Culture & nature around Nuremberg – discovering Franconia by bike

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus

The cities of Nuremberg, Fürth, Erlangen, and Schwabach in the southern German region of Franconia each have their own unique charm. Once a free imperial city favoured by the Emperor, Nuremberg is now a thriving modern city with all the trimmings – from shopping miles to exhibition centres and art galleries to entertainment.

In Nuremberg’s smaller neighbour, the charming town of Fürth, you can wander quaint alleyways, gaze upon architectural monuments, and explore idyllic river meadows that define the cityscape. Further north, meanwhile, you can visit the university city of Erlangen. Characterized by its baroque architecture, the town takes you back to days gone by. Last but not least is the medieval city of Schwabach. Once the centre of gold leaf production in Germany, traces of the craft can still be found in the old town today. In addition to art and culture, all four cities have one thing in common – they are surrounded by beautiful landscapes which is ideal to explore by bike. In this Collection, we will reveal many of the relatively unknown bike routes throughout the area.

The region’s cycle routes are just as diverse as its cities and towns. Around Nuremberg, you can discover stunning nature as well as medieval history. You cycle through the gentle hills, along idyllic rivers and through emerald forests and wide fields. In this Collection, we’ve put together ten routes of varying lengths and difficulty levels whether you are looking for a short, flat ride for the whole family or a more advanced challenge. With ancient forests, diverse wildlife, countless rivers, lakes, meadows, fields, castles and palaces, the region has a lot to explore. And, when you are ready for a break, you can stop at a beer garden or traditional inn to enjoy the famous Franconian hospitality.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:24
    20.0 mi
    8.3 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right in the heart of Nuremberg, the Pegnitz heads west along smooth bike paths. Right at the start of your tour you will pass a bucket wheel, which is actually not from old times, but was only built about 20 years ago.You continue to follow the Pegnitz, almost up to Fürth, but turn shortly before and cycle through wide fields past the city forest to the rock cellar. Perfect for a little break with delicious food and refreshing drinks.Freshly strengthened, it goes north to Burgfarrnbach - a medieval place where not only the impressive viaduct and the castle invite you to marvel.We continue to Fürth, where you briefly follow the Rednitz before it overflows into the Pegnitz. On the big river you cycle back to Nuremberg. Along the idyllic meadows there are still numerous places that invite you to linger, because the Franke does not know stress.

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    Intermediate
    02:26
    15.4 mi
    6.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A river arises from the middle ... or canal in this case. The northern part no longer exists and so you follow the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal, whose idyll and beauty can hardly be surpassed, southwards out of the city.The medieval Wendelstein invites you to visit. There is a lot to discover and delicious gastronomy here. The photogenic town is definitely a worthwhile stop.
    From here you follow the less linear Schwarzach to the southwest to Neuses before the Main-Danube Canal takes you back to Nuremberg.
    A wonderful round that always leads you along the water through the Nuremberg area and concludes with a visit to the inland port.

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  • Difficult
    02:54
    21.3 mi
    7.4 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Airplanes go up from the Marienberg Volkspark to the north. Shortly after the airport it goes from the modern to the Middle Ages, because in Kraftshof and Neunhof there are buildings that are centuries old to admire.From the Middle Ages it goes back to the very modern. The sculpture axis Tennenlohe awakens the art enthusiast in you. A matter of taste or not - the many works somehow inspire everyone.You now leave art and culture completely behind. Because in the Tennenloher Forest the animal world is waiting for you. Wild horses, a few kilometers later goats (not quite as wild but always funny) and then even deer you can experience up close on the tour through the forests.Even further between the tree tops there is even a little cooling for tired legs before returning to the starting point of the tour.

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    Easy
    01:28
    15.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    325 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    River bike trails are always something special. Here the Regnitz connects Erlangen and Nuremberg with the Pegnitz. Two cities, two rivers, two hours.From Erlangen you first follow the wildly romantic Regnitz until shortly before Fürth. On the way you will not only enjoy wild meadows but also centuries-old buildings. Above all, the wonderful view of the Church of St. Peter and Paul. A little later follows the Egidienkirche, which is also worth a short stop.Most of the way is characterized by its wild nature - the green meadows always find bucket wheels and waterworks.Shortly before Fürth the Regnitz pass into the Pegnitz, the water flows here faster and faster, but you still pack it comfortably and enjoy the surroundings of the Pegnitz Valley on your way to Nuremberg.Art, culture and fun await you in the city. All the advantages of a big city, packed in its medieval core.

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    Difficult
    02:53
    27.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From Erlangen it goes over the Regnitz and over the Main-Danube Canal into the pond between Dechsendorf and Röttenbach. On the so-called carp bike path you roll through the tame waters.After Röttenbach we continue north to the beautiful mill ponds. Here the sky is reflected beautifully in the water. Time for a little break?A few idyllic chapels and churches follow on your way to Forchheim. Once in the market itself, you will be amazed by the wonderful town hall and the wonderful half-timbered houses. At the latest here you will also find delicious gastronomy for a long rest.On the Main-Danube Canal and the Regnitz it goes through the floodplains back to Erlangen. Pure idyll between the waters.

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    Intermediate
    01:42
    17.2 mi
    10.1 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Regnitz it goes south out of the city. After the Butzenweiher you cross Regnitz and Main-Donau-Kanal and cycle through the wide fields between Hüttendrof and Obermichelbach.Through shady forests it goes to Burgstall and further to Hauptendorf on the Middle Aurach. You cycle along the beautiful river with its lush green meadows to Frauenaurach. Whether for a stop or just to be amazed, the black eagle is definitely worth a stop.Then it goes over the river to the beautiful Regnitz meadows, which have a constantly changing picture, depending on the season and management and back to your starting point in Erlangen Süd.

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    Easy
    01:53
    16.8 mi
    8.9 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Explore the wilderness from Erlangen. The first stop of the wildlife safari is at the wild boar walking in the Bruckenhofer Forest right outside the city gates.We continue south to the wild game reserve in the Tennenloher Forest. It is worth walking a few hundred meters around the enclosure to see everything. Deeper into the forest you make a detour to the mystical Gründlacher Moor before you cycle on to the (not so wild) goats.In the very south of your tour you will find the great Neunhof Palace with its fantastic gardens. A good place to take a little break - or a little later in the beautiful town of Tennenlohe.After a small round of wild nature, you return to the city through the Brucker Lache nature reserve.

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    Intermediate
    02:15
    20.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour starts on beautiful bike paths in the quaint town center of Zirnsdorf. Maybe a good start with a morning coffee?Then you roll through the Rednitz floodplains over the Main-Danube Canal to Fürth, where the Rednitz flows into the Regnitz and forms the Pegnitz. You follow the Regnitz up north to the Solarberg. Here the sun almost always shines.The small river "Zenn" leads you across wide fields to Siegelsdorf. Then you cycle across wide fields south to Cadolzburg before heading back to your starting point through the shady Fürth city forest.

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    Easy
    00:59
    8.09 mi
    8.2 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A small tour that has a lot to offer and is perfect for children. From Egersdorf it goes through the forest up to the deer enclosure of the city of Fürth. Certainly not only beautiful for children, because here you can not only marvel at the animals from afar but even experience them up close.Shortly afterwards you come to the Felsenkeller, which invites you to stop with its beer garden in the middle of the forest. Well strengthened, you then head across wide fields to the Main-Danube Canal, which you only follow briefly before turning back into the forest because the wild boar enclosure is the next highlight for you and the children. In the early summer you can even admire offspring.Your tour ends with a few kilometers through Weiherhof past its ponds and the Banderbach back to the train station.

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    Intermediate
    02:55
    28.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A tour where you start by following the most beautiful river idyll. The beaver, a small tributary of the Danube, is particularly impressive because of its calm.At Wenzierlein you leave the river landscape and cycle south to the wonderful town of Roßtal, which impresses with its half-timbered houses. Wide fields lead to the golden roof of the town hall in Schwabach. The beautiful old town not only convinces with its look but also with the countless possibilities to fill your stomach.After an extensive break it goes north along the Rednitz. On the way, the Gerasmühle, the restored half-timbered houses and the Faber Castell castle in Röthenbach impress before the tour comes to an end.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    191 mi
  • Duration
    21:50 h
  • Elevation
    5,475 ft

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