Greifvogelpark Katharinenberg B√ľrgerpark Wunsiedel Stadtansiecht mit Koppetentor Br√ľckenradweg bei Holenbrunn Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Deutsche Bahn AG Foto: Pixabay Blick auf Wunsiedel √ľber den Katharinenberg im Herbst
Destination

To castles, streams and pickle hunters

From Marktredwitz to the kings of the air

Start
Marktredwitz
Duration
6 h
Distance
45 km
Key facts of the tour
On this bike tour you will get high up. You cycle through fields, meadows, past small farms, along idyllic forest ponds and streams, up and down hills. You come to the ruins of Thierstein Castle, perched high on its rock. You visit the cycle path church in Höchstädt and the ruins of the once miraculous pilgrimage church on the Katharinenberg in Wunsiedel. The crowning highlight of the tour is a visit to the Birds of Prey Park in Wunsiedel.

It is advisable to take a picnic with you. You will come across numerous restaurants, but most of them only open
open in the evening.

E-bikes are recommended in view of the length and altitude of the route. You can rent e-bikes at the Tourist Information in Marktredwitz.
A cycling tour for nature lovers and culture enthusiasts.

Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed, depending on the capacity.

Start and end station

Start station
Marktredwitz
7 tour steps
45 km / 6 Stunden
End station
Marktredwitz

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

Schedule

Tour starts on Marktredwitz

Direction

The round tour starts at the station.

DB Bicycle Service Station Marktredwitz

There is bicycle parking in the immediate vicinity of the station.

Bahnhofsplatz 7
95615
Marktredwitz

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Deutsche Bahn AG

Direction

From here it is only a stone's throw to the Tourist Information with e-bike rental. The short 600-metre walk also takes you relaxed through the city park to Marktredwitz's market square.

Tourist Information Marktredwitz with bike rental

The Tourist Information Marktredwitz offers a special service:an e-bike rental for all those who want to explore the town and the hilly surroundings by bike. From April to October, 17'' and 19'' mountain e-bikes as well as trekking e-bikes are available.

Registration is requested.

Markt 29
95615
Marktredwitz

Phone: 09231/501-128
01.01. - 31.12.
Monday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 05:00pm
Saturday: 09:30am - 01:00pm
Foto: Pixabay

Direction

Well-equipped with e-bikes, you cycle towards the station, this time crossing the tracks and heading north-east out of town. On the cycle path you pass through Lorenzreuth, Leutenberg, Wampen and continue northwards through Thiersheim, past the wind turbines to Thierstein.
It is steadily a little uphill. But the view is worth the effort. This stage also takes you through the idyllic Eger valley and through the forest pond landscape near the Blumental estate.

Thierstein Castle Ruin

Thierstein Castle rises on a basalt rock above the village of the same name. Up here you look out over the landscape from a height of 615 metres.

The castle was built in 1340 by Albrecht XI, who had his official residence up here as the Reichsforstmeister in the Egerland.
The castle also served the later and frequently changing lords as an official residence, as a military stronghold and, during the Thirty Years' War, as a place of refuge for the population. There was also a large granary in the castle.
In 1725, the entire village, including the castle, was ravaged by fire. The castle was not rebuilt afterwards and is now preserved as a ruin. Only the keep has been preserved. From its vantage point you have a wonderful view.

The castle ruins can be visited from the outside at any time. Enquiries in this regard should be made at the town hall on telephone 09235 232.

The Thierstein Castle Summer is held every year from May to September. In 2023, the festival will only take place from August due to renovation work. For 2024 they are planned again on a regular basis.

Burstraße 29
95199
Thierstein

Phone: 09235 232

Direction

Continue in a westerly direction. Shortly after crossing the A93, you will come across a large granite sphere at the side of the path. It was found during the construction of the motorway and is of natural origin. About 300 million years ago it solidified during a melt deep inside the earth. The Variscan Mountains, which were here in prehistoric times, were eroded over millions of years, so that the granite layer now lies just below the surface, though mostly only as a thin layer of weathering. Such a sphere is a rare find, but not an erratic boulder.

In Höchstädt, directly on the cycle path, you will find the Peter and Paul Church open for you.

Peter and Paul Church

In 2012, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of its existence, the Peter and Paul Church in Höchstädt was designated a "cycle route church". Since then, it has been open daily during the cycling season. There is a special devotional corner in the church for cyclists and visitors. They can write down their worries and needs in an intercession book and be sure that the congregation will pray for them during the services.

The church was built in 1886/87 in neo-Gothic style to replace the smaller and plain old church, which had become dilapidated.
The outline of the original church is still visible in the lawn in front of the present church building. It is said that the old church was so small that the peasants could hold hands on the opposite galleries.

The interior of the Peter and Paul Church has been renovated several times. The warm, light tone it now radiates is due to the last renovation in 2005. In the decades after 1945, four new bells could be purchased, thanks to donations from the population. During the Second World War, the old bells had been melted down for war purposes.

Von Waldenfels-Platz 1
95186
Höchstädt im Fichtelgebirge

Phone: 09235 236
01.04. - 31.10.
Monday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 05:00pm

Direction

Through gently rolling fields and forests, past idyllic ponds, you cycle past R√ľgersgr√ľn. Now head south to G√∂pfersgr√ľn. From here you cycle west parallel to the G√∂pfersbach stream to Wunsiedel and here directly onto the Katharinenberg.

Cellar Lane Wunsiedel

The Kellergasse in Wunsiedel is a collection of a total of 53 beer and potato cellars that were driven into the Katharinenberg from 1832. The invention of bottom-fermented beers (e.g. Pils) provided the impetus for this. These beers need low temperatures to store them. When refrigeration machines were invented in 1876, the construction of beer cellars ended in most areas, except in Wunsiedel. It was not until the dissolution of the communal brewery in 1918 that the beer cellars came to an end here too. During the Second World War, the cellars were used as air raid shelters, and in the years up to 1990 as storage cellars for potatoes and turnips.

The cellar alley on the Katharinenberg is the largest in Bavaria and is a listed building. Bat species such as the pug bat, the greater mouse-eared bat or the Bechstein's bat hibernate here.

kellergasse
95632
Wunsiedel

Phone: 09232 602-162

Direction

Stay on the Katharinenberg for your next excursion destination and keep more to the right, then you will come to the Birds of Prey Park.

Bird of prey park

Over 50 birds of more than 20 different species live in the Bird of Prey Park on the Katharinenberg. The birds of prey are kept in spacious aviaries and individually cared for. Visitors can walk through the enclosures and immerse themselves directly in the world of the falcons. A media room conveys knowledge about the wide field of falconry. The rearing of the birds of prey can be experienced live on monitors.

Flight demonstrations are held every day from 3 p.m. onwards, provided 20 spectators come together. When do you ever get to see buzzards, eagles and falcons perform their flying skills so directly? The petting zoo is popular with children. Goats and pigs romp around there and are trusting.

Opening hours from the first day of the Bavarian Easter holidays to the last day of the Bavarian autumn holidays. Flight demonstration daily from 20 people at 3:00 p.m.

Am Katharinenberg 1
95632
Wunsiedel

Phone: 09232 8819999
01.04. - 31.10.
Tuesday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 06:00pm

Direction

It is only a few metres to the last highlight of the tour. You now keep to the left and come directly to the ruins of the former pilgrimage church on the Katharinenberg.

Katharinenberg church ruins

The church ruins on the Katharinenberg are the oldest building in Wunsiedel. The exact age of the church is not known. The pilgrimage church was dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It was first mentioned in 1364. The former mountain chapel housed an allegedly miraculous image of Saint Catherine, which pilgrims from all over sought out. In Wunsiedel's town archives, there is a report from around 1500 that tells of miraculous healings.

In 1462, the church was destroyed by a Bohemian army. It was rebuilt and the tower completed. Since the Reformation, the church has fallen into disrepair.
In 1979 the ruins were renovated.

Katharinenberg
95632
Wunsiedel

Phone: 09232 602-162
Blick auf Wunsiedel √ľber den Katharinenberg im Herbst

Tour ends on Marktredwitz

Direction

You now cycle south-east back to Marktredwitz. The route mostly leads back to the town on a cycle path parallel to the B 303. Once you have dropped off your bike at the market square, you are sure to find a place to stop for refreshments. Most restaurants in the area open from 5:00 p.m., so you can end the day with a fortifying meal before boarding your train and heading back home.

Tour map

Start/Ende

Marktredwitz

Bahnhofsplatz 7

95615 Marktredwitz

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