You want to take your hiking boots out into nature, but a simple day hike is not enough for you? We have a solution. Only a short train ride away from Nuremberg, Bamberg and Bayreuth, the picturesque river valleys and impressive limestone cliffs of Franconian Switzerland offer you extensive hiking routes. The mountain landscape between Main, Pegnitz, and Regnitz is the perfect place for a short multi-day tour – whether with a tent in the open air or with an overnight stay in a cozy Franconian inn.
Since wild camping is not permitted in Franconian Switzerland – as in Germany – we have put together the five-day tour "Hiking through Franconian Switzerland with a tent", which leads you through picturesque river valleys to the most beautiful campsites and camping meadows. This way, you can go trekking in the middle of Germany – but with a warm shower at the end of the day. If you don't have hiking equipment or if prefer the comfort of a hotel room, this is not a problem: in addition to campsites, you'll also find a good selection of accommodation in the towns on route. Since all five stage destinations can be reached by bus and train, you can choose how long you want to stay in Franconian Switzerland. We have also prepared a two-day hike that takes you through the most beautiful valleys around the small rock town of Pottenstein.
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The Fränkische Schweiz is framed by the Main in the north, by the Pegnitz in the east and the Regnitz in the west - in between there are picturesque valleys, wooded mountains, tranquil towns and especially impressive rocks to admire.So that you can really get to know all the landscape facets of the region, we have come up with something very special with this tour: on a total of five stages, we take you in a wide loop from Forchheim on the Regnitz up to Thurnau, which is only a few kilometers from Confluence of Main and Pegnitz is located.The trick: We have made sure that all stages of camping and camping ends. So you do not have to do without your trekking luck in the Franconian Switzerland and you can fall asleep relaxed in your own tent every evening. In addition, all stages are easily reached by bus and train - so you can decide for yourself how many days you want to be on the road. The bus and train timetables can be found at bayern-fahrplan.de/de/auskunft.For the tour you need a light trekking tent, a sleeping bag, mattress and cooking equipment. You can buy provisions and water in the stages or you can simply come to the cozy inns in the evening. If the weather does not play along or if you do not feel like camping, you will also find different accommodations in the waypoints.The starting point of the first leg is Forchheim station, which is served by S-Bahn trains and regional trains from Nuremberg and Bamberg. After a short stretch through the city, our route takes you up to the wooded ridges on the edge of the Wiesent Valley. At first, the path climbs gently, but then it goes up to the Ranger pulpit. Once at the top you will be rewarded for the climb with a beautiful view over the Wiesenttal. A not less beautiful view awaits you a little later at the Vexierkapelle above Reifenberg. Here you can even clearly see the Walberla on the other side of the valley.Afterwards it goes down into the Wiesenttal and along the river to Ebermannstadt. If you do not want to miss another panoramic view, then you climb to the end of the day to lookout tower Wallerwarte. Alternatively, you move directly to the picturesque campsite Rothenbühl on the banks of the Wiesent. All information about the campsite can be found at xn--camping-rothenbhl-h3b.de
Sleeping mat rolled up, sleeping bag in backpack and tent dismantled - now it can continue. The second stage is dedicated to the picturesque Wiesent Valley, which will accompany you to the stage destination Moritz near Gößweinstein. We do not lead you on our route directly along the water, but through the silent forests and the gentle meadows of the surrounding mountain ranges.From the campsite, follow the road for a while and then climb the beautiful forest path to Neideck castle ruins. The impressive castle is considered one of the landmarks of the Franconian Switzerland - and even if you do not care about old walls, you will enjoy the view of the valley. From here, a short detour to the Neideck caves, a freely accessible karst cave system, is worthwhile.From the castle, our route leads you through the woods without any significant differences in altitude and across open meadows to the lookout point Frauenstein. Now it goes steeply down to Wiesenttal and after crossing the river right uphill again. On steps and serpentines you ascend to the Hollow Mountain, whose summit is adorned by a lookout tower. After enjoying the view here, you will hike on comfortable paths to the stage destination Pfaffenstein campsite in Moritz.If you want to end your hike here, then you have to go down again to the valley to the inn Sachsenmühle. From here a bus will take you back to Ebermannstadt. You can also spend the night in the inn if you are traveling without a tent.
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After a restful night at the campsite Pfaffenstein, it's time to head down to Wiesenttal in the morning. From Behringersmühle, where the Püttlach joins the Wiesent, we now lead you north. Today you spend most of the time walking very close to the shore of the Wiesent, which splashing through a peaceful valley.After about seven kilometers, you can take a break at Gasthaus Schottersmühle and let yourself be pampered with Franconian cuisine. After another bend in the river, we suggest a detour to Sieghardstor. To do so, climb a few meters from the valley to admire the impressive rock formation in the middle of the dense forest. Afterwards you continue hiking through the romantic Wiesenttal valley to Rabeneck. Here the very well-preserved Rabeneck Castle towers high above the valley. Medieval fans can also visit the castle on Sundays and public holidays.Along the river our route finally leads you to Waischenfeld, today's stage destination. If you like, you can climb up to the lookout point Hohe Warte or come to one of the inns and restaurants. At the other end of the small town, the Waischfeld campsite awaits you in a bend in the river. All information about the campsite can be found at campingplatz-waischenfeld.de.
After a steaming cup of coffee you are ready for the next stage. From Waischendorf you hike first over a small ridge and then for a few kilometers along the Wiesent along to Plankenfels. This is where your ways separate. You leave the shore behind you and climb through the forest to Plankenstein. There are hardly any remains left of the castle, but the view is even more magnificent.Afterwards you climb to Lochautal. The narrow valley is one of the most pristine and untouched valleys in the entire Franconian Switzerland. While now lead through most other river valleys roads, runs next to the Lochau exclusively a natural trail. So, look forward to wonderful nature enjoyment. For a few kilometers you walk through the Lochautal until our tour branches off the valley and leads you through dense, quiet forests to Hollfeld.Here you will also meet again on the Wiesent, which finally accompanies you to the stage destination camping Waldmühle. Here you will pitch your tent once more on the banks of the Wiesent for the night. The campsite also includes a quaint inn, where you can have excellent dinner. All information about the campsite can be found at waldmuehle.net/campingplatz.html.If you want to complete your hike with this stage, then you can also get on the bus in Hollfeld. From here there is a direct bus connection to the main station Bayreuth.
The fifth stage takes you over the wide hilly landscape on the edge of the Franconian Switzerland to Thurnau. First you hike from the campsite over a wooded ridge on the edge of the Wiesenttals back to Hollfeld, where you turn into the romantic Kainachtal.Small ponds, the meandering river and wide meadows dominate the valley and make this section for pure hiking enjoyment. At the village Kainach you leave the valley and follow our tour across wide meadows to Wonsees. Here you will also find a cozy inn for a stop.On an open hilly landscape, it goes on to the castle Zwernitz, which can impress above all with the attached castle park. Exciting rock formations make the castle a real rock garden and a great discovery tour for nature lovers. After leaving the park behind you, you will hike on beautiful trails across wide fields and colorful meadows to the final destination Thurnau. Here you can get on the bus to Kulmbach station.
Around the rock town of Pottenstein you will find some of the most impressive landscapes of Franconian Switzerland. Because a single day tour is not enough for a discovery tour, we have put together this beautiful two-day hike that takes you from Pegnitz train station through untouched valleys and through rustic forests to Pottenstein. From there, it's then back to the starting point at the exciting rock formations of the Klumpertal.In the stage destination Pottenstein you will find the full range of accommodation: comfortable hotels, quaint guesthouses, apartments and campsites - so you can decide how you want to spend your night.The starting point of the first stage is Pegnitz station, which is served by regional trains from Bayreuth and Nuremberg. You leave the city in a westerly direction, where the path leads you first uphill to the lookout tower on Schlossberg. If you like, you climb up the stairs here and get a good overview of the hiking area of the next two days. Then it goes on narrow paths into the forest and on to the natural Püttlachtal. The narrow valley is densely wooded and a path leads here directly along the lively babbling river along. Soon, the valley is a bit wider and you reach today's stage destination Pottenstein. Here you can still visit the castle or ascend to the fantastic viewpoints high above the city. At the end of the evening you will be tempted by various restaurants in the old town.
At the beginning of the second stage, you leave Pottenstein heading south and wander along the shore of the narrow Weiher Bach to Lake Schönsee. Just a few minutes walk from the lake is definitely worth a visit to the Devil's Cave. The karst cave with its countless stalactites can be visited all year round and is truly a unique experience.After your discovery tour in the Devil's Cave our route takes you into the picturesque Klumpertal. The narrow dry valley is lined on both sides by high mountain slopes and in many places you can admire impressive rock formations and rock faces. On the exciting and rooty Jägersteig, head up the valley in lofty heights to the south and in many places you can enjoy beautiful views of the surroundings.At the end of Klumpertal you reach the Pegnitzer district Bronn. Here you will also find an inn for a cozy break. Afterwards you walk for a short distance over open meadows and then dive into a dense forest. The extensive forest area bears the name Veldensteiner Forst and along the trails you can discover numerous exciting rocks, which are often protected as natural monuments. From the Veldensteiner forest, it finally goes back to Pegnitz, where you can start your journey home at the station.If the distance of 20 kilometers is too long for you, then you can already finish the hike in Bronn, because from here there is a bus connection to Pegnitz.