The circular hike on the European cultural trail “Bieberehrener BilderBuch” in the district of Würzburg not only offers day trippers a varied route through forest areas, dry grassland areas and fields with wonderful views of the Gollachtal. It also allows a look at one of the oldest wayside shrines in Franconia from 1432.
You should allow around three hours for the tour, which leads through the cultural landscape with several stations with Bieberehren, Buch and Kunigundenkapelle.
1. Where is the excursion going and what kind of tour is it?
The circular hike starts in the municipality of Bieberehren, which has around 900 inhabitants, in the southernmost tip of the Würzburg district. The tour on the “Bieberehrener BilderBuch” cultural trail is 10.4 kilometers long and, with a 1.5-kilometer detour to the Käppele outpost station, leads via five stations first through the town and then through the Buch district via the Kunigundenkapelle in the direction of Burgerroth and from back there.
The cultural trails are a flagship of the Archaeological Spessart project. Since 1999, a dense network of paths has been created on which the Spessart cultural landscape can be experienced. In the meantime, over 100 of these paths have been created and each one deals with its own topic.
2. How do I get there? And where do I park?
Bieberehren can be easily reached by car via the St2286. The tour starts at the former train station on Bahnhofstrasse. Here and in the village there are some free parking spaces available. Those arriving by public transport should get off at the “Abzweig Bahnhof” stop. This is served by lines 980 and 420.
3rd Wwhy should i go there?
If you just want to treat yourself to a few hours without hectic and stress, you are in good hands on the culture trail in Bieberehren. This is partly due to the nature that surrounds the hiking trail. The three-river village of Bieberehren is nestled in the widening floodplain at the confluence of the Steinach and Gollach with the Tauber. Gentle, wooded heights also determine the landscape, which invites you to relax body and mind.
4. What is there to see and experience?
The path starts in Bieberehren at the former train station. The railway line existed from 1907 to 1992. The Gaubahn ran over 36 kilometers from Ochsenfurt via Bieberehren to Weikersheim. Her focus was on the transport of sugar beets from the Ochsenfurt district. Today the railway line from Ochsenfurt to Bieberehren forms the Gaubahn cycle path.
Starting from the former site of the Gaubahn, it goes downhill to the center of the village. A copy of the Gothic wayside shrine from 1432 stands on the Gollach Bridge. The original can be admired in the parish church of St. Peter and Paul, which is not much further away.
If you feel like it, you can take the one-and-a-half-kilometre-long branch (back and forth) to the outpost station “Käppele” a few minutes’ walk from the Jesus figure on the corner of Tauberstrasse and Ringstrasse. The chapel on the Eulenberg on the opposite bank of the Tauber is a pilgrimage chapel that can be reached on a way of the cross over 240 steps. From up there you can enjoy a wonderful view over Bieberehren and the Gollachtal.
If you don’t make the detour, continue along Tauberstraße in the direction of Hauptstraße and come across the town hall from 1612 on the corner, which is well worth seeing.
A little later you come across the watch tower above Bieberehren, a ruin that probably dates from the 15th century.
The next stop is the district of Buch, which is characterized by agriculture. This is due to the good soil on the edge of the Ochsenfurter Gau. This is visible in the large stone houses, which have provided income from agriculture since the second half of the 19th century. Not far from Buch there is a pretty view of Brauneck Castle in the distance, which is one of the most important castles of the later Hohenlohe princes.
Before you reach the Kunigundenkapelle, you follow the street for a short distance. Past the Kunigundenstein – according to legend, St. Kunigunde prayed here and left her hand, knee and footprints in the stone – you hike up to the chapel, a late Romanesque gem on the Altenberg. The Kunigundenkapelle is surrounded by a cemetery wall. There is a 1000-year-old linden tree that plays an important role in a legend. The story is written on an information board on site.
From here, continue on level ground to Burgerroth and then turn left. From now on, the path runs past open fields with a slight to medium gradient back to Bieberehren.
Good to know: Approximately 1.5 kilometers after Burgerroth, you come to a fork in the dirt road. On the right you can see two wind turbines and a water tower. The signpost is missing here. The tour continues to the left at this point.
The tour logo of the culture trail, which opened in 2018, is the yellow EU boat on a blue background.
5. How much time should I plan?
You should allow around three hours for the circular hike. If you treat yourself to a break on one of the seats or the 1.5-kilometer detour to the Käppele, you should plan more time accordingly.
6. What is the best time for this trip?
The hike is accessible all year round. The tour is particularly attractive from spring to autumn. In summer you should think of sun protection and a hat. After rainy days, sturdy shoes with an appropriate profile are advisable.
7. Who is the excursion suitable for?
People who like to be out in nature and are interested in cultural and historical sights in Lower Franconia will definitely enjoy the tour. If you are reasonably good on foot, the hike is doable for all fitness levels. Apart from a few ascents or the short ascent on the way of the cross to Käppele, the tour is not strenuous. The hike is not possible with prams.
8. When you get hungry: Where can you find something to eat and drink?
The hike begins and ends in Bieberehren. There is a pizzeria here in town, which – as of March 2023 – only opens from 5 p.m. except on Sundays. Closed on Monday and Wednesday. Four kilometers away there are other restaurants in Röttingen. Otherwise there are no rest stops directly on the hiking trail. If you still feel like having a snack on the way, you should bring your own provisions and drinks.
9. If I still have time – what does the area offer?
-The former residential town is about twelve kilometers away on the Romantic Road Weikersheim with its baroque castle.
– Even if it still seems a bit too early: it is around nine kilometers from Bieberehren Wold swimming pool in Neubronn. Info: www.freibad-neubronn.de
– The city is located in the east of the Main-Tauber-Kreis Creglingen. Here, around five kilometers away, there is a whole range of sights, above all the famous Riemenschneider altar in the Herrgottskirche.
– The town has a scenic location in the Gollachtal aub preserved its medieval townscape to this day. As one of the smallest towns in Bavaria, which is only eight kilometers away, it is still worth a visit. Worth seeing are the Franconian Hospital Museum and the parish church with the crucifixion group by Tilman Riemenschneider.
– Whether wildlife park, mini golf, thermal baths or residential palace: the 22 kilometers away Bad Mergentheim offers with its charming old town many reasons for a short detour.
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