Bike tours in Franconia and Upper Palatinate — VGN leisure tips

Bike Touring Collection by
VERKEHRSVERBUND GROSSRAUM NÜRNBERG

Wonderful cycle paths that meander along majestic rivers, pass glittering lakes and lead through deep forests. In Franconia and the Upper Palatinate, you will find numerous such cycle paths on which you can take unforgettable tours. We have put together for you the eleven most beautiful cycling tours in Franconia and the Upper Palatinate, which are not far from Nuremberg, Fürth and Erlangen and which you can all reach by public transport.

Our eleven bike tours lead you through the varied landscapes of Franconia and the Upper Palatinate. You cycle through the Main valley or the lovely Tauber valley. Dive into the unique landscape of the Fichtelgebirge or discover the untouched nature at the Altmühlsee. You will be enchanted by historic cities like Rothenburg, the Tauber, Forchheim or Bayreuth and enjoy the best wines in the Franconian wine country - in Franconia and the Upper Palatinate every cyclist will find what his heart desires.

All our tours can be reached by regional trains, suburban trains or bicycle buses, so you can reach the cycle paths comfortably and stress-free and can look forward to unique experiences while cycling in Franconia and the Upper Palatinate.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:14
    31.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    700 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The beautiful tour along the Wieseth runs mostly flat, only in some places are small slopes waiting for you. At the station in Dombühl it starts. Here you can get comfortable with the S4 or the R7. From here you cycle in a small arc over the tracks and then directly into the beautiful nature. Along colorful fields and shady forests you drive comfortably to the southeast.In Weinberg springs the Wieseth. From here, you'll be driving parallel to the river and crossing it a few times. In some places you cycle directly along the shore, on other sections you drive a bit off the river through the quiet nature of green forests and through wonderful wide fields. In the open landscape you can enjoy beautiful views of picturesque places like Elbersroth or Wieseth.On the last section of the route you cycle comfortably along the shore of Lake Altmühl. In addition to the unique nature of the reserve, you can also enjoy idyllic harbors and cozy beach bars. The goal of the tour is Gunzenhausen on the southeastern tip of the lake, from where you can drive home after a stroll through the city with the R62 or R8.

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  • Easy
    01:53
    16.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    450 ft
    600 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 26 kilometer long, easy bike ride takes you from Dombühl in the beautiful, medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber. To the starting point in Dombühl you can easily reach the S4 or the R7.From the station you cycle through the town Dombühl. If you feel like it, you can make an initial stopover in the outdoor pool here and cool off on hot days. Afterwards you cycle on almost flat track over wide fields. Here you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding villages and romantic wooded hills. After about ten kilometers you drive on the old railway embankment between the Wühlberg and the Eichelberg. The route leads you through the forest and it goes in a rapid descent down to Oberoestheim and on to Unteroestheim. Here you have made half of the tour and it offers a break in the inn of the place.Strengthened you continue on the flat bike path of the old railway line over wide fields. Only shortly before Rothenburg ob der Tauber it goes a bit uphill. Once you have arrived at the destination, you can end the day in the medieval old town, before you return home with the R82 via Steinau.

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    24.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    775 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the White Main you cycle to the Red Main at about 39 kilometers. The starting point of the idyllic Bahnradweg is Bischofsgrün, where you can take the cycle bus 329 from Bayreuth or 369 from Weidenberg. The destination of the bike tour is Bayreuth.Almost effortlessly, you can roll through the wild valley of the White Main to the old spa town of Bad Berneck. After a loop through the picturesque Ölschnitztal, the trail starts with a gentle up and down through open countryside and small villages, then steeper up to the Oschenberg, which lies next to the famous Bindlacher Berg. Here you can be inspired by the magnificent view and admire the remains of a once important monastery.Afterwards you drive comfortably downhill to Bayreuth, where you meet in the former Landesgartenschaugelände Wilhelminenaue on the Red Main. On the banks of the river you cycle the last few meters of the bike ride to the train station, from where you can start your journey home by train.

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    40.8 mi
    7.5 mph
    3,050 ft
    3,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Over 66 kilometers, this beautiful tour takes you through the Fichtelgebirge. It takes you from Bischofsgrün to Untersteinach. In the varied up and down it goes through the beautiful landscape of the Fichtelgebirge: You cycle past the Ochsenkopf, Fichtelsee and the four main sources of the mountains, through forests, river valleys and cozy towns.To get to the starting point, you can take the bike bus lines 329 from Bayreuth or 369 from Weidenberg. Then it starts and through the cool forest first to Weißmainquelle, which rises to 887 meters altitude and the Fichtelnaabquelle. From here you can then roll downhill to Fichtelsee and pay a short visit behind the lake to the iron-bearing Jean Paul fountain. Through the forest, it goes on to Saalequelle, where you can take a break at the rest area.After a few kilometers, the trees clear and you cycle alternately across wide fields and through shady woodland. Gefrees, Bad Berneck, Godkronach and Nemmersdorf invite you on the way to restful stops before you reach Untersteinach, the destination of the tour. Here you either continue by bike or train to Bayreuth, where you can start your journey home by train.

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  • Intermediate
    02:28
    19.0 mi
    7.7 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 30-kilometer bike tour takes you from Bischofsgrün on the Fichtelnaabradweg on rivers and two charming lakes over to Fichtelberg.You can reach the starting point in Bischofsgrün by bike bus lines 329 or 369. From here you cycle at the beginning a bit uphill, but you can also push the short steeper part well. You drive through the pleasant shady forest past large granite rocks to the Fichtelsee. Here you can take a break for the first time and treat yourself to a refreshment at the Waldhotel.After the Fichtelsee, it is initially wavy, before you can flit down to Nagelsee and on to Ebnath. At the Fichtelnaabradweg it goes then directly on the bank of the river a small part of the altitude up again. Pleasantly gentle, the route takes you over the wonderful old railway track to the destination of the tour to Fichtelberg. It is worthwhile to pay a visit to the German Vehicle Museum at the end of the day at the old train station. Then you can start the journey home from the bike bus stop at the bus station Fichtelberg.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    46.4 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This approximately 75-kilometer tour takes you from north to south from Obermaintal via the Weismainalb to the Franconian Switzerland - thus lengthwise through the three districts of Lichtenfels, Bamberg and Forchheim. A multi-faceted tour, past three springs and to the origin of the large and the small Tummlers near the Heroldsmühle. Numerous other mills are on the way and so many water wheel turns today.Start is in Burgkunstadt at the train station, where you can take the R24 via Lichtenfels. From here you drive on the first half of the route through deeply cut rock valleys - wildly romantic and bizarre with small villages and mills, then it goes up and down and finally up the barren Albhoe plateau. After Laibarös you reach the highest point at 507 meters altitude and kilometer-wise about half of the tour.Now, in principle, it is almost all downhill, although sometimes with smaller peaks as a counter-climb. In the Leinleitertal, past Heiligenstadt and Veilbronn, you roll along quite comfortably and from Ebermannstadt almost flat through the now wide Wiesenttal. Along the idyllic railway line of the Wiesenttalbahn, you pass the Walberla to the destination Forchheim. From here fast and frequent train connections bring you back to the metropolitan area of Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    02:55
    30.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    575 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful bike ride starts at the bike bus stop on the treetop path Ebrach. Before swinging on the bike, it is worthwhile to pay a visit to the path and to admire the vast forest from above. Then it starts. For a short while you roll through the forest, but soon the dark, cool forests on steep terrain give way to the sunlit vineyards of Weinmainfranken. The Main accompanies you from Münsterschwarzach, with its famous monastery, via Dettelbach and Kitzingen to Sulzfeld, where you order the "Bratwörscht" after meters, and continue to the destination Marktbreit.On the almost 50 kilometers of the tour you cycle not only through beautiful nature, but also through small winegrowing towns and winegrowing villages, which characterize the landscape in the middle Main valley, around it there is hardly anything comparable. On balmy summer evenings and beautiful Sunday afternoons, it's wonderful to sit outside in the many wine taverns and enjoy them. In Franconia you just sit down. The wine list resembles a catalog of culinary treasures of the region and the food is in many places of regional origin and well prepared - ideal conditions for a real pleasure trip.At the finish of the tour, in Marktbreit, you can return home by train. For example, the R8 takes you straight back to Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    43.8 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,300 ft
    2,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the 70-kilometer tour you will find varied and idyllic river landscapes as well as comfortable cycle paths and places with a historical flair. A special highlight on the bike path from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Kitzingen is the "lovely Tauber Valley".It starts at the train station in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where you get on Steinach with the R82. If you want, you can make a detour to the historic old town from here, before leaving the medieval city and immersing yourself in the beautiful nature of the Tauber Valley. You cycle along the merry loops of the Tauber and pass through picturesque forest and meadow landscapes as well as charming places with romantic lanes and cozy rest stops.In Bieberehren you then leave the Tauber Valley and cycle on the Gaubahnradweg over wide fields and through some woodland into the Main Valley. Ochsenfurt awaits you on the Main, where you can take a well-earned break and visit the beautiful city center. Afterwards, you drive relaxed along the banks of the Main until you reach Kitzingen, the destination of the tour. Here you can start the journey home from the train station, after you have thoroughly enjoyed the city on the Main.

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  • Difficult
    04:35
    41.8 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 67-kilometer route takes you from Neustadt an der Aisch to Markt Erlbach. You cycle through small river valleys and villages in the Urfränk to beautiful vineyards.It starts at the station in Neustadt an der Aisch, where the R81 brings you. From here you drive through the river valleys of Ehebach, Mühlbach and Tief. Most of the time you cycle past wide fields and cross small villages here and there. In Bad Windsheim you will meet again the Aisch and accompany you for a short time. In the place worth a break, because here you have many cafes and restaurants to choose from, where you can stop for a drink.After leaving Bad Windsheim, you go up to the vineyards. Here a steep climb awaits you, but you can also tackle it comfortably by simply pushing. You will then have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view over the vineyards and the valley below you. If you want to take a breather, there are rustic hedge farms and wine taverns where you can taste the regional wines. In light up and down you then cycle the last few kilometers to Markt Erlenbach, the destination of the tour. From here you can travel home with the R12.

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  • Easy
    01:51
    19.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    400 ft
    825 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This easy bike ride through the lower Aurachtal valley is about 16 kilometers long and takes you from Wicklesgreuth to Büchenbach.Starting point is at the train station in Wicklesgreuth, where you can get on the S4. From here you cycle through a beautiful forest and then cross Petersaurach. Behind the place you finally dive into the enchanted Aurachtal, which welcomes you with cool forests and lush meadows. You always cycle along the small river and enjoy the peace and closeness to nature to the fullest. Now and then you come through small places where you have the opportunity to take breaks and stop. If you prefer to spend your breaks close to nature, you can also eat your food at one of the rest areas. Here, the kids can let off steam on the corresponding playgrounds - the bike path is perfect for families due to the low slope.From Büchenbach, the destination of the bike tour, you can then travel home with the S2.

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  • Difficult
    09:34
    97.2 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    Between the heights of the Franconian Switzerland and the Steigerwald the RegnitzRadweg connects the cities Bamberg, Forchheim, Erlangen, Fürth and Nuremberg on two parallel routes. While the 85 kilometer long valley route leads through villages and small towns with Franconian half-timbered facades, the hardly shorter canal route (75 kilometers) is consistently oriented along the course of the Main-Danube Canal and the Regnitz.Both routes can be combined into a varied 160-kilometer tour, which you can ride in four stages. The bike path is consistently flat except for small slopes, which makes it easy to drive. From Nuremberg you cycle on the valley route via Fürth, Erlangen, Forchheim and Bamberg to Bischberg, where the river Regnitz and the Main-Danube Canal flow into the Main.On the canal route it goes back to Nuremberg. On the way you pass green river meadows and dense banks of playful Regnitz. Along the river you will come across historic water wheels, cozy benches for breaks and charming places with pretty half-timbered houses. At the dead-straight Main-Danube Canal, dense forests and wide fields await you, as well as exciting locks and beautiful harbors, inviting you to take a break.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    411 mi
  • Duration
    43:40 h
  • Elevation
    13,975 ft

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