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Forests, rocks & castles — 5-day roundtrip through Franconian Switzerland

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Forests, rocks & castles — 5-day roundtrip through Franconian Switzerland

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5

Tours

30:35 h

68.3 mi

6,650 ft

With its secluded valleys, wooded ridges and impressive rock formations, Franconian Switzerland is a real place of longing for nature lovers and hikers. Countless hiking trails run through the picturesque landscape, and you will experience the best of the region on this five-day hike. From Pegnitz, the gateway to Franconian Switzerland, you will trek across forested mountain ranges, explore the most exciting geotopes and visit the most idyllic villages.

The circular hike is signposted as a '5-day hike' with a green arrow and takes you through the most beautiful landscapes of Franconian Switzerland. You will cover a distance of 110 kilometers (68 miles) and climb up over 2,000 meters (6,500 feet). On the hike, you will also get to experience the history of this region as well as its acclaimed nature as you pass numerous castles and ruins en route. Built to protect the towns and villages from Slavic attackers in the Middle Ages, many are still inhabited today, while others are preserved as ruins. The surrounding villages have clearly benefited from the protection of the castles as their medieval centers seem to have sprung from a dreamlike fairytale world.

As usual for a circular hike, you can choose which stage you'd prefer to start and end at. Pegnitz is our recommendation, however, as you can easily reach the small town by train. If you have less time or are looking for a day hike, that's no problem. You can reach all stage destinations by bus from Pegnitz. All you have to do is choose your favorite stages and off you go.

Timetable information can be found at vgn.de

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    06:38
    14.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Already on the first stage of your five-day tour, the Franconian Switzerland shows its best side. From the idyllic Pegnitz, the gateway to the Franconian Switzerland, you hike in constant uphill and downhill through peaceful beech forests to the stage goal Gößweinstein. Two castles await you on the way

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    10.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second hiking day there are a lot of prospects on the program. Today the tour takes you over hilly meadows and up to exciting lookout rocks. This guarantees long-distance views of the wooded ridges of the Franconian Switzerland. In addition, there are several small villages along the walk. In

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  • Difficult
    06:28
    14.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage of your tour through the Franconian Switzerland is particularly varied. Wooded hills, wide meadows, narrow valleys and impressive rock formations are on your way today. In addition, there are striking viewpoints, where you can get a great overview of the idyllic landscape of the Franconian

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    12.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage is characterized by mountains and castles. The path meanders over a wooded ridge and three castles are now on the roadside. While the perfectly preserved Hiltpolstein castle is privately owned, the ruins of the Wildenfels castle and the Waldstall castle stable are open to anyone who

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  • Difficult
    06:52
    15.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    900 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your last stage, you will pass through one of the most beautiful forest areas in Franconian Switzerland. The Veldensteiner Forst is part of the heart of the Franconian Switzerland Nature Park and offers untouched nature and impressive rock formations.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    68.3 mi
  • Duration
    30:35 h
  • Elevation
    6,650 ft

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