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From sand dunes to forests – Hike the Dune Path in Central Germany

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From sand dunes to forests – Hike the Dune Path in Central Germany

Hiking Collection by Nürnberger Land

5

Tours

23:55 h

54.4 mi

4,175 ft

Sand dunes in Central Germany? Yes, they really do exist. Close to Nuremberg in Germany’s region of Franconia, there is a unique sandy landscape that was formed during the last Ice Age. The Franconian Dune Trail takes you through little-known nature spots from quiet forests to impressive gorges through this spectacular region.

The five stages of this 52-mile (84-km) circular trail reveal Franconia’s dunes, which are now almost completely forested. The rivers here were once covered by sand, thus changing their course for centuries. You can easily catch the train to the start and endpoint of this interesting hike in Altdorf. However, as the hike is circular, you can join at any other stage destination too.

The first stage takes you into the heart of the dune landscape, covered by fragrant forests, and onto the municipality of Weißenbrunn. On the second day, you hike over the panoramic Moritzberg Mountain to Röthenbach. On the third stage, you will hike along the picturesque Pegnitz Valley with its sandy terraces. Beginning in the village of Brunn, the fourth day takes you to the Rothebach Gorge nestled in the Lorenzer Forest and onto the town of Feucht. Your final day of adventure is a hike along glistening lakes and canals and past the unusual sandstone formations and caves of the Schwarzach Gorge.

The start and finish points of every stage in this Collection have public transport connections meaning you can easily hike individual sections or just a part of the trail. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and carrying sufficient water, especially on the fifth, more demanding stage. You can find information about public transport, here: vgn.de/en.

The following stage descriptions will give you a taste of what to expect on your adventure. If you are still hungry for more, you can find more information on hikes around Nuremberg, here: komoot.de/user/nuernbergerland/collections). See you in the Nuremberg Land!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:32
    7.92 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of the Franconian Dune Trail is in Altdorf, just outside Nuremberg. You walk north through the historic alleys and pass the train station - so you can …

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  • Intermediate
    04:54
    10.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    2,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second day of the Franconian Dune Trail you start in Weißenbrunn and hike slightly uphill through a beech forest typical of the Frankenalb. Past colorful fields and meadows, …

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    11.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    625 ft
    375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the dune path begins in Röthenbach and initially leads you along sand fields along the Himmelbach. You hike to Wetzendorf and reach the banks of the …

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  • Intermediate
    04:39
    11.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    450 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After a night in Brunn, a former beekeepers' settlement, you dive back into the magnificent Lorenzer Reichswald on the outskirts. The following section, the so-called "Seven Bridge Trail", is one …

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  • Difficult
    05:47
    13.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    775 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The final stage on the Franconian Dune Trail shows the topic again, but this time from a completely different side: As the dunes have covered the course of the river …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    54.4 mi
  • Duration
    23:55 h
  • Elevation
    4,175 ft

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From sand dunes to forests – Hike the Dune Path in Central Germany