Vogelinsel, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland Historische Altstadt von Windsbach, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland Infopoint zur Vogelinsel im Altmühlsee, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland Wasserschloss ins Sommersdorf, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Unterer Stadtturm in Wolframs-Eschenbach, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland AIZ Eingang in Muhr a.See, Foto: Hilde Bickel, Lizenz: TV Fränkisches Seenland Wasserschloss Sommersdorf, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland Weißes Schloss in Triesdorf, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland
Bycicle tour

Between Altmühl, Wieseth and Mönchswald

Castles
Exhibitions
Culturally Important

This extensive e-bike tour through the countryside, starting at the Altmühlsee lake, offers you many a cultural and historical treat: Old castles, colourful birds and poetry from the High Middle Ages.

Start
Muhr am See
Duration
6 h
Distance
44 km
Key facts of the tour
This extensive e-bike tour through the countryside offers you many a cultural and historical tidbit. At the start and finish in Muhr am See, you will sharpen your senses for the local birdlife right at the beginning, so that you may make some ornithological discoveries in the hours that follow.

But you will certainly discover architecture from many centuries. Castles and villages characterised by the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods. And in Wolframs-Eschenbach you will enter the fascinating world of probably the most important poet of the High Middle Ages.

Train/capacity utilisation note: When the weather is fine and at weekends, especially during the holiday months, there is an increased number of bicycles on the trains. The carriage of bicycles cannot be guaranteed. To be on the safe side, always plan a travelling time buffer.
A cycle tour for nature lovers and culture vultures

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take your own bike with you, depending on capacity utilisation.

Start and end station

Start station
6 tour steps
44 km / 6 Stunden
End station

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

Schedule

Tour starts on

Direction

After a short walk from the railway station, you can hire bikes for this tour. But please book your bikes in advance.

Bicycle service station Muhr am See

Bahnhofstraß2 25
91735
Muhr am See

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG

Direction

From the station it is approx. 750 metres on foot via Bahnhofstraße. At the end of Bahnhofstraße, turn left into Fichtenstraße and you will reach the bike hire shop.

Bicycle hire Rudolf Krüger

Bicycles, e-bikes, children's bikes and some child seats can be hired from Rudolf Krüger. Bicycles and e-bikes can also be repaired here.

Fichtenstr. 3
91735
Muhr am See

Phone: 09831 5389
Unterer Stadtturm in Wolframs-Eschenbach, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland

Direction

Now we cycle to our first destination, which is still in Muhr am See.

Altmühlsee Information Centre (AIZ)

Culture and nature come together at the AIZ in Muhr a.See. Since 2004, the Altmühlsee Festival has been held on the open-air stage every year from the end of June to the end of July. The audience can look forward to family theatre, modern interpretations of classical texts and plays that are critical of the times.

In the environmental centre of the Bavarian Bird Protection Association (LBV), a permanent multimedia exhibition provides information about the special habitat of the Altmühlsee. Many bird species, some of which are highly endangered, can be observed on the lake and the bird island. An overview of current sightings can be found on the Internet. The LBV offers guided tours of the bird island nature reserve on the Altmühlsee. (Tel. 09831 4820)

Schlossstraße 2-4
91735
Muhr am See

Contact person: Municipality of Muhr am See
Phone: 09831 619560
Monday: 09:30am - 12:30pm
Tuesday: 09:30am - 12:30pm
Wednesday: 09:30am - 12:30pm
Thursday: 09:30am - 12:30pm
Friday: 09:30am - 12:30pm
AIZ Eingang in Muhr a.See, Foto: Hilde Bickel, Lizenz: TV Fränkisches Seenland
Vom Aussichtsturm Vogelinsel, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland

Direction

Now you're probably curious to see the Altmühlsee for yourself. To do so, cross the Altmühl and cycle between the river and the Nesselbach tributary to the western shore, which is also very close to the 200-hectare Vogelinsel nature reserve. On this section, you follow the "Tore-Türme-Schlösser" circular cycle route. It leads along the lakeshore and then along the Altmühlzuleiter, which you cross at the beer garden near Mörsach.

You cycle towards Arberg, where the cycle path leads to "die Heide", one of the largest contiguous forest areas in Franconia. From here, the route continues to Burgstallmühle, where you leave the Tore-Türme-Schlösser cycle path and cross the Wieseth to Voggendorf.

Now you cycle through a peaceful landscape of fields, forests and meadows, past a frog pond to Großenried and over the Altmühl to Kleinried.

You are now back on the Tore-Türme-Schlösser cycle route. Another kilometre along the edge of the forest and you will reach your second destination: the moated castle in a small village with the beautiful name of Sommersdorf.

Sommersdorf moated castle

The moated castle in Sommersdorf looks back on more than 600 years of history. It was built around 1400 for the lords of Sommersdorf. In the following centuries, extensions were added, such as the outbuildings, upper storeys in half-timbered construction and a farmyard. The corner tower was given a canopy roof in 1722 and at the end of the 19th century the old drawbridge was replaced by a stone bridge.

The humanist Albrecht von Eyb was born in the moated castle in 1420. 130 years later, in 1550, Wolf von Crailsheim zu Neuhaus acquired the castle. The von Crailsheims were one of the most important imperial knightly families in Franconia, and their descendants still live in and look after the moated castle today, which they converted into holiday flats in parts from the 1990s onwards.

Phone: 09805 91920
Email Address: Crailsheim-von-Manfred@t-online.de
Wasserschloss Sommersdorf, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland

Direction

From Sommersdorf, you cycle along the Tore-Türme-Schlösser cycle path via Irrebach to Weidenbach. Cycle westwards through open fields. In Triesdorf, the cycle path then takes you to your third destination: the White Castle.

White Castle in Triesdorf

The Margraves of Ansbach adorned their summer residence in Weidenbach-Triesdorf with numerous magnificent Baroque and Rococo buildings, including the White Palace. It was built in 1682 by extending the old castle estate and was extended several times up until 1776. The two-winged complex includes a simple main building with a hipped roof and stepped tower, a front garden with a fountain, a main garden to the north and an ice cellar in the nearby state forest.

The White Castle served the Margraves of Ansbach as a hunting lodge for the numerous hunting parties in Triesdorf. Today, it is used for domestic science and nutrition, as the Bavarian State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has housed parts of the State Academy for Agriculture in the castle.

Schlossallee 1
91746
Weidenbach

Weißes Schloss in Triesdorf, Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland

Direction

The next stage takes you westwards on the Tore-Türme-Schlösser cycle path and northwards from Merkendorf.

After Weidenbach-Triesdorf, which is characterised by Baroque and Rococo, Wolframs-Eschenbach awaits you with a townscape shaped by the Gothic and Renaissance eras. For over 600 years, the Teutonic Order ruled over the small town, which was then still called Obereschenbach.

Around the time when the Counts of Wertheim handed the town over to the Roman Catholic Order, Eschenbach's most famous son died and the town was renamed Wolframs-Eschenbach in his honour in 1917.

Wolfram von Eschenbach Museum in Wolframs-Eschenbach

Wolfram von Eschenbach is the most important German-language poet of the High Middle Ages. He enriched Middle German literature with some of its most important lyrical poems and epic works. First and foremost is his main work Parzival, which is the first German-language work to take up the motif of the Holy Grail. Richard Wagner used it as the source for his opera Parsifal. The medieval poet also appears as a character in his opera Tannhäuser.

A museum is dedicated to Wolfram von Eschenbach in his place of origin. Scenes and motifs from his great works "Parzival" and "Willehalm" as well as from his songs are visualised here. The result is an unusual documentation of the work, thoughts and personality of a poet. The tour through this museum is designed as an enjoyable journey through literature.

Wolfram-von-Eschenbach-Platz 9
91639
Wolframs-Eschenbach

Phone: 09875 975534
01.04. - 31.10.
Tuesday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Thursday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Friday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Saturday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Sunday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm and 10:30am - 12:00pm
01.11. - 31.03.
Saturday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Sunday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Foto: TV Fränkisches Seenland

Tour ends on

Direction

Head out of the town in a southerly direction, cycling through the slightly hilly Mönchswald forest and along the Nesselbach stream until you arrive back at your starting point in Muhr am See.

If you fancy a bite to eat, you have the opportunity to savour a special treat at the beginning and end of this last stage. The "Alte Vogtei" (Hauptstraße 21, 91639 Wolframs-Eschenbach, tel. 09875 968880) in the former seat of the Teutonic Knights in Wolframs-Eschenbach serves world Franconian cuisine made from regional products with a variety of international influences.

In the traditional Franconian inn "Zum Hirschen" in Muhr am See, you can expect Franconian specialities with seasonal products from the region around the Altmühlsee and from the Altmühltal (Ansbacher Straße 4, 91735 Muhr am See, Tel. 09831 3940).

Tour map

Start/Ende

Bahnhof

91735 Muhr am See

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