Franconian Jura

The Franconian Jura (German: Fränkische Alb, German pronunciation , Fränkischer Jura, Frankenalb) is an upland in Bavaria, Germany. Located between two rivers, the Danube in the south and the Main in the north, its peaks reach elevations of up to 600 metres (2,000 ft) and it has an area of some 7053.8 km2.[1]

Franconian Jura
(Fränkische Alb / Frankenalb / Fränkischer Jura / Frankenjura)
The Franconian Jura
Highest point
Elevation656.4 m above NN
Area7,053.8 km2 (2,723.5 sq mi)
StateBavaria,  Germany
Range coordinates49°00′56″N 10°45′43″E
Parent rangeSouth German Scarplands
Orogenylow mountains, cuesta

Large portions of the Franconian Jura are part of the Altmühl Valley Nature Park. The scenic meanders and gorges formed by the Altmühl River draw tourists to visit the region.

Geologically, the Franconian Jura is the eastern continuation of the Swabian Jura. The mountain chains are separated from each other by the impact crater of the Nördlinger Ries.

The northern part of the Franconian Jura is known as Little Switzerland (German: Fränkische Schweiz).


  1. Emil Meynen, Josef Schmithüsen: Handbuch der naturräumlichen Gliederung Deutschlands. Bundesanstalt für Landeskunde, Remagen/Bad Godesberg 1953–1962 (9 editions in 8 volumes, updated map 1:1,000,000 scale with major units, 1960).
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