Fabulous mountain biking routes in the Fichtel Mountains
Rich in forests and rocks, the Fichtel Mountains rise up in the north of Franconia. The Ochsenkopf in particular is a real highlight for mountain bikers.
On the Ochsenkopf, the second highest peak in the legendary Fichtel Mountains, mountain bikers can let rip on the “Single Trail Freeride”. This downhill stretch is 2.3 km long. It’s easy to get to the top on the Ochsenkopfbahn cable car, with the promise of high action at 1,012 m. The way down to the southern valley station in Fleckl descends through passages of rocks, roots and stones, over steep and flat stretches, drops and north shore elements. Experienced freeriders are in their element here but even beginners can tackle the route. The trail has options for bypassing certain difficult points, but the technical parcours in the lower section is a great place to practise technique.
The Fichtel Mountains offer more than just downhill of course. On the MTB Tours, bikers can also conquer the Großen Waldstein, the Schneeberg, the Kösseine or the Steinwald. And true to their name, the Fichtel Mountains offer a full range of inclines and altitude changes of up to 400 m.
The highlights of the Fichtel Mountains are not just bike-related, but also culinary. Fresh herb cuisine, rustic delicatessen items and local preserves conjure up a wealth of regional and seasonal taste experiences. Not to be missed are the certified wild herb chefs from the initiative “essbares Fichtelgebirge®” (edible Fichtel Mountains), who use ground elder, spignel, dandelion etc. to create surprising delicacies – including Franconian potato pralines, red elderberry sweets and meadow herb salad with dandelion oil. Bakers, butchers and distillers have also devoted themselves to experimenting with wild herbs. Anyone wishing to move beyond enjoying wild herb cuisine in restaurants and inns and instead to try cooking it themselves can sign up for various workshops: Every month, a different wild herb chef shares his or her favourite recipes with eager participants. Who knows: perhaps on the next MTB Tour through the Fichtel Mountains, cyclists might just find some delicious ingredients on the edge of the path.