In the north of Bavaria, on the verdant border with Thuringia, lies the Nature Park Frankenwald. This upland region boasts stunning views from up high, colourful meadow valleys and magnificent castles.

There are countless adventures to be had in this extensive wooded area boasting vast meadow valleys and mountain ridges rich in biodiversity and dotted with legendary castles thanks to its well-signposted network of hiking trails. Culture vultures are bound to be in their element here too, as they explore the historical Old Town of Kronach and its mighty fortress, the castle ruins up on a mountain ridge in Lichtenberg and the German Steam Locomotive Museum. Active holidaymakers will be thrilled by the bike routes featuring short climbs and leisurely descents, some of which are along the Green Belt, a conservation area on the former border between East and West Germany.

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