A sporty balance next to work!
This bike tour to the north of Nuremberg is especially suitable in good weather for all those who like to explore the surroundings around Nuremberg by bike and do not want to miss climbs and descents.
Discover my favorite route on well-maintained bike paths and hardly traveled roads through forests and valleys. On the route there are many opportunities to explore the nature but also neighboring towns and villages of Nuremberg.1
We start at the Hotel VICTORIA. From here we head north-east out of the city into the Kraftshofer Forst nature reserve, which stretches behind the Albrecht Dürer airport. Right at the beginning of the tour, we have to leave the biggest climb behind us to get to Kalchreuth. The small Kalchreuth is a year-round hiker's paradise near Nuremberg and is especially famous for the cherry blossoms (mid / late April). All year round you have a wonderful view over the foothills of Franconian Switzerland.2
After the climb to Kalchreuth, the rest of the tour rewards us with a long descent through Dormitzer Forst to the valley of the Schwabach River in the village of Weiher. From here, the tour continues through smaller communities such as Uttenreuth and Sieglitzhof to the well-known Erlanger Burgberg in the north of the city. Beer cellars were built early on at the Erlanger Burgberg to store beer, making Erlangen a pioneer in beer exports in the 19th century. The many beer cellars are home to the Bergkirchweih, a folk festival known throughout the region and celebrated every Whitsun since 1755.
But it is not only during the Bergkirchweih that the Burgberg should be included in a visit to the city. From here you have a beautiful view over the city and you are quickly back in nature.3
If you like, stop for a drink or a meal at the Entlas-Keller beer garden or take a detour to the Heinrich Kirchner Sculpture Garden, which features 17 large bronze sculptures by the Erlangen artist in a park-like setting.4
Coming from the Burgberg, the tour continues to the center of the Baroque planned city of Erlangen, which is now known as a student city. Here, too, there is the possibility to park your bikes for a short (or even longer) time directly at the Schlossplatz and to experience the city of Erlangen.
My colleague Jana has listed more information about the sights in her bike tour.5
After exploring the city of Erlangen, we head out of the city again and cross the Regnitz River and the Europe Canal to Frauenaurach. From here, we continue along the Aurach River to Herzogenaurach, where the sporting goods manufacturers Adidas and Puma and the Schaeffler Group are headquartered. I can therefore recommend a visit to the Adidas and Puma stores to all sports enthusiasts.
Furthermore, a tour of the sights in Herzogenaurach is worthwhile. Starting at the Amtsschloss, which was built in the 13th century as a fortified fortification with a keep and moat, a short tour leads through the center within the city walls of the medieval core city.6
From Herzogenaurach, the bike path leads through smaller villages, such as Ober- and Untermichelbach, again across the Main-Danube Canal and the Regnitz River to Stadeln. From here we follow the nicely developed bike paths along the valley edge of the river. Along the riparian forest we reach the transition of the Regnitz into Rednitz and Pegnitz. If time permits, you can cycle directly from the Pegnitztal cycle path into the city center of Fürth and take another look around.
Especially the Florence Tower of the City Hall, the Green Market as well as the Gustavstraße with its many cafés and small pubs invite you to take a short break.7
From Fürth, the well-signposted bike path continues toward Nuremberg along the Pegnitz Valley back to Nuremberg's Old Town and back to the hotel.
I hope you enjoy the tour!