Join us on a hiking tour through romantic Franconia, and dive into the charm of this Journey by hiking to our daily destinations! A paradise for hikers who like to wander through an idyllic countryside, sampling all it has to offer and enjoying it with all their senses. Its romanticism has been praised by poets and painters who strolled through the forests and meadows more than 200 years ago. We follow their footsteps.
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Bavaria Nürnberg-Erlangen.
Live With a Local
- We welcome you with a potluck party and two nights of homestay
- Enjoy an exciting day in Nuremberg with your hosts
- Hike with locals on hidden trails - the tour will be Friendship Force members of the club, with hikes selected individually by members.
- Farewell party with an impressive view over ancient Nuremberg (last night is home-hosted again)
- Enjoy beautiful landscape and idyllic valleys
- Stroll through romantic towns and breathe medieval atmosphere
- Discover cultural highlights
- Admire historic castles, caves, and pilgrimage churches
- Experience the well-known Franconian food and wine
- Follow the trace of Franconian beer paths
- Relax after impressive hikes in comfortable hotels
- Get in touch with local people
The Northern Bavaria club gave us a warm, gracious welcome and scheduled a great week for us. - 2017 ambassador
Hidden Treasures in Franconia - A Paradise for Hikers (Bavaria, Germany)
11 Days / 10 Nights Program and Itinerary:
September 13, 2019 – September 23, 2019
Coordinator: Claudia Maron & Günter Nerz
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All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Sept. 13, 2019 - Welcome!
Time to relax with your hosts
In the evening welcome and potluck party at Sportheim Eckenhaid – a good occasion to get to know club members as well as friends of Friendship Force
Presentation of the hiking program and opportunity to ask questions
Sept. 14, 2019 - Visit to Nuremberg, Capital of Franconia
Guided tour through the historic part of the city
Try the famous Nuremberg sausage
Visit of the Imperial Castle, one of the most fortified palaces within the former Holy Roman Empire
Evening with hosts
Sept. 15, 2019 - Explore Bavarian Beer Culture
Our hiking tour starts in Weissenohe at the foothills of the Franconian mountains next to the former monastery, nowadays a famous brewery
We follow the celebrated “5 Seidla Steig” (5-tankard track), connecting five family-run breweries. Taste the beers during the hike
Enjoy typical rural scenery and the picturesque towns and villages like Gräfenberg, Hohenschwärz, and Thuisbrunn
Transfer by public bus from Egloffstein to Gößweinstein through the lovely Trubach valley
We arrive in our comfortable hotel, Stempferhof, for a two-night stay
Sept. 16, 2019 - Nature at its Best
Today our loop walk leads through the hills south of Gößweinstein
We will discover natural arches, rock formations, and caves in an area completely off the beaten path
Return to Gößweinstein in the early afternoon
Plenty of time to explore the town with its castle overlooking the historic centre
Before dinner we’ll enjoy an organ concert in the impressive basilica
Sept. 17, 2019 - Souvenirs of Past Days
Our long hike today starts with a short but steep descent to the river Wiesent
We will follow the idyllic valley along the river. Enjoy the charming landscape and the crystal clear waters, a paradise for trout
Explore more stunning rock formations on our way to Rabeneck Castle
We’ll leave the valley here and after another hour we reach today’s destination, Rabenstein Castle
Dive into the medieval atmosphere of an ancient castle high above the river
We will stay in the castle hotel for two nights
Sept. 18, 2019 - Fascination for All Senses
After yesterday’s strenuous hike we take it easy today on a short loop walk in the idyllic surroundings of Rabenstein Castle
Weather-permitting we will visit the falconry in the early afternoon. Up to twelve birds of prey can be seen in the show as they fly and hunt with natural grace and precision
Only a ten minutes stroll leads us to an underground palace; Sophie’s Cave, a fairytale landscape with stalagmites and flowstone draperies, with an overwhelming light show combined with wonderful music
We finish this day with a traditional knight’s dinner
Sept. 19, 2019 - Be Impressed
Our 10km walk leads us to the beautiful town of Tüchersfeld, the epitome of a Franconian town, framed by spectacular rock spires
We continue our hike along the river Püttlach and admire impressive gorges before we reach today’s destination, Pottenstein
We climb up directly to the thousand-year-old castle to catch the last guided tour. Pottenstein is surrounded by high cliffs
Our group will stay at the hotel “Goldene Krone” at the market square for one night. The roots of this hotel go back to the 14th century
Sept. 20, 2019 - Romantic Highlights
The day begins with a transfer by public bus from Pottenstein to Muggendorf
Here we start our walk to Veilbronn, where we first visit the beautifully located ruin of Castle Neideck high above the banks of river Wiesent
Next highlight is the romantic town of Streitberg
On our way we have the opportunity to visit the Bing cave with its impressive stalactites
A beautiful landscape through forests and meadows leads us to our last accommodation, two nights in “Landhaus Sponsel-Regus”
Finish the day with a spa or wellness to relax your muscles and soul
Sept. 21, 2019 - Test Your Fitness
Our last hike is a long loop walk to the beautiful surroundings of Veilbronn
Alternatively, we can make a short cut back to the hotel depending on the group’s decision
Relax your tired muscles in the wellness area. Take time to reflect and share your hiking experiences
Sept. 22, 2019 - History
Your hosts will pick you up at the hotel for the guided tour through the Greifenstein Castle, seat of the noble family von Stauffenberg
Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg, known in his role as a leading member of the resistance against the Nazi regime, even better known in the movie “Operation Valkyrie” played by Tom Cruise
Relax in the afternoon at your host’s house and look forward to our farewell dinner overlooking medieval Nürnberg at night
Sept. 23, 2019 - The Spirit of Friendship Force
It’s time to say goodbye
We loved to have you with us and we wish you a safe journey for those who return home and great days if you continue your travel
$1680 USDPrice Includes: FFI and host fees, welcome and farewell dinner, all expenses for the hiking tour (comfortable hotels, dinner, lunch packages, water on the hike) public transport, and all listed activities.
Price is an estimate based upon current conversion rates. Participants will be required to pay the host fee in EUR directly to the host club and the FFI fee of 250 USD to FFI.
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Know before you go
- Journey number 15207.
- You will need to be in excellent physical condition, as you will be hiking up to six hours a day.
- Bring rain gear, hiking boots, and a daypack.
- Luggage transport during the hike is organized but limited to 12 kilo (26.5 lbs). Excess luggage can be left with your hosts.
- Price is an estimate based upon current conversion rates. Participants will be required to pay the host fee in EUR directly to the host club and the FFI fee of 250 USD to FFI.
- The charm of this hike consists in the largely avoidance of cars. We hike our destinations daily from one accommodation to the next. Transports serve only to bridge overly long distances.
- Click here to read the complete list of conditions from the Journey Coordinator.
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