Incredible cycling in the Nuremberg region

Bike Touring Collection by
Nürnberger Land

To experience the diverse Nuremberg landscape in the truest sense of the word, this Collection of cycle rides showcases ten different day routes between 14 and 28 Miles (23 and 46 kilometers) in length. All of the routes begin from the same starting point, the medieval town of Lauf an der Pegnitz. Six of the routes start directly in Lauf, whilst four begin nearby in the surrounding area and can be reached either by bike or by train from Lauf.

On the cycle routes, you will experience the Nuremberg countryside anew again and again as each leg shows you a very special side of the region. Besides the numerous scenic beauties such as Pegnitz, Moritzberg or Lorenzer Reichswald, you will also learn a lot about the region’s history. On the cycle path "Industrial History", for example, you pass industrial monuments and museums and on the cycle tour "Cultural Landscape of the Middle Ages" you cycle through ancient towns and villages.

In the region of Nuremberg, there are more than 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) of marked cycle paths waiting for you to explore. They will lead you through the fascinating Northern Franconian Jura and the picturesque Pegnitz Valley. Here, you will experience enchanted pine forests and peaceful lakes. In addition to the incredible nature, there are also many cultural highlights such as castles, palaces, manor houses, and museums that you can discover whilst cycling in the Nuremberg countryside.

Although the cycling routes are very varied, they all have one thing in common: the wide range of restaurants along the routes. No matter whether you choose a sporty, natural or cultural route, enjoyable breaks and delicious Franconian cuisine are guaranteed - the perfect fuel for an unforgettable cycling experience in Nuremberg.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:15
    26.6 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In Lauf an der Pegnitz the round trip starts. Through the Sebalder Reichswald you drive towards Oedenberg. The place is located on a Liashöhe, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the area of Lorenzer and Sebalder Reichswald. In Castle Oedenberg, which was first mentioned in 1319 and is now a welcoming inn, you can take a break for the first time.From here the route continues via Tauchersreuth to Beerbach. Just outside the village is one of the most beautiful Gothic hall churches in Middle Franconia. Continue through wide fields, through beautiful forest and past picturesque meadows to Neunhof, a market town (market town) with three very worth seeing castles.The tour then leads you via Bullach, Laipersdorf and Großbellhofen on to Schnaittach. High above this village, which was mentioned in documents in 1011, the mighty "Fortress Rothenberg" towers, worth a visit. Schnaittach also has a long Jewish history. In the former synagogue there is a branch of the Jewish Museum Franken and a small museum of local history. On the three Jewish cemeteries you will find Hebrew scriptures on the tombstones. Worthwhile here is also a walk up to the Calvary with the baroque church.Then you cycle on to Dehnberg: A place today by the "Dehnberger
    Hoftheater ", which is housed in a former agricultural building. It is not far to the starting point of the tour in Lauf an der Pegnitz.

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  • Intermediate
    01:35
    14.5 mi
    9.1 mph
    775 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Lauf an der Pegnitz you cycle on this round trip towards the east. After the first few kilometers you reach Speikern. It is worth visiting the Franconian Hop Museum, which demonstrates the cultivation of hops in the "Hersbrucker Mountains" in the past and today on the basis of numerous devices. Via the villages Leuzenberg and Oberndorf we continue to Reichenschwand with the castle of the same name. The Renaissance castle was built around 1531 and today houses a modern star hotel.The path leads you from here to Ottensoos, a village that is one of the oldest written places in eastern Middle Franconia. Already in 903 it is mentioned in a document of King Ludwig the Child. The four-nave late-medieval hall church St. Veit is the town center. The route then leads you past the former brewery on the left to Schönberg. Here once stood a beautiful castle, from which you can see today only the so-called hunger tower.Afterwards you will cycle through beautiful forest back to Lauf an der Pegnitz. Here you can end the day with a walk through the medieval city center or a visit to the Industrial Museum.

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  • Intermediate
    01:48
    16.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    700 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This magnificent round trip takes you around the Moritzberg. You can start them in Lauf an der Pegnitz, from where you conquer through dense forest and over lush green meadows south to the Moritzberg. The path always offers a magnificent view of the elevation of the Moritzberg (598 meters), the mountain of Nuremberg. The tour does not lead you directly to the summit, but a detour to the local lookout tower and inn with beer garden is definitely recommended.The tour leads you around the Moritzberg in the south and past the ponds of Scheerau. Shortly thereafter you will cycle past the Großer Birkensee at some distance. If you fancy a refreshment in the lake, you can take a detour to the beach here. Through the forest you then drive via Röthenbach and Wetzendorf back to the medieval town of Lauf an der Pegnitz.

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  • Intermediate
    03:50
    29.0 mi
    7.6 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round trip starts at the Heroldsberger Mühlweg car park in Lauf an der Pegnitz, which is also easily reached from the train station. At the beginning you follow the Heroldsberger Mühlenweg and cycle slightly uphill into the forest to Schwaig. In Schwaig especially the castle with the public park is worth seeing. On splendid forest roads you then cycle through the Lorenzer Reichswald to Fischbach, a district of Nuremberg, which lies in the middle of the district of Nürnberger Land. In Fischbach there are still three manor houses dating from the 14th century.At the end of the village the path leads you past the Hutberg, over the Büchleinsberg and on idyllic forest roads to Ungelstetten. This historic Zeidlerort is already mentioned 800 BC as a royal court "Ungolds-site". Here are some very beautiful, old farmhouses to this day. Following the river Röthenbach, you drive via Fuchsmühle to the Birkensee and on to Renzenhof, where you can see a tower-shaped castle from the year 1416.The next stop is Röthenbach an der Pegnitz, an old industrial town with the worth seeing Conradty workers' settlement of 1899 with associated museum. From here it goes via Wetzendorf back to the starting point of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    22.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The round trip starts at the Pegnitzwiese car park in Lauf an der Pegnitz and leads past the Landratsamt and the S-Bahn station "Lauf West" to the old industrial town of Röthenbach. On the Laufer Weg you cycle to Schwaig, which was first documented in 1369 and has a lovely castle with park to offer. Then it goes through the Pegnitzgrund to Malmsbach, where a stop at the former moated castle is worthwhile. Along narrow paths always along the river Pegnitz pass the factory estate Hammer, an industrial settlement from the 17th century, the former moated castle Oberbürg and shortly afterwards the castle Unterbürg.The path leads you further to Mögeldorf, where you reach the Wöhrder See and the Nuremberg city area. Here you can refresh yourself in the water or make a detour to the historic old town of the former imperial city Nuremberg. On the other side of the lake and the Pegnitz, the tour takes you back to the Nürnberger Land on the Five Rivers Cycle Path.Following the course of the river, you cycle in the Pegnitz Valley through a picturesque meadow landscape with great views. From Rückersdorf, a typical Franconian street village with a parish church with its Gothic gate and Baroque bridal altar from the 15th century, the tour rolls out comfortably and you reach the starting point in Lauf an der Pegnitz.

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    22.2 mi
    9.0 mph
    750 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this bike tour between Nuremberg and Simmelsdorf you can take the bike on a journey through time in industrial history. Lauf an der Pegnitz is right in the middle of the tour, so you can also start here and cycle either in the direction of Nuremberg or Simmelsdorf.The varied bike path takes you along the scenic rivers Pegnitz and Schnaittach to historic villages with traditional and modern commercial locations. On the way you cycle through old workers settlements and past the nationally known industrial museum in Lauf an der Pegnitz. Small craft, theme and local museums as well as old mills and half-timbered settlements are on the track.The numerous Franconian taverns along the cycle path provide for the physical well-being. Here you can take a leisurely break and let yourself be pampered with delicious regional specialties. Strengthened you are then ready to discover more industrial treasures between Nuremberg and Simmelsdorf.

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  • Intermediate
    01:58
    17.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts at the station of Hedersdorf near Schnaittach, not far from Lauf an der Pegnitz. From here you cycle through the valley heading north to Simmelsdorf. The municipality has a large number of architectural monuments, monuments and cultural assets: no less than six manor houses and castles, three castles and ruins, a Salian castle stables, two churches and more than seven old mills are part of the monuments. Via Winterstein you continue on to Ittling, a village situated above the source of the river Eighth.Through magnificent scenery you cycle then to Haidling. Here, at the Räubersloch, a small cave, the stream, which flows through the Easter oohe with its clear water, springs to the next stop on your tour. Osternohe has next to the scenic Schlossberg with an old castle ruin to offer a downhill bike park, where you can watch mountain bikers as they race wildly over steep root and rock trails into the valley. Passing Poppenhof you get back to the starting point of the tour.If you still have time and leisure, you can conclude from here make a detour to the place Schnaittach whose Jewish Museum is worth a visit. We also recommend a visit to the Calvary with the baroque church, which, in addition to several altars, has beautiful stucco ceilings, remains of frescoes and votive paintings.

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  • Intermediate
    01:48
    15.7 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This varied round trip starts in Spiekern near the station. The small town is not far from Lauf an der Pegnitz. From the starting point you cycle via Kersbach to the northeast. Right above in the woods you can see the outstanding rocks of the Glatzenstein. The mountain is a popular vantage point, which you can reach via the "Archaeological Trail".The tour then takes you on a long climb to Rabenshof and on via Enzenreuth,
    Entmersberg and Frohnhof, after Easter. Osternohe is a Middle Franconian town in a sunny valley, the castle hill with the old castle ruins is a beautiful destination. For passionate mountain bikers, a detour to the bike park is a good way to try out your own downhill skills or just watch how daredevils master the course.
    Passing Poppenhof, you cycle further to Schnaittach at the foot of the Rothenberg. Perched high above the city is the Rhenish Rococo Fortress Rothenberg, built in the 18th century. The ruins as well as the view from the mountain are very worth seeing. After enjoying Schnaittach to the fullest, you cycle back to the starting point of the tour via Rollhofen, where you can finally visit the Franconian Hop Museum.

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  • Intermediate
    02:11
    20.1 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Ottensoos, not far from Lauf an der Pegnitz, this cultural tour starts. On level paths you cycle to the more than 900 years old town of Henfenfeld. The local castle was the seat of the Nuremberg patrician family Pfinzing for 300 years. Paul Pfinzing is the creator of the "Pfinzing Atlas", a survey map of parts of the Frankenalb that is still important for research today and is detailed. On the Pegnitzwiesen you then continue to Hersbruck, where cozy restaurants invite you to linger. The medieval city center with three city gates, towers and remains of the former city wall and the beautiful churches and museums of the city you can enjoy after dinner on a leisurely stroll.Strengthened then it goes on the bike over picturesque meadows, through dense forest and over the Reschenberg to the former monastery village Engelthal. The founding of the former convent dates back to 1243. In the village are still isolated remains of the monastery to find. However, there is not much left of its former size and importance.From here, the tour continues on Offenhausen at the foot of the Keilberg. In cozy up and down with beautiful views, it goes via Egensbach to Entenberg and Gersdorf on to Weigenhofen at the foot of the Moritzberg. Here are many very old courtyards preserved and beautiful to look at. About the 1061 first mentioned Schönberg with its neo-Gothic church you finally reach the starting point in Ottensoos.

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    17.0 mi
    7.4 mph
    625 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting point of this tour is the S-Bahn station Schwaig. Here you come from Lauf an der Pegnitz on the S-Bahn or you go comfortably by bike. The place Schwaig was first mentioned in documents in 1360 and is located on the southern edge of the Pegnitz Valley. It owes its origin to the Zeidlerwesen - the collecting honey of wild bees. In Schwaig there was a Zeidelmuttergut, from which developed the today's worth seeing lock with public park.From Schwaig the path takes you south to the state forest Lorenzer Reichswald, where you cycle through beautiful mixed forest and shortly thereafter reach the Schmausenbuck. On the 390 meter high mountain in the western Lorenzer forest stands a lookout tower from 1888, which is open on Sundays in summer.Passing the Tiergarten, the path leads you to the Valznerweiher, which is located next to the sports facilities of the football club 1. FC Nürnberg. In the east, it continues through the Lorenzer Reichswald. On the way halfway to Brunn you come past the bowl stone, a mighty sandstone colossus with bowl-shaped leaching. A little further on you reach the village of Brunn. From here you cycle through the Reichswald to the Birkensee. Surrounded by nature by this beautiful lake, you can have a nice picnic break before returning to Schwaig, where the tour ends.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    202 mi
  • Duration
    23:31 h
  • Elevation
    9,875 ft

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