My native region
So this will be my first article. During my childhood we did explore our region a bit, mostly when we had visitors from the outside, but not exclusively. It’s been a while since I visited most of those places, but I think I can give you some tips for your next visit. The area known as Tauberfranken is not on top of the touristic areas of Germany, but it still is worthwhile to explore and there is a lot to see. There is a lot of talk about reducing the speed and pressure in our lives, so here is a place where this is possible. The scenery is filled with rolling hills, vineyards and huge forests. Hiking is very popular and you will find a lot of easy trails around. And on top you will explore a lot of medieval culture. It’s also the perfect place for a romantic hideaway.
Following a few of my favorite spots:
Mespelbrunn Castle in the Spessart
As a kid I loved the visits of the Renaissance castle of Mespelbrunn. It sits at the end of a valley surrounded by vast forest. And actually the home of the brothers Grimm (the fairy tale guys) isn’t that far away. Summer weekends can be busy, since it is a popular tourist spot. But if you want to hike, you’ll find yourself in tranquility once you have left the castle behind. Quiet and romantic trails make it possible to relax and breathe in the good fresh air. But beware the region used to be a popular hiding spot for robbers in the old days. There even is a very famous story around about those days: „The Tavern in the Spessart“. The tavern really did exist, but the site had to make place for the current highway. The woods did offer a lot of spaces to hide. So dear reader, if you plan on coming here, you might want to choose a week day.
One general thing: If you plan on visiting this region, I would recommend to set the GPS to the avoid Highways mode and drive along the byways. It’s definitely worth it.
Highlights along the river Main
For example you could drive from Mespelbrunn through the vast forest of the Spessart towards the valley of the river Main to a cute small town called Miltenberg. The medieval old town is host to Germanys oldest restaurant dating back to 1590. If you want to relax, you can take a river cruise. There are several routes to choose from and from May through September the ships depart several times a day. If you feel more like exercise you can climb the hill and visit the ruins of the castle and enjoy the great views.
And since you are already on the shores of the river Main, you might as well follow it upstream to another small town called Freudenberg. Here you can visit the distillery of Ziegler. They make high quality liquor out of almost every fruit you can find here. Their signature product is a schnaps made out of wild cherries. More to follow on this later under the culinary section.
Talking about cute small towns. Following the river further upstream you will come to Wertheim am Main. At the confluence of the rivers Main and Tauber you will find another historic town. This one is one the many that has been nicknamed Venice of… for its many bridges. There are river cruises on offer and of course a hill with a castle in ruins on top. Shopaholics will find their paradise across the river in the Outlet Center of the “Wertheim Village”. But don’t overdo it. Remember, I told you that this will be a relaxing trip.
With this I will end todays excursion and give you a break.