Regnitz Cycle Path — 4 stages between Nuremberg and Bamberg

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Green river meadows and densely overgrown banks at the playful Regnitz. Historic water wheels, cozy benches for breaks and charming places with pretty half-timbered houses along the river. The straight as an arrow Main-Danube canal, lined by dense forests and wide fields. Exciting locks and beautiful harbors invite you to take a break. And cutting right through the middle of it all: a cycle path that shows you both watercourses on two routes.

The Regnitz cycle path runs in two directions between Nuremberg and Bischberg near Bamberg. The valley route runs for 52 miles (85 kilometers) along the Regnitz and the 46-mile (75-kilometer) long canal route runs along the Main-Danube Canal. Both routes can be combined to form a varied round trip between Nuremberg and Bischberg — and this is exactly what we show you in this Collection.

In Nuremberg, a city easily reachable by train, the almost completely-flat round trip begins. From here, you'll cycle on the valley route via Fürth, Erlangen, Forchheim and Bamberg to Bischberg, where the Regnitz and the Main-Danube Canal flow into the Main. The canal route takes you back to Nuremberg. As you go, you'll cycle a total of 100 miles (160 kilometers) over four stages. In all stage destinations, you'll find numerous accommodation options that cover all price ranges. You'll also have the possibility to jump on a train if you need to truncate your trip for any reason. If, on the other hand, you have much more time, you can combine the Regnitz cycle path in Bamberg with an even longer ride: The Main Cycle Path. You'll find all the necessary information to extend your ride here:

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    28.2 mi
    10.4 mph
    500 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the RegnitzRadweg starts in Nuremberg at the Wöhrder lake and leads you on the valley route to Forchheim. The lake is just a short distance from the train station in Nuremberg, which can be reached by both local and long-distance trains. At Wöhrder See you will also find a nice town beach, if you still feel like cooling off and swimming a bit before the bike ride.As soon as you have swung to the bike, you drive along the bank of the Pegnitz, which leads you out of Nuremberg and brings you directly to Fürth. Beautiful parks and wide meadows accompany you on many sections. The Pegnitz and the Rednitz converge in the direction of the Regnitz, which you now follow to the north. In some places, you cycle along the shore and enjoy the view of the water. Most of the time, however, you drive through wide meadows and beautiful forests a bit off the river. Shortly before Erlangen turn off to the Main-Donau-Kanal and follow the dead straight bank a short distance. Between Alterlangen and Erlangen you cycle again through the meadows of the Regnitz. Across the meadows you have a nice view of Erlangen, which is not far away. If you feel like it, you can make a detour to the beautiful city.Alterlangen welcomes you in picturesque nature with vast fields and romantic forests. On the flat, well paved bike path it almost goes by itself and you can enjoy the beautiful landscape to the fullest. On the way you come in Oberndorf and Baiersdorf past beautiful bathing lakes, which invite you for a refreshing break. Afterwards you cycle back to the Main-Danube-Canal, which brings you to the stage destination Forchheim, where you can enjoy the old town with its pretty half-timbered houses.

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  • Intermediate
    35.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    725 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On the second stage the valley route of the Regnitz cycle path leads you from Forchheim to Bischberg near Bamberg. If you have not seen so much of Forchheim the day before, it's worth making a little visit to the old town before the tour. You can discover such great relics as the fish boxes on the Wiesent.After leaving Forchheim, you'll cycle through glorious open fields, driving here and there along shady forest edges. Even small charming places with pretty half-timbered houses are on the way. Here you can not only stroll comfortably through the old town centers and stop in beautiful restaurants and cafes, but also visit in Buttenheim, for example, the Levi Strauss Museum, where you will learn all about the inventor of jeans.At Pettstadt, you will take a rustic ferry to the other side of the Regnitz and then cycle through wide meadows and fields that stretch between the river and the Main-Danube Canal. At the gates of Bamberg you follow the Regnitz through an idyllic park into the city. You cycle past some of Bamberg's most beautiful corners and can admire the old town hall or the fishing settlement "Little Venice" from the bike. Shortly before you leave Bamberg, the Regnitz flows into the Main-Danube Canal, on the banks of which you cycle to Bischberg, the stage destination.Here the canal flows into the Main and you have completed the valley route and thus also the first half of the Regnitz cycle path. The next two stages will take you back to Nuremberg on the canal route. But now you can celebrate the halftime and make yourself comfortable in Bischberg or the nearby Bamberg.Tip: If you do not have enough time to cycle back to Nuremberg, you can also take the train in Bamberg.

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  • Easy
    19.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    250 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the canal route today it goes from Bischberg back to Forchheim. But you do not follow the loop of the Regnitz, but cycle most of the time along the dead straight Main-Donau-Kanal.The first goal of today's stage is Bamberg. In the city you cross the river Regnitz and cycle to the bank of the Main-Danube-Canal. You follow that from the city. As soon as you have left Bamberg behind, you dive into beautiful nature. Beside you stretch wide fields and lush green meadows. Every now and then you cycle on the absolutely flat track past dense, shady woodland. Right next to you flows straight the canal, which you can follow far into the distance with your eyes. At the lock Strullendorf you cross the Main-Danube Canal and cycle on the other side of the river through equally beautiful landscape of meadows, woods and fields.About halfway the bike path takes you through the town of Hirschaid. Here you can sit down comfortably in a beer garden or even take a break in the adventure pool. Behind Hirschaid idyllic nature awaits you on the canal. This time joins the beautiful field, meadow and forest landscape also old river arms and the parallel flowing Regnitz. On the pleasant flat bike path you finally enter the stage destination Forchheim. Here you have the opportunity to visit your favorite spots and let the day fade away in the beautiful old town.

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  • Intermediate
    25.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    550 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last leg of the RegnitzRadweg takes you back to Nuremberg on the canal route from Forchheim.In Forchheim you follow the Main-Danube Canal, which flows gently through wide fields. It leads you past the village Hausen and finally to a dead straight section, which could not be more beautiful: On the flat bike path you drive directly along the bank of the canal. You can always look over the water and over to the other shore. In front of you, the Main-Danube Canal and the bike path run parallel to each other as if drawn with the ruler, until they seem to meet on the horizon. Green meadows, wide fields and dense forests line the banks and the bike path on which you drive. From time to time, you will pass through a place or a lock where you can take a break and let the action take over.After Erlangen you leave the bank of the Main-Danube-Canal and return to the route of the valley route. Here you can once again enjoy the most beautiful sections of the outward journey and discover new idyllic spots on the banks of the Pegnitz, which you might not have noticed on the first stage. Following the Pegnitz you will cycle to the center of Nuremberg. Take a little stroll through the market, visit the castle or enjoy the historic old town. The end of the stage is Wöhrder See, where you started your bike ride a few days ago. Here you can end the day at the city beach and take a refreshing dip in the lake. A nice ending, where you have enough time to let the varied bike tour on the Regnitz cycle path pass again.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    109 mi
  • Duration
    10:37 h
  • Elevation
    2,025 ft

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