I’m not gonna buy it if you tell me you couldn’t find your way to the Middle Franconian town of Burthann since there’s frequent train service to Nuremberg (only about a good half hour away). Getting here is only the half of it since the stunning countryside is exceptionally pretty.
If Burgthann’s flowerbox framed City Hall (on a charming cobblestone square) is any indication of what you’ll find in the rest of the town; you’re in for a real treat. You won’t find a historic Rathaus building here, though, but the modern building doesn’t look out of place, either.
What is historic in Burgthann are the ruins of Burg Thann (yup, spelled correctly). This old castle was built around 1160, destroyed and rebuilt several times before it was finally abandoned in the 18th century. Climb its Donjon (tower), walk around its local history museum, or enjoy some music during the summer Jazz Celebration.
Other summer events in Burgthann are two (yes, two) Kirchweih Festivals. There are quite a few hamlets that make up this town, so each has their own church; hence more than one Kirchweih (which is a church festival).
The biggest festival in Burgthann is the Eppelein Festival, which is held at the castle. This party is so large it’s held once every three years to serve thousands that come out to eat, drink, and dance in the streets.
Oh, please — this is Bavaria, tell me you didn’t expect there wouldn’t be good Bavarian beer? Pair it with Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, which is great grilled sausage and usually served with Sauerkraut and a hearty bread.
Don’t worry about all the calories, work ’em off bicycling around the Rothsee (between Allersberg and Hilpoltstein). Ride out along the Danube Main Channel and walk around the Bavarian Ludwig Danube Main Channel Museum (wow, that’s long name).
Burgthann is a rustic and traditional Franconian town, just like its food. It’s pretty and the people are friendly; which makes an even greater place to visit.