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VGN presents 8 cycling day trips around Nuremberg


The city of Nuremberg in Bavaria is surrounded by wonderful landscapes that lend themselves to cycling. Following cycle paths, you can discover Franconian Switzerland, roam the impressive Hassberge Nature Park, explore countless vineyards, cross the Fichtel Mountains, and enjoy the picturesque Pegnitz Valley. In between this untouched nature, historical towns offer a welcome respite and an abundance of culture.

In this Collection, we present the eight most beautiful day trips through this spectacular scenery as tipped by VGN, Nuremberg's train and bus network. Ranging in length from 16 to 57 miles (26 to 92 km), the routes take you along former railway lines and traffic-free paths through quiet nature. You can experience the calming effect of nature to the fullest as you roll through wide fields, colourful meadows, and enchanting forests. The undulating landscape boasts unforgettable views and when the hills have tired your legs, you can take a well-earned break at a wild swimming lake, in a beer garden, or historic town square.

All the routes can be reached by regional trains, local trains, or bicycle buses, meaning you can travel to the cycle paths stress-free. You have many opportunities to hop on a train en route making it easy to shorten your adventure. If you run out of time or your legs get tired, you can catch a train through the beautiful landscapes instead.

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By adhering to the new regulations, everyone can enjoy time outdoors with the VGN. The VGN leisure lines are operating as usual from 21st May. You can find more information regarding Coronavirus measures here: vgn.de/corona.

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Tours & Highlights

    57.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,675 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Cycling in the footsteps of the Hohenzollern: On this 90 km long themed cycle path between Ansbach and Nuremberg you will get interesting insights into the history of the German aristocracy, peppered with beautiful nature. The tour starts in Ansbach. Be sure to check out Ansbacher Schloss before rolling out of the city along the Franconian Rezat.Numerous highlights and idyllic places await you on the way. You are mostly on well-developed bike paths on which it is easy to ride - and since the route is mostly downhill, it rolls particularly well.From castle to monastery to a cozy town - the bike path offers a lot of variety and is also extremely exciting for children. You cycle the last stretch along the great bike path along the Pegnitz to your destination in Nuremberg. There is an extra round through the impressive old town worthwhile. You will find numerous restaurants here for a final stop.On the way you have a good selection of places to stop for refreshments and accommodation. So you can divide the route freely, depending on the time and condition. More information about the cycle path can be found here: erlebnisradweg-hohenzollern.de.Arrival and departure: From Nuremberg you can get to Ansbach in 40 minutes with the S4 without any stress.

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    30.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    575 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful bike ride starts at the bike bus stop on the treetop path Ebrach. Before swinging on the bike, it is worthwhile to pay a visit to the path and to admire the vast forest from above. Then it starts. For a short while you roll through the forest, but soon the dark, cool forests on steep terrain give way to the sunlit vineyards of Weinmainfranken. The Main accompanies you from Münsterschwarzach, with its famous monastery, via Dettelbach and Kitzingen to Sulzfeld, where you order the "Bratwörscht" after meters, and continue to the destination Marktbreit.On the almost 50 kilometers of the tour you cycle not only through beautiful nature, but also through small winegrowing towns and winegrowing villages, which characterize the landscape in the middle Main valley, around it there is hardly anything comparable. On balmy summer evenings and beautiful Sunday afternoons, it's wonderful to sit outside in the many wine taverns and enjoy them. In Franconia you just sit down. The wine list resembles a catalog of culinary treasures of the region and the food is in many places of regional origin and well prepared - ideal conditions for a real pleasure trip.At the finish of the tour, in Marktbreit, you can return home by train. For example, the R8 takes you straight back to Nuremberg.

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  • Easy
    16.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    450 ft
    600 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The roughly 26 kilometer long, easy bike tour takes you from Dombühl to the beautiful, medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber.From the train station you cycle through Dombühl. If you feel like it, you can make a first stop here in the outdoor pool and cool off on hot days. Afterwards you cycle on almost flat routes across wide fields. You can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding villages and romantic forested hills. After about ten kilometers you drive on the old railway embankment between the Wühlberg and the Eichelberg. The route leads you through the forest and it goes in a rapid descent down to Oberoestheim and on to Unteroestheim. Here you have completed half of the tour and you can take a break at the local inn.Freshly strengthened, you continue on the flat bike path of the old railway line across vast fields. Only shortly before Rothenburg ob der Tauber is it a bit uphill. Arrived at the finish, you can end the day in the medieval old town.Arrival: You can easily get to the starting point in Dombühl on the S4 or R7.Departure: The R82 takes you back home via Steinau.

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    35.8 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour through the Haßberge nature park, which takes you from beer to wine Franconia, begins at the Ebern train station.From the train station you cycle through the medieval half-timbered town and then roll through the town gate into the wonderful nature of the Hassberge. After a few small ups and downs, a crisp climb through the forest to the Tonberg awaits you. The subsequent well-deserved descent takes you to Kirchlauter, where you can take a first break and visit the baroque castle.From now on it is going uphill continuously. Via Pettstadt, Köslau and Bühl you cycle past colorful fields to the forested ridge of the Haßberge. Surrounded by the magical nature of the forest, you continue on the historic Rennweg in steady ups and downs until a rapid descent leads you from the forest to Großmannsdorf.You cycle through an open landscape with wide fields and meadows on a relatively flat route to the romantic half-timbered town of Hofheim in Lower Franconia. It is worth visiting the beautiful market square here. On a railway cycle path you roll into the equally pretty half-timbered town of Königsberg in Bavaria and from there to Haßfurt, the destination of the tour.Arrival: With the Agilis (R26) you come from Bamberg to the starting point.Departure: After the beautiful bike tour, you can leave the train station in Haßfurt comfortably with the regional trains R2 or R15 towards Bamberg or Nuremberg.

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    47.5 mi
    9.0 mph
    2,625 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The bike tour around the Ochsenkopf takes you from the Fichtelgebirge down to the Pegnitztal. The starting point is in Bischofsgrün.From the Bischofsgrün Rathaus stop you cycle out of the village and into the wonderful nature of the Fichtelgebirge. Through the forest it goes uphill first, but then a long descent awaits you. On the way you will pass fascinating rock formations that rise up along the path, the picturesque Fichtelsee and the beautiful Nagler See.Passing forests and meadows you roll downhill to the Fichtelnaab. You follow their run a short distance and then pedal harder again in hilly terrain. After you have bypassed the Tannenberg, there is a refreshing descent via Immenreuth, past picturesque ponds to Heidenaab.From here you drive in moderate ups and downs through a picturesque landscape, which is characterized by colorful fields, wide meadows and romantic forests. You pass Creussen and finally reach Pegnitz, the destination of the tour.Arrival: From Bayreuth with the leisure lines 329 and 369. These buses have a trailer for your bike.Departure: From Pegnitz station you can take the R3 towards Nuremberg or Bayreuth.

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    45.3 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the bike tour is at the train station in Bamberg. You leave Bamberg to the east and dive into the magical main bog forest, where you master a first small climb. It continues through the Ellerntal, which is also called the Franconian Tuscany. You are already climbing uphill through the valley, but from Tiefenellern it really attracts and you climb up the Ellerberg partly on steep switchbacks.Once you have reached the heights of Franconian Switzerland, you cycle past wide fields in a steady up and down. Great views are guaranteed here. Every now and then you pass through one of the small pieces of forest that adorn the landscape.Halfway you will reach Hollerfeld, where you can take an extensive break. In the pretty old town you will find cozy places to stop for refreshments.Afterwards you continue your bike tour with new energy, which first leads you through the Wiesenttal, from Plankenfels then along the Truppach and later along the mistletoe. Behind Mistelbach, a detour to Fantaisie Castle with its magnificent castle park is worthwhile. From here it is not far to Bayreuth, the destination of the tour.Arrival: From Nuremberg you can easily get to the starting point with the S1 or the R2 / S1 line.Departure: From the train station in Bayreuth, the R3 takes you back to Nuremberg.

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    35.9 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The starting point of the bike tour is in the beautiful Amberg. At the beginning of the tour you cycle through the old town and then along the Vils. After you have left the last houses of the city behind you, you drive through wide fields and beautiful forests. First you master a long climb. From Ursensollen it continues in an up and down on an old railway line. Spectacular landscapes and beautiful nature far from the traffic are guaranteed here.In the valley of Lauterach you finally reach Kastel. Here you can take a break and visit the historic monastery castle and fortify yourself in one of the inns.Then you cycle with new energy through the Lauterach Valley upstream to Lauterhofen. This is where a crisp climb begins, which takes you up to 600 meters. Afterwards you enjoy a well deserved descent through the Sindlbach valley to the Schwarzach. The Ludwig-Donau-Main Canal runs parallel to the river, which you now follow to Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz.Here you have reached the destination of the tour and can finally drink a cool beer in one of the breweries before you drive back to Nuremberg from the train station with the S3 or the R5.Arrival: The R4 takes you from Nuremberg to the starting point.Departure: With the S3 or the R5 from Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz back to Nuremberg.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    269 mi
  • Duration
    29:28 h
  • Elevation
    11,300 ft

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