There is a reason that people come to this region of Middle Franconia. Some come for the natural beauty and others for the many little towns that have weathered the ages.
Hilpoltstein and its 31 villages will have you coming for its beautiful countryside, its many festivals, and its plenty of historical buildings which will have you wondering if you’ve time warped back a few centuries. ;-)
Much of the culture and places of interest here in town tell the story of the region’s history. Castle Hilpoltstein is one of the oldest buildings in town as it was built over a thousand years ago. The castle ruins are a major tourist attraction and its tourist center makes a great place to start your journey. It’s also the place to be for the 3-day Castle Celebration on the 1st weekend in August.
Hilpoltstein is so proud of its long history (and there really is a lot to take in) you might want to join in on its “Old City” organized tour. It will give you a more in-depth look at the town’s City Hall (circa 1417), the St. Johannes Village Church (1473), Choir Manor house (1491), the Jahrsdorfer House (1523) where you’ll see how the aristocracy lived quite well for its day. Last but not least is the Doederleinsturm (the last remaining medieval wall tower).
Another interesting tour offered by the town is the “Underground Tour.” Follow a guide through the old dark tunnels underneath the city streets for a different look about town.
Visitors are able to learn more at the Museum Schwarzes Ross, or the Urban History Museum. For you beer lovers, it’s here that you’ll get a look at Renaissance beer making. Sadly the brewing of the stuff stopped in 1880, but residents are still proud of its brewing history.
Hilpoltstein isn’t all old buildings, it’s a place of fun, music, and laughter. Come see for yourself at the Spring Concert in April, or the Medieval Festival in May, and the Kite Celebration on the last weekend in September.
So, come time warp yourself to Hilpoltstein — you’ll be more than happy you did.