With an area of over 2300 square metres, the Franconian Switzerland - Veldenstein Forest Nature Park in the triangle of Bamberg, Bayreuth and Nuremberg is one of the largest nature parks in the whole of Germany and has been recognised by the Association of German Nature Parks' "Nature Park Quality Campaign".
The Franconian Switzerland Nature Park comprises the green space of the northern Franconian Jura and the River Main Cycle Route, the Vierzehnheiligen (Fourteen Saints) Basilica pilgrimage church in the north and the Pegnitz Valley in the south. Its heartland is the popular day trip and holiday region of Franconian Switzerland, an area rich in tradition.
The romantic highland scenery is characterised by chalky, White Jurassic rock cliffs, karstic springs, deep valleys and caves featuring mighty dripstone formations. The region is home to striking flora and fauna such as 40 orchid species, and with a little luck visitors might also see rare birds of prey, for whom the steep cliff faces provide the ideal nesting site.
The approximately 175 square metre information centre built in 2013 offers visitors an insight into this rich and varied countryside. Here hikers, climbers and explorers both young and old can find out about typical regional plant and animal life, the area's geology, caves and the Castle Road that runs through the park, as well as about typical Franconian customs . The area also has the largest number of caves and cliffs in all of Germany, with the exception of the Alps, and the karst landscape of the Kuppenalb with its dolomite crags and bizarre rock spires are unique in Europe.
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