Gentle hills, rivers & forests – cycling in Germany’s Nuremberg Land

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus

Riding through wonderful nature, pausing to explore medieval villages, before continuing through shady forests, along meandering rivers and past mystical rock formations – the Nuremberg Land is an incredible place to cycle. This region in the north of Bavaria, north of the city of Nuremberg, offers green rolling countryside and gentle hills. The routes in this Collection will guide you to beautiful vantage points on the Alb Plateau and across wild valleys with plenty of beer gardens and traditional inns too.

The 10 routes in this Collection vary in length and difficulty, ranging from short, flat rides for the whole family to challenging loops with tough climbs. Two of the routes take you to different start and endpoints whilst eight of them are round trips. You will discover the region on a network of well-maintained cycleways.

The routes will take you through the luscious Pegnitz Valley past colourful meadows and striking rock faces and along the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal. As you ride, you can learn more about the region’s fascinating history as you pass half-timbered cottages and impressive castles such as Veldenstein and Burgthann castles.

It’s easy to reach Nuremberg Land via train as the region has excellent transport connections. You can find more information, here: vgn.de.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:04
    15.9 mi
    7.7 mph
    850 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The idyllic Pegnitztal cycle path is always along the water. Due to its level routing, this tour is suitable for the whole family. From Neuhaus an der Pegnitz with its stately Veldenstein Castle, you first cycle through picturesque settlements along the river. You can easily reach Neuhaus by train. Then you dive into the forest and follow the narrow but easily navigable path through the landscape of the Nuremberg region.After you have crossed Velden and the Scheunenviertel there, you come to the Hirsch Bridge, from which you can see a small waterfall. The bike path winds along the Pegnitz floodplains and you change banks several times. You will be accompanied by the rails of the local train - if necessary, you can get on or off at several points on the Pegnitztal cycle path. A cozy place to rest awaits you in Café Inselblick in Vorra. You cycle relaxed along gentle hills to Hohenstadt, the destination of the Pegnitztal cycle path.Tip: In the north - in Neuhaus an der Pegnitz - the cycle path connects to the Pegnitz cycle path. At the southern end in Hohenstadt, however, you can continue cycling on the Five Rivers Cycle Path.

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    Intermediate
    01:51
    16.4 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,050 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Pegnitz-Laber bike path takes you over 26 kilometers to places of interest in the Nuremberg region. You start in Hersbruck, which you can easily reach by train, and cycle through the historic center. At first it goes through the Pegnitz meadows, then you turn to Henfenfeld and follow the babbling Hammerbach. If you want, you can visit the Nikolauskirche and Henfenfeld Castle in Henfenfeld.The path continues to Engelthal and Offenhausen. You drive through green hop fields to Kucha, where a stop at the Kucha mill, first mentioned in 1265, is worthwhile. From Püscheldorf you can then pedal a short distance before you roll down to Unterrieden. The crowning conclusion to this tour is the imposing ruins of the monastery in Gnadenberg. Your destination is on the famous Ludwig-Donau-Main Canal.Tip: If you want to continue cycling, you can continue your bike tour both at the start and at the finish point on the five-river cycle path.

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    23.6 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This loop takes you in a figure of eight loop through the beautiful hilly landscape around Lauf an der Pegnitz. Most of the time it goes along side roads and bike paths with only a few moderate climbs. At the beginning you cycle from run through small towns, shady forest and along small streams. In Oedenberg you have the opportunity to take a first break: Both the Gasthaus Weißes Ross and the Restaurant Schloss Oedenberg offer cozy beer gardens.In Tauchersreuth, which lies on a ridge of the Jura, you have reached the highest point of the Laufer Radrundweg and enjoy a wide view towards Beerbach and Eckental. At the Höllweiher in Simonshofen there is a picturesque rest area with a view of the water next to the bike path. After a short break you drive relaxed towards Lauf an der Pegnitz.Before you explore the historical center, you cycle a little further south. The path runs in a loop through the forest, as well as the villages of Schönberg and Letten. After you have crossed the Pegnitz, you will reach the starting point of the tour in Lauf an der Pegnitz. You can end the day there with a visit to the Imperial Castle.

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    Intermediate
    01:47
    14.1 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Nürnberger Land cycle tour No. 5 starts in Rupprechtstegen in the Pegnitztal, which you can also reach by train. At the station there is a converted old railway car, which now houses a snack bar and bike rental - so you can ride this round without your own bike. From here you climb up to the karst plateau and can look forward to wonderful viewpoints.A worthwhile stop is the Geisloch cave, which is one of the most famous caves in the Franconian Jura. After cycling downhill, you will come to Velden, a romantic small town with a beautiful barn area. Surrounded by the forested low mountain range of the nature park "Franconian Switzerland - Franconian Jura" you cycle further south through a charming piece of the Pegnitz valley. The path runs below some very impressive rock walls.Another highlight on your route is the Hirsch Bridge, next to which a small waterfall falls. In the beer garden in Lungsdorf an der Pegnitz you can treat yourself to a refreshment before the last piece leads you directly along the river back to the starting point.

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    Difficult
    03:08
    27.0 mi
    8.6 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This sporty round (Nürnberger Land cycle tour No. 6) starts at the train station in Neuhaus an der Pegnitz. The houses of the village are located at the foot of the Felsberg with the Veldenstein Castle, a remarkable complex. You cross the Pegnitz, which has dug here through the Jura, and drive towards Krottensee. If you want to see the largest stalactite in Germany, you can make a detour to the Maximilliansgrotte.The path runs south through a rustic forest area, where you will find a variety of imposing rocks and caves. Worth seeing are the Mystery Grotto, the caves of the Schelmbachstein and the Stefan's Tower. The cozy Gasthaus Goldener Hirsch in Hirschbach invites you to take a break. Strengthened you cycle up the sometimes steep inclines before rushing down into the Pegnitztal.You continue upriver past the Harnbacher Mühle and shortly afterwards you reach Rupprechtstegen. There you can get cool drinks in an old wagon that has been converted into a snack bar at the station. Continue uphill to Hartenstein with its old castle, where you can enjoy a beautiful view. Through shady forest and along the Pegnitz you reach your destination in Neuhaus after a little more than seven kilometers.

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    Intermediate
    01:51
    15.0 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The starting point of the tour (Nürnberger Land cycle tour No. 10) is at the Happurger reservoir, which lies between the mighty massif of the Houbirg and the Deckersberg. You cycle south along the lakeshore. At Kainsbach the long climb up to Schupf begins, where there is a concentration camp memorial. Following the trail markings you will pass small towns and colorful fields.You cycle past Breitenbrunn to Deckersberg - a place that is surrounded by open corridors surrounded by forested Alb peaks. The famous Arzberg with its observation tower is within sight. Our tour continues to the former reservoir, which was abandoned in 2011. A path leads around the dry basin and, when visibility is good, the view stretches across the Frankenalb in the Nürnberger Land to the Fichtel Mountains. Then you roll back to the starting point of the tour in a rapid descent.

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    Intermediate
    01:58
    16.6 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short round (Nürnberger Land cycle tour no. 14) with only a slightly crisper climb is suitable for the whole family. From the train station in Altdorf near Nuremberg it goes up to Hegnenberg, from where you have a wide view. In addition, the cherry orchards there are not only a popular destination for cyclists and hikers during their heyday.After a good five kilometers, you turn right and can now let it run really well: through the Raschbach valley, you descend downhill, under a motorway viaduct and on to Hagenhausen. If you need a refreshment, you can stop at the Gasthaus Zur Linde. You cycle relaxed through the hilly landscape into the Schwarzach Valley and the town of Rasch, one of the oldest towns in the Altdorf region with a church ensemble worth seeing.The path continues along the Schwarzach, past the Prethalmühle to Grünsberg. Then you cycle through the hall to Röthenbach, where the Röthenbach spring and the Röthenbach gorge, which is designated as a natural monument, are located. Following the signs, the tour ends in Altdorf. At the end you can still visit the beautiful city center.

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    Intermediate
    01:58
    16.7 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round starts from Ochenbruck an der Schwarzach (Nürnberger Land cycle tour No. 15) towards the forest and after a short time you cross the old Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal. It goes through the towns of Unterferrieden and Oberferrieden, which lies on the European watershed North Sea-Black Sea. In Ezelsdorf you can visit the site of the "Goldhut", a 3,500-year-old cult object.Then you cycle alternately through shady forest, wide fields and small towns. After a good 15 kilometers you will reach the historic Ludwig-Donau-Main Canal again and follow it towards Burgthann. A wonderful stop is the quaint Gasthaus zum Ludwigskanal, where you sit right next to the bike path on the water.Burgthann owes its name to the magnificent 17th-century castle complex, which is well worth a visit. Via Mimberg you drive back to the starting point in Ochenbruck. If you still have time, you can make a detour from here to the worth seeing “Petz’s Castle” in Schwarzenbruck.

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    Easy
    01:45
    13.8 mi
    7.9 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the family-friendly Nürnberger Land cycle tour No. 16 is Feucht, which you can also reach by train. In addition to three magnificent manor houses and many picturesque half-timbered houses, Feucht also has interesting museums to offer. Whether you explore them before or after your tour is up to you. You start south and reach the Brück Canal after a short distance. A historic arch bridge built from sandstone blocks leads the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal across the Schwarzach in an impressive manner.If you already need a refreshment, the rustic Waldschänke on the Brückkanal is the right place for you. It continues along the former towpath along the beautiful canal to Pfeifferhütte. The place owes its name to the tobacco pipes that used to be made here. If you start to get hungry and thirsty, you can quench it in the Zur Schleuse 35 beer garden.Strengthened you will reach Burgthann, where you can visit the medieval castle complex. You cycle through Mimberg and cross the rushing Schwarzach at Ochenbruck. On beautiful forest roads you drive through the Reichswald back to Feucht, where you can end the day with a walk through the beautiful alleys.

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    Intermediate
    02:06
    16.2 mi
    7.7 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour (Nürnberger Land Radrundtour No. 17) you can look forward to long stretches in the shady forest. You start at the train station in Feucht and cycle into the Nuremberg Reichswald. On flat forest paths you pass the goldfish pond and continue through the wonderful nature. You can make a few stops along the way, for example at the historic district pillar and at the Napoleon oak.We will then take you through Winkelhaid, the first settlement (around 1040) on the border of the Nuremberg Reichswald. The parish church of St. Veit there is surrounded by a deep moat. In Rummelsberg you can cool your warm feet in the Fröschauer pond and watch the geese swim. The path then leads via Ochenbruck and through the Nuremberg Reichswald back to the starting point in Feucht. A stroll through the city to the three magnificent manor houses and the beautiful half-timbered houses is worthwhile.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    175 mi
  • Duration
    21:03 h
  • Elevation
    11,525 ft

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