An easy day trip from Frankfurt and the historic towns and castles of Germany’s Romantic Road, not to mention its location in a wine-growing region… there’s much more to Wertheim Village than just shopping.
Located in one of Germany’s wine-growing regions near the medieval ‘Romantic Road’, Wertheim Village offers a mix of German and international brands including Birkenstock, Guess, Michael Kors and Aigner.
Wertheim Village is only 50 minutes to the south east of Frankfurt. But such are the riches of the local area that it warrants a longer stay. The nearby town of Wertheim (only 11.6 km away from the Village) is a warren of medieval houses overlooked by the ruins of one of the largest stone castles in Germany, dating from the thirteenth century. Climb the path from the Village up to Wertheim Castle, where you’ll be rewarded with views of the vineyards that dominate this winemaking region.
A 40-minute drive east of Wertheim, Würzburg is the northernmost town on the so-called ‘Romantic Road’– a trade route during the Middle Ages that is, today, lined with historic towns, castles and fairytale scenery.
Pay a visit to the eighteenth-century Würzburg Residence, a baroque palace with vaulted ceilings, impressive interiors, paintings and treasures, which was once home to the prince-bishops of Würzburg and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the Mozart Festival, held in and around the Würzburg Residence every June.
From Würzburg, travel south through the Tauber Valley to the medieval walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Walking along cobbled streets past half-timbered houses, it’s easy to imagine you’re still in the Middle Ages – particularly if you stumble across the ducking stools (used for dunking criminals into cold murky water) and stocks (for shackling offenders so that people could throw rotten fruit and vegetables at them) of the Medieval Crime Museum!
For a more contemporary experience, head back to the financial and cultural metropolis of Frankfurt. The Saturday flea market on Schaumainkai provides another chance to shop, while the restored eighteenth-century family residence of Germany’s most celebrated literary figure, Goethe, is a highlight among the city’s numerous museums.
Visit the area at the end of May and you’re likely come across the traditional Wäldchestag (‘forest day’), a regional holiday. Head down to Frankfurt City Forest, Am Oberforsthaus, to enjoy food, wine, live music, a fairground and craft stalls with the locals. Toast your trip with a glass of the local apple wine – and say “Prost!”