Sports events in Franconia

Franconia is sports land!

Hiking, Bicycling, simply being active - the events for sports enthusiasts in Franconia!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Rothenburger Spring hiking weeks (end of March to beginning of April)

Daily guided hikes in the Rothenburg area. From pilgrimages on the Way of St. James around Rothenburg, to the expert tour through the forest to the classic tour on one of the numerous hiking trails around Rothenburg - the variety of the hiking weeks is great. There is at least one round every day!

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Frankenwald - Frankenwald Wandermarathon (May)

Participants travel from all over Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium every year just to be part of the FRANKENWALD WANDERMARATHON. Since its premiere in 2012, the event has attracted hundreds of hiking enthusiasts to our region every year. While in the first year there were still a manageable 250 participants who went to the start, the registration now has to be closed after a few hours at 600 participants.

Why is it so worthwhile to take part in the FRANKENWALD WANDERMARATHON? Because, unlike conventional hiking events, it offers more than just a great course and a few refreshment stations:

  • We offer upscale catering, from a breakfast buffet pre-start, lots of snacks, lunch and coffee and cake, to an evening buffet after arriving at the finish line (included in the participation fee).
  • In addition to the roadbook and the refreshment-wristband, the starter package includes many useful hiking utensils.
  • Shuttle points and shuttle stations along the route can be used if you overestimate your strength or lose track of the schedule.

Imaginative and with great attention to detail designed experience stations along the total 42 kilometers long - and quite demanding! - route make the FRANKENWALD WANDERMARATHON an entertaining day's walk for all participants, regardless of whether they are in their mid-twenties or early seventies.

Many beautiful corners of the Franconian Forest want to be discovered, which is why the route is worked out anew every year in a different part of the region.

And of course the legendary Frankenwald Weiber are THE highlight of the event every year.

date 2023: 20th May 2023
location 2023: Stadtsteinach and surrounding areas

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Roth - DATEV Challenge (June)

Challenge Roth is the world's largest competition in the triathlon long distance in Roth, central Franconia. The triathlon over 3.8 km swimming, 180 km cycling and a marathon run over 42.2 km is one of the most traditional and best-attended European events over this distance and was the first competition to be part of the Challenge Family World Series.

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Bad Kissingen - TransBuchonia (1st of Mai to 31st of October)

The TransBuchonia is a self-guided tour for mountain bikes or road bikes, gravel bikes or touring bikes through the low mountain range Rhön. The Rhön is located in the middle of Germany. The highest mountains are over 900 metres high. The different tours are between 160 and 375 kilometres long. Ideal for a weekend or even a whole week's holiday.

You will receive all the information you need to go on tour with your starter pack. In the starter pack you will of course find the GPS track for the tour you have booked, plus everything else you need to know: Where can I stay overnight? Where can I get help in an emergency? Who will transport my luggage?

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Neuhaus am Rennweg - GutsMuths-Rennsteiglauf Race (mid-May)

The GutsMuths-Rennsteiglauf Race is one of Europe’s largest and most iconic trail race event. It takes place within the beautiful scenery of the Thuringian Forest and every year in mid-May, about 15,000 passionate runners come together for this annual highlight.

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Bad Kissingen - Franken Classic powered by Depro (last weekend of may)

One of the largest classic car rallies in Germany has its hub in Bad Kissingen: The Franken Classic, powered by Depro attracts a decidedly select field of precious vehicles from past automotive eras to the city. Over three days, the teams explore the Franconian countryside with its cultural and scenic highlights. The historic buildings, the spa facilities and the hospitality of the Bavarian state spa provide a fitting, dignified and stylish setting for this major event, which is widely celebrated in the media.

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Liebliches Taubertal - Car-free Sunday (1st Sunday of August)

The car-free Sunday takes place every year on the first Sunday in August alternately in the northern or southern Tauber Valley. For this purpose, the Taubertalstraße will be closed to motorized traffic on this day. Cyclists get their money's worth on this route.

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Fränkische Schweiz - Marathon in the heart of Franconian Switzerland (1st Sunday in September)

On the first Sunday of september the heart of franconian switzerland turns into a marathon area. Athletes from all over the world come together for this event. Along the way, the villages have prepared small marktets, drinks, food and fun events for visitors of all ages. Another highlight of this special sunday is that the road is closed for public traffic. After all athletes have left the track, everyone is free to walk, skate, cycle or do whatever they please on the state road B470. 

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Liebliches Taubertal - Tauber Valley Hiking Days (beginning of October)

For guests, the Tauber Valley Hiking Days offer a unique opportunity to get to know the “Liebliches Taubertal” holiday landscape while hiking under expert guidance.

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Coburg.Rennsteig - Thuringian-Franconian Hiking Day (October 3rd)

Every year on the Day of German Unity, hikers from Thuringia and Bavaria meet to celebrate the reunification of East and West Germany together. In addition to the hike, there is also a colorful supporting program.

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