97616 Bad Neustadt a.d.Saale
A cycling tour for nature lovers and culture enthusiasts.
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 is bicycle parking in the immediate vicinity of the station.
The bike rental shopGaul eMotion - EBikePro is located 2.5 kilometres from the station at Haydnstraße 1. However, you can take the Nessi 1 bus from the station to the Hedwig-Fischer-Straße stop every hour. From there it is only 179 metres to the bike shop.
The availability of the bikes should be checked online in advance and the rental bikes should also be booked online.
It is best to find out online beforehand on the bus timetable of Stadtwerke Bad Neustadt.
If you want to "ride" the Röhn from Bad Neustadt and are looking for a good bike rental, Gaul eMotion Ebikepro is the place to go. 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 is planned, the cyclist is guaranteed to find the right one here and will also receive expert advice. The bike models and their availability can be viewed and booked online.
Bad Neustadt an der Saale
You cycle south-west out of the city and along the Saale for a short distance to the Fränkische Saalebrücke bridge. After crossing the river, you cycle through the Lauertal valley. You pass Niederlauer and Burglauer and ride parallel to the railway line into Münnerstadt. Only at the southern exit of the old town and you come to the Obere Tor Münnerstadt.
Whether Jörgentor, Dicker Turm, 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 Dicken Turm (Thick Tower), the Obere Tor is one of Münnerstadt's oldest town gates. 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 from the 13th century. The sixth was added later and contained the flat of the tower guards. The stone gutters on the sides once guided the portcullis. The figures of the Virgin Mary above the archways on both sides date from the 14th century.
The tower is adorned by a ridge turret with a 17th century bell.
Old Town. Atmospherically, the well-maintained historic half-timbered houses line up, opening up the rows of streets here and there to small squares and idyllic corners. If you continue into the centre, you will come directly to the church of St. Mary Magdalene.
The knights of the Teutonic Order had the church built around 1230. The west portal still dates from this time. In 1490, sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider was commissioned to make an altarpiece, the Magdalenenretabel (also: Münnerstädter Altar). 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. In 1649, after the end of the Thirty Years' War, the altarpiece was divided into individual parts and sold. Two parts of it are now in the National Museums in Berlin. There are also originals in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich. Some parts, however, have been lost.
The copy is borrowed from Riemenschneider's work and is just as impressive artistically and culturally. An original work by Riemenschneider from the period immediately after 1500 can be seen on the triumphal arch above the celebration altar: an Anna-Selbdritt depiction in Riemenschneider's late style. The Pieta next to the Anna Selbdritt image was created after 1550. There are other precious cult objects and religious portraits from the 15th and 16th centuries to admire. The atmosphere of the church invites you to take a few minutes of quiet contemplation.
Have the medieval town and the impressive church made you curious to learn more about Münnerstadt's history? Then you now have the opportunity to satisfy your curiosity. Right next to the town parish church, on the other side of Schwesterngasse, is the Deutschordensschloss with the Henneberg Museum.
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 German colonisation of the East 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 von Hennebergs.
The museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of Münnerstadt and the Hennebergs. The exhibition is vividly designed, rich in stories and contemporary testimonies. You can see them all again: the counts, the Augustinians, the Teutonic Knights, craftsmen, citizens and councillors of the town, their work, their working and living conditions.
There are also natural history and art exhibitions, but they are always related to Münnerstadt.
From the castle, you now head north out of town. At Riemenschneiderstraße 42 you have a chance to stop for a bite to eat. The Tilman Hotel and Restaurant 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 rental. 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.
Start/EndeBad Neustadt (Saale)
97616 Bad Neustadt a.d.Saale