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Rivers, forests, ancient castles - cycling in Nürnberger Land

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Nürnberger Land

The East of Nuremberg is set amongst enchanting countryside: quiet forest, gentle hills, peaceful rivers and dramatic rock formations. The area witnessed turbulent history here during the Middle Ages: the dark age has left countless castles, palaces, monasteries and churches. Thanks to the perfect cycling infrastructure you can easily explore the region on your bicycle. You can experience the Middle Ages in the cities of Lauf an der Pegnitz and Hersbruck in a particularly authentic way. However, the cultural diversity of the region is not only characterized by "old walls", but also by unique museums covering a variety of topics and industrial monuments from small mills to the dilapidated factories.

In this Collection, we introduce you to eight particularly beautiful bike routes in the Nuremberg region. All destinations can be easily and quickly reached by train from Nuremberg. And otherwise, the infrastructure in this area is well developed. From bike paths to quaint restaurants you will find everything here. With our Collection, you will discover the Nuremberg region’s cultural treasures: the proud Hohenstein Castle, the oldest evidence of human life in Bavaria in Hartmannshof, the romantic Ludwigskanal as well as many castles, mansions, churches and more.

The Nuremberg countryside is also a paradise for nature lovers and a wonderful recreational area. Many rivers and streams meander through the landscape, winding down narrow valleys and deep gorges. On the picturesque Pegnitz, you can lean back and enjoy the ride. Biking through extensive beech, pine and mixed forests guarantees relaxation, as do the Kneipp pools along the cycle paths.

The routes in this Collection are between 10 and 30 miles (16 and 46 kilometers) long and of varying difficulty. So everyone will find their ideal tour to discover the region. Whether riding with your family or sporty friends, you will be amazed. And of course, last but not least, the Franconian delicacies in the many cozy restaurants will complete your bike route with culinary delight.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:25
    13.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The four-valleys cycle tour starts in Pommelsbrunn, forty minutes by train from Nuremberg. On a very beautiful bike path you follow the course of the Högenbach towards Hartmannshof. You drive on an old trade route that connected Nuremberg with Prague and discover here and there small mills.In the "primeval station" in Hartmannshof you can admire the oldest evidence of human life in today's Bavaria. The people lived in the Hunaser Cave near Hartmannshof. Then it goes into the Lehental to Oed. There is the Oedmühle, which was first mentioned 650 years ago. She was lovingly restored and even got the Bavarian Historical Preservation Medal.It follows a long climb over Lehendorf to Neutras. The area is very popular with rock climbers. Afterwards, you will drive on small, winding roads into the beautiful Hirschbachtal. In Eschenbach, where the Hirschbach flows into the Pegnitz, lies the castle Eschenbach. The former moated castle is mostly still in original condition.You drive along the meanders of the Pegnitz to Hohenstadt and then soon return to Högenbachtal at your starting point, the train station in Pommelsbrunn. A few steps from the station, there is a nice rest area with a drinking water well and a well-kept Kneipp facility.

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  • Difficult
    03:15
    26.4 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this varied tour, you will experience the medieval town of Hersbruck, the Hohenstein Castle proudly perched on the mountain, and the romantic Pegnitz Valley. The starting point Hersbruck you reach from Nuremberg with the regional express in less than a quarter of an hour. Thus, nothing stands in the way of your medieval cycling adventure.You leave Hersbruck through the valley of the Sittenbach. In Aspertshofen there is a small rest area where you can replenish your drinking water bottle before tackling the first climb. Through a beautiful landscape, it is now steadily uphill. After a short descent and another ascent you will reach Hohenstein. If you do not want to ride the last steep piece, you can also walk up comfortably.The view from the castle Hohenstein is fantastic. From the 634 meter high rock plateau you can see in clear weather far over the Franconian Switzerland to the Franconian Forest. After so many meters you deserve a little refreshment. The "Windbeutel-Café Hohensteiner Hof" at the foot of the castle is known for its delicious and huge puffs of wind.After the geographical, cultural and culinary highlight of the tour, it is almost only downhill. You roll down to Rupprechtstegen in the beautiful Pegnitztal. You follow the river that meanders through the narrow valley. Vorra is one of the most beautiful places in the valley and there are two castles with a beautiful park and an interesting church waiting to be discovered by you.About Eschenbach with its picturesque moated castle, it goes back to Hersbruck, where you zigzag through the town and the great old town. The medieval buildings and buildings invite you to explore and linger.

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    17.0 mi
    7.6 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal or "The Old Canal" is a masterpiece of engineering from the 19th century. The 172-kilometer waterway was an important link between the North Sea and the Black Sea. Over time, the shipping channel became increasingly unimportant, but more and more interesting as a recreational area for people plagued by industry. And even now, many years later, the towpaths along the canal are a delightful destination.This easy and wonderfully suitable tour for families starts in Feucht, only nine minutes by train from Nuremberg. On your way to Röthenbach you drive past the Jägersee. These are actually two dredging lakes, which are very popular with bathers. The Jägersee is a natural jewel and a true insider tip.From Röthenbach the Ludwigskanal begins and you drive along it for several kilometers. The path is very romantic and leads through a beautiful natural landscape. Again and again there are small locks and bridges and the channel makes several turns, which is why the way is anything but monotonous.After a few kilometers, the canal crosses the Schwarzach Gorge on an impressive bridge. If you have some time, it is worth making a descent into the gorge and a walk through the fascinating rock formations.You leave the canal in Burgthann. As the name suggests, there is a beautiful castle ruin in the village and directly on the canal you can strengthen yourself in the inn "Zur Schleuse 35", a great place in a historic lock house.If you want to end your tour here, you will come back to Nuremberg in less than 20 minutes by S-Bahn. Or you can drive back to Feucht on beautiful forest trails. First, the path goes down to the Schwarzach slightly downhill, before you overcome a hill behind the Fröschauer pond in Rummelsberg. After a total of 27 kilometers, you have arrived back in Feucht.

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  • Difficult
    03:24
    28.6 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The round trip starts in Lauf an der Pegnitz. You first drive through the Sebalder Reichswald in the direction of Oedenberg. The village lies on the Liashöhe, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Lorenzer and Sebalder Reichswald area. 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 you continue via Tauchersreuth to Beerbach. Just outside the village is one of the most beautiful Gothic hall churches in Middle Franconia. The route takes you across wide fields, through beautiful forest and past picturesque meadows to Neunhof, a market town with three very worth seeing castles.Continue on via Bullach, Laipersdorf and Großbellhofen 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 that is known 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
    01:54
    16.4 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This short but hilly circuit takes you from Happurg to Alfeld and back again. You drive in the shadow of the mountain Houbirg through the center of fruit growing in the Nuremberg countryside on a beautiful Albfläche. With the S-Bahn you reach the starting point of the tour from Nuremberg in about half an hour. It is worth to walk a bit through the well-kept town center and make a short hike to the Houbirg, on which one of the most important pre-historic and early-historical hilltop settlements in Germany as well as the Hohle Fels are located.First off the bike ride to the Happurger reservoir, in which the charming hills of the area are reflected. Shortly after the lake you will find a small Kneipp bath on the left side to get your circulation going. But you probably will not need that, because just after Förrenbach you climb the plateau near See on a steep lane.You drive through quiet villages that lie romantically between small hills. Shortly before Alfeld, a path turns right into the Rinntal, a beautiful nature reserve with a nature trail at the foot of a dry grassy slope.In Alfeld you have already made half of the tour and you can fortify yourself in a bakery, while admiring the interesting shaped dolomite rocks that surround the place. By the way, Alfeld was shared for more than 300 years. To the left of the creek was Nuremberg territory, to the right of it the Palatinate. Every year a rope is stretched over the village as a sign of reunification in 1806.Continue on lonely streets through a hilly landscape. In the midst of the inconspicuous idyll, you drive past the Schupf memorial. Here a huge urn reminds of thousands of murdered people who were burned here.Back to Happurg it goes from now on almost only downhill. After a wonderful, long descent you reach again the Happurger reservoir and immediately behind Happurg and the train station.

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    23.5 mi
    9.0 mph
    750 ft
    550 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. Along the way are pretty small castles and many testimonies of the industry of bygone days, from the small mill to the dilapidated factory area.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 break and be pampered with delicious Franconian specialties. Strengthened you are then ready to discover more industrial treasures between Nuremberg and Simmelsdorf.Both the starting point at the train station Nürnberg-Mögeldorf and the terminus at the train station Simmelsdorf-Hüttenbach you reach comfortably and super fast by train from Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    19.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour full of castles starts at the station in Ottensoos, not far from Lauf an der Pegnitz. 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 which 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 walls and the beautiful churches and museums of the city you can enjoy after dinner on a leisurely stroll.Freshly fortified, you will overcome the first of two major climbs on the tour. The path leads you through 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. After Egensbach follows the second increase. Above you expect beautiful views. Continue on via Entenberg and Gersdorf 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
    02:12
    20.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    South of the Pegnitz you can discover countless highlights of nature. In between there are a variety of great castles and fortresses. Thus, this short and slightly hilly tour is particularly interesting and varied. You start in Behringersdorf at the gates of Nuremberg. The two places are only ten minutes by train.After driving through the old town center with its ensemble of medieval sandstone buildings, you cross the Pegnitz and drive past the castle Schwaig. Next to the dead straight road is a deep pit. From a vantage point, you can learn about the quartz sand mining.Only one kilometer further you are in a completely different landscape. You cycle to the Small and Big Birkensee. The latter is beautifully surrounded by trees and you can even bathe in it. Through a small woodland you drive to the Scherauer ponds.Continue on a hilly path to Fürer Castle in Haimendorf and the Klingenden Wasserfall. Here you have reached the climax of the tour and it follows a long descent through Schönberg. Shortly before Ottensoos it goes a bit uphill again. In the village there is a lot to see, for example the culture station or the hall church St. Veit, one of the best preserved fortified churches in Middle Franconia.From here it is only a few kilometers to Lauf an der Pegnitz. In the pretty medieval town, you can stroll through the old town or strengthen yourself in one of the many quaint restaurants, before cycling back to Behringersdorf for the last 7.5 kilometers. Incidentally, in Lauf an der Pegnitz you can already board the train. From here you are in 15 minutes in Nuremberg.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    166 mi
  • Duration
    19:11 h
  • Elevation
    9,050 ft

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