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Franconian Switzerland

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The Franconian Switzerland (German Fränkische Schweiz) is an upland in Franconia, northern Bavaria and a popular tourist retreat. Located between the Pegnitz River in the east and the south, the Regnitz River in the west and the Main River in the north, its relief reaches 600 meters in height.


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The Franconian Switzerland is one of the oldest and most popular holiday areas in Germany. It was given its name by Romantic artists and poets in the 19th century who compared its landscape to Switzerland.

The Franconian Switzerland is the region with the highest density of breweries in the world.


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rock climbing

The franconian swiss is, though not the cradle, the mekka of german and european rock climbers. Every climber has to come here once in his lifetime to have at least a look at the famous action-direct climb. The limestone in this area is plentiful and the local scenery and breweries make it a nice weekend retreat. For german standards the safety (amount and quality of bolts) is really high here, though it does not reach the french standards. See [1] for online topos and access descriptions.

drinking beer

Even though this does not seem to be an activity on its own it can easily become one in the franconian swiss. As said the density of breweries is the highest here all over the world and literally every village has its own pub serving home brewed yeast juice at very reasonable prices and hefty franconian local cuisine.



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