With idyllic half-timbered houses lining the streets of the old town and a magnificent city wall, Forchheim looks like a fairytale. This Franconian town is brimming with historic breweries which have been producing Franconia’s favourite drink here for centuries – beer. Outside of the city, you can also enjoy a cold beverage in the beer gardens in the Kellerwald forest. This is where the picturesque landscape of mountains, river valleys, forests, and orchard meadows begins. A hike through the Franconian countryside always includes beer gardens and inns where you can stop for a break to try delicious Franconia delicacies.
The Walberla plateau is a popular escape for locals and can be reached on a day hike from the city. As you walk, you follow in the footsteps of the Celts who settled here. The Ehrenbürg, Örtlberg, Retterner Kanzel, and Högelstein peaks all offer spectacular views over the region. If you prefer, you can walk from beer garden to beer garden: there’s plenty of choice in the Kellerwald forest. Hiking along picturesque paths on the Reuther Hut also brings you to the Swiss Cellar there.
You can combine all seven hikes with a walk through Forchheim old town. There are plenty of sights to explore in the city, such as the traditional breweries. These are connected to the Kellerwald forest via the ‘Walk of Beer’ trail. Luckily, Forchheim is easy to reach by train, so you can treat yourself to a beer with your car parked safely at home.
The paths through the Franconian forests are shaded even on hot summer days. However, the Tours can also be wonderful in winter, depending on the weather. After the trees shed their leaves in autumn, you can enjoy even wider views. If you want to combine your hike with a social event, you can check out the Annafest, which is celebrated yearly at the end of July in the Kellerwald forest. The Walberlafest, which is held annually on the first weekend in May on the Ehrenbürg, is also worth a visit.
This beautiful round leads you to the honorary citizenship with the well-known Walberla. From above you can enjoy the wide view, which the Celts probably liked many centuries ago. It starts at the parking lot near the Kellerwald or at Forchheim train station - from there it's one and a half kilometers to the starting point of the hike. If you come by train, you can also shorten the hiking route via Hainbrunnenstraße and get on a little later. On the way back you can visit the Kellerwald.First you cross the Kellerwald with its many beer gardens. Of course, you can take a break now, but the beer tastes particularly good as a reward after your hike. High-altitude trails with a beautiful view to your destination lead you over the Wiesent valley to Reuth. Here you cross the valley and get to Wiesenthau, where the only preserved Renaissance castle in Franconian Switzerland is located.Then there is a steep climb ahead. He'll take you up to a saddle called Windloch. This is located exactly between the two elevations of the Ehrenbürg mountain - the Walberla in the north and the Rodenstein in the south. Look around to your heart's content and enjoy the view. In the southwest you can see Erlangen, to the north and east the mountains of Franconian Switzerland rise. On the Walberla you can visit the Walburgis Chapel. The plateau was populated again and again from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age. The reconstruction of a Celtic wall at the wind hole is reminiscent of this.The descent takes place south, then through Schlaifhausen to Wiesenthau, where you meet familiar paths again. Behind this place you will pass a train station. Here you can also get on the train and drive back to Forchheim. This saves you a good five kilometers on the way back. Otherwise you follow the same paths as on the way back to the Kellerwald, where a large number of beer gardens ensure the successful conclusion of the hike.
Should it be a relaxed half-day tour with a stop? Then explore the forests and fields around the Örtlberg. It starts at the parking lot near the Kellerwald or at Forchheim train station - from there it's one and a half kilometers to the starting point of the hike. First, you go straight past the beer gardens in the Kellerwald. But you can look forward to the later stop.Via wonderful forest paths you will reach a clearing on which the Serlbach district is on the left. But you won't let yourself be diverted from your direction and you will soon dive back into the forest. At the second intersection, turn left and follow the forest paths to a small pond, which with a bench invites you to take a break. Then you hike straight west to the Örtlberg. Here you can enjoy the beautiful view to the south towards Forchheim and the picturesque Örtlbergweihern between meadows and reeds.To the east you then come back to the forest, where you go to Serlbach. Here a cozy inn with beer garden invites you to stop. But you can also hike the last few kilometers back to the Kellerwald, choose one of the beer gardens there and toast a successful hike.
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Wheat fields, orchards and sheep pastures: This round takes you through the picturesque Franconian landscape up to the Högelstein, which offers you a wide view. The long hike begins at the parking lot near the Kellerwald or at Forchheim train station - from there it's one and a half kilometers to the starting point of the hike.You leave the city to the northeast and find yourself at the Örtlbergweihern in idyllic nature. Between fields and trees you walk past Bammersdorf. The climb to the Högelstein begins behind the village. However, you do not take the direct way up, but turn left again to climb north from Kauernhofen. On the way you always have a beautiful view of the imposing Jägersburg Castle. In a large round you finally reach the vantage point on the Högelstein, which invites you to take a break with a bench and a view.Then you hike south downhill and walk past rescuers to the left. If you fancy a few Franconian specialties, you can make a detour to the inn in the town center. Then you make your way back to Forchheim on secluded forest paths.
What could be nicer than a leisurely hike through the Franconian nature, crowned by a visit to the beer garden with Schäuferla and Seidla? The route begins at the parking lot near the Kellerwald or at the Forchheim train station - from there it's one and a half kilometers to the starting point of the hike. Right at the beginning you pass numerous beer cellars with bars in the forest. Perhaps you will already see one that you want to stop at at the end of your hike. But first a little exercise is called for.You walk east along relaxed forest paths, where you descend past orchards to Reuth. A little away from the village you will find the cozy beer garden of the Schweizer Keller in the shade of the trees, which marks the middle of your hike. This is definitely the right place for a break.Freshly strengthened, you go back to Reuth and cross the town on Hutstrasse and Ruhstrasse. Soon you will find yourself back on a picturesque path between orchards. You have a wonderful view of the Walberla over the valley of the Wiesent. Then you dive back into the forest and hike back to your favorite beer garden in the Kellerwald.
A beautiful half-day hike with foresight and a stop leads from Forchheim to the Retterner Kanzel. The round begins at the parking lot near the Kellerwald or at the Forchheim train station - from there it's one and a half kilometers to the starting point of the hike. First you walk past the beer gardens through the forest until you come to a clearing where you cross the Serlbach district. At the northern end of the clearing you dive back into the forest and soon pass a small pond.Now you stay close to the edge of the forest and can catch a beautiful view of the wide landscape through the trees again and again. Then the slope increases and it is a crisp uphill to the Retterner Kanzel. Above you can take a detour to the viewpoint between the rocks. The altitude meters are rewarded with a wonderful view.The subsequent descent is to the east via Oberweilersbach to Weilersbach, where there is a beautiful pilgrimage church to visit. Now there is a small ascent up to a picturesque chapel before you find your way through the forest back to the beer cellars of Forchheim.
The famous “Walk of Fame” in Hollywood is quite a long way from Franconia. Fortunately, there is a path here in Forchheim that may even be a little more fun to walk: the “Walk of Beer”. Instead of world stars, the breweries are marked with a star on the floor. Via QR codes on site, you can find out more about the four that are left of the former twelve private and two communal breweries.You start right in the center and pass the Neder and Hebendanz breweries right at the beginning of your pleasant walk. You then stroll through the city in a curve, because a few steps before the next beer star can't hurt. Take your time, because it's not too far to the Eichhorn brewery. After another 500 meters you are already at the next station: the Greif brewery.The crowning glory is the Kellerwald on the eastern outskirts of Forchheim. Here, 23 beer cellars are hidden between the trees, in which, of course, beer is served. Almost everywhere, of course, a snack is offered with the beer - in some breweries you are also allowed to bring something to eat yourself. With this in mind, cheers and have fun on the “Walk of Beer”!
The beautiful old town of Forchheim is definitely worth a long walk. The historical half-timbered houses outdo each other in their beauty and the city wall gives you a glimpse into the past. You start your journey through the history of Forchheim at the Rathausplatz. This is only one kilometer from the train station.The Sattlertorstraße takes you to the city park, where you climb stairs to the historic fortification. Along the city wall you go north, where you cross Sattlertorstraße again to get back up to the city park on the other side. From there it goes on to Wiesent, on whose bank the impressive Katharinenspital stands. Part of the building is built over the river and stands on stone pillars in the water.You walk past the "Leaning House" parallel to the Wiesent. Then you cross the water again to get to the market square and parade square. At the end of your tour, stroll between shops and cafés through the main street back to Rathausplatz. Your city visit is rounded off in one of the numerous traditional restaurants with a Franconian meal and a Seidla.