Franconian Switzerland — on the trace of the Purity Law

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For beer lovers, Franconian Switzerland is truly a paradise. This is not surprising, as this region has the highest density of breweries in the world. In more than 70 breweries, brewing has been carried out according to the tradition of the German purity law for centuries. The best way to discover the different tastes of this region is on one of the many brewery trails that have been created by the family-run breweries over the years. On the hike from brewery to brewery you will not only get to know small family breweries, but you will also discover cultural-historical highlights embedded in this idyllic landscape. Franconian Switzerland offers you the best conditions to combine your active holiday with the enjoyment of regional specialities. Cheers!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:13
    15.6 km
    3.7 km/h
    210 m
    210 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the approximately 15-kilometer hiking trail you march through the villages Aufseß, Sachsendorf, Hochstahl and Heckenhof; including breweries included!Since this round trip returns to the starting point, you can also start at any location on the route. Special highlights are the castle in Oberaufseß, the brewery Stadter in Sachsendorf and the brewery restaurant Reichold, which you reach after about five kilometers well-developed and very well signposted trail.After a tasty barley juice, head towards Heckenhof, where the next brewery is waiting for you: the popular Kathi-Bräu. From the Kathi it goes mostly downhill to Aufseß. At the destination there you can round off the hike at the brewery Rothenbach.

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  • Difficult
    09:59
    36.3 km
    3.6 km/h
    590 m
    610 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From brewery to brewery. The charming foreland and the edge mountains of the Franconian Jura form the backdrop for this varied hike. Over 34 kilometers, this trail, with a focus on beer, runs through lovely landscapes. On the way you pass 13 places of cultivated Upper Franconian brewery art, which certainly offer something for every (beer) taste. There are also many cultural and natural attractions along the way. If you want to do the tour in two days, there are also many possibilities for an overnight stay.

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    9.62 km
    3.3 km/h
    330 m
    330 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Walberla is the northern summit of the Ehrenbürg (532m) and one of the most famous peaks in the Franconian Switzerland. A trip to Walberla followed by a visit to one of the popular Franconian local breweries - Wandererherz, what more could you want. A special highlight is the Ehrenbürg and, of course, the Gastwirtschaft Alt, which brews lager Lager and dark Vollbier in family tradition until today.

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  • Difficult
    05:01
    17.7 km
    3.5 km/h
    360 m
    360 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Certified Five Seidla Trail is a hike made for beer lovers. On the well signposted route, your hike will pass five breweries in the region around Gräfenberg. This tour is mostly on the official route, but has been cut a bit. Nevertheless, you will pass every brewery that caters hungry hikers with a tasty snack, good Franconian food and, of course, home-brewed beer.

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    10.1 km
    3.6 km/h
    180 m
    180 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Bamberg, my beer "drinks" on the cellar. Why? To cool the freshly brewed beers, a long time ago, cellars were drifted into the adjacent sandstone. For practical reasons, the cool drink was then sold directly above these cellars, where often was a beautiful garden with mature trees - "on" the basement is called so in the beer garden.

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    20.1 km
    3.6 km/h
    380 m
    380 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    As the name suggests, this hike gives you plenty of opportunities to sample beers from four Franconian microbreweries. Start is in the Weiglathal, where, starting from the brewery Übelhack, the way leads to about three kilometers through the Lindenhardter forest to Lindenhardt. From the brewery Kürzdörfer in Lindenhardt the way leads you to Leups. Again, you will not die of thirst, because the next brewery is already waiting for you: Gradl. Well-fortified, the trail continues along the valley to Büchenbach, where the brewery Herold is the last brewery on the way. So strengthen well before you start the last section back to Weiglathal.

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    9.69 km
    3.4 km/h
    250 m
    250 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This brewery and beer hike leads around Bad Staffelstein, which has ten breweries in the city with just over 10,000 inhabitants. Every year on 15 August, the Bierbrauerfest is celebrated on the market square in Bad Staffelstein with a big beer festival. But you do not have to wait for that. The variety of breweries and beers in a confined space offers you the opportunity to explore the tasty Franconian beer and the brewery restaurants on foot. This tour will take you past four breweries. The brewery Dinkel and brewery Hennemann await you in stubborn distance. Then you can stop in End at the brewery Schwarzer Adler. Also Frauendorf you will not leave thirsty thanks to the brewery Hetzel.All beer trails are marked with a Franconian "Seidla" and the corresponding number.

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  • Difficult
    06:57
    25.2 km
    3.6 km/h
    430 m
    440 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Ahorntaler Bierwanderweg not only takes you past some breweries that are so well-known for the Franconian countryside, but also through the beautiful nature of the Ahorntal. On your route are, among others, the brewery Held and the brewery Stöckel. Moreover, the Rabenstein Castle with its magnificent rooms is not far from the starting point in Oberailsfeld. With over 6,500 routes, the Franconian Switzerland is one of the best developed climbing areas in the world and is also known for its high castles and castles. Therefore, this region has been a popular destination for years.
    Conclusion: Culinary, nature and history combined in one tour. Very rewarding route!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    144 km
  • Duration
    40:22 h
  • Elevation
    2,730 m

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