Evening atmosphere in the Franconian Forest
Attractions in the Franconian Forest
Forests, meadows, culture and tradition
Not only impressive nature can be found in the Franconian Forest, but also the cultural landscape holds some highlights. Well-preserved fortified churches, fortresses, historic old towns and churches worth seeing attract lovers of architecture and history.
But the traditions are very special: Timber rafting, once an important branch of industry, is still practiced today as a tradition and for tourist purposes. In the upper Franconian Forest you can discover hand weaving and in the Rennsteig region you can find glass and porcelain production. Charcoal burning and slate mining point to the mineral resources of the mountains, and in visitor mines you can experience mining up close. And to get to know the people of the Franconian Forest, agrotourism is a good option.
Hiking experiences in the Franconian Forest
Hikers enjoy an extensive network of hiking trails in the Franconian Forest with over 4200 km of marked trails. As Bavaria‘s first quality region “Wanderbares Deutschland”, the mountains entice hikers with varied routes through forests and meadows. Once a year in May, the Frankenwald Hiking Marathon takes place, whose challenging route always leads through a different part of the low mountain range to emphasize its versatility.
Of course, the long-distance hiking trails Rennsteig, Frankenweg and Fränkischer Gebirgsweg are well-known, as well as the FrankenwaldSteig, which leads once around the region on 242 km and wants to bring nature closer with the themes “Hear silence, breathe expanse, understand forest”. Those who prefer a shorter route can take one of the 31 FrankenwaldSteigla, which are shorter side trails that branch off from the long-distance hiking trail.