Swabian-Franconian Forest
Finsterroter lake in Naturpark Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald
Highest point
PeakHohe Brach
Elevation586.4 m above NHN
Area1,187 km2 (458 sq mi)
The natural region major unit of the Swabian-Franconian Forest
StateBaden-Württemberg, Germany
Range coordinates49°02′13″N 9°33′01″E / 49.0369278°N 9.5503778°E / 49.0369278; 9.5503778Coordinates: 49°02′13″N 9°33′01″E / 49.0369278°N 9.5503778°E / 49.0369278; 9.5503778
Parent rangeSwabian Keuper-Lias Land

The Swabian-Franconian Forest (German: Schwäbisch-Fränkischen Waldberge, also Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald) is a mainly forested, deeply incised upland region, 1,187 km² in area and up to 586.4 m above sea level (NHN),[1] in the northeast of Baden-Württemberg. It forms natural region major unit number 108 within the Swabian Keuper-Lias Land (major unit group 10 or D58). Its name is derived from the fact that, in medieval times, the border between the duchies of Franconia and Swabia ran through this forested region. In addition, the Swabian dialect in the south transitions to the East Franconian dialect in the north here.

Hill ranges and hills

The Swabian-Franconian Forest is divided clockwise (beginning roughly in the north) into the Waldenburg Hills, Mainhardt Forest, Limpurg and Ellwangen Hills, Virngrund, Murrhardt Forest, Löwenstein Hills, Heilbronn Hills and Sulm Plateau; in addition the valley of Weinsberger Tal, which lies between the last two uplands, is part of the region

The highest point of the Swabian-Franconian Forest is the Hohe Brach (586.4 m). Other high hills include the Hagberg (585.2 m), Hornberg (580.0 m), Hohenstein (572 m), Hohenberg (568.9 m), Hohentannen (565.4 m), Altenberg (564.7 m), Stocksberg (538.9 m), Flinsberg (534.8 m), Juxkopf (533.1 m) and Steinknickle (524.9 m).


Naturpark Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald, or Swabian-Franconian Forest Nature Park in English, is a nature park and protected area within the Swabian-Franconian Forest. The nature park covers an area of 1,270 km², including most of the Swabian-Franconian Forest, but also large areas of adjacent cultural landscapes and historical monuments.[2]


Naturpark Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald



  1. ^ Map services of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
  2. ^ "Naturpark Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald" [Swabian-Franconian Forest Nature Park] (in German). Retrieved 11 September 2019.