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Tauberbischofsheim is a cute town on the Romantic Road known for its wine production, as well as the historic Kurmainzisches Castle. Surprisingly, it’s also famous for fencing, and the town’s fencing club is one of the most successful fencing clubs in the world.
This walk starts from the northern side of the old centre of Tauberbischofsheim. You can park for free a few hundred meters from here at the Rewe Supermarket, or walk the short distance from Tauberbischofsheim train station.
Tauberbischofsheim Walking Tour Map
Tips for Tauberbischofsheim Walking Tour
- Das Schlosscafe is a very popular cafe in the centre of town, reserve in advance for brunch/lunch on the weekends.
- The tourist information, by the Rathaus, is open Easter to mid-October weekdays 8am-5pm, weekends 11am-4pm. Open mid-October to Easter Mon-Fri 8am-noon, and Mon-Thu also 1:30-4:30pm.
- When in the area, make sure to explore the larger towns of Wertheim and Würzburg.
- Check out other walks on our Germany Hiking Page.
Top Sights in Tauberbischofsheim
On this self-guided walking tour, you’ll see the main sights and attractions of Tauberbischofsheim. It’s only a small town, so you don’t need more than 1 hour to walk around.
- Kirche St Martin
- Kurmainzisches Castle
Best Place to Stay in Tauberbischofsheim
Hotel Adlerhof* is perhaps the best place to stay in Tauberbischofsheim. It’s right next to the station, but also offers free parking and is very close to the town centre. After exploring the Altstadt, Tauberbischofsheim makes a great base for hiking and cycling in the beautiful Tauber Valley.
Tauberbischofsheim Walking Tour Route
From the junction of Schmiederstraße and Blumenstraße, walk along Blumenstraße to the Marktplatz.
The marketplace is a large square in the Altstadt of Tauberbischofsheim. At one end is the Rathaus Tauberbischofsheim, an impressive red-stone building from 1865-1867. Many other cute historical buildings surround the square, including the Old Post Office from 1602 and an old apothecary. St Lioba church is opposite the Rathaus.
Directions: Turn right at the far end of the square to walk along the cobbled pedestrianised street. Take the first right along a cute little lane to reach the next stop.
2. Kirche St Martin
The Kirche St Martin is the main Catholic church in Tauberbischofsheim, built in 1940. It’s fairly plain inside, with just a small, very golden altar and simple decorations.
Directions: Head back to the pedestrianised street from the other side of the church and turn right. Take the next left, and left again to the pretty Schlossplatz and the next stop on the walking tour. If you’re hungry or thirsty, check out the popular Das Schlosscafe nearby (reservations may be needed for brunch/lunch weekends).
3. Kurmainzisches Castle
Key Information: Castle museum is open Easter- 1st Nov, Tue-Sat 2-4:30pm, Sundays and holidays 10am-noon and 2-4:30pm.
The Kurmainzisches Castle is the top sight in Tauberbischofsheim, taking up one side of the Schlossplatz. It grew out of a royal court which existed here since the early Middle Ages. Formerly with fortifications and surrounded by a moat, it was attached and taken by Kurmainz (the Electorate of Mainz, an important state in the Holy Roman Empire) in 1237.
The castle was extended in the 15th century and Gothic elements were added. It was the official seat of the bailiffs of the Mainz Electorate for hundreds of years, but in 1849 ownership changed to the city of Tauberbischofsheim itself. The Tauberfränkisches Landschaftsmuseum (Tauber-Franconian Landscape Museum) has been housed in the castle since 1970.
Today the Türmersturm, the large castle tower, is the symbol of Tauberbischofsheim and has been here since the 13th century.
Directions: Take a right down the cobbled street by the fountain with the realistic bronze people. Take the second left and left again back to the Marktplatz. Take the first right to see the Klosterhof. There’s a nice cafe here in summer. Continue along the Hauptstraße.
The Hauptstraße, as the name suggests, is the main street in Tauberbischofsheim and a great street to walk along as it was recently pedestrianised. There are several cute shops along the street and a few more historic buildings.
Directions: Once you reach a little square just before the main roads, take the small road to the left, Ringstraße. This will bring you back to where you began, and the end of the Tauberbischofsheim Walking Tour.
Other nearby towns to walk around include Würzburg, Wertheim and Lauda. For more walking tours and hikes in Germany, see our Germany hiking page.