I’d swear sometimes that Germany makes up different names for the same forest. This time it’s the Lorenzer Reichswald or Lorenz Imperial Forest, where you’ll find Schwarzenbruck and its 10 hamlets.
The forests of Franconia are for more than just looking at some tall trees. With lots of hiking trails and bicycle paths you never know where you might wind up; preferably to a nice quiet restaurant where you can eat some delicious regional cuisine.
As much as I like hiking the Franconian forests, I like its castles better (less walking). One castle nearby is the Farber-Castell. This isn’t your normal, everyday medieval schloss. No, this Renaissance castle is the home of the Farber-Castell stationary moguls. I guess you can say this is the castle pencils built.
Schwarzenbruck’s other castle is Schloss Petzsch (it used to be known as Castle Schwarzenbruck), built in 1425. It’s not anywhere as opulent as the Farber-Castell. But, let’s not compare… they’re both beautiful.
Sightseeing in Scwarzenbruck ends here. No, sorry, it ends at the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal, but there are a few festivals and other events that are worth sticking around for.
I’ll say the weekly market is an event, as is Club Night on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. There’s also bi-monthly Bible Experience (2nd & 4th Thursday of month) at the Evangelical Community Center, church music on Saturdays at the (Catholic) St. Joseph Schwarzenbruck, and amateur artists are welcome at the Schwarze Stuben on the 2nd Monday of the month.
Some events are more extraordinary, like the May Day Festival, special art exhibitions, and the chance to watch a performance of Franconian folk dancers.
You go right on ahead; I’ll be wandering around the forests looking for the perfect beer garden or buying one of those famous Farber-Castell pencils since I’m here and need to keep writing…