A hiking tour for explorers and nature lovers
Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.
From the station, walk in the direction of the Alte Mainbrücke Zellingen, which you also cross. You follow Brückenstraße until you meet Turmstraße, which you turn into. Here you will come straight to Zellingen's historic town hall. Next to it in the former farm building is the tourist information office, where you are welcome from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.
The town hall was built in 1609. The staircase gables and the profiled sandstone window frames are particularly striking. There is also a Julius Echter coat of arms stone on the building. In 1866, the town hall underwent some structural renovations. It was completely renovated in 1963/64.
From the historic town hall, walk back a few steps until you turn left into Turmstraße. This leads you directly to the historic gate tower.
Zellingen's landmark is the medieval gate tower, also called "Ture" by locals. It was built in the 15th century and served as the town gate. Today it still marks the entrance to the old town, the lively centre of Zellingen. In the 18th century, the tower underwent additional alterations and was given a baroque canopy roof.
Exhibitions and public events are held in the gate tower throughout the year. It can also be booked for weddings.
Billingshäuser Str. 2
Now turn into Würzburger Straße, which you follow until you reach the Sanderaustraße intersection. Here you will find today's town hall on the right with the headquarters of the Zellingen administrative community.
From the town hall, follow the signs for the hiking trail through the orchard meadows (red-brown apple) into the Zellingen meadows.
Follow the track, which now leads you along meandering field paths to the Leinach-Erlabrunn cycle path. Here you will encounter an information board and further directional signs.
The route continues close to nature on meadow paths, zigzagging a little. You simply follow your track and the signposts. You walk between fields and fruit trees and come to the ST 2300, which you also cross on your way back to the village. Now follow the Mähderweg back into the village.
If you want to take home a souvenir, it is worthwhile to turn left again from Mähderweg into Leinacher Weg and stop by at Bauermees Fruchtsäfte in Sanderaustraße 3-5. At the Kaffeemittelfabrik & Früchteverwertung A. Bauermees you can get locally produced fruit juices and wines. Open Thursday, Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 12pm.
At the Old Town Hall, the loop of your walk closes and you follow the familiar path to the Old Main Bridge.
The Alte Mainbrücke Zellingen is a truss bridge and was completed in 1884. It was originally a road bridge, but is now closed to car traffic and is still used by pedestrians and cyclists. It connects Zellingen and Retzbach across the Main.
From the bridge you have a great view up the Main towards Würzburg. You can see the silhouettes of Retzbach with the Benediktushöhe and Zellingen on both sides and watch the ships passing through.
Zellingen Bridge, 97225 Zellingen
Follow the pedestrian path from the old Main bridge through Bahnhofstraße and after about 800 metres straight to Retzbach-Zellingen railway station.
If you are hungry after your hike, we recommend the Vogelsang restaurant, which is located on the right-hand side of the Main bridge on the Retzbach bank.
Hotel-Gasthof Vogelsang, Untere Hauptstraße 9-11, 97225 Retzbach. Here you can enjoy homemade spaetzle and hearty meat dishes. Of course, vegetarians also get their money's worth.