Colourful leaves & gentle hills – hiking in autumn in Franconia

Hiking Collection by
Franken Tourismus

When the temperatures cool again and coloured leaves cover the ground, it is the perfect time to explore Franconia on foot. The diverse landscapes in northern Bavaria are a true hiking paradise. Wonderful forests, impressive castles and unique rock formations characterize this region. We have put together various multi-day hikes and day routes that will take you to the most beautiful corners of Franconia.

Hike to fantastic vantage points like the Staffelberg, through the wild Höllental or to impressive buildings like the pilgrimage church Maria Hilf. In autumn, the forests and meadows transform with colour and showcase nature in all its splendour. You will also find fairytale castles and medieval ruins in Franconia which are brimming with history. The unique open-air museum in Fladungen transports you back to how life was in the region 300 years ago. The Frankenalb also feature picturesque rocks, karst caves and boulders. The gorges, stone labyrinths and rock walls are an exciting adventure playground, especially for children. All hikes in this Collection are a combination of nature experiences and cultural highlights. In the small villages and picturesque towns of Franconia, you can stroll through narrow alleys and enjoy the specialities of Franconian cuisine.

Our routes are varied and different lengths so that you can choose the hike that suits you best. From leisurely day trips to breathtaking long distances, everything is included. You can also easily separate the individual sections. We show you the most famous places in Franconia with beautiful secluded nature in between. There are no limits to your wanderlust.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    19:55
    42.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    5,475 ft
    5,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Popular landmarks of Franconia, as well as lesser-known highlights, line the Gottesgarten-Rundweg Süd. The limestone landscape is one of the most beautiful in Franconia. You can enjoy beautiful views from the rocky plateau of the Staffelberg and the 536 meter high Kordigast. Especially in autumn, the view of the colorful forests of the Main Valley and Fichtelgebirge is breathtaking.As varied as the Garden of God South, you will experience hiking through the quiet forests and valleys, where you will encounter bizarre rock formations. First and foremost the Hollow Stone, which represents the start and end of the round. The impressive blocks of the Kemitzenstein and the rock labyrinth at Eichig invite you to climb and linger.In the small places that you walk through on the tour, you will find different retreats and accommodations. For example, you can treat yourself to Franconian delicacies in the quaint Schrepfersmühle.In addition to beautiful vantage points, our hike also takes you through dreamlike, mystical valleys such as the Tiefenthal Gorge. The deeper you walk in the idyllic forest, the higher and more spectacular the cliffs on either side of the path become.In addition to the scenic highlights, you can also experience cultural highlights on the circuit. The imposing Basilica Vierzehnheiligen impresses with its imposing design and is known beyond the country's borders as a place of pilgrimage. The historic town of Klosterlangheim with the remains of the former Cistercian monastery is also worth a visit.Let yourself be inspired by the varied sections of this hike and enjoy the fresh autumn air of Franconia.

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  • Difficult
    12:36
    28.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the more than 46 kilometer long circular route you will experience above all beautiful nature and silence, away from the known paths. The path leads through the hilly landscape of the Frankenalb and is easy to commit. You enjoy wide views over the valleys of Obermain and the lower Rodach.We will guide you through fragrant pine forests and autumn colored mixed forest to geological features such as the Titushöhle, the Holzfrauen-Stäffele and the rock labyrinth Ebneth. Here you can explore the holes, hollows and corridors that have been created over millennia. Some by human hands, others by natural means.The element of water accompanies you on this hike as well. Starting at the starting point of the tour on shimmering Lake Neuensee over the beautiful valley of the Rodach and the Pfersag waterfall. This falls from an overhanging rock plate into a natural pool.You can enjoy a particularly beautiful view from the viewing platform of the Pegnitz Bridge at the Hutweidsee. If you are also interested in beautiful places and small towns, you can take a detour to Marktzeuln or Burgkunstadt.

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  • Difficult
    17:32
    37.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    5,275 ft
    5,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the 60 kilometer circular route you will experience beautiful landscapes between Lichtenegg, Kucha and Engelthal. As the name implies, you walk to impressive viewpoints in the central Frankenalb. In addition, you will encounter fantastic valleys and unique rock formations.The starting point of the Frankenalb Panorama Trail is the Lichtenegg Castle, from where you have a wonderful view of the Franconian Switzerland right at the beginning. On the natural trails that characterize this tour, head west.Ascents and descents let you feel the nature of this varied landscape. In between you will always come back to promising points such as the Hochberg, the Jungfernsprung or the Steinerne Rinne. Between the trees you can enjoy different perspectives on the Happurger reservoir.Among the more well-known highlights of this circular walk is the Hohle Fels, which is a popular destination for young and old due to its countless openings and caves. In addition to a lot of nature, you will also get to know the eventful and long history of this region on this hike: Picturesque places and mystical ruins like the monastery walls near Engelthal line the way.The last part from Förrenbach you walk back to Lichtenegg on the same route that you already know from the beginning of the tour.

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  • Difficult
    42:27
    95.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    8,800 ft
    8,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    160 kilometers of hiking fun await you on the Erzweg, which meanders between Pegnitz and Kastl through the fabulous landscape. On this hike, you can not only experience a multi-faceted nature, but also immerse yourself in the history of this region: In the past, ore was mined here and this has left its mark on the "Ruhr area of the Middle Ages". In the woods are abandoned tunnels, pings and small lakes. Even in the places the montangeschichtliche past is still visible.The Erzweg starts at the station in Pegnitz and leads you south. On unspoiled paths, you will hike over rolling hills, encountering impressive rock formations such as the Rabenfels and the Vogelherdgrotte. The mighty karst cave of the Vogelherdgrotte can be entered from two sides and is a popular hiking destination due to its size. Immerse yourself in the geological features of the Frankenalb, which is also a paradise for climbers.A large part of the route you are in quiet forests on the move, which now offer a magnificent play of colors in autumn. In between are small towns and interesting cities where you can stop in and stay overnight. Cultural highlights on the Erzweg are above all the idyllically situated monastery Michelfeld, the medieval castle ruin Lichtenegg and the imposing pilgrimage church Maria Hilf.The beautiful autumn landscape, with its orange, brown and yellow tones, is intersected by valleys and rivers with cozy resting places. Thus, at the Seven Springs, babbling brooks meander through the forest and form an important habitat for animals and insects.On the last section to your destination Kastl you wander through the fantastic Lauterachtal. Here the path leads right along the stream and lets you feel the calming power of the water. The Erzweg offers a unique natural and cultural experience in a unique way, as few hikes can.

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

    On this eleven kilometer long day hike you will be spoiled with diverse impressions and varied nature experiences. Scenic slopes, the idyllic Jossatal and autumnal forests await you on this tour.You start in the romantic castle park in Burgjoß. Colorful leaves line the paths that lead you past the ocher castle and its massive stone walls. You wander out of the village to the narrow shore path on the Jossa. Here nature may still be as it is. In countless turns, the river meanders through the Au. You follow the path and can discover traces of the beaver living in this natural paradise.In the hilly landscape you come again and again to dreamlike vantage points like the Schöneberg or the Zöllersberg. A magnificent panorama with views of the valley of the Jossa and on yellow and orange shining forests opens.Through the contemplative cultural landscape, along rustic deciduous trees, you return to the starting point in Burgjoß. You can end your tour in one of the cozy restaurants, such as the Jossa Stube.

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  • Difficult
    06:31
    14.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the 23-kilometer circular tour you wander through the beautiful cultural landscape between Fladungen and Frankenheim / Rhön. The paths lead you through natural trails past orchards and autumnal fields. At this time of the year the ground is covered with fallen fruit and the leaves of the trees are in the most beautiful colors.The starting point is the Franconian open-air museum, where you can experience a journey through time. In the historic village are up to 300 years old buildings, which bring you closer to the former way of life. From Fladungen you then wander through the lovely Rhön to Frankenheim.At the 796 meter high Grabenberg you will find remnants of the old inner German border. The watchtower, the high fence and various panels give an insight into the conquered border regime.A highlight for nature lovers is the Black Moor. You walk through a curved wooden path through this ecological feature. The vastness of the wetland with its grasses and ponds alternates with mystical birch forests.From the observation tower your gaze wanders over the moor and the hilly landscape to Fladungen, your destination. In the small town worth a walk through the medieval core. Beautiful half-timbered houses, remnants of the old city wall and narrow streets await you.

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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 Frankenwaldse. In the lovely region of Obermain Jura, you will hike on the Kordigast and the Staffelberg, from whose summits you will 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 a few 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. If you want to know more about the Frankenweg, you can watch it here: komoot.de/tour/54681310.

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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, because in no other place in Europe can you 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 Koserbachs 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 lookout 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
    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 steeply sloping 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
    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 palaces trail is divided into the north and south routes. 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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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    1,010 mi
  • Duration
    456:34 h
  • Elevation
    104,875 ft

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