The Aschaffenburg District occupies the northwestern-most corner of Bavaria, where the Main River loops to create a perfect agricultural zone. You will find that the valley of Kahl and the banks of the Main are especially fertile tracts for growing wine grapes, as well as apples used for making a Bavarian specialty, Apfelwein.
Aschaffenburg District Map
Towns & Villages in the Aschaffenburg District
- Goldbach (Franconia)
- Haibach (Lower Franconia)
- Kahl am Main
- Karlstein am Main
You may hear tales of the wine pressers of Blankenbach well beyond the region. They are the beneficiaries of a long tradition, as are the vintners of Alzenau. It is said that monks from the monastery in Seligenstadt brought winemaking techniques to the area, perhaps as early as the 13th century.
Today, many Kahl Valley towns surrounded by cropland have turned to manufacturing. Großostheim, for example, has several vineyards and a brewery, but the town now counts on Nintendo and others for its livelihood. In fact, the residents of Glattbach are almost all commuters who have jobs in the non-district town of Aschaffenburg.
If seeing the sights is to your liking, you have much to choose from here. Geiselbach has had a Seligenstadt monastery since 1269. You can see a lovely castle in Mespelbrunn and some fascinating old mills at Kahl am Main. And Goldbach features two vaunted parish churches, St. Nicholas Church in the old village center and the Romanesque Revival Church built in 1895 of sandstone.
One more stop for you, if you enjoy nature, is the low-lying Spessart mountains. With routes for cycling and long walks in the wild, they offer you a great place to relax and unwind.