Esper Cave and the Felsensteig is a 12.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gößweinstein, Bavaria, Germany that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 12.1 km Elevation Gain: 455 m Route Type: Loop

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The hike starts in the middle of Gößweinstein (www.ferienzentrum-goessweinstein.de). You will walk over fields and meadows and over the Ludwigshöhe to Leutzdorf. The Esper cave can be found in the forest. The cave roof is partially collapsed. Several caves and cave entrances are located in an imposing rock formation, which is arranged in a semicircle. WATCH OUT! A cave entrance leads to the Klingloch, an approximately 13 m deep shaft, which is not secured! Walk through the forest to Burggaillenreuth and down to the Wiesent. The hiking trail leads you upstream along the Wiesent on shady paths and past the Sachsenmühle and Pfeffermühle. Look for a cozy rest area and eat the Vespers. Next you can tackle the ascent on the Frankenweg via the Felsensteig to Gößweinstein. At the end of the tour you should visit the Gößweinstein castle (www.burg-goessweinstein.de) and the basilica (www.ferienzentrumm-gössweinstein.de). Tip: In Gössweinstein there is also a miniature golf and PitPatanlage (www.minigolf-goessweinstein.de) and the Höhenschwimmbad (www.ferienzentrum-goessweinstein.de), which you should pay a visit to. In Pottenstein is the youth trail "Teufelshöhlenrunde".

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