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The most beautiful tours for summer and autumn – hiking paradise Franconia

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The varied landscapes in Franconia can be excellently explored on your own in summer and autumn. A well-developed network of paths leads you through the dense valleys of the Spessart, over the Fichtelgebirge or through the heart of the Frankenhöhe nature park. In this collection, we have selected two daily warm-up tours and eight long-distance hiking trails through this unique region.

The longest tour with 24 stages is the Frankenweg. On the 323 miles (about 520 kilometer) long route, you will probably get the best insight into the Franconian region, the beauty of nature and the charm of the quaint villages. If you prefer to start with a shorter long distance trail, then the two Spessart trails 1 and 2 are just the thing for you. On three stages each they show you the picturesque landscape of the low mountain range. Overnight accommodations and rest rooms you will find enough along your hiking trails. The arrival or departure by public transport works well.

Whether a leisurely stroll through the woods, a challenging day hike, a relaxed multi-day tour for a long weekend or a long-distance hiking trail with a promising view, every hiker will find happiness in the beautiful Franconia. You can also choose different stages of the long-distance hiking trails for your day out. However you design your hiking holiday: between the Fichtelgebirge and the Frankenwald in the north, the Rhön and the Spessart-Mainland in the west, the Altmühltal Nature Park in the south and the Nürnberger Land in the east, a varied landscape of wide meadows, narrow valleys and wooded lures Mountains to extensive discovery tours.

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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
    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. The entire route of the Spessartbogen from Schlüchtern to Langenselbold you can hike well in four stages, here are Marjoß, Bad Orb and Freigericht Horbach as milestones in question.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 wander 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 beech forests, home to wild forest dwellers such as red deer, lynxes, wildcats and beavers. 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 then descend again into the Kinzig valley to Langenselbold, where the Spessartbogen ends.

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  • Difficult
    16:55
    36.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    4,725 ft
    4,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Spessart is the largest contiguous deciduous forest mixed area in Germany and a paradise for hikers. Varied, original nature with dense forests, streams and beautiful views await you on your tours through the region. For example, on Spessartweg 1, which traverses the low mountain range in a west-east direction over a distance of almost 60 kilometers.Start of the long distance hiking trail is in Aschaffenburg. The first meters of your hike will take you through the landscape park Fasanerie. The focus of the path is on the historic sights, such as the pilgrimage church of the monastery Schmerlenbach, the locks Hafenlohr and Lohr am Main or the ruin Schönrain. The ruins of Scherenburg in the three-river town of Gemünden form the perfect end to the tour.The Spessartweg 1 is divided into three daily stages. From Aschaffenburg to Rothenbuch (27.3 kilometers), on the second day from Rothenbuch to Lohr am Main (14.3 kilometers) and finally from Lohr to Gemünden (20.5 kilometers). You can also plan your tour individually. The direction is not crucial and an entry or exit is possible at any time.

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  • Difficult
    17:37
    37.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    5,500 ft
    5,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Over mountain and valley to the Main - this is the motto of the Spessartweg 2. The nearly 60-kilometer long hiking trail is very scenic and hiking technically more challenging than the number 1. The route takes you from north to south through the most beautiful landscapes of the low mountain range. Just under 1,700 meters of altitude are waiting for you - but thanks to the varied ups and downs, you can do it easily.Starting point is the idyllic climatic health resort Heigenbrücken - then follows pure nature: the Seebachtal with its full alluvial forest, spectacular views, dark forests and babbling brooks. In Hessenthal worth a visit to the moated castle Mespelbrunn, filming location of the movie "The Tavern in Spessart" from the year 1958. In Stadtprozelten with its magnificent half-timbered houses, the tour ends.The route is divided into three stages: From Heigenbrücken to Waldmichelbach (17.5 kilometers), then continue from Waldmichelbach to Heimbuchenthal (15.6 kilometers). The last stage takes you to 21.2 kilometers to Stadtprozelten. However, you can plan the way you want it: The direction is not important and you can always get on or off the road. In several places you have access to public transport.

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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
    38:57
    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 130 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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  • 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 in the direction of 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 natural monument and geotop "Hohe Steine" and the Hoi Hopp Stein. After admiring the huge sandstone blocks, the trail leads you downhill and back to Boxtal.

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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 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 rock 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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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    6.74 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This eleven-kilometer hike takes you around the Calvary near Greding. Start of the circular walk is in the center, from there you walk along a very beautiful tree avenue below the Calvary to the west. After about one and a half kilometers, benches invite you to linger - including a wonderful view of the Schwarzachtal.The path leads you slightly uphill until you reach the place Herrnsberg. Continue on a beautiful forest trail and past a Marie's grotto. Soon you walk down a grass path into the idyllic Agbachtal. Keep your eyes open along the shore for the beavers, which you can find here on the shore again and again.Shortly before the end of the track rises again a bit and brings you on a beautiful trail up to a large linden with a bench above the Martinskirche. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view, before you return to the starting point in a few minutes via the newly created Stations of the Cross.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    1,000 mi
  • Duration
    453:59 h
  • Elevation
    107,075 ft

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