Nürnberger Land

Rivers, forests, ancient castles - cycling in Nürnberger Land

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Rivers, forests, ancient castles - cycling in Nürnberger Land

Bike Touring Collection by Nürnberger Land

8

Tours

19:30 h

168 mi

9,475 ft

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.

If you are still in the mood for more, you can be inspired by our well-filled collection page (komoot.de/user/nuernbergerland/collections). See you in Nürnberger Land!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    01:29
    13.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    875 ft
    875 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 …

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  • Difficult
    03:31
    28.1 mi
    8.0 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,975 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, Hohenstein Castle, proudly enthroned on the mountain, and the romantic Pegnitz valley. You can reach the starting point …

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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.

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  • Difficult
    03:24
    28.9 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,625 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 tour starts in Lauf an der Pegnitz. You first drive through the Sebalder Reichswald towards Oedenberg. The place is on the Liashöhe, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the area of the Lorenzer and Sebalder Reichswaldes. In Oedenberg Castle, which was first mentioned in 1319 and is now an inviting inn, you can take a break for the first time. The cabbage sausage from the in-house butcher's shop is particularly recommended here.

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  • Intermediate
    01:56
    16.3 mi
    8.5 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 round takes you from Happurg to Alfeld and back again. You drive in the shadow of the Houbirg mountain through the center of fruit growing in …

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  • Intermediate
    02:35
    23.4 mi
    9.1 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.

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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 …

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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 …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    168 mi
  • Duration
    19:30 h
  • Elevation
    9,475 ft

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