Florian Kasper

Start the adventure – your VGN summer train

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.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:54
    8.14 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.You have now completed the challenging part of the tour, the path gently leads you up and down. Hunger? After about five kilometers, you can strengthen yourself in the restaurant to Waldesruh. Not far away is worth a short detour to the chapel ruin at Arzlohe. A romantic place with an interesting history.Through beech forests and across meadows, you hike on and finally leisurely downhill to your destination Hartmannshof. There you will find several restaurants and cafes for a successful completion of the hiking day. If you still have enough time, it is worthwhile to visit the prehistoric museum Urzeitbahnhof. Here you can enjoy a journey through 12,000 years of human history. With your VGN ticket you get the admission cheaper (adults pay 2 euros).Arrival and departure: The tour starts and ends at the train station in the respective locations, so that you can arrive quite relaxed by train. From Nuremberg you drive for example 35 minutes with the S1 to Happurg.

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    57.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,675 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.On the way you can expect numerous highlights and idyllic places. You are usually on well-developed bike paths on which it can drive excellent - and since the route is mostly slightly downhill, it rolls particularly well.From castle to monastery to cozy town - the bike path offers you a lot of variety and is also exciting for children. The last route you cycle on the great bike path along the Pegnitz up to your destination Nuremberg. There is still worth an extra round through the impressive old town. For a final stop you will find numerous restaurants here.On the way you have a good selection of restaurants and accommodation. So you can divide the distance freely, depending on the time and condition. More information about the bike path can be found here: erlebnisradweg-hohenzollern.de.Arrival and departure: From Nuremberg you come with the S4 in 40 minutes without stress to Ansbach.

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    9.52 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.The path climbs gently while you walk on the Nuschelberg. Once at the top you can strengthen yourself in the restaurant in Hallerschlösschen. Afterwards, you continue to hike across meadows and through forests until you reach Heroldsberg. Castle lovers will get their money's worth: a total of four castles - yellow, white, red and green - can be discovered in the village. If you still want to stop, you will find several restaurants in the center.Arrival and departure: Both the start and the destination have a train station, so you can arrive relaxed by train.

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    8.98 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Up and down through the splitter hilly country leads you this almost 15 kilometers long hike. Start of the tour is in gap. Before the actual tour starts, it is still worth a walk through the old town with its half-timbered houses. Then you leave gap and walk first uphill.After a good two kilometers, you will reach St. Egidius Church, from where you have a great view over the hills. The region presents itself particularly beautiful at the time of the cherry blossom. The highest point of the tour you have already reached here, again and again you get to enjoy great views.After about five kilometers, you can take a break in Enderndorf. The path continues on the dam, which separates the Great Brombachsee and the Igelsbachsee. And because it was so beautiful, it is not far to the second dam, which you cross: this separates the big and the small Brombachsee from each other.Then you dive into the nature reserve Grafenmühle. There are many animals here and there is plenty of pure nature to discover along the way. However, stay on the excellent path so as not to disturb the flora and fauna.A little later, you will see again the waters of the Great Brombachsee in front of you. Fancy a cool down? Then you will find a bathing area in your destination Ramsberg where you can roll out your towel. There are several rest stops here as well.Arrival and departure: To the starting point of the tour, the stop Lange Gasse in gap, you come with the buses and trains of the VGN. End of the hike is at the station in Ramberg.

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  • Intermediate
    04:53
    10.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.The path leads you on varied paths through the Altmühltal. After about ten kilometers, you are standing in front of the stately castle Pappenheim. How about a trip to the historic walls? Then we continue a little uphill on the Hollerstein, from which you have a beautiful view of the valley. An ideal place to settle down with a snack on the rocks and enjoy the scenery.Not far away you can watch the deer of the game park grazing. You continue to wander through the forest until you can see the rooftops of your destination Solnhofen down in the valley below.Arrival and departure: Start and finish both have a train station, so you can travel quite relaxed by train.

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    23.5 mi
    6.9 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Altmühltal panorama, sleepy villages and the Heumödern trails - with this enjoyable mountain bike tour you can discover a beautiful piece of Franconia. The route starts at the train station in Solnhofen. You cycle out of town and up to the Devil's Pulpit. From here you have a beautiful view of the Altmühltal and the rock formations.The trail continues on until you roll in Pappenheim. Here you can take a break and gather energy for the rest of the way with a relaxed stop. From Pappenheim the route leads through the idyllic apple valley along the forest path to Göhren. It follows a beautiful panorama piece with subsequent forest passage around the 546 meter high Kammerstein to Osterdorf. Here is worth a scenic stop above the old quarry, then down the beautiful mill path into Altmühltal.You cycle along the water before pedaling just before the end to master the last few meters of altitude. Because of the nature park Altmuehltal near Treuchtlingen the haymower trails meander through. On one of the seven downhill routes with different levels of difficulty, you will be racing the last few meters to Teuchtlingen. And if you do not have enough, then you go back up and test the other trails. Finally, you can stop at the valley station. From there it is only ten minutes to the train station.Arrival and departure: With the regional express from Nuremberg you can come back relaxed to the tour start and from Teuchtlingen back in less than an hour.

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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
    02:15
    18.7 mi
    8.3 mph
    650 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Idyllic river valleys and impressive natural spaces alternate on this bike tour with historic town centers and architectural monuments. The nearly 30-kilometer route starts at the station in Roth. You cross the old town and cycle past the imposing castle Ratibor, over the market place and on to the valley of the river Roth. At the entrance to the Rothgrund you can visit the factory museum, where a piece of industrial history is shown with the production of the so-called Leonian goods, for example, fine gold and silver wires for decorative embroidery.The Fränkische WasserRadweg continues along the Roth and then through a vast forest area to Hofstetten. Shortly after the place worth a visit to the historic Eisenhammer in Eckersmühlen. In the museum, you can experience the art of hammer-shedding in an impressive and authentic way.Continue along the railway line to Eckersmühlen. After crossing the village, you continue in the idyllic valley of the Roth with its numerous mills until you reach the Hilpoltsteiner old town. On the northeastern outskirts of Hilpoltstein you then reach the waterway of the Main-Danube Canal, which you follow to the Rothsee.The lake was created artificially, but over the years have developed many natural spaces worth protecting. On your way along the east bank, you will always come across great resting places and can refresh yourself on a nice summer day in the cool water. From the lake it is not far to the station Allersberg. Before you get on the train again, it is worth taking a walk through the historic center with its impressive baroque buildings.Arrival and departure: From the starting and finishing point of the tour you have access to the trains of the VGN from or to Nuremberg.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    142 mi
  • Duration
    30:29 h
  • Elevation
    8,700 ft

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