Vils valley hiking path
A hiking tour from the source to the mouth.
The Vils distinguishes our district. In its northern part the wide valleys of the Vilseck and the depressions of Hahnbach can be seen, from Amberg it is laid out in a deep majestic valley among the stones of the Jura mountains.
Magnificent scenic views of the upper palatinate hill country, with its narrow valley incisions, offer themselves to the hiker. On the undercut slopes grow infrequent orchids. Keuper and Jura limestone create the ideal subsoil for dry grassland, junipers, and blackthorn bushes.
Through the land of the thousand fires
Open landscapes with meadows and fields alternate with attractive woods and rocky landscapes bathed in sunlight. Characteristic for the ore path is the transition between small idyllic villages, carefully-farmed croplands, and unspoiled natural environments. Many paths close to nature lead the hiker over mountains and valleys, along streams, over narrow paths, and past small chapels to traditional resting points. The dolomite and limestone deposits are emphasized as a specialty of the region around the ore path, turning hiking into a natural history experience.
Ground experience path
A stroll through this 1.5-kilometer length on the Mariahilfberg will be an experience for you – the visitor! Here you can immediately experience the „skin of the earth,“ the ground, so often remaining hidden, with all your senses. At ten stations you will be invited to observe the ground from another perspective, through touch and experience. What is the ground and where does it come from? Is there also life in the ground? Why do we need the ground?