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Guided tours and walks to the sights of Würzburg

and through the Franconian Wine region

 

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Guided tours, walks & wine tours

Würzburg Residence I Marienberg Fortress I Würzburg Old Town I Gardens & Parks I Wine Tours I Wine hiking tours I Wine tastings

COVID-19 protection

  • Maximum 15 persons plus guide.
  • Keep the distance (at least 1.5 m to persons not belonging to the own household).
  • Only outdoor tours possible (no indoor tours currently offered).
  • Wearing of a mouth-nose cover recommended.
  • The participation of guided tours must be documented according to the requirements (ans DSGVO conform).

Information on guided tours

Würzburg Residence

Built by the prince-bishops in Würzburg from 1720 onwards, the Würzburg Residence belongs to the most beautiful buildings from the Baroque period and has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. You can book a walk through the baroque palace, either on its own or in combination with the Hofgarten. It is also possible to combine this with other guided tours.

(Duration: 1,5h)

Marienberg Fortress

Visible from afar, this is the landmark of the city of Würzburg. Beginning in the middle of the 13th century, it remained the seat of the prince-bishops of Würzburg for over 500 years. Once built as a Celtic castle, the fortress is a historical site dating up to the 20th century. You can book a tour of Marienburg Fortress, either on its own or in combination with other guided tours.

(Duration: 1,5h)

The Historic Centre of Würzburg

Falkenhaus, Neumünster, Würzburg Cathedral and the town hall – these are just a few of the highlights when touring the Franconian city which was which first mentioned in 704 as “Castellum Virteburch”. A tour through the old town of Würzburg is a foray through 1,300 years of history. The walk can be booked on its own or in combination with other offers.

(Duration: 2h)

Gardens & Parks

In the middle of the 18th century, the Würzburg prince-bishop Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim commissioned the Bohemian-born garden artist Johann Prokop Mayer for the design of the Würzburg Court Garden. At the same time, he commissioned Ferdinand Tietz to further develop the Rococo Garden in Veitshöchheim. Both tours can only be booked individually.

(Duration: 1.5h)

Wine Tours

Franconia has been the home of the Silvaner vine since 1659. The wine region stretches from Spessart to Steigerwald and with more than 6000 hectares, Franconia is one of the medium-sized wine areas in Germany. Wine hike through the Würzburger Stein followed by a visit to a winegrower. Guided tour through the winery, the wine cellar and small wine tasting.

(Duration: Half-day program)

Wine hiking tours

Wine hiking tours can be taken along the Würzburger Stein (Stein-Wein-Pfad, 4 km round trail), in Veitshöchheim (Sonnenschein, 2 km round trail), Thüngersheim (Höhfeldplatte, 4.3 km round trail), and Güntersleben (Sonnenstuhl, 3 km round trail). The circular paths are easily accessible and can be booked with or without wine tasting in the vineyard.

(Duration: 2-3 h)

Individual & private wine tours

Three at a stroke

Visit up to three winegrowers in the region with a guided tour of the winery and a small wine tasting (up to 6 wines). A snack can also be organised on request. For groups of up to 6 persons only.

(Duration: Half-day program)

Ecology in viticulture

Visit to an eco-winegrower in the region with guided tour through vineyards and winery, tasting of up to 3 wines. A snack can also be organised on request. For groups of up to 6 persons only.

(Duration: Half-day program)

Excursion to the “terroir f points”

terroir f Würzburg – Wine & Literature, terroir f Thüngersheim – Wine & Mythology, terroir f Rimpar – Natur Pate, incl. a stop at a nearby wine grower. Tasting of up to 3 wines on request, for groups of up to 6 persons only.

(Duration: Half-day program)

Guided tours & walks

up to 2 hours: 128 €
up to 3 hours: 163 €
up to 5 hours: 205 €
up to 8 hours: 305 €

Every new hour started: 35 €

Group size up to max. 15 persons. Entrance fees are not included.

Wine hiking tours

Tasting of up the 3 wines: 14 € per person
Tasting of up to 4 wines: 17 € per person
Tasting of up to 6 wines: 23 € per person
plus costs of the guided tour

Guide fees, see guided tours

Group size up to max. 15 persons. Entrance fees are not included.

Individual tours

Up to 5 hours: 205 €
maximum 6 persons
plus wine tasting costs
transfer on request

Fees for wine tastings, see wine tours

Group size up to 6 persons only. Transfer not included.

Welcome to Ann Louis!

Ann LouisⓇ. Two names of the 20th century, 400 years of (family) history.
Preserving the past. Living the present. Shaping the future.

The roots of the family are cross-border, widely ramified and reach back to 1604.

Louis(e) was born in 1908 († 1989) and grew up in a large, colourful family. In the Saarland on the border to France, the family profited from mining and agriculture, the women worked as seamstresses. The outbreak of the First World War forced the family, like many other people, to break off kinship relations with their French neighbours. At first, intercultural identity was a thing of the past. Six years before the outbreak of the Second World War, in 1933, Louise married. The family name Neu became Epp.

Ann(eliese) was born in the summer of 1943 († 2009) as Louise’s second child, also in Saarland – in the middle of the chaos of war. The father fought for the Deutsche Reich. After the Second World War, the French military government gave the area its own administration and connected it to France through a customs and currency union. The family lived under the French flag until 1957, when Saarland was returned to Germany after a referendum. During this time, many women wanted to participate in society in a different way, wanted to live self-determined lives and pursue a profession. Anneliese trained as a chiropodist and continued to practise her profession after her marriage and the birth of two children. The family name Epp became Wolf.

In 1970 I was born, the first child of Anneliese and the family moved to Bavaria a few years later. Thus Franconia has become the adopted country for me and my family. The name Ann LouisⓇ is dedicated to my mother and my grandmother, who look back on a similarly chequered history in their lives as their home in Saarland.

“Learn to let go, that is the key to happiness.”
Buddha

 

Roses in the vineyard: Beautiful and really useful

Roses in the vineyard: Beautiful and really useful

In summer, flowering roses are a real feast for the eyes in our vineyards. However, they are not planted for the delight of flower lovers, but rather as indirect protection for the vines. They indicate the danger of mildew. It is hard to say what I prefer: the...

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Chez Ann LouisⓇ

 

The one-room apartment has a size of about 30 square metres. Its fully equipped kitchen includes a stove, a microwave, dishes, glasses, cutlery, a coffee machine and an electric kettle. A combined washing and drying machine is also part of the interior, as well as an ironing board and an iron, which can be practically stored in the walking- wardrobe. The apartment has a spacious living-dining area, a cosy TV corner with a pull-out couch and a queen-size bed. You are kindly invited to benefit from the small, furnished outdoor terrace and the parking space. The size of the apartment is ideal for 2 persons or a small family (max. 1 child). A toddler bed can be provided on request. From March until the end of September, the apartment can only be rented by the week (Saturday to Friday).

Currently, the apartment is rented permanently.

Anns vines

 

A new mosaic stone was added to the tourist-gastronomic heart project some time ago – better said: two vineyards.

Thüngersheimer Scharlachberg – Gewürztraminer
Vines as far as the eye can see: In the Main Triangle between Veitshöchheim and Thüngersheim you will find the Thüngersheim Scharlachberg. Vineyards with a wonderful view over the Main. Here in the Scharlachberg lies one of the vineyards – in the best neighbourhood with some of the region’s renowned wineries.

A geological peculiarity of this terroir is the “Thüngersheimer Sattel”: Due to earth faults, the red sandstone here has broken through the layer of lower shell limestone. Thus, two of the three geological rock types of the “Franconian Triassic” can be found here in this very small area. This is also where one of Ann LouisⓇ vineyards Is located on which Gewürztraminer has been growing for 20 years now – also called Red Traminer or Yellow Traminer because of its reddish-yellow grapes. This sub-variety of the Traminer native to Central Europe is characterised by small to medium-sized, oval grapes with thick skin.

As the name suggests, Gewürztraminer produces very aromatic wines with a distinct rose scent. Other typical aromas and flavours are lychee, bitter orange, honey and marzipan. The first wine by Ann LouisⓇ shows the year 2020 on its label.

By the way, a four-kilometre long wine trail leads through the Thüngersheimer Vineyards. It presents the grape varieties cultivated here on 16 panels – from Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau and Riesling to Pinot Noir.

Güntersleben Sommerstuhl – Dornfelder
A suitable spot was also found for the first own red wine: in the Güntersleben Sommerstuhl. The sun-drenched site is located in a very natural landscape to the west of Güntersleben and is part of the large Thüngersheimer Ravensburg site.

The special thing about the Sommerstuhl is that the vineyard area, which is quite manageable with around 17 hectares, is managed by dozens of different wine growers. Almost 20 of the part-time winegrower’s market their Güntersleben Sommerstuhl themselves. During the annual vineyard walks, the respective Güntersleben wine princess guides visitors through the Sommerstuhl – right into the heart of the region’s fascinating world of wine.

Most of the Sommerstuhl is planted with white varieties such as Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Bacchus and Kerner. Among the reds, in addition to Dornfelder, there are also Spätburger and Domina, which also thrive well on the shell limestone soil and produce high yields. The Dornfelder has a deep red, almost black-red colour as well as a strong and at the same time fruity and harmonious aroma with moderate acidity. Therefore, the variety is also very well suited for ageing in oak barrels. In this respect, it depends on the first harvest whether the wine can still be tasted in 2020 or only later.

Small Bacchus and Silvaner follows in 2020.

 

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