Summer is here with its long days and warm nights. It’s the perfect time to go on an adventure on your doorstep – go out and discover Franconia and the Upper Palatinate! Whether on foot or by bike, you can experience a lot in VGN area (Transport Authority of Nuremberg). In this Collection, we have put together eight varied routes for you for your next adventure in the countryside.
Feel the fresh countryside area on the Hohenzollern adventure cycle path and experience nature and history up close. Take a refreshing dip in Lake Brombach after a hike through the Spalter Hügelland. Pick up speed on the Heumödern Trails, fun downhill routes. Or discover the beautiful nature in the Franconian Lake District. Of course, a stop for a bite to eat on such an active day is also a must, which is why you will find restaurants along all the routes where you can enjoy a pitstop.
The VGN Bahnsommer (VGN summer train) makes your micro-adventure easy to get to with the best public transport connections. You travel sustainably, stress-free and comfortably to your destination. So get on the train and out into nature.
This 13-kilometer hike is right at the beginning - but a great view is guaranteed. Start of the tour is at the train station in Happurg. From there you walk uphill for the next three kilometers, leaving most of the 420 meters behind you. Once up on the Houbirg you can enjoy the magnificent view over the Happurg reservoir and take a breather. Keep your eyes open for remnants of the ring wall.
Cycling in the footsteps of the Hohenzollern: On this more than 90 kilometer long themed cycle path between Ansbach and Nuremberg you will get interesting insights into the history of the German aristocracy, peppered by the beautiful nature. The tour starts in Ansbach. Be sure to check out the Ansbach Castle before rolling out of town along the Franconian Rezat.
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This hike takes you from one highlight to the next. Even the start of this good 15-kilometer tour is impressive when you stand on the idyllic market square with its half-timbered houses in Lauf. After a round through the old town you leave the town and continue hiking until you get into the Bitterbach gorge after about four kilometers. The route takes you along root paths and boardwalks along the stream.
On a total of 200 kilometers, the Altmühltal panorama trail meanders through the Altmühltal nature park. On this hike, you will get a good 17-kilometer impression of the excellent hiking trail - and perhaps soon gather inspiration for your next hikes. Start of the stage is at the train station in Treuchtlingen. In the place worth a look in the colorful margrave church.
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.