records, because it was decorated with 11,108 hand-painted Easter eggs.If you see three distinctive crags on a hill, you have not lost your way. The "Three Peaks" are quite similar to their namesakes in the Dolomites. Back in Thuisbrunn, you will not be surprised that the beer specialty of the small town has a rather unusual name. If you like, you can toast with a moose brew here. After all, the Franconian beer has been so successful that it has been awarded several times at the European Beer Star Award.The starting point of the tour is best reached by car. If you want to enjoy Franconian Switzerland from its quiet side, it's worth it to stay here for a while. And if the tour here and there was a bit strange, we have here an extraordinary tip for a truly idyllic accommodation: How about a lodging in a shepherd car? Information can be found here: handwerkerhof-fraenkischeschweiz.de/schaeferwagen.

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    17.7 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,825 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Waischenfeld is a small, cozy place in the northeast of the Franconian Switzerland, idyllically embedded in the valley of the Wiesent. Picturesque half-timbered houses, old mills, beautiful churches and above all the enthroned the medieval castle - a really beautiful backdrop for the start of this varied mountain bike tour, which brings you high and deep under the earth.On the approximately 28-kilometer tour, it is guaranteed not boring. As is typical for the Franconian Switzerland, it is constantly up and down, which gives you a great mix of challenging climbs and flowing descents. Right at the beginning, the new point is the highest point of the tour - including fantastic views. The Sophienhöhle towards the end of the round, on the other hand, marks the "low point": it is one of the most beautiful caves in Franconian Switzerland. If you take a break here, you can cool off in the cave and marvel at the impressive stalactite formations. Then you roll over the flowy Rabenstein Trail back to Wiesenttal and the starting point to Waischenfeld.The best way to get to Waischenfeld is by car. The easiest way to get around from Bayreuth is by public transport - from there, take bus number 396. Waischenfeld is well-suited for a longer stay, as the cozy village offers all kinds of accommodation.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    222 mi
  • Duration
    32:19 h
  • Elevation
    22,875 ft

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