©

Forchheim trip planner

Create a fully customized day by day
itinerary for free
Start planning your trip here!
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close
Trip Planner Europe  /  Germany  /  Bavaria  /  Franconia  /  Upper Franconia  /  Forchheim

Forchheim

3.9
Government Buildings · Landmarks · Fun & Games
Forchheim is a town in Upper Franconia (Oberfranken) in northern Bavaria, and also the seat of the administrative district of Forchheim. Forchheim is a former royal city, and is sometimes called the “Gateway to the Franconian Switzerland”, as the region is known. Its population, as of December 2013, was 30,705, and its land area is 44.95km². Its position is 49° 44' N, 11° 04' E and its elevation is 265m above sea level.Forchheim todayIn 2005, Forchheim celebrated its 1,200th anniversary of first documentary mention, on the occasion of which the Deutsche Post (German Post) issued special commemorative stamps worth 45 cents. In 2004, the city played host to the Bavarian provincial Exhibition. There were about 199,100 visitors.Name and coat of armsWhen the coat of arms was bestowed upon the town at the beginning of the 13th century, people wrongly believed that their town’s name, "Vorchheim" originates from the Old High German word vorhe (“trout”). This resulted in the coat of arms showing two trout (above). Although the rivers around the town were certainly home to a great number of trout in those days, it seems likelier that the town's name was actually derived from the Old High German word vorha, forha( Föhre=“pine”). Hence, the name means “pine home” with a probability bordering on certainty.The name most likely originates in the 7th century, when Frankish settlers first ensconced themselves in the region. They established many riverside towns with names ending in –heim.
Take a look at our Germany tour itinerary builder to refine the details of your trip to Forchheim.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Forchheim

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip

Places to visit with Forchheim

MunichTrip planner Best for: Landmark, Specialty Museum, Water Body NurembergTrip planner Best for: Specialty Museum, Historic Site, Landmark WurzburgTrip planner Best for: Castle, Bridge, Landmark RothenburgTrip planner Best for: Historic Site, Specialty Museum, Nightlife SchwangauTrip planner Best for: Castle, Spa, Water Body