Heimatspiel in Münnerstadt, Foto: GrafikDesign Schikora Jörgentor und Zehntscheune in Münnerstadt, Foto: GrafikDesign Schikora Münnerstadt, Foto: Christine Schikora Marktplatz Münnerstadt, Foto: GrafikDesign Schikora Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak_Deutsche Bahn AG Foto: pixabay Oberes Tor Münnerstadt, Foto: Münnerstadt Stadtpfarrkirche St. Maria Magdalena, Foto: Christine Schikora
Bycicle tour

Through the green Saale meadows to Münnerstadt

Historically Relevant
Churches & Monasteries
Culturally Important
Animals & Nature

This cycle tour from Bad Neustadt takes you along the idyllic banks of the Saale and through the green Lauertal valley to Münnerstadt. Once there, you will learn all about the role of the Teutonic Order.

Bad Neustadt a.d.Saale
3 h
26 km
Key facts of the tour
Water, wide Saale meadows, fresh air and a journey through time. From Bad Neustadt an der Saale, you cycle an easy tour through the lush green landscape of the banks of the Saale and the Lauer Valley. In Münnerstadt, you immerse yourself in the history of the medieval town. At the end of the tour, the town offers good Franconian cuisine.
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
Bad Neustadt (Saale)
5 tour steps
26 km / 3 Stunden
End station
Bad Neustadt (Saale)

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


Tour starts on Bad Neustadt (Saale)


DB bicycle service station Bad Neustadt

There are bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the railway station.

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak_Deutsche Bahn AG


The bike hire shop Gaul eMotion - EBikePro is located 2.5 kilometres from the station at Haydnstraße 1, but you can take the hourly Nessi 1 bus from the station to the Hedwig-Fischer-Straße stop. From there it is only 179 metres to the bike shop.

The availability of the bikes should be checked online in advance and the hire bikes should also be booked online.

It is best to check the bus timetable of Stadtwerke Bad Neustadt online beforehand.

Gaul eMotion - Ebikepro

If you want to "ride" the Röhn from Bad Neustadt and are looking for a good bike hire company, Gaul eMotion Ebikepro is the right place for you. More than 30 bikes are available. Touring trekking bikes, mountain bikes and "high-end" mountain bikes. Whether it's a day trip or a longer tour, cyclists are guaranteed to find the right bike here and will also receive expert advice. The bike models and their availability can be viewed and booked online.

Haydnstr. 1
Bad Neustadt an der Saale

Phone: 09771 6370383
01.03. - 31.10.
Monday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
01.11. - 28.02.
Tuesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 01:00pm
Foto: pixabay


You cycle south-west out of the city and along the Saale for a while to the Fränkische Saalebrücke bridge. After crossing the river, you cycle through the Lauertal valley. You pass Niederlauer and Burglauer and cycle parallel to the railway line into Münnerstadt. Only at the southern exit of the old town centre do you reach the Oberes Tor Münnerstadt.

Upper gate Münnerstadt

Whether Jörgentor, Dicker Turm or Unteres Tor, they are all impressive and are landmarks of Münnerstadt. But the Upper Gate towers above them all. With its 36 metre high gate tower, it also has one of the highest gate towers in Franconia. Together with the Fat Tower, the Upper Gate is one of the oldest town gates in Münnerstadt. Both were built in the middle of the 13th century. Münnerstadt itself was first mentioned in documents in the 8th century. Five of the six storeys of the tower of the Upper Gate date back to the 13th century. The sixth was added later and contained the tower guard's flat. The stone gutters at the sides once guided the portcullis. The statues of the Virgin Mary above the archways on both sides date from the 14th century.
The tower is adorned with a ridge turret with a bell from the 17th century.

Veit-Stoß-Str. 43

Oberes Tor Münnerstadt, Foto: Münnerstadt


Old Town. The well-kept historic half-timbered houses are lined up in an atmospheric row, opening up the streets here and there to small squares and idyllic corners. If you drive further into the centre, you will come directly to the church of St. Mary Magdalene.

Parish church of St Mary Magdalene

The Knights of the Teutonic Order had the church built around 1230. The west portal dates back to this time. In 1490, sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider was commissioned to create an altarpiece, the Magdalene altarpiece (also known as the Münnerstadt altarpiece). The 15 metre high relief panel for St. Mary Magdalene was possibly Riemenschneider's first high altar. Today's retable is a reconstruction of Riemenschneider's work made in the 1970s by the sculptor Lothar Bühner. His altarpiece was divided into individual parts and sold in 1649, after the end of the Thirty Years' War. Two parts of it are now in the National Museums in Berlin. There are also originals in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich. However, some parts have been lost.
The copy is based on Riemenschneider's work and is just as impressive in artistic and cultural-historical terms. An original work from Riemenschneider's circle from the period immediately after 1500 can be seen on the triumphal arch above the altar of celebration: a depiction of Anna Selbdritt in Riemenschneider's late style. The Pieta next to the image of St Anne was created after 1550 and there are other precious religious artefacts and religious images from the 15th and 16th centuries to admire. The atmosphere of the church invites you to treat yourself to a few minutes of quiet contemplation.

Kirchplatz 7

Stadtpfarrkirche St. Maria Magdalena, Foto: Christine Schikora


Have the medieval town and the impressive church made you curious to find out more about the history of Münnerstadt? Then you now have the opportunity to satisfy your curiosity. Right next to the parish church, on the other side of Schwesterngasse, is the castle of the Teutonic Order with the Henneberg Museum.

Henneberg Museum in the Teutonic Knights' Castle

From 1240 to 1805, the Teutonic Order had a seat in Münnerstadt, in the castle complex of today's Deutschherrenstraße.
The Teutonic Order is a Roman Catholic religious order and successor to the former Order of the Crusaders. In addition to fulfilling charitable tasks, the members of the order were increasingly active in the colonisation of eastern Germany and took part in several wars of conquest.
The Teutonic Order has always been closely linked to the great noble houses.
From the 12th to the middle of the 16th century, Münnerstadt belonged to the domain of the House of Henneberg.
The museum takes visitors on a journey through time into the history of Münnerstadt and the House of Henneberg. The exhibition is lively, rich in stories and contemporary artefacts. The counts, the Augustinians, the Teutonic Knights, craftsmen, citizens and councillors of the town, their work, their working and living conditions are all brought back to life.

There are also natural history and art exhibitions, which always have a connection to Münnerstadt.

Deutschhermstr. 18

Phone: 09733/8105-750
01.01. - 31.12.
Tuesday: 10:00am - 03:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 03:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 03:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 03:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.newYear: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.labDay: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.germanUnity: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.firstChristmasDay: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.secondChristmasDay: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.goodFriday: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.easterSunday: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.easterMonday: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.ascensionDay: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.whitMonday: 12:00pm - 05:00pm
tour.contact.opening-times.reformationDay: 12:00pm - 05:00pm

Tour ends on Bad Neustadt (Saale)


From the castle, head north out of town. At Riemenschneiderstraße 42 you have the opportunity to stop for refreshments. The Hotel and Restaurant Tilman is open daily from 9 am.

Your way back leads parallel to Mainiger Straße, later the railway line to Bad Neustadt, back to the bike hire shop. From there, you can either take the bus or walk through Bad Neustadt's old town towards the railway station. The walk takes about half an hour.

Tour map


Bad Neustadt (Saale)

Siemensstr. 12

97616 Bad Neustadt a.d.Saale

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