Silent forests & lonely paths — Franconian Jura Panorama Trail in Germany

Hiking Collection by Nürnberger Land

Do you love to get lost in the great outdoors, hiking along idyllic country lanes, under ancient trees and through colourful landscapes? Do you enjoy looking over gentle hills blanketed in fields and forests? Then you are sure to appreciate the Franconian Jura Panorama Trail. Located to the east of Nuremberg in Germany, the trail takes you through wonderful scenery.

The Nuremberg region has a network of over 1,242 miles (2,000 km) of hiking trails to guide you on your adventure. Four of the trails have earned the title of “Quality Hiking Trail” from the German Hiking Association. In this Collection, I introduce one of these trails, the Franconian Jura Panorama Trail in three stages which wind through the unique landscape of the central Franconian Jura mountains with its unusual rock formations and romantic river valleys.

This dreamlike circular hike lets you explore the magnificent landscape of the Albach and Hammerbach valleys around Engelthal, Offenhausen and Happurg towns. Unspoilt paths and extraordinary nature make this trail a real gem for hikers. You can also expect wide views, natural springs, the impressive castles of Reicheneck and Lichtenegg, and incredible climbs and descents as well as easy sections along quiet plateaus.

Beginning in Happurg, the circular route runs for 26.7 miles (43 km). You can stay overnight in quaint, small villages en route. There is also an optional fourth route linking Hartmannshof and Happurg. You can also walk it in the opposite direction the day after the circular hike so you don’t miss the romantic Lichtenegg ruins.

You can travel to and from Happurg or Hartmannshof comfortably by train. Aart from a pair of good shoes, your rucksack filled with enough water and tasty provisions, all you need is yourself.

The following stage previews will give you a taste of what to expect. If you are in the mood for more, you can check out our other collections in the region ( See you in Nürnberger Land!

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Tours & Highlights

    12.4 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start your circular hike in Happurg and directly with a decent climb. It goes up to the upper pool on the Deckersberg, the local mountain of the community of Happurg. When you have reached its highest point, the path becomes a little more gracious again. You walk past the Jungfernsprung to Deckersberg.Along a lonely plateau and through an idyllic forest, you can enjoy unspoiled nature for several kilometers. Emperor Charles IV is said to have marched to Engelthal here. With the imperial feeling in your chest, you also make your way to the former monastery village.Once there, you can - depending on the time - take a look at the ruins of the Dominican convent with its proud gates and the St. Willibald chapel from the eleventh century. Then you hike through a beautiful mixed forest behind Peuerling up to the ruins of the Oedenschloss and the Teufelskeller gorge. You can pay a worthwhile visit to both sights by a short detour. Via the Buchenberg and the Steinerne Rinne - a small trickle with wooden platforms - you descend to Schrotsdorf and Egensbach, your today's destination.In the country inn "Zum Stillen Bächlein" the name says it all. Here you will find peace during the night so that you can continue marching cheerfully tomorrow.

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    8.96 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Slept well and woke up in yesterday's stage destination Egensbach to start your tour today. It is about 14 kilometers to hike. On the way even today: magical forests, beautiful paths through the landscape and a piece of history in the proud form of a church.And the first highlight of the tour is not long in coming: From Egensberg you make your way up to the Keilberg. And when you get to the top, you meet his beautiful chapel ruin with a resting place in a clearing in the forest. A relaxed descent takes you down to Kucha and then behind Oberndorf up to a plateau. First you hike under impressive beech trees, then for a while through a dense forest. Finally you reach the Hinterhaslacher Heide. And with her the lively Kainsbach, which leads you via the hamlet of Mosenhof to your today's destination Kainsbach.A hotel is waiting for you in Kainsbach, which you will surely like. You can also take the bus to one of the neighboring villages, where you can also find accommodation where you can put your legs up for the night.

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  • Intermediate
    4.93 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 3 of the Frankenalb Panoramaweg is the shortest with its almost eight kilometers - but you should not underestimate it. Because it has some crisp climbs ready for you.It starts in yesterday's stage destination Kainsbach. And the climbs just mentioned are not long in coming. The prospects that await you make up for it. It goes up to Reicheneck, the former headquarters of Ulrich von Königstein. Only a few remains of the castle itself remain and the former outer gatehouse is now a residential building. Nevertheless, you suddenly feel like you are back in time.Through a beautiful ravine, past impressive rock formations, it goes to Förrenbach am Happurger Bach. A little later you will reach the lasso point of the panorama path, where you turn left towards Happurg.So you will soon start to climb up to the Kupferberg, pass the Hollow Rock, an impressive karst cave, and enjoy breathtaking views on Mount Houbirg. After a short break at a fountain from the 19th century, you walk a few hundred meters to your final stage in Happurg. You can start your well-deserved journey home from the local train station.

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    11.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This section of the Frankenalb Panoramaweg shows you some real gems of the region over a distance of almost 18 kilometers. It is not for nothing that it is affectionately referred to as the "king's stage".You start the tour at the S-Bahn station in Hartmannshof, where you follow the Haunritzer Weg after crossing the main street. The tar road soon turns into a gravel path and through a fairytale forest you reach Haunritz and the Lichtenegg castle ruins. She smiles at you from afar and invites you to an incredibly beautiful view over Hersbrucker Switzerland - in fine weather even into the Upper Palatinate Forest and the Fichtelgebierge.Seen enough? Then it is time to leave the place and hike through soft paths and paths, sometimes steeper, sometimes more comfortably through Waizenfeld and Mittelburg. At the end of Mittelburg it goes up a narrow path to the saddle of the Hochberg. You hike through a forest for a while until you arrive at the lasso point of the panorama path. You keep right, towards Happurg and up to the Kupferberg.Via the mountain range of the Houbirg you also reach the Hohlen Fels, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view over the Pegnitztal. The proud number of spectacles of this tour is rounded off by following the steps down to the hall caves. Then it goes steeply downhill until you reach the first houses of Happurg.Once in the heart of the charming village, follow the Pfalzgrafenweg to the right to the S-Bahn station. And look forward to a relaxed journey home by train, on which you can review all the highlights of this day tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    37.3 mi
  • Duration
    19:15 h
  • Elevation
    5,625 ft

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