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Contact (Route)

Frankenwald Tourismus Service Center
Adolpf-Kolping-Strasse 1
D-96317 Kronach
Telefon 01805 366398 (14 ct/min*) *aus dem deutschen Festnetz, Mobilfunktarife können abweichen


Deutscher Wanderverband
Wilhelmshöher Allee 157-159
D-34121 Kassel

Tel.: +49 (0)561-93873-0

Frankenwald Burgenweg

Length, Start/End
76km, Burg Lauenstein - Kronach - Kulmbach
From Lauenstein to Kronach there are two route options: via Teuschnitz and Glosberg or Pressig and Mitwitz, both then continue to Kulmbach.
Highest elevation: 794m

Altitude profile
Frankenwald Burgenweg


1. Burg Lauenstein - Haßlach b.T. 19 km
2. Haßlach b.T. - Trebesberg 22 km
3. Trebesberg - Kronach 10 km
4. Kronach - Kulmbach 25 km

The Burgenweg, Rennsteig and Frankenweg trails offer a very special type of circular walk for seasoned walkers that takes several days to complete. Starting at Kronach, this circuit through the Franconian Forest takes in sections of two premium trails and one classic hiking route, with a wide range of natural and cultural attractions along the way. A great opportunity to try out three different trails, which is bound to leave you wanting to explore all of them properly.

From one great walk to another

The Burgenweg (Castle Trail), a cultural and historical trail in the Franconian Forest nature park, begins at Lauenstein Castle, at the forest's most northerly edge where Franconia borders on Thuringia, and ends in Kulmbach, the unofficial capital of German beer. On the way it passes through Kronach where Lucas Cranach was born. The trail includes many cultural attractions, making it particularly interesting for walkers who not only want to explore the protected natural scenery of the Franconian Forest but also discover its rich history and traditions.

Deeply carved valleys, densely wooded mountain ridges and gently rolling plateaus are the defining features of the Franconian Forest. It is also where the premium trails Burgenweg, Frankenweg (Franconian Trail) and Fränkischer Gebirgsweg (Franconian Mountains Trail) meet the hugely popular Rennsteig. A sheer paradise for walkers touring the region around the two historical castle towns of Kulmbach and Kronach. Steeped in history and culture, the fascinating Burgenweg trail begins at Lauenstein Castle in the northern tip of the forest, goes on to cross the Thuringian Slate Mountains and the Rennsteig and then divides at Hasslach.

If you are planning to do both parts, this amounts to a very nice circular walk through the heart of the Franconian Forest that will take several days and includes the moated castle of Mitwitz and the ruins of legendary Heunischenburg castle. The two parts of the trail rejoin in Kronach and continue to the end of the route in the brewery town of Kulmbach. From Kronach to Kulmbach the Burgenweg and Frankenweg trails run together. Near Blankenstein an der Saale, where the Rennsteig ends, is the start of the Frankenweg, a 500-kilometre route leading to the Swabian Alb, and also of the new Fränkische Gebirgsweg.

Quality-certified trail

Travel Information

Public transport: Kulmbach, Bad Steben, Kronach, Hof and Ludwigsstadt can be reached by train. The nearest InterCityExpress stations are Lichtenfels and Saalfeld.
The award-winning regional bus service “Frankenwald mobil” allows flexible section planning: (on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 1 May to 3 October)
Car: Depending on your location, travel via Frankfurt, Erfurt or City of Nuremberg to the Bamberger Kreuz intersection and then take the A73 towards Kronach, Kulmbach, exit at Kronach.


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