Enjoy Miltenberg on the Main
Seldom does a city inspire us as quickly as Miltenberg am Main in Churfranken in the north of Bavaria. Anyone who has been following our blog for a long time knows that we love regions and cities with flair. We like to vacation in a wine region in Germany. Miltenberg in Franken offers exactly that. A place for connoisseurs located in the middle of the wine region of Churfranken am Main. Surrounded by vineyards, Miltenberg can boast a completely preserved old town. In this the half-timbered houses go back to the Middle Ages.
Enjoying tours in and around Miltenberg am Main
We set out to explore the half-timbered city on the Main. Miltenberg has never fallen victim to a conflagration. Therefore, on our tour through the old town, we see how the first half-timbered houses were built: solid and stable.
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The framework only had to perform static functions. It was only when the city clerks became wealthier that they became interested in embellishing their houses. This can still be seen in the half-timbered houses in the city. We learn that the city's builders were reliable payers. A modest "h" on the church wall in the city center indicates this. It served as a quality mark for the willingness of the client to pay. Craftsmen passing through on the roller could recognize that they were reliable and thus offer their services with a clear conscience.
Today's visitors of the city make themselves comfortable in mild temperatures around the twenty degrees in the beer gardens of the city. Others overtake us with a bicycle or backpack on our backs. They are obviously on their way to the first hike of the year. Maybe it also lures the castle that towers over the old town.
In the old town of Miltenberg am Main
We continue our tour to the town square, which is quite generous for a medieval town. Once there was room for the carriages and carts that transported goods from the Main to the city. Each dealer who passed Miltenberg in the Middle Ages had to offer his goods for a few days in the city. Finally, in the town museum, we see a room from which a merchant could keep an eye on the flow of goods from the river. That his position gave him prosperity, we recognize in a chest. In it he transported his money on the road - safer than many safes today. A cabinet with magnificent inlays also testifies to the prosperity of the merchants in the city.
Craft beers from the brewery Faust
From the double-towered church in the city center, we follow a narrow lane that is lined with other half-timbered houses. It takes us to the brewery Faust, where the brewing family produces successful craft beers worldwide. On the ground floor we can see the brewing kettle, whose heat is too high even in spring-like temperatures. In summer it has to be unbearably hot here. We finally go up to a room where the curls of natural cloudy foam in open fermentation boilers. What does not look like beer here proves to be a taste experience in our subsequent beer tasting.
Before we can still on the balcony in front of the fermentation room. The view from there to the Main River is breathtaking. On the one hand, the half-timbered houses separate us from the main brewery. On the other side, the view slides over the roofs of the medieval buildings to the river. This makes a curve here. In addition, it is lined on the left side by steep vineyards. Just because of this sight you should not miss a visit to the brewery Faust.
At the end of our brewery tour we can taste the beers. On the ground floor of the brewery, our companion gives us craft beers, for which the brewery is known. I love the Kräusen Naturtrüb and the Schwarzviertler Dunkel, a very special beer that matures in barrels in the brewery's ice cellar. There is also the brewery's treasure chapel from 1631, where we will taste this beer.
Main street 219, 63897 Miltenberg
Coffee enjoyment in Café Mocha
If you prefer to drink coffee instead of beer, then a visit to Café Mocha on Miltenberg's town square is worthwhile. The owner Meli Schmitt is a qualified Viennese coffee sommelier. It serves all types of coffee that Austria is famous for. Regardless of whether it is a small mocha, a big brown, a Viennese melange, a Franciscan or a Capuchin - you can get it in their small, rather inconspicuous café on the town square of Miltenberg am Main. But that's not all. She also creates coffee specialties that make your mouth water while reading the ingredients. Have you ever tried coffee with turmeric, coriander, saffron, cinnamon, chocolate & Co? You should. There are also great mixed coffee drinks with caramel sauce, chai syrup, pumpkin puree, chocolate-nut cream, ginger-nutmeg syrup and other exotic delicacies.
We get to know Café Mocha on an August day. On our visit on this hot summer day, we opt for a cool espresso tonic with passion fruit. A refreshing coffee mixture that awakens our weary spirits. In Café Mocha, you can not just relax over coffee and cake and watch the passers-by in the old town of Miltenberg. Meli Schmitt also owns a coffee roastery around the corner. There she offers coffee seminars for interested parties. We participate in one and can only marvel at the knowledge she has about coffees of all kinds.
Hauptstrasse 162 (on the market square), 63897 Miltenberg
Mainstrasse 69, 63897 Miltenberg
At the bread sommelier of Miltenberg on the Main
So far we knew wine sommeliers, beer sommeliers and coffee sommeliers. But we had never heard of a bread sommelier. The explanation is simple. This Ausblidung exists only since 2015. Worldwide! The Federal Academy of the German Bakers' Trade in Weinheim has set up this training course. One of the first to participate was Volker Mayer from Miltenberg. He proudly wears his diploma on his apron when he receives us. He tells how bread must be, so that it meets its requirements. You can hear how crusty the bark is when he cuts slices from his bread and lets them try. It is full-bodied and tastes spicy. Just as good bread should taste.
In his shop we can see how varied his breads are. In addition to regular wheat mixed bread and Franconian country bread, the list of breads is long. There's Schwarzviertler, Pane Maggiore, St. Gallner Bürlibrot or a Ticino farmhouse loaf. His bread is international. In addition to a normal baguette I discover hearty French, rye and Dinkelfranzosen. The Tirolerbaguette and the Pane Adriatico also sound interesting. We would have to be in Miltenberg for weeks to try all varieties. Therefore, we limit ourselves to tasting and take home one of the freshly baked breads. At the next visit we try a new one.
Enjoy the tour in the surroundings of Miltenberg am Main
White Dog and Lime Dog from Rüdenau
It is just under six kilometers from Miltenberg to the village of Rüdenau. Instead of the Odenwald, we might as well have landed in Ireland. Because our next stop is at the St. Kilian Distillers. Not only the name sounds Irish. The story also begins in Ireland. Investment banker Andreas Thümmler travels a lot and loves whiskey. No wonder Ireland is one of his destinations. In Kilbeggan, he tastes a whiskey that excites him so much that he wants to buy the whole barrel. The distiller of the Irish distillery, David Hynes, however, laughs and says that the keg is not for sale. For three days Thümmler ... and finally travels back to Franconia with his cask of Irish whiskey.
When Hynes visits him in Rüdenau two years later, their conversations revolve around whiskey again. On one evening in the year 2012, the two sit together and taste one brand of whiskey after the other. It comes, as it must. Thümmler has no memory of the whiskyseligen evening the next morning. However, that changed rapidly when, after a few days, an invoice for 480000 pounds arrived in his mailbox about the purchase of two copper stills for distilling whiskey. Thümmler dawns that he had completed the purchase by handshake.
How a crazy idea becomes the largest whiskey distillery in Germany
Three years later, the stills in the old textile factory of Rüdenau, the Thümmler can be converted for ten million euros in a whiskey distillery. Meanwhile, hundreds of barrels are stored in the warehouses of the distillery. His master distiller, Mario Rudolf from Amorbach, produces German single malt whiskey. Only from May 2019 the distillate may call itself after European right whiskey. We still taste the fruity fires like the White Dog or the Lime Dog. The White Dog, the fresh distillate, has already been awarded the World's Best Product in its category at the Whiskey World Awards. It is worth keeping an eye on the whiskeys of the St. Killian Distillers.
St. Kilian Distillers
Main road 1 to 5
You can visit the still from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 17 p.m. Guided tours with tasting are possible on Saturday and Sunday on request.
FASSining food at the Gasthof-Landhotel Zum Stern in Rüdenau
After visiting the whiskey distillery of Rüdenau we recommend a visit to the Landgasthof Zum Stern in Rüdenau. This is one of the few inns in Churfranken, which still has its own butcher. What comes here on the table, comes either from the in-house butcher or from local producers. Slow Food with German whiskey, so to speak. Because our dessert is prepared with the fires from the St. Kilian distillery. But see for yourself how delicious the food in the inn looks:
Gasthof-Landhotel-Butcher "Zum Stern"
Mainzer Straße 41
63924 Rüdenau near Miltenberg
On the way back to Miltenberg we make another stop in the
Winery Prince Löwenstein
The winery is located in the castle park of Castle Löwenstein in Kleinheubach am Main. The place is located about five kilometers northwest of Miltenberg am Main. Since 400 years, the princely family wine in Franconia and in the Rheingau. In the stables of 1725 built castle ripen the white wines in steel tanks. In a separate area, the red wines rest in oak barrels. The barrels are the winery itself from the wood of family-owned oak forests in the Spessart and Odenwald.
That must be in the for the visit to Miltenberg Case
During our visit, we can try the wines in the newly built vinotheque. The Silvaner wines from the steep slopes of the Homburger Kallmuth in Franconia in particular caused a sensation. You can also try the Sauvignon Blanc or the Rheingau Riesling and the Pinot Noir of the "Carl Edition".
As visitors to the wine shop, we do not have access to the castle and the castle park. This is reserved for hotel guests.
Winery Prince Löwenstein
Castle Park 3
Tel. 09371 9486600
Opening time wine sales:
Monday-Friday: 10.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. & 13.00 p.m.-18.00 p.m.
Saturday: 10.00-15.00 Clock
or by appointment
Restaurants in Miltenberg
Food in the oldest inn in Germany
Just the thing for connoisseurs like us. One of the oldest restaurants in Germany is in the Hotel zum Riesen. However, we cannot verify whether this claim corresponds to the facts. Nobody can tell us exactly how long the "giant" has existed. But the building is definitely old. Here we eat on dark wooden tables. Outside in front of the restaurant I read that the stables of the inn used to be on the premises. Perhaps this is the reason why Petar's lunch is called “Miltenberger Rossäpfel”? In any case, his meatballs on sauerkraut and fried potatoes look like this. I order a Miltenberger soup meat with fried potatoes and green sauce. A hint that we are not far from the Bavarian-Hessian border. Is the green sauce but a Frankfurt specialty.
For gourmets we recommend a meal at Jagdhotel Rose
For connoisseurs, we recommend the dinner in the Hunt Hotel Rose in Miltenberg, where excellent star cuisine is served. In a stylish ambience, you can dine exquisitely in this restaurant. We ate home-baked bread with wild garlic dip, salmon with asparagus, morels with vegetables, shrimp on beans and couscous, pork tenderloin on mashed potatoes and beans and a dessert plate with rhubarb and vanilla mousse.
Hunting Hotel Rose
Mainzer Straße 280
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Enjoying tours through Franconia
- Tips for a Wine Weekend - 5 Franconian wine villages on the Main
- The funny History of St. Kilian Distillery You can read about Tiepolo in detail.
Arrival by plane, car and train
Accommodation in Miltenberg
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What else is there to discover in Franconia?
- Golf Country around Miltenberg
- Tour through the Franconian wine country for connoisseurs and pleasure hikers
- How did the farmers once live in Franconia?
- The hearty kitchen in Franconia
- Bad Kissingen Attractions for Slow Travelers
- Garden splendor in Veitshöchheim
- 5 wine places for a wine weekend in the Main Valley
- Wine experience in the wine cellar in Sommerach
- Fancy a Roadtrip on the Route of Delights?
- Amazing architecture in the winery brain
- The medieval city Ochsenfurt
- Ways to wine in Würzburg
- Take a vacation on the Main in Miltenberg
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Source: own research on site at the invitation of Main Miltenberg Churfranken eV Our opinion, however, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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