If you like hiking off-the-beaten-track, then you’ve come to the right place here. In this Collection, we present our favourite walks in the Upper Main-Jura holiday region in Germany. Between Bamberg, Bayreuth and Kulmbach, narrow paths guide you through deep valleys, past towering rock formations, and over flowering juniper slopes to impressive mountain ranges with guaranteed views. On the way, you discover old castle ruins, historic mills, and Franconian half-timbered villages nestled amongst beautiful nature. We’ve put together our ten favourite Tours in the Upper Main-Jura for you here. All of the routes can be mastered by anyone, even beginners and families.
As different as our favourite Tours are, they all have one thing in common: spectacular views over the wide landscape and vantage points which tempt you to stay awhile. Sometimes, you catch a glimpse of Banz Monastery or the pilgrimage Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers whilst other times, a mountain range with panoramic views awaits. A tough climb to the Staffelberg, Kordigast or the Banzer Berg peaks is followed by a rewarding view over the Main Valley or the steep slopes of the Jura Mountains. You can enjoy the Franconian Way of life with a tasty snack and freshly-tapped beer at a restaurant or beer garden en route.
As you can see, the Upper Main-Jura offers plenty for hikers, pleasure seekers, culture enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Browse through our Collection and start dreaming about your hikes in Upper Main’s Garden of Eden.
The Kordigast is a perfect destination for you and your family. An adventure playground, a rock path, rare plants and expansive summit views await you. It starts at the environmental station in Weismain, where parking is also available. Your adventure begins here with the “Schlauwienix” educational trail. You can discover 16 boards about nature, culture and history of the region along the way!After you have left Weismain behind you, the ascent to the Kordigast follows. Through the Pfauengrund (marking: white sieves on a blue background) you go up to the northernmost mountain of the Franconian Alb: the 536 meter high Kordigast. Here you can enjoy a fantastic view, enter yourself in the summit book or discover rare plants such as the Kordigast whitebeam.Once at the top, an absolute highlight awaits you with the new “Spielwienix” adventure playground. All play equipment, such as the double cable car or the Celtic gatehouse, are made of wood and point to the past of the mountain as a former settlement area of the Celts. The inn "Zur Steinernen Hochzeit" with a petting zoo invites you to refresh yourself. Incidentally, the narrow paths for climbing begin above the inn. Steep and stony paths lead through towering rock formations around the Kordigast. Surefootedness should definitely be present here. Over fields and meadows it is only downhill back to Weismain.
The "Keltenweg H" has it all: Grandiose views, beautiful paths and relaxed places are waiting for you. On your way you will discover interesting rock formations, experience Mediterranean flair and dive deep into the cool Tiefenthal Gorge. A first highlight awaits you right at the beginning: the Kemitzenstein. Here you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and with a little luck you can even watch climbers.On your varied route over the Jura plateau, after a further seven kilometers you will reach the vineyard - dotted with juniper bushes. Choose one of the cozy benches to rest and let your gaze wander over the wonderful and lovely landscape. At the end, a shady ascent through the Tiefenthal Gorge awaits you again before you end the tour at the Hohlen Stein. Stopping off is also possible on the way, take a look at: obermain-jura.de/de/genussregion/restaurants.
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The tour starts spectacularly right at the start. The Frankenweg leads about two kilometers from the hiking car park in Zultenberg over the Görauer Anger ridge with a panoramic view of the Franconian Forest over Kulmbach to the Fichtelgebirge. Have you seen enough? Then it goes on straight away. You follow the Görauer Weg over fields, meadows and through small wooded areas to Bärental. Shortly before entering the valley, you switch to the Bärental circular route.The valley is repeatedly interrupted by rugged rock formations and shady places invite you to picnic along the Krassach. With a little luck, the Herbstmühle will open and you can refresh yourself with chilled drinks before the ascent to Neudorf follows. From the Herbstmühle you follow the Obermain horseshoe to the Niesen castle ruins. Today you will only find a few remains of the castle complex here, but it is a great place for a picnic or to enjoy the view. Go over the Jura heights back to Zultenberg. At the end you hike again along the Görauer Anger. The Anger has the potential to become a real favorite!
Look forward to a varied route around the Kleinziegenfelder valley with its unique landscape: blossom-rich juniper slopes, rugged rock formations and shady forests are waiting for you. It starts at the hiking car park in Kleinziegenfeld. A narrow path leads through the valley along the Weismain. To the Weihersmühle you follow the two blue towers on a yellow background, the "Gottesgartenrunde Süd". Now you change the side of the road and over the height it goes on the other side of the valley back to Kleinziegenfeld.Make sure you plan enough time, because there is a lot to discover along the way. Picnic benches and viewpoints invite you to linger and you can certainly watch the climbers on the towering rocks. With a little luck you will also meet the shepherd with his flock. The sheep and goats keep meadows and slopes free and thus create a habitat for the Apollo butterfly, one of the largest butterflies in Germany.At the end of the tour there is another real highlight waiting for you. The cyclist Claudius, who has been enthroned on his rock in the juniper heath for over 100 years and watches over the valley - a bit of Mediterranean flair in the middle of Franconia! Of course, there is also refreshment along the way! Have a look: obermain-jura.de/de/gastro/suche.
Clearly: With the Staffelberg, the mountain of Franconia, one of the hiking highlights on the Obermain awaits you today. It starts at the hiking car park in Romansthal. After a steep but short ascent right at the beginning of the tour, there is time to breathe. Because the path now rises flat and again and again you can enjoy the view of Banz Monastery and the Main Valley.Not far and you made it: After another short ascent, the Staffelberg is conquered. It towers over the Main Valley by a whopping 280 meters - accordingly, you will be rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view of the Upper Main Valley. Today the Staffelberg with the Adelgundiskapelle and the Staffelbergklause, where you can fortify yourself with drinks and tasty snacks, is a popular destination for locals and tourists.But the Staffelberg was already a settlement area and home of the Celts over 2,000 years ago. Only recently a mighty gate in the west of the former Celtic city was archaeologically examined. On narrow paths below the impressive Staffelberg plateau back to the starting point of your tour. You can find more information about the Staffelberg here: obermain-jura.de/de/kulturregion./wahrzeichen/staffelberg.By the way: There is a well-developed network of trails around the "Mountain of Franconia" so that you can extend your tour at any time. And with the Gottesgartenrunde Süd (about 68 kilometers long) and the Frankenweg, two hiking trails that have been recognized as quality trails by the German Hiking Association lead over the Staffelberg and whet the appetite for multi-day hikes.
Right in the middle and yet very far away: this circular hike through the Eierberge is a real insider tip. It starts in Wiesen - a district of Bad Staffelstein. The sportiest part is waiting for you right at the beginning of the tour. You can conquer around 180 meters in altitude.Then the most difficult thing is done and the path runs gently up and down through the egg mountains. Rest in quiet places, enjoy the wonderful nature and away from the hustle and bustle you always have great views of the Obermaintal, the Itzgrund or Coburg with its imposing Veste. Back in Wiesen you can fortify yourself with Franconian delicacies. You can find information here: obermain-jura.de/de/gastro/suche.
Look forward to a varied tour around Burgkunstadt. The tour starts with a real highlight: the Ebnether Felsenkellern. The rock formations in the forest are a great place to explore and climb, linger and picnic. They were once driven into the sandstone cliffs and used as storage space for beer and food supplies. You can also marvel at many natural sandstone rock formations here. It is difficult to tear yourself away, but eleven varied kilometers are waiting for you. You first follow the “Gottesgartenrunde Nord” via the scenic Juraland.A little later you will reach the rock gate, which stands spectacularly in the forest. The path now leads to the historic center of Burgkunstadt. The town, which was particularly shaped by its past as the center of the shoe industry, has retained its medieval charm to this day. You can of course also find refreshments here: obermain-jura.de/de/gastro/suche. Another highlight on this tour is the Jewish cemetery, where people have been buried since around 1626. A nice trip comes to an end.
It starts at the hiking car park in Hausen. When you have crossed the Main and marveled at the hydropower plant, which was renovated in 2019, the path initially leads flat through the Main Valley. A narrow path meanders directly along the Main to Nedensdorf. From now on you always follow the "Keltenweg B". The most strenuous part of the circular hike follows after Nedensdorf. The ascent to Banz Monastery, a landmark of the region and the highest point of the tour, is around two kilometers long.Narrow paths lead through the forest and again and again you have great views over the Upper Main Valley. Once at the top, you can decide: for the direct descent back to Hausen or a two-kilometer loop over the Banzer Berg. If you decide to take the detour, you will be rewarded with wonderful views over the Itzgrund and the Main Valley and with a little luck you can watch the paragliders take off on the Banzer Berg.In any case, it is worthwhile to plan enough time for the activities around the monastery. The Banz Monastery Museum with its famous fossil collection, the forest climbing garden with beer garden, the Klosterschänke or, of course, the Banz Monastery itself invite you to visit. You can find more information here: obermain-jura.de/de/kulturregion./wahrzeichen/kloster-banz. Please note: the sometimes steep descent back to Hausen can be slippery in wet weather. Therefore it is advisable to pay attention to sturdy shoes!
On this tour you can enjoy beautiful views in all directions! You start at the marked hiking car park on the edge of Dittersbrunn. First, you walk below the 500 meter high Burgstall. After about one kilometer you can plan a short rest and enjoy the great view into the distance. When the view is clear, you should even have a view of eleven castles from here. When you've discovered them all, let's go!Over the plateau it now goes to the lookout point and natural monument "Küpser Linde". There is certainly space on one of the numerous benches to enjoy the view and a picnic you have brought with you! Now it goes downhill to the small village of Kümmel before the ascent takes place.It is visible from afar: the Ansberg (Veitsberg), which towers over the Main valley. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view. A panorama map helps you to identify unknown destinations in the distance! The more than 200-year-old linden wreath, which frames the St. Vitus Chapel and gives you shade on hot days, is also special. Over the height it goes back to the hiking car park.
The circular route to the Graitzer Spitzberg opens up the quiet, contemplative side of the Gottesgarten north of the Main. Narrow paths meander through meadows and forests, past idyllic brook and lake landscapes. Again and again you will be surprised with wonderful views over the Upper Main Valley. It starts in Marktzeuln with its beautiful half-timbered houses. After you have crossed the Rodachbrücke and left the place behind you, the path initially leads almost flat through the forest.Now the climb follows. You conquer a good two and a half kilometers and 90 meters in altitude until you have reached the Graitzer Spitzberg. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a great view over the Obermaintal and a covered seating area invites you to have a picnic. Incidentally, a stop at the chapel is worthwhile en route. A place to breathe and rest, enjoy and reflect, and a great photo opportunity in every season. From the Graitzer Spitzberg the descent follows back to Marktzeuln.