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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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Attractions in the Franconian Forest


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recommended route Difficulty moderate Open
Distance 21.8 km
Duration 6:25 h
Ascent 681 m
Descent 584 m

Der Jakobusweg bei Leutenberg, ein Pilgerweg nach historischer Überlieferung.

from Bernd Hoffmann,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 6.9 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 193 m
Descent 2 m

Sanfte Hügel, saftige Wiesen – wir begrüßen Sie ganz herzlich in Wurzbach.

from David Lehmann,   Thüringer Wald
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,   Thüringer Wald
Bicycle Rides · Thüringer Schiefergebirge/Obere Saale
ADAC Grenztour – Im Land des blauen Schiefers
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 39.1 km
Duration 3:15 h
Ascent 520 m
Descent 425 m

Auf knapp 40 km vom Gestein begleitet vom thürigischen Probstzella nach Rosenthal am Rennsteig

from Tanja Ahrens,   ADAC Wanderführer
Hiking Trail · Thüringer Schiefergebirge/Obere Saale
Wanderweg nach Helmsgrün zum Biobauernhof Steinbock
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 9.8 km
Duration 2:35 h
Ascent 142 m
Descent 142 m

Eine Wanderung für Familien mit Kindern zum Biohof Steinbock - dem Bauernhof zum Lernen durch Erleben

from Sabine Schmidt,   Thüringer Wald
Long Distance Hiking · Frankenwald
Fränkischer Gebirgsweg
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 424.5 km
Duration 120:00 h
Ascent 7,350 m
Descent 7,433 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
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.4 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 333 m
Descent 333 m

WALD VERSTEHEN - "Grüß Gott, ich bin der Forstmeister. Wenn Sie also auf ihrem Weg einen Wilderer sehen, dann sag´n Sie´s mir, dem werd ich scho ...

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from Frankenwald,   Frankenwald
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recommended route Difficulty moderate Open
Distance 21.8 km
Duration 6:25 h
Ascent 681 m
Descent 584 m

Der Jakobusweg bei Leutenberg, ein Pilgerweg nach historischer Überlieferung.

from Bernd Hoffmann,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 6.9 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 193 m
Descent 2 m

Sanfte Hügel, saftige Wiesen – wir begrüßen Sie ganz herzlich in Wurzbach.

from David Lehmann,   Thüringer Wald
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,   Thüringer Wald
Bicycle Rides · Thüringer Schiefergebirge/Obere Saale
ADAC Grenztour – Im Land des blauen Schiefers
Premium content Difficulty easy
Distance 39.1 km
Duration 3:15 h
Ascent 520 m
Descent 425 m

Auf knapp 40 km vom Gestein begleitet vom thürigischen Probstzella nach Rosenthal am Rennsteig

from Tanja Ahrens,   ADAC Wanderführer
Hiking Trail · Thüringer Schiefergebirge/Obere Saale
Wanderweg nach Helmsgrün zum Biobauernhof Steinbock
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 9.8 km
Duration 2:35 h
Ascent 142 m
Descent 142 m

Eine Wanderung für Familien mit Kindern zum Biohof Steinbock - dem Bauernhof zum Lernen durch Erleben

from Sabine Schmidt,   Thüringer Wald
Long Distance Hiking · Frankenwald
Fränkischer Gebirgsweg
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 424.5 km
Duration 120:00 h
Ascent 7,350 m
Descent 7,433 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
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.4 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 333 m
Descent 333 m

WALD VERSTEHEN - "Grüß Gott, ich bin der Forstmeister. Wenn Sie also auf ihrem Weg einen Wilderer sehen, dann sag´n Sie´s mir, dem werd ich scho ...

3
from Frankenwald,   Frankenwald
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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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