Nürnberger Land

Hiking quiet paths through the Nürnberger Land in Bavaria

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Hiking quiet paths through the Nürnberger Land in Bavaria

Hiking Collection by Nürnberger Land

10

Tours

34:08 h

74.3 mi

8,700 ft

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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    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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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

Hiking quiet paths through the Nürnberger Land in Bavaria