When you visit the charming town of Kulmbach in the Franconian Forest in southern Germany, you can expect to experience the combination of a lively town, countryside and rivers in a new way. We’ve put together ten circular walks to introduce you to the region’s peaceful nature and historic towns – there’s a lot to discover in and around Kulmbach.
One of the most well-known hiking trails in the region, the FrankenwaldSteigla, guides you through magical forests, up to scenic heights and along gushing streams. The signposted route is split into three themes: “Listen to silence”, “Breathe deep”, and “Understanding the forest”. These hikes take you on a journey for all your senses through the most beautiful landscapes in the Franconian Forest. Each route takes around half a day, but you can take your time if you want to spend longer nature.
Whichever trail you choose, a snack break is never far away. Regional delicacies are, after all, an important part of every hiking trip. Along the way, you will stop off in charming little towns which are also the starting points of some of the Tours, discover enchanting valleys, roam imposing fortresses, and visit quaint little chapels.
Everything else you need to know about hiking in the Franconian Forest can be found here: wandern-im-frankenwald.de (website is in German). For information on how to travel to the region, visit: frankenwald-tourismus.de/de/service/anreise (website is in German). The area around Kulmbach is a wonderful place to hike – have a good trip!
A wonderfully natural and pleasantly quiet tour awaits you on the Achatzmühlen-Weg. Starting from the well-known pilgrimage site Marienweiher and its baroque papal basilica, this FrankenwaldSteigla leads you through the wonderful nature of the Franconian Forest.Arrived in the heart of Marienweiher and the basilica already under the microscope, you leave the houses of the place behind you for the time being. Sooner or later you will reach the former Achatzmühle over beautiful forest and meadow landscapes, past the picturesque Zechteich and strolling through small towns.On the way there are many unique natural spots for a leisurely rest - but if you want to experience typical Franconian cuisine, it is best to wait for the arrival at the Landgasthof Haueis in Hermes. Freshly strengthened, you then hike back to your starting point.All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
"Knock" - this is a hill from which you have a wonderful view and also the feeling of being able to breathe the vastness in front of you. Three such specimens await you on this FrankenwaldSteigla.It starts at the market square in Presseck. Several hiking trails, such as the Frankenweg, the Siebenfreund-Weg and the Franconian Stone Kingdom meander here. But you get on the FrankenwaldSteig and let it lead you straight to the first knock, the Pressecker knock. From the wooden tower that towers up here, you can enjoy an amazing view. Then the next highlight follows - the Schnebeser Knock, on whose lounger you can make yourself comfortable for a while.One thing is still missing: The Kreuzkock gives you a final, wonderful all-round view - then you go via Heinersreuth with its two castles into a quiet forest area with many old trees. The “Three Barons”, which are among the oldest Douglas firs in all of Germany, are slumbering right in the middle. It goes up and down past the Wustuben up to Elbersreuth, then down to Rabengrund and finally back to the starting point in Presseck.All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
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If you long for beautiful nature and soothing silence, the Rehbachtal is a wonderful destination. This FrankenwaldSteigla takes you from Neuensorg near Marktleugast to the “Käismühl” small rotary mill. You have already covered a good two of the almost eight kilometers here - so a break with a delicious snack or a freshly smoked fish is always a good idea.Past the Großrehmühle and the lovely Hinterrehberg chapel, the path then leads you into quiet forests. You walk there on a narrow path and always along the Rehbach. You can enjoy the sound of the rippling water and the play of colors that is offered to you on sunny days between the leaves and trees. You finally hike back to your starting point in Neuensorg via open spaces.All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
A circular route with a regal character awaits you on this Franconian Forest Steigla. In front of the gates of the mighty Plassenburg, which towers high above Kulmbach, you lace up your hiking boots and set off.The area behind the castle is decorated with beautiful, old beeches. A shady path leads you through the magical forest down to Hauenreuth am White Main. A little later you will also reach Ebersbach, where a Kneipp facility awaits you (and your hiking feet) to cool off.Via the so-called Wolf's Throat you get back into the beech forest, you also pass a pavilion. If you have packed a snack, this is the ideal place to eat it. But even if you are not hungry, you can linger here for a moment and soak up the silence and power of the forest - "just like that". Finally the path brings you back to your starting point.All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
Hear the silence and look into the distance with Johann - this is what awaits you on the FrankenwaldSteigla “Franzosen-Weg”. Wirsberg is the idyllic starting point for the tour. Time can be forgotten between traditional half-timbered houses and historic bridges. But the path leads away from the hustle and bustle of the village.On narrow forest paths past the summer pool and a Kneipp facility, you go up to the plateau near Ziegenburg and Weißenbach. Johann is waiting for you at the highest point. He'll keep a spot free for you on his bench so you can recover from the climb and enjoy the wonderful view up here.The narrow paths are not over yet - this time they lead you through light deciduous forest and without major inclines through the wonderful Schorgasttal back to your starting point.All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
With the motto “Understanding the forest”, this FrankenwaldSteigla will reliably take you to where the nature around Kulmbach is most beautiful. You start walking from the historic Wirsberger Marktplatz, where there is one pretty half-timbered house after the next.You hike through the romantic Schorgasttal and its wonderful landscapes. You will pass one or the other rest area where you can serve snacks that you have brought with you. Lookout points like the Ilsestein always give you a wonderful panoramic view on the way.And then you are already standing in front of her: The Heilingskirche ruins impress with their mysterious nature and ancient wall remains. A place where you will surely want to take a little time to explore. Before the round ends again at the market square in Wirsberg, it leads you to Bavaria's first imperial monument, from where you can once again enjoy a wonderful view of the valley.All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
A lot of wonderful forest and promising heights await you on this FrankenwaldSteigla. The so-called Rehberg-Weg lets you understand the forest and enchants with its wonderful natural diversity.It starts right in front of the proud walls of the Plassenburg. As befits such a fortress, it is surrounded by a protective beech forest. You are now immersed in it. It first takes you towards Tennach, then you hike over the Rehberg with its exciting nature trail.And because you give yourself so completely to the forest habitat, you will hardly believe what comes next: the deer tower rears up in front of you. "Climbing" it is of course easy for you as a real hiker. Once at the top, you have a wonderful view over Kulmbach and its castle. So the place to which you will eventually return.All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
"Gaaßleitn" - that's what the Franks call the steep slopes in Wartenfels. Goats used to be kept here - today you can explore them in the course of this beautiful Franconian forest glass.Starting from the center of Wartenfels and leading around once, this round is known above all for its brilliant views. In the relatively leisurely up and down, you hike from town to town and from one beautiful piece of nature to the next.You can enjoy wonderful views over the Franconian Forest to the Fichtelgebirge, pay a visit to a small chapel, enjoy the quiet forest streams and follow the traces of mining over narrow paths until you are back at your starting point almost 17 kilometers later. Get involved!All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
A hike through and around the romantic Steinach Valley awaits you on this Franconian Forest Steigla. A round that takes you from one historical highlight to the next wonderful vantage point.Just outside of Stadtsteinach you are already starting to hike. It goes through picturesque nature, first past the Grünburg ramparts, then past a historic mill.A variety of paths will soon lead you to the forester's jump. The eponymous rock offers a wonderful view over the valley towards the Nordeck castle ruins - another interesting highlight that you can see up close a little later. Then the path leads you back to the starting point.All information about the FrankenwaldSteigla is available online at wandern-im-frankenwald.de.
The FrankenwaldSteig is a 242-kilometer round trip through the wonderful Franconian Forest. This 17.5-kilometer loop is one section of it. It lets you experience the breathtaking views and magical nature around Kulmbach.It starts in Gössersdorf, which is best reached by public transport, because the tour will not bring you back here. You march off via the old army and trade route. First you walk past the historic Samelstein on the Kirchleuser Platte and a few kilometers later you climb up to the lookout tower “Look around” on Patersberg. From up there you can already see your destination, the beer town of Kulmbach, where you have earned your cool blond almost five kilometers later.Do you fancy a multi-day hiking adventure? All information about the FrankenwaldSteig and the individual stages is available at frankenwaldsteig.de.