Idyllic landscapes, enchanted castles, centuries-old traditions and welcoming hosts – the Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt in Upper Palatinate in southern Germany is an awesome cycling destination in 2020. Following former railway tracks and shaded river cycle paths through challenging low mountain ranges, we take you to the most beautiful parts of the Upper Palatinate Forest in this Collection.
The main route of the Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt runs for about 310 miles (500 km) long in a figure of eight around the beautiful town of Weiden in the Upper Palatinate. You can easily shorten the eight-day route to four days and ride just one loop of the figure of eight. Alternatively, you can choose one of the six two- or three-day adventures along themed trails. You can combine the routes together to create your own route depending on how much time you have.
The rides take you through the unique landscapes of the Upper Palatinate Forest. The dreamy Forest & Valleys Tour takes you through shaded woodland, the legendary Zoigl & Fish Tour introduces you to traditional fishing and beer brewing in the region, and the fantastic Legends & Stories Tour takes you on a journey back in time. The Volcanoes & Geological History Tour gives you an insight into the earth’s systems. On the Enjoyment & Culture Tour, you can look forward to culinary and cultural highlights whilst the Water Worlds Tour takes you through the vast river and lake landscapes. It’s up to you which routes you choose.
The Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt has great infrastructure for cyclists. You’ll find plenty of e-bike charging stations, clear signposting, free bike maps, and certified, cyclist-friendly accommodation that know how to make a cyclist happy when they stop off for a break or overnight stay. In this Collection, we present the main route as well as the six other adventure worlds of the Oberpfälzer Radl-Welt. You can look forward to a beautiful cycling adventure that will stay with you for many years to come.
The round of around 500 kilometers starts in Weiden in the Upper Palatinate, which you can also reach by train. The charming old town with its winding streets can be wonderfully discovered on a city walk. From here, the route takes you north along the Waldnaab river, and the path rises steadily. You can quench your thirst in the Floss brewery - the rustic parlor and the idyllic beer garden invite you to take a short break.Strengthened you cycle through the beautiful landscapes in the Northern Upper Palatinate Forest Nature Park and pass small towns with imposing buildings such as Waldau or Pleystein. After you have crossed the rushing river Pfreimd, you come to Eslarn. It is worth a visit to the Kommunbrauhaus beer experience with an adventure museum and a cyclist's rest stop. On the last section of this stage you get closer to the border with the Czech Republic: between Fahrbach and the border you drive through the shady forest to Lindau, your destination today.
Rested, the second day continues through the beautiful Upper Palatinate. From Lindau you cycle south. On well-developed bike paths you ride through the wide meadows and small forests of the Ascha Valley. Gentle hills surround you and after 24 kilometers you will reach the castle ruins of Haus Murach: from here you can enjoy impressive panoramic views of the Upper Palatinate Forest. If you want to go higher, you can climb the 20-meter keep with its viewing platform. The key can be obtained from the Burgwart Manfred Senft: address Obermurach 58, telephone number 09671 - 91234.Then you roll down into the Murach valley and follow its course. You will also be accompanied by the water - along the banks of the Schwarzach you will reach the colorful small town of Neunburg vorm Wald. After a walk through the picturesque alleys, you continue to Bodenwöhr, where you can refresh yourself with a cool beer in the Jacob brewery inn. If that is not enough for you to cool off, you can jump a few kilometers further into the bathing lake of the Sulzbach sand oasis. Relaxed you drive the last kilometers of today's stage to Nittenau, your destination.
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The third stage starts with a beautiful section through the idyllic river landscapes along the Regen river. From there, the route takes you through shady forest to Burglengenfeld with its castle complex. It continues along the Naab to Schwandorf. The city offers you not only a picturesque market square with nice cafes, but also the historic Felsenkeller, the largest of its kind in Bavaria.After an extensive tour of exploration through Schwandorf, you cycle north parallel to the railway line. You cross Schwarzenfeld and without any major differences in altitude you drive relaxed into historic Nabburg. Accompanied by the Naab river, you will reach Pfreimd, where you will spend the night.
After a relaxing night in Pfreimd, you follow the shimmering Naab, just like the day before. It winds through the landscape in countless loops, sometimes wider and sometimes narrower. An imposing castle complex towers above the Wernberg-Köblitz market, which now houses a private clinic and unfortunately cannot be visited. From here you cycle relaxed along the Naab northwards.After 18 kilometers you have earned a rest and can stop for a drink in the beer garden at Hammerschlösschen Unterwildenau. Then it goes through a mosaic of lakes, ponds and river arms along the Haidenaab. You continue on flat paths and at the leisure lake Dießfurt you can jump into the cool waters. After cooling off, you can enjoy a snack and coffee specialties in the village store in Schwarzenbach and discover regional products.Then there is still a demanding climb up to Parkstein. The place is famous for its impressive basalt cone of volcanic origin, the top of which is at a height of 595 meters. The interesting volcano museum is also worth seeing. Then you drive through the forest and come back to Weiden in the Oberpfalz, because the eight-shaped route crosses here. End the day in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants around the historic old town.
On the fifth day you start in Weiden and for the first few kilometers you follow the same path along the Waldnaab that you already know from stage 1. At Neustadt an der Waldnaab you do not turn east this time, but continue cycling north along the river bank. It passes the remarkable St. Anna Church, which invites you to descend and pause.In the Zoiglort Windischeschenbach you can visit the well-preserved Neuhaus Castle and climb the 23-meter butter barrel tower. After enjoying the wonderful view of the Upper Palatinate landscape, you drive into the forest: in the enchanting nature reserve Waldnaabtal you cycle past towering rock formations and discover an extraordinary flora and fauna. Make yourself comfortable in the Waldnaab Valley on a sun-warmed rock and let your feet dangle into the cool water.Then you can take a well-deserved break in the Zoiglort Falkenberg with its impressive castle and try the traditional Zoigl beer. We continue along the Waldnaab in the middle of the water landscape off Tirschenreuth: the best view of the countless ponds is from the sky ladder. A few minutes later you will reach your destination today, Tirschenreuth.
On the sixth stage you will face a few vertical meters, but you will be rewarded with fascinating views. Starting from Tirschenreuth you cycle through a colorful cultural landscape and smaller forests. You follow the very well-developed Vizinalbahnradweg, which takes you directly to the border with the Czech Republic. At almost 800 meters altitude you drive through quiet forest areas and can always look forward to wide views.You roll down from the Ahornberg and pass the Jakobuskirche in Marchaney, which stands out from the green surroundings with its white facade. Afterwards it goes down into the valley of the Wondreb and in the town of the same name it is worth a detour to the Totentanz chapel.After looking at the unique ceiling paintings, the path takes you up and down in Bad Neualbenreuth. The cafes on the historic market square invite you to take a break. Around the market place there are many houses with Egerländer half-timbered houses - a half-timbered form that only exists in a few places along the Bavarian-Bohemian border. In the Sibyllenbad with the large bathing and wellness area you can really relax.Strengthened you tackle the last kilometers of this day and cycle to Waldsassen near the Czech border. The beautiful monastery town with its colorful baroque buildings is your destination today.
Right at the beginning of the seventh stage there is a demanding climb: From Waldsassen you step up to Kappl on shady forest paths. Above you can see the unique Trinity Church, which stands like a landed UFO in the landscape. After a tour, leave the church towers behind and cycle to Konnersreuth. If you are a flower and garden fan, then a visit to the picturesque Reslgarten is worthwhile.Then the path winds along the Steinwald nature park and smaller, typically Upper Palatinate villages. At Pullenreuth, a detour to the “Experience glass grinding” with a nature park information point is worthwhile. Following the route, you come to the banks of the Fichtelnaab. Partly along the water it goes through colorful fields.If you feel hungry, then after about 48 kilometers in Kronau you can stop for a broom in the rustic beer garden. Strengthened, you follow the course of the Fichtelnaab and turn right before Erbendorf to tackle the last climb of this stage. The bike path along the main road takes you to Waldeck, your destination today. Enjoy the sunset on the Waldecker Schlossberg in the evening and watch the sun retreat behind the volcanic cone for the night.
The last stage of the Radl-Welt main route starts with the absolute highlight of this day: From Waldeck you pedal properly up to the castle ruin, which towers high above the town. From the mighty walls you can enjoy a wonderful panorama and then you race down into the valley on the other side of the castle hill.Via Neustadt am Kulm you reach Speinshart, where one of the most important monuments in the Upper Palatinate awaits you: the monastery complex there is characterized by the unique and detailed design of its interiors. After you have explored the Speinshart Monastery, you cycle further south and you can stop for a swim at the Rußweiher. You refresh yourself through Eschenbach and a little later you reach Grafenwoehr with its charming old town. The winding alleys invite you to explore.Afterwards it is always along the water - first you follow the Creussen, then the course of the Haidenaab. You cycle the last section of this stage on the way back to Weiden, which you drove on the fourth day: past the impressive basalt cone in Parkstein, you roll back to Weiden, where you can end the day at the beautiful Upper Market.
In three stages you cycle in the footsteps of the popular Zoigl beer through the land of 1,000 ponds. Along the route you will experience the centuries-old traditions of brewing and fish farming.The starting point of the round is in Neustadt an der Waldnaab. At the beginning you follow this river northwards and step up the first hill. In a gentle up and down it goes to Windischeschenbach, the "Zoigl capital" of the Upper Palatinate Forest. In the Neuhaus district you can visit the castle with the butter barrel tower and then a tasty Zoigl beer and a hearty snack await you in one of the numerous Zoigl bars.Strengthened you continue through the idyllic nature reserve Waldnaab Valley, which is known for its rock formations and exceptional fauna. Culture follows the full load of nature: in the tranquil town of Falkenberg, the castle of the same name sits enthroned on a striking rock.After you have visited the castle from all sides on the short, 700-meter-long Graf-Schulenburg-Rundweg, the path continues through parts of the Tirschenreuther pond pan: this region is very water-rich. Come a little closer to heaven on the sky ladder near Tirschenreuth and enjoy the view of the pond landscape. Arrived in Tirschenreuth, your stage destination, a detour to the historic market square or the Upper Palatinate Fisheries Museum in the Museumsquartier is worthwhile.A special tip for the Zoigl & Fisch adventure world: Enjoy fresh fish from one of the thousands of ponds in the Upper Palatinate Forest - either you can let yourself be pampered in the tavern or restaurant or you can stock up on the direct market to cook yourself!
After a night in Tirschenreuth, the old railway line of the Vizinalbahn cycle path takes you to the button town of Bärnau. A cozy inn invites you to take a break before cycling on to the Czech border. From here the path becomes steeper and more demanding, but at the same time you will be rewarded with wonderful views to Bad Neualbenreuth. You reach the highest point of this stage on the flank of the Großer Dürrmauls, whose summit is 801 meters high.On the following rapid descent from the Ahornberg, you can make a detour to the worth seeing Jakobuskirche in Marchaney. Then you drive through an open landscape with small towns like Wondreb, where the interesting Totentanz chapel is located. You cycle through partly shady forest to Bad Neualbenreuth, your destination today. You can end the day on the beautiful market square.
The third and final stage of the Zoigl & Fisch adventure world starts in Bad Neualbenreuth and initially leads you past the Sibyllenbad spa park. Not far from the Czech border you cycle into the valley of the Wondreb, which accompanies you to Waldsassen. The city is known for its monastery and its magnificent baroque buildings - many souvenir photos are preprogrammed here.Following the course of the Wondreb, you pass the Schupfenteich and continue south. After 40 kilometers you will reach Falkenberg and can treat yourself to a earned Zoigl beer and a hearty snack in one of the Zoigl bars. Strengthened, we continue to the picturesque Waldnaab Valley. In the shady forest you drive along the babbling brook and can admire rock formations like the table stone. You already know the last section back to Neustadt from the first stage.
Take a deep breath and switch off - because in the forests of the Upper Palatinate not only the streams are incredibly clear, but also the air. Again and again sun-warm rocks and small break places invite you to take a break along the circular tour.The approximately 106-kilometer circuit starts in Erbendorf. With the ridges of the Steinwald in view, you cycle along the river Fichtelnaab. It goes through quiet forests and small towns. At Pullenreuth, a detour to the glass grinding experience with the information point of the Geopark Bayern-Bohemia and the Steinwald Nature Park is worthwhile. The path then climbs to 620 meters above the Pilgramsreuther Sattel and later turns into Waldershof with a view of the castle.Via Pechbrunn you cycle to the Freizeitbugl Großbüchlberg - for the climbs you will be rewarded with impressive views. A great opportunity to switch off and come down is to visit the forest reflection path near Konnersreuth. This is followed by the climb up to Kappl, where the impressive Trinity Church is located. You roll the last section of this stage very relaxed down to your stage destination in Waldsassen.
On the second stage, the Wald & Täler adventure world lives up to its name: From Waldsassen you walk along the banks of the Wondreb and you follow its course to Themedreuth. There you keep right and cycle south through quiet forest. You will pass the moor pond in the Waldnaabau adventure world, which is an important habitat for insects and amphibians.Then you will reach the Waldnaab, which will take you to Falkenberg with its imposing castle. This is followed by an idyllic section through the unique nature reserve Waldnaab Valley. We continue on shady forest paths to Windischeschenbach and from there you cycle along the rushing Fichtelnaab. On well-developed bike paths you ride relaxed to Erbendorf, the starting point of this adventure world.
Very profound - on this bike tour you will discover dormant volcanoes and gain insights into the Earth system. In three stages you cycle through the landscape of the Upper Palatinate Forest and can learn a lot about its origin.You start in Neuhaus-Windischeschenbach and follow the rushing Fichtelnaab. After just six kilometers, you can make a detour to the GEO center at the continental deep well: Let yourself be shaken properly in the earthquake simulator and take part in interesting tours of the Earth system.With many new impressions in the luggage, we continue along the water of the Fichtelnaab without major differences in height. You cross small and large towns and quiet forest areas at the foot of the Steinwald Nature Park. Today's destination is Waldeck with its picturesque market square. The crowning glory of the day is a visit to the Waldeck castle ruins, from which you can enjoy a fantastic view.
The second stage of the volcanoes & geological adventure world starts in Waldeck with a view of the impressive castle complex. You will soon reach the historic Kemnath through which the fantastic carp path leads. South of the city you cross the railroad tracks and drive through Neustadt am Kulm with a view of the elevation of the Rauhen Kulm. Alternately it goes through smaller forest areas and past colorful fields. After half of today's route you can cool your feet in the small soot pond before continuing on well-developed bike paths to Grafenwoehr.After a tour of the historic market square, the tour takes you along the Creussen river to the Dießfurt leisure lake, where you can treat yourself to a little refreshment break. Then you climb a moderate slope and reach Parkstein, your destination today. There you can experience a "real" volcanic eruption in the Parkstein volcano experience on the basalt cone and explore the formation of the mighty rock.
If you haven't already explored the mighty basalt cone in Parkstein on the second day, you can start the third stage with it. Then you roll through the shady Pressather forest and reach the foothills of willows in the Upper Palatinate at the edge of the forest. The winding old town with the old town hall on the market square is particularly worth seeing. After an exploration tour through pastures, let the Waldnaab guide you north and after a few kilometers you will reach Neustadt an der Waldnaab.After you have switched to the other bank of the river, you pedal properly and tackle the climb up to the Mühlberg district. You can take a break at the Mother Anna Church before continuing uphill. Shortly after Denkreuth you reach the highest point of this stage and can then enjoy the descent into the Waldnaab valley. After 30 kilometers you are back at the starting point of this adventure world in Neuhaus-Windischeschenbach, where you can still visit the Waldnaabtal Museum.
Enchanted castles meet an impressive city experience: the historical places in the region are still used today as locations for cultural events, such as the Weiden weekly market. And enjoyment is not neglected in this world of experiences, because numerous inns and quaint Zoigl parlors line the path.The three-day tour starts in Weiden in the Upper Palatinate. From the historic center with the old town hall, you go out of town and soon you will plunge into the forest. On shady paths you cycle through the Pressath forest to Parkstein, which is known for its impressive basalt cone. After a short stop in Parkstein, the route takes you to the shimmering leisure lake Dießfurt, where you can try specialties in the Josefsthal Oberpfälzer restaurant.Pass countless ponds and ponds through the idyllic Haidenaab valley. You cross Oberwildenau and then follow the train tracks to the south. In Wernberg-Köblitz, the very well-preserved Wernberg Castle catches the eye. This houses a private clinic and unfortunately cannot be visited. Along the banks of the Naab, you continue to Pfreimd, where you spend the night.
Enjoyment and culture await you on the second stage as well: After a night in the city of Pfreimd, you start out along the river of the same name. The idyllic valley is a Natura 2000 protected area and an important habitat for beavers and otters. The first cultural highlight of this day awaits you in Trausnitz, where you can visit the castle complex.Then you drive north on the banks of the Trausnitz reservoir and tackle the first demanding climb near Reisach. You are still accompanied by the Pfreimd and from the Kainzmühlsperre you have a great view of another reservoir of the river.A fortification is also waiting for you in Burgtreswitz - the castle is a popular event location and houses a museum. Afterwards you continue cycling through a mosaic of forests and fields, the path rises steadily. After 40 kilometers you will reach Pleystein, in the center of which is the remarkable Kreuzbergkirche. From Pleystein it is only a short distance through the forest to Vohenstrauß, your milestone.
The third is also the shortest stage in the world of enjoyment and culture - so you can start the day in a relaxed manner. Starting from Vohenstrauß, you follow the bike path on the railway embankment through the hilly landscape. You cycle along streams and past ponds to Floß, where you can try a delicious beer brewed from regional ingredients in the brewery of the same name.Refreshed it goes west and after 25 kilometers you reach Neustadt an der Waldnaab. A detour to the colorful town square is worthwhile and a little further south you can visit the remarkable monastery church St. Felix. Monks still live in the monastery today. Following the course of the shimmering Waldnaab you come back to the starting point of this circular tour in Weiden.
Legendary, historical walls bring history to life in this world of adventure: discover enchanted castles, historic castles and charming old towns along the route.The bike tour starts in Pfreimd and from here you meander along the river of the same name through the forested landscape. Trausnitz Castle with its mighty, square tower is located high above the Pfreimd. After enjoying the view from the castle walls, you cycle on to the dam, from which you have a wonderful view back to Trausnitz. This is followed by a crisp climb that will reward you with wide views.From the highest point of the tour you roll back into the valley of the Pfreimd and after 26 kilometers you can look forward to another highlight: in Burgtreswitz you will discover the legendary walls of Burgtreswitz Castle. At Lohma the tour changes to the main route of the Upper Palatinate cycling world. We continue on well-developed bike paths to Eslarn, where a visit to the Kommunbrauhaus is worthwhile. You cycle the last part of this stage along the Czech border to Lindau, your destination today.
On the second day of the saga and story world you start in Lindau and cycle south. After just a few kilometers you will reach Schönsee, which is located on two romantic ponds. Pass the spa gardens through the city and then follow the Ascha stream through its idyllic valley.Relaxed you drive on a former railway line past the Doctor Eisenbarth town of Oberviechtach and reach the legendary Burg Haus Murach a little later. From the 20 meter high keep you have an impressive view of the Upper Palatinate Forest. Up and down it continues through the varied landscape. Your today's stage destination Neunburg vorm Wald impresses with the Palatinate palace complex and a charming old town.
The third stage is also easy to cycle: You leave Neunburg vorm Wald and ride again on a former railway line to Bodenwöhr. With a wonderful view of the Hammersee, you can take a break at the Jacob brewery inn. With new strength we continue through fragrant pine forests and after a good half of the route you reach the Charlottenhofer pond. A mosaic of water and forests opens up in front of you and you can visit the Upper Palatinate Fairytale Garden at Lake Murner.Past Schwarzenfeld with its magnificent castle you cycle along the Naab to Nabburg. The historic old town is worth a visit and a detour to the Upper Palatinate Open-Air Museum is also worthwhile: Here, building, living and business management of the past 300 years are vividly presented for young and old. Then the path takes you back to the banks of the Naab, which you follow back to the starting point in Pfreimd.
This world of experience is characterized by picturesque river valleys, meandering streams and shimmering lakes. Along the circular tour, you can look forward to a lot of cooling and wonderful views.The starting point of this adventure world is in Schwandorf: A tour of the historic rock cellars, Bavaria's largest rock cellar labyrinth, offers you interesting insights into the history of the city. From here you follow the bike path on the banks of the Naab and from the Dachelhofer dam we can get a new perspective on the river.Constantly along the water it goes to Burglengenfeld, where you leave the main route of the Upper Palatinate cycling world. In the further course you cross Teublitz and then dive into the forest. On shady paths you cycle into the valley of the Regen river. Again and again you will find nice places to rest and cool your feet in the idyllic Regental and after 43 kilometers you will reach Nittenau, your first stage goal.
The element of water also accompanies you today: After a restful night in Nittenau, you cycle north along the Sulzbach the next day. At Bruck in der Oberpfalz, the bathing lake of the sand oasis offers a welcome refreshment. We continue to Bodenwöhr, where you can discover mosaic works of art and sometimes even kingfishers on a short walk along the Hammersee.Afterwards you follow it to the path Murner See. If you are traveling with children, a detour to the water-fish-nature adventure park is worthwhile. We continue to the Charlottenhofer pond, which is under nature protection. There you are surrounded by a large number of small and large lakes, which invite you to relax and watch birds. If you are traveling with children, a detour to the water-fish-nature adventure park is worthwhile. At Schwarzenfeld you cross the Naab and cycle along the train tracks back to the starting point in Schwandorf. You can end the day with a cyclist at the beautiful market square.