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The most beautiful cycle paths through the Nuremberg Land

Bike Touring Collection by Nürnberger Land

The Nürnberger Land has over 620 miles (1,000 km) of signposted cycle paths which lead through charming landscapes, along picturesque rivers, through romantic forests and past impressive rock formations. In between, you discover historic towns and quaint villages brimming with culture.

In this Collection, we have put together four routes around the Nuremberg Land region in Germany which make use of the extensive network of cycle paths. The Tours vary in difficulty from easy themed cycle paths to long-distance trails. The stages are between 10 and 25 miles (17 and 40 km) long. The first and last stages are the shortest so you can also combine them with the two longer routes and ride the entire circular in two days or over a weekend.

The starting point of the 74-mile (119-km) circular is the town Lauf an der Pegnitz which is easy to reach by train or S-Bahn. Riding along beautiful cycle paths, you will visit the market town of Schnaittach and continue on to Velden. Next the wild Pegnitz Valley awaits as you ride to the town of Hersbruck and visit the beautiful city of Nuremberg. Following the Pegnitz River you then return to Lauf an der Pegnitz. Along the way, you can look forward to smooth cycle paths and cozy places to stop for a bite to eat or to spend the night, where you will be welcomed with Franconian hospitality and spoiled with regional specialities.

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Tours & Highlights

    12.8 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The first stage of the round tour through the Nuremberg region begins in Lauf an der Pegnitz. Here you can get comfortably with the S1 from Nuremberg. You can find the timetable here vgn.de.Immediately after you leave the city, an ascent begins that takes you up to Kuhnhof. Once at the top you cycle on a plateau through open countryside before you whiz down through the forest to the Schmaußweiher.On a relatively flat route, it first goes through the forest, then across fields to Schnaittach. Here you have completed half of the stage and can fortify yourself in a cozy café or restaurant for the onward journey.Rested and with new energy you always cycle slightly uphill to Easterohe via Hedersdorf. A steep ascent then begins behind the village and leads you through a picturesque valley and quiet forests. After you have passed the highest point of the stage at 557 meters, you will reach the stage destination Hormersdorf. You can stay here in a motel, an inn or a holiday apartment.

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    25.1 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage through the beautiful Nuremberg countryside, a varied up and down awaits you. Right at the beginning you drive up to the 570-meter high Schermshöhe, where you can take a first break in the inn of the same name.A refreshing descent through forests and meadows follows. Take some momentum from the descent into the next ascent, which leads you through an equally picturesque landscape to Viehhofen.After you have mastered another, crisp climb, you enjoy a long descent to Velden. Here, about halfway through the stage, you more than deserve a leisurely break. You can stop off in rustic restaurants and cafés or just sit on the banks of the Pegnitz and enjoy the view of the water.You then cycle through the Pegnitztal along the playful loops of the river. You master some small climbs along the way, but gradually it gets flatter. From Eschenbach you roll comfortably on a slightly downhill route via Hohenstadt to the stage destination Hersbruck.Here you have a large selection of places to stop for refreshments and overnight stays. In Hersbruck you also have access to the S1 to Nuremberg and the regional rail network of Deutsche Bahn.

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  • Intermediate
    25.2 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the start of the third stage, you leave Hersbruck heading south and thus the Pegnitztal. A crisp climb takes you through an idyllic forest and over the Reschenberg. The rapid descent to Engelthal is followed by the second big ascent of this stage.It starts out easy and long, but then gets quite steep. At 540 meters you finally reached the pass of the Entenberg pass. Here is a bench where you can rest while letting your gaze wander over the lovely meadows and forests of the peaceful landscape.Then a quick descent takes you to Entenberg. From here you roll on a mostly downhill route through a magical field and meadow landscape until you dive into the forest behind the Scherau ponds. Under mighty trees you drive to the Großer Birkensee, where you can take a bath break on hot days. Past the Little Birkensee you cycle through Schwaig near Nuremberg through picturesque forest.When you get to the Nuremberg zoo, turn towards the city and soon you will reach the Wöhrder See in Nuremberg. You roll comfortably along its banks and reach today's destination at the western tip.From here it is a stone's throw to the city center of Nuremberg, where you will find plenty of accommodation and refreshments. From the main train station you also have a connection to the S1 to Lauf an der Pegnitz and to the local and long-distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn.

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    10.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    275 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the end of the round tour through the Nuremberg region, a short, easy stage awaits you, where you can take a lot of time to fully enjoy the highlights along the way.From Nuremberg you cycle along the north shore of Lake Wöhrder. You can always let your gaze wander over the water and up to the other side of the river. Finally, the long lake merges into the Pegnitz and you follow the happy loops of the river.You cycle through the beautiful nature directly on the tree-lined shore and pass exciting ruins of castles and factories. After you have passed the former Malmsbach moated castle, you cross the Pegnitz and drive to Lauf an der Pegnitz on an almost straight and flat route.Back at the starting point of the tour, you can end the varied tour of the Nuremberg region with an extensive stroll through the remarkable old town of Lauf an der Pegnitz and a visit to the Laufer Kaiserburg. To get to the pretty old town, you cycle over various bridges, from which you can enjoy unforgettable views of the river and the beautiful buildings on the bank.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    74.0 mi
  • Duration
    08:31 h
  • Elevation
    3,975 ft

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