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From the Middle Ages to the Mediterranean – hiking in and around Aschaffenburg

Hiking Collection by Franken Tourismus

Derelict church ruins, the magnificent Johannisburg Castle, fragrant forests and flowering meadows – the town of Aschaffenburg in north-west Bavaria in Germany offers you the perfect blend of nature and culture.

Aschaffenburg is charming in every season. In spring, the famous magnolia trees blossom; in summer, the fig and vine-blanketed slopes of the St. Germain Terraces burst with Mediterranean flare; in autumn, the deciduous trees in Bavaria’s oldest landscape park turn golden; and in winter, the medieval church in the Schöntal Park is covered in snow.

The ten varied Tours in this Collection take you to the most beautiful corners of Aschaffenburg and its surroundings. Explore one of the most important buildings of the late Renaissance period, the Johannisburg Castle, on short city walks; walk through the Mediterranean-style castle garden to the impressive Pompeianum; lose yourself in the winding narrow alleys of Aschaffenburg's old town with its quaint half-timbered houses; and enjoy an incomparable view over the town from the Devil’s Pulpit. When you get hungry, traditional pubs and restaurants are around almost every corner.

Four of the six European Cultural Routes take you to the outskirts of Aschaffenburg. With the ‘Schweinheimer Passion, you circle the striking Erbig and hike through beautiful heaths up to the famous three crosses on the panoramic mountain. In the far south-east of Aschaffenburg, the quarries and red sandstone formations and beautiful views over the hilly Spessart landscape are wonderful. On the other hand, to the north-east of Aschaffenburg, extinct volcanic vents and sprawling forests await. In Obernau municipality, the sky is not the only blue thing, as the title of the cultural trail suggests. Here, you can walk through orchards, meadows, and mixed forests, following the gentle meanders of the river.

Almost all of the walks are designed as circulars, or end centrally in the picturesque old town of Aschaffenburg so you don't have to worry about how to get back at the end. This way you can completely surrender to the charm of the Spessart and walk from the Middle Ages to the Mediterranean.

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    00:48
    1.89 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the Middle Ages to the Mediterranean and back to the Main in just three kilometers - that's what you get on this unique walk through the old town of Aschaffenburg. It starts splendidly at Johannisburg Castle. If you want, you can start right here with a guided tour through the medieval walls.Over the Aschaffenburger Schlossgarten you feel like you are walking further and further towards the Mediterranean. The terraced park exudes a wonderful Mediterranean flair and leads you directly to the Pompejanum. King Ludwig I had the Roman mansion built on the model of excavated ancient buildings from Pompeii. Stroll across the Saint-Germain terrace between fragrant pines, fig trees and vines down to the banks of the Main. Take your time here to inspect the playful details in the masonry like gargoyles.The Main Promenade brings you to the Willigis Bridge. Here you turn into Dalbergstraße and walk to Theaterplatz, where one of the largest sundials in Germany shows the time. From here it's only a few hundred meters back to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:42
    6.55 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can explore Aschaffenburg's most beautiful parks over a good ten kilometers. From the beautiful old town you stroll through shady avenues, to glittering waters and can act out your play instinct in a small labyrinth.You start right in the middle of the old town of Aschaffenburg, which you can easily reach by public transport. Over the Willigis Bridge you cross the picturesque Main. It's worth taking a look back, because Johannisburg Castle rises magnificently over the river.You stroll along the long Kleine Schönbuschallee into the park of the same name. Many paths, idyllic lakes, an observation tower and a playful hedge labyrinth ensure that there is no boredom here. You continue to hike south, where the Nilkheimer Park connects. The park enchants with a pretty pavilion and the ruins of a former bathhouse.Along the banks of the Main you go back to and over the Willigis Bridge and into the old town, where numerous cafés and restaurants beckon you to stop for a break.

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  • Intermediate
    00:47
    1.70 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This little excursion to the Teufelskanzel on the promising Godelsberg is devilishly beautiful and seductively short. A special highlight starts right at the starting point: the ruins of the church of the Holy Grave are located in the middle of the Schöntal and exude a touch of mysticism. It is the relic of a church from the 16th century that fell victim to the flames in the same century.You walk through the Schöntal to the Großmutterwiese and past the impressive Ludwigsbrunnen. It is worthwhile to take a longer look at the monument, because in addition to the bust of King Ludwig I, you will also discover stone toads, tree frogs, turtles and lizards.The extensive parks accompany you further and let you gently ascend to the Teufelskanzel, which is located below the Godelsberg summit. From the natural rock formation you have a great view of Aschaffenburg and a great photo opportunity. After a few more meters of altitude, your tour ends on the Godelsberg, where a cozy wooden bench invites you to take a dissolute break before you descend back to Aschaffenburg.

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    Easy
    00:42
    1.69 mi
    2.4 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Magnificent buildings, enchanted church ruins and romantic half-timbered houses make this beautiful walk a historical delight. You start at the collegiate church of St. Peter and Alexander, the oldest church in Aschaffenburg. The monastery was founded in 950, the church itself built around 25 years later.You walk through the Sandgasse towards Schöntal. Here at the park entrance you are welcomed by the ruins of an old church that burned down in 1552. You take a short lap through the park with its picturesque magnolia grove and then hike through the green to the magnificent Johannisburg Castle.According to records, the first buildings were built in the 10th century. Three centuries later a chapel was built and another century later it was converted into a castle. A tour of the walls is the perfect way to end the historical tour.

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    Intermediate
    01:59
    4.40 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Under the motto “Pilgrimage, Wine and Forest”, the seven-kilometer-long Schweinheim Passion cultural trail leads you around the Erbig and to the testimonies of the regional past. A special highlight is the fantastic view from Obernburg to the Taunus.You start the culture trail at the BSC Sportheim in the Aschaffenburg district of Schweinheim and walk straight out onto the fields and wide heather on the Neurod. A dreamlike landscape and views of the Vorspessart unfold around you. Via the Kreuzweg and once around the Erbig you will get to the famous three crosses on the Sternberg, the most beautiful panoramic mountain in Aschaffenburg. The crosses are a memorial for the popular Spessart Passion Play, which took place in Schweinheim from 1919 to 1957.On the way back to Schweinheim, the hike takes you past the so-called Ruhstock, where women farmers once put down their herb cloth with leaves or hay to rest. The Hensbach then accompanies you back to your starting point and to the outdoor station at the Frau-Holle-Kreisel, which tells of an old Spessart legend.

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    Intermediate
    02:11
    4.68 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Marble, red sandstone and the Spessartite typical of the region determine this outstanding cultural route. Numerous wayside shrines line your path and offer you wonderful panoramic views as far as the Taunus.It starts at the Matthäuskirche. The first small ascent to a lookout point over the beautiful Main Valley is waiting for you here. In good weather you can even see the Frankfurt skyline and the Feldberg im Taunus. At the Bensenbruch you stand in front of a former quarry and the Schwind wayside shrine with an information board about the exciting story.You follow the marked path to the so-called breakfast oak. A perfect place with numerous benches for a rest, which gave the imposing tree its name. The path leads you through the hilly Spessart landscape to the old market square, which with the surrounding half-timbered houses still has a very village-like character. If you like, you can take a detour to the marble quarry from here before you walk back to the starting point.

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    Easy
    01:32
    3.78 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With the European cultural route from the village blacksmith to the harbor, you get to know the Aschaffenburg district of Leider. You stroll through the old quarter with beautiful houses of worship and to the Bayernhafen, which unfortunately has had a lasting impact.It starts at the parking lot of the Dessauergymnasium at the Volksfestplatz. After a few hundred meters you are standing in front of the oldest building in Leider, the Siechhaus chapel. From here it is only a few steps to St. Laurentius Church from 1923. At the right time you can hear the five cast iron bells ringing from the striking bell tower.When you arrive at the port area, you can read up on information boards about the history of the port. With its location on the Main, it is part of the Rhine-Main-Danube waterway, which connects the North Sea with the Black Sea for over 3,500 kilometers.The last section of this small round tour takes you to the Kleine Schönbuschallee. The former promenade, which connects the city center of Aschaffenburg with the Schönbusch Park, brings you back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:05
    5.03 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This relaxed and multi-faceted hike takes you to the Aschaffenburg district of Damm. You walk along numerous mills that were converted into companies and businesses during industrialization and transformed the district into a booming commercial area. But nature is also not neglected on this round, because the meandering Aschaff is your companion every now and then.You start the Aschaffenburg pacemaker culture trail at St. Michael Church in Damm. Numerous beautiful views and an idyllic landscape characterize the path along the Aschaffauen to the Strietwald. Passing the former paper mill you get to Schönberg or Galgenbuckel. Up until the 18th century there was actually a gallows here, which tore some souls to their death. Right next door, the memorial to the fallen from the First World War rises admonishingly.Return via the Hochkreuz and the St. Josef and St. Paulus churches to the Mühlenweg, with old half-timbered buildings that are well worth seeing.

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    Intermediate
    01:49
    4.15 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This relaxed hike takes you to the southernmost part of Aschaffenburg: to Obernau. Nowhere are the river, settlement, mixed forest, orchard meadows and wonderful views so close together. You can find out for yourself whether the sky is really blue on this beautiful tour.The starting point of the culture trail is the multi-purpose hall car park at the Wendelinus chapel. From here the path climbs slightly uphill and leads you along the station path into the Obernau Forest. After a few minutes you will pass the moss-covered Mariengrotto and a few steps further at the Maria Frieden forest chapel. Here you turn north.After around three kilometers, the forest opens up and the culture trail leads you to flower-rich meadows, through which numerous insects teem. Soon you will reach the edge of Obernau again and hike to the banks of the Main with the impressive lock.Through the main street and Bahnhofstraße you go back to the starting point of the tour past the oldest buildings such as the rectory, town hall and church.

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    Intermediate
    02:34
    5.78 mi
    2.2 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The European Tulip Tree and Co. cultural route takes you over nine exciting kilometers deep into the Strietwald of Aschaffenburg. In addition to wonderfully fragrant leaves and needles, you will find exotic tree species, a volcanic vent and some historical highlights.It starts at the parking lot of the Aschaffenburger Nordfriedhof. A soft forest path leads you first to the Jahnfelsen. Even if you haven't gone far, it is worth taking a short break at the cozy picnic bench right next to the gymnastics father's moss-covered rock.Less than a kilometer further you are standing at the Teufelsmauer, where, according to legend, Müller Menze called the person who destroyed his mill. You cross the quietly babbling Steinbach and walk in an arc to the Teschenhöhle, the only volcanic hole in the Spessart. Basalt used to be mined here.Your next stop are the tulip trees. The tree species originates from eastern America and has been growing in Europe for around 300 years. You can recognize them by their unique leaf shape. From here it's not far back to the starting point of the tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    39.7 mi
  • Duration
    17:09 h
  • Elevation
    2,650 ft

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