Miltenberg am Main - pleasure tours in town and country

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Miltenberg on the Main

Enjoy Miltenberg on the Main

Seldom does a city inspire us as quickly as Miltenberg am Main in Churfranken in the north of Bavaria. Anyone who has been following our blog for a long time knows that we love regions and cities with flair. We like to vacation in a wine region in Germany. Miltenberg in Franken offers exactly that. A place for connoisseurs, located in the middle of the wine region of Churfranken am Main. Surrounded by vineyards, Miltenberg boasts a completely preserved old town. The half-timbered houses in this area date back to the Middle Ages. The old town of Miltenberg is on the left bank of the Main at the knee of the Main square between Spessart and Odenwald. Miltenberg bought the districts on the right bank of the Main at the beginning of the 20th century. To this day, this district is known as Großheubach.


Half timbered details in Miltenberg am Main
Half timbered details in Miltenberg



Enjoying tours in and around Miltenberg am Main

We set off to explore the half-timbered town on the Main. Miltenberg never died in a conflagration. Therefore, on our tour of the old town, we see how the first half-timbered houses were built: solid and stable. You should take your time for a stroll through Miltenberg am Main. The details of this city make a walk an experience. Richly painted facades, door frames with carvings, beautifully decorated fountains and staircases always open up new insights into the history of the city.


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The framework only had to perform static functions. It was only when the city clerks became wealthier that they became interested in embellishing their houses. This can still be seen in the half-timbered houses in the city. We learn that the city's builders were reliable payers. A modest "h" on the church wall in the city center indicates this. It served as a quality mark for the willingness of the client to pay. Craftsmen passing through on the roller could recognize that they were reliable and thus offer their services with a clear conscience.


Tavern sign at the Hotel zum Giant in Miltenberg am Main
Tavern sign at the hotel zum Riesen


Today's visitors of the city make themselves comfortable in mild temperatures around the twenty degrees in the beer gardens of the city. Others overtake us with a bicycle or backpack on our backs. They are obviously on their way to the first hike of the year. Maybe it also lures the castle that towers over the old town.


Decorative truss in Miltenberg am Main
Decorative framework


Explore the sights of Miltenberg in the old town of Miltenberg am Main

A stroll through the Miltenberg pedestrian zone

We continue our tour to the town square, which is quite generous for a medieval town. Once there was room for the carriages and carts that transported goods from the Main to the city. Each dealer who passed Miltenberg in the Middle Ages had to offer his goods for a few days in the city. Finally, in the town museum, we see a room from which a merchant could keep an eye on the flow of goods from the river. That his position gave him prosperity, we recognize in a chest. In it he transported his money on the road - safer than many safes today. A cabinet with magnificent inlays also testifies to the prosperity of the merchants in the city.


Open fermentation of the Kräusen beer of the brewery Faust
Open fermentation of the Kräusen beer of the brewery Faust


Craft beers from the brewery Faust

From the double-towered church in the city center, we follow a narrow lane that is lined with other half-timbered houses. It takes us to the brewery Faust, where the brewing family produces successful craft beers worldwide. On the ground floor we can see the brewing kettle, whose heat is too high even in spring-like temperatures. In summer it has to be unbearably hot here. We finally go up to a room where the curls of natural cloudy foam in open fermentation boilers. What does not look like beer here proves to be a taste experience in our subsequent beer tasting.


The Main from the brewery Faust in Miltenberg on the Main
The Main from the brewery Faust in Miltenberg


Before we can still on the balcony in front of the fermentation room. The view from there to the Main River is breathtaking. On the one hand, the half-timbered houses separate us from the main brewery. On the other side, the view slides over the roofs of the medieval buildings to the river. This makes a curve here. In addition, it is lined on the left side by steep vineyards. Just because of this sight you should not miss a visit to the brewery Faust.


In these barrels, beer matures
In these barrels, beer matures


At the end of our brewery tour we can taste the beers. On the ground floor of the brewery, our companion gives us craft beers, for which the brewery is known. I love the Kräusen Naturtrüb and the Schwarzviertler Dunkel, a very special beer that matures in barrels in the brewery's ice cellar. There is also the brewery's treasure chapel from 1631, where we will taste this beer.

Brauhaus Faust
Main street 219, 63897 Miltenberg

Coffee enjoyment in Café Mocha

If you prefer coffee to beer, then a visit to Café Mocha on Miltenberg's town square is worthwhile. The owner, Meli Schmitt, is a qualified Viennese coffee sommelier. She serves all types of coffee that Austria is famous for. It doesn't matter whether you want a small mocha, a large brown, a Viennese melange, a Franziskaner or a Kapuziner - you can get them in their small, rather inconspicuous café on the town square of Miltenberg am Main. But that's not all. She also creates specialty coffees that make your mouth water just reading the ingredients. Have you ever tried coffee with turmeric, coriander, saffron, cinnamon, chocolate & co? You should. There are also great coffee mixes with caramel sauce, chai syrup, pumpkin Mush, chocolate nut cream, ginger nutmeg syrup and other exotic delicacies.


Espresso tonic with passion fruit
Espresso tonic with passion fruit


We get to know Café Mocha on an August day. On our visit on this hot summer day, we opt for a cool espresso tonic with passion fruit. A refreshing coffee mixture that awakens our weary spirits. In Café Mocha, you can not just relax over coffee and cake and watch the passers-by in the old town of Miltenberg. Meli Schmitt also owns a coffee roastery around the corner. There she offers coffee seminars for interested parties. We participate in one and can only marvel at the knowledge she has about coffees of all kinds.

Café Mocha
Hauptstrasse 162 (on the market square), 63897 Miltenberg

Coffee school
Mainstrasse 69, 63897 Miltenberg


Coffees in the coffee roasting shop
Coffees in the coffee roasting shop

At the bread sommelier of Miltenberg on the Main

So far we knew wine sommeliers, beer sommeliers and coffee sommeliers. But we had never heard of a bread sommelier. The explanation is simple. This Ausblidung exists only since 2015. Worldwide! The Federal Academy of the German Bakers' Trade in Weinheim has set up this training course. One of the first to participate was Volker Mayer from Miltenberg. He proudly wears his diploma on his apron when he receives us. He tells how bread must be, so that it meets its requirements. You can hear how crusty the bark is when he cuts slices from his bread and lets them try. It is full-bodied and tastes spicy. Just as good bread should taste.


Breads from Mayer's Bäck
Breads from Mayer's Bäck


In his shop we can see how varied his breads are. In addition to regular wheat mixed bread and Franconian country bread, the list of breads is long. There's Schwarzviertler, Pane Maggiore, St. Gallner Bürlibrot or a Ticino farmhouse loaf. His bread is international. In addition to a normal baguette I discover hearty French, rye and Dinkelfranzosen. The Tirolerbaguette and the Pane Adriatico also sound interesting. We would have to be in Miltenberg for weeks to try all varieties. Therefore, we limit ourselves to tasting and take home one of the freshly baked breads. At the next visit we try a new one.

Mayer's Bakery
Str. 168
63897 Miltenberg


Enjoy the tour in the surroundings of Miltenberg am Main

White Dog and Lime Dog from Rüdenau

It is just under six kilometers from Miltenberg to the village of Rüdenau. Instead of the Odenwald, we might as well have landed in Ireland. Because our next stop is at the St. Kilian Distillers. Not only the name sounds Irish. The story also begins in Ireland. Investment banker Andreas Thümmler travels a lot and loves whiskey. No wonder Ireland is one of his destinations. In Kilbeggan, he tastes a whiskey that excites him so much that he wants to buy the whole barrel. The distiller of the Irish distillery, David Hynes, however, laughs and says that the keg is not for sale. For three days Thümmler ... and finally travels back to Franconia with his cask of Irish whiskey.



When Hynes visits him in Rüdenau two years later, their conversations revolve around whiskey again. On one evening in the year 2012, the two sit together and taste one brand of whiskey after the other. It comes, as it must. Thümmler has no memory of the whiskyseligen evening the next morning. However, that changed rapidly when, after a few days, an invoice for 480000 pounds arrived in his mailbox about the purchase of two copper stills for distilling whiskey. Thümmler dawns that he had completed the purchase by handshake.


Petar talks to our guide at the whiskey distillery St. Kilian
Petar talks shop for whiskey in the St. Kilian Distillery


How a crazy idea becomes the largest whiskey distillery in Germany

Three years later, the stills in the old textile factory of Rüdenau, the Thümmler can be converted for ten million euros in a whiskey distillery. Meanwhile, hundreds of barrels are stored in the warehouses of the distillery. His master distiller, Mario Rudolf from Amorbach, produces German single malt whiskey. Only from May 2019 the distillate may call itself after European right whiskey. We still taste the fruity fires like the White Dog or the Lime Dog. The White Dog, the fresh distillate, has already been awarded the World's Best Product in its category at the Whiskey World Awards. It is worth keeping an eye on the whiskeys of the St. Killian Distillers.

St. Kilian Distillers
Main road 1 to 5
63924 Rüdenau

You can visit the still from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 17 p.m. Guided tours with tasting are possible on Saturday and Sunday on request.

FASSining food at the Gasthof-Landhotel Zum Stern in Rüdenau

After visiting the Rüdenau whiskey distillery, we recommend a visit to the Zum Stern country inn in Rüdenau. This is one of the few inns in Churfranken that still has its own butcher's shop. the Franconian specialtiesthat are served here come either from the in-house butcher's shop or from local producers. Slow food with German whiskey, so to speak. Because our dessert is made with brandies from the St. Kilian distillery. But see for yourself how delicious the food in the inn looks:


Gasthof-Landhotel-Butcher "Zum Stern"
Hauptstraße 41
63924 Rüdenau near Miltenberg

On the way back to Miltenberg we finally make a stop at

Winery Prince Löwenstein

The winery is located in the castle park of Löwenstein Castle in Kleinheubach am Main. The place is almost five kilometers northwest of Miltenberg am Main. For 400 years, the royal family has been making wine in Franconia as well as in Rheingau at. The white wines mature in steel tanks in the stables of the castle, which was built in 1725. The red wines also rest in oak barrels in a separate area. The winery makes the barrels itself from wood from the family's own oak forests in the Spessart and Odenwald.


Chicken drumsticks with bread dumplings on a bed of vegetables in the Gasthof Zum Stern
Chicken drumsticks with bread dumplings on a bed of vegetables in the Gasthof Zum Stern


This must be included in the visit to Miltenberg in the Odenwald suitcase

    • Comfortable Shoes. In Miltenberg you will definitely walk a lot.
    • Also, forget comfortable pumps not, because in some Miltenberg restaurants you dine in elegant surroundings.
    • A backpack, in which you can store a picnic, for example.
    • An Camera* for the photo opportunities that Miltenberg offers.

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Vaulted cellar in the royal stables of Löwenstein Castle in Kleinheubach
Vaulted cellar in the royal stables of Löwenstein Castle in Kleinheubach


During our visit we were able to taste the wines in the newly built wine shop. The Silvaner wines from the steep slopes of Homburger Kallmuth in Franconia are particularly causing a sensation. You can also try the Sauvignon Blanc or the Rheingau Riesling and the Pinot Noir from the “Carl Edition”.

However, as visitors to the wine shop, we do not have access to the castle or the castle park. This is reserved for hotel guests.

Winery Prince Löwenstein
Castle Park 3
63924 Kleinheubach
Tel. 09371 9486600

Opening time wine sales:
Monday-Friday: 10.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. & 13.00 p.m.-18.00 p.m.
Saturday: 10.00am - 15.00pm
or by appointment


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Restaurants in Miltenberg

Food in the oldest inn in Germany

Just the thing for connoisseurs like us. One of the oldest restaurants in Germany, for example, is located in the Hotel zum Riesen. However, we cannot verify whether this claim corresponds to the facts. Nobody can tell us exactly how long the “giant” has been around. But the building is definitely old. Here we eat on dark wooden tables. Outside the restaurant I read that the premises were once the stables of the inn. Maybe that’s why Petar’s lunch is called “Miltenberger Rossäpfel”? In any case, this is what his meatballs look like on sauerkraut and fried potatoes. Instead I order a Miltenberg soup meat with fried potatoes and green sauce. This is definitely an indication that we are not far from the Bavarian-Hesse border. Is the green sauce but a Frankfurt specialty.


Miltenberger Rossäpfel in the Gasthof zum Riesen
Miltenberger Rossäpfel in the Gasthof zum Riesen
Miltenberger soup meat with green sauce
Miltenberger soup meat with green sauce



Shrimp on beans and couscous in Miltenberg am Main
Shrimp on beans and couscous
Morels with vegetables in Miltenberg on the Main
Morels with vegetables


Questions and answers about Miltenberg am Main

Where is Miltenberg in Hessen?

Miltenberg does not belong to Hesse, but to Bavaria. Miltenberg is located on the Mainviereck between Spessart and Odenwald.

How high is Miltenberg?

Miltenberg am Main lies at an altitude of 129 m.

Where is Churfranken?

Churfranken is located in northern Bavaria and borders on Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. It borders on the Rhine-Main metropolitan region as well as on the wine region in northern Franconia between Aschaffenburg and Wertheim.

How old is Miltenberg?

There are ring walls that date back to the Neolithic period around 4000 BC. BC. These are located, among others, on the Greinberg above Miltenberg. The settlement by the Romans began around 90 AD.

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Miltenberg am Main - pleasure tours in town and country

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

8 thoughts too "Miltenberg am Main - pleasure tours in town and country"

  1. Hello you two,

    Now I have made it and was with my husband over Easter in Miltenberg. The town is really nice and cozy. At that time, you made me want to travel to this destination. A heartfelt thank you.


    1. Hello Renate,

      I am very pleased that our report about Miltenberg has animated you to a visit. We also like the small town very well.

      Best regards,

  2. This looks very comfortable and the enjoyment is not too short, as you prove. And besides good beer, Miltenberg is considered the Franconian red wine heart.

    1. That's true, Antje. The Spätburgunder, which we drank there, tastes wonderful.

  3. Hello Monika and Petar,

    Germany is a beautiful country. You have captured the region of Altenberg am Main with beautiful half-timbered facades well in the photo. Just as regional architecture is individual, there are also regional products, dishes and culinary experiences. I noticed that one of the main focuses of your blog. There are over 1300 regional, medium-sized breweries in Germany. They mainly produce delicious beers with an infinite number of aroma and taste variations. The brewing companies cannot keep up with industrially brewed beer. The jubilee year “Beer. 500 years of the German Purity Law ”, draws attention to this.

    Greetings Andreas

    1. That's true, Andreas. Indulgence is for us in addition to beautiful places and regional specialties and products. Of course, beers are part of it. We want to deal with it even more intensively this year.

  4. Your contribution clearly shows that there are still many things to discover in Germany! Authentic architecture, regional cuisine and a tribute to the modern age: craft beer.

    1. That's right, Sabine. So far, we have been looking for beautiful things in faraway countries. Meanwhile, we also get to know the charm of Europe and Germany. There is a lot to discover here as well.

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