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Water, rocks & trails — Mountain biking in the Fichtel mountains

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Water, rocks & trails — Mountain biking in the Fichtel mountains

Mountain Biking Collection by Martin Donat

7

Tours

27:44 h

185 mi

20,300 ft

Just one glance at the map reveals the huge variety of trails in the Fichtel Mountains that are waiting to be discovered. The low mountain range in northern Bavaria is best known among bikers for its bike park at the Ochsenkopf, a popular weekend destination with several downhill routes, a cable car and a well-equipped bike shop at the valley station. But the Fichtelgebirge has so much more to offer. In this Collection, I have put together a lot of wonderful trails into one big loop which will lead you through Upper Franconia and the Upper Palatinate in seven stages, including a stop at the bike park of course.

On this round trip along the Trans Fichtel Trail, you will get to know the Fichtel Mountains and the Steinwald with their panoramic peaks and cozy villages. The high trails and altitude gain are a challenge, but your effort is rewarded with wide views over beautiful landscapes. The stunning scenery, idyllic reservoirs, winding rivers, and warmth of the locals will stay etched in your memory for a long time.

A defining feature of the Fichtel Mountains are the rock formations, where you can enjoy wonderful views over the countryside. These impressive granite blocks impressed Johann Wolfgang von Goethe so much that he visited the Fichtel Mountains three times.

I also shouldn’t forget to mention that Marktredwitz local Andrea Köppel (aka. the ‘Mountain Bike Man’) helped me to plan these routes. He’s made it his mission to make his beautiful home more accessible to other bikes.


You can enjoy comfortable rest stops along the Trans Fichtel Trail as each of the seven stages ends in a village with places to stay overnight. The stages are relatively short, but still challenging due to the altitude difference. But, they are still feasible for novice bikers if you spread the route out over a whole day. Well-trained riders can manage the Trans Fichtel Trail in fewer stages. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t underestimate almost 186 miles (300 kilometers) and more than 19,685 feet (6,000 meters) of altitude difference.

I recommend taking your time and also planning some stops off your bike. The Fichtel Mountains don’t just offer beautiful views, they are also full of cultural highlights, tradition and customs. For example, you can learn about the history of mining and porcelain production en route. If you don’t feel like riding, the area is well-connected by rail with fast links to Nurenberg from the main station in Marktredwitz.

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Mit dem Mountainbike durchs Fichtelgebirge

183 mi

20,225 ft

20,225 ft

Last updated: November 18, 2021

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    25.4 mi
    6.4 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The journey through the Fichtelgebirge begins in Marktredwitz, one of the larger towns in the Fichtelgebirge. This is simply practical, because Marktredwitz is easily accessible, offers many accommodations and lots of gastronomy, so that you can strengthen yourself and relax here before the big tour

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  • Difficult
    03:50
    24.7 mi
    6.4 mph
    2,975 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Almost 900 meters in altitude on around 40 kilometers - on the second leg of the Trans Fichtel Trail there are a few steep climbs, but also many flowing trails await you. There are impressive rock formations, fantastic viewpoints, an interesting castle ruins and cozy rest stops.

    

    Today it goes straight

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  • Difficult
    04:24
    26.9 mi
    6.1 mph
    3,250 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The third stage of the Trans Fichtel Trail goes high. Not only that you climb the second highest mountain in the Fichtelgebirge today - the goal of the tour is Fichtelberg, the highest populated place in the Fichtelgebirge nature park. And if you feel like it, you can camp at the highest campsite in

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  • Difficult
    03:50
    25.5 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,700 ft
    3,550 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Stage 4 of the Trans Fichtel Trail is characterized by a high singletrack share, lots of nature and beautiful viewpoints. Today you can expect neither bike park nor especially many local thoroughfares, but pure mountain bike fun in the countryside!

    

    Right after the start in Fichtelberg you enter the first

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  • Difficult
    03:48
    23.7 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,400 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The oil carving is a tributary of the White Main. It rises in Solg and flows 22 kilometers later in Bad Berneck in the White Main. At the beginning of the fifth stage of the Trans Fichtel Trail, you will follow the last kilometers of the Ölschnitz upstream to Gefrees. In the small town center you will

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    28.0 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,625 ft
    2,775 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Before the sixth stage of the Trans Fichtel Trail really gets going, it is worthwhile to enjoy the beautiful view over Lake Weißenstadt in peace again. The route then leads directly past the Dirt Jump Park Weißenstadt. Even if you can't do anything with such jumps, it's worth taking a quick look at the

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  • Intermediate
    04:00
    30.5 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,525 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    After leaving Selb, the seventh and last leg of the Trans Fichtel Trail begins in an idyllic way. You drive past the bog area Wunsiedler Weiher and reach after a short time the Eger, whose course you follow over the Egersteig for a while.

    

    Incidentally, the valley of the Eger is also called Wellertal

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    185 mi
  • Duration
    27:44 h
  • Elevation
    20,300 ft

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