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Franconian Switzerland Nature Park – Franconian Jura

Pottenstein: Autumnal landscape in the Franconian Switzerland ©Getty Images (Jürgen Sack)

Covering an area of more than 2,300 square kilometres, the quality-certified Franconian Switzerland Nature Park in the Franconian Jura, between the towns of Bamberg, Bayreuth and Nuremberg, is one of the largest nature parks in the whole of Germany.

The Franconian Switzerland Nature Park in the Franconian Jura encompasses the natural landscape of the northern Franconian Alb, with the River Main in the north and the Pegnitz Valley in the south. The idyllic highland scenery is characterised by the White Jura with its chalk cliffs, karstic springs, deep valleys and caves featuring mighty dripstone formations. No other area in Germany beyond the Alps has more cliffs or caves and there is nothing quite like the karst landscape of the Kuppenalb area in the whole of Europe thanks to its dolomite crags and bizarre rock spires. Rare birds of prey find perfect places to nest up in the steep cliff faces.

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