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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

9

Tours

42:25 h

93.6 mi

7,625 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.

To ensure that all leisure-seekers reach their destination safely during the current Coronavirus crisis, please bear in mind the following when travelling in VGN transport:

- Keep a sufficient distance from fellow passengers at stations and on buses and trains.
- Wear a face mask inside the bus and train.
- The customer service centre opening hours are currently limited.
- Bus drivers will not sell tickets. Please buy your tickets in advance via the app, at a ticket machine, or online.

You can find more great hiking tips around Nuremberg here:
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Tours & Highlights

  • 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 many schnapps. It is particularly beautiful here during the cherry blossom season in April and also in autumn.

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    93.6 mi
  • Duration
    42:25 h
  • Elevation
    7,625 ft
VERKEHRSVERBUND GROSSRAUM NÜRNBERG

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