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

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

Hiking Collection by VERKEHRSVERBUND GROSSRAUM NÜRNBERG

10

Tours

46:47 h

104 mi

8,275 ft

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 nine 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

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    Genusswandern im Spalter Hopfenhügelland – VGN Freizeittipp Bierwandern in Franken und Oberpfalz

    Intermediate
    04:05
    9.40 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 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

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  • Difficult
    06:03
    11.3 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,275 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Beer and Wine Express is a special bus that runs on Sundays and public holidays in the warm months - perfect for hiking in the northern Steigerwald. Because you keep passing bus stops along the way, the route can also be divided into two or three stages, if you want to take more time.

    

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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

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    10.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This beautiful route takes you directly past Walberla to some places that make hiking in Franconian Switzerland particularly pleasant: Distilleries and breweries. With a few palate-friendly stops along the way, things are particularly lively. You will also roam the orchards, which are the origin of so

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  • Intermediate
    04:22
    9.90 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It is best to plan a whole day for this route, as it takes you to seven breweries and cellars that make the hike a real pleasure. However, only five of them serve their beer directly on site - which is completely sufficient. There is also Franconian home cooking that goes perfectly with the liquid gold

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    104 mi
  • Duration
    46:47 h
  • Elevation
    8,275 ft

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