Weinverkostung, Foto: VGN Andrea Gaspar-Klein Foto: VGN Andrea Gaspar-Klein Foto: VGN Ulrich B├╝scher Foto: VGN Ulrich B├╝scher Foto: Uwe Miethe Foto: Uwe Miethe Foto: Uwe Miethe Foto: VGN Ulrich B├╝scher Foto: Uwe Miethe Foto: Uwe Miethe
Tour

To fortified churches and wine taverns

Fine wine
Animals & Nature
Churches & Monasteries
Culturally Important

In the land of fortified churches: south of Iphofen, a special feature awaits you on this cycle tour - fortified churches and churchyards. These served as a refuge for the population in times of war.

Start
Iphofen
Duration
5 h
Distance
17 km
Key facts of the tour
Sweeping views of the wine country, a fortified church in every village and numerous wine taverns! The Franconian wine country is incredibly diverse. The mountains and hills, although not particularly high, still give us views of the original Franconian world of wine enjoyment. Varied paths lead through the historic town centres with their fortified churches and wine taverns.

The VGN leisure line Bocksbeutel-Express 109 connects the individual wine villages on its route from Iphofen to Uffenheim. This means that individual sections of the tour can be travelled by bus - and there is plenty of time to stop off, take a look and enjoy.

The Bocksbeutel-Express 109 runs from Iphofen via M├Ânchsondheim, Weigenheim, Seinsheim, Bullenheim, to Uffenheim and back: continuously from 1 May to 1 November, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.mOf course, experienced hikers can do the 17 km in one go, but there is so much to see that it is worth splitting up the tour, especially if you don't want to hike such long distances in one go.

This tour is a "VGN leisure tip" and was created in co-operation with the Greater Nuremberg Transport Association.
A hiking tour for nature lovers, culture vultures and explorers

Start and end station

Start station
6 tour steps
17 km / 5 Stunden
End station

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

Schedule

Tour starts on

Direction

From Iphofen railway station, first walk under the tracks to the "Alte Reichsstra├če". There you walk to the right, following the markings "Black church on yellow background". At the bend to the right, go straight ahead onto a beautiful grassy path and follow the route to a small vineyard.

You will pass two hunting stands and come across an unexpectedly marvellous view at a double junction! Continue straight on in the direction of M├Ânchsondheim down into the Breitbach valley, where you will come to the Vogtsm├╝hle after approx. 2 kilometres.

Vogtsm├╝hle

The Vogtsm├╝hle was one of the mills in the Breitbach valley. It is known as early as 1471 and was in operation until the end of the 1960s. The mill fell into disrepair after the Thirty Years' War, but was repaired around 1700 and given another mill race. From 1800, there was also a gypsum corridor, as the area is rich in gypsum. Gypsum stones were ground for use as building plaster or fertiliser. The narrow, forested Breitbach valley is full of old mills, as in the past not only wine was grown here, but also a lot of grain. As is generally the case, the numerous small mills are not located directly on the natural main watercourse, the Breitbach, but on a kind of branched-off artificial canal, the M├╝hlgraben or M├╝hlbach.

Vogtsm├╝hle
97346
Iphofen

Foto: Uwe Miethe

Direction

At the Vogtsm├╝hle, a cycle path signpost points in the direction of M├Ânchsondheim. After a good 300 metres, turn left over a wide wooden bridge and then immediately right. Follow the course of the stream with its numerous pollarded willows until you reach the entrance to M├Ânchsondheim. From here it is only about 5 minutes to the fortified church museum in the town centre.

Fortified Church Museum M├Ânchsondheim

The Kirchenburg Museum is a special kind of open-air museum and unique in Bavaria: it is part of a living village community. All the historic buildings are "in-situ" at their original location and have been closely interwoven with village life for centuries. The Main-Franconian village life of yesteryear is brought to life here. Grouped around the old lime tree on the village square are the fortified church with parish church and storehouse, the former town hall, the bakery and post office, a grocer's shop, the historic "Zum Schwarzen Adler" inn with bowling alley and herb garden as well as a small farm. Also worth seeing are the milk collection centre, a cooperative freezing plant and the two school museums from different eras. One highlight is the archaeological excavation site "arch├Ąosuntheim", which provides evidence of settlement in M├Ânchsondheim dating back to the Neolithic period. There are also regularly changing special exhibitions. Interesting themed tours, activity programmes and museum festivals, which take place throughout the year, complete the diverse range of activities on offer.

An der Kirchenburg 5
97346
Iphofen

Phone: 09326 1224
15.03. - 31.10.
Tuesday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
01.11. - 26.11.
Saturday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Foto: Uwe Miethe
Foto: Uwe Miethe

Direction

Continue in the direction of H├╝ttenheim and follow the signs for the Steigerwald Panorama Trail. From the entrance to the Kirchburg Museum, it leads past other buildings on the open-air museum grounds: the town hall is on the left, and the old school is around the corner on the right. After leaving the village, it is only a few metres uphill and a panoramic view opens up on an open field! The route continues along a dirt track and finally H├╝ttenheim lies before you, behind it the Tannenberg with its panoramic views, stylistically characterised by vineyards. In the village you pass the Catholic Church of St John the Baptist - behind the wrought-iron gate is one of the most stylistically pure neo-Gothic churches in Bavaria. At Landgasthof May, go through the stone archway directly at the Bocksbeutel Express stop and enter the fortified church complex.

H├╝ttenheim fortified church

30 barns, some with several storeys and basements, surround the Evangelical Lutheran parish church. The whole complex is more than 2000 square metres in size and the wall around it is 5 metres high. Unfortunately, this was necessary in the Middle Ages, a time when armed conflicts were always to be expected, as the landlord relationships were complicated and the people of H├╝ttenheim had several landlords for centuries. This fortified church is one of the best preserved in the whole of Franconia and also the largest Franconian Gadenkirchenburg. The storehouses and vaulted cellars were used by the farms for wine and crops until the 20th century. Then the people of H├╝ttenheim also needed more space for modern tools and growing harvests, which is why the gatehouse and dilapidated extensions were demolished. In the 1960s, when the barns were hardly used any more, demolition was discussed, but fortunately this was not carried out. The entire complex was renovated - and today presents itself as a piece of jewellery! The fortified church market takes place in May and the fortified church wine festival in August!

You can find out more about guided tours, culinary village walks, the marketplace festival and other events as well as a detailed village walk as a PDF download at: www.willanzheim.de/tourismus/weinort-huettenheim/dorfspaziergang.html

H├╝ttenheim 13
97348
Willanzheim

Foto: Uwe Miethe
Foto: Uwe Miethe

Direction

Your next destination is the Tannenberg. Follow the Steigerwald Panorama Trail downhill to the right around the pond. Opposite, the Kneipp basin at the Neuwiesen spring invites you to refresh yourself. On the way to the summit cross, it is worth taking a detour to the left to the former Jewish cemetery, from where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view. Back to the crossroads and past a hut with a signpost for Tannenberg, continue left up a steep and stony ascent. Several turn-offs follow, the H2 markings lead you to the summit cross with a bench for a snack and to the summit plateau.

H├╝ttenheim Tannenberg

Viticulture has been documented in H├╝ttenheim since 1199, but the vines only grow on the Tannenberg. Heavy gypsum keuper soils give the wines a special mineral flavour, but lighter, gravelly subsoil is also found. There are north and south, east and west vineyards around the Tannenberg, as well as flat and steep slopes, making it a versatile and well-utilised vineyard. Diversity is also reflected in the grape varieties: Scheurebe and Silvaner, M├╝ller-Thurgau and Riesling and Pinot Blanc, red varieties such as Pinot Noir, Dornfelder, Domina and Regent. Goldmuskateller also grows here - and of course the famous Bacchus. Cheers!

H├╝ttenheim
97348
Willanzheim

Foto: VGN Ulrich B├╝scher

Direction

Follow the "TraumRunde" signposts to the "Bergbr├╝nnlein" just before Seinsheim. Signs point the way to the "Aussicht alter Steinbruch" and the "Weinparadiesscheune", our next destination. We pass a shelter hut with information about the "Alter Steinbruch" mine. An ascent on a narrow path is rewarded with a view and smoothly polished rocks at the old quarry! The trail continues uphill in the serpentines, always following the TraumRunde markings and winding around the old quarry in the Kunigundenwald forest. There is a magnificent view with information boards at the edge of the viewpoint! Continuing on, you pass an amazingly smooth rock with a stone bench in front of it. The path descends steeply again and you come back to the tarmac path, a panoramic path par excellence! Turn left and it's another 300 metres to the junction to Seinsheim, where you later turn right downhill. Hardly anyone would want to miss the refreshment stop at the Weinparadiesscheune, 100 metres further on.

Wine paradise barn

When the wine paradise flag is flying, the Weinparadiesscheune is open. You can sit inside and outside - right on the border between Lower and Middle Franconia, by the way - and enjoy numerous local wines together with the magnificent panorama: in favourable weather, you can even see as far as the Rh├Ân and the Vogelsberg in the Taunus. The sun sometimes sets blood-red on the horizon, combining a Mediterranean holiday atmosphere with sun-drenched Franconian wine. The barn is open at different times throughout the year and may remain closed when the snow cover is thick. Wines from many different winegrowers from all Weinparadies locations are served, with a wide range of food and drink to accompany them.

Weinparadiesscheune 1
97258
Ippesheim

Phone: 09339 989680
Foto: Uwe Miethe
Foto: Uwe Miethe
Foto: VGN Andrea Gaspar-Klein

Direction

Continue to follow the "Traumrunde" markings to Seinsheim. After the crossroads with the dark wooden bench, there is a small landscape lake, behind which you enter the village: straight ahead along the stream, over the bridge over the stream and to the right of the stream to the cobbled road, then right and towards the church tower. On the outside of the fortified church wall, opposite the bakery on the left, there is a small room with an arched entrance set into the wall, a former prison cell! Climb the stairs next to it and take a look inside the fortified church complex.

Seinsheim fortified church

The fortified church dates back to the 15th century and still consists of 17 barns with cellars. The family of the Lords of Seinsheim/Schwarzenberg fortified the town with gates and granted it market and town rights. The church with its 19th century baroque interior survived the bombing in 1945 without major damage and is usually open.

An der Kirchenburg
97342
Seinsheim

Foto: Uwe Miethe
Foto: Uwe Miethe

Tour ends on

Direction

Back at the arched entrance, we walk anti-clockwise round the corner and along the outside of the fortified church wall, because there's something else special: the smallest brewery in Lower Franconia. You can find the opening times at: www.seinsheimer-kellerbier.de. The Bocksbeutel Express stop Seinsheim, Am Oberen Tor awaits your return journey on Schwarzenbergstra├če to the left and Hauptstra├če to the right.

Seinsheim am Oberen Tor stop Ôćĺ VGN leisure line Bocksbeutel-Express 109 Ôćĺ Nuremberg and others

Tour map

Start/Ende

Bahnhof

97346 Iphofen

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