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Looking for a small adventure? Your summer in the VGN

Start your own little adventure: In this collection, we have selected ten Micro Adventures in the area of ​​the Verkehrsverbunds Großraum Nürnberg (VGN), which are perfect for a little break – be it on foot or by bike. Enjoy great views from the roof Frankens, roll relaxed on the bike along the Regnitz, test the fun trails of the Heumödern trails or breathe in the fresh air in the Steigerwald. In Franconia and the Upper Palatinate you will find plenty of variety. Accordingly, the lengths of the tours vary. From the day trip to the multi-day tour, you can choose what you feel like and whether you prefer to be on foot or by bike.

And the nice thing is that you can reach all start and finish points of the tours quite relaxed with the buses and trains of the VGN. So start your hikes without stress and the after-work beer after an active day tastes even better.

If you plan a longer stay in the region, then you can set up your base camp in Bamberg, Bayreuth or Treuchtlingen and start from there in the different corners. So what are you waiting for: The (micro) adventure can begin!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    16:51
    38.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Romantic ruined castles and beautifully renovated castles. Towns with half-timbered facades like from a picture book. And in between a lot of forest, but also meadows and fields, which are small parts over the undulating land - welcome to the Haßberge Nature Park in the extreme northwest of the VGN area.This 60-kilometer hike takes you from Ebern an der Baunach to Zeil am Main in three days. The path goes up and down through a sparsely populated, agricultural Mittelgebirgsregion with its own character. North of Ebern are extensive, rugged rocky landscapes to find how they were used in the Middle Ages for the construction of castles. Again and again you come to impressive vantage points that invite you to take a breather. On the most spectacular view, you can look forward to the rest area at the ruin Raueneck.In addition to some condition, it is advisable to bring sufficient provisions, because between Ebern and Hofheim is only Jesserndorf as a food and accommodation station. That means packing food and drink for the first two days of hiking.You can plan the stages like this:
    Day 1: Ebern - Jesserndorf (14 kilometers)
    Day 2: Jesserndorf - Hofheim (21.2 kilometers)
    Day 3: Hofheim - Zeil (27 kilometers)
    Return from Zeil to Ebern: Take the R15 to Bamberg and change there to the R26 to Ebern. After less than an hour you are back at the starting point of the tour.

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  • Difficult
    12:43
    30.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Waving peaks and wide views, dense forests and wine as a delicious companion at every turn - in the extreme northwest of the VGN this tour leads in three daily stages from Steigerwald to Mainschleife. You wander on the almost 50-kilometer tour through a landscape that is more known to wine lovers than hikers.Although the area is well developed, you are off the beaten track and tourist crowds. You can walk on asphalt and concrete paths every now and then, but you can often walk on natural trails - especially on the second and third stages.Right at the beginning of the hike, you climb high: From the treetop path you have a great panoramic view of the Steigerwald. The route continues through an open hilly landscape with its vine slopes. The wine landscape and lush nature will accompany you on your further journey. And again and again, historical treasures await you.Definitely pack provisions for the tour. Cozy restaurants can be found at the more famous sites, but in between there are also longer periods of thirst.If you plan the hike relaxed in three days, then offer the following stages:
    Day 1: Ebrach - Neuses am Sand (15.3 kilometers)
    Day 2: Neuses am Sand - Münsterschwarzach (17.7 kilometers)
    Day 3: Münsterschwarzach - Volkach (15.9 kilometers)
    But you can also run the route in two days, then you can stay overnight in Prichsenstadt.Return to Ebrach: From Volkach there are several connections back to your starting point. The fastest connection (about one hour and 20 hours) is by bus 8287 to Wiesentheid and then with the number 999 to the marketplace in Ebrach.

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  • Difficult
    10:37
    23.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,150 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Off through the Fichtelgebirge: In this nearly 40-kilometer hike, you will walk over heights with breathtaking viewpoints, wander through vast forests, stroll along Weißenstädter See and follow the course of two streams to the destination of the tour. The start is in Karches, the beautiful half-timbered houses await you in Bad Berneck. The Fichtelgebirge is home to many plant and animal species that have long been extinct in other natural areas. So keep your eyes and ears open.The varied tour brings you right at the beginning to the roof of Franconia, the Schneeberg with its 1.051 meter height. The trail also takes you past wild rock formations, occasionally demanding some fitness and inviting you to relaxed breaks on a regular basis.You can complete the hike in two days or completely relaxed in three stages. The fast hiker sleeps either in the Waldsteinhaus or in Zell, the cozy in Weißenstadt and in Zell.Arrival and departure: You can travel from Bayreuth, for example. Several connections take you from the main station to the starting point, the forester's lodge in Karches. From Bad Berneck take the bus 330 in half an hour back to Bayreuth.

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  • Difficult
    07:56
    17.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the northernmost area of the network between Gasseldorf and Heiligenstadt is the idyllic Leinleitertal. This almost 30-kilometer tour will take you on the first stage along the valley floor, then across its heights to Veilbronn. You can choose between different variants. We will introduce you to a round which will take you through the Leinleiter-, Wern- and Leidingshofertal in an eight. Starting point is the place Gasseldorf.The route offers you a lot of nature and variety. Right at the beginning you will accompany the rope leaders on their journey through the Franconian Switzerland. In Veilbronn you leave the river for the time being and wander into the picturesque valley of the Werntal. Then you meet the Leinleiter again and walk along the river back to Vielbronn. Then the path leads you through the Leidingshofertal back to your starting point. Finally, two special highlights await you: the ruin Streitburg and the Binghöhle.This tour is designed in two stages, with overnight in Heiligenstadt. So you have enough time to enjoy the beauty of the region on the way. If you only have one day, but the distance is too much for you, you can only walk off part of the eight or get off the bus at one of the stops.Arrival and departure: After Gasseldorf you come from Ebermannstadt with the bus 221 in less than ten minutes. From there station you have access to the surrounding larger cities.

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  • Difficult
    06:28
    13.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Peaks, mountain huts, caves, valleys and numerous rest stops - all this awaits you on the more than 22 kilometers long Pendolinoweg. The route connects the two Pendolino stations Neuhaus an der Pegnitz and Neukirchen. If you have enough time, you can do the hike in two days and add a dangle about Königstein, where you can find accommodation.Already the start begins wonderfully: In Neuhaus the Veldenstein Castle welcomes you, which towers above the tranquil village. On the first kilometer of your hike through the forest you will pass several caves. After just under ten kilometers, the path climbs crisply. At the top you can expect a lookout tower and on Sundays you can strengthen yourself in the Ossinger Hütte.You want to earn even more altitude? No problem, the way to Zant rises again right. But here, too, a hut awaits you on the weekends to come in and recharge your batteries. From now it goes downhill, then through a hilly landscape until you reach the castle Neidstein shortly before the end of your hike. Although the magnificent building is privately owned, it still looks stately.Relaxed, you hike the last bit downhill until you reach your destination Neukirchen. There you can reward yourself with a hearty meal at the end of the day.Arrival and departure: From Nuremberg you can reach Pendolino, which runs between Nuremberg and Bayreuth, in half an hour to Neuhaus. Back from Neukirchen also in about half an hour.

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  • Difficult
    05:01
    52.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,300 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    One way, two variants and a unique river - that's the Regnitz cycle path between Nuremberg and Bischberg near Bamberg. Between the heights of the Franconian Switzerland and the Steigerwald, the cycle path connects the cities of Bamberg, Forchheim, Erlangen, Fürth and Nuremberg on two parallel routes. You can choose between the 85-kilometer-long valley route through villages and small towns with Franconian half-timbered facades, or you can take the 75-kilometer variant, which follows the course of the Main-Danube Canal and the Regnitz consistently. We introduce you to the valley route here.No matter which route you choose or whether you exchange in between, look forward to a varied ride: city highlights alternate with alluvial forests, rare sandy areas and a unique flora and fauna. There are also numerous parks and gardens on the route. Except for small gradients, the RegnitzRadweg runs consistently flat. The trails are mostly flat, paved and mostly car-free. Numerous opportunities to stop are also on your way. Best conditions for an exciting bike ride.Return to the starting point. From Bischberg you can return to Nuremberg with the buses and trains of the VGN.

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  • Intermediate
    04:40
    47.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Romans and imperial cities, Sulzach and Schlangenfluss: This nearly 80-kilometer cycle tour through the Wörnitztal includes culture and panorama in abundance - and this on mostly moderately strenuous paths. Let's start in Dombühl. On the way you are on well-marked bike paths, along railway lines and on minor roads. Look forward to relaxed, low-gradient cycling.During your tour you will come through the towns of Feuchtwangen, Dinkelsbühl, Wassertrüdingen and your destination Gunzenhausen. All are suitable for a stopover, so you can divide up the stages as you wish.A highlight on the way is the Römerpark Ruffenhofen with the Limeseum. At the Römerpark you will also find a bathing lake, so if the weather is nice, do not forget swimwear.Arrival and departure: Start and end points can be reached with the VGN. If you want to return from Gunzenhausen back to the starting point, then you come back via Ansbach in three quarters of an hour.

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  • Difficult
    05:23
    54.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this nearly 90-kilometer bike ride you will cross the entire Steigerwald in one day from west to east. Sounds exhausting? But it can be created! Because the tour runs on a path as low as possible slope through river valleys and on former railway lines.The Steigerwald is located in the northern part of the VGN area. The region is bounded on the north and west by the Main, in the south by the Aisch and in the east by the Regnitz. In between, there is a scenic hiking and cycling paradise with valuable forests and tranquil places that invite you to rest.If the route is too long for a day, you can search for accommodation in the villages and simply divide the route. Then you have enough time to explore the numerous highlights and inviting places along the way.Arrival and departure: You can easily reach your starting point Kitzingen and the destination Hirschaid with the buses and trains of the VGN, for example from Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    23.8 mi
    6.8 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In a varied up and down, this nearly 40-kilometer tour takes you from Pegnitz to Pottenstein and back. The route is characterized by the typical character of the Franconian Switzerland. It leads you through mixed forests, valleys and heights, past castles and bizarre rock formations, up to one of the highest elevations of the Franconian Switzerland, the Kleine Kulm (627 meters). Best conditions for a crisp tour.In 2005, the "Pegnitz Tour" was voted one of the ten most beautiful single trail tours in Germany - and this beauty is still unique today. Narrow trails lead you through the great landscape - driving fun guaranteed. To keep track, you can climb the Pottenstein ladder and enjoy the fantastic all-round view.Arrival and departure: The tour starts directly at the station in Pegnitz, so that you can arrive quite relaxed with the trains of the VGN.

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    23.5 mi
    6.9 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Altmühltal panorama, sleepy villages and the Heumödern trails - with this enjoyable mountain bike tour you can discover a beautiful piece of Franconia. The route starts at the train station in Solnhofen. You cycle out of town and up to the Devil's Pulpit. From here you have a beautiful view of the Altmühltal and the rock formations.The trail continues on until you roll in Pappenheim. Here you can take a break and gather energy for the rest of the way with a relaxed stop. From Pappenheim the route leads through the idyllic apple valley along the forest path to Göhren. It follows a beautiful panorama piece with subsequent forest passage around the 546 meter high Kammerstein to Osterdorf. Here is worth a scenic stop above the old quarry, then down the beautiful mill path into Altmühltal.You cycle along the water before pedaling just before the end to master the last few meters of altitude. Because of the nature park Altmuehltal near Treuchtlingen the haymower trails meander through. On one of the seven downhill routes with different levels of difficulty, you will be racing the last few meters to Teuchtlingen. And if you do not have enough, then you go back up and test the other trails. Finally, you can stop at the valley station. From there it is only ten minutes to the train station.Arrival and departure: With the regional express from Nuremberg you can come back relaxed to the tour start and from Teuchtlingen back in less than an hour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    324 mi
  • Duration
    76:32 h
  • Elevation
    18,625 ft

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