The Lichtenfels District has been called “God’s garden on the Upper Main,” owing to its natural beauty. The scenic Main River, which cuts through the district from east to west, and the varied terrain of the Franconian Jura will enchant you with their landscapes.
Lichtenfels District Map
Towns & Villages in the Lichtenfels District
- Hochstadt am Main
- Michelau in Oberfranken
Ebensfeld, the gateway to Main’s Eden, is the perfect location for you to begin your journeys here. From the top of Mount Maintal, you can see Altenburg on the horizon and visit the 18th-century Chapel of St. Vitus nearby, surrounded by a 200-year-old linden wreath, the oldest in Europe, which hikers use for shade on hot days.
Head northeast along the Main to Bad Staffelstein to indulge in the curative salt water of its natural thermal spa. While there, be sure to tour the renowned Banz Castle and 18th-century Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
Continuing northeast, you will come to the district seat of Lichtenfels, still thought of as Germany’s basket-making capital. A college here teaches basketry skills using traditional techniques, and you can watch artisans practice their craft at the annual Basket Market in the fall.
Follow the Main east to Burgkunstadt, where the summer’s Old Town Festival offers visitors moderately priced regional beers and Franconian culinary specialties, along with street performances of medieval crafts, in the historic town square. Then go south to Weismain, where a festive monthly market awaits you with local shopping delights.