Franconian Switzerland and Upper Palatinate. Map of attraction

Last Updated on 25/10/2023

Regions north and east from Nuremberg to Bayreuth and the Czech border – Franconian Switzerland (Fränkische Schweiz) and Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz).

Maps around:
North – Nothern Bavaria
South-East – Bavarian Forest, Lower Bavaria
South, south-west – Romantic Franconia and Franconian Lakes

Franconian Switzerland map
enlarge Map data ©OpenTopoMap, ©OpenStreetMap

Everything important that you can see in the region – with notes and links.

  • 1 – top
  • 2 – very good, although not so well known
  • 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
  • 4 – local or specific, not for everyone

Marks without brackets – I was there (there are links to the posts). With brackets – I wasn’t there. Of course, the notes are subjective.

Franconian Switzerland

Franconian Switzerland is a part of Burgenstraße (Castle road) – #burgenstrasse

1. Thurnau, Wonsees

The old town of Turnau. Lake, castle (outside). Pottery Museum.

Limmersdorf – Dance Linden Museum (Tanzlinde, a platform built around a tree)

Wonsees. Sanspareil Felsengarten, Schloss Zwernitz. Pferdeparadies.

About Felsengarten

How to get there: bus to Wonsees (more information in the post about Felsengarten

Bayreuth Sanspareil rock garden Wonsees / Bayreuth Felsengarten Sanspareil

2. Bayreuth

Opera House (UNESCO, link). Wagner Museum (link). New Palace (link).
Palace complex Hermitage.

About Bayreuth, about Hermitage

Botanical Garden. Zoo (link). Brewery. Paleontological Museum (link). Catacombs.
Thermal pool.

Bayreuth Eremitage

3. Pоttenstein, Ahorntal, Wiesenttal

The central and most interesting part of Franconian Switzerland. Several pools, castles of varying degrees of preservation (Burg Rabenstein, Gößweinstein).
Caves (Sophiehöhle, Teufelshöhle, Steitberg).

Pоttenstein – picturesque town, Sky walk, golf, climbing forest (, coaster, cave Teufelshöhle (, pool

About Pottenstein (town, cave)

Muggendorf – model railway
Steam train from Ebermannstadt.
Wildpark Hundshaupten.

Franconian Switzerland Pottenstein
enlarge Map data ©OpenTopoMap, ©OpenStreetMap

Tourist bus routes:
229 Trubachtal-Express,
230 Brauereien-Wander-Express,
235 Wildpark-Express,
265 Hallerndorfer-Keller Express,
343 Bier-, Brotzeit- und Burgen-Express,
389 Wiesenttal-Express.

Hiking trails and climbing rocks – link.

Franconian Switzerland Pottenstein / Fränkische Schweiz Pottenstein

4. Forchheim

Old town. Palatinate Museum. Swimming pool.
Thurn Schloss amusement park (

How to get there: train

5. Fürth

Old city. Thermal pool (

How to get there: train, underground from Nuremberg

6. Zirndorf

Old town. Climbing forest. Amusement park Playmobil (

How to get there: train, bus from Nürnberg, Fürth

7. Nürnberg

Old town, castle,
Durer museum (link). German National Museum (link).
Railway Museum (link). Toy Museum,
Catacombs and other museums.

About Nürnberg

Zoo with a dolphinarium.

About Nürnberg Zoo

In the suburbs – Castle and Museum Farber-Castel.

Upper Palatinate

8. Lauf an der Pegnitz

Old city. Industrial Museum

How to get there: train

9. Hersbruck

Old city. Thermes. Dauphin private sports car collection

How to get there: train

10. Betzenstein

Climbing forest. Old town

How to get there: bus from Pegnitz

11. Königstein

Cave Maximiliansgrotte (

12. Hirschau

Sand Mountain Monte Kaolino – downhill skiing, coaster. Climbing forest. Minigolf. (

How to get there: bus from Sulzbach, Amberg

13. Nabburg

Old town. Open-air museum (

How to get there: train

14. Weiden

Old town. Therme.

How to get there: train

15. Bärnau

Button Museum. Medieval park – open air museum (

How to get there: with public transport difficult

16. Waldsassen, Mitterteich, Neualbenreuth, Falkenberg

Falkenberg – castle (

Mitterteich – mountain Großbüchlberg (summer toboggan run)

Neualbenreuth – therme

Waldsassen – monastery and churches

17. Bad Königswart, Mariensbad (Poland)

Palace (
Health resort

All post about Castle Road – #burgenstrasse

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