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Breweries, hops & beer – Four days hiking in Franconian Switzerland

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Breweries, hops & beer – Four days hiking in Franconian Switzerland

Hiking Collection by Franken Tourismus

4

Tours

23:28 h

53.3 mi

4,350 ft

Franconian Switzerland stands for two things: wonderful natural and a decent brewery-per-mile density. The highest in the world, to be precise. So as you could probably already guess when you read the title of our Collection, this region is known for one thing – enjoying a beer.

But don't worry, even if you prefer a sporting challenge to a pint in a brewery, you’ve still come to the right place. This four-day adventure takes you on a sporty round trip through the very best corners of Franconian Switzerland.

You will hike from village to village, passing from Waischenfeld to Hollfeld, then on to Heiligenstadt via Sanspareiland and finally from Veilbronn back to Waischenfeld. As you walk through the wonderful landscapes, you visit numerous breweries, which serve their very own brew, but also delicious food.

Franconian Switzerland’s nature captivates hikers with its wonderful valleys, panoramic views, and impressive rock formations. The region’s famous history can be felt along the entire route in its castles, chapels, and other historical buildings.

To fully enjoy the culture and landscapes en route, make sure you pack enough water, sturdy shoes, and enough leg-power. The stages range in length from 10 to 17 miles (17 to 27 km). At the end of each ride, you will find comfortable accommodation in the stage destinations of Hollfeld, Heiligenstadt, and Heilbronn. As always, you can add more or fewer breaks to suit you. Waischenfeld, the start and endpoint of the Beer Hike, can be reached easily by bus or train (fahrplan-bus-bahn.de/bayern/waischenfeld#). You can look forward to a care-free and enjoyable hike through Franconian Switzerland.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:01
    11.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Let's start enjoying beer in the beautiful climatic health resort of Waischenfeld. Yes, the country town already has some quaint breweries to offer. But you start moving in its center. …

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  • Difficult
    05:42
    13.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    900 ft
    850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 2 of your beer enjoyment hike is strictly an additional stage. So here is a tip from us: Extend your Hollfeld accommodation by one night. Because today you hike …

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  • Difficult
    05:26
    12.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After two nights in the historic town, stage 3 of the beer delight tour takes you away from Hollfeld and on through the idyllic landscape of Franconian Switzerland. From yesterday's destination, Marienplatz, you hike through the Obere Tor and down Niklasengasse, once over Kulmbacher Straße and along the street "Am Weiherer Weg" to Bamberger Straße.The path leads to Weiher, which is known for the beautiful, but unfortunately not to be visited, Weiherer Baroque castle. Through the village you hike slightly uphill to the promising rest area "At the Three Crosses". If you continue to follow the path, it will finally take you to Sachsendorf. Here is one of the four breweries of the Aufsesser Brewery Trail at home, which you can visit - if you want to put up with a few extra parameters. Then it goes (always following the signs "3 at an angle") to Neuhaus.

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  • Difficult
    07:18
    16.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you have spent the night in Heiligenstadt, you start stage 4 with a walk towards Veilbronn. To do this, follow the signs "Frankenweg" through a beautiful mixed forest until …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    53.3 mi
  • Duration
    23:28 h
  • Elevation
    4,350 ft

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