A cycling tour for connoisseurs, culture lovers and nature lovers.
Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed, depending on the capacity.
Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.
There are 18 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the station.
From the station about 200 m, then turn right to Schweinfurter Straße, from here follow the "Weinradweg am Main". It is marked with a blue M and 6 green dots.
In the direction of the motorway (A70), you then join the "Weinradweg am Main". It is marked with a blue M and 6 green dots.
Between Unterhaid and Stettfeld, even before you see the slopes of Spitzelberg and Kunkelsbühl in the distance, you can stop off at the Wagner Winery. You are welcome with prior telephone arrangement. (Tel. 09503 8771, Hallstadter Straße 5, 96173 Oberhaid-Staffelbach) Otherwise you are catered for Thursdays to Saturdays between 10 am and 5 pm.
In Ebelsbach, turn right and follow the "Ebelsbach-Breitbrunn cycle path" for about 900 m to Gleisenau Castle.
The manorial estate came into the possession of cathedral dean Otto Groß von Trockau, a member of an ancient Franconian noble family, in 1767. He had the moated castle, which had been there since 1548, demolished and the three-storey manor house built in early classicist style. In the second half of the 20th century, the castle served as a company training centre until it was taken over by the Ebelsbach municipality in 1994. Until 2013, the castle housed a primary school. Today, the municipal administration works in the outbuildings.
The castle chapel and the castle park are freely accessible.
Georg Schäfer Str. 56
We return the same way and continue on the "Wine Cycle Path along the Main" in the direction of Haßfurt to Zeil am Main.
Numerous wineries, wine farms and wine taverns vie for your attention. Just to name a few: the Restaurant Berninger winery, the Frankenweingut and the Heckenwirtschaft Bauerschmitt.
The cycle path leads you into the town centre of Zeil to the market square with its historic half-timbered architecture. Only a few metres away you can already recognise the Witches' Tower.
Zeil am Main was once heavily involved in the history of the "witch hunt". In the "Zeil Witch Tower" documentation centre, the history of the "witch hunt" is vividly presented. With the help of individual fates and numerous contemporary documents, the topic is vividly conveyed to the visitor and encourages reflection on mechanisms of exclusion. In addition, the centre also offers space for special exhibitions.
From the Hexenturm, continue out of town on the "Abt-Degen-Weintal-Radweg" to the roundabout. You will pass Café Kolb. Perhaps a good opportunity to let the impressions of the exhibition linger in a cosy atmosphere.
You then take the first exit in the direction of Krum/Königsberg. You cross the state road and follow the "Abt-Degen-Weintal-Radweg" (ADW). You can already see Königsberg Castle from a distance.
The ruins of Königsberg Castle stand on the Schlossberg. The castle probably originated around 900 and was expanded in later centuries. In the 15th century it was further expanded and fortified by the Saxon Elector. The castle was abandoned after 1754 and fell into disrepair. In 1898 the ruins came into the possession of the city of Königsberg. The "Schlossberggemeinde" (Castle Hill Community), founded in 1921 and still active today, set itself the task of clearing the ruins of rubble through voluntary work, rebuilding and maintaining them - as a result of which they are in good condition today. However, only the massive foundation walls and some bastions, the rebuilt watchtower and the bridge spanning the deep moat still bear witness to the former strength. The deep well with the well house on the castle plateau has also been preserved. From the castle hill you have a wide view over the Hassberge mountains.
A restaurant on the castle hill is open daily, except on Tuesdays.
Königsberg i. Bay.
Once in Königsberg, cycle towards the city centre to the market square. Take your bearings from the high church tower.
Here you will find a romantic small town like something out of a picture book - a half-timbered ensemble of European rank. Every half-timbered house in the historic old town, which is a listed building, has its own story.
The birthplace of the famous mathematician and astronomer Regiomontanus is at Salzmarkt 6.
Follow the main road out of town in the direction of Haßfurt. At the crossroads Donzerer Straße turn right into the field, here you go downhill, and then at the next opportunity turn left onto the cycle path.
Now simply follow the "Meiningen-Haßfurt cycle path" to Haßfurt, where the last highlight of this tour awaits you.
The landmark and most important building in the historic town of Hassfurt is the late Gothic Knights' Chapel. It was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The name Ritterkapelle (Knight's Chapel) has become established because of the numerous coats of arms that can be found on the cornice of the choir. It is a book of coats of arms of the German nobility that has never been seen. The foundation stone of the choir was laid around 1390, that of the long house in 1431. The sacred building has some valuable works of art. For example, above the door of the west portal is the "Fourth Virtue Man" stretched between the four cardinal virtues, whose symbols are on his hands and feet: Temperance, Justice, Fortitude, Prudence. The late Gothic parish church also houses valuable works by Tilman Riemenschneider, such as the sculptures of John the Baptist and Mary with the Child.
Obere Vorstadt 17
If you want to finish your bike tour in a Franconian inn, we recommend, for example, the Wirtshaus zum Fass at Hauptstraße 59, only 500 metres from the Ritterkapelle.
You can also get to the Bahnhofsstraße via the Hauptstraße, which will take you directly to your train.