Experience the green diversity of Franconia
Franconia is divided into 16 districts, which offer a wealth of variety and diversity. They include the Röhn, the Frankenwald (Franconian Forest), the Fichtelgebirge Mountains, the Franconian Lake District and the Franconian wine region. In 10 Nature Parks, which cover more than half the region, locals and visitors can get to know and enjoy the glory of the local countryside. Paths traverse steep cliffs, cross gently undulating hills and wind through vast woodland. One of the largest is the Nature Park Altmühltal with its many biking and hiking trails.
Another popular destination is Franconian Switzerland, which lies between Bamberg, Bayreuth and Nuremberg. The scenery is characterised by distinctive mountains and hills, striking rock formations and steep river valleys. In amongst this natural beauty you can discover medieval castles and palaces as well as more than 1,000 caves full of impressive stalactites. The Walberla in the foothills of the Franconian Alps is known as the “gateway to Franconian Switzerland”. Germany’s largest contiguous cherry growing region stretches out around this mountain. As well as the cherry orchards, other picturesque fruit orchards line the valley. Splendid fruit trees proliferate in the Kahlgrund, producing a bounty of apples, pears and plums. Mowing the meadows and pruning the branches, local residents dedicate their passion and energy to preserving their cultural landscape.