Why does it always sound like a cliché when I put the words Bavaria and beer together? That’s not always what you get, at least not when you’re talking about the town of Eltmann — even if it’s known as the “Beer Town of the Steigerwald” because of its four breweries. ;-)
Located along the Steigerwald, Eltmann is a town of pretty houses and old churches on the Main River, kilometer upon kilometer of hiking trails, and old churches. Oh yes, you can’t forget about those.
Having nine districts, there seems to be about that many old churches to see. I believe the oldest one is the Pilgrimage Church in the village of Limbach, despite having had a total Baroque makeover. That’s right, the Church of the Visitation of Mary dates back to the Middle Ages.
Your church visits don’t end here, ya know. I loved the small, gray-stoned church in the village of Dippach, even though the village is probably more famous for its herons.
The other heron famous village is Roßstadt, but it’s also known for its onion-domed/clock tower church — and its Kirchweih celebration on the third weekend of October.
Another old church is the Kreuzkapelle, located at the old graveyard. So what if that sounds creepy, how else do you expect to see this early 17th century chapel? You think that’s old? Please, that’s nothing — the Ölbergkapelle has been a place of religious worship for almost eight centuries.
Do you know what else they’ve been doing around here for that long of a time? That’s right, making wine. The town’s Heimatmuseum (Local History Museum) does a great job explaining the viticulture around these parts. I guess Eltmann should be the Beer and Wine Town of the Steigerwald…
As for something else old, you need to see the Wallburg — a watchtower from an old castle. If you think the tower’s height is impressive at 27 meters, you should’ve been around when it stood at 43 meters. Um, except you probably would’ve had to been around when it was built a thousand years ago to have seen that… ;-)
I wouldn’t mind spending a millennium here… it is, after all, the Beer Town of the Steigerwald. ;-)