Emskirchen — Middle Franconian Hikes And Sights

Whoever said that not every view is a vista, has obviously never been to Middle Franconia — or more specific, Emskirchen. Foolish mortal, I’m here to tell you that not only will you find this town a stunning vista, but historical and educational on top of it.

Oh, did I forget to mention, an awful lot of fun too?

Really, did you think for one minute that Franconia doesn’t love to have a good time? Whether you’re in Emskirchen for its annual Advents Market, or its numerous Kirchweih (Church Festivals), you’re bound to eat until you pop — and drink until you’ve tried every type of German beer known to man.

I’m kidding on the last one, but only to a point. ;-)

I did say that Emskirchen was educational, so off to take care of the cerebral side of town. The Radio- und Rundfunkmuseum is totally into the whole history of broadcasting — while the building itself, Schloss Brunn, is a piece of history. The castle has been around these parts from the 1750s when it was built.

And don’t go confusing this museum with the Heritage Museum, housed in an even older building — 1632 to be exact. This old farmstead, located at Hindenburgstraße 32, is the Local History Museum.

A good way to learn and see the great outdoors is to learn all about the beekeeping that goes on; or take a guided walking tour.

Taking a guided walking tour is a surefire way of getting the lo-down on the history behind the Lutheran Church of St. Killian. It wasn’t always Lutheran, as it was built back in 1156. There’s a lot of years behind this church, including bells from 1300 and a crucifix from the 15th century. Whereas the Church of the Resurrection Cemetery Chapel is a relative newcomer, built in 1705.

Walking around town isn’t quite the same as hiking or biking through the countryside, so be sure to get a map from the local Tourist Office. A number of trails snake through the Steigerwald, while seven trails are specific to Emskirchen itself; ranging in length from 8–18km.

For anyone who says that not every view is a vista — you take one of Emskirchen’s trails, then get back to me if you haven’t changed your mind. ;-)

 

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