Schloss Werneck mit englischem Garten, Foto: Florian Trykowski Schlosspark Werneck, Foto: F. Trykowski Schweinfurter Innenstadt mit Zeughaus und Bauerngasse, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB-AG Blick ├╝ber den Markt mit Friedrich-R├╝ckert-Denkmal, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB-AG Barocke Kirche Zeuzleben, Foto: A. Jansen, Lizenz: Gemeinde Werneck Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Schloss Werneck mit Blick auf den Parksee, Foto: F.Trykowski Kirche Zeuzleben, Foto: A. Jansen, Lizenz: Gemeinde Werneck Katholische Kirche St. Cyriakus, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB AG Barocke Kirche Euerbach, Foto: A. Hub

Village splendour in the west of Schweinfurt

How about a charming cycle tour along small watercourses? Trace the work of Balthasar Neumann in the Franconian villages. This tour perfectly combines nature and culture!

3 h
35 km
Key facts of the tour
Do you still remember the last 50-D-Mark note? On the front a portrait of a man with a curly wig, on the back a magnificent staircase, the interior view of the W├╝rzburg Residenz. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1981. It was designed by the architect, technician and city architect Balthasar Neumann.

Balthasar Neumann was the prince-bishop's building director in the early 18th century, later chief building director in W├╝rzburg, and is regarded as the consummate architect of the Baroque period. He received commissions from Bamberg to Trier and from Cologne to Constance. Around 100 important buildings of all kinds can be traced back to his work.

On this scenic cycle tour along small watercourses, you can trace his masterful work in the pretty Franconian villages west of Schweinfurt.
A cycling tour for explorers, 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.

Start and end station

Start station
Bahnhof Waigolshausen
5 tour steps
35 km / 3 Stunden
End station
Bahnhof Oberwerrn

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


Tour starts on Bahnhof Waigolshausen


DB Bicycle Service Waigolshausen Station

There are 40 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the station.

Waigolshausen Bahnhofstr. 1

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


The tour starts at Waigolshausen station. You cycle along Bahnhofstra├če on the right and then turn left into Hauptstra├če.

On the cycle path in the direction of Werneck, enjoy the view over the open countryside. After only one kilometre, the castle park begins on the left, which you partly cycle around and through to reach the main entrance of Werneck Castle.

Werneck Castle

The large baroque palace in the small town of Werneck is a jewel among southern German palaces and is considered Balthasar Neumann's most mature secular building. It stands in a large park, originally also Baroque, which was later transformed into an English garden.

More than 800 years ago, there was already a castle on this site, which, like many other castles, was devastated in 1525 during the German Peasants' War and burnt down almost 30 years later. Rebuilt half a century later, it burned down again in 1723.

Finally, in 1733, Balthasar Neumann, commissioned by Prince-Bishop Friedrich Karl von Sch├Ânborn, began construction work on the magnificent summer residence, which still impresses with its balanced design today.

In the mid-19th century, the "little sister of the W├╝rzburg Residence", as it is popularly known, is converted into one of the first psychiatric hospitals in Germany. Its director Bernhard von Gudden later writes one of the psychiatric reports on the basis of which Ludwig II is deposed as King of Bavaria. Both drown in mysterious circumstances in Lake Starnberg.

To this day, the castle serves as a hospital, including one of the largest specialist orthopaedic clinics in Germany. The castle chapel, also designed by Neumann, and the castle park are open for visits.

Attached to the hospital is the Caf├ę and Bistro Balthasar, which serves coffee and cake as well as hearty snacks.

Balthasar-Neumann-Platz 1

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Schloss Werneck mit Blick auf den Parksee, Foto: F.Trykowski
Schloss Werneck Schlossgarten mit Blumen, Foto: Melanie Landgraf
Schlosskapelle Werneck, Foto: A. Anders
Barocke Schlosskapelle Werneck, Foto: A. Anders


Follow the W├╝rzburger Stra├če and the Wernradweg westwards onto the Rudolf-Diesel-Stra├če and out of the town. Soon the tour takes you to the left and along the idyllic Wern to Zeuzleben. Here, turn right along Nepomukstra├če to the market square with the parish church of St. Bartholomew.

St Bartholomew Zeuzleben

The parish church of St. Bartholomew combines two epochs and architectural styles. The tower from the late 13th century served as a defence during attacks. Later it was raised and in the years 1600 to 1602 it was given the pointed tower typical of many Franconian churches. From the outside, the tower looks three-storeyed, but inside it has five storeys.
In 1753, the church was given its present appearance. For this, the very small nave was replaced by a new building of nave and choir. The plans for this were provided by the office of the famous architect Balthasar Neumann. The church was consecrated in 1755.

Marktplatz 20

Kirche Zeuzleben, Foto: A. Jansen, Lizenz: Gemeinde Werneck


Before you leave Zeuzleben, take a quick look at the wayside shrine on the village square, which is so typical of the area. It is a cast of the oldest wayside shrine in the district of Schweinfurt, dating from 1536. The next stage will take you past numerous houses in typical Franconian style, half-timbered houses and old farm gates made of locally quarried sandstone.

But now let's get going! You follow the road Oberes Tor on the left and St├Ąngersgraben on the right to Schraudenbach. The building plans for the church of St. Jakobus in Gambachstra├če, built in 1752, were also submitted to the office of master builder Balthasar Neumann at the time.

Via Stettbacher Stra├če, the Kirschental and along the Lachgraben, the path leads you to Vasb├╝hl under the motorway to Brebersdorf and behind the village the second time under the motorway to Kaisten. You cross the village and ride through open fields to the Teueregraben. On the other side of the ditch, you continue along the edge of the forest and through fields to your next stopover in Schwemmelsbach.

St. Cyriakus Schwemmelsbach

The baroque church of St. Cyriakus cannot be overlooked. With its volute gable, it towers over the pretty Franconian village of Schwemmelsbach. The foundation stone for this church was laid in 1738. The old church had to be demolished for the new building, only the typical Franconian Echter tower remained. A three-axis nave with a choir in the east was built. Plans by Balthasar Neumann for a church in Gre├čthal, which could not be built there due to the geographical conditions, served as a model for this building.

An der Hauptstra├če 5

Katholische Kirche St. Cyriakus, Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB AG
Katholische Kirche St. Cyriakus - Blick vom Friedhofsweg., Foto: Uwe Miethe, Lizenz: DB AG


You follow the main road and the cycle path along the main road 303 via R├╝tschenhausen to the Franconian Passion Play town of S├Âmmersdorf, which is known far beyond the region. Here you will find the most modern open-air stage in Europe. Continue on to Euerbach. From the entrance to the town about 400 m along the main road, you will find your last destination on this architectural voyage of discovery in Kirchgasse.

St. Michael Euerbach

Only a few steps from the fortified church complex with the Lutheran church of St. Cosmas and Damian stands the Roman Catholic church of St. Michael in Euerbach. It was built between 1738 and 1746 after the joint use of St. Cosmas and Damian as a simultaneous church had repeatedly led to disputes. The architect Balthasar Neumann was commissioned to plan the new church. The church is furnished in the rococo style. The organ by the court organ maker of W├╝rzburg, Johann Philipp Seuffert, dates from 1761.


Barocke Kirche Euerbach, Foto: A. Hub

Tour ends on Bahnhof Oberwerrn


Cross Euerbach on the main road and turn left into Kronunger Weg, which leads you north out of the village through the fields. After 800 m, turn right onto a dirt road that leads under the motorway to Oberwerrn. Behind the railway bridge, turn left to Oberwerrn railway station.

Tour map


Bahnhof Waigolshausen

Bahnhofstr. 1

97534 Waigolshausen

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