|It's tiring work, basking in the sun|
A trip to the excellent Wildpark Hundshaupten
in the Fränkische Schweiz (“Franconian Mountains”) – all sorts of mostly European animals
, such as rare sheep, deer, wolves and lynx – was also a chance to visit a couple of small towns with their pubs and brewpubs.
The first was Gasthof Redengörg in Ebermannstadt, where we found a really good example of a traditional Franconian Braunbier, Hetzelsdorfer Fränkisches Vollbier dunkel. Dark copper coloured and much more like a country bitter than a Munich Dunkel, it was from Brauerei Penning-Zeissler a few miles down the road – in fact we'd passed the brewery going to the Wildpark.
|The upper & lower keeps|
After that, it was on to Pottenstein to see the castle, Burg Pottenstein
. More than 1000 years old, this sits on top of an impressive crag and has withstood a number of sieges. Most of the medieval fortifications have gone though, demolished in the early 1800s as far as I could tell. The remainder is basically a tower house, so it wasn't quite as exciting as Roric was hoping, although he did like some of the weapons collection in the castle museum...
|Pottenstein, from the burg|
In the town beneath the castle there were three or more breweries or brewpubs not long ago, now there are two. Sadly we missed Brauerei Mager
, but enjoyed lunch in the Gasthausbrauerei Hufeisen
. Its Kellerweizen was unimpressive, but its Bio-Dunkel (bio=organic) was much better.
Better still were the local cherries, bought from a stall at the side of the road where it ran through the cherry orchards. Rich, dark and sweet, and just €3.50 a kilo!
Just for a change, an update with no pictures of beer...
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