In the Franconian Forest, you can expect exceptional quality as standard. Situated in the north of Bavaria, the low mountain ridges in the Franconian Forest make for the perfect setting for hiking and cycling. In fact, the German Ramblers' Association has officially given the region its seal of approval as a hotspot for walking in Germany. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the Franconian Forest hosts the FRANCONIAN FOREST WALKING MARATHON, an event of international renown that takes place every spring.
4,300 kilometres is the magic number in the Franconian Forest. After all, that's the area covered by the extensive network of footpaths through the nature park. There's no chance of overcrowding here thanks to the sheer number of suggested routes on all kinds of trails through the low mountain landscapes. You can join one of the certified nature and landscape guides or set off on your own, in which case we recommend you follow one of the "FrankenwaldSteigla" half-day loops that showcase the region's impressive diversity. If you don't fancy exploring the Franconian Forest on foot, why not jump on a bike instead? Whether you're walking or cycling, the former Hohenzollern fortress standing tall above Kulmbach is not to be missed since it is home to four fascinating museums showcasing varied collections that reveal all about the history of the castle, town and region.
Travel to the Franconian Forest Nature Park in true comfort on a Deutsche Bahn train from anywhere in Germany. The easiest option is to travel straight to Kronach, but you can also follow routes via Hof and Coburg.
You can find the best train route here or on the DB Navigator app.
Top tip: Make sure you enter your exact starting and finishing points when searching for a route.
For example: Stephensonstrasse 1, Frankfurt am Main to Othmar-Weis-Strasse 1, 82487 Oberammergau .
You can also find international super saver fares on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Getting around the local area
Frankenwald mobil is an extensive network of bike-friendly buses taking tourists to the main attractions and destinations in the region during the summer months. There is no extra charge for taking your bike on the bus within the Frankenwald mobil network.
Black Forest National Park and
The two nature parks in the Black Forest promise unforgettable experiences surrounded by nature and a stunning cultural landscape. The national park is a little bit on the wilder side, with perfectly intact habitats that provide undisrupted homes for native flora and fauna.
Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve and
The oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany, the Rennsteig, covers almost 170 km through the region in the centre of Germany, linking the Thuringian Forest Nature Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It sure does pay to be well connected!