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Wine, Main and Song – hiking and wine in Franconia

The Franconian wine country offers you pure enjoyment – with no compromises. You will hike through beautiful landscapes with breathtaking views over the extensive, sunlit vineyards and through the picturesque Main Valley. Dense forests, green meadows, wide fields and cosy winegrowing villages will round off your varied hiking adventure in the region. At the end, or even in between, you can tuck into Franconian specialities and, of course, a delicious glass of Franconian wine. The VGN buses and trains will take you safely, comfortably and quickly to the starting points of the ten wine hiking tours in this Collection and bring you back after your hike. All you have to do is enjoy!

All the starting and finishing points of the ten hikes in this Collection can be easily reached by public transport allowing you to enjoy a glass or two of Franconian wine with a clear conscience. The experience already begins on your journey there: VGN leisure bus lines only stop in the most beautiful places. You may want to consider making a small sightseeing stop at these places before you start your actual hike.

When combining wine and hiking, it would be a real shame to forget the region's delicious local produce. Sipping on sweet grape juice and sitting behind the wheel after the day is done is naturally not an option – the VGN buses and trains are a smart solution to this problem. And, if you ever have a glass too much, we recommend the TagesTicket Plus (Day Ticket Plus) which is valid on both weekend days. Then, you can just find a comfortable place to stay in Franconia, fall into bed a little tipsy and take the train home the next day.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:48
    8.46 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Actually, all of Franconia is a classic white wine area. Whole Franconia? A small community called Wiesenbronn is called the Red Wine Island on Steigerwald for nothing: ideal conditions for particularly good red wines prevail here - at the end of this hike you can give yourself an impression of the noble wines and - almost incidentally - also the culinary and cultural delights indulge in the small community with its long history. The way there is pure pleasure: Picturesque vineyards and promising ridges accompany you on your hike through the area of the "village treasures", which is not for nothing so called.Along the way, you will always enjoy wide views and you will have no trouble finding comfortable rest stops where you can fortify yourself with a glass of good Franconian wine. Especially beautiful is the view at the Frankenblick in the Abtswinder vineyards, where you can look up to the Rhön in good weather. Also very worth seeing is the old castle on the Casteller Schlossberg. Although you can not climb the barred tower in general, the view into the vast land is still impressive and you can enjoy it from a bench in peace.A steep descent brings you down to the center of Castell, where you can learn a lot about the region's specialty at the Winegrowing Museum. Above the vineyards you stroll a bit later towards Wiesenbronn. On the Wiesenbronn wine art trail, you will be artfully reminded of what you should absolutely try, as soon as you arrive in the center a little later.How to get there: To get to the starting point of the hike, take the R1 to Iphofen and from there continue with the leisure line 108, the "Dorfschätze Express".Departure: The "Village Treasures Express" is also available for the return journey.

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    5.05 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This beautiful hike takes you through shady forests and over high areas with beautiful views through the famous vineyards and Mausal Cyriakusberg. The stage destination is the romantic winegrowing town of Sulzfeld am Main, which is considered one of the most beautiful wine villages in Germany.After the start at Kitzingen station, you first wander through the village until the houses are less and less and the beautiful view of the Main valley opens. On the bench at the lookout you can take a while to breathe, before the route descends on a narrow path in a small forest area. Especially in summer it is a great change to walk here through the shady forest.If you leave the forest behind you, you already have the vineyards of mouse and Cyriakusberg in view. The view of the vineyards and the Main Valley is a dream and you can already look forward to the arrival in Sulzfeld, where all sorts of cozy wine taverns invite you to take a closer look at the products from the region. Highly recommended is an absolute specialty of Sulzfeld: the meter bratwurst. The invented the Sulzfelder master butcher Lorenz Stark, as one of his guests said: "The Wurscht I can eat a meter!" - Some took that for him again and again literally: 1999 ate the current record holder in the inn star 5.6 meters Bratwurst including side dishes!How to get there: Kitzingen has a train station, which you can reach quickly and without changing trains from Nuremberg on the R1 for example.Departure: From Sulzberg the way back leads first on foot back to Kitzingen. Of course you can just walk back the route of the way or choose the shorter version on the Main, which is about 3.6 kilometers long. From the train station in Kitzingen, continue on the R1.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    6.55 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the spa park in Bad Windsheim we will guide you on this hike through picturesque vineyards. From the sun-kissed slopes you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Windsheim basin. The broad, extensive valley is over 180 million years old and lies exactly between the two nature parks Steigerwald and Frankenhöhe. Along the way there are several rest areas, where you can enjoy the view during a break. Particularly beautiful is the restored stone cave: the small, built of rough stones shelter provides protection in the rain and cool in the sun shade - and also here is a wonderful picnic area. In Ipsheim you finally reach the end of the tour and start the journey home.Tip: If you want to make a stop at a winegrower, we recommend a short detour to Kaubenheim.Getting there: Take the R1 regional train from Nuremberg to Neustadt (Aisch). From here, the R81 will take you comfortably to the starting point of your hike, Bad Windsheim train station.Departure: Other train station, same train - with the R81 you drive from Ipsheim also back to Neustadt (Aisch) and from there take the R1 to Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    7.26 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Here, the journey to experience is already: In Kitzingen you climb into the VGN leisure line 107, the "Mainschleifen Express", which drives you through the Lower Franconian wine villages Dettelbach, Sommerach, Nordheim and also past the abbey Münsterschwarzach. If you feel like it, just get out where you like, take a break, and then catch the next bus that will take you straight to the starting point of this hike.At the train station of Volkach you start the short hike, which leads you across the vineyards on the banks of the Main. On the way you cross the river twice with the ferry - a real adventure awaits you!There is much to discover along the way. Volkach itself is a single highlight. Cozy wine bars, cafes and the cozy village invite you to linger. A little bit later you reach the catholic pilgrimage church "Maria im Weingarten", which is worth a break amidst vineyards. The highlight of the tour are the slopes on the south bank of the Main and the Vogelsburg. From here you have a wonderful view of the Mainschleife and the picturesque vineyards. After a long flight of stairs, you descend directly to the banks of the Main, where the ferry Escherndorf takes you to the destination of the hike to Nordheim. In the cozy side streets of the village there are plenty of opportunities to end the day in a relaxed atmosphere.Tip:
    Note the travel times of the two ferries, so you can enjoy this hike without excitement.
    Getting there: Take the R1 to Kitzingen, from there take the leisure line "Mainschleifen Express" (Bus 107) to Volkach.Departure: As on the way out, only in the opposite direction: with the bus 107 to Kitzingen and from there with the R1.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    6.32 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this short tour, you will hike through the Steigerwald from Dietersheim to Ipsheim and enjoy beautiful views of the vineyards of the region and the Aischtal. Especially good is the view from the castle Hoheneck, where you shortly pass the finish in the tranquil winemaker Ipsheim.From the train station in Dietersheim you follow a small piece of the railway tracks until the fun begins on the vineyard road - guess why that is called. Here in the area everything is in the sign of the noble drops and you always have beautiful views of the vineyards or wander right through the middle.The "star" of this tour is without a doubt the castle Hoheneck. It is visible from afar and even if you can not visit it from the inside, well worth a detour. Because during a tour around the moat you can gather a lot of impressions and enjoy the wonderful view.Down to Ipsheim, it is now a climb, which is secured with a railing. On the way you will come to the restaurant of the wine-growing association Ipsheim, where we recommend you another break. You are then ready for the last few meters into the village, where more inns and hedge farms invite you to end the hike quite relaxed.Arrival / Departure: Dietersheim and Ipsheim are connected by the R81. In Neustadt an der Aisch the R1 takes over the onward journey.

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    8.00 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This beautiful hike will take you along the Main and through the southern foothills of the Haßberge Nature Park. Where did they get their name from? We can not tell you the best of intentions. Instead, we are sure that you will love this hike!You start at the station of Ebelsbach, past the castle Ebelsbach, which was badly damaged in 2009 by a fire and since then waiting for its reconstruction. Following Ebelsbach, you finally reach Schloss Gleisenau and the "Castles & Castles Trail", which you follow to Zeil am Main.Through the forested cherry valley, you can now hike gently uphill until the forest clears and you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Main valley for the first time above the Haßberge golf course. Following this beautiful view, you hike downhill in the direction of the Main, where you reach the vineyards on the north bank of the river. The path now leads through the middle of the grapevines and you have a clear view of the river Main - just wonderful! If you arrive in the Zeiler district Ziegelanger, the perfect time for a little rest has come. Numerous inns and hedge farms invite you to a pint of Franconian wine and a little refreshment. Rest a bit, because then a little challenge is waiting for you.The path up to the Zeiler Käppele takes you over the steep Eselssteig, a narrow path over the wooded Zeiler Kapellenberg. Past the ruin Schmachtenberg, to which a short detour is worthwhile, you finally reach the plateau and enjoyable views of the Main Valley. From here you can stroll comfortably to the Zeiler Käppele, the landmark of Zeil am Main. Here you can relax, take a breather and enjoy the beautiful view before heading down to Zeil am Main.Getting there: You can reach the train station in Ebelsbach from Hassfurt or Bamberg by the R15.Departure: Back to the starting point of the hike, the R15 will also take you in just five minutes. Of course you can also go directly to Hassfurt or Bamberg, from where you have many connections to continue your journey home.

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    7.81 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Thanks to the flat route and numerous rest stops, enjoyment is the main focus of this hike. At the edge of the Lower Franconian wine-growing regions, beautiful historic town centers and numerous restaurants and hedge farms offer time and again to linger and to sample the regional wines.Shortly after the start of the hike at Iphofen station, the historic city center invites you to take a long detour. Mainbernheimer Tor, Spitalkirche, the cozy market square and the Knauf Museum - there is a lot to discover here. Through the famous Rödelseer Tor you will leave the Lower Franconian town and wander across meadows and fields and past a small stream in the direction of Mainbernheim, where the quaint Turmschänke invites you to the second break of the day.And again, the route leads out of the medieval walls on the open fields, through the cozy village Sickershausen and finally over the old Main bridge in the historic trading town of Kitzingen. There is so much to discover here that our route should serve as a rough guide. It's best to just drift through the narrow streets of the medieval old town and into one or the other wine tavern - a glass of wine and a hot tarte flambée round off this gourmet tour befitting.Arrival / Departure: Both Iphofen and Kitzingen can be easily and quickly reached by the R1 from Nuremberg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    8.26 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you are looking for peace and nature, this hike is just right for you. Varied it leads uphill and downhill, across meadows and fields, on gravel and Betonplattenwege, past ponds and through the vineyards of the region. Cozy villages without much excitement and down-to-earth restaurants complete the hike.The tour starts at the station in Markt Bibart, from where you directly turn your back on the asphalt and go up a steeper uphill on a dirt road. At the idyllic Wolfsee, a bank invites you for a short break before the wooden King Ludwig Tower literally sets a real highlight: 122 steps invite you to enjoy a particularly good view 21 meters above the ground.Accompanied by the first vineyards of this tour, it goes back downhill. Passing by a few ponds, fields, vineyards and small woodland alternate and provide a change. When hunger strikes, we recommend a detour to the small town of Ingolstadt, where the Weinstube Freimann invites you to stop and lure with home-made wine and a Franconian snack. Note here only the opening times: As a rule, the wine bar makes a summer break and otherwise has only on weekends. If you are traveling in a group, it is worth registering beforehand.Strengthened you are now ready for the last part of the hike to Sugenheim. If you still have time and desire, make a detour to the doll and toy museum, before you go home.Getting there: Take the R1 to the railway station in Markt Bibart, where the hike begins.Departure: Take bus 141 or 196 to Neustadt / Aisch or Markt Bibart. From there, it continues by train.

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    14.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This route is entirely dedicated to the Franconian wine and the beautiful landscape in which its vines ripen. Whether you make it from a leisurely enjoyment hike or a classic day tour, is up to you: on the way you have the opportunity to go back to the starting point with buses of the VGN.On the way, this hike offers many enjoyable highlights for you. In Bad Windsheim you start on an ancient Kastanienallee, wander through the well-kept spa gardens and can soon enjoy the fantastic view back to the town, in the Windsheim Bay and Hoheneck Castle. A little later you reach the Bad Windsheim district Oberntief, where the inn Schwarzer Adler offers a first refreshments. Strengthened and refreshed it continues - from the Steigerwald panorama path you can enjoy the view of the first vineyards of the hike.From afar you can see the two church towers of Herbolzheim. There are some decisions waiting for you: Do you continue the hike or do you take the bus back? Do you refresh yourself in the cozy guest house "Zum Grünen Baum" or do you prefer a portion of culture in the Osingmuseum? No matter for what: You can only decide correctly.If you keep on hiking, the topic of wine becomes ever more present. You have almost always best view of the vineyards of the region and all sorts of wine bars invite you to not only to see the wine, but also to taste the same. Elated you approach yourself so the daily goal Uffenheim.How to get there: For example, from Regionalexpress and Regionalbahn you can easily reach the starting point of the tour to Bad Windsheim.Departure: Back to the starting point brings you from Herbholzheim, Ulsenheim, Weigenheim and Uffenheim from the "Boxbeutelexpress" (VGN line 109), which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year. From Uffenheim you can alternatively take the R8 in the direction of Ansbach.

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  • Difficult
    05:04
    12.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Open fields and meadows, small ponds and crackling trees, dense forest and of course picturesque vineyards - this tour through the Rangau and through foothills of the Steigerwald is totally varied and a feast for all nature lovers: The different landscapes provide countless animals a habitat and are for laymen like Connoisseurs in every season a great journey of discovery.Before the route from the start in Illesheim dives into the shady forest of the Gräfholz, you can enjoy the impressive view into the Windsheimer Bucht on a wonderful panoramic path. The cool down on the enchanted path through the forest is good, before the beautiful view returns and you walk through a well-kept parkland and finally through the spa gardens to the finish in Bad Windsheim. In the center you will find a few taverns and wine taverns, where you can replenish your energy stores with Franconian specialties, before you let the train bring you back home.Arrival / Departure: Bad Windsheim and Illesheim are approached by the R-Bahn line R81, which connects both towns with Neustadt (Aisch) and Steinach (b. Rothenb.). Especially from Neustadt there is excellent connection to continue (for example to Nuremberg or Fürth).

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    83.9 mi
  • Duration
    36:11 h
  • Elevation
    5,075 ft

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