Wander over undulating hills separated by rugged gorges, through mighty forests and ancient stone formations, and pass plenty of pristine bathing lakes. On the Celtic trails in Franconia, immerse yourself in an adventure of cultural discovery, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Maintal. The hiking trails themselves will wind you through the landscape of the Obermain as you weave your way around numerous churches and monasteries. And for your physical well-being, Mother Nature will make sure you’re in good hands, offering everything the wandering heart desires, from beautiful peaks to conquer along your way to lakes for cooling off in once you’re done.
The perfect place for cultural immersion, the area is like one giant open-air museum with info-charts plotted on the edge of roads that retell the tales of old. Stand where the Celts once stood, trace the tracks ancestors millennia before you once traced—and truly discover history amongst a sea of fossils.
On this round trip you experience complete diversity of the Frankenjura. Start your hike at the natural monument "Hohler Stein". Grandiose foresight offers you until the next highlight, the Kemitzenstein. There you can let off steam at will or just relax a bit.Forest and forest trails then lead you to the wine hill, which surprises you with Mediterranean flair. Strengthen yourself in one of the numerous Schwabthaler inns before dare the last ascent of the day. Shortly before the barrier of the clinic, the entrance to the Tiefenthal Gorge begins. A truly spectacular way up to the Pfarrfelsen! Out of sheer wonder, you will not notice that it is uphill.Attention: You should bring a bit of surefootedness to the felines at the gorge exit. Let yourself be surprised by the variety of landscapes and the historical places.
Climb from the Adam-Riese-Stadt Bad Staffelstein up to the Staffelberg. On this legendary mountain are still traces of the early settlement history. Discover Celtic traces around the high plateau of the striking elevation in the Main Valley. A highlight on the Celtic trails, not least because of the magnificent view.The trails on this tour are partly over roots and stones, but are easily accessible. Nevertheless, a few meters of altitude are waiting for you, because after the Staffelberg and a short detour to Loffeld follows a renewed climb to Morgenbühl. The view from this plateau to the Staffelberg should not be missed.Afterwards you can round off the tour with a city tour through Bad Staffelstein.
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This circular route leads you from the Adam-Riese-Stadt Bad Staffelstein over the Mainauen up into the Eierberge. Rivers and lakes are your constant companions on the tour.If you want to avoid the climbs, you can easily abbreviate. Celtic places and beautiful vantage points you will experience anyway. Overall, a light tour, with a few short climbs, but many rest stops waiting for you.It's best to park at the Adam-Riese-Halle in Bad Staffelstein (St-Georg-Str. 12), where you can park for free and directly enter the tour. Right at the beginning you follow the loud, which meanders gently through the city. On flat terrain you cross the city, meet first Celtic information and come past fields in the village "meadows". Village farms invite you to take a break before heading to the Eierberge.Do not feel like raising? Then you can flatter the clam mark. It does not matter how: afterwards you will enjoy an absolutely gigantic view over the Maintail just before Nedensdorf: under you the Main, in front of you the lakes and hills.
Tired already? Then use the rest stop in Nedensdorf, because it goes uphill again, if you want to get hold of another vision.The Mahlberg is your last survey on this day, which in turn offers a new perspective: Kloster Banz seems within reach.Down to Unnersdorf, where you are spoiled for choice: coffee or just a snack right on the Main. The last meters you always have the Staffelberg in view. For the tired feet, treat yourself to a little dangling over the bathing lake or through the spa park. Back in Bad Staffelstein you can learn more about the Celtic finds on the Upper Main in the city museum.
You can experience the cultural landscape of Obermain with its concentrated variety on the KulTour 3: Church, monastery, Celts. The ascent to the famous buildings Vierzehnheiligen and Banz Monastery alternate with flat paths through small Franconian villages, forests, fields and water. Again, you will be abducted by numerous information panels on Celtic and earlier history of the cultural landscape. An exciting KulTour is waiting for you.Start your tour at the foot of the Basilica Vierzehnheiligen, where you can park for free. The short steep climb up to the place of pilgrimage is definitely worth it: The basilica with lush Rokkoko equipment is truly an eye-catcher and the beer tastes excellent. The route leads you to the Schöntal to the former Erzabbau-Stollen, before you reach the village Wolfsdorf to Schönbrunn. Here once a Celtic settlement braved the flood.About river floodplain and the place Unnersdorf you finally reach after a short climb to the monastery Banz, another highlight of the tour. It goes steeply downhill towards the Baggersee, where you can jump into the cool water on hot days. A detour over a once-huge burial ground completes the cultural journey.Ready for a little educational trip? Then get started.
A round trip to the sentries of earlier times. Beautiful forest and forest roads lead you past the "Kreuzschlafer" to Frauendorf. Then the journey into the past begins. Wallanlagen at Dornig and Possenberg alternate with a walk over graves fields and beautiful viewpoints.If you are twelve kilometers too long, you can abbreviate the tour on the Küpser Linde by omitting the Possenberg and go straight to the thorn. So you can easily save two kilometers and you can do the hike in half a day.
Prehistoric history to touch! Lovers of beautiful fossils will definitely get their money's worth on this tour. During the ramble across the fields between Ützing, Stublang and the Alte Staffelberg you will find numerous fossilized evidence of the former Jurassic Sea.Gigantic views and geological history are just waiting to be discovered by you. You should bring your fitness on this day tour, because there are some altitude and distance kilometers waiting for you.Parking is free at Wanderparkplatz bei Stublang. First cross the street, direction Frauendorf. With a slight incline you reach a plateau, past the dolomite quarry and encounter first evidence of the prevailing limestone. In the "valley" you are spoiled for choice in which economy you should enter. Strengthen yourself before you reach new heights from Ützing.
Beautiful forest and forest trails lead you gently rising towards Spitz, Lark and Altel Staffelberg in the realm of fossils and Magerwiesen. A short ascent to the Old Staffelberg (526 m) is well worth it: You will be rewarded with a beautiful view and information about former fortifications. You have not got any fossilization yet? Then you will definitely find something on the plateau. Keep eyes open!Even a short detour to the following Spitzberg is worth the effort, because then it is only downhill to the starting point.
A grisly topic in the most beautiful surroundings. Because your path leads you from the Celtic sacrificial site on Veitsberg to the cemetery at Prächting. Landscapes bright lights cheer up the tour and show you how beautiful the hiking world is.In between lure the place Prächting with its beer gardens, which are worth a detour. The easy hike runs on good forest and forest roads. Overall, the track is rather flat and has only up to the Veitsberg to offer a correct slope.If you should do the tour in the afternoon, first go down to the valley (the Kellbach Grund) and pick up the view from the Veitsberg for the sunset. Madness!
Kloster Banz is certainly the most famous highlight on this Celtic round trip. You can start your tour here (parking is charged on weekends and public holidays) or in any other village along the way (Altenbanz, Stadel or Püchitz).The route takes you over undulating terrain through forest and field, always on good forest, driving and forest trails. Walk on ancient roads that have existed for centuries. You pass through wooded hills like Kulch and Steglitz - once surrounded by ramparts in the early Middle Ages to protect the castle on Banzer Berg.If you would like to forego the panoramic view of the Banzer Wald and rather shorten the tour, you can skip the town of Püchitz. And watch out: where the ICE line now runs, you could cross another historic site; one of the largest settlements of the Neolithic (about 5500-5000 BC).Once back at the edge of the forest at Kloster Banz, enjoy a well-deserved refreshment drink with a view of the monastery and the opposing Staffelberg. For wellbeing!