Biking to Nuremberg

11 Oct

Signs and arrows are scattered throughout cities and countryside alike here, guiding bikers and hikers to whatever their destination might be.  One in particular – Nuremberg 18km – caught my eye a few weeks ago.  The only problem was finding a day with stable enough weather to make it there and back without rain…until now.

Enjoying a goldener Oktober day

After arriving here two months ago in what was one of the rainiest months of August on record in Germany, you can only imagine how wonderful the surprise streak of beautiful sunny days we are currently having here is.  However, if German does have an expression to describe particularly sunny Octobers (goldener Oktober), no such expression exists for November.  So, my current philosophy is soak up the sun while you still can!

With the weather on my side, I set out yesterday to Nuremberg by bike.  Signs start popping up along bike trails in southern Erlangen (Paul-Gossen Straße) leading you through forests, towns, along busy roads, and even past the airport.  As it turns out, this well-maintained bike trail will take you directly into the heart of the city, straight to the walls of the Nuremberg castle.  There are only a few tricky spots.  First, when going through the village of Tennenlohe the trail along the road momentarily disappears for about a kilometer.  Then, once you get into Nuremberg some road construction makes the going a bit tough.

Once in the city, you can of course enjoy the usual sites without the hassle of finding a parking place or having to check the train schedule.  Biking simply gives you the opportunity to stop and smell the roses from time to time, and to come and go as you please.


3 Responses to “Biking to Nuremberg”

  1. E. October 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Waoh I respect you a lot for that… 36 kms by bike the same day ?? I don’t think I could do it !

    • bavariaundercover October 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

      It’s flat most of the way…and I need to do something to burn off those sausage calories!

  2. E. October 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    BTW, we’re having a sunny october too, but a very cold one.

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