Miltenberg, Franconia, Bavaria

Miltenberg am Main

Between vineyards, forest and water at the romantic Main valley lies the gateway to Spessart and Odenwald, the medieval half-timbered town of Miltenberg.

Here, on the southwestern tip of the Mainviertel, the idyllic course of the river Main, characterizes the landscape. The city of Miltenberg looks back on 3,500 years of proud history and is still lively and young.

Nestled between Greinberg and Main, you will experience the unique atmosphere from the oldest part of the city in the historic Schwarzviertel. You can view the wealth and the former importance of Miltenberg. The visitors still recognize the magnificent half-timbered buildings, which are unparalleled in Germany.

Miltenberg Der Riesen, oldest Restaurant and Hotel in  Germany
Miltenberg “Der Riesen”, the oldest Restaurant and B&B in Germany

We had a late lunch at the Oldest Guesthouse in Germany “Zum Riesen”, anno 1300, in which even in these days you can still dine in a historic ambience.

Grilled Pork knuckle with dumplings
Had a grilled Pork Knuckle and Semmelknödel at the “Riesen”

From traditional Inns and “Häckerwirtschaften”, which serve hearty snacks, cozy cafes to fine cuisine – in Miltenberg every connoisseur gets his money’s worth.

Miltenburg Schnatterloch fountain, Brunnen
Schnatterloch, Miltenberg

Miltenberg is a stop on route of the River cruise ships on the Main. We saw the tourists flocking into town to do their souvenir shopping. Later in the evening, after all the passengers are back on the ship in their cabins, we found the town remarkable quiet

Old half-timbered Houses and cobble stone road

You can take the Franconian Red Wine Trail, do a parachute jump over the slopes of the Odenwald, or explore more than 500 million years of fascinating geology in the UNESCO Geo-Nature Park.

The view from the Defense Castle Mildenburg.

The view from the Defense Castle Mildenburg

The Mildenburg, which is the backdrop to an incomparable open-air theater every summer, towers above it all. Since July 2011, the beautifully restored castle houses the Museum “Burg Miltenberg”, in which icons and contemporary works of art present themselves in a tense dialogue.

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