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
Bycicle tour

Village splendour in the west of Schweinfurt

Castles
Interesting Facts
City Trip
Culturally Important

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

Start
Waigolshausen
Duration
3 h
Distance
35 km
Key facts of the tour
Do you remember the last 50 Deutschmark note? On the front is the portrait of a man with a curly wig, on the reverse a magnificent staircase, the interior view of the W├╝rzburg Residence. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1981. It was designed by the architect, engineer and master builder Balthasar Neumann.

In the early 18th century, Balthasar Neumann was the prince-bishop's building director, later senior building director in W├╝rzburg, and is considered to be the master of the Baroque style. 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 cycle tour for explorers, culture vultures and nature lovers

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and, depending on capacity utilisation, taking your own bike on board cannot be guaranteed.

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.

Schedule

Tour starts on Bahnhof Waigolshausen

Direction

DB bicycle service Waigolshausen station

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

Waigolshausen Bahnhofstr. 1
97534
Waigolshausen

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG

Direction

The tour starts at Waigolshausen railway station. Cycle along Bahnhofstra├če on the right and then turn left onto Hauptstra├če.

On the cycle path in the direction of Werneck, you can enjoy the view over the open countryside. After just one kilometre, the castle park begins on the left, which you cycle partly around and through to reach the main entrance to 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, originally also baroque park, which was later remodelled into an English garden.

There was already a castle complex on this site over 800 years ago, 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.

In 1733, Balthasar Neumann was finally commissioned by Prince-Bishop Friedrich Karl von Sch├Ânborn to begin construction work on the magnificent summer residence, which still impresses today with its well-balanced design.

In the middle of the 19th century, the "little sister of the W├╝rzburg Residence", as it is popularly known, was converted into one of the first psychiatric clinics 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 Lake Starnberg under mysterious circumstances.

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

Attached to the hospital is the Balthasar caf├ę and bistro, which serves savoury snacks as well as coffee and cake.

Balthasar-Neumann-Platz 1
97440
Werneck

Phone: 09722 21 0
Email Address: info@kh-schloss-werneck.de
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

Direction

Follow W├╝rzburger Stra├če and the Wern cycle path westwards onto Rudolf-Diesel-Stra├če and out of the town. The tour soon leads you to the left and along the idyllic Wern to Zeuzleben. Here you 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 eras and architectural styles. The tower from the late 13th century was used for defence in the event of attacks. It was later extended and between 1600 and 1602 it was given the pointed tower typical of many Franconian churches. From the outside, the tower looks three storeys high, but inside it has five storeys.
The church was given its current appearance in 1753. The very small nave was replaced by a new nave and choir. The plans for this were drawn up by the office of the famous architect Balthasar Neumann. The church was consecrated in 1755.

Marktplatz 20
97440
Werneck

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

Direction

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 back to 1536. The next stage will take you past numerous houses in typical Franconian style, half-timbered houses and old farmyard gates made of locally quarried sandstone.

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

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

St. Cyriakus Schwemmelsbach

You can't miss the baroque church of St Cyriacus. 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, with only the typical Franconian Echter tower remaining. A three-axis nave with a choir in the east was built. Balthasar Neumann's plans 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
97535
Wasserlosen

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

Direction

Follow the main road and the cycle path along the B303 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 theatre in Europe. The route continues to Euerbach. From the entrance to the town about 400 metres along the main road, you will find your last destination on this architectural journey of discovery in Kirchgasse.

St Michael Euerbach

Just a few steps from the fortified church complex with the Protestant-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 building. The church is decorated in the rococo style. The organ, built by the W├╝rzburg court organ builder Johann Philipp Seuffert, dates back to 1761.

Kirchgasse
97502
Euerbach

Barocke Kirche Euerbach, Foto: A. Hub

Tour ends on Bahnhof Oberwerrn

Direction

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 country lane that leads under the motorway to Oberwerrn. After the railway bridge, turn left to Oberwerrn railway station.

Tour map

Start

Bahnhof Waigolshausen

Bahnhofstr. 1

97534 Waigolshausen

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