The Franconian Jura (, , , ) is an upland in
Bavaria (; German language, German and Bavarian language, Bavarian: ''Bayern'' ), officially the Free State of Bavaria (German and Bavarian: ''Freistaat Bayern''; ), is a Landlocked country, landlocked Federated state, state (''States of Germany, ...
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. Located between two rivers, the
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in the north, its peaks reach elevations of up to and it has an area of some 7053.8 km2
[ 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).]
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 Franconian Switzerland, Little Switzerland ().
Geography of Bavaria
Mountain ranges of Bavaria
Mountain ranges of Germany