Legendary rock faces: Climbing in Franconian Switzerland
Tricky rock faces, beautiful climbing gardens and legendary routes make Franconian Switzerland one of Germany’s most popular climbing destinations.
Franconian Switzerland has been attracting climbers for over 200 years: With its bizarre limestone formations full of fissures, chimneys, edges, overhangs, handholds and finger holes, the region offers an extremely rich and varied experience for sports climbers.
With around 12,000 routes on 800 cliffs, there is something for climbers of all abilities. Free climbers can brave routes such as “Sautanz”, “Magnet”, “Stone Love” and “Wallstreet”: The so-called redpoint movement emerged in this region around 30 years ago, designed to guide free climbers determined to make their ascents with no assistance. This triggered a wave of climbing fever in Franconian Switzerland.
Anyone wishing to learn conventional climbing techniques can turn to one of the many climbing schools in Franconian Switzerland. They offer well-developed concepts and events for all ages. One key aspect of climbing in Franconian Switzerland is the environmentally friendly approach to the sport: Various concepts have been introduced in places like Upper Wiesenttal, Betzenstein, Plech and Pottenstein in order to protect the vulnerable flora and fauna around the cliffs.
The climbing parks are a top tip. Here children from the age of five onwards can get their first climbing experiences; meanwhile, older climbers can be guided on climbs of various degrees of difficulty and challenges high above the ground.
Even when the weather doesn’t play ball, climbers don’t have to go without their sport: a number of climbing and boulder halls offer a wide range of taster courses for the whole family, right through to routes with the top level of difficulty.