Diversity on the Frankenweg trail
The Frankenweg trail that runs from the Rennsteig to the Swabian Alb hills is the ideal tour for seeing Franconia at its most beautiful.
The route of the Frankenweg trail is 520 km long and has been certified with the “Wanderbares Deutschland” quality seal. Running from north to south, from the Rennsteig to the Swabian Alb hills, it links not only six Franconian holiday regions but also a wealth of natural experiences and cultural discoveries.
The route starts at the hiking hub of Untereichenstein and initially leads walkers through the Frankenwald (Franconian Forest). Here, walkers are met by the wildly romantic Höllental Valley and the rafting destination of the Wilde Rodach River. This section is crowned by noble buildings such as the Rosenberg fortress in Kronach and the castle of Plassenburg that towers over Kulmbach.
The tour soon enters the Obermain Jura region and “God’s garden on the Upper Main”, which features such treasures as the Vierzehnheiligen pilgrimage basilica and Banz Abbey in Bad Staffelstein. Passing over the Staffelberg mountain with its many legends, walkers reach Franconian Switzerland, full of bizarre rocky landscapes, mysterious caves, ancient castles, such as those at Greifenstein and Pottenstein, and a unique collection of breweries.
The past is still very much present in the Nuremberg region, with the mountain fortress of Rothenberg, the moated castle of Pilsach and the ruins of Wolfstein Castle. The medieval town of Berching lies on the threshold of the Nature Park Altmühltal.
The Wülzburg fortress in the town of Weißenburg in Bayern represents a true masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. However, it is the stretch through the Nature Park Altmühltal that provides the greatest evidence of Roman times: This is where the Limes used to run, and even today this ancient border wall, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, can still be seen in the remains and reconstructions of castles, towers and thermal baths.
Shortly before reaching its end, the Frankenweg trail passes through the Franconian Lake District with its watery landscape. The finish is marked by the mighty Harburg, one of the best-preserved castles in Bavaria: a worthy climax to this journey through the experiences and history of Franconia.