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Map of the main sport climbing areas at Frankenjura

Map of the main sport climbing areas at Frankenjura

Rock climbing in Frankenjura

Frankenjura is regarded as one of the top areas for sport climbing in Europe, and is the largest and best climbing area in Germany.  It is located between the cities of Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Bayreuth in northern Bavaria, in southern Germany. In this large area, there are approximately 1,000 crags spread out in a beautiful forest terrain, making Frankenjura a perfect holiday destination for rock climbers all over Europe.

The majority of the routes at Frankenjura are short powerful single pitch sport routes that are either vertical or overhanging.  The character and style of climbing is on excellent quality white and grey limestone rock that is full of finger pockets, bents and holes.  Frankenjura boasts in excess of 10,000 routes meaning there is something for climbers of all abilities from beginners, intermediate climbers, through to top end hard climbers.  The grades range from UIAA 3 (F3) through to UIAA 11+ (F9a). 

The map opposite shows the main sport climbing areas at Frankenjura, where there are in access of 10,000 routes.

Frankenjura Logistics

The best time to climb at Frankenjura is late spring and autumn, but as many of the crags either face north or are shaded in woods, then summer is also an excellent time to climb, hence why it is a popular holiday destination for rock climbers all over Europe.

The crags are scattered all over the area, so having a car brings you to a lot more places than just one area. It’s very common to make a quick change of the crag during the day depending upon the sun and heat, or the difficulty and length of the routes.

Franken 1 is the definitive guidebook covering the rock climbing in northern FrankenjuraFranken 2 is the definitive guidebook covering the rock climbing in southern FrankenjuraFrankenjura rock climbing guidebooks.  There are so many routes that the definitive rock climbing guidebook for Frankenjura is split into 2 books, north and south.  Franken 1, covers the northern half of the Frankenjura rock climbing area between the cities of Bamberg and Bayreuth. 17 major climbing areas are covered, detailing 435 crags and over 5,100 routes.  Franken 2, covers the southern half of the Frankenjura rock climbing area to the east of Nuremburg. 17 major climbing areas are covered, detailing more than 350 crags and over 5,500 routes.  Buy these two rock climbing guidebooks for Frankenjura from our shop.

Accommodation at Frankenjura.  The area has good campsites, and almost every village whatever its size has Bed & Breakfast or small hotels. Please contact us if you are an owner of a Bed and Breakfast or hotel in the Frankenjura area and we can advertise this property for you to rock climbers from all over Europe.

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There are so many routes that the definitive rock climbing guidebook for Frankenjura is split into 2 books.

Franken 2 is the definitive guidebook covering the rock climbing in southern Frankenjura

Buy rock climbing guidebooks for Frankenjura from
our shop.