Enjoyment plays a prominent role in the Fränkische Weinland – and of course that also applies to hiking. At every step you can experience the full diversity of this unique region of pleasure. We have selected eight walks in this collection that will take you to the most beautiful corners. And that completely relaxed.
Because in the Fränkische Weinland is not about making as much as possible or to overcome many vertical meters. Here, with every step you take a little bit more into the connection between nature and culture. Take time to let yourself drift like the Main and its tributaries. Discover the treasures along the way and enjoy nature in the dense forests and romantic vineyards.
Our hikes are spread throughout the region, so you can explore as many different places as possible – whether Karlstadt, Schweinfurt or Volkach. If you want to spend several days in the wine country, you will find a wide range of accommodation for every taste. Choose your suitable tours and combine them according to your mood. The main thing is that you enjoy hiking and always stay relaxed.
The circular walk K1 presents itself particularly varied: You start in the historic old town of Karlstadt, wander through a nature reserve, over vineyard terraces and learn interesting things on a geological trail. And all at just 15 kilometers.After a tour through historic Karlstadt, the path leads gently up to the nature reserve Grainberg-Kalbenstein-Saupurzel, which begins east of Karlstadt and reaches as far as Gambach. Here you will encounter different habitats and geological formations such as shell limestone bastions, bunter sandstone terraces and vineyard walls. A paradise for animals and plants - and of course for hikers.After about eight kilometers worth a detour to the old wine village Gambach. It lies on the so-called "Grenzwinkel" of the Franconian wine country. Via the geological nature trail, you can hike back to the banks of the Main and convince yourself of the quality of the local wine. Order a glass of wine at the Winzerhütte and let it taste with the best view. Along the riverbank you walk back to Karlstadt, where you will find several restaurants to stop by.The tour is not steep enough for you? Then you come at the via ferrata (cat. A) of the German Alpine Club (section Würzburg) on Kalbenstein at your expense. The 135 vertical meters to the so-called "Edelweiss" can be climbed on a very attractive and promising climbing route. Suitable via ferrata equipment is required.
From the winery to the pilgrimage church: The trail K3 connects Gambach with the church in Mariabuchen. At the beginning of the good twelve-kilometer tour worth a round through the charming wine village. The first three kilometers, the path then leads you relaxed down to the banks of the Main.You cross the river via the Harrbacher lock. Here you get a good insight into the technology of such a system - ideally, of course, when just a ship passes the lock. So that the fish can overcome the hurdle without any problems, a fish ladder has been set up.On the other side of the river, the path climbs briefly. Then you continue your hike in the nature reserve Mäusberg-Rammersberg-Ständelberg with its approximately 270 hectares. The climate is very warm here and the rainfall low. As a result, many rare plants feel at home here, such as Dittany, Adonis and orchids. A paradise for butterflies.About field and meadow paths you walk on a relatively flat route through the Karlstadt district Wiesenfeld. Here you can try the Franconian cuisine in the Gasthaus Stern (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). The hike continues through the beautiful landscape until you reach one of the most famous pilgrimage destinations in the Spessart: the pilgrimage church Mariabuchen. Right next to the church is the "Waldrast", which welcomes hungry hikers with hearty meals (open wednesdays to sundays from 11am to 10pm).
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On this 20 kilometer hike, you will get to know the local mountain of Karlstadt. Its characteristic shape gives it the name "Saupurzel", as the Franks call the hindquarters of a pig.The start of the circular walk is in the historic center of Karlstadt.The first three kilometers have it all in: You walk uphill to the lookout temple and there - as the name suggests - rewarded with a fantastic view over the region. The lookout temple is part of the Stationsweg, which focuses on the passion of Jesus Christ in twelve places. Not far away runs the three-kilometer bird trail, which tells you interesting facts about the local birds.After just under six kilometers, you reach the so-called "terroir f" in the middle of the vineyards. Here the whole magic of Frankenwein should be felt very clearly. From the viewing platform you have a magnificent view of the Main Valley. Now it is not far to Stetten, a place with a long wine tradition. Here you will find several traditional inns for a refreshment.With renewed energy, it goes on to the district of Hesslar, which is located on the low-water limestone slopes east of the Werntals. Can you already recognize the root of the sow? At the end of the tour, you will hike over the local mountain and back down to Karlstadt. There you will find several guest houses for a successful completion of your hiking day.
The varied trail "Höllental and Mainblick" leads you to the hill between Schweinfurt and Mainberg. On the way you will pass twelve information stations dealing with the topics of nature and landscape, wine and the Main, history and culture as well as work and living space.Starting point of the almost eight-kilometer-long lap is at the parking lot in Deutschhöfer Grund near Schweinfurt. You hike through the forest on a gentle ascent up to the Bramberg until you reach the Schindturm after one and a half kilometers. From the 2017 renovated lookout tower you have a great view. Just a few meters further on, the next vantage point is already waiting for you: From the Beerhüterturm you look fantastic on the Main and Schweinfurt.The path continues promisingly. You wander through the vineyards on the narrow hunter path until you get to the viewing platform Bismarckhöhe. Here you can rest briefly and enjoy the views extensively.It continues above the river Main, until you can see the Castle Mainberg in front of you. You turn left and dive into a beautiful grove until you reach the excursion restaurant Almrösl. The beer garden is perfect for a long break. It is not far from the parking lot.
The Panorma Trail around Wipfeld and Schwanfeld leads you through beautiful meadows, romantic vineyards and beautiful river landscapes. Start the 13-kilometer tour on the market square in the historic wine village Wipfeld. Look forward to orchards and the Main as well as to the views of the Steigerwald, the Haßberge and the Rhön.Right at the beginning you walk to the highest point of the hike, the Luisenhöhe. From the cross you have a great view of the surrounding region and can breathe easy. Continue gently down to the town of Schwanfeld. He is considered the oldest village in Germany, already 7,500 years ago, the people of the band ceramics there arable farming. In the local Bandkeramikmuseum you can learn more about life in the Stone Age.You wander out of the village and reach the Jewish cemetery later. A narrow, natural path leads you between the trees in the direction of Obereisenheim. At the edge of the forest you cross the county road and walk down through vineyards and orchards towards the Main and Schloss Klingenberg, which is now privately owned.At the edge of the slope you walk back to Wipfeld with a view of the Main. There you can make yourself comfortable at the end of the day in a restaurant and enjoy the Franconian cuisine and the wine.
The treasure of the Schweinfurt Mainbogen - this is also the name of this almost 20-kilometer circular walk. It connects the most beautiful and pristine riparian forests, lakes and streams of the water-rich Mainbogen with each other and takes you into a pristine and mysterious natural landscape - and without large differences in altitude.Start of the circular walk is the market square in Grafenrheinfeld. The first few kilometers you wander across meadows, until you reach the Hirtenbach and follow its shore to the Sauerstücksee. Here you can observe cormorants, coots and great crested grebes.Continue through a high pine forest past several ponds and lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for the blueberry bushes, maybe you can pick some ripe berries. Soon you have reached the dune in the forest - a very special piece of nature.You wander out of the forest again and come through the village Röthlein and the nature reserve Elmuß. The Unkenbach flows here in large turns through the flat terrain. The Wild Lake is the prelude to the lake district between Heidenfeld and the Main. In the bird sanctuary Garstadt countless large and small lakes with an observation tower, from which you can observe many rare bird species with luck.Along the embankment of the Main you walk back to the starting point. There you should take a look at the parish church, which is special because of its twin towers.
Beautiful views, steep vineyards and a short ride on the Main ferry - on this 17 kilometer circular route you will find plenty of variety. The tour starts at the market square in Volkach. From there, the path leads you in the direction of the outdoor pool (in good weather, so pack the bathing suit). Then you come to the Kirchbergweg and follow it to the pilgrimage church "Maria im Weingarten".The church is beautifully embedded in the vineyards. A look into the interior of the church is worthwhile: in it you can see the wooden carved Madonna in the Rosary by Tilmann Riemenschneider, one of the most important artists at the transition from Late Gothic to Renaissance. The garden around the church invites you to relax. An observation deck offers a perfect view of Volkach and the opposite Astheim.You continue to wander through the vineyards until you reach the town of Fahr after a good six kilometers. Here it is down to the ferry and translate to the other main page. Again with firm ground under your feet you walk up the Mainhang and on through the romantic vineyards. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Main, especially from the Vogelsburg - including a fabulous view of the Mainschleife.Not for long, then you have your goal Volkach again in mind. This time you cross the Main by bridge and soon after you get back to the market square. Here you can look for a suitable rest stop and enjoy the flair of the old town.
The city Volkach is located near the Mainschleife particularly beautiful and an ideal starting point for excursions into the vineyards. This is also the case for this almost 16-kilometer circular hike, which starts on the banks of the main wine-growing village.The first stage you run along the river bank in the direction of the Main Canal until you cross the Main. Then the path leads you through a beautiful vineyard landscape a gentle climb up to the Hallburg over. You continue hiking through the vineyards to Nordheim. Once there, you stroll through the largest vineyard-growing community in Franconia. Numerous hedge farms and three traditional Franconian inns invite you to take a break. Well-fortified, it goes on to the banks of the Altmains. With the ferry you can easily translate to the other side to Escherndorf.Now you're back in the vineyards, wandering up one side of the slope and enjoying the fantastic view of the Mainschleife on the other side. And already the second ferry fun is waiting for you: the short crossing from Kaltenhausen to Fahr.Now you are almost on the home straight to Volkach. Benches along the way always invite you to take a break. After four kilometers, you will see the pilgrimage church "Maria im Weingarten", a short detour to the church worthwhile. Alone the view is terrific.From here it is only two kilometers to your destination Volkach. There you can look forward to a selection of cafes and restaurants.