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Ponds, woods and hills – the VGN recreational activities for 2019

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.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:43
    8.32 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    5.06 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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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  • Intermediate
    04:45
    10.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    04:57
    10.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    7.66 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    04:59
    11.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Two very special linden trees are the eponym for this tour, which leads you from Gräfenberg am Walberla to Wiesenthau. From Gräfenberg you hike gently over wide meadows up to Kasberg, where the first lime tree awaits you: The Kasberger Linde is meanwhile held by countless iron supports. No wonder, after all, she is around 1,000 years old. Now it is gentle and soon you can see in the distance the striking double summit of the Ehrenbürg. On this tour, it does not go up exceptionally, instead, you can enjoy a new perspective from the trail below the sacred mountain of Franconia. Shortly before the destination of your hike, the second linden tree waits. In the inn Lindenkeller, a magnificent linden tree grows straight out of the cellar through the roof - the inn was actually built around the tree. After a well-deserved break, you will head home at nearby Wiesenthau train station.Arrival: From Nuremberg the regional train R21 will take you to the starting point Gräfenberg in about 40 minutes.Departure: From Wiesenthau you take the R22 to Forchheim and from there take the R21 to Nuremberg.Abbreviation: If you like, then you interrupt your walk after about 12 kilometers in Mittelehrenbach and drive from here with the bus line 223 directly to the station Forchheim. Here you can change to the lines R2 and S1 to Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    7.39 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    10.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    08:35
    20.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    725 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    91.9 mi
  • Duration
    40:24 h
  • Elevation
    6,650 ft
Ponds, woods and hills – the VGN recreational activities for 2019
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