Sommer in Nürnberg, Pegnitz, Foto: Florian Trykowski Pegnitztal, Nürnberg, Foto: Christine Dierenbach Sommer in Nürnberg, Pegnitz, Foto: Florian Trykowski Trödelmarkt, Nürnberg, Foto: Uwe Niklas Trödelmarkt, Nürnberg, Foto: Uwe Niklas Stadtpark Fürth, Foto: TI Fürth Liebesinsel , Foto: Uwe Niklas Lorenzkirche, Foto: Uwe Niklas Handwerkerhof, Nürnberg, Foto: Florian Trykowski
Tour

From Fürth to Nuremberg along the Pegnitz

family friendly
For groups
Gardens and parks
City Trip
Country Living

Fancy a nature trail that connects two metropolises? Then this tour is perfect for you! City hopping past idyllic parks, blooming gardens and unspoilt meadow landscapes.

Start
Fürth
Duration
3 h
Distance
9 km
Key facts of the tour
One nature trail, two metropolises: If you set off on foot from Fürth to Nuremberg, you will be amazed at how many green oases run through the two neighbouring Franconian cities. You can walk comfortably from one main railway station to the other - past idyllic parks, blooming gardens and unspoilt meadow landscapes - without setting foot in noisy urban areas. The main route follows the course of the Pegnitz, the gently rippling lifeline that connects Fürth and Nuremberg. The route starts at Fürth's main railway station, continues through the wonderfully peaceful city park and the somewhat hidden "little Mainau" - always along the banks of the Pegnitz to nearby Nuremberg. Nuremberg's historic city centre is home to the "Liebesinsel" and the Lorenzkirche church, as well as all kinds of other sights, until the tour ends at Nuremberg Central Station.
A hiking tour for explorers, connoisseurs and culture lovers

Start and end station

Start station
Fürth (Bay) Hbf
4 tour steps
9 km / 3 Stunden
End station
Nürnberg Hbf

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.

Schedule

Tour starts on Fürth (Bay) Hbf

Direction

From the main railway station, walk along Fürther Freiheit in the direction of Nürnberger Straße. For a refreshment beforehand with a cappuccino, cake or savoury snack, head to Fürther Markt or the charming Milchhäusle café. Once on Nürnberger Straße, turn left behind the Babylon cinema and after a few metres you will reach the city park.

Fürth city park

Fürth's city park is considered the "secret love of the people of Fürth". Anyone who strolls through the varied park will share this enthusiasm. As early as 1867, the factory owner Johann Willhelm Engelhardt was granted permission to transform the then derelict site into a green space. The "Engelhardt grounds" were created. Numerous trees and shrubs were planted on the banks of today's Stadtparkweiher pond. After the death of the factory owner, his widow donated the funds for a pond with a waterfall, the Schwanenweiher. In 1911, the park was developed into a spacious recreational landscape. The park was given the Lion Gate, several baroque stone statues, a fountain and a school garden.

However, the foundation stone for the close relationship between the people of Fürth and their park was laid by the city garden director Hans Schiller in 1951 with the "Green and Blooming" garden show. His designs were followed: Rose Garden, Reception Garden, Fountain Courtyard and Rhododendron Garden. They all enchant people every year with their floral splendour. The municipal school garden was also redesigned. There are sections for medicinal plants, vegetables and spices, aquatic plants and many different species of native and exotic flora. The large playgrounds, an open-air stage and the Stadtparkcafé invite visitors to spend their leisure time in a fulfilling way, enjoying exercise and fun, peace and culture. The educational tree trail, which is open all year round, offers intellectual nourishment for those hungry for knowledge. Visitors can relax with a glass of wine or a cappuccino in the Stadtparkcafé.

On the south-eastern edge of the park is Fürth's second oldest church, the Protestant Church of the Resurrection, which was built between 1825 and 1826, with the Catholic and Jewish communities also helping to finance its construction. In this respect, this church also symbolises ecumenism in action.

Stadtpark Fürth, Foto: TI Fürth
Stadtpark Fürth , Foto: Heuckeroth, Lizenz: TI Fürth
Stadtpark Fürth, Foto: Millerfilme

Direction

From the Church of the Resurrection, turn right along the avenue to the school garden and from there down to the Pegnitz. Cross the river and follow the path to the right. About 200 metres further on you come to a crossroads. A small "brook" points the way to the small Mainau (POI 2), a hidden park with a healing spring temple - the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun. Along the Pegnitz, you cross the Fuchslochsteg footbridge and pass the Pegnitztal West nature reserve to reach the city limits of Nuremberg. Following the Pegnitz, you pass the water wheel at the Lederersteg and walk a short distance through a residential area. Continue along the Pegnitz under the subway, over the Maxbrücke bridge and then left to the Henkersteg footbridge. The hangman - who was not allowed to have anything to do with honourable citizens in the Middle Ages - used to sneak across this wooden footbridge from his home in the hangman's house into the city. Today, visitors to the town stroll over the footbridge to the flea market.

Flea market with love island

One of the most beautiful places in Nuremberg is located on the small Pegnitz island: the flea market. Markets have been held here since the Middle Ages. Initially, it was used as a transhipment centre for pigs - hence its old name "Säumarkt". From the 16th century onwards, second-hand goods were sold at the flea market, which is how the square got its current name. Today, you won't see any junk here, instead small, fine shops, galleries and restaurants are lined up in lovingly restored buildings and invite you to stroll and linger. After a chat in one of the lovely cafés, you can take a leisurely stroll to the eastern tip of the flea market island, also known as "Love Island" by the people of Nuremberg. Venetian gondolas on the Liebesinsel invite you to take a trip on the Pegnitz.

Monday: 12:00am - 11:59pm
Tuesday: 12:00am - 11:59pm
Wednesday: 12:00am - 11:59pm
Thursday: 12:00am - 11:59pm
Friday: 12:00am - 11:59pm
Saturday: 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sunday: 12:00am - 11:59pm
Liebesinsel , Foto: Uwe Niklas

Direction

You continue over the Schleifersteg bridge along the Pegnitz and cross the Fleischbrücke bridge into the Lorenz district. To reach your next destination and the church that gives its name to the old town district - the Lorenzkirche - turn right along Kaiserstraße to Königstraße. Opposite the Nassauer-Haus and Tugend-Brunnen fountain, you can already see the delicately decorated façade of the time-honoured church.

St Lawrence

It is one of the most beautiful sacred buildings of the German Gothic period: the imposing Church of St Lawrence, one of the city's landmarks. There was a Romanesque chapel on the site of today's St Lawrence Church. Nuremberg continued to grow in the Middle Ages and so a prestigious civic church was built between 1250 and 1477 with donations and endowments from the citizens.

The "Star of St Lawrence" - a stone rose window - and the imperial coat of arms greet visitors as they enter via the west façade. Inside the church are precious artefacts by Nuremberg artists, including the Angel's Greeting by Veit Stoß and one of the largest organs in the world. When the three-part Lorenz organ with its more than 12,000 pipes and 165 stops is played, it is a very special sound experience. The bells of St Lorenz are just as impressive, with the oldest of the 16 bells dating back to the 14th century.

The main service takes place on Sundays at 10 a.m. and on Thursdays guests are cordially invited to a service with communion. (6.30 pm) During the other services and devotions, no visits are possible.

Lorenzer Platz 1
90403
Nürnberg

Monday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Lorenzkirche, Foto: Uwe Niklas
Lorenzkirche, Foto: Uwe Niklas
Lorenzkirche, Foto: Uwe Niklas

Direction

Continue along Königstraße, past the Fränk'ness restaurant, which invites you to take a break and savour its regionally inspired, top-quality cuisine from the stone oven. Before the Königstor gate, turn right to the Handwerkerhof.

Craftsman's yard

"Small town at the Königstor": this is what the people of Nuremberg call their Handwerkerhof, a charming ensemble of alleyways, shops and half-timbered houses at the foot of the Frauentorturm tower. Once the armoury belonging to the tower was located here, today locals and visitors stroll along the historic cobblestones and enjoy the medieval flair of the place. The Handwerkerhof was built in 1971, the year Dürer was born - as a tourist attraction, but also as a reminder of the old craftsmen's town of Nuremberg.

Among the many shops that invite you to browse, you will also find a gingerbread bakery, a wine bar and a bratwurst restaurant. If you are looking for a typical souvenir, you are sure to find it among the craftsmen. There are pewterers, leather makers, glass cutters, potters, wax artists, gold and silversmiths, glass painters, gingerbread bakers and doll makers who have set up their workshops in the impressively reconstructed half-timbered houses.

Königstraße 82
90402
Nürnberg

Monday: 08:00am - 10:30pm
Tuesday: 08:00am - 10:30pm
Wednesday: 08:00am - 10:30pm
Thursday: 08:00am - 10:30pm
Friday: 08:00am - 10:30pm
Saturday: 08:00am - 10:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm
Handwerkerhof, Nürnberg, Foto: Florian Trykowski
Handwerkerhof, Nürnberg, Foto: Florian Trykowski
Handwerkerhof, Nürnberg, Foto: Florian Trykowski

Tour ends on Nürnberg Hbf

Direction

Before you make your way back to the main station, the traditional Bratwurstglöcklein restaurant in the Handwerkerhof offers you the last opportunity to try some real Nuremberg specialities of the hearty kind - be it the widely praised grilled sausages or delicacies for those who like to try them, such as salted heart and Züngerl. If you leave the Handwerkerhof through the Frauentor, you will find yourself directly at the Bahnhofsplatz.

Tour map

Start

Fürth (Bay) Hbf

Bahnhofsplatz 9

90762 Fürth

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