Burgebrach — A Private Brewery And Festivals In The Steigerwald

Welcome to Schwanenbräu! No, that came out totally wrong. Let’s try again… Welcome to the Upper Franconian town of Burgebrach, home to the private brewery Schwanenbräu.

Better? Good. ;-)

You can visit the brewery, BTW, its Bierkeller and Biergarten are located at Hautpstraße 16 — and they open every day at 3pm from May to September serving up everything from lager to Weisse Bock.

What else does Burgebrach boast? Um, the 12th century Church of St. Vitus — more known now for its Gothic and Baroque architecture and artwork.

At the Kirchplatz is a six-sided sandstone statue — pretty artwork for a very pretty church. And on the Sunday after Michaelmas (September 29th), the church holds its annual Kerwa, a Church Festival.

What else is there to see? The town’s original Obere Tor (Upper Gate) is now the local Rathaus, or Town Hall; and you’re awfully close to the Ruine Windeck. Sadly the only thing remaining from this castle is what used to be its moat.

Oh well, use the time one one of Burgebrach’s bike trails to imagine what it once looked like. One thing, that medieval ruin probably didn’t look anything like the 20th century Jagdschloss, or Hunting Lodge, that was built at the turn of the 20th century.

While Burgebrach doesn’t have quite as many villages as some other German towns, it seems as if they do have that many Kirchweih celebrations. There’s one in May, another in June, one for July, one in August, five (yeah, 5) in September, one for October, and two in November.

This isn’t even including the Brunnenfest (Fountain Festival), Sommernachtsfest (Summer Night Festival), Dorffest (Village Festival), and Wine Festival that are all in July, a 2-day Kerwe in early August, and a Pfarrfest in September.

What’s really funny is some of Burgebrach’s villages have only 8, 12, and 15 residents. Hmm, oh well, everyone deserves a party, right? :-)

And everyone deserves a chance to bike out into the Steigerwald — so go rent one if you want. It’s fun for the whole family, that’s for sure.

What’s fun for mom & dad is getting back over to the Schwanenbräu. Let me know what you think of the Burgebracher Kellerbier, OK?

 

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