Cycling from the city to the countryside – Nuremberg in Southern Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus

At the gateway to Franconian Switzerland in Southern Germany, lies the Nuremberg urban region. Framed by medieval city walls and brimming with traditional beer cellars, you will find countless possibilities for short or long bike Tours in the city and its surroundings.

In this Collection, we take you on a journey of discovery in and around Nuremberg. Our eight varied bike Tours will broaden your horizons beyond the city limits and reveal the region’s wonderful culture and history. With magnificent forests and fantastic views, the surrounding countryside is also great to explore by bike. You find yourself in the heart of nature within a few miles of leaving the city.

The Tours in this Collection are suitable for every ability. Two more challenging routes take you to Franconian Switzerland and four routes are designed as moderate half-day Tours. You explore Ludwigskanal, Nuremberg Airport and ride along the Pegnitz River. In addition, there are two mini-routes around the city which are so jam packed with sights that you have to remember to keep pedalling.

Most of the Tours start in the city centre of Nuremberg. The start points outside of the city can be reached easily with public transport. When you get hungry and thirsty, you’re in very good hands with the Franconians. The delicious Schäuferla, a traditional pork dish, with cabbage and dumplings, the best sausage you’ve ever tasted, and traditionally-brewed regional beer will ensure your bike Tour is one to remember.

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    00:22
    3.35 mi
    9.0 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This cozy mini circuit is perfect for a small sightseeing tour. It takes you around the old town of Nuremberg and is packed with great highlights. Due to the shortness of the bike tour, you can take your time for it. You start in the southeast of the old town directly at Nuremberg Central Station and first drive north along the city wall. Via the Agnesbrück you reach the island of Schütt in the middle of the Pegnitz. From here you have a good view of the impressive bridge structures along the city wall, which will always amaze you in Nuremberg.Now it goes up to the castle hill. The cycle path along the Vestnertorgraben offers impressive views from the north side of the castle - Nuremberg's most famous landmark. It's also worth getting down here and pushing the bike to fully enjoy the burger experience.The Tiergärtnertor takes you to a lively square, surrounded by pretty half-timbered houses, where the Albrecht Dürer House can also be found. Now it goes down the mountain on cobblestones, past some restaurants and towards Sebalduskirche. On the way there you can make a stop to explore the historic rock passages of Nuremberg. Beer used to be stored in these catacomb-like, cool cellars. If you get thirsty during the tour, the affiliated Altstadthof brewery will offer you quick and, above all, excellent remedy.It continues to the Pegnitz, which you cross this time on the Maxbrücke. Via Jakobsplatz, where a street festival always takes place for several weeks in summer, you get to the Straße der Menschenrechte, an impressive outdoor sculpture that provides a good contrast to the traditional architecture of the old town. At the end of the tour you can enjoy the delicious Franconian cuisine in the narrow streets of the Handwerkerhof or go shopping - here you have the feeling that there is a Christmas market all year round.

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    Intermediate
    02:00
    19.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 32-kilometer tour in the west of Nuremberg is ideal for a leisurely half-day tour, while you have enough time to put your feet in the water or stop in one of the delicious cellars for which Franconia is so famous.You start southwest of the old town of Nuremberg directly at the Kettensteg on the Pegnitz. Here you will also find a cozy, small restaurant that takes advantage of the special flair of this place - a good opportunity to strengthen yourself before or after the tour, because the tour ends here.First you drive between the Pegnitz and cozy parks on well-developed bike paths. On nice days there is hustle and bustle everywhere: groups sit here and there, barbecues and, above all, bathing. You follow the cycle path in the direction of Führt, soon leave the course of the Pegnitz and pass the Fürth train station. Incidentally, this is also a clever alternative entry point into the round if you cannot start directly in Nuremberg.You first follow the train tracks through an industrial area. Opposite the track bed, you have a view of beautiful, old buildings, whose facades are defying decay. Then the path leads you closer to the railway line and then through a short forest. Before you finally get to the Main-Danube Canal, you drive through a slightly enchanted avenue in an old villa district, Lindenstraße. Magnificent houses pass here on your left and right.From Oberfürberg it goes on a gravel road directly into a wonderful forest area. It gets noticeably cooler and the air is pleasantly fresh. A small loop awaits you here up into the forest to the Grüner Felsenkeller, where you can stop and take a well-deserved break. If you are out on a mountain bike, you can also try some nice trails here and there that branch off from the forest path into the undergrowth.The path back leads you along the outskirts of Hardhöhe to the old town of Fürth, where a few nice restaurants invite you to stop again. From here you follow the Rednitz bank promenade, where a similar spectacle is presented as in the Pegnitzauen - small groups in the park, on the bank or even in the water when the weather is particularly nice. You will soon follow the Pegnitz back to Nuremberg on the familiar route and cross the Hallertürlein into the old town of Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    02:30
    15.7 mi
    6.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal, commissioned by King Ludwig I, used to connect the Danube at Kelheim with the Main near Bamberg for 172 kilometers. Today this task is taken over by the new Main-Danube Canal. At the Old Canal, you can therefore enjoy cycling on the towpaths, which have been converted into bike and hiking trails, in complete peace and quiet through nature - right at the gates of Nuremberg. A little bit of information: The boats on the canal used to be pulled by one or more horses that were driven along the towpaths next to the canal.You start at the entrance of the Old Canal, which appears out of nowhere on the edge of the Nuremberg garden city and drive south along its idyllic bank. Watch out for the ducks that doze around on the towpaths and don't let anyone in the world disturb them - in principle, you have no choice but to drive carefully around them.Slightly uphill, follow the old canal to Wendelstein. On the way you will come across rustic locks here and there, where a few short climbs have to be mastered, and a small beer garden on the bank edge invites you to take a break. In Wendelstein, it is worth visiting the historic town center, which has a few cozy localities.A few kilometers further along the main road downstream of the Schwarzach and you are swiveling onto the new Main-Danube Canal. Much wider and more voluminous, the water masses continue here and even flow over a canal bridge just behind Neues, under which the main road runs - a truly imposing structure, at the sight of which one does not want to imagine what would happen if it leaked.You now follow the New Canal northwards back to Nuremberg. On a nice day, you can make yourself comfortable on one of the expansive sunbathing lawns on the way back - sometimes the people of Nuremberg don't miss it and even jump into the cool water here on the canal on a particularly hot day.Shortly before the gates of Nuremberg, the canal is getting busier and a certain flair of industrial romanticism is spreading. If you want, you can end the evening here at the Nuremberg harbor with a cold beer and let your gaze wander with the sun over the cranes and shipping containers.

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    Easy
    00:52
    7.06 mi
    8.2 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This small circuit of a little more than ten kilometers takes you across the former Nazi party rally grounds. Many information boards invite you to find out more about the history of this rather darker time of Nuremberg.You start your tour at Dutzendteich train station and can first stop for a cozy beer in the beer garden of the Gutmann brewery and let your gaze wander over to the congress hall. Since the tour ends here very close, you can save this part for the end.It is only a few hundred meters to the congress hall, which you completely circle around - the inner courtyard, which you can visit freely until 8 p.m., is particularly impressive. The imposing brick building seems to be only half finished, but precisely because of that it is no less impressive. If you compare it with the very noble exterior facade of the building, which is composed of granite blocks, almost two different architects seem to have been at work - so strong is the contrast.Through the Luitpoldhain past the Ehrenhalle, the tour now leads to the small Dutzendteich and then to the Silberbuck - a great vantage point, the steep paths of which reward you with a bombastic view over the trees of the Luitpoldhain and the roofs of Nuremberg.When you then get to the Great Street, a similar but fundamentally different foresight opens up to you. The broad concrete slabs of the street seem to run into nowhere on the horizon and you will once again notice the extent of the megalomania with which the Nazi party rally grounds were designed and partly laid out. The main grandstand at Zeppelinfeld, which you will reach shortly afterwards, is the only building that was completely finished at the time.At the end of the round and to bring some variety to the concrete buildings, there is a detour to the Valznerweiher. Here you can comfortably stretch your legs on the lakeshore or have a deserved break in the small island restaurant before the tour takes you back to Dutzendteich station shortly afterwards.

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    Difficult
    03:56
    24.0 mi
    6.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this half-day tour in the east of Nuremberg it will be a bit more wooded, mountainous and rocky. If you have a mountain bike, you can now get it out of the garage - you'll have fun with it. But even with a normal touring bike, this round in beautiful nature is not a major problem.You start right on the edge of the forest at the gates of the Nuremberg zoo. From here it is only a few meters and you will already find yourself on the wonderful forest trails of the Lorenzer Reichswald. The route leads here on gently sloping, but easily navigable gravel roads through idyllic pine forests with impressive natural monuments and light wetlands. At most, you have to be careful in the corners so as not to lose the grip under the wheels. If you are on a mountain bike, you have the opportunity to vary the route a little in places, because the tour leads past many fun flow trails that you cannot actually miss on a mountain bike.At the Röthenbachklamm you can make a short detour along the idyllic brooklet. You can do this even with a touring bike. The ground is sometimes a bit rooty, if the route becomes too demanding for you, you can simply descend and cover the few meters over the root passages on foot - this way you can enjoy this little pearl of nature much better anyway. If you decide to go to the gorge, then just turn left onto the country road and follow it in the direction of Fuchsmühle until you get back on the tour.We continue to Moritzberg, a highlight in the truest sense of the word. A decent ascent awaits you, which nudges your calves towards the end. As a reward, there is a really pretty beer garden on the summit, where you can refresh and strengthen yourself. The observation tower is also worth a visit, because nothing blocks your view to the west and you can try to find your starting point.If you prefer to do without the somewhat more demanding mountain stage, you can also turn directly to the two birch lakes at Röthenbachklamm and do a short lap in the lake instead of the sweaty ascent.From Moritzberg, which is also the gateway to Franconian Switzerland, the route leads first on shady forest paths and later on sunny roads downhill to the birch lakes - a fun descent that is at least as refreshing as a swim in the lake. For the last ten kilometers you then dive back into the Lorenzer Reichswald - this time on slightly lighter paths and past a sandstone quarry - before your tour ends at the Nuremberg Zoo.

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    Difficult
    01:39
    14.9 mi
    9.0 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Do you fancy a little morning exercise or a beer after work with a view of the evening air traffic? Then this small, fairly moderate round is just right for you. But also together with the family this round is really fun, because watching planes is interesting for young and old - especially if there is a really great picnic area for it.You start at Nuremberg Central Station. From here, the tour takes you up the old city wall to the Burgberg and from there in a northerly direction first past the city park and then along the overwhelmingly large green area of the Marienberg. Through the Nuremberg district of Ziegelstein you come to a railway line that you follow to the eastern end of the airfield.Here you are standing directly in the approach lane and if you are lucky, an airplane is just about to land - that is always an impressive experience. We continue on idyllic paths on the Nuremberg Marienweg, which is part of the Jakobsweg here, around the airport. A small hill offers you the perfect place to take a break: Picnic tables are in the shade of tall pine trees and the runway of Nuremberg Airport is right in front of you - you can take it here for a while.Afterwards, the circuit around the airport takes you a little deeper into the Krafthofer forest before you come back to the airfield in the west. Along the Bucher Landgraben, cross the forecourt of the airport building and then drive south towards Nuremberg. Before you get back to the Marienberg park, you pass rustic horse farms for a short while - here you get a slight Wild West feeling, then the traffic in Nuremberg has you again.

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    Intermediate
    02:31
    19.3 mi
    7.7 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely round through the rural area north of Nuremberg and parts of the Tennenloher Forest starts right at the parking lot for cars and mobile homes south of the Marienberg. From here you first drive through the extensive park in the direction of the airport, then cycle past it via the Bucher Landgraben. Maybe you are lucky and an airplane is taking off, then you are well on the way to being able to watch it take off.Behind the airport area the area becomes noticeably more rural - farms and wide fields replace the suburban settlements of Nuremberg. You are in the so-called Knoblauchsland, one of the largest contiguous vegetable growing areas in Germany. Past enchanted forest and stately castles, the tour continues north until you reach the Tennenloher Forest shortly after Neunhof. At the entrance to the forest you will find a warning sign that there may be ammunition and other dangerous goods buried in the forest, so be careful.On long forest paths you drive a little further through the forest area, which is now sustainably grazed in order to preserve valuable natural areas - such as sandy grasslands and heathland. A short stop at the wild horses and back is the journey on the sculpture axis, an open-air exhibition, to Tennenlohe.In Kraftshof at the latest, it is worth making a short stop at the fortified church. The church, completely surrounded by a castle wall with small towers, enchants with a wonderful medieval atmosphere. A small beer garden in the forecourt completes the whole thing and invites you to enjoy this fairytale ambience a little longer. On dirt roads and through small rural villages, the path then leads back to Marienberg and the starting point of the route.

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    Difficult
    03:10
    26.8 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This slightly more demanding half-day tour rewards you with fantastic views over the Nuremberg region. The starting point is at a car park for hikers in Lauf an der Pegnitz, which you can easily reach by public transport from Nuremberg.From there it goes straight into the Sebalder Reichswald. You cycle through the cool green on long, well graveled bike paths and you will also meet one or the other jogger, because a local fitness trail leads along here. At Behringershof you turn onto the paved bike path next to the main road and you can really accelerate in a straight line. If you are already in the flow really nicely, you can skip the little dangling around Kreuzplatz and jet straight ahead. The route then leads back to the main road before turning to Oedenberg.Now it's a bit uphill. During the ascent, you can either take a break in one of the beer gardens in Oedenburg or you can take advantage of the flow and drive straight up to the hill to Tauchersreuth. Don't forget to turn around before entering the town - the view is fantastic and on a clear day extends as far as Nuremberg. On the other side of the village, you can see a similar spectacle during the descent, because here the southern flank of Franconian Switzerland presents itself from its most beautiful side - a reason to stop again and enjoy.On your way to Schnaittach you will cross many small, rural villages, hops are increasingly being grown in voluminous fields along the paths and in some places you can stop at a brewery to try out whether it is used correctly. You will find out: Here in Franconia, hops and malt are guaranteed not to be lost.From Wolfshöhe it goes through a dense forest along some pretty ponds that invite you to take a short break. Then it goes up a bit so that shortly before Lauf an der Pegnitz you will be spoiled with a small, rapid descent before you get back to your starting point.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    131 mi
  • Duration
    17:00 h
  • Elevation
    5,200 ft

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