Franken - Gateway to Bavaria in the heart of Germany
The village of Zeilitzheim, in the heart of Franconia in northern Bavaria, is conveniently located near both the main east-west and north-south highways (Autobahn) of Germany, the Autobahn A3 and A7.
We are located halfway between the airports of Frankfurt/Main and Nuremberg, each about an hour's drive away, and about 3 hours drive from Munich. I suggest you rent a car at the airport and explore Bavaria! Zeilitzheim is a good stopping-off point when travelling to Munich and other Bavarian attractions such as Neuschwanstein castle, the Chiemsee etc.
Würzburg with its famous castles and old town is only 30 minutes away by car. If you are interested in 19th century art you will have to visit the Georg Schäfer Museum in Schweinfurt (20 minutes). Of course the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must-visit for anybody traveling to Germany (1 hour by car). Bamberg is a beautiful old town on the road between here and Munich. But also the many small medieval towns in our area are worth exploring.
Frankenwein - Wine-Lovers' Paradise
Franconia is known especially for its dry white wines. These are favored by the mild climate in the Main valley and the soil with its high mineral content.
Franconian wines grow in the sediments of the Triassic, mainly categorized by new red sandstone, shell limestone and a clay rock form known as keuper. These soils and climate produce earthy, robust wines with fresh acidity. Wines are often still filled in the traditional Franconian "Bocksbeutel" bottle.
Zeilitzheim and the villages along the Main river valley near Volkach lie in the heart of the limestone region.
The castle's own winery, founded in 2012, presented its first wines in May of 2013. I'd be glad to show you around our vineyards and the estate and to tell you about how my two vintner colleagues and I grow and make the wine.
Visit Franconia and enjoy its wines right here!
Beer - Important Part of Bavarian Culture
Zeilitzheim sits right on the border of wine- and beer-country, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds in our region.
The predominant style of beer produced in the vicinity of the village is Pilsner and Hefeweizen (wheat beer). But you will also find dark beers and - in season - Doppelbock. Tours of the brewery in the next village over are possible. I'll gladly help you make an appointment (and tag along, if you want and I have time!).
Please check out my beer-related articles in my blog.
Places to visit
y personal favorite German city with an intact or well-restored old town is Bamberg. Only about 40 minutes away by car you can take either the scenic route through the Steigerwald forest or take the Autobahn for part of the trip.