all around the Main River Loop

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"Maria im Weingarten"

Time travel


The very first parish church in the Main River loop was initially documented in 1158. A semi-monastic community of women (Beguines) settled here in 1330, and was disbanded in 1422. The construction of today's late-Gothic church was completed in the 15th century. A "Brotherhood of the Rosary" was founded in 1642. The interior of the church was last refurbished in 2002.


Tour options


March and Nov.:
Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

April - Oct.:
Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tourist Information Volkacher Mainschleife, Marktplatz 1, 97332 Volkach, Phone: +49 (0)9381-401 12. An entrance fee is charged for visiting the church!


Recommended reading

"Madonnenraub auf dem Kirchberg bei Volkach im Jahr 1962"

Vogelsburg Castle

Facts & figures


  • Important prehistoric Franconian defensive military construction
  • Carolingian royal court, presented to the Fulda Monastery in 906
  • 1282 Carmelite Monastery, burial ground for the Earls of Castell
  • 1525 destroyed during the Peasants' War
  • Secularisation in 1803
  • Property of the Augustinian Sisterhood between 1957 and 2010, who operated the estate as a meeting centre and a place of hospitality.
  • Vogelsburg Castle changed hands in 2011, with the Juliusspital Foundation (Würzburg) taking over the upkeep.
  • Only some parts of the church remain of the original estate.
  • Interior of the church from 1957


Tour options


Free guided tour every first Sunday of the month between May and October at 2 pm.




"Vogelsburger Pforte" (2 ha)


Facts & figures


  • Once owned by the Earls of Castell
  • The estate was annexed by the Archdiocese of Würzburg in 1230
  • In 1356, it was pledged to the Zollners
  • The Earls of Stadion took ownership of the estate between 1665 and 1801
  • Currently owned by the Earls of Schönborn since 1806




Very little remains of the once great castle:

  • The living quarters (16th century) with Knights Hall
  • The keep (13th century)
  • St. Pancras Chapel





"Hallburger Schlossberg" (30 ha)