Kloster Banz Rathaus Bad Staffelstein Nedensdorf Altstadt Bad Staffelstein Main Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Foto: HaraldLandsrath/pixabay.com Kloster Banz Foto: katjasv/pixabay.com

On a Banz Tour to Baroque and Beer

Franconian half-timbered villages and a famous monastery

Bad Staffelstein
3 h
21 km
Key facts of the tour
Admittedly - this cycle tour in the district of Lichtenfels is quite a short route at around 23 kilometres. But the route is not without its difficulties, because the detour to the former Banz Monastery is steeply uphill, and there is also a steep descent near Nedensdorf. You cycle through the Banz forest and discover pretty Franconian half-timbered villages.

Did you know that our starting point Bad Staffelstein can call itself Adam Riese City? The famous master of arithmetic was born in the Upper Franconian town in 1492, before he moved to Erfurt in Thuringia. So let's go to the Adam Riese town!
A cycling tour for families, nature lovers, explorers and culture lovers.

Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on the trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed, depending on the capacity.

Start and end station

Start station
Bahnhof Bad Staffelstein

5 tour steps
21 km / 3 Stunden
End station
Bahnhof Bad Staffelstein

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.


Tour starts on Bahnhof Bad Staffelstein


From the train station it is only a good kilometre to the bike rental.

DB Bicycle Service Hbf. Bad Staffelstein

Bicycle parking and toilets are available.

Bahnhofstr. 101
Bad Staffelstein

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


Follow Bahnhofstraße, turn right into Am Unteren Lauterdamm and then walk along the path by Lauterbach to the company Radsport Höppel, which offers bikes for sale and hire in Bad Staffelstein's old fire station. If you want to be on the safe side, reserve your desired bike for the Banz tour in advance.

Höppel cycling

The bike shop is located just a few steps away from the tourist information office in the old fire station. Whether you want to be sporty or take a leisurely bike tour, you will find the right rental bike here.

Angerstr. 4
Bad Staffelstein

Phone: 09573 6022
Email Address: info@radsport-hoeppel.de
Monday: 10:00am - 06:30pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 06:30pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 06:30pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 06:30pm
Friday: 10:00am - 06:30pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 02:30pm
Foto: HaraldLandsrath/pixabay.com


Now cycle back to the station, through the subway and on the cycle path alongside the road to Unnersdorf. You pass the bridge over the Main River and hospitable houses on its banks. At the end of the village, turn right to Neubanz and cycle up to the former Banz monastery.

Banz Monastery Educational Centre

Banz Monastery is a former Benedictine monastery. It was founded in 1070 and was an important religious and cultural centre in the region until its secularisation in 1803.

The monastery building is an important example of southern German baroque architecture. The monumental complex with its two church towers on the hill can be seen from afar. Today it houses the modern education and meeting centre of the Hanns Seidel Foundation as well as a museum. The monastery church is particularly worth seeing, with its magnificent stucco work and frescoes. The museum in the consular building in front of the church tells the story of the monastery and displays a fossil collection and an oriental collection. Changing special exhibitions present contemporary art.

Today, Banz Monastery is also a popular destination for tourists and pilgrims interested in history, art and culture.

Kloster Banz 1
Bad Staffelstein

Phone: 09573 5992
01.03. - 30.11.
Tuesday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Kloster Banz


From Neubanz you cycle through the beautiful Banz forest and along the MĂĽhlgraben to Altenbanz. Here the church of St. Laurentius is more than worth a look.

Church of St. Laurentius Altenbanz

The Roman Catholic parish church of St. Laurentius dates back to a stone church around the year 800. The nave consists of white plastered chunk masonry. The red-painted edges and the eaves cornice are striking. Inside, the high altar from 1700 by a Bamberg artist and the pulpit are worth seeing.

Laurentiusstr. 12

Bad Staffelstein, OT Altenbanz

Phone: 09573 5992
Email Address: st-laurentius.altenbanz@erzbistum-bamberg.de


If you now turn left into Stadeler Weg, you will reach a so-called Flurbereinigungsweg on the right, which you follow into the village of Stadel. The people of Stadel are proud of their renovated village community centre in the former fire station in the centre of the village. Now cycle along the road Unter den Linden and another land consolidation path between the fields towards Nedensdorf. You cross the state road and stand in front of the so-called Gypsy lime tree. This solitary, ancient lime tree even featured in the famous cinema film "Luther - Der Film". In the scene, Luther was almost struck by lightning and thus became a humble monk. Right next to this natural monument there is a covered rest area for hikers and cyclists. Now the route continues across the Brunngraben into Nedensdorf. A mini detour on the right leads you to a viewing platform from which you have a great view of the Main and the Bad Staffelsteiner Seenplatte.

Are you starting to get hungry? No problem! You can stop off at the Nedensdorfer Brauerei-Gasthof Reblitz when the opening hours are just right.

Brauerei-Gasthof Reblitz Nedensdorf near Bad Staffelstein

This traditional establishment offers the best Franconian cuisine and brewing skills. Since 1805, the inn has held the right to brew and serve beer. In the meantime, the brewery and inn are being run by the seventh and eighth generations. The beers brewed here are served in the inn and sold in kegs, such as the dark country beer, "Reblitz Hell" or "Weizenbock". All beers are natural and unfiltered.

Franconian specialities are served in the pub - from snacks to roasts. The owners attach great importance to regional food: the game comes from their own forests, the freshwater fish from local ponds, cheese products from the local cooperative and meat from the butcher.

In summer, the sun terrace in the Kastanienhof and in winter the cosy, warm tiled stove in the rustic dining room offer the most beautiful places for culinary enjoyment.

Am Mahlberg 1

Nedensdorf bei Bad Staffelstein

Phone: 09573 96500
Email Address: info@brauerei-reblitz.de
Tuesday: 04:00pm - 09:00pm
Wednesday: 04:00pm - 09:00pm
Thursday: 04:00pm - 09:00pm
Friday: 04:00pm - 09:00pm
Saturday: 03:00pm - 08:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 08:00pm
Foto: katjasv/pixabay.com

Tour ends on Bahnhof Bad Staffelstein


Well refreshed, you continue on the MainstraĂźe along the river to the bridge. Here the circle closes and you cycle back to Bad Staffelstein and the bike hire shop along the familiar route.

Tour map


Bahnhof Bad Staffelstein

Bahnhofstr. 101

96231 Bad Staffelstein

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