Oberpfalz: the hidden MTB paradise in East Bavaria


Oberpfalz: the hidden MTB paradise in East Bavaria

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot



3-5 h

/ day

73.5 mi

6,850 ft

7,275 ft

The Oberpfalz Forest and the Steinwald Nature Park are full of exhilarating single trails, enchanting panoramic paths, idyllic huts and dreamy villages full of history. The region lies between Marktredwitz in the north, Weiden in the south and the Czech border in the east.

Several castle ruins adorn the peaks of the gentle hilly landscape and tell of the eventful past of this border region, which has always been hotly contested. At the Czech border, you will follow the more recent traces of the Cold War, which you will see again and again: former watchtowers, barracks and concrete blocks. Today, it is hard to imagine that this border separated two worlds until 1989.

We have put together several routes through Trans-Oberpfalz, which you can easily manage in three days, or two with enough leg muscle. You can also ride each route individually, but why not stay a few days in the beautiful region and ride all the stages consecutively?

The individual stages include single trails in the range S0 to S2, which you can also easily avoid with a glance at the map. With a total altitude of just over 2000 metres (6560 feet) over three days, a certain fitness level is of course an advantage. On the way, however, you will regularly find huts or villages where you can have a good rest. Don't forget to pack enough water and snacks – there are countless beautiful places along the way to stop and enjoy the nature.

Our stages start and end either at train stations that are easily accessible from major cities such as Nuremberg or Regensburg or at accommodation where you can stay the night. Camping is also possible at different locations. However, please check in advance whether the local campsites are open when you decide to go on your adventure. The last thing to do is get pedaling – nothing stands in the way of your adventure in the Oberpfalz!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
    31.8 mi
    7.0 mph
    2,675 ft
    2,475 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is the first stage of the Trans-Oberpfalz-MTB-Tour. It leads from the station Marktredwitz to the Gasthof zur Post in Plößberg, where you can spend the night.Although this stage also includes some single trails that are located between S0 and S2, the overall focus is more on track and landscape. The highlights are definitely the ruins of castle Weißenstein right at the beginning of the tour, the Oberpfalz tower with its overwhelming views and the beautiful Waldnaabtal.

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  • Intermediate
    19.3 mi
    6.9 mph
    1,750 ft
    2,050 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The second leg of the tour takes you from the Gasthof zur Post in Plößberg to the Bockl rest stop in Raft, where you can spend the night.This stage takes you to the Czech border area. Here you can explore the traces of the Cold War and find two imposing castle ruins that are perfect for breather between all the fast singletrack (S1-S2) you have today.

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  • Intermediate
    22.4 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,775 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The third and final stage of the tour leads from the Bockl rest stop in raft to the station Weiden. From there you can travel by train to Regensburg or Nuremberg. Finally, there is a crisp-fiery trail buffet on which you can shoot your last grains, with the option of less - or more!In principle, you drive uphill again …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    73.5 mi
  • Duration
    10:40 h
  • Elevation
    6,850 ft7,275 ft

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Oberpfalz: the hidden MTB paradise in East Bavaria