Culinary delights on the road – VGN Pleasure Tours

Andrea Gaspar-Klein

Culinary delights on the road – VGN Pleasure Tours



15:23 h

66.9 mi

3,950 ft

Rich butter melts on a thick slice of bread, still hot from the oven, as you open a bottle of chilled organic beer from the local monastery’s own brewery – this is your delicious reward for your gentle hike through the beautiful Franconian landscape. This vibrant region in southern Germany is home to many unique culinary delights. For example, the emmer bread from Plankstetten Abbey is one of over 150 award-winning regional products from the Nuremberg region. The five hiking and cycling routes in this Collection will showcase some of these delicious delicacies.

To the north of Nuremberg, you hike in Kalchreuth municipality through cherry orchards. Here, you can feast on juicy cherries and try Kirschsecco, a local sparkling wine. South of the city of Würzburg, you stroll along panoramic limestone terraces in the heart of the Franconian wine country. Fantastic views over the Main Valley and delicious traditional wines await you here. Close to the border triangle in the Altmühltal Valley, you can enjoy the aroma of fresh bread from the monastery and visit the vegetable garden.

On your bike, you will discover postcard landscapes around Greding municipality where you can try three local delicacies: red ‘Pressack’ Franconian sausages from the Lederer butchers, a meal at the Eysölden Castle Tavern, and quality products from the organic farm Bio Arche Hofs Gerstner. Around Illschwang municipality and the beautiful Hain- and Högenbach valleys you can work up your appetite on your bike before spoiling yourself with baked bread and pastries from Wenkmann Bakery. The legendary restaurants "Weißen Roß" and "Zum Alten Fritz" also serve hearty post-ride meals.

To ensure you enjoy the time on your bike to the full, the start and finish points are all connected to the VGN transport network. These routes are part of the Original Regional campaign which promotes the variety of regional specialities and products that are produced according to old traditions in cultural landscapes. The ultimate goal – inspire your taste buds and senses to the max.

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Tours & Highlights

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    7.72 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Juicy, red cherries and bubbly cherry secco - this relaxed, 12 km long hike through the cherry orchards of Kalchreuth will make your mouth water.At the Großgeschaidt train station you swing your daypack on your back and follow the Gräfenbahnweg with wonderful panoramic views over picturesque orchards to Kalchreuth. The culinary highlight of the tour awaits you here: the …

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  • Intermediate
    8.87 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the Bocksbbeutel tour you hike through dreamy vineyards and romantic winegrowing locations. With a good 14 kilometers of hiking, you can hike very relaxed and treat yourself to a good drop of regional produce here and there.You start wonderfully promising in Kitzingen in the heart of the Franconian wine country. Magnificent views of the Main Valley and the …

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  • Intermediate
    8.38 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The smell of freshly baked bread is in the air on this wonderful forest and meadow hike. Over a good 13 kilometers you hike through legendary jura landscapes of the Altmühl Valley to the traditional Benedictine Plankstetten Abbey.In late medieval Greding you walk across the market square and leave the city's defensive wall with its 21 towers behind you. You dive into the lovely landscape of the Altmühltal nature park and enjoy the tranquility along the rippling Agbach.

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  • Intermediate
    24.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Unique postcard motifs and varied landscapes, peppered with pretty towns and inviting lakes - a real pleasure tour lies ahead of you. The approximately 39-kilometer tour also has a lot to offer from a culinary point of view.The journey starts in medieval Greding with its imposing fortified wall. You cycle on the Altmühltal-Rothsee-Nürnberg cycle path through the most beautiful …

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  • Intermediate
    17.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A perfect combination of sporty cycling and culinary delights awaits you on this approximately 30-kilometer tour from Amberg to Hartmannshof.It starts at the Amberg train station. The first few kilometers are still quite flat and supple. You roll along the Ammerbach and past an old mill with an oven and several stables. The thought of freshly baked bread embraces …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    66.9 mi
  • Duration
    15:23 h
  • Elevation
    3,950 ft

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Culinary delights on the road – VGN Pleasure Tours