Hikes, raft trips, climbing and mountain bike tours, castles, festivals and fossils: 13 experiences that you should definitely not miss in Franconia
13 x Must-do experiences
Liebliches Taubertal Panoramic Trail
Between Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Freudenberg am Main, this path links cultural and scenic highlights of the region to create an experience tour. It has the distinction of being a “Wanderbares Deutschland” quality walking trail.
The Staffelberg mountain and the Vierzehnheiligen church – well-known landmarks in Franconia – lure visitors to the landscapes of the Gottesgarten (God’s Garden), a region in the Upper Main valley. The southern circuit offers views of the Main valley as far as the Fichtelgebirge mountains and the Thuringian Forest. The northern loop encompasses the quiet, tranquil side north of the Main river.
obermain-jura.de (only in German)
Climbing in Franconian Switzerland
Climbers from all over the world love Franconian Switzerland - hardly surprising given that there are around 12,000 climbing routes on around 800 individual rocks. The limestone rocks of the Franconian Jura Mountains have crevasses, chimneys, walls, edges and overhands, creating a challenging and varied climbing experience.
Rivers like the Regnitz and the Pegnitz, the Wiesent, the Tauber, the Altmühl and the Saale as well as sections of the Main are tailor-made for boating.
frankentourismus.de (only in German)
“Jumping in at the deep end” is the legendary dare for summer river trips on the Wild Rodach River in the Franconian Forest.
flossfahrt-wallenfels.de (only in German)
Friedrich Rückert walking trail
Friedrich Rückert (1788–1866) was a German poet, linguist and translator. He is Franconia’s greatest poet and one of the founders of German Orientalism. Following in his footsteps, the path leads 145 km through the charming natural surroundings of the Haßberge mountains from Schweinfurt, his place of birth, to Coburg.
In the Nature Park Altmühltal, there are numerous quarries where limestone slabs were once mined. The limestone slabs were formed in the lagoons of the Jurassic Sea and contain many fossils. In open quarries, such as those at Mühlheim or Blumenberg, visitors can learn more about this rock.
The Castle Road
The rich and varied route criss-crosses Franconia from the southwest to the northeast - from Rothenburg an der Tauber via Ansbach, Roth, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Coburg, Kronach and Kulmbach to Bayreuth It passes 70 castles, palaces and residences. Length: 803 km, with the car or by bicycle.
Franconian Mountain Path
The walking tour along the 428 km Franconian Mountain Path starts in the Franconian Forest, in Untereichenstein, and ends in the Pegnitz valley near Hersbruck in the district of Nuremberg. Cultural attractions such as those in Bayreuth, Pottenstein and Waldsassen lie directly on the route.
fraenkischer-gebirgsweg.de (only in German)
Mountain biking in the Fichtelgebirge
Steep climbs, mountain peaks and differences in altitude of up to 400 metres - covering an entire length of 240 km, this is an attractive and well-designed mountain bike network.
This typical Franconian parish fair has been going since at least 1729, and is centred around a lime tree. Every year, a dance is held in the crown of this ancient, gnarled tree. It is around 16 metres high with a trunk diameter of 5 metres, and the dance platform is around 4 metres up.
Kiliani Folk Festival
The Würzburg Kiliani Folk Festival (called the “Mess”) is the largest folk festival in Lower Franconia and takes place in July each year, when visitors are entranced by its many fairground rides and speciality food and drink.
Spas and baths
Rest, relaxation, well-being: these are the aims of the 19 healing baths and spa resorts in the “Franconia Health Park”, some of which have a long tradition of bathing: Bad Brückenau, Bad Steben, Bad Alexanderbad, Bad Kissingen and many more.
frankentourismus.de (only in German)