No other region in Germany has as many interesting and variable soil formations. In the east, we find the foothills of the Oberpfälzer forest, in the south and west the landscape of the Juras carries the imprint of a long-forgotten ocean. It is here that the Jura reveals its rich geological treasure. Countless reef formations, sink holes, caves and jagged peaks shape the landscape. The district encompasses almost the entire Jura and it is a kind of Mecca for hobby geologists and fossil collectors.
And with its far-reaching forests, heavy with mystical stillness, the Amberg-Sulzbacher region is one of Bavaria's most densely forested areas. The juniper moors and grasslands in Vils- and Lauterachtal offer a very different picture.
The lowlands of the Hahnbacher Becken and the Vilsecker Mulde, on the other hand, are home to countless species of plants and animals dependent on damp habitats.
There are two nature parks in Amberg-Sulzbacher - the Naturpark Fränkische Schweiz - Veldensteiner Forst and the Naturpark Hirschwald. In the area around Hohenburg, 14 species of Bavarian bats have made their home! And it is here that the only nursery roost for the greater horseshoe bat in Germany can be found and visited - at the Fledermaushaus (Bat House).