The Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen District is a fossil rich area, containing petrified evidence of some 800 plant and animal species of the Jurassic Age, proving just how much nature loves this place. Chances are you will, too. :-)
Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen District Map
Towns & Villages in the Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen Distr.
- Bergen (Mittelfrank.)
- Heidenheim (Mittelfr.)
- Markt Absberg
- Markt Berolzheim
- Muhr am See
Weißenburg, the district seat, lies within the precincts of the Altmühltal nature park. Come visit an impressive 11th-century castle, the Hohenzollern Fortress, overlooking the capital from atop Mount Wülzburg. Also see nearby Ellingen, with its Baroque look, which has been called one of the most beautiful towns in South Germany.
Also head north to Absberg, a recognized state resort where you can sunbathe on sandy beaches at the shores of Great Brombach Lake. Swimming, jet skiing, sailing, cruising, wind surfing and snorkeling are just a few of the activities you will want to take part in here. :-)
Further west, you will come to Gunzenhausen on the Altmühl River, not far from Altmühl Lake. The town offers a vibrant cultural scene, with concerts and theater, as well as a popular outdoor bathing facility, Waldbad am Limes, and a wellness center focused on mothers and children.
If you like old fortresses and time allows, stop to see the ruins of the Castle of Treuchtlingen in the south. But be sure not to miss the opportunity further on, in Pappenheim, where a thousand-year-old, medieval castle towers above the landscape. It may take you a day to explore its many steps, towers, dungeons and 1.5-kilometer walls.