Cycling through Franconia – Germany’s Lake District

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus

You will forget the number of lakes you pass whilst cycling through the Franconian Lake District in Germany. Located just south of Nuremberg, this region’s countless lakes are a special treat for water addicts and nature lovers. In this Collection, we present six of the region’s seven lakes to reveal the Franconian Lake District from its most beautiful sides. You can choose from 10 different routes which lead you along idyllic riverbanks and to the medieval towns of Abenberg, Weißenburg, and Wolframs-Eschenbach, with plenty of swimming breaks along the way.


Much of the Franconian Lake District was artificially created as a water-management project, aside from the Great Brombach Lake, the largest lake in the region. Planning for the area began in the mid-1960s and it was completed by the turn of the new millennium. Today, you can follow a network of cycle paths through the varied landscape which is fun for the whole family. In this Collection, you will find routes for all abilities, ranging from challenging full-day rides to relaxed circulars. We also reveal the region’s most beautiful swimming spots, wild river valleys, and historic towns en route.

From Nuremberg, you can easily reach the Franconian Lake District by train. At the lakes, you will find tranquil spots where nature conservation is a priority, as well as lively areas with developed infrastructure. During your trip, you can spend the night at a campsite or in one of the villages. At some of the lakes, you can swap your bike for a boat or surfboard and swap land for water. There is a lot to discover in the Franconian Lake District — we wish you lots of fun!

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:05
    19.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this 30 kilometer round tour you will discover the Spalter hill country. A train once ran on the route between Georgensgmünd to Spalt, also called Spalter Bockl. In the nineties, the railway line was converted into an attractive cycle path. A beautiful route with wonderful views - and the best start to your cycling pleasure.The round starts at Georgensgmünder Bahnhof. The beautifully laid out bike path to Spalt is seven kilometers long. On the way you always enjoy great views of the idyllic Rezattal. Once in Spalt, it is worth taking a short break to take a tour of the historic old town.You leave the gap and have a short, steep climb in front of you. Once you have done this, you can only roll it up to the shore of Lake Igelsbach. The picturesque lake is one of the two reservoirs for the Great Brombachsee. Treat yourself to a relaxing break on the shore and let your gaze wander over the calm water. There is also a beautiful bathing beach in Enderndorf.With new energy, we continue on the northern bank path along the Great Brombachsee to the main block at Allmannsdorf. The cycle path on the bank of the reservoir is particularly beautiful. The lake, inaugurated in 2000, is the largest in the Franconian Lake District.In Allmannsdorf you leave the bank and turn onto the Thalachtal-Brombachsee cycle path, which you follow to Röttenbach. Drive through the village for a short distance on the busy local road and then turn towards Niedermauk. On the bike path you cycle the last kilometers to your starting point.

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    Difficult
    00:55
    8.11 mi
    8.9 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this relaxed bike tour you can enjoy beautiful views of the picturesque Almühltal. With its 13 kilometers, the route is well suited for a short afternoon trip or a trip with the whole family. Along the way, there are some nice highlights waiting for you, so you can extend your trip with several long breaks.It starts at Pfofeld village square. You roll out of the tranquil place, drive past some fish ponds and continue towards Gundelshalm. Shortly before the village you turn left onto a sandy path that leads you to Obenbrunn. You will soon see the church tower of the Michaelskirche above Unterasbach in front of you. A short stop is worthwhile here: You have a very wonderful view of the upper Altmühl Valley, the Spielberg Castle and the Hesselberg. The nearest church is not far. The tower of the St. Georgskirche marks the nearby Dornhausen. In the village you can stop off at the Haas restaurant if your stomach grumbles.Back on the saddle, you cycle a short distance until you reach the Roman fort near Theilenhofen. The foundations of the fort with the associated bathroom are still there, information boards tell you more about the history of the place. The last few kilometers to Pfofeld the path drops slightly so that you can roll to your destination in a relaxed manner. In Pfofeld, a detour to the St. Michaelskirche is worthwhile. You can see medieval frescoes inside the church.

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  • Intermediate
    01:21
    12.5 mi
    9.3 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Pack your swimming trunks, sit on your bike and off to the lake! This relaxed round tour starting in Hipoltstein takes you to the beautiful Rothsee. The route is only 20 kilometers long and runs on a flat route - leaving more time for swimming.It starts at the parking lot in Badstrasse in Hilpoltstein. You leave the place and drive on a great bike path to the Main-Danube Canal. Maybe you will see some ships at the lock that are traveling on the 171 km long federal waterway. Then you cross the canal and soon reach the shore of the Rothsee.The path leads you along the south-east bank of the reservoir. On the way you will always come across great swimming spots or refreshment stops. Find a cozy spot for an extensive break. If you feel like it, can you exchange your bike for a while for a surfboard or a boat?Then it goes on to the beautiful Allersberg. In the village you turn and cycle past fields and meadows back to Hipoltstein. When you arrive at the destination, you will find several places to stop for a bite to eat or you can take a turn around the city pond.

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    Difficult
    05:50
    55.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The “Tore-Türme-Schlösser” cycle route connects several cities, markets and villages, all of which can look back on an important historical past. So you can expect several interesting stations along the way. If you want to take your time, or if the 90 kilometers are just too steep for a day, you can stay in Mittelschenbach or Windsbach, for example, and split the tour over two days.The round starts in Burgoberbach. You cycle out of the village in a beautiful up and down and will soon be standing in front of the romantic Schloss Sommersdorf. We continue towards Bechhofen an der Heide, one of the largest contiguous forest areas in Franconia.Then you follow the Wieseth for a while, winding its way through the beautiful landscape. Then you turn to Arberg and soon reach the Altmühlsee. Time for a long break. The reservoir belongs to the Franconian Lake District and is a popular spot for water sports enthusiasts and migratory birds. Back on the saddle you continue cycling through the Mönchswald to Windsbach. In the town you will find several ways to strengthen yourself for the future.The next historical delicacies are already waiting for you: with Wolframs-Eschenbach and Weidenbach-Triesdorf you will get to know two pearls of art history - the Gothic and Renaissance of the Teutonic Order on the one hand and the Baroque and Rococo of the Ansbach margraves on the other.You roll your head full of impressive experiences the last few kilometers back to your starting point. In Burgoberbach you will find several restaurants for a well-deserved stop.

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    Intermediate
    04:01
    32.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This 50 kilometer bike tour takes you from lake to lake - more precisely from Rothsee to Altmühlsee. Start is on the banks of the idyllic Rothsee. Let your gaze wander over the water to get in the mood, take in the wonderful landscape and then get on your saddle. If you are traveling by public transport, you can take the train to nearby Hilpoltstein.You leave the Rothsee and soon cross the Main-Danube Canal at the lock in Eckersmühlen. The path continues to Roth and then through the forest to the beautiful old town of Abenberg. Here you can take a first break in one of the cozy cafés.Then you cycle on asphalt roads through several tranquil towns. The landscape is very varied: sometimes you drive past extensive meadows and fields, sometimes through shady sections of forest. After you have crossed Mitteleschenbach, you pedal a little harder on your way over the Mönchsberg. Once you have mastered the climb, you can then roll out to your destination in a relaxed manner - the shores of Lake Altmühl are not far away.Once at the lake, you will pass the LBV environmental station. In the pavilion you will learn all sorts of interesting things about the nature reserve and its inhabitants. If you have time and desire, you can cycle a little further along the lake. In Muhr am See, your destination, you will also find several restaurants and a train station.

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    Intermediate
    02:37
    23.5 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This almost 40 km long bike tour connects the Rothsee with the Großer Brombachsee - or the fourth largest lake in the Franconian Lake District with the largest. Be sure to pack your bathing suit. You have more than earned the refreshing dip in the water at the end of the tour. The varied route starts in Allersberg.To get in the mood, you cycle the first kilometers along the banks of the Rothsee on a beautiful bike path. While the upper area of the lake is protected, you will find beautiful swimming areas in the lower area. So if you feel like taking a break for the first time, you can swap your cycling shorts for swimming trunks.You will soon reach Roth again on the saddle. You continue cycling along the Rednitz, which meanders merrily through the landscape. In Georgensgmünd you will then meet the two source rivers of the 50 km long river, the Franconian Redzat and the Swabian Redzat. You stick to the Franconian counterpart and now drive gently uphill.Shortly before your goal, a crisp but short climb is waiting for you. Once you have mastered this, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the Großer Brombachsee. The last stretch is down to the lake shore, the lido in Enderndorf is waiting for you.

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    Intermediate
    03:23
    28.2 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A historic old town, wide plateaus of the Juraalb and idyllic nature along the Anlauter - this almost 45 km long bike tour promises a lot of variety. The route starts at the train station in Weißenburg. From here it is only a small swivel to the beautiful old town. Treat yourself to a short lap through the impressive city center to get your bike set up.Then you cycle out of the city - and first you have a few vertical meters in front of you, because from Weissenburg it goes up to the Jura heights. Once you have mastered this climb, the most strenuous part of the tour is already behind you, from now on you can practically let it roll. The path leads you through the idyllic Anlautertal and offers pure driving pleasure. You follow the river on its journey to the Schwarzach, a beautiful bike path leads you through the green valley. On the way you will always pass beautiful rest areas, for example the Bechtaler Weiher.When you arrive at your destination in Kinding, you can see where the Anlauter flows into the Schwarzach and make yourself comfortable on the river bank. In the village you will also find a small selection of restaurants and a train station.By the way, on this tour you are always on the road. Therefore, this route is not necessarily suitable for children.

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    Intermediate
    02:29
    20.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The water plays a major role on this 30 kilometer bike tour: You cycle past idyllic lakes, bubbling springs and refreshing fountains. The perfect tour for a warm summer day, especially since a large part of the way leads through a shady forest. It starts at the outskirts of Haundorf.It doesn't take long before you come to the Haundorf pond. On a dam you drive between the large pond on the left and three small waters on the right. Shortly afterwards you will reach the Eichenberger pond, which belongs to the Mühlbach pond chain. Get off the saddle, take a relaxing break on the shores of the lake and enjoy the beautiful nature around the water.It continues through the towns of Gräfensteinberg, Eichenberg and Stixenhof. Shortly before Obererlbach you turn left and cycle into the dense forest. You can take a short break at the Goldbrünnlein and refresh yourself in the cool spring water. The path continues through the forest until you reach your starting point in Haundorf. There you will find some places to stop for a drink to end your tour.

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    Intermediate
    02:27
    22.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this 35-kilometer bike path you cycle from the market square in Gunzenhausen via the Hahnenkamm to Wemding. On the way, a stately castle, a picturesque lake and lots of fun await you on the bike. The path is partly asphalted, but in places also runs along forest paths or paths.After a short round through Gunzenhausen with its striking bell tower, you leave the city towards the south. You roll the first few kilometers on a flat route, then you have to conquer a few meters in altitude. As a reward, the impressive Spielberg Castle awaits you, from which you have a great view of the surrounding region. In the former weir, there is now a museum for contemporary art.Then you can let it roll first, the path drops to the shore of Lake Hahnenkamm. On the banks of the reservoir - by the way, the first to be realized in the Franconian Lake District - you can find a nice place for a break. If you are looking for a refreshment, you will also find a swimming area at the lake. Or you can keep your legs moving with a pedal boat ride.You tackle the last section of the tour with new energy: in a relaxed up and down you cycle the last ten kilometers to your destination Wemding. In the pilgrimage town with its circular center you will find several restaurants and cafés. It is definitely worth taking a little round through the medieval old town.

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    Intermediate
    02:22
    21.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this 35-kilometer circuit you will get to know the five Altmühl-Mönchswald communities and you will also get a lot of listening. Along the way you will always find so-called listening points where you can hear exciting audio experiences. Allow a little more time for the bike tour so that you can relax and listen to the stories.The round starts in Mitteleschenbach. On your tour you cycle past ancient city walls and medieval buildings, such as in the center of Wolframs-Eschenbach. Of course there is a lot to tell and listen to. But also the enjoyment of nature is not neglected on the tour: You cycle through the dense monk forest and the bird sanctuary "Wiesmet". Also on your route is the Merkendorfer Eco Energy Park, a sustainable and future-oriented project. In mathematical terms, the municipality could already supply itself with renewable electricity from renewable energies.In order to enjoy the imaginatively sounded and well-researched stories, you can either borrow an iPod before your tour or simply download the appropriate app. You can find all the information here: am.lauschtour.de.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    244 mi
  • Duration
    27:30 h
  • Elevation
    10,500 ft

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