In Middle Franconia you’ll find Eckental located less that 15 miles (approx 22 km) from the famous city of Nuremberg.
While it would be exceptionally convenient to visit the big city, you’ll also be centrally located to visit some of the smaller surrounding municipalities (Eckenhaid, Eschenau, and Forth) that make up the this Bavarian hamlet.
Eschenau’s history goes back to around the start of the 14th century when the Parish Church Bartholomäus was built. After a stop there, go see the ruins of the 14th century Eschenauer Schloss, having been uninhabited since the 19th century. There are a few other castles within the area if you’re so inclined to seek them out.
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The city of Nuremberg has an exceptionally beautiful 11th century castle, that was painstakingly restored after it was heavily damaged during the Second World War. There’s also the 12th century former emperor’s residence known as the WenzelSchloss. It sits on an island in the middle of the River Pegnitz in Lauf an der Pegnitz which is now a school.
In addition to the Bartholomäus Church in Eschenau, there are a few other churches that are worth your time. Like the 14th century Lutheran Parish Church in Eschenau and a 15th century Lutheran Church in the Forth District.
But, don’t think you’re limited to just visiting old burgs and churches. Eckental has many outdoor activities to get you outside enjoying the Bavarian scenery (Bavaria isn’t the most visited region in Germany for nothing).
If you’ve got a hankering for getting out on the green have at it on Eckental’s golf course. There’s also tennis courts, horseback riding, an indoor and outdoor pool, and countless walking paths. Again, this isn’t the most visited area in all of Germany for nothing — so get outside and see it. ;-)
After that, there isn’t any reason in the world not to head off to one of the many local specialty restaurants or beer gardens for a bite and a beer; you’ve probably earned it!