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Destination

Round walk in Markt Bibart

By train into nature to Wolfsee lake, lookout tower and gypsum quarry. In the Steigerwald Nature Park, you will encounter rare wildflowers on your hike in the typical meagre meadows.

Start
Markt Bibart
Duration
3 h
Distance
9 km
Key facts of the tour
Markt Bibart is located in the beautiful Steigerwald Nature Park. Here you are in the midst of lush mixed deciduous forests with strong beeches - primarily oak-hornbeam. On the slopes with the typical meagre meadows, rare wild flowers such as the wild tulip, wild orchids, cowbell and pasque flower thrive. Even the Adonis rose can be found here. The region is characterised by winegrowing and also by the former gypsum quarries, which are now unique biotopes. For example, the Knauf biotope and the Finstersee lake.

On the hike through the Steigerwald, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the impressive landscape from a 20-metre-high observation tower.
A hiking tour for nature lovers

Start and end station

Start station
Markt Bibart Bahnhof
4 tour steps
9 km / 3 Stunden
End station
Markt Bibart Bahnhof

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

Schedule

Tour starts on Markt Bibart Bahnhof

Direction

Starting from the south side of the station, follow the path first to Wolfsee, picturesquely situated on the edge of the forest only 400 m south of Markt Bibart.

Wolfsee near Markt Bibart

The Wolfsee Markt Bibart is surrounded by a hute forest and accessible all year round. Native fish species such as perch, pike, carp, roach, rudd and tench can be found here. From early summer onwards, cattle of the "Franconian Gelbvieh" breed, known for their aromatic meat, graze around the lake.

Phone: 09162 8247
Email Address: info@markt-bibart.de
Wolfsee (Markt Bibart)
Wolfsee (Markt Bibart)

Direction

In the forest, follow a short climb by the quarry to the Hohe Stra├če. There, the municipality's wooden lookout tower rises.

H├╝├čberg lookout tower

The 20-metre-high lookout tower in Markt Bibart offers an impressive panoramic view of the southern Steigerwald. On the upper platform, information boards draw attention to villages and vineyards and thus allow good orientation far into the country. The lookout tower was selected as a nature showcase by the Steigerwald Nature Park, the Southern Steigerwald Local Action Group (LAG) and the Central Franconia Landscape Management Association. It is located directly on the Hohe Stra├če, an ancient military road that was used as a trade route from Frankfurt/Main to Regensburg in the time of the Celts.

Phone: 09162 8247
Email Address: info@markt-bibart.de
Aussichtsturm bei Markt Bibart
Aussichtsturm bei Markt Bibart
Aussichtsturm bei Markt Bibart
Aussichtsturm bei Markt Bibart

Direction

Your path now leads you into a magnificent forest area up to the H├╝├čberg, where through gaps in the forest you can see the Steigerwald heights, Schwanberg, Markt Bibart and its districts above a sea of green forest.

Former gypsum quarry

Abandoned gypsum quarries are a special element of the cultural landscape. The extraction of mineral raw materials close to the surface often creates valuable habitats for nature conservation. The largest area of the former gypsum quarry was backfilled and then afforested with the aim of creating a near-natural forest. Gradually, the initially patchy mixed deciduous forest has developed into a species-rich oak-hornbeam forest. Many butterflies, such as the emperor's cloak, numerous dragonflies, the common centaury, the marsh iris and the rare snowflake feel at home here. The quarry was selected as a nature site by the Steigerwald Nature Park, the local Local Action Group Southern Steigerwald and the Central Franconia Landscape Management Association. Due to the many rare animal and plant species, it is a very sensitive nature area, so it is imperative that hikers stay on the designated paths.

ehemalige Steinbruch bei Markt Bibart
ehemalige Steinbruch bei Markt Bibart
ehemalige Steinbruch bei Markt Bibart

Direction

You continue to follow the route through the mixed deciduous forest in a north-westerly and northerly direction and reach the Finstersee lake along the way. The name may sound sinister, but behind it lies a romantic spot of earth.

Finstersee

Today, Finstersee is a large meadow. Until the 18th century, there really was a lake here with many fish. The meadow owes its name Finstersee to the shady high forest that surrounded the former lake. A former trade route, called Gemeinded├Ąmmchen or Dornheimer Weg, leads across this meadow.

Phone: 09162 8247
Email Address: info@markt-bibart.de
Finstersee bei Markt Bibart

Tour ends on Markt Bibart Bahnhof

Direction

The way back to the station is partly along Gipsstra├če, via the Knauf biotope and Finstersee. If you reach Markt Bibart from the northwest, cross the railway tracks on Jahnstra├če and follow the road until you meet W├╝rzburger Stra├če, here you turn right and walk about 150 metres directly towards the Rotes Ro├č inn.
In this family-run inn you can enjoy Greek or German cuisine. (W├╝rzburger Stra├če 2, 91477 Markt Bibart; Tel: 09162 9282430, opening hours: Mon - Fri from 3:30pm, Sat/Sun from 10:30am, Sat from 1pm - 4pm lunch break).

Before you start your return journey from the inn, take a look at St. Mary's Church, which Julius Echter had built here in 1614 in the course of the Counter-Reformation. After about 400 metres, the Bahnhofstra├če will take you to the station and your train.

Tour map

Start/Ende

Markt Bibart Bahnhof

Bahnhofstra├če 12

91477 Markt Bibart

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