Sometimes it really isn’t about all the parties and festivities. Sometimes you’re just happy and content to calm things down a bit, just wandering around in the peace and quiet. When that happens, I’d have to say you should consider visiting the Lower Franconian town of Rottendorf.
Now that I think about it, we Germans don’t just wander — we plan. So, thanks to the folks in Rottendorf, they’ve come up with a great one. You’ll find six cycling trails through the countryside — all devised to experience the best of the region, stretching all the way to Kitzingen and/or Würzburg.
OK, they’re not all that far — each one essentially borders the town of Rottendorf. ;-)
In my not so humble opinion, I think the walking trails are the best. The more adventurous of you can take the 12.9 km Wanderweg Kronstadter Boden trail, which starts/ends at what’s called Am Marienheim.
I kind of like the Von Kirche zu Kirche, or Church to Church, route. Just follow the yellow cross signs to see Rottendorf’s three churches (like the medieval Church of St. Vitus), a couple of chapels, and quite a number of shrines along this 6.2 km route.
Just a tad bit shorter is the Rothofwanderweg, a looped trail of just 6.1 km that’s really popular with hikers from near and far.
The shortest of the town’s marked routes is the Forest Trail, just 1.8 km chocked full of information about its animals, birds, and local plant life. A lot of joggers like running through here — and who can blame them, it’s pretty.
When you want a little history with your sightseeing, come on over to the Kulturstall. Acting as a Local History Museum of sorts, you’ll learn all about what rural life was like around here, wine making, and even handicrafts.
You won’t need to spend a whole lot of time here in Rottendorf, but what time you do can be spent enjoying the fresh Lower Franconian air, and the peace of quiet.