Malerwinkelhaus, Marktbreit Cafe╠ü im Malerwinkelhaus Blick auf die Giebel an der R├╝ckseite des Renaissance-Rathauses Die Kreuzkapelle Obernbreit Breitbach, Renaissance-Rathauses, Kunstwerk Der Schlo├čplatz mit dem Seinsheimischen Schloss und der Kirche St. Nikolai Der Schlo├čplatz mit dem Seinsheimischen Schloss und der Kirche St. Nikolai Synagoge Die Marktstrasse fuehrt links vom Rathaus rechts in Richtung Schlossplatz Die Kreuzkapelle Obernbreit Synagoge, Aussenfassade Malerwinkelhaus Links das Renaissance-Rathaus mit der St.-Georgs-Figur an der S├╝dostecke. Im Hintergrund das Maintor Der Schlo├čplatz mit dem Seinsheimischen Schloss und der Kirche St. Nikolai

Dream Tour Marktbreit - Obernbreit

This tour at the southernmost point of the Main triangle is a fantastic interplay of art, culture, nature and landscape. Stunning views from the Main valley to the Steigerwald forest await you.

5 h
11 km
Key facts of the tour
The hike at the southernmost point of the Main triangle captivates with a variety of experiences from natural beauty, culture and art. The once important trading town of Marktbreit and Markt Obernbreit are surrounded by romantic paths and hiking trails with stunning views from the Main valley to the Steigerwald forest.

On your way you will see the St. Cross Chapel, the former synagogue with its cup stone and 10-metre-deep mikvah (ritual bath), the Obernbreit Renaissance town hall with the bronze sculpture "Hucklk├Ątz". You hike through the vineyard "Obernbreiter Kanzel", where a unique view to the Schwanberg as well as into the wine paradise and the Uffenheimer Gau awaits you.
A hiking tour for nature lovers and explorers

Start and end station

Start station
5 tour steps
11 km / 5 Stunden
End station

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


Tour starts on


From the station square, turn left and cross the railway tracks in a southerly direction.

From the Einheimer Steige road, choose the turnoff to the left and now hike along the edge of the forest and along fields towards the east and towards Obernbreit.

You are already walking a little uphill here and with a beautiful view far into the landscape of the Maindreieck.

After about two kilometres, you will pass the Galgenbergbr├╝nnle, which is surrounded by small walls, is somewhat hidden in the grass and has a little water.

If you follow the road straight on, you will reach the Obernbreit cemetery, at the end of which you will stand in front of the Kreuzkapelle. This was a place of pilgrimage centuries ago.

Holy Cross Chapel

The first documented mention of the chapel is in 1301, here still as "Church of the Holy Cross". It served as a pilgrimage chapel. In 1584, the cemetery was laid out around the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The cemetery around the parish church in the centre of the village was closed. In 1590, the new churchyard received its gate. In 1595, the little church was renovated, the nave was raised and Gothic tracery windows were inserted. The entrance was moved to the north side, perhaps due to the installation of a new gallery.

On 25 July 1699, the church bell rang for the first time in the Obernbreit cemetery. In 1716, the church received an organ. In 1783, the cemetery was extended by about 1,000 square metres and walled in. In 1961 the cemetery chapel was renovated again and in 1974 the electric ringing system was installed.

On 5 and 6 March 1942, the bell of the cemetery chapel, together with two bells of the parish church cast in 1892, had been confiscated by the Nazi rulers for the war economy. Only the cemetery bell returned on 21 September 1947 and was led in solemn procession to the cemetery chapel.

Between 2009 and 2010, the chapel was once again thoroughly renovated and restored.

Die Kreuzkapelle Obernbreit


After crossing under the railway line, you will reach Enheimer Stra├če in the village of Obernbreit. Follow the road until you can turn left into Kirchgasse. A little further ahead you will find Obernbreit's former synagogue.

Former synagogue

In 1748, the Jewish religious community of Obernbreit built a synagogue and used it until the dissolution of the community in 1911. The following year, the building was sold and changed owners six times in the course of 100 years.

It was used as a barn, repair workshop and storage room. Each user rebuilt it to suit their needs, removing parts and installing new ones. A large opening was broken into the southern fa├žade to allow large agricultural equipment to enter, the cellar neck above the entrance to the mikvah was filled in to gain space, and the floor was given a thick concrete covering. A mezzanine floor was added so that almost nothing on the inside or outside of the building reminded anyone of a synagogue.

In painstaking research work, the interior of the former synagogue could be partially reconstructed. Records from an old family chronicle as well as research within the framework of a doctoral thesis were helpful here.

An old wedding stone (chuppa stone) in the shape of a Star of David was found in the walls of the synagogue. The original mikveh, the ritual bath, was uncovered in 2007 and is unique in Lower Franconia in this state of preservation.

An der Synagoge 1

Synagoge, Aussenfassade


You cross the village in a northerly direction, pass the market square and the sculpture "Hucklk├Ątz" in front of the town hall, which is a reminder of Obernbreit's former village life.

On the Kitzinger Stra├če you walk out of the village again. Here the road now climbs well uphill.

In the middle of Obernbreit's wine-growing area, you will reach the "Obernbreiter Kanzel" (Obernbreit Pulpit) via the Rebsortenweg (vineyard path). Wine has been grown here for centuries. From the viewing platform of the pulpit you have an impressive view into the Breitbach valley and over to the Steigerwald.

A little further on, a view of the Schwanberg is impressive.
Past meadow orchards and in the shade of the forest, the path crosses the Schwedengraben.

Now you hike above Marktbreit with a wonderful view of the Main, especially from the hill of the St. Moritz Chapel.

Via the stairs at the Stutz, you enter Marktbreit again. Where the Kapellensteige meets the Bachgasse, near the town hall, is the Malerwinkelhaus museum.

Museum Malerwinkelhaus and Main Gate

The Malerwinkelhaus, situated on the Breitbach and originally dating back to the 17th century, forms a unique ensemble with the Main Gate, which was built around 1600.

While the building served for centuries as a general shop and commercial building, it has housed the Malerwinkelhaus Museum of the town of Marktbreit since its restoration in 1991. It houses the social and cultural history permanent exhibition "Frauen-Zimmer. Lebensstationen in einer fr├Ąnkischen Kleinstadt" and the permanent archaeological exhibition "R├Âmerkabinett".

Changing special exhibitions on cultural-historical topics complement the programme.

Bachgasse 2

Phone: 09332 40546
Saturday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Sunday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm


After a few steps you have reached Marktbreit's town hall.

Renaissance Town Hall

The Renaissance-style town hall was built in 1579/81 according to plans and under the guidance of the stonemason and master craftsman Hans Keesenbrod from Segnitz.

Marktbreit was an important trading centre between W├╝rzburg and Regensburg in the Middle Ages.
The house was a multifunctional building, with a market hall in the basement, council chamber and consistory chamber on the upper floor.

On the corner, as well as on the gable end, rises the statue of the knight St. George killing the lindworm with his lance as a landmark of the market town. The statue of St. George on the gable was the symbol of the customs right for shipping on the Main and was visible to the boatmen on the river from afar. The statue at the corner of the town hall symbolised market justice. On the first floor is the festival hall and the richly paneled former council hall, now the wedding hall.

Marktstr. 4

Phone: 09332 405-0
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Links das Renaissance-Rathaus mit der St.-Georgs-Figur an der S├╝dostecke. Im Hintergrund das Maintor


Now follow Marktstra├če southwards and you will reach Schlossplatz, where you will stand in front of Seinsheim Castle.

Seinsheim Castle

The Seinsheim Palace was built in 1580 for the imperial and prince-bishop councillor Georg Ludwig von Seinsheim (1514 - 1591). It was a representative building in the style and spirit of the Renaissance.

From 1865, Seinsheim's castle became Schwarzenberg's official residence with the seat of the district administrator. After a renovation in 1994, today there is a caf├ę and a wine bar on the ground floor and the municipal library and the municipal archives on the ground floor.


Phone: 09332 591595
Der Schlo├čplatz mit dem Seinsheimischen Schloss und der Kirche St. Nikolai

Tour ends on


Through Bahnhofstra├če you reach Marktbreit station.

It is recommended to stop off at the excellent Marktbreit gastronomy. For example, the restaurant directly in Marktbreit Castle, where you can enjoy seasonal and Franconian cuisine.

Or you can stop off in Bahnhofstra├če at the Fr├Ąnkischer Hof restaurant, where a selection of hearty and refined dishes awaits you.

Tour map



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