oberpfaelzerwald

Cycling by the water in the Upper Palatinate Forest

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Oberpfälzer Wald

Relaxing and refreshing - this is how a cycling tour on the water in the Oberpfälzer Wald can be described. On the river cycle paths and on tours in the pond and lake landscape, you can't help but switch off. Glide along on two wheels, surrounded by the murmuring of the streams, the gentle rush of the waves in the ponds and from time to time a bird call or the diving of a jumping fish - that's the sound of summer here! In this collection, we show you the nine most refreshing bike tours in the Oberpfälzer Wald.

In addition to the pure holiday feeling, cycling on the water has another advantage: If you follow the river cycle paths in the direction of the water, it's almost effortless - because there's almost only a downhill difference in altitude here. The pond areas and the Upper Palatinate Lakeland are also naturally wonderfully flat. Do you want it more sporty? No problem, then just turn around and cycle against the river towards the source!

If you need refreshment in between, the cool water is never far away. Just take a short rest on the shore and let your tired legs dangle in the waves - or plan one of the numerous bathing possibilities for your tour. A little cycling, a little sunbathing lawn - a promising station wagon, don't you think?

What should of course not be neglected on a summer bike tour: a break in the beer garden or in the ice cream parlour. Look forward to a cool half and a snack or a sumptuous sundae as a stopover or as a reward at the end of your tour. Not infrequently you can lean back with a view of the water or historical city views, stretch your legs... and dream of your next tour in the Oberpfälzer Wald.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:27
    37.6 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Where the steam locomotives used to breathe, today you cycle relaxed on former railway lines through a glittering lake and river landscape. The idyllic little river Schwarzach leads you into the medieval Neunburg in front of the forest. Between the former Palatine town and Bodenwöhr you will be led through an idyllic landscape before you arrive in the vastness of the Bodenwöhrer valley and be welcomed by the first lakes. The tour leads directly past the Hammersee and Lake Murner, which promise to cool off on hot summer days. The second largest nature reserve in the Upper Palatinate, the Charlottenhofer Weihergebiet, is one of the most striking highlights of the bike tour.

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  • Difficult
    06:10
    54.2 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,025 ft
    3,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Is the Waldnaab just a bit undecided - or a convinced frontier worker? Its source towers close to the silver hut on the Green Roof of Europe and on the first few kilometers it changes sides several times before deciding on Bavaria instead of Bohemia.Whatever her motivation is: as you cycle along her run, she offers you pure variety. From the lonely forests of the Bavarian-Bohemian border you drive down into the impressive Tirschenreuther pond pan, through the wild and romantic Waldnaabtal and the Zoiglbier places Falkenberg and Neuhaus. On the way to Neustadt you have to leave the Waldnaab once in a while, but then it slowly becomes wider and accompanies you faithfully through pastures to Unterwildenau.From here it flows on as Naab - and guess: Of course there's also the Naabtal bike path, if you want to go further ...

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    28.6 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you right through the heart of the "Land of 1000 ponds". At the starting point Tirschenreuth, the Fischhofpark (formerly Gartenschau site) as well as the large aquariums in the MuseumsQuartier and the "Haus am Teich" beckon. On the way through the Tirschenreuther pond pan with its more than 2,500 ponds worth a short detour on the Vizinalbahn cycle path to the "ladder sky". On the lookout tower you not only come a bit closer to the sky, but also have a unique view over the pond landscape.Falkenberg Castle looks defiantly from its mighty granite cliff to the town of the same name. There is one of the Zoiglstuben for a stopover with the cult beer and a hearty snack on.Tip for warm summer days: The Wiesauer Waldseen and the Rothenbürger Weiher invite you to cool off.

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    17.1 mi
    8.0 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 25 kilometer round trip (signposted as "NEW 18") starts in Schwarzenbach. Here, the Radlpoint offers you the ideal entry, whether you arrive by train or car.The flat stretch is ideal for families with children. Along the Haidenaab you reach the Kiesi Beach on the outskirts of Pressath, which invites you to cool off for a while with its large sunbathing lawn, children's playground and kiosk. Continue through shady forests, interrupted by gravel and sand pits, which recaptures nature. In Dießfurt, the popular leisure area with its two lakes offers you the best opportunity to refresh yourself and enjoy the sun.Along the Creussen-Radweg you reach back to the starting point Schwarzenbach. From there you also have access to the Haidenaab Cycle Path.

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  • Difficult
    04:21
    35.7 mi
    8.2 mph
    2,275 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Arrive comfortably by train, then up to the saddle and just go cycling! This is possible on this approximately 58 kilometer long cycle path, because it starts directly at the station in Untersteinbach.Along the idyllic course of the river you drive past historic churches and castles via Pfreimd, Trausnitz, Burgtreswitz and Moosbach to Lohma. From here you cycle on Bavaria's longest Bahntrassenradweg, the Bockl cycle path. Via Eslarn - known for its Kommunbrauhaus, in which the cult beer of the Upper Palatinate Forest, the Zoigl, is brewed - it goes to Tillyschanz to the border crossing to the Czech Republic.Tip: If you want to go further, you can easily link this tour to the Naabtal Cycle Path.

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  • Difficult
    04:40
    36.8 mi
    7.9 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The breathtaking river landscapes of Schwarzach, Ascha and Murach show a hardly existing landscape idyll. Even black storks and kingfishers feel at ease here. In the nature reserve Prackendorfer and Kulzer Moos you will discover on the Moorlehrpfad path worth protecting plants and animals of the Red List. The bike tour leads from Eixendorfer See via Neunburg in front of the forest to Oberviechtach, Winklarn and back to the starting point. Scenic highlights include the wildly romantic Murnthal and the view over the wide - equipped with sailboats - Eixendorfer See.

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  • Difficult
    06:25
    59.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,125 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This idyllic tour through the Haidenaabtal starts in Bayreuth and ends after about 96 kilometers in Oberwildenau. From Haidenaab at Speicherersdorf you cycle quite relaxed along the course of the same name Haidenaabquelle on flat or downhill running route.Via Kastl you reach Pressath with the recreational and recreational facility "Kiesi-Beach". Continue along the valley over Schwarzenbach and coat to Unterwildenau. On the way countless, in the meantime filled with groundwater from the quarry remind you of the pebble and sand mining that occurred during this century. The water areas are now used for recreation or as a biotope to preserve biodiversity and are ideal for refreshing-idyllic breaks on your bike ride.

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  • Difficult
    06:57
    65.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    At about 90 kilometers, the cycle path classic in the Upper Palatinate Forest leads you from Luhe-Wildenau to the gates of Regensburg - mostly along the natural course of the Naab. Probably the most striking feature are the numerous castles along the route, for example the castle Lengenfeld or the castle ruin Kallmünz. This cycle path is only heavy because of the total length. If you do not want to cycle the entire route in one day, you can, for example, stop in Overnight in Schwandorf.Historic towns on the Naab make this tour a cultural highlight. In Nabburg, for example, the medieval old town is almost completely preserved and worth a visit. Take a quick detour to the Oberpfälzer Freilandmuseum Neusath-Perschen and learn a lot about rural working and living in times past. In the district town of Schwandorf, numerous guided tours, such as the historic rock cellars, offer interesting insights into the city by the river. On the other hand, you can relax and unwind in the wellness bath Bulmare - in the beautiful sauna landscape your well-deserved relaxation awaits you.Along the Naab many places can be reached by train - so there is no obstacle to an uncomplicated arrival and departure.

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  • Intermediate
    01:37
    14.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Water and volcanoes are the defining elements of Kemnather Land. On the carp cycle path, you take a small round trip in the footsteps of the fantastic carp - the colorful fish sculptures are ambassadors for the "land of the 1000 ponds", as the region is also known.After starting in the historic old town of Kemnath, a short detour to the Waldeck castle ruins is worthwhile: the panoramic view of the extinct volcanic cones and some pond chains gives you an overview of the next kilometers. The Naturerlebnisbad Immenreuth is perfect for a refreshment in between - and thanks to an ecological soil filter, the water is even chlorine-free.Continue in the Gabellohe. Pure enjoyment of nature awaits you here around the Hirschberg and Heidweiher - this is the motto to breathe deeply and recharge your batteries before you roll back to Kemnath.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    350 mi
  • Duration
    40:15 h
  • Elevation
    14,300 ft
Cycling by the water in the Upper Palatinate Forest
Bike Touring Collection by
Oberpfälzer Wald