Hösbach — Follow Stone Age Footsteps On The Dirt Road

Hösbach is a cute little market town in Lower Franconia, only about 50 km or 35 miles east of Frankfurt am Main.

Its town center seems a bit more modern than some of her other counterparts, but that’s all right. Hösbach has some of the most beautiful mountain biking, jogging, hiking, and regular old cycling trails that you can physically handle.

It’s a quiet place within the forests with no cars, allowing for deep reflection and delighting the senses. Don’t fret historyphiles, there’s something here for you, too. ;-)

You might as well get the historical sightseeing out of the way first, as you might not have any energy left after tackling the countryside. Hösbach’s landmark is its Romanesque style St. Michael’s Church. This stunning stone church has a huge spire that has stood over the town for centuries.

If a castle’s what you’re looking for then Castle Johannisburg is it. The oldest part of the castle is its “keep,” also called a donjon or tower was built sometime in the 14th century with the rest of the castle built around 1605. There are also the ruins of Monastery Schmerlenbach, even older than the castle, as it dates back to the 13th century.

With that out of the way, it’s time to go off on any number of hiking, walking, cycling, or mountainbiking trails. There’s a great mountainbiking trail, known as the Edelweiß Kappelle Route, with plenty of wine tasting opportunities along the way.

Along the Steiger-Zu den Weyberhöfen Route, which is a leisurely bicycle route, you’ll be excited to get to the end. You’ll be more than handsomely rewarded with dishes and beer at the local brewery restaurant, Weyberbräu.

The region around Hösbach has been settled since the days of the Stone Age (around 4000 B.C.). So as you’re out walking around the old dirt road past the old brickyard on the Günthersbach Route, think of all those who came before.

When you find yourself within this area of Bavaria, you’ll not want to miss Hösbach. Once you’re here, you’ll understand why those Stone Age settlers stayed.

 

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