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Wine, woods & walking trails — VGN hiking tips for 2020

From the Franconian Lake Distict’s glistening waters to enchanted forests, to Franconian Switzerland’s wild, rocky landscapes and to Franconian Wine Country’s brightly-colored vineyards – the region around Nuremberg has some wonderful hikes. The hilly landscapes will give nature lovers a reason to smile, whilst wine connoisseurs can enjoy the vineyards in the south. You can also discover the region’s diverse culture as you hike to magnificent monasteries, fairytale castles and weathered ruins.


On 12 multi-faceted hikes, you can experience the diversity of the Nuremberg region on foot. Take a trimaran across Lake Brombachsee, climb Nuremberg’s local mountain, relax at one of the refreshing swimming lakes and enjoy a freshly-tapped regional beer and excellent wine. The routes take you in all directions around Nuremberg, so you can choose which area you would like to explore.

As every start and end point can be reached easily by bus or train, you can leave your car at home. This also means you can enjoy a cool, hoppy beer or local wine after your hike. Cheers!

In order to ensure that all leisure-seekers reach their destination safely in the current corona crisis, the following points must be followed in the VGN public transport network at present:
• Wear a face mask in the means of transport.
• The opening hours of the customer centres are currently limited.
• Not all bus drivers do sell tickets. Please buy tickets in advance in the APP, at the ticket machines or in the online shop.

If everyone sticks to them, there is nothing to stop you enjoying your hike in the VGN! By the way: from 21 May, the VGN leisure lines will be operating again. All information about the Corona measures can be found here: vgn.de/corona.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:32
    12.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With the Aufseß, Leinleiter, Leidingshofer and Werntal, four picturesque valleys are waiting to be discovered by you. Franconian Switzerland shows you its best side with enchanted river valleys, striking gorges, eerie caves, views of the vast country and a lot of loneliness and tranquility. Since the tour is quite long and steep climbs and narrow paths have to be mastered, you should bring some fitness. If you don't want to hike to the very end in Heiligenstadt, you can end your tour after 15 kilometers in Veilbronn.Arrival: With the regional train you drive via Forchheim to Ebermannstadt. There you change to the bus of line 230 of the "Brewery Wander Express", which takes you to Aufseß Brücke, where the hike begins.Departure: Take the leisure line 230 back from the Greifenstein branch at the nearby motorhome parking space on the main street. By bus you go back to Ebermannstadt, from there by train to Forchheim, where you have the usual connections to the region again.

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    11.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This hike is a feast for the eyes, especially in late summer and autumn, when red-gold foliage shimmers between golden-white and deep dark blue grapes. But it is also worth discovering the sun-drenched slopes in spring and summer. Every season the landscape around the vineyards enchants with its very own charm - from the blossom of the fruit tree to the colorfully blooming summer meadows. With the promising Weigenheimer Kapellberg and the romantic Hohenlandsberg castle ruins, two special highlights await you. And at the end of the hike, you can reap the fruits of your toil when you stop in one of the lovely wine huts.Arrival: The Bocksbbeutel-Express 109 takes you either from Uffenheim train station or from Iphofen station to Weigenheim at the weekend. You can reach both stations with the regional train. If you like to walk a bit more, you can also hike from Uffenheim across meadows and fields to Weigenheim.Departure: From the local fountain in Reusch, the Bocksbbeutel-Express 109 takes you back to Uffenheim and to the connection to the regional train network.

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    8.46 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Welcome to the land of hops, gently rolling hills and shiny lake landscapes. This tour takes you to the heart of the Franconian Lake District's beer culture with romantic views. Right from the start you can learn more about the art of brewing in the HopfenBierGut museum in the old Kornhaus and of course you can taste the products made here. Afterwards, after a leisurely hike through the hilly country with the MS Brombachsee to the water of the same name and to the crossing to Ramsberg. Except for the steep and exposed ascent into the Schnittlinger Loch after around three and a half kilometers, the route can also be mastered with average fitness - perfect if you want to take it easy or are in a group.Getting there: At Nuremberg Central Station, take the S-Bahn line 2 or the regional train to Roth. From there, the Brombachsee-Express 609 continues to Spalt.Departure: Ramsberg train station is a ten-minute walk from the Ramsberg jetty. From here the Seenland Railway takes you via Pleinfeld or Gunzenhausen to Nuremberg or Ansbach.

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  • Intermediate
    04:00
    9.27 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this majestic hike in the western part of the Bayreuth district, discover the natural beauties and magnificent castle complexes with their pretty water features. You start with an extensive walk through the palace park around Fantaisie Palace, then you follow the traces of Princess Friederike through the Fantaisie forest to other visual highlights such as the French Bridge and the Victory Tower. In Mistelbach, the Old Wehr welcomes you, somewhat hidden. Via the Buchstein - a rock formation popular with climbers - you can reach the idyllic Tierpark Röhrensee on quiet roads. From there it is not far to downtown Bayreuth and the train station. Some passages on this tour require sure-footedness.Arrival: Take the regional train to Bayreuth and change at the Goethestraße stop to bus 373, 375 or 376 in the direction of Eckersdorf. From the station forecourt, first walk to the right, past the post office and turn left into the first street. You start the hike at the Donndorf, Gasthaus Stamm stop.Departure: The regional trains bring you comfortably back from Bayreuth station.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    11.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Look forward to idyllic river valleys, rocks and half-timbered houses on this varied hike along the Main. It starts in Michelau in the middle of the beautiful Obermain Jura in Upper Franconia. Before you really start, you can pay a visit to the basket museum. Insane 2,000 exhibits from all over the world are presented in the museum.You hike along the nature experience path and through dreamy landscapes past the Rudufersee to Redwitz an der Rodach. Then the hike takes you on soft forest paths to other undiscovered places like the rock formations Holzfrauen Stäffele and Ebnether Felsenkeller to Burgkunstadt.Arrival: With the regional trains you get to the starting point in Michelau and walk through the underpass from the train station to the town center.Departure: Bahnhofstrasse in Burgkunstadt takes you directly back to the regional rail network for your journey home.

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    8.64 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Slowly flowing, clear water, a unique alpine oak forest and wide panoramas in the Frankenhöhe Nature Park await you on this tour close to nature. You follow the rippling Tiefenbach through the forest and picturesque orchards through the seven healing springs in Wildbad to the source of the leisurely flowing Altmühl. The Hornau pond tempts you to bathe or cool your tired hiking feet and you will always come across culinary temptations along the way. The crowning glory of the beautiful hike is the Langskeller with its wonderful view.Are you ready for a micro adventure? Then start the tour around noon and spend a wonderful night at the "Altmühl origin" campsite in the middle of the nature park.Arrival: With the regional train you can easily get via Ansbach to the train station in Steinach near Rothenburg.Departure: Your departure from Burgbernheim-Wildbad with the regional trains is as easy as the arrival.

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  • Intermediate
    04:06
    9.63 mi
    2.4 mph
    450 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This varied hike from Memmelsdorf to the eastern part of Bamberg starts with an absolute highlight - the Seehof Palace in Memmelsdorf. You walk through the well-tended park with its artfully decorated water features and the Swiss. If you like, you can take a tour of the castle. Then the path along the ponds takes you directly into the main bog forest, where there is exciting to discover. Again and again buildings like the Kunigundenmartern appear before you. If you are on a Sunday, the Regnitztaler Alm invites you for a cool drink. You finally reach Bamberg via soft sand dunes.Arrival: You take the regional express or the S-Bahn to Bamberg train station and get here in Ludwigstraße on bus 907 towards Memmelsdorf. You can find the stop of the Bamberg city buses, coming from the station building, on the forecourt on the right side directly on the street. Once at Seehof Castle, a path leads you along the wall to Memmelsdorfer Tor.Departure: From the Stadion bus stop, the 902 city bus takes you back to Bamberg train station. If you want to walk a little longer, you can walk straight on Pödeldorfer Straße and then Starkenfeldstraße to the train station.

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  • Difficult
    06:02
    13.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Nature, culture and wine - on this hike from the mountain range of the Steigerwald over to the wine paradise Bullenheimer Berg you will find everything a hiking heart desires.You follow the Steigerwald mountain range, which is almost 500 meters high, along many natural paths and root paths of a primeval forest. An imposing ravine finally leads you back down and past species-rich flower and orchards to Nenzenheim. From here it goes over vineyards up to Kapellberg and over to Bullenheimer Berg with the ruins of the Kunigunden chapel. Enjoy the enchanting view of the wide country. The detour to the cozy wine paradise barn and the exhilarating descent via the winegrower's staircase down to Bullenheim with other winegrowing yards complete the wine hiking day.If you want to take your time, you can split this hike into two stages. You finish your first and then start the second day in Nenzenheim.Arrival: The starting point Markt Bibart is on the Nuremberg-Würzburg railway line and is served by the regional trains every hour.Departure: From Bullenheim you can get back to Markt Bibart on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays on the Bocksbbeutel-Express from the beginning of May to the end of October.

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    9.81 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This wonderful discovery tour takes you high up on the Kreuzberg in the northern part of the Bamberg district. You start in pretty Hallstadt and cross the Main, which you follow a little way. Then it goes up to the Kreuzberg with a wonderful panoramic view of the landscape. Always inviting beer cellars tempt you to settle down and enjoy a cool drink. Soft forest paths take you almost at ground level along the idyllic Main to the historic town of Baunach with its imposing stone bridge. On the last few kilometers, you can consider whether you want to immerse yourself in the cool water of the Breitengüßbach quarry lakes before you end your tour in Breitengüßbach.Arrival: To Hallstadt near Bamberg, where your hike starts, you can easily take the regional train.Departure: Breitengüßbach, like Baunach, is connected to the regional train. So you can easily get back to Bamberg from both stations.

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  • Intermediate
    04:53
    10.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this approximately 17-kilometer tour with 400 meters of altitude, you will really enjoy the summit, because you climb the Hohe Zant at 646 meters. Wonderful meadow landscapes in the Reinbach valley and the imposing rock formations Seven Brothers are the cherry on the cake of this active nature experience in the unknown Upper Palatinate. In addition to the wonderful panoramic paths, you have the best opportunities for a cozy and tasty stop at a mountain hut, castle brewery or forest beer garden. A good level of sure-footedness and appropriate caution when wet make sense on the tour.Arrival: On Sundays you can take the Hirschbachtal-Express 499 from Etzelwang and on weekdays with the regional bus lines 447, 448, 446 or 498 from Etzelwang, Hersbruck or Neukirchen bei Sulzbach-Rosenberg to the starting point in Eschenfelden.Departure: In Etzelwang, the regional express brings you home every hour.

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  • Intermediate
    03:45
    8.68 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Lush green meadows and hills await you on this leisurely hike through the enchanted Aurach Valley. The Aurach rises from two spring streams on the Frankenhöhe and winds its way through Middle Franconia for almost forty kilometers. You follow their course from the Emskirchen market to the historic Erlbach market via forest and farm roads and small roads. You will encounter old walls, moss-overgrown ruins, busy mills and lonely farmsteads. The hike feels a bit like going back to the Middle Ages.Arrival: The starting point of the tour at Emskirchen train station can be reached directly in just under half an hour from Nuremberg main station with the regional train towards Neustadt / Aisch.Departure: The tour ends at Markt Erlbach train station, from where you can get straight back to Nuremberg Central Station.

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    12.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This endurance is required on this day hike from Henfenfeld to Lauf an der Pegnitz, because it is about mountain ranges on the local mountain of the Nuremberg, Moritzberg. But first you walk a bit along the Mühlenweg in Hammerbach valley to Engelthal on almost flat ground. Now the ascents to Buchenberg, Nonnenberg, Reuther Berg and finally to Moritzberg begin. You can stop off at the mountain inn. Then it goes down past the sounding waterfall and over Haimendorf to Lauf an der Pegnitz.Arrival: S-Bahn line 1 takes you to your starting point at Henfenfeld station. Instead, you can also take the Rufbus 335 directly to Engelthal to the Oberes Tor stop. Then the tour is around four kilometers shorter.Departure: The hallway takes you to the train station on the left of the Pegnitz. Here the S-Bahn line 1 leaves for Nürnberg / Hartmannshof. Alternatively, you can hike further into the city center. Regional trains take you back home at the train station on the right of the Pegnitz.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    127 mi
  • Duration
    56:09 h
  • Elevation
    10,425 ft

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