Between Altmühltal & Spruce Mountains – hiking in Franconia

Hiking Collection by
Franken Tourismus

We have selected ten hiking routes, on which the Franconian landscape can be explored on in summer and autumn. Four day-tours take you through rustic forests and to the most beautiful vantage points in the Rhön and Spessart. Those interested in history can search for traces on the Vorgeschichtsweg at Thalmässing or follow the Literaturweg around the city walls of Wolframs-Eschenbach.

And if you really want to immerse himself in the nature and culture of Franconia, you should take a look at our four multi-day hikes. With four and five stages respectively, the hiking trails "Fränkisches Steinreich" and "Urdonautalsteig" can also be well planned for a long weekend. Both tours will take hikers along the earth's history, which can in many places in Franconia be read directly from the landscape. With more than 20 daily stages, the Fränkische Gebirgsweg or the Frankenweg are particularly suitable for experienced hikers – but on the lonely and near-natural trails they can expect a hiking experience in a class of its own.

Whether a leisurely walk in the woods, a challenging day hike, a relaxed multi-day tour or a scenic long-distance hiking trail – every hiker will enjoy beautiful Franconia. For between the Spruce Mountains and the Franconian forest in the north, the Rhön and Spessart-Mainland in the west, the Naturpark Altmühltal in the south and the Nürnberger Land in the east, a varied landscape of wide meadows, narrow valleys and wooded mountain ranges lures to extensive discovery tours.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:56
    6.37 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Premiumweg Michelsberg is perfect as an introductory hike in the Rhön - but even those who already know the Rhön will love the views from up here. From Münnerstadt the hike leads you up to the viewpoint Kleine Windsburg. On forest trails you continue on to the church ruins Michelsberg, which stands picturesquely in an open clearing. Now it goes on the outskirts of Burghausen and through quiet forest back to the starting point in Münnerstadt. Here you can still stroll through the town center and stop off in one of the restaurants or cafés.

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  • Intermediate
    04:03
    8.28 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Ancient deciduous forests, beautiful views, small forest villages and, to conclude, a beer in the Klosterschenke - the Kreuzberg tour is a real premium hiking trail. The starting point of the circular hike is the hiking car park Kreuzberg on the edge of the monastery grounds. From here, the route leads you gently downhill, first across wide meadows with fantastic views, then through sparse forests. Shortly after you reach the Neustädter house, which is worthwhile for a small stop. Now the forest is getting denser and the trees more rustic. Along sweeping beech trees you walk to the small village of Kilianshof. This is also the lowest point of the hike - after that it's uphill again. On forest paths you climb towards Kreuzberg, where you can reward yourself for your walk with a nice glass of beer in the monastery beer garden.

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    7.03 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the edge of the Kinzig Valley, directly by Steinau on the road, the trail "Steinauer Hochgefühl" takes you through the varied landscape of the sandstone spit. From the edge of the village, you hike gently uphill with a magnificent view over the Kinzig valley. After crossing the brook Schwarze Rolle, the route takes you through a small forest and then up to the viewpoint Seidenröther Warte. Here, at the highest point of the tour, you can enjoy a particularly beautiful view of the vast meadows and wooded ridges of the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, you stroll through the district of Seidenroth, where the restaurant Eulenspiegel offers itself for a rest. Shortly after, it goes into dense forest. Further downhill you finally hike back to the starting point Steinau.

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  • Easy
    00:35
    1.42 mi
    2.4 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The town of Wolframs-Eschenbach is famous for its perfectly preserved medieval town center and the surrounding city walls. On the completely barrier-free literature path, you can once complete the city wall. On the way, a total of 15 panels await you, where you can read texts by authors who have dealt with Franks since the Middle Ages. In addition, the two Stadtweiher offer beautiful views of the city wall and the church towers. If you are traveling with your children, you will be especially happy about the big knight playground.

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    6.93 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Together with the adjacent ridge of the Waizenhofer Espans the Thalachtal forms a protected, open meadow landscape. Our ancestors have appreciated this since the Stone Age, and that is why countless traces of settlement can be discovered around Thalmässing: Bronze Age burial mounds, Celtic fortifications, prehistoric smelting sites and the settlement landscape in the Thalachtal valley. On the prehistoric path you can discover some of these tracks yourself. The trail is a round trip and leads you from Thalmässing on forest trails and along open meadows on the Waizenhofer Espan. At the end of the tour, a visit to the Archaeological Museum is worthwhile to deepen your knowledge of the settlement history of the Thalachtals.

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  • Intermediate
    04:52
    10.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike - signposted as Quality Trail LT 2 - takes you on beautiful hiking trails through the rustic forests and over the rolling meadows of the Wildbach Valley. Start and end point of the round trip is the center of Boxtal, directly on the banks of the stream. From here you first walk across orchards towards the edge of the forest and enjoy the view of the Main valley and the Wildbach valley. Afterwards, you can hike on comfortable paths through natural high forests, past the Hoi-Hopp-Stein and finally to the impressive geological area "Hohe Steine". After admiring the huge sandstone blocks, the trail leads you downhill and back to Boxtal.

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  • Difficult
    21:41
    47.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    4,950 ft
    6,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Frankenwald and Fichtelgebirge also have the nickname "Bavaria's stone-rich corner" - quite rightly so that hardly any other place in Europe can discover so many and varied rock formations in such a small space. The quality route "Franconian Stone Kingdom" takes you on four stages and a distance of approximately 77 kilometers through this unique landscape of geological highlights, exciting rock formations, quiet forests and cozy villages.Starting point of the hike is the Große Waldstein - fittingly, the highest point of Geopark Schieferland. Over the wooded ridges of the Fichtelgebirge you hike past the Haidberg to the first stage destination, the market town of Stammbach. On the second day we go up to the lookout tower on Weissenstein. Later, you will hike through the romantic valley of the Grosse Koserbach until you reach your destination, Marienweiher. The third day holds a special geological climax: today it goes up to the rocky Peterlesstein, whose summit is covered with huge serpentinite chunks. At the end of the day, the third stage destination, the Ferienhof Neumühle awaits you. The fourth stage spoils you first with the exciting Steinachklamm and finally again with a wonderful panoramic view from the observation tower at the Pressecker Knock before your hike ends at the Gasthof Fels on the banks of the Wilder Rodach.

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  • Difficult
    19:22
    43.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    3,575 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Over the course of millions of years, the Danube has repeatedly dug new river courses on its way through the rock formations of the Frankenalb. The traces left by her in the landscape are called Urdonautal. The most beautiful section of the Urdonautals - the Wellheimer dry valley - you can explore on this five-day hike on your own. At around 71 kilometers, not only all sorts of geological highlights and impressive rocks await you, but also picturesque hilly landscapes and magnificent river panoramas.Starting point of the Urdonautalsteig is the contemplative Dollnstein in Altmühltal. From here you hike with wonderful views on the edge of Wellheimer dry valley to the first stage destination Wellheim. The second stage takes you past the castle ruins Wellheim and over wooded ridges further south. Shortly before the final destination Rennertshofen the vineyard caves lure to a small detour. On the third day the Urdonautal meets today's Danube valley - and you can stroll along beautiful paths along the Danube riverbank. Through meadows and quiet forests, we continue to the stage destination Oberhausen. The fourth stage takes you across the Danube, from where you can bid farewell at the lookout point on Finkenstein. About forest trails you walk to the milestone Bergen. On the last day you enjoy the picturesque nature of the Wellheimer Trockental again, until you arrive again in Wellheim and thus at the end of the Urdonautalsteig.

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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
    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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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    715 mi
  • Duration
    323:07 h
  • Elevation
    74,075 ft

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Between Altmühltal & Spruce Mountains – hiking in Franconia
Hiking Collection by
Franken Tourismus