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Weikersheim is famous for its Renaissance Schloss and beautiful gardens, one of the best-preserved palaces on the Romantic Road.
This walk starts from the large car park by the modern Tauberphilharmonie Orchestra Hall in Weikersheim. Alternatively, from Weikersheim train station it’s only about 500 metres to the very centre of town.
Weikersheim Walking Tour Map
Tips for Weikersheim Walking Tour
- Schmitts Café is a nice cafe for a kaffee und kuchen (open Mon-Fri 6:30am-6pm, Sun 6:30am-1pm, Sun & PH 7:30am-5pm.).
- When in the area, make sure to explore the larger towns of Tauberbischofsheim, Wertheim and Würzburg.
- Check out other walks on our Germany Hiking Page.
Top Sights in Weikersheim
On this self-guided walking tour, you’ll see the main sights and attractions of Weikersheim. You can spend about 30 minutes walking around town, but several more hours if you go inside Schloss Weikersheim and Gardens.
- City Wall and Bastion
- Schloss Weikersheim
- Gänsturm Stadtmuseum
Apart from the attractions in town itself, walking in the surrounding Tauber Valley is very popular. Click here for a list of nearby trails (in German but with maps). You can pick up a leaflet of walking trails in the tourist information (by the Marktplatz). Opening hours are May-Sep weekdays 9am-1pm & 2-5:30pm, Sat & Sun 10am-2pm. In Oct-Apr, open weekdays 9am-1pm.
Best Place to Stay in Weikersheim
Ferienwohnung Knoerck* is a cute, fully equipped apartment roughly 1 km from the centre of Weikersheim with free parking. There’s everything you need for a great stay in the area, and even a little outside terrace to enjoy the sun.
Weikersheim Walking Tour Route
From the car park, cross over the pedestrian bridge and head right through the car park towards the old city wall.
1. City Wall and Bastion
Weikersheim was first mentioned in historic texts in 1314, and there was already a city wall surrounding the city at that time. The gate in the wall here was protected by a bastion, on which guards patrolled. Now there’s a pub in a colourful old building here, situated on a cute little square.
Directions: Walk up the street to the main square.
The Marktplatz is a large square in the centre of Weikersheim’s old town and close to the famous castle. There’s a rococo fountain in the middle, with historic buildings surrounding the square. The Tourist Information is also here.
The Tauberländer Dorfmuseum (Tauberland Village Museum, open Apr-Oct Sat, Sun & PH, 1:30-5pm, €3) is housed in the Kornbau building, which dates back to the 16th century. It contains many items from the past few centuries such as furniture and explains the old way of life, though only in German.
The Gothic St. George’s Church is at one end of the market square. Originally built around 1419, it has been repaired and renovated several times since. It’s open 9am-6pm every day.
Directions: Walk through the collonade to the grand palace.
3. Schloss Weikersheim
Key Information: Open Apr-Oct Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Open Nov-Mar Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Tickets €8-10/4-5, including the gardens. Visit is by guided tour only, on the hour. In German, but with an English handout.
Visiting Schloss Weikersheim (Website, Tripadvisor Reviews *) is the top thing to do in Weikersheim. It’s a beautiful Renaissance palace with a richly decorated interior. There are stuccowork ceilings, a fantastic rococo mirror cabinet and several grand rooms, such as the huge Knights Hall from 1600.
Key Information: Open Apr-Oct Tue-Sun 9am-6pm. Open Nov-Mar Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Tickets for gardens only €3-4/1.50-2.
The elegantly laid-out palace gardens were inspired by those at Versaille. It’s full of many statues, mainly mythical creatures and is an extremely pleasant place to stroll around.
Directions: Back in the Marktplatz, take the first right past a cute little cottage to a viewpoint of the castle moat and huge walls. Return to the square and leave via the far left corner. Take the first right and follow the road as it bends left towards the obvious tower.
4. Gänsturm Stadtmuseum
Key Information: Open Apr-Oct Sun, 1:30-5pm. German only.
The Gänsturm (or Goose Tower) is a Gothic town gate. The original was half destroyed by grenades in the Second World War, but it was rebuilt fairly recently in 2003. The town museum is now located inside and there’s a great view from the top of the tower. Even if you don’t visit the museum, it’s worth seeing the tower from the outside.
Directions: If you want to visit a nice cafe, make a little loop by heading right just after the tower, then first left. Return along the road then left back through the tower. After the tower, take the first right and then left back towards the Bastion and Walls. Walk through the gate, back through the car park and across the bridge, to the car park and the end of the Weikersheim Walking Tour.
Other nearby towns to walk around include Würzburg, Wertheim, Tauberbischofsheim, Lauda and Bad Mergentheim. For more walking tours and hikes in Germany, see our Germany hiking page.