W ertheim - W orth - Spring Tour in Bavaria 2010 - Part 3 - CycleBlaze

May 23, 2010

W ertheim - W orth

Today we cycle between the Spessart and Odenwald mountain ranges. Here in the 2nd century AD, the Main River served as a border of the Roman Empire, the "Limes". The Roman Limes in Germany covers a length of 550 km and was a defense against the barbarians to the north. There are some vestiges of built walls, ditches and forts scattered about the countryside.

The Main is now a border between Odenwald to the southwest and Spessart.
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Red sandstone cliffs along the Main
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We cross the Main to the left bank at Freudenberg where we take a break and enjoy the view. We are again blessed with fantastic cycling weather and on this sunny Sunday and Pfingsten (Whitsun or Pentecost), a three-day week-end, there are lots of cyclists out, young and old, riding leisurely along the river.

Stop for a break along the river in Freudenberg
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Freudenberg. Frequently in small towns Italian, Greek and Yugoslavian restaurants have replaced the traditional Bavarian pubs - here it's Restaurant Hellas.
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Street in Freudenberg cobbled in red sandstone
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Castle Freudenburg overlooking Freudenberg: I don't know what the currency symbols are all about. Castle for sale?
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Our route takes us on to Miltenberg located on a bend in the river. This little town is a gem. It never suffered major war damage or town fires. Its main attractions are the wonderful half-timbered houses that line the main street and market square. Of course, there are lots of visitors milling around which makes it feel a little like a museum instead of a place where people live and work. I'd enjoy coming here on, say, a Wednesday morning when life is normal.

Miltenberg - historic old town
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Miltenberg - historic old town
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Miltenberg - historic old town with Mildenburg Castle on the hill
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Miltenberg: Hanging sign for the Hotel Zum Riesen, allegedly one of Germany's oldest inns. Note the six-pointed star, a symbol for breweries and pubs.
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One of Miltenberg's elaborate and well cared for facades
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Facade detail
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Miltenberg - Detail from a house facade
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From the river path, we cast one more glance at Miltenberg and its bridge before we continue. The clouds that have accumulated are more decorative than threatening and by the time we reach our destination the sky is again blue.

Spessart Bridge over the river at Miltenberg
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Our last stop today is in Wörth where we have reserved a room at Hotel Anker. There's not much going on in Wörth. For dinner we have the choice of Turkish fare at our hotel or pizza at the Italian place. We settle for pizza and a walk around town.

Our hotel is behind this wall, erected on the site of medieval town fortifications.
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Wörth: This part of town is an early example of city planning with geometric street layout, constructed from the ruins of the original sandstone buildings after the flood of 1882.
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