Boulevardsteg am Wo╠łhrder See, Foto: Christine Dierenbach Industriegut Hammer von Oben, Foto: N-ERGIE Pegnitz in Nu╠łrnberg - Die Insel Schu╠łtt, Foto: Christine Dierenbach Pegnitztal Nu╠łrnberg, Foto: Christine Dierenbach Wo╠łhrder-See, Foto: Christine Dierenbach Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG rent a bike Nu╠łrnberg, Foto: Stefan Eckert Schu╠łsselstein (Fischbach b. Nu╠łrnberg), Foto: Derzno Rumpelbachschlucht, Ro╠łthenbach, Foto:  Derzno Industriegut Hammer Ruine, Foto: N-ERGIE
Bycicle tour

What rocks and streams around Nuremberg tell us

Culturally Important
Geologically Interesting
Animals & Nature

From Nuremberg, this cycle tour takes you eastwards past the zoo through the Nuremberg Reichswald forest. You cycle past rock formations, gorges and lakes on your way back along the banks of the Pegnitz.

3 h
35 km
Key facts of the tour
Not only Nuremberg itself is beautiful. It is also worth leaving the city and exploring the magical landscape in which it is embedded. Here, water has left its mark everywhere - whether in the form of rocks that emerged from the sand at the bottom of an inland sea hundreds of millions of years ago or as a spring that has attracted people for centuries. Travel through lakes, forests and gorges and learn about life in a medieval industrial settlement on the banks of the Pegnitz.
A cycle tour for nature lovers, culture vultures and explorers

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take your own bike with you, depending on capacity utilisation.

Start and end station

Start station
N├╝rnberg Hbf
6 tour steps
35 km / 3 Stunden
End station
N├╝rnberg Hbf

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


Tour starts on N├╝rnberg Hbf


DB Bicycle Service Hbf. Nuremberg

There are 835 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the railway station.

Bahnhofsplatz 9

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


It is a short walk of about ten minutes from Nuremberg Central Station to hire a bike.

To do this, walk along Hummelsteiner Weg from the south exit, turn left at Humboldtplatz and then immediately into Dovestra├če. There you will find the Rent a bike hire centre.

rent a bike Nuremberg

With private bike hire in Nuremberg, you can choose from a wide range of bikes: from Dutch bikes to tracking bikes, from city bikes to pedelecs. The bike hire also offers a storage service for excess luggage and tours with professional and certified city guides. Rent a bike is available from 9:00 to 18:30.

Dovestra├če 10

Phone: 0171 1710022
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rent a bike Nu╠łrnberg, Foto: Stefan Eckert
Innenansicht ÔÇô rent a bike Nu╠łrnberg, Foto: Stefan Eckert
Schaufenster ÔÇô rent a bike Nu╠łrnberg, Foto: Stefan Eckert


Now it's off and out of the city. Initially, you mainly head east and cycle through Glei├čhammer and Zarbelshof to the Schmausenbuck.

The Schmausenbuck is an elevation of almost 400 metres above sea level in the middle of the Lorenzer Reichswald forest on the eastern edge of Nuremberg. Its extensive network of paths and trails is ideal for hiking and cycling. The Nuremberg Zoo has been located on its southern slope since May 1939, which you now cycle round to the left.

Beech blade

The Buchenklinge is a layered spring that is symmetrically framed and accessible via a curved sandstone staircase. This facility was renovated in 1908, 1932 and most recently in 2000. However, the Buchenklinge was first mentioned in a document 650 years ago. The reason for this was also a renovation. The spring has therefore been known for much longer and was used as a resting place by the workers of the nearby quarry and by day trippers.

Zerzabelshofer Forst


The beech blade is reluctant to give up its cool water. Have you tasted it?

Cycle through the Zerzabelshofer Forst, part of the Lorenzer Reichswald forest, to your next destination, the Schl├╝sselstein.


The strikingly shaped sandstone monolith stands alone in an otherwise seemingly stone-free environment. It is around ten metres long and wide, five metres high and full of notches and small caves. The name of the rock is derived from its bowl-shaped depressions, some of which fill with water when it rains. In prehistoric times, the keystone was probably of cultic significance. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it served as a boundary marker.

Schu╠łsselstein (Fischbach b. Nu╠łrnberg), Foto: Derzno


Continue eastwards through the forest. Keep your eyes open, you are about to come across another strangely shaped rock - the Frog Stone.

Viewed from the north, the approximately five metre long and two metre high castle sandstone rock resembles a frog. It's worth taking a closer look: Have you spotted the elephant in the stone?

The route continues and you first cross the A9 motorway. The trail then leads through the municipality-free area of Brunn and to the beautiful course of the R├Âthenbach stream and into the gorge.

As befits a gorge, it is very narrow here in places, so everyone should be considerate of each other.

Rumpelbach Gorge

The Rumpelbach Gorge is a small rocky notch made of sandstone at the headwaters of the R├Âthenbach stream and is also known as the R├Âthenbachklamm. Over thousands of years, the stream has carved its way into the transitional layers of the Rh├Ąt-Lias sandstone and the Upper Feuerletten, which are difficult to distinguish. The rock, which is heavily weathered in places, was formed around 200 million years ago, when the north-west of central Franconia lay in a shallow inland sea. Fine-grained and sandy sediments were deposited and later became claystone and sandstone. Today, this gorge, which is pleasantly shady in summer, is filled with rich vegetation and dense moss.

Rumpelbachschlucht, Ro╠łthenbach, Foto:  Derzno


Take your time as you follow the course of the R├Âthenbach stream northwards until you come to the first of the two Birkensee lakes.

In summer, the quarry pond is ideal for swimming. Otherwise, the lakes, which are not developed for tourism, are a rather peaceful natural paradise for water birds.

Continue to the last destination on today's tour: the Hammer factory estate.

Hammer factory estate

The Hammer factory estate is a fortified medieval industrial settlement, one of the most important sites of its kind in Europe. There was a mill as early as 1372, which formed the centre of the small village and industrial estate on the banks of the Pegnitz. From 1492 at the latest, there was also a brass hammer next to it. Brass products were manufactured here almost without interruption until its destruction in the Second World War and final closure at the end of the 1950s.

The factory village was not only technically outstanding, but also created an exemplary social system early on. An exhibition in the ensemble, which has been protected as an industrial monument since 1977, tells the story of a unique industrial asset. The historic buildings, some of which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, have been preserved and restored to this day and can be visited.

Beim Hammerwerk 19

Industriegut Hammer Ruine, Foto: N-ERGIE
Industriegut Hammer Wirtshausschild, Foto: N-ERGIE

Tour ends on N├╝rnberg Hbf


You can get back to the centre of Nuremberg by following the banks of the Pegnitz and the W├Âhrnder See.

If you would like to enjoy a hearty Franconian meal before you leave, stop off at one of the oldest inns in the centre of Nuremberg. The Tr├Âdelstuben on a Pegnitz island offer traditional culinary specialities, beers and wine - all from the region. (Tr├Âdelmarkt 30 44, 90403 Nuremberg, tel. 0911 36772767)

Tour map


N├╝rnberg Hbf

Bahnhofsplatz 9

90443 N├╝rnberg

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