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Hiking quiet paths through the Nürnberger Land in Bavaria

Hiking Collection by Nürnberger Land

Impressive caves hidden in enchanted forests, medieval castles perching atop hills, and picturesque river valleys – the Nürnberger Land is a wonderful area to hike. The 10 hikes in this Collection showcase the best landscapes and culinary delights through the Nürnberger Land, a district of Bavaria. After a scenic hike, you can tuck into regional specialties such as a crispy Schäufele, a traditional meat dish. After all, dinner tastes better after a hike.

Almost all of these routes can be easily reached by train. You travel through half-timbered houses and hilly landscapes on your way to the Nürnberger Land. From Hohenstein and Arzberg castles, perched atop hills, you can expect phenomenal views over the surrounding countryside. In the town of Hartenstein, you can explore Peter’s Cave, a Stone Age dwelling with impressive dimensions. On the castle tour, you can marvel at beautiful historic buildings. Where aristocrats and the rich would once have lived, today you can feast on delicious food. Standing at 1,970 feet (600 m), the Moritzberg mountain and its inn are also popular places to visit.

If you are looking for a long day hike, then the Hüttenbacher Circular Trail or the Heinrich Scheuermann Way are ideal. These hikes lead you through the Nuremberg countryside for 12.5 miles (20 km). A more leisurely alternative is the circular route through the pretty Pegnitz Valley.

History lovers will enjoy the Wallenstein Circular Trail which follows the traces of the famous general Albrecht von Wallenstein who studied in Altdorf. Foodies, on the other hand, will be happy on the ‘Calorie Trail’ near the small town of Hersbruck. On this hike, you can find out how many miles you need to walk to burn off a slice of cream cake.

These hikes are most beautiful from spring to autumn. Forest sections keep you shaded if you hike in the height of summer. You can even take on the circular routes during winter, just make sure to pack appropriate clothing and check that it is not too icy or muddy, especially after heavy rain. But even rain shouldn’t put you off – you can keep your feet dry and steady with high boots. This way, you can explore the Nürnberger Land in every season and (almost) any weather.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:50
    5.98 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Medieval castles, wonderful views and huge cream puffs: these are the ingredients for this circular hike through the Nuremberg region, which will also take you to one of the region's landmarks, Hohenstein Castle. The hike begins in a parking lot at Schlossberg in Easter. Would you like to use public transport? The nearest train station is in Hedersdorf. From there a bus goes to Easterohe, where you then hike up the Schlossberg to get to the starting point of the hike.First you go to the northeast on a small road. This turns into a paved path and you roam the fields and forests of the lovely Franconian landscape. Via Fronhof you go to Steinensittenbach with its charming half-timbered houses. There is a trail between two buildings that takes you steadily uphill to Hohenstein - the last few meters along a road. Here you are pretty much halfway through your hike. The path is not so far overall, so you have a lot of time in Hohenstein to visit the place and take a break. The castle is on the highest elevation in the Nuremberg region, so you have a wonderful view all around. The Hohensteiner Hof, also known as cream puff café, is a great place to stop. As the name suggests, very large cream puffs are served there. They are so big that you can easily eat them as a main course.After such a cream puff you should have a lot of energy for the way back. First it goes the same way back to Steinensittenbach. Here you turn left and dive into the forest, which you keep leaving in between to walk across fields and meadows. So you finally come across a small street that takes you back to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    03:54
    8.50 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you from the pretty town of Hersbruck up to the Arzberg. Here you climb the steps of a stone tower, which gives you a wonderful view of the Nuremberg region - especially in autumn, when the surrounding trees slowly lose their leaves and reveal the view. You can easily get to the starting point by train. The Hersbruck train station on the right of the Pegnitz is very close. The route also leads past the train station on the left of the Pegnitz.You start at the tourist information in Hersbruck. Behind the stately water gate you cross the Pegnitz, which is lined with half-timbered houses. After a short stretch across a meadow, you still cross the southern part of Hersbruck. Then you will soon find yourself on comfortable paths between fields that always take you south to the Arzberg. The last part to the summit is uphill through a shady mixed forest. Take a look back before you step between the trees and enjoy the view of Hersbruck.At the top of the Arzberg there is a mighty tower that protrudes above the trees and gives you a wide panoramic view in autumn. Then you descend south from the mountain. The Edelweißhütte is ready for a stop here on weekends. After a restful break you turn left and stay in the forest until you are almost at the gates of Hersbruck again. You hike again over the tracks, the meadow and the Pegnitz and then you are back at the starting point of your circular hike.

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    4.70 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    For this hike, it's best to pack a flashlight and something warm to put on. Because on this circular route you will explore the Petershöhle. Where stone age people once lived, you can now explore dark halls and corridors on your own. The cave is only closed between late September and early April, when the bats that have nested here need their rest.You hike right at the Velden train station, so you can easily get there by train. You can also park here. Directly behind the train station you cross the Pegnitz and you are immediately in nature, where it continues crisp with a steep climb through the forest. This is followed by a short breather on more comfortable paths before going uphill again to the Peters cave. Take your time here to explore the cave extensively. The hike is not that long overall.Then only a few meters of altitude await you. These are done quickly, because along the way the exciting stations of a forest educational path attract your attention. Then you reach the highest point of the Frauenberg. From now on it's going downhill. You will soon come to the village of Hartenstein, which is adorned by a medieval castle. You can take a detour there and stop in the beer garden with a nice view.Then you leave Hartenstein heading north, where you meet again in the forest on the way from the beginning of your hike. Follow this back to Velden train station.

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    Intermediate
    02:44
    6.24 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Castles and feasting: well, if these are not the perfect ingredients for a hiking trip to the Nuremberg region. The icing on the cake is the free Franconian landscape that gives you wonderful views along the way.It starts in Oedenberg, where a castle inn wants to tempt you to stop shortly after the first steps. If you want to strengthen yourself for the ten kilometers that lie in front of you, this is the right choice. Otherwise you can also visit him well at the end of your hike, because you are going for a lap. So first continue through the picturesque fields, past Tauchersreuth to Beerbach, where a look into the church is worthwhile.Then you turn east and hike to Neunhof. There are three castles to admire here. The Welserschloss is right on your way, as is the Brauereigasthof Wiethaler. Here you are about halfway through your hike - a good time to stop off. Now it goes south, where in the next town Nuschelberg in the Hallerschlösschen Franconian specialties are served between historical walls. The last part of the way leads via Günthersbühl back to Oedenberg.

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    Intermediate
    03:25
    7.32 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    There are several places to stop for motivation on this circular hike. After a few kilometers on foot, beer and roast taste twice as good. From the lookout tower on Moritzberg you can look back with satisfaction on the route you have covered and enjoy the landscape.The hike starts at a parking lot on the outskirts of Diepersdorf. A few streets quickly take you to the Lorenzer Reichswald, where the pine smells wonderful on warm days. As soon as you step out of the trees again, you will see your next destination, Leinburg, behind which Moritzberg rises. A brewing parlor invites you to stop in the pretty town. However, you still have a steep climb ahead of you - so maybe just a little Seidla?You then reach the Moritzberg via dirt roads, which you climb over almost 200 meters in altitude. Fortunately, the steep climb lies in the shady forest. Above, a lookout tower and a restaurant sweeten your well-deserved break. Then you descend back to Diepersdorf, where there is also something to eat. So you won't come home hungry today.

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    Difficult
    06:26
    13.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Hüttenbacher Rundweg is a long hike. At over 20 kilometers, you can easily spend a whole day on the road - and that is simply wonderful in the picturesque Franconian landscape. The route starts directly at the Simmelsdorf-Hüttenbach train station. So you can travel comfortably over the tracks.First you make a detour to the cloth castle. The stately building is still privately owned by the Tucher family, but you can catch a glimpse of it through the trees. Now you go through a residential area and then dive into the forest and thus into nature. Here you will soon pass a handsome mausoleum that also belongs to the Tucher family. A first climb takes you there, which will get you in the right mood for the way ahead, because it is characterized by constantly changing ups and downs.The field and forest paths also alternate. Between meadows, rapeseed and sunflowers, the landscape opens up again and again and offers great views over the Nuremberg region. Here and there you come to small places with pretty half-timbered houses. Via Oberwindsberg and Oberndorf you hike to Winterstein and finally to Sankt Helena, where there is an inn to take a break.If you are hungry, you can also continue to the next village Utzmannsbach. There is a butcher's restaurant here where slaughtering is still going on. We continue through the forest to Unterachtel. Behind the village you hike a bit uphill to a fork. Here you can also choose a shortcut down to the right via Diepoltsdorf directly to Simmelsdorf. Or you go the loop east to get back to the starting point.

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    Easy
    01:28
    3.59 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circular route through the Pegnitztal is ideal for a warm summer day, because it starts at the indoor and outdoor pool in Schwaig and leads along part of the route along the cooling river. But of course the hike is also recommended in all other seasons, because the beautiful landscape is always worth seeing and there are also a few historic buildings to visit. The round is quite short and is also suitable for a long walk.The hike runs through the Pegnitz valley between Schwaig and Behringersdorf. In both places there is a train station, which you can quickly reach from Nuremberg by S-Bahn or regional train. The station in Schwaig is closer to the starting point of the hike. If you drive to Behringersdorf, you simply start in the north of the round.You walk through the Pegnitzauen to Behringersdorf, where a historic castle and a church await you. Then you follow the course of the Pegnitz to Malmsdorf to the remains of a pretty moated castle and a half-timbered farm. Now you hike again into the green of the valley, where you can still work out on a movement trail before you go back to the starting point.

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    Difficult
    06:40
    14.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Anyone who undertakes this hike is a friend of challenges. The round is over 20 kilometers long and there are an unusually high number of vertical meters on the program for the Nuremberg region. You will be rewarded with great views, historic buildings and impressive rocks. This circular route is named after Heinrich Scheuermann, a nuremberg who, at the beginning of the 20th century, created the first route markings in this area.It starts at the church in Vorra. There is a train station on the northern outskirts of the village, so you can easily get there by public transport. As soon as you have left the last houses behind you, you are already diving into the forest. There are a lot of ups and downs coming towards you today. The first climb takes you to the wind hole, a deep cave in the shape of a funnel. Then you descend into a beautiful valley to get to Hirschbach.As soon as you are back in the forest, you come across huge boulders and rock faces. Here you are in the middle of the climbing area of Hirschbach. Even as a hiker, you can occasionally lend a hand on your path while climbing steeply. Then you cross the town of Neutras, where you can stop at an inn. But that won't be the last chance to get something to eat. You then hike via Bürtel and Heuchling to the small Hubmersberg, where there is a hotel with a beautiful beer garden.The descent into the Pegnitztal follows, where it gets a little more comfortable. After Eschenbach it goes uphill one last time. Along the forested slope you hike back to Vorra.

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    Intermediate
    02:12
    5.13 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hiking in the footsteps of Wallenstein: the famous general from the Thirty Years' War spent a semester at the university as a student in Altdorf. This is why a circular route is dedicated to him, which leads you to the places that were important for the young Wallenstein. The hike starts at the town hall, where the tourist information is located. You can easily travel to Altdorf by train.Right at the beginning of the way you will pass the former university, the so-called Altdorfina. A bit further is a museum to the university in case you want to learn more about the topic. But first, the hike is on the program. Through the historic city wall you make your way out of the village. The next stop is the lion pit in the forest, where you can explore a rock cellar with a flashlight.Then you will reach the Schwarzach behind the pretty, historic Prethalmühle, which you follow west through the beautiful valley until you turn right to Grünsberg. The pretty castle in Grünsberg can even be visited on request.On the other side of the place you dive into the forest again. The Teufelsschlucht runs right next to you. At the end you can climb some stairs to admire a waterfall. From there you hike back to Altdorf, where there is still a lot to discover.

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    Intermediate
    02:16
    4.89 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Calorie path ... that doesn't sound like enjoyment. But no worry! This is a path with a joke: With a wink of the eye, boards along the way inform you about your calorie consumption. Find out after how many kilometers you have broken down a beer or a shovel with a dumpling.The starting point of the circular hike is in the middle of Hersbruck. That's why you can easily reach it by train. It is best to go to the train station on the right of the Pegnitz. And off you go, count calories. First you cross the two streams of the Pegnitz once and then again immediately. On your way out of Hersbruck you will pass the rose garden, which will tempt you with a tempting scent. Then you cross the tracks and leave the place for now.Now it goes uphill and it gets steeper. A few calories should still drop. This is how you hike along the forested slopes above Hersbruck. Where the trees divide, you can even see the church towers of Nuremberg in the distance if the visibility is good. Once you've thoroughly enjoyed the view, hike down to Hersbruck. There you will pass the Michelsberg. Here, on the local mountain, there is an inn with a wonderful view. Before you go back to your starting point, the question arises: Do you want to reward yourself for the calories you used up?

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    74.3 mi
  • Duration
    34:08 h
  • Elevation
    8,700 ft
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