A range of hills rises over 200 metres above the flat plain in the west of Franconia. The densely wooded mountains rise markedly above the flat foreland and form a natural border here. This ridge is the Steigerwald. Wine has been cultivated on its lush and particularly fertile slopes for hundreds of years, but the forests on the peaks and ridges are largely untouched. Between the old tree trunks on the mountain ridges you can discover numerous castle ruins from less peaceful times, while you can stroll through picturesque Franconian villages and small towns below the ridge.
The Steigerwald Panoramaweg leads you from Bad Wildsheim in the south to Bamberg in the north once over the entire ridge of the Steigerwald. In nine days, you cover a distance of 160 kilometres and climb 3,000 metres in altitude. The stages of the journey are very varied. You hike through untouched beech forests, enjoy the view over the vineyards, relax in cosy inns and explore ancient castle ruins.
The Steigerwald Panoramaweg is marked with a curved green 'S' on a white background and excellently signposted. On most of the trails you will find traditional rest stops along the way and in the small villages and towns you will sleep in guesthouses or holiday apartments. The city of Iphofen, at the end of the third stage, can be reached by train and is therefore perfect for short walks on the panoramic trail. Just reserve your accommodation, shoulder your backpack and let yourself be treated to nine days of Franconian cosiness at the Steigerwald.
Your first leg on the way through the Steigerwald begins in the idyllic town of Bad Windsheim. Your tour starts at the station and the signposted Steigerwald Panoramaweg leads you through the spa gardens out of the city into nature.You wander over flat fields and can enjoy the wide view here in peace. Through a narrow alley you soon reach the Gräfweiher, a small lake on the edge of the nature reserve Gräfholz.
On your second stage of the day, it goes up high: Along today's tour you will find the two highest mountains in the Steigerwald. At 498.5 meters, the Scheinberg is the highest mountain in the Steigerwald and the neighboring Hohenlandsberg is only 498 meters lower. On the high ridge you will also find two castle ruins. The lavish views over the plain have already been used by the lords of the castle in the Middle Ages.
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The third stage takes you a bit off the Steigerwald ridge across wide meadows through the flat foothills. With a great view over the wide plain, you will visit several picturesque villages, which will take you to a different time with their historic village centers.You start your day's stage in Bullenheim and climb up to Kapellberg, which you visited …
On your fourth day, the Steigerwald Panoramaweg lives up to its name. Up and down it goes over the towering ridge of the Steigerwald and always open up to you dreamlike views of the picturesque landscape.You start your tour in idyllic Iphofen and hike from here through wide spread vineyards up to the Steigerwald. The path follows the wooded …
On the fifth day on the Steigerwald panorama path you will find untouched nature again over long distances. You walk evenly over the forested ridge of the Steigerwald and can really switch off between the tall trees. Here in Upper Franconia there are still large, natural beech forest areas, which are a unique retreat for wild animals.You start your …
The sixth stage on the Steigerwald panorama path offers you a very varied hike. Today you can expect dense forests, the highest vineyard on Steigerwald, picturesque villages and a castle ruin.You leave Ebrach heading west and turn right at the Pfistersee into the Handthalgrund. In this narrow valley, lined on both sides by old beech forests, ponds and ponds …
On the seventh stage one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the entire hike awaits you on the Zabelstein. It goes through dense forest up to the summit and then across fields and meadows to the stage destination Echenau.The panorama trail starts today in Michelau and over vineyards you walk with great views slowly up to the ridge …
On your penultimate stage, it goes up again. The Steigerwald Panoramaweg leads you past the large Knetzberg, which, at an altitude of 489 meters, is one of the highest mountains in the Steigerwald. On today's tour there are always traces from the time of the Celts, who lived here from 2,000 to 200 BC.From Eschenau it goes directly steeply …
At 27 kilometers long, the ninth and last leg is the longest hike on the Steigerwald panorama trail. On this route, however, you still have a lot to offer at the end. Fantastic views of the Main Valley, the Franconian Alb and the mountains of the Steigerwald await you before you can reward yourself with a smoke beer in Bamberg for your hike.
Colección de cicloturismo by Belén Castelló (belletoscan)