A hiking tour for families and nature lovers
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From Fürth main station, first walk to Fürther Freiheit. On this way you already have the opportunity to put together a small picnic.
picnic, be it in a bakery, on the Fürth market or in the Milchhäusle.
The Fürther Freiheit square was created in 1938 by demolishing a railway station building that had already ceased operations in 1922. Weekly markets were held here until 2012. The annual Christmas market, the MichaelisKirchweih church consecration, the Fürth Festival and the New Orleans Festival are still held here. There are three large historic 19th century commercial buildings on the square, numbers 2, 4 and 6.
You walk a little way along Nürnberger Straße, in the opposite direction of travel. Then turn into Engelhardtstraße next to the Babylon cinema and come directly to the Stadtpark.
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 received permission to transform the then fallow land into a green space. The "Engelhardt-Anlage" was created. Numerous trees and shrubs were planted on the banks of what is now the Stadtparkweiher. After the death of the factory owner, his widow donated the funds for a pond with a waterfall, the Swan Pond. In 1911, the grounds were developed into a spacious recreational area. The park was given the Lion's Gate, several baroque stone statues, a fountain and a school garden.
However, the foundation stone for Fürth's intimate relationship with its park was laid by the city garden director Hans Schiller in 1951 with the garden show "Grünen und Blühen". The following were created according to his designs: Rose Garden, Reception Garden, Fountain Courtyard and Rhododendron Garden. They all enchant people every year with their splendour of blossoms. The municipal school garden was also redesigned. Here there are sections for medicinal plants, vegetables and spices, water plants and many different species of native and exotic flora, among others. The large playgrounds, an open-air stage and the city park café invite visitors to spend their free time in a fulfilled way, enjoying exercise and fun, peace and culture. The tree trail, which is open all year round, offers intellectual nourishment to those hungry for knowledge. In the Stadtparkcafé, visitors can relax with a glass of wine or a cappuccino.
On the south-eastern edge of the park is Fürth's second oldest church, the Protestant Church of the Resurrection, built between 1825 and 1826. At that time, the Catholic and Jewish communities also contributed to the financing of the construction. In this respect, this church also stands for ecumenism in action.
Now take the path from the school garden down to the Pegnitz, which you cross on the bridge to the Pappelsteig. Just after the bridge on the left, your path now leads along the Pegnitz. Here you can enjoy the riverbank and the nearby river on the one hand and the wide view over the river floodplain criss-crossed by ditches on the other.
Cross under the Ludwigsbrücke bridge and pass the Fürther Freizeit. On the next bridge, cross the Pegnitz, pass the playground and arrive directly at your next stage destination, the confluence of the Pegnitz and Rednitz with the popular Fürth lookout point.
A little hidden, but very well known to Fürth residents, is the confluence of the Rednitz and Pegnitz rivers at Wiesengrund Fürth, level with today's main cemetery. This idyllic spot captivates with a beautiful view of the river landscape. The wooden platform at the top was built in 2007 and invites you to picnic. The place offers the opportunity to look at the natural spectacle of the "river triangle" in peace and quiet. Here the Rednitz and the Pegnitz become the Regnitz. The large playground right next to it is also perfect for families.
From the vantage point at the confluence of the Pegnitz and Rednitz rivers, do not go back along the path, but continue to follow it, this time along the Rednitz, to the first bridge.
The name "Rednitz" comes from Slavic. It is assumed that it meant "beautiful river" at that time. In the early Middle Ages, the Rednitz was travelled on flat boats, which was not only faster but also safer than travelling by land. Once you have crossed the bridge, take the path that leads to the left across the meadow. Keep following the path through the meadows until you pass under the Würzburger Straße. When the subway is about 150 metres behind you, turn left onto a path. Now you are directly at the Rednitzgraben.
The Rednitzgraben was artificially created in 2007. The Rednitz and the Pegnitz pass dams and transverse structures, supply power plants and pass through weirs. For fish and other aquatic life, such facilities are usually an insurmountable obstacle. The Rednitzgraben, like the Pegnitzgraben, is intended to serve as a diversion for aquatic life and is well accepted by the animals. The project was funded by the local power plant operator. However, the Rednitzgraben does not only serve ecological purposes. On its banks, recreation-seekers can find a quiet spot directly on the water. It is perfect for families in particular, as the water is shallow and of good quality. It offers welcome cooling on hot summer days.
Walkers who decide to have a picnic here should please remember to take litter back with them. The spot is as natural as possible, so there are no rubbish bins or the like here.
Once you have taken a short break on the banks of the Rednitzgraben, simply follow the path further upstream. At the next bridge you cross the river and stand right on the riverbank promenade.
The riverside promenade along the Rednitz is a footpath and cycle path built in 2007. What sounds unspectacular at first is one of the most popular places in Fürth. As soon as it gets warmer, sunbathers gather here and visitors:inside stroll along the promenade. The promenade has boat moorings. The Café Badehaus provides guests with fresh drinks and also offers a wide range of cultural activities. Barbecues are allowed at the lower end of the promenade (towards Siebenbogenbrücke). Those looking for a little more peace and quiet will find secluded corners in the nearby meadows at Wiesengrund to enjoy a beautiful summer day.
From the riverside promenade, turn left and walk along the train tracks back to the main station.
Not far from Fürth main station is the Grüner Brauhaus. After so much fresh air, this is an opportunity to end the day with a good meal before your train takes you comfortably home again.