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Silent forests & lonely paths — Franconian Jura Panorama Trail in Germany

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Silent forests & lonely paths — Franconian Jura Panorama Trail in Germany

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Do you love to get lost in the great outdoors, hiking along idyllic country lanes, under ancient trees and through colourful landscapes? Do you enjoy looking over gentle hills blanketed in fields and forests? Then you are sure to appreciate the Franconian Jura Panorama Trail. Located to the east of Nuremberg in Germany, the trail takes you through wonderful scenery.

The Nuremberg region has a network of over 1,242 miles (2,000 km) of hiking trails to guide you on your adventure. Four of the trails have earned the title of “Quality Hiking Trail” from the German Hiking Association. In this Collection, I introduce one of these trails, the Franconian Jura Panorama Trail in three stages which wind through the unique landscape of the central Franconian Jura mountains with its unusual rock formations and romantic river valleys.

This dreamlike circular hike lets you explore the magnificent landscape of the Albach and Hammerbach valleys around Engelthal, Offenhausen and Happurg towns. Unspoilt paths and extraordinary nature make this trail a real gem for hikers. You can also expect wide views, natural springs, the impressive castles of Reicheneck and Lichtenegg, and incredible climbs and descents as well as easy sections along quiet plateaus.

Beginning in Happurg, the circular route runs for 26.7 miles (43 km). You can stay overnight in quaint, small villages en route. There is also an optional fourth route linking Hartmannshof and Happurg. You can also walk it in the opposite direction the day after the circular hike so you don’t miss the romantic Lichtenegg ruins.

You can travel to and from Happurg or Hartmannshof comfortably by train. Aart from a pair of good shoes, your rucksack filled with enough water and tasty provisions, all you need is yourself.

The following stage previews will give you a taste of what to expect. If you are in the mood for more, you can check out our other collections in the region (komoot.de/user/nuernbergerland/collections). See you in Nürnberger Land!

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Tours & Highlights

    12.4 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start your circular hike in Happurg and directly with a decent climb. It goes up to the upper pool on the Deckersberg, the local mountain of the community of Happurg. When you have reached its highest point, the path becomes a little more gracious again. You walk past the Jungfernsprung to Deckersberg.Along a lonely plateau and through an idyllic forest, you can enjoy unspoiled nature for several kilometers. Emperor Charles IV is said to have marched to Engelthal here. With the imperial feeling in your chest, you also make your way to the former monastery village.Once there, you can - depending on the time - take a look at the ruins of the Dominican convent with its proud gates and the St. Willibald chapel from the eleventh century. Then you hike through a beautiful mixed forest behind Peuerling up to the ruins of the Oedenschloss and the Teufelskeller gorge. You can pay a worthwhile visit to both sights by a short detour. Via the Buchenberg and the Steinerne Rinne - a small trickle with wooden platforms - you descend to Schrotsdorf and Egensbach, your today's destination.In the country inn "Zum Stillen Bächlein" the name says it all. Here you will find peace during the night so that you can continue marching cheerfully tomorrow.

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    8.96 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Well rested and woken up in yesterday's destination Egensbach, you start today's tour. There is a good 14 kilometers to hike. On the way today: magical forests, beautiful paths threading through the landscape and a piece of culture in the proud shape of a chapel ruin steeped in history.And the first highlight of the tour is not long in coming: From Egensbach you make your way to the Keilberg. And when you arrive at the top you will find its beautiful ruined chapel with a resting place in a clearing in the forest. A relaxed descent takes you down to Kucha and then behind Oberndorf up to a plateau. First you hike under impressive beeches, then for a while through a dense forest. Finally you reach the Hinterhaslacher Heide. And with it the lively Kainsbach, which guides you through the hamlet of Mosenhof to your destination today, Kainsbach.A hotel awaits you in Kainsbach that you will surely like. You can also take the bus to one of the neighboring villages, where you will also find accommodation where you can put your legs up for the night.

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  • Intermediate
    4.93 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 3 of the Frankenalb Panorama Trail is the shortest with its almost eight kilometers - but you shouldn't underestimate it. Because it has some crisp climbs ready for you.It starts in yesterday's stage destination Kainsbach. And the above-mentioned climbs are not long in coming. But the prospects that await you definitely make up for it. It goes up to Reicheneck, the former headquarters of Ulrich von Königstein. There are only a few remains of the castle itself and the former outer gatehouse is now a residential building. Nevertheless you feel suddenly transported back to an earlier time.Through a beautiful ravine, past impressive rock formations, it goes to Förrenbach. Only a little later you will reach the Lasso point of the Panoramaweg, where you turn left towards Happurg. The marking of the Frankenalb panorama path, which comes from the right, brings the Lassoweg, the day tour, to the main path to Happurg.From Förrenbach you have a decent ascent in front of you, but also a goal in front of your eyes: the mountain Houbirg with the hollow rock, an impressive karst cave, from there you can enjoy a breathtaking view. After a short rest at a fountain from the 19th century, you walk a few hundred meters to your final destination, Happurg. You can start your well-deserved journey home from the local train station.

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    11.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This section of the Frankenalb Panorama Trail shows you a few real gems of the region over a distance of almost 18 kilometers. It is not for nothing that it is affectionately referred to as the “royal stage”.You start the tour at the S-Bahn station in Hartmannshof, where you follow Haunritzer Weg after crossing the main street. The tar road soon turns into a gravel path and through a fairytale forest you reach the Lichtenegg castle ruins via Haunritz. She smiles at you from afar and invites you to an incredibly beautiful view over the Hersbrucker Schweiz - in good weather even as far as the Upper Palatinate Forest and the Fichtelgebierge.Seen enough? Then it is time to leave the place and hike on soft paths and paths, sometimes steeper, sometimes more leisurely, through Waizenfeld and Mittelburg. At the end of Mittelburg, a narrow path leads up to the saddle of the Hochberg. For a while you hike through a forest until you arrive at the Lasso point of the panorama path. You keep right, in the direction of Happurg and it continues uphill.Via the Houbirg massif, you can also reach the Hohlen Fels, from which you can enjoy a fantastic view over the Happurg reservoir. The proud number of spectacles on this tour is rounded off by following the steps down to the hall caves. Then it goes steeply downhill until you reach the first houses in Happurg.Arrived in the heart of the charming village, you follow the Pfalzgrafenweg to the right to the S-Bahn station. And look forward to a relaxed journey home by train, on which you can review all the highlights of this day tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    37.3 mi
  • Duration
    19:15 h
  • Elevation
    5,625 ft

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