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the biggest sportclimbing area in Germany.


Limestone - not very sharp. Good Variety and often with pockets. Almost all single pitch sport climbing, but not always good protected. Nuts and slings could be very useful.

Access issues

Seasonal closures for protected birds:

zoning concept:

  • Zone 1: NO climbing
  • Zone 2: climbing on existing routes
  • Zone 3: new route possible

Please respect signs and zoning list


The Frankenjura covers a big area, It depends where you want to climb and where you want to have your "base camp". The main city Nürnberg in the south west offers airport and railway connections to many crags. Public transport: VGN ( is your only option.

These are the important railway stations for this area: - R3 to Hersbruck, Neuhaus and Pegnitz - S1 til Hersbruck (R41 Etzelwang) - R21 Gräfenberg - R22 Ebermannstadt - R2/S1 Bamberg Then you have to change to bus or bicycle. E.g. pegnitz valley could good reached by R3.

Overview map:

But some areas are poorly connected with public transport. (not much has happened since the medieval ages)Most people will have car to travel around.


  • The limestone is soft - please clean your shoes from dirt in order to avoid polished handholds and steps.
  • Don't toprope directly through bolt - use your own carabiner.
  • Clean chalk and tickmarks with a brush.
  • Don't leave toilet paper
  • Pick up rubbish
  • No noise
  • No camp fire and bivvy
  • Park considerately (tractor should be able to pass also at weekend)
  • Smoking in the forests is forbidden from 1. march til 31. october by law.
  • No publishing of boulder blocks


View historical timeline

  • 1905 the group Rifflerbuben enter the last tower ("Bolzenstein")
  • 1960 Oskar Bühler invented the "Bühlerhaken" - father of glue-in bolts
  • 1974 redpoint-definition by Kurt Albert and friends
  • 1991 "Action Directe" by Wolfgang Güllich - first UIAA 11 route


Check out what is happening in Nördliche Fränkische Alb.