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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.