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The Franconian Wine Country

Along the river Main our tour tip leads through picturesque villages of the Franconian Wine Country  (Eibelstadt, Sommerhausen, Ochsenfurt, Frickenhausen, Suizfeld, Dettelbach) whose medieval fortifications still exist, to Münsterschwarzach abbey and Volkach, the center of the Franconian Wine Country. In Volkach you can enjoy the following: visit of the pilgrimage church "Maria im Weingarten" (St. Mary in the Vineyard) and the famous Madonna by Tilman Riemenschneider, wine tastings at the "Schelfenhaus" or a guided tour through a winery including wine tastings.

The Romantic Road leads from Würzburg to Tauberbischofsheim and Bad Mergentheim (Residence of the Deutschorden), side trip to Stuppach (Madonna Painting by Matthias Grunewald), following the romantic valley of the Tauber River to "Schloss Weikersheim" (Weikersheim Castle, main residence of the princes of Hohenlohe) and Creglingen ("Herrgottskirche", famous altar by Tilman Riemenschneider).
Main point of interest is the medieval Rothenburgob der Tauber.

An Archaeological Trail in the Tauber and Gollach Valley leads to Celtic entrenchments, barrows, wayside shrines and fortifications from prehistoric times and early history. The Steinweinpfad in the center of the world famous vineyard location Würzburger Stein offers, besides the magnificent panorama view of Würzburg, a lot of information on wine growing in Franconia.

Cycling fans will also get their money's worth in the Franconian wine country. Greater Würzburg boasts a 300-mile long network of cycle tracks, for which maps are available. From Würzburg, there are convenient connections linking Spessart, Rhön and Haßberge and the fringes of the Steigerwald (Steiger Forest). In the Tauber Valley to the south of Würzburg the cycling route Liebliches Taubertal (Lovely Tauber Valley) from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Wertheim has proven a true winner among cyclists. Würzburg is also a favored stopover on the "Main-Radweg", one of the most popular german cycling routes along the river Main.

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The Romantic Road

From the River Main to the Alps

No other German tourist route is as well known throughout the world as the Romantic Road. It  is undoubtedly the most attractive connection between more than two dozen South German tow, like the Historic Highlights of Germany cities of Würzburgand Augsburg, which is the city of the Fugger family and Füssen with the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

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