In this Collection, we present 10 half and full-day routes through the Hassberge Nature Park in the beautiful Lower Franconia region of North Bavaria in Germany. Quiet paths will lead you through gentle hills, steeped in culture and history. You will cycle through sun-drenched vineyards in the Abt-Degen-Weintal (Abbot-sword-wine Valley), past the castles, palaces and ruins in the German Burgenwinkel area, through half-timbered villages, colourful forests and orchard meadows to swimming lakes with the Hassberge Nature Park.
The picturesque nature and historic vineyards create magical landscapes here. With this Collection, we want to inspire you to visit Franconia and explore more of the region’s well-kept secrets. Get comfy on your saddle and discover the beauty here at your own pace – the best way to enjoy the Hassberge.
Enjoyable through the Abt-Degen wine valley.Simply a region to enjoy: with characterful, distinctive wines, high-quality, regional cuisine and a landscape characterized by vineyards in which the pearl of Franconia has been cultivated for centuries: the Silvaner.On the continuously signposted Abt-Degen-Weintal-Radweg you cycle through open meadow valleys, past sun-drenched vineyards and to mighty castles and palaces. The local winegrowers and their hedgerows are never far from the path. Starting from Zeil, you can drive the entire tour in one, which however corresponds to a very sporty tour. Alternatively, you can only drive the Nordschleife in the direction of Königsberg, which has a length of about 27 kilometers, or the 72 kilometer larger loop through the Main Valley and into the northern Steigerwald.Abbot Alberich Degen brought the Silvaner vine from Austria to Franconia from the Cistercian monastery in nearby Ebrach as early as 1665 and successfully cultivated the hardy vine. Since Abbot Degen was born in Zeil am Main in the Haßberge district, it is natural to name the marketing community at the foothills of the Steigerwald and the Haßberge after the Franconian father of Silvaner.
A tour full of highlights.This tour connects the Haßberge with the Itzgrund bordering on the northeast. Along the way are scenic, historical and art historical highlights. On the way you pass several castles and ruins, so you should plan a little more time to combine the tour with one or the other tour along the route.The route is very varied in terms of landscape, but also includes one or two challenging climbs. The majority of the route runs away from road traffic, with a few short exceptions in the Seßlach area, where you can avoid roads with little traffic.
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Once through half-timbered houses, castles and natural idyll.Enjoy the pure essence of the Haßberge on this tour: wildly romantic brook and meadow valleys, shady mixed forests, historical half-timbered towns, castles, palaces and castle ruins. Ride everything that makes the mountains of hate.From the historic old town of Ebern, this tour takes you across the Haßberge Nature Park with its broad cultural and natural wealth to the Haßberg metropolis of Haßfurt, also with the historic old town and town hall from the 16th century and the city's landmark: the late Gothic chapel.The best thing: You don't even have to get into the car for this tour, because the start and end points are easily accessible by train. Arrive without stress, enjoy the Haßberge mountains and be brought back home relaxed.
Panoramic cycling on historical trails.The Rennweg is historically documented as a courier and courier route between Bamberg and Sulzfeld, runs as a high trail always on the ridge of the Hassberge and thus offers picturesque views of the wide valley and meadow grounds of the nature park with picture book villages and "fairytale castles".As a mountain trail, the Rennweg passes only a few places where you can stop off. These include Dörfleins, Oberhaid, Köslau, the Schwedenschanze and Sulzfeld in Grabfeld. However, the Rennweg offers many branches that lead down to the nearby towns.Coming from Bamberg, you can refresh yourself with a dip in the cool water at the end of the Rennweg at the Sulzfeld bathing lake and end the tour in the associated beer garden with Franconian delicacies.
From one half-timbered idyll to the next.The tour around the dreamy half-timbered town of Hofheim in Lower Franconia takes you through numerous picturesque places such as Stadtlauringen, the Rückert village of Oberlauringen, Birnfeld or Nassach, in which countless typical Franconian half-timbered buildings have been preserved and lovingly restored.The route passes the largest recreational lake in Lower Franconia: Lake Ellertshausen. In addition, the lookout point "Schwedenschanze" on the back of the Haßberge, from which you can enjoy a unique view of the Hofheimer Land, above which the "landmark of the Haßberge" - the Bettenburg - is enthroned.In Oberlauringen, a detour to the Friedrich.Rückert.Poetikum, the exhibition on the Franconian poet, linguistic genius and orientalist, Friedrich Rückert is worthwhile. In the newly renovated old town hall, sound, film and listening stations invite you to meet and grapple with the poet and thinker born in Schweinfurt in 1788, who spent his childhood and youth in tranquil Oberlauringen, which significantly shaped his later work.
Limitless cycling fun guaranteed.The “Green Belt and Blue Lakes” round tour takes you from the spa town of Bad Königshofen via the Irmelshausen bathing lake to the nearby former inner-German border, which today is also known as the “Green Belt” due to its natural biodiversity.Then it's back to Bad Königshofen, where you can end the tour in a relaxed manner in Germany's first natural healing water lake, in the FrankenTherme Bad Königshofen.
On horseback from castle to castle.Do you know the difference between a spur castle and a Ganerbenburg? No? Then the castle history trail is just right for you!On 48 kilometers you cycle to a total of eight castles, castle ruins and stables in the middle of an almost undiscovered natural landscape through the heart of the German castle angle.The informative highlight of this tour is the castle information center on the Altenstein castle ruins. On one of the largest castle ruins in Franconia, you will become a true medieval expert at 14 adventure stations.The castles Altenstein, Bramberg, Rotenhan, Teufelsstein and the castle ruins Lichtenstein and Raueneck are freely accessible at all times.
Cycling from castle to castle, along romantic brook and river valleys.This circular tour takes you from the dreamy half-timbered town of Hofheim in Lower Franconia to a total of five castles from the 17th and 18th centuries. You cycle along streams and rivers that are close to nature and cheerfully meander through meadow valleys, which make the landscape of the Haßberge even more romantic.The locks you will pass on the tour are:The Burgpreppach moated castle: A late baroque moated castle complex with a remarkable appearance and building history. The plant is still inhabited by the Fox of Bimbach.Pfaffendorf Castle: The representative headquarters of the von Stein family in Rococo style, which remained the residence of the historically significant family until 1875. The castle now houses a Sales Bosnian youth welfare center. Accordingly, the building can only be viewed from the outsideMaroldsweisach Castle: Built in 1768 in the Rococo style, the castle stands on the site of its predecessor, which was destroyed in 1525, and represents the historical core of the market town.Birkenfeld Castle: The country castle built on the foundations of a former moated castle in 1738 is considered one of the most elegant small castle complexes in Franconia. The estate impresses with the ensemble consisting of a four-winged core palace, gardens, pavilions, an extensive park, outbuildings and a courtyard.Castle and landscape park Bettenburg: This small Renaissance castle sits enthroned on a hilltop in the Hofheim region and is a symbol of the Haßberge. Around 1800, the Bettenburg became an artistic and intellectual center of romanticism, the "Weimar der Haßberge". In addition to the founder Truchseß von Wetzhausen, Friedrich Rückert and Jean Paul gathered for the so-called Bettenburg Round Table, a group of literary figures.
Cycling where linguistic geniuses go swimming.This bike launcher takes you from Sulzfeld via the Rückert village of Oberlauringen to Ellertshäuser See, the largest recreational lake in Lower Franconia and via the idyllic half-timbered towns of Nassach and Birnfeld back to Sulzfeld, where you can end the tour at the Sulzfeld bathing lake with a kiosk and beer garden.The cultural "must" on this tour is the Friedrich.Rückert.Poetikum in Oberlauringen. The exhibition on the Franconian poet, linguistic genius and orientalist, Friedrich Rückert in the newly renovated, old town hall, with sound, film and listening stations invites you to meet and grapple with the poet and thinker born in Schweinfurt in 1788, who spent his childhood and youth in the tranquil Oberlauringen spent what significantly shaped his later work.
On the trail of history and enjoyment.This entertaining circular tour takes you from the historic Baunach through the Baunach Valley via Rentweinsdorf Castle to the medieval fortress town of Ebern, past the Kirchlauter moated castle via the historic Rennweg and back to the starting point.Along the tour, you can reward yourself with Franconian beer and other culinary delights from Franconia in almost every location.