MTB close to home in Franconia – unlock a free komoot region

Mountain Biking Collection by VAUDE

Head to your nearest VAUDE store to pick up a voucher to unlock a komoot region and start pedalling away. The countless trails in and around the cities of Nuremberg, Fürth, and Erlangen are no secret. Indeed, the region has more than a few routes up its sleeve for mountain bikers. In this Collection, we’ve put together a few relaxed panoramic routes that focus on nature, culture, and spectacular views. Of course, you also can’t leave out the most essential part of Franconian MTB culture – rocking some filthy trails!

All of the routes here can be ridden on your hardtail. The trail lap behind Nuremberg Zoo might be a bit more comfortable with full suspension, but otherwise, a hardtail is fine. We recommend taking enough drinks and snacks with you on all routes as many restaurants are currently closed. You don’t want to have to shorten your ride due to a growling stomach.

Please also remember to bring a repair kit and some tools in case of an emergency. If you have a major breakdown, the ADFC offers a bicycle towing service.

The VAUDE stores in Nuremberg and Erlangen are ideal starting points for these routes. In the store, you can pick up your voucher to unlock a free komoot region (of course, we recommend Nuremberg-Erlangen). This way, you can download all of the Tours in this Collection to your phone and enjoy offline navigation.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:08
    19.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This gourmet tour takes you along the Nuremberg waterways. It is not a major technical challenge and is therefore also perfectly suitable for MTB beginners or for a leisurely afternoon lap. The only MTB element is the Föhrenbruck Trail, which can also be left out. Otherwise, it is very relaxed with a moderate height of 150 meters over 30 kilometers and you can also ride the tour with a gravel or trekking bike without any problems.Alongside lots of fresh air, on the way you can expect small highlights such as Steiner Wassergasse and the cute White House, where you can stop for a drink or a snack. You can watch the shipping traffic at the canal lock and at the harbor.You start at the canal lock and follow the Rednitz before you collect a few meters of height and depth on the Föhrenbruck Trail. Then it continues past the port of Nuremberg and along the Main-Danube Canal back to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:57
    25.6 mi
    8.7 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Would you like a bit of a jungle feeling without a long-haul flight? Then this tour is for you. With your mountain bike you can explore the jungle in the Reichswald with its overgrown trees.You start in the center and first drive northeast out of the city. The tour takes you over a few simple single trails, but mostly it is about forest trails.After about 25 kilometers you will reach the highlight of your trip, the enchanted, overgrown trees near Buchenbühl. The way back is along the airport site, where you can watch the planes take off and land.

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    17.2 mi
    8.4 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Would you like a little trip in between? Then this tour is perfect for you. You can easily slide in a moderate 170 meters in altitude and about two hours of driving time after work or as a morning lap on the weekend without having to take a long break.You start at the Tiergarten and basically drive around the trail network. Therefore, you can leave your fully at home without any problems and either go on a hardtail or gravel bike.In summer, the Birkensee is perfect for making a leisurely trip to swim from the quick lap.

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    Intermediate
    01:58
    14.2 mi
    7.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Welcome to the trail network behind the Tiergarten! The goal of this tour is to pack as many trails as possible in one compact exit so that you can shoot through without a break and have time for other things the rest of the day.The tour starts at the zoo and takes you through long and short trails with different levels of difficulty (from S0-S2) through the extensive Reichswald and back. The highlight is the last trail of our exit: a never-ending single trail that feels like half the way back.Travel is definitely required for this tour. With a cross country fully you are ideally positioned, but the tour also goes well with a hardtail.

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    Intermediate
    02:47
    21.5 mi
    7.7 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This leisurely half-day tour takes you over the clay pit Marloffstein to the Waldschänke Streitbaum and over the Atzelsberger Trails back to Erlangen. Ideal to lift your head a little and get out into nature.On this tour, the focus is less on trail balls than on the route and nature experience. Only towards the end of the exit can you hunt your mountain bike over some rather simple trails (single trail scale S0-S1).It starts from the Erlangen train station towards Marloffstein, at first leisurely, then with a bit of an incline. As soon as you have reached Marloffstein and have made a short exploration break at the clay pit, it continues with steady up and down towards Waldschänke. To achieve this, you have to face the biggest climb on the tour. It's a good thing that the well-deserved break with food and drink is waiting upstairs!Now the trail-heavy part of the tour begins. In addition to the descent from the Waldschänke, the way home also takes you through the trail network at Atzelsberg, where you can certainly install more than one descent. Then you roll relaxed back to Erlangen.

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    Intermediate
    02:16
    20.0 mi
    8.8 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour takes you into the forests northwest of Erlangen. With a leisurely incline, many flat trails and beautiful forest trails, this tour is not a big challenge, but ideal for rolling the bike a few kilometers and leaving the city behind you.It starts at the Erlangen train station in northwest direction to the Dechsendorfer pond. You stay close to the shore for a few kilometers before diving into the forest. The tour now takes you alternately along forest trails and easy trails.About halfway there are a few interesting sandstone formations waiting to be explored by you. The way back is along the Main-Danube Canal, which you exchange for a last small single-trail forest section just before Erlangen.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    118 mi
  • Duration
    14:09 h
  • Elevation
    5,350 ft

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