Unforgettable panoramic views — the most beautiful long-distance hikes in Franconia

Hiking Collection by
Franken Tourismus

From the lofty peaks and wide plateaus, you can enjoy unforgettable panoramic views of an unspoiled natural landscape. Romantically winding paths lead you through the middle of nature, into quiet forests with fascinating gorges and past fragrant meadows and colorful fields. From high castles, you can see glittering rivers in the valley and be enchanted by magnificent estates along the way.

You will find this diversity on 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) of marked hiking trails that meander through Franconia. They lead you through breathtaking low mountain ranges and through historic towns and charming villages. Many of the hiking trails in Franconia bear the distinction "Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland" or the "Deutsche Wandersiegel für Premiumwege". These accolades confirm that each route features unspoiled paths, varied landscapes, and many Highlights along the way.

In this Collection, we show you the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails through Franconia that have won these awards. We have put together a beautiful mixture of trails of different lengths so that you are guaranteed to find the right hike for you. The Frankenweg and the Fränkische Gebirgsweg are with 24 and 21 stages the kings among the Franconian hiking trails. For shorter hikes, the Spessartbogen with four stages or the Spalter Hügelland-Tour, which you can plan as a day-hike, are suitable. No matter which hiking trail you choose, thanks to the hiking-friendly accommodations in Franconia, you will always find a comfortable place to stay during your stage hikes. The warm hosts will be happy to spoil you with Franconian delicacies so that you can enjoy hiking in Franconia with all your senses.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    144:17
    317 mi
    2.2 mph
    34,450 ft
    34,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the 520 kilometer Frankenweg you hike from the Rennsteig to the Swabian Alb. The varied long-distance hiking trail you can go in 24 stages and wander through six Franconian resorts. The paths lead you partly on natural trails with gradients that you can easily walk with good footwear.The starting point of the Frankenweg is Untereichenstein, from where you dive directly into the green wilderness of the Franconian Forest. In the lovely region of Obermain • Jura you walk on the Kordigast and the Staffelberg, from whose summits you enjoy marvelous views over the Maintal. Continue on the Frankenweg in the Franconian Switzerland. Here you will find bizarre rock formations, mysterious caves and picturesque villages. In Nuremberg, you will experience a beautiful landscape with romantic valleys, sublime castles and small towns. Then you reach the nature park Altmühltal, where you walk past picturesque Jura heights and juniper heaths. Afterwards, the trail leads you past the Franconian Lake District and finally brings you to the destination of the long-distance hike: Harburg on the Swabian Alb.

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  • Difficult
    118:59
    266 mi
    2.2 mph
    25,750 ft
    26,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Franconian mountain path is a bit over 420 kilometers long. It takes you from the Frankenwald over the Fichtelgebirge to the Nürnberger Land and leads you over some of the most impressive summits in Franconia. The long-distance trail and its sometimes natural trails with gradients, you can easily walk with good footwear in 21 stages.The starting point of the Franconian mountain route is Untereichenstein in the Franconian Forest. From here you walk on the first half of the way over the most impressive summit of Franconia, such as the 1,051 meter high snow mountain, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view. Step by step you wander through the Franconian mountains, absorbing the impressions of the breathtaking nature and the picturesque landscape that surrounds you. Cultural highlights provide variety on the way and make this hiking trail so diverse. Bayreuth, Pottenstein or Waldsassen lie directly on the route and are just some of the charming towns that you cross on your way to the Nuremberg countryside. Here, in the valley of the Pegnitz near Hersbruck, ends the Franconian mountain path.You can also combine the Franconian Mountain Path with the Frankenweg. Both paths have their starting point in Untereichenstein at the hiking cross.

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  • Difficult
    56:51
    124 mi
    2.2 mph
    14,125 ft
    14,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Pure nature awaits you on the Altmühltal panorama path. Step by step you will discover the almost 200 kilometers of the scenic long-distance hiking trail that leads you from Gunzenhausen to Kelheim. You can go the route in ten daily stages. As stage goals come Spielberg, Treuchtlingen, Solnhofen, Dollnstein, Eichstätt, Kipfenberg, Beilngries, Dietfurt and Riedenburg in question.The varied route takes you over many hills and leads you over exciting, natural trails that you can easily walk with good footwear. So you walk along the Altmühl, past picturesque juniper heaths, impressive rocky landscapes and imposing castles and palaces that tower high above the Altmühltal on rugged rocks. Historic cities, such as the baroque town of Eichstätt, provide cultural highlights on your hike and offer you nice refreshment stops to pamper you with culinary delights.

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  • Difficult
    34:20
    74.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    9,400 ft
    9,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Hochrhöner has a total length of about 180 kilometers and can be run in two variants. Here we introduce the shorter east route. It is also called Lange Rhön and is about 120 kilometers long. It leads you from Bad Kissingen to Bad Salzungen and can be hiked in eight stages. The milestones are Stralsbach, Langenleiten, Oberweißenbrunn, Birx, Kaltensundheim, Dermbach and Bernshausen.From the starting point Bad Kissingen, the trail winds along fields and meadows, along forest edges and finally climbs to the first summit of the hike, the Kreuzberg. At the house on the Red Moor, the trail then divides into the east and west routes. The eastern route takes you over the Lange Rhön mountain range, from which you can enjoy beautiful views while hiking through the un-forested nature. In Andenhausen, the two variants reunite to the main path, which leads you in varied up and down to Bad Salzungen with its impressive half-timbered houses.The variant Kuppenrhön or Westroute can be found in this tour: komoot.de/tour/54683368.

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  • Difficult
    21:28
    45.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    6,550 ft
    7,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 180-kilometer-long Hochrhöner from Bad Kissingen to Bad Salzungen can be hiked in two variants, the eastern route and the west route. The west route of the Hochrhöner, also called Kuppenrhön variant, with a total of nine stages is slightly longer than the eastern route and takes you over such impressive peaks as the Wasserkuppe or the Milseburg.The Kuppenrhön variety branches off the Hautroute at the Haus der Roten Moors and unites with her again in Andenhausen. Four stages between Oberweißenbrunn and Dermbach with stage destinations on the Wasserkuppe, in Gotthards / Schwarzbach and Tann differ from the Ostroute (komoot.de/tour/54683037), also called Lange Rhön.While hiking over the Kuppenrhön, a varied route awaits you through mysterious bogs, through lovely stream valleys, through lush forests and over the highest peaks of the Rhön, such as the Wasserkuppe, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the "Land of Open Distances".

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  • Difficult
    25:31
    55.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    6,475 ft
    6,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the Kinzig Valley, the Spessartbogen winds its way through almost 90 kilometers through the unique forest landscape of the Spessart. The trail is partly on entertaining, natural trails that you can easily walk with sturdy shoes. You can hike the entire course of the Spessartbogen from Schlüchtern to Langenselbold in four stages, with Marjoß, Bad Orb and Linsengericht being the stage destinations.In Schlüchtern in the Kinzig valley the hike starts on the Spessartbogen and leads you after the first steps directly up to the heights of the low mountain range. Here you will hike through the hilly forest landscape of the Spessart Nature Park and take turns enjoying the untouched nature in the quiet forest and picturesque meadow valleys. Blueberries and eagle ferns line the winding paths through the beech forests where wild forest dwellers such as red deer, lynxes, wild cats and beavers are at home. Cozy places such as the spa Bad Orb invite on the way to relax and long breaks. On the last kilometers of your hike, you will descend again into the Kinzig valley to Langenselbold, where the Spessartbogen ends.

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  • Difficult
    44:53
    100 mi
    2.2 mph
    9,650 ft
    9,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Steigerwald Panorama Trail takes you to Bad Windsheim, about 160 kilometers from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bamberg. You wander on some sections of natural trails and master significant slopes that you master with good footwear easily. You can go the entire long distance path in nine stages. Eltmann, Eschenau, Michelau, Ebrach, Abtswind, Iphofen, Bullenheim and Herbolzheim are suitable as stage destinations.From the impressive starting point Bamberg you start on a hiking tour through beautiful nature, which is accompanied by exciting history. Numerous vantage points provide breathtaking highlights on the way. From them you can let your gaze wander over the picturesque landscape and spy Bamberg, the Main Valley, the Franconian Alb, the Hassberge, the Rhön, the Spessart or the Franconian Mainland. But not only spectacular heights await you along the way, but also picturesque valleys in which you can admire Franconian settlements with their buildings from bygone times. Some highlights include the monastery in Ebrach, the princely seat Castell or the beautiful marketplace of Iphofen. At the end of your hike, Bad Windsheim awaits you with its thermal bath, where you can relax with relish.

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  • Difficult
    38:57
    84.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    9,900 ft
    10,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The approximately 137-kilometer Panorama Trail Tauber Valley takes you from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Freudenberg am Main. You will hike on varied paths through the lovely Tauber Valley and the picturesque Main Valley. You can walk the trail well in five stages with Creglingen, Bad Mergentheim, Tauberbischofsheim and Wertheim as milestones.Starting point of the long-distance hiking trail Tauber Valley panoramic path is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. In the historic city worth a visit to the intact, medieval old town. Then you can march down to Detwang, where the quality trail officially begins. Past cultural and scenic highlights, you wander through the lovely Tauber Valley. In doing so, you will always enjoy magnificent panoramic views over the gentle, green hills of the region. Romantic forests, picturesque vineyards, wide fields and lush meadows alternate on the varied hike. Cultural highlights include old mills, monasteries and castles. The last leg of the panoramic trail leads you along the Main, which is lined with impressive castle ruins.

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  • Difficult
    27:04
    62.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    4,175 ft
    4,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The approximately 100-kilometer European Wasserscheideweg leads you through a lovely, hilly landscape from Schnelldorf to Ansbach. On the five stages of the trail you will enjoy quiet forests, fragrant meadows and wonderful views. As a milestone Schillingsfürst, Neusitz, Wildbad and Colmberg come into question.The European watershed runs through the heart of the Frankenhöhe nature park. It determines whether a water spring will flow north to the North Sea or south to the Black Sea. As a hiker, you walk along this line through the middle of nature, and you can observe time and time again which path the water of every little source finally takes. On beautiful trails you walk through forests, narrow forest roads and across wide fields and meadows. You will always enjoy fascinating views of the picturesque landscape. On the entire way from Schnelldorf to Ansbach, you will pass through only two larger villages, Schillingsfürst and Colmberg, making the European Wasserscheideweg a true gem, especially for nature lovers.

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  • Difficult
    38:30
    85.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    8,450 ft
    8,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The castles and castles trail is divided into the north and the south route. The northern route is just over 130 kilometers long and you can go for example in seven stages. The starting point is Königsberg in Bavaria.From the starting point, the circular walk leads you through an impressive landscape, which is characterized by the Haßbergtrauf, which extends from the southeast to northwest. Enchanted forests are on your way as well as beautiful fields and fragrant meadows. From the heights of the Haßberge you can enjoy fantastic views of the lovely landscape that spreads out before you and of course you come past many castles and fortresses, to which the varied circular route owes its name.You can also combine the northern route of the castles and castles trail in Eyrichshof and Königsberg in Bavaria with the south route (komoot.de/tour/54685457) and go as a big round.

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  • Difficult
    30:54
    68.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    6,925 ft
    6,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The southern route of the castle and castles trail is just over 100 kilometers long and leads you through the picturesque landscape of the Haßberge and along the Main. For example, you can hike the circular walk in five stages or combine it with the northern route (komoot.de/tour/54685168).You can start the circular walk in the south in Hallstadt, but of course at every other point along the way. On the steep slopes of the Main valley you wander through picturesque wine growing areas. Here you can treat yourself after the stages a glass of good regional drop to end the day comfortably. Continue on Zeil am Main, where a visit to the medieval old town is worthwhile. Over romantically wooded hills you hike to the Itz and from there over the Baunachtal back to the starting point.

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  • Difficult
    06:15
    13.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Spalter Hügellandtour is a 22 kilometer long circular walk that you can walk in one day. It leads you through the splinter hill country, where you can expect fascinating gorges and natural monuments. Wonderful views from the hills and plateaus complete the hiking experience around Spalt.The trail starts at the Kornhaus in Spalt. From here you hike north into a wide forest area where exciting gorges await you. Close to nature, you wander through the deep forest and enjoy the twittering of birds and the rustling of the leaves. After about half of the way you cross the Franconian Rezat. On the other side of the river, the two villages of Wernfels and Theilenberg await you, where you can stop off in comfort, admire the castle and the ramparts, and enjoy the magnificent view of Spalt. From here you walk through shady mixed forests and open plateaus, from which you can enjoy beautiful views, back to the starting point after gap.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    1,297 mi
  • Duration
    587:59 h
  • Elevation
    137,475 ft

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