(djd). Locals and guests sit together on long tables on Hammelburg’s market square to celebrate sociable wine fests. The town hall provides an impressive backdrop and in the center of the festivities the monumental Renaissance fountain attracts attention. The market square is always a nice place for visitors to start a stroll through the old town of the idyllic town located at the southern end of the Rhön mountains, between Fulda and Würzburg. In the streets between the city wall and the three remaining defense towers you will learn how wine influenced the more than 1,300-year-long history but also the lively present of this hospitable town at the Franconian Saale river.
Guided city tours and hikes
Hammelburg is Franconia’s oldest winegrower’s town. Guided tours or entertaining theme tours are a great way to get to know the town. The “Strolling wine tasting: Young wine in old walls,” for example, features a small wine tasting. And if you like, you can also book a tasting of local wines with all other tours. You can explore the wine nature trail Hammelburg on your own. It is almost six kilometers long and explains at 17 descriptive stations how wine coined the city. If you want to go on a shorter walk, take the Kapellenkreuzweg on Saalecker Berg. It was built in 1733 as a circular trail by the Franciscans of Hammelburg. It goes around the former Altstadt monastery which is now the home of the Bavarian Musical Academy. For more information and for offers, go to www.hammelburg.de.
Palace sightseeing tours and other tours
The Kellereischloss in Hammelburg’s old town is worth a visit. Locals call it the “Red Palace.” Built at the beginning of the 18th century as the prince-bishop’s summer residence, it is now the home of the well-sorted vinotheque of the Franconian Winegrowers Association. In the Herrenmühle museum you can terrifically expand your knowledge about wine. Saaleck Palace was already built in the 12th century. Scenic hiking and bike trails meander through the slightly hilly vineyards and along the densely overgrown limestone hills in the sheltered side valleys of the Saale rivers. The slowly flowing Franconian Saale river invites sporty vacationers to take a canoe hike. Sportsmen and idlers alike will discover how relaxing nature can be in the pristine riverscape between the meadows and the forests.
Wine fests in Hammelburg 2017
June 23 – 25: Schloss-Hofschoppen Fest at the Kellereischloss, Winzerkeller
July 14 – 17: 53rd Hammelburg wine fest, market square
July 22: Wine evening on the museums’ island
August 19: Hammelburg Höflesfest (various farmyards in the old town open their doors, offering wine, food and musical entertainment)
Photo Credit: djd/LWG/Tourismus GmbH Bayerische Rhön/Frankens Saalestück/Hildenbrand