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Small steps, lots of fun – hiking with toddlers in Germany’s Franconia

Small steps, lots of fun – hiking with toddlers in Germany’s Franconia

Hiking Collection by Milupa

19

Tours

26:12 h

58.2 mi

5,850 ft

With your baby in their carrier, you head to the countryside to experience their first steps through a forest together. There are so many good reasons to go hiking with young toddlers and babies. When your baby reaches for a blade of grass during a pitstop, when your toddler runs after a grasshopper and when they learn up close what snails and earthworms are – everyday life stays at home when you spend time together in nature. Hand on heart: Is there anything better than instilling a love of nature in children from their very first weeks?

TRAILS FOR LITTLE ONES

In this Collection, we’ve picked out hiking trails that are perfect for young families and suitable for a few–week–old baby or your energetic toddler. The hiking trails are between 1 and 10 kilometres (0.6 – 6.2 mi) long and are spread across Franconia. Whether your baby is only a few weeks old or already on its own wobbly legs, you’re guaranteed to find the right trip for you here.

We’ve made sure that the hikes are on paths that are suitable for walking with a baby carrier or rucksack. You can also use a pushchair along some trails. You’ll see this information in the Tour title. We’ve also included plenty of places to rest and change diapers and stops at playgrounds, lakes, huts and game reserves. Many of the trails are themed, helping your kids learn about nature, fairytales and animals at fun stations en route.

You can easily reach all of the hikes by car or travel by train or bus to some routes on the outskirts of larger cities. The hikes are either loops or end at a gondola so you can conveniently return home. You can shorten some of the hikes if your legs get tired or the weather turns. Extending the hikes is possible too.

OUR TIPS FOR HIKING WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS

Hiking with babies and toddlers can be challenging, but roaming through nature together with your offspring and spending hours in the fresh air is priceless. To get off on the right foot, check out our six tips for your outdoor adventure with your kids:

1. Don't plan Tours that are too ambitious, but instead venture out slowly as a family and see which trail lengths and types suit you well.

2. If you’re out and about in the summer, start your Tour in the morning so that you’re not hiking in the midday heat.

3. You don’t need to think about any special equipment to feed your baby en route. Breastfeeding is ideal since you don’t need to think about anything else. If you prefer to feed with a bottle, this is easy too when hiking. Take enough clean bottles with you, fill small portion jars with the correct amount of powdered milk and fill two thermos flasks with water, one boiling and the other cold.

Along the way, use a small thermometer (a new, clean medical thermometer is perfect) to find the right mix of cold and hot water. You could practice at home before you set off so that you know it’ll work smoothly on the road. If your little one prefers to eat milk porridge, fill up tins with a portion of porridge powder for each meal and add water during your rest stops. You can bring fruit and plenty of water for snacks too.

4. Depending on the weather and season, make sure the route has suitable picnic huts, mountain pastures or inns. Otherwise, the Tours have everything you need, especially in summer. If you’re travelling with your baby and can’t find a bathroom, you can use any meadow as a changing table, just bring a cosy blanket with you.

5. If you’re deciding between a pram and sling, we recommend slings for most hiking trails. As long as you don’t plan to hike on concrete roads, a sling is more comfortable and can withstand unpaved surfaces. If your baby is six months or older, you can carry them in a back carrier. You can find out whether a trail is suitable for pushchairs directly in the Tour title.

6. For toddlers who can already walk, the Tours shouldn’t be longer than 3 to 5 kilometres (1.8 to 3.1 mi). Little ones take longer and need more stops.

Well prepared, you can fully engage with nature and spend a wonderful time in the countryside with your little ones. We wish you lots of fun and your first unforgettable memories with your children in nature.

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    Sinter terraces to Lillach spring – hiking with toddlers in Franconia

    Easy
    01:55
    4.20 mi
    2.2 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This popular hike on the edge of Franconian Switzerland is particularly recommended on warm days, because there are many opportunities to play in the water on the banks of the Lillach. The stream flows over countless steps made of deposited calcareous tufa as if it were a staircase. The little ones can

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    5.19 mi
    2.1 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular hike near Hersbruck is a worthwhile challenge for parents with small children. The climb up to the vantage point on Hohle Fels above the Happurg reservoir is quite steep - especially if the child is hiking up the hill on their backs. But the view from the rock pulpit makes up for all the

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  • Easy
    01:18
    3.08 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Southeast of Erlangen near Tennenlohe you and your family can visit a herd of wild horses. This hike leads through a beautiful nature of sandy soils, heather and pine trees. It can quickly get warm on the sunny paths. The route is therefore particularly suitable for spring and autumn. There is no place

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  • Intermediate
    00:50
    1.70 mi
    2.0 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    High up with the little ones: This hike is short and leads to a summit with just a few meters in altitude. Nevertheless, the route is peppered with highlights. You can expect an exciting cave, fantastic views and a cozy mountain stop.

    

    From the Romansthal hiking car park, you hike on wide forest paths

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  • Easy
    01:10
    2.68 mi
    2.3 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A lot of variety awaits you on this sunny hike over a short distance. It combines a nature adventure trail for the whole family with a visit to Königsberg Castle, which offers great views. The route leads over asphalt, gravel and flat meadow paths that are easy to walk on.

    

    The excursion begins right at

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  • Easy
    00:19
    0.62 mi
    2.0 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This adventure hike, which is set up especially for children, is short, magical and full of play opportunities. The paths through the forest are flat and wide. That's why they are easy to master with a pram when the ground is dry, even though they are not permanently fastened. In the center of Mengersdorf

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    4.86 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circuit around the Igelsbachsee is perfect for a summer excursion, but is also beautiful at all other times of the year. It starts at Enderndorf am See and then over the dam to the other bank. The path always leads picturesquely and flatly along the shore, partly through shady forest, partly over

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  • Easy
    01:26
    3.07 mi
    2.1 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This is a circular hike that is mostly nicely shaded through a forest, making it a good option for a warm summer day. There is a playground right next to the hiking car park - so the children already know what they can look forward to at the end of the round.

    

    A mostly leisurely incline takes you to the

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  • Intermediate
    01:42
    3.77 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The wooded Heidenberg rises south of Schwabach. There are a number of legends entwined around him, which you can have told on a trail of legends. A wild animal enclosure and a playground provide variety along the way. At the start and finish point in Rinderdorf, there are several places to stop for refreshments

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  • Intermediate
    02:50
    5.72 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike in the Fichtelgebirge is a real adventure with forest paths between mighty rocks and summit experiences. If the route is a bit too long for you, it can easily be shortened by about half if you skip the summit.

    

    The beautiful forest paths lead over roots and stones, which invite young hikers to

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  • Easy
    00:56
    2.16 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the outskirts of Aschaffenburg, a herd of Przewalski horses lives on a spacious area that can be walked around wonderfully on a short hike. The grazing area for the horses begins directly at the parking lot at the environmental station. It is exciting for the little hikers to keep an eye out for the

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  • Easy
    01:09
    2.57 mi
    2.2 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour through the Franconian Forest, the forest is the protagonist and gives you and your children many opportunities to play: collect different leaves, find mushrooms on the trees and look for wild animals between the dense trees. The route starts at a parking lot on the outskirts of Silberstein

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  • Easy
    00:37
    1.42 mi
    2.3 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round in the Steigerwald Nature Park offers families a very gentle introduction to hiking. The route is short and interspersed with swings at short intervals. From seesaws and hammocks for the little ones to really big swings for the big ones, there is the right piece of play equipment for everyone

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  • Intermediate
    01:19
    2.98 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This beautiful circular route offers a varied landscape with forest, meadows and small creek valleys for hiking right near Neustadt an der Aisch. It starts directly at the train station and partly leads along an educational trail. The narrow and natural paths make you feel close to nature, although the

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  • Easy
    01:53
    4.48 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This is a real playground round: You can visit no fewer than four playgrounds near Dietenhofen with your children. Another highlight is the little-visited but comparatively well-preserved ruins of Leonrod Castle. The paths are flat and can also be easily walked with a pram.

    

    From the parking lot in Dietenhofen

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  • Easy
    00:42
    1.62 mi
    2.3 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There is an adventure trail for children on the Dillberg near Marktheidenfeld. Together with the forest imp, they explore nature with all their senses. The little hikers can play music on natural instruments, solve tricky puzzles and use the whole large forest as a playground.

    

    The path is also suitable

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  • Easy
    01:54
    4.40 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Schwanberg near Iphofen you can go a nice and shady round with a few meters in altitude. The hike begins at the top of the Schwanberg, where you hike around the plateau on fairly level paths.

    

    A large swing at a vantage point with a wonderful view and the castle park provide variety along the way

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  • Easy
    00:23
    0.86 mi
    2.2 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Here in the Fichtelgebirge high above Mehlmeisel, several exciting experiences await you and your family: a high lookout tower that looks out over the treetops, a discovery trail with fun stations to get to know nature better and a wildlife park where, among other things, lynxes and foxes live. Oh yes

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  • Intermediate
    01:16
    2.79 mi
    2.2 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This leisurely hike runs high above the Main. It starts at a hiking car park between Thüngersheim and Güntersleben. On the way you can enjoy the sun; the paths also repeatedly lead along under shady trees.

    

    The highlight is the Höhfeldplatte nature reserve high above the vineyards on the banks of the Main

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    19
  • Distance
    58.2 mi
  • Duration
    26:12 h
  • Elevation
    5,850 ft

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