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When staying at the Igelwirt discover the beautiful landscape of central Franconia. The Igelwirt is situated in the Heart of Franconia and thus is the perfect point of departure for various destinations. The Fränkische Schweiz/Franconian Switzerland leaves a lasting impression on the visitor for its sound nature, and impressive ruins of castles. The lover of nature will be delighted by archeologically themed trails, game preserves, and impressive rock formations.

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“In  the Heart of Franconia” tells you everything you need to know about the location. The Igelwirt is situated amidst the mountains of the Franconian Jura and in the heart of the Franconia region of Bavaria. Great forested landscapes, ancient mountain worlds, intact nature, and the indigenous fauna impress tourists from all over the world.

Families will have a whale of a time in our theme parks in Franconia. And, whether you are looking for relaxation or wellness, you may take a break from everyday life in one of the many thermal springs and indoor pools.

Business guests may easily access the near Nuremberg Fair, the main train station, and the airport through the Autobahn A9.

In the Midst of Nature Despite Good Travel Connections


The Igelwirt is situated near the Autobahn A 9 and in the small community of Osternohe. Osternohe is part of the market town of Schnaittach in the County of Nürnberger Land. The metropolitan region of Nuremberg with its cities of Nuremberg, Erlangen, and Fürth are just 25 minutes away by car.

The Igelwirt resides in Osternohe on the top of Schlossberg/Castle Mountain. Thus, the hotel allows for a great view over the Osternohe Valley from our panoramic terrace, the hotel rooms, and the restaurant. Despite the proximity to the Autobahn A 9, the Igelwirt enjoys a magnificent and quiet up-the-mountain location. It is yet easily reachable.

If you leave the Autobahn A 9 you will see the first sign directly sending you to our hotel immediately after the railroad crossing Hedersdorf. When you reach Osternohe, the road will take you up the mountain to the Igelwirt and our free parking lots. Whether you will require assistance for parking your car, or experience difficulties when driving more steep roads, give us a call (09153.4060). We are happy to help you with your luggage and to park your car.

Motorcyclists and bicyclists may park their bikes on our courtyard. We have reserved a bicycle rack and room in our garage just for you.

If you travel by train, there are train stations in Schnaittach and Hedersdorf. Please give us a call in case you require a lift from there by car. Whatever is best for your needs: Let us know beforehand and we’ll make the arrangements.

An Environment with Nature and Culture to Touch

You will also find the cultural and geological distinctive features of the Franconian Switzerland resp. the Franconian Jura in the immediate neighborhood of the Igelwirt. Our house is situated right before a massive ledge (nothing to worry, the foundations are sound). You will reach the small top of the Castle Mountain through a small serpentine road. The view over the valley from there is a treat for every visitor.

The Fränkische Schweiz-Veldensteiner Forst is just 30 minutes away by car. It is a highlight for the friends of nature especially. We recommend an excursion to the following caves: Teufelshöhle/Devil’s Den Potterstein and Sophienhöhle.

MaerzenbecherwaldThe Märzbecherwald in the Franconian Jura, Reachable through a 20 min. Walk

One insiders’ tip for the Franconian Jura: visit the Märzbecherwald near Entmersberg. It is just a 20-minutes-walk from the Igelwirt. Between late February and early March, thousands of blooming spring snowflakes cover the forest floor — which gave this part of the forest its name.

You will find many destinations for tours, places of interest, and leisure-time possibilities near the Igelwirt on the map showing the environment. You may also devise your own itinerary planning and print it out. Enjoy discovering the rich environs!

Enjoy the Places of Interest in Central Franconia

The direct environment of the Igelwirt has rich offers for spending your time. Friends of golfing will only have to travel 15 minutes by car to the nearby golf club in Gerhelm. There are numerous hiking trails beginning at the Igelwirt. Let us know if you are interested in a guided hiking tour. Are you looking for more active holidays? Grab your bike and travel down one of our bicycle paths, or go climbing on world-famous rock formations!

During the winter time, there is a great opportunity for fans of skiing with the Osternohe Ski Slope. Franconia’s longest ski lift is barely 500m/0.3 miles away from the hotel. The slope is perfect for cross-country or slope skiing; the winter invites to “snowshoe hikes.”

Skipiste Osternohe
Skiists Will Enjoy Themselves at the Near Ski Slope.
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The slope is used for downhill racing and mountain bike riding during the summer. Many sportsmen and –women travel all the way to Germany because of the slope’s great routing. The annual Bavarian championships in downhill racing have taken place here for years.

Many thermal springs and indoor pools invite to relaxing wellness tours. The outdoor pool in Schnaittach (near the Igelwirt) provides the perfect cooling down for hot summer days.

There are many castle ruins to be visited near the Igelwirt. See, for instance, the ruins on the Schlossberg/Castle Mountain, the castles Hohenstein and Hartenstein, and the Rothenburg Fortress. All of them are situated on edges and plateaus.

Burgruine Osternohe
Castle Ruins on the Top of the Schlossberg — Just a few Minutes away

You will find many old and well-preserved castles in the Franconian Jura. There even is an archeologically themed hiking path for small and not-so-small discoverers near the Igelwirt. Theme parks like the “Fränkisches Wunderland” or the “Playmobil Funpark” are popular family destinations. Whether you are interested in sports or culture: You may easily find your way through the entire Franconian region and enjoy the varieties of the environs when starting your tour from the Igelwirt.

We have put many destinations on our map for you. You may also find it in our brochure. You can enter your own position in our destination and itinerary planner to find the destination that suits you. The route will be calculated automatically and presented in text form.

Enjoy discovering the environs!

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