Combine a stop at one of the traditional breweries and cozy beer cellars with a really nice hike. Something that we've only gone ahead and prepared for you here: 14 beer hikes, ready for you to enjoy.
There is no area in Germany that better represents the brewing trade as the region around Franconia and the Upper Palatinate. Countless private breweries are dedicated to the production of that beloved liquid gold and offer you the highest enjoyment and the finest culinary delights.
All of the hikes featured in this Collection are perfectly accessible with the lines of the VGN — after all, you would like to reward yourself with "A Seidla beer". Whether Gräfenbergbahn, Trubachtalexpress or one of the other VGN Leisure Lines: From 1 May to 1 November 2019, the buses and trains of the VGN will provide you with completely stress-free hiking pleasure using sustainable transportation — in some cases even with bike trailers, which will open up even more possibilities for you if you wish. These lines only stop where it is most beautiful and take you quickly and comfortably to the starting points of our beer hikes and back home.
So you can relax and get to the "5 Seidla Steig", the classic beer hike, we have some real insider tips ready for you. The route "Durchs Paradiestal" lives up to its name, while you can hike directly from the large district town of Forchheim into the heart of Franconian Switzerland to Ebermannstadt. As you go, you can enjoy the magnificent views from the Retterner Kanzel before sipping on a fresh Seidla beer in the Reichenberger Keller. Whichever tour you choose, you are sure to enjoy beer and hiking!
On this hike, you will experience the Neumarkt beer variety first-hand. But that's not all: Wonderful views, historic churches, mystical forests and mysterious castle ruins line the path of this 15-kilometer hike, where you'll climb up 367 steps!It starts at the central station of Neumarkt (lines R5 / S3), where a sign informs you about the Neumarkt beer variety. If you want to live up to the motto of the tour, you can do it with a hearty morning drink in the Upper Ganskeller. Add a yummy white sausage and you're ready for the rest of the hike.Now you are walking along the Badstraße to the monastery of St. Josef, where the Neumarkter Lammsbräu is waiting for you. Highly recommended are also the monastery water from the healing spring "Kloster St. Josef Quelle" and the excellent coffee drinks with fresh milk, before the steps to the Mariahilfberg are climbed - the non-alcoholic variant is here anyway not a bad idea. 367 steps are now in front of you! On the left and on the right, hiking trails open up, including the Zeugenberg round (an award-winning hiking trail with the label "Leading quality trail - best of europe"). Just below the church, which can be seen from afar, on a viewing platform with a panoramic map, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the neighboring witness mountains, which are arranged like pearls around Neumarkt. Really worth seeing is the church itself.A footpath will carry you up to the parking lot of the church, and a little later you will reach Höhenberg. Here comes the 4-element path to your route, it will be a part of your companion. Thirsty for half a beer? The Hotel Schönblick (with a wonderful panoramic terrace) and - a little further - the Landhotel Almrefugio offer you the opportunity to do so. In the village you turn right once and get on a small footpath to the bus stop.Now it is quiet: You reach a quaint, completely overgrown old quarry in which rare birds nest. The magnificent, forested path winds along the slope of the Albtrauf and finally reaches the village of Fuchsberg. Past varied bush and hedgerows, you will reach the castle ruin of Wolfstein, the symbol of Neumarkt, which can be seen from afar on a mountain spur. Here again is a panoramic map - and you have a magnificent panorama.Passing sunny dry grasslands, junipers and solitary sloes, you set out on the descent. Again and again, there are opportunities to stop off. Whether in the mountain hotel Sammüller, in the brewery inn Blomenhof or at the destination of the hike, in the Neumarkt old town - everywhere you can enjoy regional specialties that you should not miss.The starting point of the tour you can easily reach by train from Nuremberg (R5 or S3). If you would like to visit the Landesgartenschaugelände in Neumarkt please note that no dogs are allowed there.
From the valley of the Regnitz you climb on this approximately 16-kilometer hike up to the Kellerwald, experience the colorful farmland around Serlbach and then climb the Jura plateau. Along the way, you can enjoy highlights such as the Vexierkapelle or the Reifenberger Keller, before heading down to the wide valley of the Wiesent, which leads you to the end of the hike to Ebermannstadt.You start the hike at Forchheimer Bahnhof (lines R2 / S1) and leave the city behind you soon. The streets are getting smaller and smaller until you change to paths and paths that are lined with deciduous forest, a small pool and here and there a bench for rest. In alternation with open meadows and fields, it begins at first leisurely uphill. The path meanders through a forest and ends in front of a hiking car park, where it is worth taking a short left to enjoy the first views, including the castle Jägersburg and the Regnitzbecken.Back again, the climb to the 506 meter high Rettener pulpit begins with a magnificent view of the upper Wiesenttal valley, over to Kirchehrenbach and Walberla or right to the castle Jägersburg. If you have seen enough, the descent begins. Accompanied by lush vegetation, mighty spruce trees and past a small spring with a wooden trough, where you can refresh yourself, it goes slowly down to the next break opportunity. After a trail parking lot, it is first of all to choose the path straight up to the Vexierkapelle, before you turn down for a deserved meal or snack in Reifenberger Keller.Later on, you can soon enjoy beautiful views of the opposite side of the Wiesenttal, which you slowly approach. After you have crossed the eponymous river, you are almost there and follow its course for a while to Ebermannstadt - even from a distance you can orientate yourself at the church tower. The aim of the hike is the train station, but of course it is worthwhile to make a short detour to the city before. At the marketplace, numerous restaurants and cafes invite you to a beautiful end to this hike.Back to the starting point of the hike to Forchheim you can easily and quickly by train (with the R22).
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This approximately 17-kilometer hike is ideal for combining with bus and rail. Because on weekdays, the 975 bus takes you from Bamberg station forecourt to one of the highest places in the Bamberg district. From the 546-meter-high Teuchatzer Berg, you then hike - except for a few, insignificant exceptions - almost only downhill. On the way, guest towns and beer cellars provide space for a hearty stop in any weather, before the S-Bahn takes you back to the conurbation.After the bus has taken you to the start of the hike, it is only a minimal uphill, until you reach their climax right at the beginning of the hike. A short detour to the Wachknock with TV tower visible from afar is definitely worth it, because up here you have a great view, before you stroll comfortably downhill to the town of Kälberberg. Over a varied mix of dirt roads and paths, past meadows and woodland and through small hamlets you take course to the Almadlerhütte. The lies with its pretty beer garden in the middle of the untouched nature. You are welcome to bring your own snack, as there are only drinks in the cozy interior.Refreshed and refreshed, you hike on to Frankendorf, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved street villages in Franconia. In 1981 it was named Golddorf in the national competition "Our village should become more beautiful". Here you can admire the almost completely preserved half-timbered ensemble with 31 listed, old, ground-floor farmhouses and the former mill and then enjoy in the tavern directly on the road also a cool Seidla or good home cooking.On the way, the beautiful Georgskapelle is still a great place for a break. In Buttenheim, you'll be spoiled for choice on how to end your hike. You could stop by at one of the two Buttenheimer brewery inns, fortify yourself with coffee and cake, or visit the Levi Strauss Museum in the birthplace of the jeans inventor.With the S-Bahn S1 line, you can easily return to Bamberg or Forchheim.
This very short and easy hike with only about five kilometers is easy for everyone and leads you over the rock ridge of the Knappenberg into the rustic rock cellar Etzelwang. Due to its brevity, this tour is an active day highlight for an extensive visit to the scenic and cultural worthwhile area around Neukirchen.Before you start your short hike, you should visit the Hartmannshof primeval station, where cave bears, Neanderthals and Celts invite you to visit the museum. It is located in Hartmannshof, from where you can take the train (RE4) in just six minutes to Neukirchen, where your hike begins. In advance you can strengthen yourself directly at the train station in the country inn "Zur Post".Strengthened and rested, you then set off. Through fresh mixed forest, past edged rocks and through green meadows it goes steadily upwards. You can hardly miss the path, once you have reached the ridge of Knappenberg. Just follow the forest path towards Etzelwang. After a while, it goes downhill again. You leave the forest and come to the beautiful dry valley. Along a paved bike path you soon come to a small meadow path that brings you directly up to the rock cellar. There is an extensive selection of food and drinks in advance, gladly also special requests, for example suckling pig, wild boar from the grill or beer goulash are prepared.From the train station Etzelwand the R4 takes you every hour back to the starting point of the short hike or towards Nuremberg.
No less than seven breweries are located on the edge of this beautiful route from Tiefenellern to Strullendorf and ensure that you do not have to be thirsty on the almost 17 kilometers. If you are looking for an enjoyable hike with many refreshment stops, this route is perfect for you. Since you run on predominantly developed paths, it is also suitable for occasional hikers and groups as well as for families with prams.Your hike starts in Tiefenellern (line S1 and bus line 970). You wander through beautiful meadows, passiest a sculpture trail with interesting works of art and have from the heights great views of the "Franconian Tuscany". Above all, on the way, you dive into the craft of brewing by visiting the seven breweries on the route. Right in Tiefenellern it starts with the brewery Hönig. This is followed by the breweries Reh and Hölzlein in Lohndorf, the Bräuhaus Melkendorf and the breweries Krug, Griess and Sauer. And if you keep your eyes open, you'll find even more pubs and rock cellars, where you can refresh yourself and have a hearty meal. We have promised it: Today only the enjoyment counts!By the way, you can come back quite enjoyably and without doing anything. At least, if you take the S-Bahn, which brings you from the station in Strullendorf again in the direction of Bamberg or Nuremberg.
Through shady forests, this hike in the Bamberger hinterland leads from the Baunachtal valley over the eastern Haßberge foothills down to the Itztal valley, then back up to the ridges of the Kraiberges - views over to Schloss Banz and Vierzehnheiligen included. From the 330-meter-high vantage point "Kraiberg-Blick" the view then opens into the Main valley and over to Bamberg. Several brewery inns ensure that thirsty throats do not stay dry.Right at the starting point of the tour, at the train station in Reckendorf (line R26), you can make a first stop at the two local breweries to refresh yourself before the hike. Then you start your tour in the Haßberge Nature Park. Passing the edge of the forest with a viewing bench, you follow a wide forest path and hike through the shady forest up to the 360-meter-high Greinberg. The old rampart, which could have served as a boundary or barrier against the Slavic invasions from the fifth to the eleventh century, and is worth pausing for a while, is an exciting way to stop for breaks.Continue on, steeply downhill, towards Freudeneck. On the way you can enjoy wide views of the eastern Main slopes at Zapfendorf and the hills of the Franconian Switzerland, while you can look forward to the next stop at the brewery inn Fischer in Freudeneck. Whether you stop here or not - it gets damp (happy), if you follow the path along the Itz riverbank, which can be under water during high tide - then you better avoid the paved path parallel to it. After this lively intermezzo civilization will soon return and you can choose to stop at the brewery inn Endres, look for a quiet bank and enjoy the great view to the Staffelberg and Banz Monastery or to the finish line in Baunach, where cozy town around the market place has much to offer.The return trip will do the train for you. From Baunach station, for example, there are good connections in the direction of Nuremberg (R26 / R2).
The 15 kilometers of this hike from Burgebrach to Bamberg are divided into two parts: without major differences in altitude, the first half of the trail leads over open terrain - with a clear view of the Bamberg countryside. In the second section through the Michelsberger forest you can enjoy the silence of the forest. Already on the way two cozy taverns with their own brewery and beer garden are waiting for you, at the end of the tour you are spoiled for choice in Bamberg ...Starting point of the hike is the beautiful town of Burgebach (lines R2 / S1 and bus lines 990, 991), whose historic center you still pay a short visit, before the Kunigundenweg brings you to Bamberg. On the way you cross picturesque bridges, pass ancient monuments, pause for a while at a small chapel or sit at the edge of the forest for a while on a lonely bench. Opportunities to relax from everyday life, there are enough on the road. But not only the mind, also the body gets its money. How about a delicious snack in the brewery-Gasthof Kaiser or with typical Franconian cuisine in the "Old Mill"? If you choose the latter, we have another tip for you: you can eat carp very well here in the area - but only in the months with an "R" in the name, that's a tradition here.Passing old cellars, you soon reach the Michelsberg forest. Here it goes uphill for a while again. At the top you have in a clearing a great view of the nearby Altenburg. A bit higher, past the mast and you've almost made it: The church spiers of St. Michael already in sight, it goes to the forest only down.In Bamberg, it is worthwhile to walk a bit further to the historic city center. And not just in summer: Bamberg is known for its beautiful Christmas market and a detour to the Bamberg Punch manufactory is especially worthwhile when it's cold outside.From the Bamberg train station, the R2 takes you relaxed towards Nuremberg. If you want to go back to the starting point of the hike to Burgebrach, you can take the bus line 991, or on Sundays and public holidays with the Steigerwald Express (line 990).
A haven of peace, this is the title of the local brochure for the paradise valley to the east of Bamberg, a quiet, unspoilt arid valley full of scenic and botanical charms in northern Frankenjura. Cozy, typically Franconian restaurants with their own beer garden invite you to visit and complete this day trip.Start of the hike is the small town of Treunitz, which you can easily reach by bus 969 (Frankenbus) from Bamberg. Along the Wiesent the route starts already very idyllic. Flanked by climbing rocks you come to the entrance to Paradise Valley. A dry valley with bizarre rock formations, pure enjoyment of nature, secluded paths and dry meadows - an oasis of silence awaits you. Imaginative the names of the rocks, first right hand of the nostrils, after a left bend then the silver wall.Past the pulpit-like preaching chair, your gaze falls to the right onto the Paradise Guard, a slender pinnacle. The valley opens and an impressive chain of rocks lies before you. Enjoy again for a moment - then the nearby motorway marks the end of this impressively beautiful valley. But the hike is not over yet and it remains enjoyable!The next highlight is not far away: Already under the chestnut trees lies the cozy beer garden of the brewery Konrad Will in front of you. "A Seidla Gemütlichkeit" can be enjoyed in the Bräustübla or in the brewing industry together with a hearty, Franconian snack.Freshly strengthened, the last part of the hike awaits you, which leads you to the destination of the route to Steinfeld. Here is the stop at the brewery inn Lindner - directly opposite is namely the stop of the bus line 969, with which you can start the journey home in the direction of Bamberg.
The first section of this entertaining tour will take you to the Lias Pit, an environmental station with 40 stations that will vividly encourage our environmental awareness. Then it goes through the fields between Eggolsheim and Unterstürmig. After the village, you can enjoy more and more far-reaching views to Bamberg and the Regnitztal valley after each altitude difference. The inviting beer cellars in Buttenheim and the world-famous Levi Strauss Museum round off the hike in a pleasant way.You start at the train station in Eggolsheim (line S1) and take a direct course to the environmental station, which is clearly signposted. After you have crossed the highway over a bridge, it goes uphill again and you are greeted by the "Lias-pit". It pays to take a break here and learn a lot about a responsible and careful handling of our natural heritage.After this educational break we continue. From the village you take a course on the Eggolsheimer mountain, which you reach quickly over small woodland and through fields and meadows. The grassy path climbs next to the fields only slightly across the slope and leads past a single, two-stemmed cherry tree, left in the middle of the fields: a large wooden cross. Already here, the first views of the Regnitztal open up. The further you go, the more beautiful this view becomes. This section of the hike can be described without exaggeration as a small panorama path. To the left on the horizon is Bamberg with the Altenburg and the old town, on the right, far behind the grove, you can see the 13th-century St. George's Chapel by the Senftenberg cellar.Past the St. Bartholomew's Church, the last section of your walk follows. On black gravel stones you reach easily downhill the road leading to Buttenheim, which you cross carefully. In Buttenheim you have enough time to refresh yourself in one of the two cellars and then to visit the Levi Strauss Museum in peace and quiet.Then head to Buttenheimer Bahnhof, from where you can take the S-Bahn (S1) or the Regional Express Express and easy back to Eggolsheim or towards Erlangen / Nuremberg.
The vast majority of this walk leads through shady mixed forest on wide forest roads, but also on idyllic paths and is therefore pleasant to walk, especially in the summer months. Views into the Windsheim basin and to one of the possible Altmühlquellen as well as the retreat in the Langskeller round off the nearly 14-kilometer tour - if you want, you can additionally pay a visit to the small town Burgbernheim.Your hike starts at the station Oberdachstetten (lines R8 / R81), where you can get a first overview at the Wegeetz-Tafel of the nature park Frankenhöhe. Well oriented, it can start. You briefly stumble across the imposing ARD radio mast on Büttelberg and then wander across gentle field and meadow corridors in the direction of the European Wasserscheideweg. You will unconsciously cross the watershed "Altmühl-Fränkische Rezat" or "Black Sea-North Sea" for the first time - at an altitude of at least 476 meters. A billboard to the right of a tree trunk marks this point.After a straight, somewhat overgrown passage, the 527 meter high Büttelberg with the transmission masts appears after a left-hand bend further downhill. Leave it to the left and follow the path slightly downhill until you reach the Schafsee with a resting place. Fancy a break? Here is a good place for it.Enjoy the beautiful lakeshore again, before wandering through a long stretch of forest that leads you over a gravel road to the highest point of the tour. On the ridge of the mountain, you continue through the deciduous forest, which opens again and again and gives you far-reaching views into the Windsheim basin.Continue through beautiful deciduous forest you soon reach the Hornauer hut at 429 meters altitude, before the forest opens and take you on a beautiful meadow with a view of Hornau slowly heading for the goal of the tour, Burgbernheim-Wildbad. Whether in the Gasthof Wildbad or in the Langskeller - in the cozy place you will have no problems to regain your strength.After your hike brings you from the train station Burgbernheim-Wildbad the R8 in just six minutes back to the starting point of the tour to Oberdachstetten.
The fact that hikes have their charm away from the marked network of paths shows this varied route up to the Kreuzberg mountain near Hallerndorf. Extensive views of the surrounding countryside, cozy beer gardens and the daily return trip on bus line 265 (Hallerndorfer-Keller-Express) complete this (not marked) tour.You start from the train station Buttenheim, where the S1 brings you comfortably. If you want to strengthen yourself again before you start: The Egloffsteiner Hof restaurant is a great opportunity. Then you leave the village and cross the Main-Danube Canal. As you trek through the flood plains, you have a good view of the conveyors of the local sandstone - an exciting thing to watch as you harvest this resource.In the further course you walk on gravel paths that lead you into a colorful mixed forest. Here it is wonderfully quiet, only cyclists and agricultural traffic are allowed to drive here. When the forest clears up, there are great views over the gently rolling landscape, until you suddenly recognize in front of you a small church on top of the Kreuzberg. Up here you can once again enjoy the tranquility and the beautiful view, before you still have a walk of about 45 minutes ahead of you, until you have reached the goal of the short hike in Hallerndorf. In the small village there are several possibilities to stop. Be it a beer cellar or a brewery - no throat stays dry here.From the stop Kellerberg you now take the bus line 265 to the return journey.
This route is a classic hike on the fringes of the Franconian Switzerland with wonderful panoramic views over the hilly landscape of Upper Franconia. Especially in spring or autumn, when it is not too hot at noon, the quite demanding tour is recommended. The traditionally known breweries and beer cellars convey Franconian beer culture and make this hiking day a pleasure.You start at the station Pretzfeld (lines R2 / S1 and R22) or, alternatively, in Drosendorf or Gunzendorf - with the lines 220 and 977 (leisure line breweries Fachwerk Express) here is also the entry possible. From Pretzfeld today two longer climbs waiting for you, which are always rewarded with great views and Franconian specialties.The first peak you reach on the plateau at the airfield of the Franconian Flying School. Here you can simply enjoy the beautiful view, watch the small sports planes take off and land or pay a visit to the Feuerstein Observatory. In the airport restaurant you can also refresh yourself.On a varied route across open meadows and through cool forest, you can now relax a bit downhill before the second ascent of the day awaits you. After passing the small town of Gunzendorf, you take the course to the 389-meter-high Senftenberg, where you can take a look at the beautiful chapel and then enjoy a leisurely meal in the Senftenberger Felsenkeller.Strengthened and rested, it's time for the last part of the hike with the destination "Häschaadä-Keller", the cozy beer cellar, which gave this tour its name.Not far away you reach the station Hirschaid, from which you can start the homeward journey with the R2 or the S1.
On the edge of the Haßberge begins the hike "Zum Välta". In addition to a natural beer garden, you can admire Bavaria's largest collection of musical instruments and numerous collected mopeds in the quaint brewery inn. Incidentally, the name "Välta" comes from one of the owners of the brewery, whose name was Valentin.You start from the station Oberhaid (lines R15 and R26) and reach after a few branches and small roads the edge of the forest, where next to an information panel of the nature park Haßberge the first hiking signs appear. From now on, pure enjoyment is announced.On quiet forest paths and cozy paths you continue hiking. Benches along the way invite for a break, while the idyllic Mönchsee offers to extend the route a bit: Around its picturesque shore leads around a small path that is perfect for a circumnavigation of the small pond.Idyllic it continues. A forest path leads you past small barns and old stone walls and finally takes you to the impressive estate of the Sandhof. Not far, and you have reached your milestone: Appendorf, with the inn "Zum Välta" or two other alternatives to stop off.Freshly strengthened waiting now the last part of this hike on you, which brings you over beautiful paths and paths mostly through wonderfully dense forest in the three-rivers city Baunach. Our tip for you here is the traditional Upper Franconian house brewery Sippel, founded in 1600, which also has a shady beer garden in summer.From the train station, you will then head back home. With the R26, you can travel comfortably in the direction of Bamberg, for example.
The Fünf-Seidla-Steig is the brewery trail in southern Franconian Switzerland. It takes you on scenic paths and trails to the five private breweries in the communities Gräfenberg and Weißenohe. Marked in accordance with the quality guidelines of the German Hiking Association, the Fünf-Seidla-Steig delights you with everything Franconia has to offer beer connoisseurs and hikers: Wonderful forest and meadow landscape in the Jura, hearty beer enjoyment and Franconian delicacies. Ten kilometers are waiting to be discovered by you on the Fünf-Seidla-Steig from Weißenohe and that quite comfortably with a stop at the five brewery inns.Alternatively, you can also go for a round trip, as we suggest in this tour. If you still feel like wanderlust, you just take a short break in Thuisbrunn and then follow our route, which brings you back to Weissenohe.From the train station in Weißenohe, you can connect to Nuremberg (R21) every hour on weekends. From May to November, the Trubachtal Express 229 operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, as well as line 226 throughout the week during the week.With a stamp card, which you get in the individual breweries, you can acquire the five-Seidla-Steig pitcher at the end of the hike and take home a great souvenir.