Vineyards, historic towns & forests – hiking through Schweinfurt in Bavaria
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With green surroundings and a rich history, Schweinfurt has plenty to discover. This town in Lower Franconia in Bavaria offers art and culture in abundance, as well as the Rhön, Steigerwald, and Haßberge mountains, which are a true paradise for hikers. In this Collection, we present hikes which combine lively cities and beautiful nature.
When you arrive in the centre of Schweinfurt, you quickly realise that this city has a lot to offer. You can visit excellent exhibitions in art galleries, stroll around the old city wall, marvel at historical buildings, and travel back in time in the charming Zurich quarter. When you get tired, you can take a break at one of the numerous cafes and beer gardens, around which city life runs.
However, whilst the city is full of things to see and do, it’s worth taking time to discover the surrounding nature too. The region is famous for Franconian wine, Bavarian beer, crisp asparagus and fresh herbs. While you can taste all this in one of the many local inns, we also want to give you the opportunity to see where these treasures come from.
Explore the vast vineyards with their old vines and typical quaint houses; follow the scent of wild garlic in magical forests; stumble upon an old ruin, a chapel, or stone cross; and take a dip in the cool waters of a beautiful lake. Variety is exactly what makes this region so special – it’s up to you to find it.
Yes, the region around Schweinfurt has some wonderful natural treasures hidden. But if you are already traveling to the charming port city on the Main, a look inside should not be missing.This tour of the old town takes you as a crisp version spread over a length of a good one and a half kilometers across Schweinfurt. You will pass the most important sights: The market square in the heart of the city with its old town hall is not only beautiful to look at, but on market days it is also a meeting place for a lot of vegetable and fruit farmers from the region. The scrap tower is considered the landmark of the southern old town, teaches you interesting facts about its history and gives you a wonderful sight.On to the Georg Schäfer Museum, whose architectural style is surprising from the outside - inside, art fans will find one of the largest private collections of German painting and drawing. The Ebracher Hof, which you will pass next, is one of the oldest buildings in the city and as a hotel and restaurant today invites guests to stay. Strolling through the lively district of Zurich, you will soon come to the Church of St. Salvator, which, alongside the Church of St. Johannis, is another “must-see” in the city. You will also pass the ramparts with their extensive green belt until you are finally back on the market square. A lot to discover in such a short time, isn't it?
Real old town and sightseeing fans get their money's worth in Schweinfurt. We hope you have packed your sneakers, because in this tour we will take you to the most beautiful and important sights of the city. You are already a good four kilometers on the way.But that doesn't deter a real explorer. The so-called Stadtmauerrundweg begins in the heart of Schweinfurt: on the traditional - and on market days quite lively - market square. Here is also the old town hall, whose unique architecture is already the first item on your to-see list. Via the Georg Schäfer Museum, whose extensive private collection of German painting and drawing you are of course welcome to take a closer look at, you can take a short walk along the Main to the charming Zurich district with the proud city wall.A few stops are still missing: Past the ramparts with their pronounced green belt, you march towards St. Johannis Church and from there on to the Kunsthalle Schweinfurt. A top-class permanent exhibition and several exciting changing exhibitions invite you to take a closer look. There is not only something for art connoisseurs.Via the Heilig-Geist-Kirche with its unmistakable architectural style, the Main Promenade and finally the striking scrap tower, you make your way back to the market square. You really deserve a refreshment here at the latest - you can call yourself a real Schweinfurt connoisseur anyway.
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A wonderfully natural circular route and pure variety await you on the “Höllental and Mainblick” route. It goes up to the hill between Schweinfurt and Mainberg. On the way you dive deep into the topics of nature and landscape, wine and Main, history and culture as well as work and living space.The hike starts at the Deutschhöfer Grund parking lot near Schweinfurt. A slight climb leads you through the forest to the Bramberg and after just under one and a half kilometers you will reach the Schindturm. He gives you a wonderful panorama. In general, beautiful views are not saved on this round: Only a few meters further the next tower - the Beerhüterturm - rises up and gives you a clear view of the Main and Schweinfurt.Over vineyards and the narrow hunter's path you march cheerfully on to the so-called Bismarckhöhe, which is wonderful for a rest - again with great views. Above the banks of the Main and soon the Mainberg Castle in view, you dive into a beautiful forest. Here you will meet the Almrösl excursion restaurant, where you can confidently fill your stomach with local specialties - the way back to the parking lot is not far from here.
The small Auwald-Achter leads you once across the beautiful nature on the Main side opposite the Schweinfurt center. The round is called eight because you can take a shortcut in the middle of the six and a half kilometer tour. But more on that later.It starts at the "Sennfeld am See" parking lot, which you can either reach by car or public transport. First over an avenue, then later over an educational tree path you walk in the direction of the Schweinfurt weir system. The section over which you hike shortly afterwards is also lovingly called the elephant hump. Numerous species of birds and even predators such as lion, tiger, leopard, puma, raccoon and polar bear once lived here. Today, its unusual tree population is particularly impressive on hikers. Hiking parallel to the Main, you will soon reach the middle clasp of the figure eight. You can turn right here and hike back to your starting point via the shortcut. If you keep straight ahead, you will dive into the wonderful nature of the Main meadows.Trees grow on the banks of smaller lakes like in a primeval forest. A magical section that you can thoroughly enjoy. If you like, you can make a detour to the “Herbs-Kraut-und-Rüben” pavilion at this point. In any case, the main path soon turns into grassy soil and leads you to the crossing point at the Altmaar wooden footbridge. Here you meet the abbreviation again. So wherever you come from - now every variant leads to Sennfeld, past the lido and a short distance through the village.The picturesque Sennfelder See is the last highlight of your round. You can relax and refresh yourself on its banks. Because it's not far: A bridge leads you over its tributary and you are back at the starting point of the tour.
Lots of water and wonderful nature await you during your journey of discovery at the Schweinfurt Mainbogen. To do this, first cross the district road from the starting point at the Baggersee parking lot. And you will be calmer.A narrow path lets you dive into the alluvial forest. And now, at the latest, even the most stressed mind will calm down. The bottom becomes sandy and lakes soon appear to the left and right of you. The Senftenhofseen and a little later the Sauerstücksee, to be precise. They all invite you to take a break - with a bit of luck you will spot silver and gray herons or gray geese and swans on the bank or in the water. Over a small bridge and then always near the Hirtenbach, you march on over an open field corridor before the path finally leads you back into the magical alluvial forest.Past the natural monument "Black Hole", which according to a legend is unfathomable deep and has a kettle full of gold in it, a wide forest path brings you to the Großer Tännigweiher. At its end, it goes again into the forest to a dune, which, located in the middle of the dense trees, is certainly good for a surprise for you too. At the Kleiner Tännigweiher, which is only a few meters later in sight, you can take another break.Winding paths lead past several lakes again. After crossing the street, the destination is in sight. Before you head home again, the quarry pond lures you for a refreshment or the climbing forest, if you are looking for more activity.
Real nature lovers often come to the Lauerbachtal. Here there is peace like hardly anywhere else. And with its almost twelve kilometers, this tour can be mastered perfectly in one day.Right in front of the town hall at the entrance to Hambach, you lace up your hiking boots and start walking. Once over the Marienbach and past the grotto of the same name, you disappear into the forest. In the relaxed up and down, you always hike along the slope of the Geißberg. The Geißberg fountain, which you will encounter on the way, provides refreshment, which is particularly useful on hot days.You finally reach the lower Lauerbachgrund via a narrow path and a bridge. Here civilization beckons again - you cross the village of Dittelbrunn once and have the opportunity to stop off at the Almrausch inn. It is right on the edge of the forest - and that's exactly where the path leads you.On the Haardtberg you walk under a mix of hornbeam, spruce, oak and occasional larch trees. The untouched nature is only briefly interrupted by the beer garden at the Schießhaus - then it goes steeply down into the Lauerbachgrund. The stream provides pure idyll, the sun's rays are reflected in the water, the path soon leads out of the valley and into the wide meadows of the upper Lauerbach valley. Always along the stream and finally past the Lauerbach chapel, the path finally climbs again slightly. This last part of the tour gives you great views - to the west the view extends over the expanses of the Wern Valley. Finally, you hike along the outskirts and through the forest back to your starting point at the town hall.
A wonderful circular hike awaits you at Lake Ellertshausen. As Lower Franconia's largest reservoir, it has a lot to offer. The fact that it is not natural is no longer noticeable, it fits so beautifully into its picturesque surroundings.You start your hike at the parking lot of the Seeblick restaurant. Here you can stop at the end of your tour to try a few delicacies from the region. But now you first hike either clockwise or counterclockwise, depending on your mood.In the case described here, you run against the direction of the pointer and first go to the top of the dam, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lake. After the dam, the south bank is reached. You follow the path to the right, walk across a lawn and suddenly you are on the somewhat pristine bank. Again and again, small paths lead down to the water and you can quietly watch rare bird species that enjoy the tranquility here.After crossing the dam between the Ellertshäuser See and the so-called Vorsee, you walk along the northwestern side of the lake. You will also pass a large sailing bay and soon you will see the first quiet areas and footbridges where you can also take a break. With its nature trail and playground at the end, this section is particularly interesting for families. Sooner or later he will lead you back to the starting point.
The ferry trail not only lets you cross the Main in a particularly nice way, but also shows you something of the wonderful nature on its banks in between. On the way between Wipfeld and Fahr, you have three opportunities to cross over - how and when you do it is up to you.It starts in the charming Wipfeld - preferably directly with a ferry passage. While you are sailing across the river, you can see the former monastery of St. Ludwig in front of you and behind you Wipfeld with the church of St. Johannes enthroned high above the town. Once you have reached the other side of the bank, you will soon hike along the banks of the Main to Stammheim. Immediately after the center of the village, the vineyards lead you straight up to the largest Bocksbeutel in the world and with it to a magnificent view. You walk up and down over grassy paths and through colorful orchards to Fahr.Swinging comfortably over the river again, it is not far from here to Untereisenheim, a historic place that is idyllically situated in the middle of vineyards. A few kilometers later - in Obereisenheim - you have the last chance to cross over by ferry. Otherwise, you follow the Mainleite, enjoy wonderful views and master one last ascent on the Bäckersberg. Past Klingenberg Castle, peacefully slumbering in the forest, you will reach your starting point in Wipfeld again.
Tip: As it is in life, a ferry is also free. To be on the safe side, please inform yourself about the travel times before your hike. It is best to do this on the respective Facebook page of the Wipfeld ferry, the Obereisenheim ferry and the Fahr ferry.
The Burgherrenblick circuit combines all the advantages of the region: wonderful views, magical forests and lively bubbling water. You will also end up on the Zabelstein, one of the most famous elevations in the Steigerwald. To do this, you start your hike directly at the town hall in Donnersdorf. Over a short ascent you march up to the Falkenberg, where you have a unique view: At the transition between forest and vineyard, you can see the vineyard houses that are so typical of the region and the vineyards with their old vines.Immersed in the forest, it goes up again - the Zabelstein wants to be fought for. An impressive castle ruin awaits you up there, which rewards the efforts of the ascent together with the magnificent view of the Rhön. It is up to you whether you take a break here or just keep walking. In any case, a path takes you down to Neuhof. It meanders over a plateau that connects to the place, where you again open up a spectacular panorama.Over the Störgrund and then in a zigzag over (orchard) meadows you will soon find yourself in Hundelshausen. On the edge of the slope of the Bimbachtal, through which the greenish shimmering Bimbach flows, you will be amazed at the dreamy landscape. At a small lake you finally cross the stream and from then on always keep in the direction of Traustadt.The Trinity Chapel, which stands on the northern outskirts of Traustadt, invites you to take a rest. Here you look again at the Steigerwald, back to the Falkenberg and the Zabelstein that you just climbed. The Traustädter Wald then leads you into the valley of the Tiefenseebächlein, from where you finally hike back over the open landscape to your starting point.
Ranger - this is not a new sport that you are reading about right now, but the name of the round trip you are going on today. It leads you deep into the forest and past many a historical highlight.The round trip begins right in the Handthal - the large parking lot is a popular starting point for many hikes. First you take the narrow path that leads towards the village. In the middle of it you keep to the right to hike through the forest, which smells wonderfully of wild garlic in spring, to the Magdalenenkreuz. Once at the top, you have successfully completed the biggest climb of the tour and enjoy a wonderful panorama over Handthal and the slope of the Stollberg with its ruins at the cross.It goes a little higher - but it happens so gently that you will hardly notice it. And you are already standing at the stone cross. It marks the historic Rennweg Würzburg-Bamberg and, if you have provisions with you, is of course perfect for a break. Under mighty beeches you then trudge on to the Murrleinsnesthütte, a refuge that is hidden behind a mountain spur and is particularly convenient on rainy days.The types of paths now alternate. It goes over narrow paths and wide forest roads. Another highlight awaits you: the Stollburg castle ruins. The old tower suddenly transports you to a different time and also brings you good news: From now on it’s only going downhill. First down a staircase to Weinberg, then back towards Handthal and past the Brunnenhof, which tempts you with regional delicacies, back to your starting point.