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Hops, barley & beer — hiking with VGN leisure tips through Franconia

Stopping for a break at a quaint brewery or historical beer cellar is often a welcome respite on a hike. In this Collection, we present seven hikes through Franconia and the Upper Palatine in Germany that include a beer stop en route. These regions are famous for their brewing: countless private breweries dedicate themselves to producing liquid gold and serving the highest quality beer and delicacies. And, of course, a cold beer tastes even better after a few miles of hiking through the countryside.

All of the hikes in this Collection can be reached with the VGN so you can enjoy your beer without having to drive. The Gräfenberg train, Trubachtal Valley Express, and other VGN leisures lines allow you to enjoy stress-free hiking from May to November. Some buses even have a bike trailer if you prefer to cycle through the region. The lines take you quickly and conveniently to and from our beer hikes, stopping at beautiful places on the way.

The varied routes in this Collection have plenty of insider tips about the region. You can choose between hiking classics such as the ‘5 Seidla Steig’, a ramble through the Franconian Lake District, or learn about Neumarkter beer.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    04:04
    9.37 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    575 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    A lot of variety awaits you on this hike through the Spalter Hügelland: exciting paths, relaxed refreshment stops and a fun boat trip. Perfect for a tour where enjoyment is not neglected. The start of the 14-kilometer hike - during which you cover around three kilometers on the ship - is at the old town hall in Spalt.A visit to the beer museum in Spalt is worthwhile right from the start. The exhibition is interactive and explains more about the world of hops and the art of brewing. After a stop at the HopfenBierGut, things really get going. You leave the gap and hike past meadows and fields slightly up the mountain.Soon the path leads you into the forest and you reach the Schnittlinger Loch. The Hatzelbach has hollowed out the sandstone for millennia and shaped this beautiful gorge. The rock walls rise up to 15 meters and offer a wonderful backdrop. You hike along a wildly romantic path through the forest and further on the high meadows over the Keilberg.Then it goes downhill again and you already enjoy a great view of the Great Brombachsee. In Enderndorf you stand on the bank of the reservoir in the Franconian Lake District and can let your gaze wander over the water. Time to board the MS Brombachsee. With the ferry you sail across the lake and get back on land in Ramsberg. Not far from the jetty you can lie down on the beach and cool off in the lake or relax in "The Bay". It is now not far to Ramsberg train station.Arrival: You can take the R-Bahn or S2 to Roth from Nuremberg Central Station. From there, the Brombachsee Express continues to Spalt.Ferry trip: All information about the trip across the lake can be found at msbrombachsee.com.Departure: At the train station in Ramsberg you get on the Seenland train R62 to go back to Nuremberg.

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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
    05:00
    11.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Two very special linden trees are the namesake for this tour, which takes you from Gräfenberg along the Walberla to Wiesenthau. From Gräfenberg you hike gently uphill across wide meadows to Kasberg, where the first linden tree awaits you: The Kasberger lime tree is now held by countless iron supports. No wonder, after all, it is around 1,000 years old. Now it is gently talented and soon you can see the striking double summit of the Ehrenbürg in the distance. Exceptionally, this tour does not go up, instead you enjoy a new perspective from the hiking trail below the sacred mountain of Franconia. Shortly before the goal of your hike, the second linden tree is waiting. In the Lindenkeller inn, a magnificent linden tree grows directly from the basement through the roof - the inn was actually built around the tree. After a well-deserved break, you will start your journey home at the nearby Wiesenthau train station.Arrival: From Nuremberg, the regional train R21 takes you to the starting point in Gräfenberg in around 40 minutes.Departure: From Wiesenthau you drive with the R22 to Forchheim and from here with the R21 to Nuremberg.Abbreviation: If you like, you can interrupt your hike after about 12 kilometers in Mittelehrenbach and take bus 223 directly to Forchheim station. Here you can change to lines R2 and S1 to Nuremberg.

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    Intermediate
    04:30
    10.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike, you will experience the Neumarkt beer variety first-hand. But that's not all: Wonderful views, historic churches, mystical forests and mysterious castle ruins line the path of this 15-kilometer hike, where you'll climb up 367 steps!It starts at the central station of Neumarkt (lines R5 / S3), where a sign informs you about the Neumarkt beer variety. If you want to live up to the motto of the tour, you can do it with a hearty morning drink in the Upper Ganskeller. Add a yummy white sausage and you're ready for the rest of the hike.Now you are walking along the Badstraße to the monastery of St. Josef, where the Neumarkter Lammsbräu is waiting for you. Highly recommended are also the monastery water from the healing spring "Kloster St. Josef Quelle" and the excellent coffee drinks with fresh milk, before the steps to the Mariahilfberg are climbed - the non-alcoholic variant is here anyway not a bad idea. 367 steps are now in front of you! On the left and on the right, hiking trails open up, including the Zeugenberg round (an award-winning hiking trail with the label "Leading quality trail - best of europe"). Just below the church, which can be seen from afar, on a viewing platform with a panoramic map, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the neighboring witness mountains, which are arranged like pearls around Neumarkt. Really worth seeing is the church itself.A footpath will carry you up to the parking lot of the church, and a little later you will reach Höhenberg. Here comes the 4-element path to your route, it will be a part of your companion. Thirsty for half a beer? The Hotel Schönblick (with a wonderful panoramic terrace) and - a little further - the Landhotel Almrefugio offer you the opportunity to do so. In the village you turn right once and get on a small footpath to the bus stop.Now it is quiet: You reach a quaint, completely overgrown old quarry in which rare birds nest. The magnificent, forested path winds along the slope of the Albtrauf and finally reaches the village of Fuchsberg. Past varied bush and hedgerows, you will reach the castle ruin of Wolfstein, the symbol of Neumarkt, which can be seen from afar on a mountain spur. Here again is a panoramic map - and you have a magnificent panorama.Passing sunny dry grasslands, junipers and solitary sloes, you set out on the descent. Again and again, there are opportunities to stop off. Whether in the mountain hotel Sammüller, in the brewery inn Blomenhof or at the destination of the hike, in the Neumarkt old town - everywhere you can enjoy regional specialties that you should not miss.The starting point of the tour you can easily reach by train from Nuremberg (R5 or S3). If you would like to visit the Landesgartenschaugelände in Neumarkt please note that no dogs are allowed there.

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    Intermediate
    04:44
    10.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 15 kilometers of this hike from Burgebrach to Bamberg are divided into two parts: without major differences in altitude, the first half of the trail leads over open terrain - with a clear view of the Bamberg countryside. In the second section through the Michelsberger forest you can enjoy the silence of the forest. Already on the way two cozy taverns with their own brewery and beer garden are waiting for you, at the end of the tour you are spoiled for choice in Bamberg ...Starting point of the hike is the beautiful town of Burgebach (lines R2 / S1 and bus lines 990, 991), whose historic center you still pay a short visit, before the Kunigundenweg brings you to Bamberg. On the way you cross picturesque bridges, pass ancient monuments, pause for a while at a small chapel or sit at the edge of the forest for a while on a lonely bench. Opportunities to relax from everyday life, there are enough on the road. But not only the mind, also the body gets its money. How about a delicious snack in the brewery-Gasthof Kaiser or with typical Franconian cuisine in the "Old Mill"? If you choose the latter, we have another tip for you: you can eat carp very well here in the area - but only in the months with an "R" in the name, that's a tradition here.Passing old cellars, you soon reach the Michelsberg forest. Here it goes uphill for a while again. At the top you have in a clearing a great view of the nearby Altenburg. A bit higher, past the mast and you've almost made it: The church spiers of St. Michael already in sight, it goes to the forest only down.In Bamberg, it is worthwhile to walk a bit further to the historic city center. And not just in summer: Bamberg is known for its beautiful Christmas market and a detour to the Bamberg Punch manufactory is especially worthwhile when it's cold outside.From the Bamberg train station, the R2 takes you relaxed towards Nuremberg. If you want to go back to the starting point of the hike to Burgebrach, you can take the bus line 991, or on Sundays and public holidays with the Steigerwald Express (line 990).

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    Intermediate
    04:12
    9.43 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Through shady forests, this hike in the Bamberger hinterland leads from the Baunachtal valley over the eastern Haßberge foothills down to the Itztal valley, then back up to the ridges of the Kraiberges - views over to Schloss Banz and Vierzehnheiligen included. From the 330-meter-high vantage point "Kraiberg-Blick" the view then opens into the Main valley and over to Bamberg. Several brewery inns ensure that thirsty throats do not stay dry.Right at the starting point of the tour, at the train station in Reckendorf (line R26), you can make a first stop at the two local breweries to refresh yourself before the hike. Then you start your tour in the Haßberge Nature Park. Passing the edge of the forest with a viewing bench, you follow a wide forest path and hike through the shady forest up to the 360-meter-high Greinberg. The old rampart, which could have served as a boundary or barrier against the Slavic invasions from the fifth to the eleventh century, and is worth pausing for a while, is an exciting way to stop for breaks.Continue on, steeply downhill, towards Freudeneck. On the way you can enjoy wide views of the eastern Main slopes at Zapfendorf and the hills of the Franconian Switzerland, while you can look forward to the next stop at the brewery inn Fischer in Freudeneck. Whether you stop here or not - it gets damp (happy), if you follow the path along the Itz riverbank, which can be under water during high tide - then you better avoid the paved path parallel to it. After this lively intermezzo civilization will soon return and you can choose to stop at the brewery inn Endres, look for a quiet bank and enjoy the great view to the Staffelberg and Banz Monastery or to the finish line in Baunach, where cozy town around the market place has much to offer.The return trip will do the train for you. From Baunach station, for example, there are good connections in the direction of Nuremberg (R26 / R2).

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    Difficult
    05:04
    11.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Fünf-Seidla-Steig® is the brewery hiking trail in southern Franconian Switzerland. It leads you on scenic paths and paths to the five private breweries in the communities of Graefenberg and Weißenohe. Marked according to the quality guidelines of the German Hiking Association, the Fünf-Seidla-Steig will delight you with everything that Franconia has to offer for beer connoisseurs and hikers: wonderful forest and meadow landscape in the Jura, hearty beer enjoyment and Franconian delicacies. Ten kilometers are waiting to be discovered by you on the Fünf-Seidla-Steig from Weißenohe and all that comfortably with a stop at the five brewery restaurants.Alternatively, you can also hike a round tour, as we suggest in this tour. If you still feel the urge to wander, you just take a short break in Thuisbrunn and then follow our route that takes you back to Weißenohe.From the train station in Weißenohe you have hourly connections to Nuremberg (R21) on the weekends. From May to November, the Trubachtal Express 229 also runs on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, as well as line 226 all year round during the week.With a stamp card that you get in the individual breweries, you can buy the Fünf-Seidla-Steig-Krug at a reduced price at the end of the hike and take a great souvenir home with you.Fünf-Seidla-Steig ® is a registered trademark of the breweries Elchbräu, Brauerei Hofmann, Lindenbräu, Brauerei Friedmann and the monastery brewery Weißenohe.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    72.1 mi
  • Duration
    31:49 h
  • Elevation
    5,675 ft

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