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    Evening atmosphere in the Franconian Forest Photo: Marco Felgenhauer, Naturpark Frankenwald

Franconian Forest

The Franconian Forest extends in the northern part of Bavaria, called Franconia, and directly adjoins the Thuringian Forest. Characterized not only by dense forests, but also by wide meadows and valleys, the low mountain range is often called the “green crown of Bavaria”. The close connection of the people to their forest is still visible today in tradition and handicraft. In addition to idyllic natural beauty, buildings worth seeing await hikers, cyclists and winter sports enthusiasts.
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Hiking trail · Frankenwald
FrankenwaldSteigla Arnikaweg
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 9.9 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 235 m
Descent 235 m

STILLE HÖREN - Uralt ist das Wissen um die heilsame Kraft der leuchtend gelb blühenden Arnika, die in der Teuschnitz-Aue, mitten in ruhiger Wald- ...

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from Frankenwald Tourismus ,   Frankenwald Tourismus
recommended route Difficulty difficult open
Distance 455.3 km
Duration 100:00 h
Ascent 12,515 m
Descent 12,299 m

Von der Werra zur Saale auf verschlungenen Pfaden  - Eine Mehretappentour, die es wirklich in sich hat.

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from Paul Hentschel,   Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
Long distance hiking trail · Frankenwald
Fränkischer Gebirgsweg
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 421.4 km
Duration 120:00 h
Ascent 7,086 m
Descent 7,160 m

Auf knapp 500 km erwandern wir auf dem Fränkischen Gebirgsweg den Naturpark Frankenwald, das Fichtelgebirge, die Fränkische Schweiz und die ...

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from Maresi Kachler,   Outdooractive Editors
Hiking trail · Frankenwald
Das paradiesische Höllental bei Hof
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.8 km
Duration 3:43 h
Ascent 461 m
Descent 461 m

Fantastische Wanderung durch eines schönsten Engtäler Deutschlands

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from Alexander Pavel,   Community
Hiking trail · Thüringer Schiefergebirge/Obere Saale
Rundwanderweg - Leutenberg 2 - Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 317 m
Descent 317 m

Der Rundwanderweg 2 Leutenberg lädt ein mit vielen schönen Aussichten über Schweinbach und Hirzbach

from Bernd Hoffmann,   Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
Long distance hiking trail · Thüringer Wald
Frankenweg – vom Rennsteig zur Schwäbischen Alb
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 498.8 km
Duration 176:00 h
Ascent 5,109 m
Descent 5,118 m

Auf knapp 500 km führt uns der Frankenweg vom Norden Frankens auf 21 erlebnisreichen Etappen bis zum Naturpark Altmühltal.

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from Maresi Kachler,   Outdooractive Editors
recommended route Difficulty easy open
Distance 10.1 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 100 m
Descent 100 m

Mitten im Frankenwald, östlich von Kulmbach, bei Stadtsteinach liegt eines der schönsten Geotope Bayerns. Dieses Naturdenkmal ist besonders ...

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from Wolfgang Brendel,   Traumwanderungen.de
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Hiking trail · Frankenwald
FrankenwaldSteigla Arnikaweg
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 9.9 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 235 m
Descent 235 m

STILLE HÖREN - Uralt ist das Wissen um die heilsame Kraft der leuchtend gelb blühenden Arnika, die in der Teuschnitz-Aue, mitten in ruhiger Wald- ...

1
from Frankenwald Tourismus ,   Frankenwald Tourismus
recommended route Difficulty difficult open
Distance 455.3 km
Duration 100:00 h
Ascent 12,515 m
Descent 12,299 m

Von der Werra zur Saale auf verschlungenen Pfaden  - Eine Mehretappentour, die es wirklich in sich hat.

3
from Paul Hentschel,   Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
Long distance hiking trail · Frankenwald
Fränkischer Gebirgsweg
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 421.4 km
Duration 120:00 h
Ascent 7,086 m
Descent 7,160 m

Auf knapp 500 km erwandern wir auf dem Fränkischen Gebirgsweg den Naturpark Frankenwald, das Fichtelgebirge, die Fränkische Schweiz und die ...

2
from Maresi Kachler,   Outdooractive Editors
Hiking trail · Frankenwald
Das paradiesische Höllental bei Hof
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 10.8 km
Duration 3:43 h
Ascent 461 m
Descent 461 m

Fantastische Wanderung durch eines schönsten Engtäler Deutschlands

5
from Alexander Pavel,   Community
Hiking trail · Thüringer Schiefergebirge/Obere Saale
Rundwanderweg - Leutenberg 2 - Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 317 m
Descent 317 m

Der Rundwanderweg 2 Leutenberg lädt ein mit vielen schönen Aussichten über Schweinbach und Hirzbach

from Bernd Hoffmann,   Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
Long distance hiking trail · Thüringer Wald
Frankenweg – vom Rennsteig zur Schwäbischen Alb
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 498.8 km
Duration 176:00 h
Ascent 5,109 m
Descent 5,118 m

Auf knapp 500 km führt uns der Frankenweg vom Norden Frankens auf 21 erlebnisreichen Etappen bis zum Naturpark Altmühltal.

1
from Maresi Kachler,   Outdooractive Editors
recommended route Difficulty easy open
Distance 10.1 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 100 m
Descent 100 m

Mitten im Frankenwald, östlich von Kulmbach, bei Stadtsteinach liegt eines der schönsten Geotope Bayerns. Dieses Naturdenkmal ist besonders ...

1
from Wolfgang Brendel,   Traumwanderungen.de
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Not only impressive nature can be found in the Franconian Forest, but also the cultural landscape holds some highlights. Well-preserved fortified churches, fortresses, historic old towns and churches worth seeing attract lovers of architecture and history.

But the traditions are very special: Timber rafting, once an important branch of industry, is still practiced today as a tradition and for tourist purposes. In the upper Franconian Forest you can discover hand weaving and in the Rennsteig region you can find glass and porcelain production. Charcoal burning and slate mining point to the mineral resources of the mountains, and in visitor mines you can experience mining up close. And to get to know the people of the Franconian Forest, agrotourism is a good option.

Hiking experiences in the Franconian Forest

Hikers enjoy an extensive network of hiking trails in the Franconian Forest with over 4200 km of marked trails. As Bavaria‘s first quality region “Wanderbares Deutschland”, the mountains entice hikers with varied routes through forests and meadows. Once a year in May, the Frankenwald Hiking Marathon takes place, whose challenging route always leads through a different part of the low mountain range to emphasize its versatility.

Of course, the long-distance hiking trails Rennsteig, Frankenweg and Fränkischer Gebirgsweg are well-known, as well as the FrankenwaldSteig, which leads once around the region on 242 km and wants to bring nature closer with the themes “Hear silence, breathe expanse, understand forest”. Those who prefer a shorter route can take one of the 31 FrankenwaldSteigla, which are shorter side trails that branch off from the long-distance hiking trail.

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Kinderweg - "Humboldt-Entdeckerpfad" - Wurzbach - Thüringer Wald by Katja
October 23, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 23, 2021
Burgen und Aussichtspunkte bei Bad Berneck by Debora
October 11, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 11, 2021
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