The Franconian Forest covers a total of some 100,000 hectares the majority of which is designated nature park and thus subject to conservation protection. The forest borders Thuringia to the north, the Vogtland and the Fichtel Mountains to the east, the region known as Franconian Switzerland to the south and the Upper Main Valley/Coburger Land to the west. With excellent links to the A9 - the motorway connecting Munich and Berlin - this erstwhile border region was a popular leisure area for the people of West Berlin. Since the reunification the role played by the region’s amazing diversity of attractions has become increasingly clearer as a link between the traditional and the modern.
For visitors looking for relaxation and leisure the natural beauties of the nature reserve are the Franconian Forest’s most important assets. Well marked and well maintained by the Franconian Forest association a grand total of some four thousand kilometres of trails are ready and waiting for all fans of hiking to enjoy. 13 kilometres of these walks form part of the famous Renn-steig the final stages of which form the start of the Frankenweg. 123 km of the Frankenweg opened in 2004 and covering a full 520 km to the Swabian Alb cross the Franconian Forest. A new addition is the "Burgenweg – a historic trail". Similar to the Frankenweg the Burgenweg which has also been awarded "Germany’s high-quality trail“ certification, takes hikers to the region’s natural and cultural highlights.