Ponds, woods and hills – the VGN recreational activities
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Frankenhöhe, Steigerwald, Windsheimer Becken and Fränkisches Seenland - Nuremberg is surrounded by a true paradise for nature lovers. Whether on foot or by bike: numerous signposted paths lead you through the varied nature. In the north, narrow river valleys and magnificent views are tempting. In the east you will discover exciting rocks and primeval rock formations. In the south you cycle along splashing rivers over gentle hills. And in the west, the Aischgrund with its endless pond and basin landscape stretches out.
You see, the offer is almost limitless. So that you can spend your weekends not with research, but directly in nature, we have selected the latest VGN recreational tips for hiking and cycling. On a total of eleven tours we lead you to the most lonely valleys, the most beautiful views, the quietest forests and – not to forget – to the most rustic inns and beer gardens.
And because a Franconian meal must not be without a beer, you don't need a car for any of our tours. All eleven routes can be easily reached by bus and train from Nuremberg – so your journey to the trailhead will already be a pleasure.
The Karst Trail around Neuhaus an der Pegnitz has existed since 1936. On a twelve-kilometer route, you will discover the typical karst formations of the Pegnitz region: caves, caves, rock formations and rock faces line the trail. The highlight of the tour is a guided tour along the stalactites in the Maximilians grotto. Your round trip will be rounded off with a hearty stop at Gasthof Grottenhof.Arrival and departure: The Regional Express R3 departs from Nuremberg Main Station every hour to Neuhaus an der Pegnitz.
Only half an hour's drive from Nuremberg you will find the market Cadolzburg. The historic old town with its half-timbered houses, cozy inns, the lookout tower and especially the newly renovated Hohenzollern castle make Cadolzburg a popular destination. Around the market, quiet forests and wide fields also lure to leisurely day trips. Here we have chosen a hike from Weinzierlein to Cadolzburg, which leaves plenty of time for sightseeing.How to get there: From Nuremberg Bus Station Rothenburger Straße take bus 113 to the stop Ansbacher Straße in Weinzierlein, the starting point of your hike.Departure: From the train station, the R11 takes you from Monday to Friday every half hour and every hour on weekends to Fürth train station. Here you can change to the lines R1, R2, R12, S1 or also U1 to Nürnberg.
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Between Waßmannsmühle and Weismain await you on this hike several highlights: First you stroll along steep rocks through the Bärental, then you enjoy the picturesque view from the Görauer Anger and also attracts the still ruined ruin of Niesten Castle to a side trip. In Weismain, the destination of the hike, you can stroll through the old town and eat in one of the inns.How to get there: From the train station Burgkunstadt the VGN leisure line 1230 goes to Waßmannsmühle. Especially practical for cyclists: The leisure line also has a bike transport. Attention: the bus leaves from 1.5. to 1.11. only on Sundays and public holidays. From 1.9. In addition, the line also runs from Monday to Saturday in demand traffic.Departure: From Weismain the VGN leisure line 1230 takes you back to Burgkunstadt train station.
Panoramic views, prehistoric castles and the lime sinter terraces in the Kaisinger Valley - variety is clearly written on this hike. From Kinding Station, half an hour from Nuremberg, you will be taken up to the Schellenberg, to the ruin of the Rumburg and down the forest and the corridor to the picturesque Kaisinger Valley. The destination of the hike is the town of Greding with its historic market square - the perfect place for a cozy end to it.Getting there: With the regional train R9 you can easily travel from Nuremberg to the station Kinding, the starting point of the tour.Departure: With the bus line 611 you drive from the station Hallenbad to the station Hiltpoltstein or Roth. Here you can change to the regional trains R6 and R61 to Nuremberg. Note that some of the connections are outside the VGN area. Here you need a corresponding connection ticket.
This hike takes you from Großgeschaidt with a marvelous view up to the cherry village Kalchreuth. Here you can stroll through the sprawling orchards - especially in spring for cherry blossom a real treat. Then it goes into dense forests and prehistoric gorges. Here it is worth stopping at the Gasthaus Felsenkeller before you reach the destination of your tour at Heroldsberg.Getting there: With the regional train R21 Gräfenbergbahn you drive to the stop Großgeschaidt, where your hike begins around the cherry village.Departure: The R21 Gräfenbergbahn also stops at the station Heroldsberg and brings you from here back to Nuremberg.
Two very special linden trees are the namesake for this tour, which takes you from Gräfenberg along the Walberla to Wiesenthau. From Gräfenberg you hike gently uphill across wide meadows to Kasberg, where the first linden tree awaits you: The Kasberger lime tree is now held by countless iron supports. No wonder, after all, it is around 1,000 years old. Now it is gently talented and soon you can see the striking double summit of the Ehrenbürg in the distance. Exceptionally, this tour does not go up, instead you enjoy a new perspective from the hiking trail below the sacred mountain of Franconia. Shortly before the goal of your hike, the second linden tree is waiting. In the Lindenkeller inn, a magnificent linden tree grows directly from the basement through the roof - the inn was actually built around the tree. After a well-deserved break, you will start your journey home at the nearby Wiesenthau train station.Arrival: From Nuremberg, the regional train R21 takes you to the starting point in Gräfenberg in around 40 minutes.Departure: From Wiesenthau you drive with the R22 to Forchheim and from here with the R21 to Nuremberg.Abbreviation: If you like, you can interrupt your hike after about 12 kilometers in Mittelehrenbach and take bus 223 directly to Forchheim station. Here you can change to lines R2 and S1 to Nuremberg.
The hike from the Upper Palatinate Etzelwang to the Middle-Franconian town of Hohenstadt takes you through a vast hilly and mountainous landscape - far-sighted views are guaranteed. The actual path is really suitable for every hiker and for every season and who likes it a bit more sporty, takes the summit ascents on the Neutras rock and the Kreuzberg. Both climbs are connected with smaller climbs, but you can expect beautiful views of the surroundings. Also wonderful: along the route there are several cozy restaurants.Arrival: Without changing the regional train R4 brings you directly from Nuremberg to Etzelwang station.Departure: Take the Mittelfrankenbahn R3 from the station Hohenstadt back to Nuremberg.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is without question worth a visit - but for this tour, the tranquil city serves only as a starting point. From Rothenburg you hike on our route over the Frankenhöhe to Burgbernheim. On your way you will be accompanied by magnificent panoramic views over the Windsheim basin as well as the unspoilt forests of the Frankenhöhe nature park. A special highlight is the Waldgasthof Wildbad. Due to the crystal-clear water of the Tiefenbach and its curative effect, people have been coming to the narrow valley for more than 1,000 years with their complaints. Today's Waldgasthaus is already 200 years old and spoils you with excellent Franconian cuisine. After your break you walk out of the valley to the train station Burgbernheim-Wildbad.Arrival: Take the R7 to Ansbach and change to the R8 to Steinach. From there, the R82 takes you to the starting point Rothenburg ob der Tauber station.Departure: The regional train R8 takes you from Burgbernheim-Wildbad to Ansbach, where you can change to the R7 to Nuremberg. Alternatively, take the R8 to Steinach, change to the R81 to Neustadt (Aisch) and change to the R1 to Nuremberg.
The Franconian ponds and the fried carp are known far beyond the region. On our hike you can discover the traditional cultural landscape of the Aischsgrund on your own. Gentle hills, quiet forests and more than 100 ponds line the approximately 33-kilometer-long route between Emskirchen and Höchstadt an der Aisch. Of course, at 33 kilometers, the hike is a hearty full-day tour. But so that the enjoyment is not neglected, you can easily split the hike to two or three days - a perfect micro-adventure.You will find comfortable accommodation in many of the villages and towns that you cross on the way. And if you take your time, you can also dedicate yourself to regional cuisine. Two preparations of the carp are typically Frankish: turned into flour and fried in fat or served with beer sauce.How to get there: Take the R1 regional train directly from Nuremberg to the starting point Emskirchen station.Departure: From the bus stop Schillerplatz in Höchstadt the bus lines 203E and 205 bring you to the station Erlangen. From here the train lines S1 and R2 go back to Nuremberg.Abbreviations: If the 33 kilometers are too long for you and you plan only a day hike, then you can shorten the tour in two places. After 18 kilometers you reach Weisendorf. From here the bus line 202 brings you directly to Erlangen. Alternatively, you can hike to Gernsdorf, which you reach after a total of 29 kilometers. Here you can take buses 203E and 205.