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This is where champions are made - World-class sport in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region

Community and joy of life are best expressed in sport, because only sport can be equally inspiring to people of all age groups and social backgrounds. And since variety is a also key aspect in this field of activity, the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region offers sporting attractions for every taste.

Enjoy the many top-class sporting events in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region – preferably live, of course! The Sport Forum coordinates all sport-related activities and initiatives to ensure that more champions will be made in future.


The Challenge Roth is as popular today as it has ever been. The enthusiasm of spectators on the route knows no bounds, starting positions are already booked up as soon as they are made public, and the presence of world-class athletes is an annual guarantee for spectacular races.

The blend of top-class and recreational sports and the mix of sporting and family events, coupled with the great triathlon tradition, have ultimately shaped the new Challenge brand. Roth is now the stuff of legends.

And the Challenge has now inspired off-shoot events in 11 other locations around the world.

The ”Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt” bike race has been one of the key events in the Nuremberg sporting calendar for more than 20 years now, displaying all the varied facets of cycling as a sport. From 2013 on the “Nürnberger Altstadtrennen” - as the bike race is also called - is held in May in cooperation with the “Bayern Rundfahrt” and represents the grand finale including the finish of this most important cycling tour in Germany.

Besides the ride for professionals, 300 amateurs as well as recumbent bikes race for 30 and 50 km around the historic city of Nuremberg. Additionally, a triathlon for semi-professional athletes is organized and all non-professionals wanting to switch between cycling and running with a partner the Run & Bike for 10 and 15 km is just the ticket.

Further all the sporting action, the activity areas alongside the route keep the whole family entertained with all manner of fun and interesting things to do.

There is a name for the link between motor racing and Nuremberg: it’s Norisring Speedweekend Nürnberg. The first races around the Steintribüne took place as far back as 1947. Today, the racing series on the Nuremberg street circuit is the showpiece event in the field of spectacular motor racing, organised in exemplary fashion by the MotorSportClub Nürnberg. After Monaco, the Norisring is probably the most tradition-steeped, still active street circuit in the world, with a magnetic attraction that continues to pull in the spectators. Every year, up to 140,000 racing fans pour into Nuremberg to witness live the spectacle on the city’s incomparable street circuit.

Nuremberg, Fürth and Erlangen form a triangle to the East and North of which range the Central German Uplands composed of solid Jurassic rock and covering over 2,300 km2.  This impressive assembly of cliffs, bizarrely fashioned into rocky towers and walls looming out over the depths beneath has over 1,000 climbable cliffs and nearly 10,000 climbing routes – making it the free climbing hotspot par excellence. Climbers from all over the world are in their element here.

It is not just the invention of the Bühler hook and definition of redpoint climbing that make the Franconian Jura region the crucible of ideas and pacesetter for the vertical world. The famous "Action Directe” route in the Krottenseer Forest between Auerbach and Neuhaus is the world’s first grade 11 route.

Franconian climbing sport is also celebrated for its nature conservancy awareness – another first for the region. Through the zoning concept and strong collaborative links with conservation associations, climbers keep off restricted areas and help preserve this natural world of rock for the future.

For more information on the Franconian Jura, visit Frankenjura

The success story of sporting goods manufacturer adidas began in the 1920s. Adi Dassler’s vision – “No sportsman gets left behind” - grew into the company that is adidas today, with a product range covering practically every type of sport.

Only a few kilometres from the former headquarters is Herzo Base, a former military site that now serves as the site for the global adidas group. It looks imposing and dynamic, is architecturally unique and provides an attractive environment for the workforce. On four so-called “worlds”, new forms of living, working and commercial activity are being developed. By choosing Herzogenaurach as its headquarters, the adidas Group has reiterated its support for the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg.

In recent years, the company founded in 1948 by Rudolf Dassler has displayed innovative flair in its blending of sport, lifestyle and fashion, setting new trends in the sporting goods industry. Key to the company’s success is its sporting heritage because PUMA was the first German company to develop the revolutionary screw-in stud shoe early in the 1950s.

And who could forget Pelé, “player of the century” or Diego Maradona, who was wearing PUMA “King” boots when he scored the famous goal in which the “hand of God” played a part?

PUMA’s tradition of top performance and top athletes is the basis for today’s success. PUMA aims to be among the most desirable sports lifestyle companies.

Founded back in 1900, 1. FCN is one of the key clubs in German football tradition, even if the last of its nine German championship victories was in 1968. Its latest sporting and commercial successes have shown that the “Club” has paved the way for its development as a modern, successful football club – without losing touch with its roots and tradition.

Up to 47,000 fans follow the games in the club’s Grundigstadium. Though they love the stars of today, they still know and revere the names of the great “Glubberer” of the past. Max Morlock and Heiner Stuhlfauth are just two of the names personifying the glories of yesteryear.

Spectacular dunks, basketball action and the dynamic atmosphere of the noisiest basketball arena in Germany are what you get with Germany’s top team in the German basketball league, Brose Baskets from Upper Franconia. German champions many times over, the team are a byword for extra-special sporting entertainment for the whole family. Join in the feverish excitement with over 6,000 fans all over Bavaria when the “Freakcity” team squares up to its opponents.

For full information on games, the team and opponents visit

Ticket hotline: 0951 – 23837.

In the eastern part of the Metropolitan Region, bordering on the Oberpfälzer Wald and nestled in an idyllic setting of meadows, woods and fields, is Gut Matheshof, home to Europe’s largest equestrian sport and tournament centre.

This estate in Rieden-Kreuth near Amberg, benefitting from breathtaking countryside, a four-star hotel and three first-class restaurants, is a paradise appealing equally to horse lovers, sportspeople, conference delegates, visitors – and those just in need of a rest.

The club was founded as SpVgg Fürth in 1903. With three championship titles in the first third of the last century, it was long among the best in German football. The teams with the cloverleaf jerseys also contributed many players to the national team, including Karl "Charly" Mai and Herbert "Ertl" Erhard, world champions in 1954.

In 1996, the football division from TSV Vestenbergsgreuth joined the club and a year later they returned to playing paid football. SpVgg Greuther Fürth is distinguished by its unpretentious business dealings and friendly, relaxed atmosphere. In 2012, after 15 years as a second-division team, the cloverleaves won the championship and advanced to the Bundesliga. The SpVgg is the only team among the 36 in the Bundesliga that still plays on the same grounds as a century ago. The Sportpark Ronhof, now Trolli Arena, opened in 1910 and is still the club's home stadium.

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