The "Franconian Switzerland", a region in Northern Bavaria, is one of the oldest and most popular holiday areas on Germany. The creative artists of the Romantic movement once discovered this region and gave it this name. There ist hardly any other stretch of countryside that holds as many contrasts within such a small area: soaring towers atop rocky cliffs, winding valleys, blossoming orchards, mysterious and enchanting caves. Unspoilt nature, sometime from its endearing side, sometimes rather harsher, and worth a journey of discovery at any time of the year.
Half-timbered houses welcome bikers who have enough stamina to ascend the various hills, the river Wiesent invites fishers, kayak drivers and canoeists. Hiking along magnificent paths with distant views down into the valley, cycling along lonely, curving roads past idyllic half-timbered cottages, free-climbing, flying ...
The history of many centuries has left its traces: towers, castles, ruins and other ancient buildings are spread all over the region. Medieval times are still present with more than 150 castles and palaces, about 30 of them are still inhabited, and you can visit six of them.
But not only on the surface, even under the earth you can experience the beauty of the Franconian Switzerland: more of 1000 caves of every size, up to the huge "Devil's Cave" (Teufelshöhle), "Bing Cave" (Binghöhle) and "Sophie's Cave" (Sophienhöhle) which are full of fantastic and bizarre columns of limestone, shaped over millions of years, skeletons of bears and cavehyenas and stalagmites and stalactites of various shape and size.