Nürnberger Land

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

Nürnberger Land © Bernd Hölzel

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

Hiking Collection by Nürnberger Land

4

Tours

19:15 h

37.3 mi

5,625 ft

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 (komoot.de/user/nuernbergerland/collections). See you in Nürnberger Land!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    07:07
    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    8.96 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Well rested and woken up in yesterday's destination Egensbach, you start today's tour. There is a good 14 kilometers to hike. On the way today: magical forests, beautiful paths threading …

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    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 Panorama Trail is the shortest with its almost eight kilometers - but you shouldn't underestimate it. Because it has some crisp climbs ready for you. …

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    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 Panorama Trail shows you a few real gems of the region over a distance of almost 18 kilometers. It is not for nothing that it …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    37.3 mi
  • Duration
    19:15 h
  • Elevation
    5,625 ft

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