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

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)

Sightseeing Highlights

Hiking Highlights:
  • 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
View this PDF presentation prepared by the host club for details!
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
claudia.maron@hotmail.de & gen10@gmx.de

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 USD

Price 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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