Wertheim am Main is a town that is a bit like an onion — there’s always another layer to peel away! ;-) Yet the quest for the heart of this river town is a pleasant journey. It’s one of the most popular ports of call for German river cruises, and after a few hours here you’ll see why.
Let’s start with the land…
You like outdoor activities? If you want hiking, biking, Nordic trekking, or plain old heading up to the hills for a picnic, this is a good spot. The forest isn’t as dense here, so you’ll be able to get cutaway views back into town and across the countryside as you go down the trails.
Next there’s the sky. You can get up in the sky in a couple of ways, but the best way to hold the impression of the blue expanse and rolling clouds is by making sure there is a tower or castle somewhere in a photo!
In Wertheim, you will want to get a shot of the Pointed Tower, a kind of mini-leaning tower of Pisa here in the Old Town, and of the Castle, which is considered the town landmark.
Then there are the ships. As the confluence point for the Main and Tauber rivers, Wertheim is a popular stop over point for river cruises in Germany, and day trips are also available. The whole of the landscape will slip by peacefully as you lounge on the sundeck or make friends with your fellow travelers.
Back on land, Wertheim is waiting with its secret weapon… Franconian wine. Where to even start?
Get bottles of the 2003 vintages for taking home as they’re rumored to be one of the best years in decades, but don’t neglect the other vintages on offer, either. Frankly, it’s all quite good and a trip here wouldn’t be complete without trying at least one glass.
These four big draws aren’t the only things to be found here. It’s just the first layer! ;-)
There’s also the Blue House, where the paint color comes from glass fragments, the twisting streets and shops of the Old Town, and the glass blower’s factories.
And several architecturally stunning churches.
And a three day summer fest in July…
Well, you see how it is. This is one town with a lot to offer you, so whatever time you have to spend here will be well spent.