In the middle of Upper Franconia in Germany, lies an extraordinary city that is bursting with culture – Bayreuth. It was in this city that the famous German composer Franz Liszt took his last breath. His son-in-law, the well-known composer Richard Wagner who created a gigantic artistic oeuvre, also comes from the city. But Bayreuth offers more than just culture and its festival. Bayreuth is a young, green and colourful city where life is flourishing, especially since the university was founded.
In this Collection, we present the Bayreuth Radring cycle route so you can discover the most beautiful corners in and around this Upper Franconian city on your bike. The five short to medium-long Tours guide you to historic buildings, through parks, into the surrounding countryside, and back again. The Inner Radring takes you around the city centre whilst the Outer Radring leads you to the most beautiful highlights around Bayreuth. Last but not least, the UNIKAT discovery Tour, which was developed by students for students, shows you the most popular hangout spots in the city.
You will be amazed how many highlights fit into such a small area in Bayreuth. Quiet meadows along the Red Main river, shaded forest paths, hills with wonderful views, unique buildings such as Fantaisie Castle or the Hermitage, and magnificent gardens. Whether you live in Bayreuth or are just visiting the city, you are sure to find your favourite new spot as you cycle.
Of course, no bike trip is complete without a bite to eat en route. Although the Tours are short, it’s hard to pass the countless beer gardens, inns and pubs without trying some Franconian delicacies.
If you feel like going on an exciting voyage of discovery, but don’t have a bike, we have a solution. You can rent a bike at the Radgarten (radgartren.de), 2nd Sky (2ndsky-shop.de), or the tourist information centre (bayreuth-tourismus.de).
The inner ring forms the heart of the Bayreuth cycling ring. From the Inner Ring you can reach all the loops and it is also a great way to explore Bayreuth.The excellently developed route leads around the entire city center of Bayreuth. Not far from the main station you drive along the Red Main almost out of the city. Then you turn off and drive on a former railway line that has been converted into a popular cycling and running path.You follow the path through the south of Bayreuth. From the former railway bridge you can see the Röhrensee zoo. A short detour to the lakeshore is worthwhile here. You continue to the university campus and on small, fine paths past the Glasersee and the Jewish cemetery until you reach the cycle path on the Red Main again.
On the Outer Radring you drive around Bayreuth and discover exciting places and breathtaking nature outside the city center. The tour is quite hilly, but you will always be rewarded with beautiful views.The tour starts at the Festspielhaus, but of course you can get into the ring anywhere. At the beginning - or at the end - you will pass a pretty Kneipp facility where you can cool off your calves.Via Bindlach you initially drive on the plains, later a little hilly to the Lohengrin Therme. A short time later you will immerse yourself in a wonderful natural landscape. From the meandering Red Main, which you cross on an ancient stone bridge, you drive briefly uphill through the forest and then down again rapidly.In Rödensdorf you have mastered half of the stage. A rock cellar and a great beer garden are waiting for you there. At the gates of Gesees you drive to the fortified church St. Marien, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view.From here you cycle through small, secluded villages and on narrow streets through the forest until you have reached the festival hall again.
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Loop A of the Bayreuth Cycle Ring takes you through the southwest of Bayreuth. It starts at the former old town train station. The former railway line has been converted into a fantastic cycling and walking path.At Röhrensee it is worthwhile to briefly leave the cycle path and take a short break at the lake or in the zoo. Then you continue on the former railway line to the university campus. You circle the campus and drive out of the city into the idyllic and slightly hilly landscape south of Bayreuth.In Rödensdorf you can stop in the beer garden and admire the rock cellar. After that, it's almost all downhill. First you drive to the Marienkirche with its beautiful view, which was once a fortified church. Then it goes comfortably on to Mistelbach, where you come across the former railway again. On this beautiful bike path you roll slightly downhill back to the starting point, the old train station.
Loop B of the Bayreuth Cycle Ring takes you through the rural idyll west of the city. The tour starts and ends at the former train station in the old town. On a railway line that has been converted into a bike path, you drive directly out of the city and shortly afterwards you are in the beautiful nature.On the way you can marvel at exciting rock formations. Huge sandstone rocks accompany you on your way. In Donndorf it is worth taking a short detour to Fantaisie Castle. The rather simple little castle once served as a count's summer residence and is located in a very beautiful park. Today you will find the garden art museum in the castle.After the detour you drive through small, quiet villages and meander sometimes over meadows, sometimes through the forest. You enjoy nature before you reach a train cycle path that brings you back to the former old town train station.
On loop C of the Bayreuth Cycle Ring you will explore the northwest of Bayreuth around the valley of the Red Main. From Oberobsang you drive on narrow roads through an agricultural area until you reach the Red Main again at Unterkonnersreuth.Now follows the only significant increase in the tour. If your calves still have a little reserve, you can go to the beer garden in Hochtheta. Otherwise you will continue to meander through the forest, past an Indian camp.A descent takes you from the forest back to the city. Just before the Festspielhaus you can refresh yourself in the well-tended Kneipp facility. The Festspielhaus is one of the most famous buildings in Bayreuth. Only works by Richard Wagner are performed here. The best way to get to know the legendary rooms with the sensational acoustics is during a guided tour.On a drive through the festival park you will discover a few busts of famous composers and shortly afterwards you will reach the Red Main. A beautiful bike path has been built on its bank, which you follow for a while. Before you turn to Oberobsang, your starting point, you can follow the river a little further to the Rotmain floodplains.
The comfortable loop D of the Bayreuth Cycle Ring takes you from the city to the countryside and back again. The start is at Luitpoldplatz, where the Red Main disappears briefly under the earth. You drive up a small hill to the festival hall. In the house, known far beyond the borders of Germany, everything revolves around the works of Richard Wagner. It is best to take the time to get to know the unique building during a guided tour.You cycle around the festival hall and leave the city in the direction of Bindlach. There you can make a short detour to the town center with its pretty church and the small, chic green area.It continues to Lindig to the Lohengrin-Therme and down to the Red Main. If you have the time and inclination, you can turn right after the bridge and drive to the Hermitage. The path then leads you via Grünau to the Red Main, on the banks of which you drive back to the center.
On loop E of the Bayreuth cycle ring, you will explore the hills southeast of Bayreuth. It starts on the outskirts on Königsallee. You drive via Aiching to the Red Main, which meanders comfortably under old trees. Over an old stone bridge you drive up a hill and enjoy the wonderful path through the forest before you leave.In the popular beer garden at the Schlehenmühle, you can take a short stop and try delicious food from the region. It continues slightly hilly until you drive back to Bayreuth from the south.You pass the university campus. There it is worthwhile to make a little detour here and there, for example through the student forest or to the botanical garden. Behind the university you drive a short distance on the "bicycle highway" that leads you to the Glasenweiher. Past the Jewish cemetery you will soon reach your starting point again.
This bike tour is truly unique! Students of the University of Bayreuth have worked out a bike tour together with the employees of the university and the University Association Bayreuth so that fellow students and of course everyone else who is interested can get to know Bayreuth.In addition to unique landmarks, the tour also leads to the favorite corners of the students, all of which can be explored by bike. The tour starts at the Lang bakery in the city center. Then you drive to Röhrensee with its great zoo.The route through the university campus is something very special. Take the time to get off your bike and stroll through the botanical garden or relax in the roundabout in the heart of the campus.We continue through the Hofgarten with the New Palace to the Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner Museum. Delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes await you at Vedans. The next destination is the UNESCO World Heritage Margravial Opera House. From there it goes on musically to the Festspielhaus, the landmark of Bayreuth.The Hermitage with its impressive gardens is enthroned on a hill in front of the city. You drive back over the Wilhelminenaue, a quiet and beautiful local recreation area. On the banks of the Red Main you drive to the center, where you have earned a cool drink in Toni's wine bar after the tour.