Nature and beer-drinker’s delight from the Bavarian Forest to the Kyffhäusergebirge hill range
All the way along the Beer and Castle Road you experience the panoramic and cultural delights of Bavaria at first hand. Created in 1977, this route stretches over 500 kilometres from the Bavarian Forest to Thuringia. On the stretch that runs through Bavaria you travel from Amberg to Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Pegnitz, Bayreuth and Kulmbach all the way to Kronach. Along the way you will come across lovingly restored castles, old fortresses and ruins as well as breweries steeped in tradition set in the heart of pristine nature.
Imposing buildings along the Beer and Castle Road
Why not start your tour of the Beer and Castle Road in Amberg: In the city there are many buildings that are steeped in history, including the castle of the Elector Palatine with its helical tiles and its magnificent gabled roof.
Just about twelve kilometres further to the north-west, the ducal town of Sulzbach-Rosenberg greets you warmly. In the historic town centre you will marvel at the largest palace complex in the north-east of Bavaria, which can be found surrounding Sulzbach Castle.
Follow the Beer and Castle Road further to Pegnitz, the eastern gateway to Franconian Switzerland. At the Schloßberg take some refreshment in a Biergarten and savour the beer from the surrounding breweries. Then in the Trockau quarter visit the castle of the same name, which takes the form of an irregular rectangle.
Still in the same district you will then come to the festival city of Bayreuth, which literally teems with magnificent buildings: from the “Hermitage Old Palace” to the “New Palace Bayreuth” and the “Margravial Opera House”, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2012. It is due to reopen in April 2018 after a five-year-long refurbishment.
Hops, malt and castles in Frankenwald (Franconian Forest)
Whoever travels a lot must also rest from time to time, and where better than in the Frankenwald (Franconian Forest). Beer is a staple food here – in fact, the region of Franconia has the largest density of breweries worldwide. Kulmbach calls itself the “secret capital of beer”. Famous beers are “Mönchshof”, “EKU” and “Kulmbach”. If you would like to find out more about the history of this golden liquid you must visit the Bayerisches Brauereimuseum, which tells you all about the history of beer – and includes a tasting. On a mountain ledge you will discover one of the most imposing Renaissance buildings in Germany, which is also the symbol of Kulmbach: the fortress of Plassenburg.
From Kulmbach the Beer and Castle Road takes you via Weißenbrunn to Kronach. Fortress Rosenberg, a former Bamberg bishopric, rises steeply over the old town. You will also get a magnificent view over the roofs of Kronach from the modern-rustic brewery hotel “s´Antla”. A visit to the “Kaiserhof” brewery with its own hop garden is the ideal ending to your visit to the city of Lucas Cranach. On the Beer and Castle Road, beer and castles form a symbiosis that guarantees you thrilling and delicious holiday experiences.