Heiligenstadt is a cute little Franconian village in the heart of the Fränkisches Schweiz (Franconian Switzerland) which serves as a good base for visiting surrounding villages and their wonderful breweries. At Easter, fountains in nearly all villages are decorated with Easter eggs. Since this is the largest town in the area, it has quite a large one. Castle Griefenstein looms above. Of course, the region is best noted for hiking so combining it with visiting the sights and drinking the beers of the area is a great way to explore. The Tummler Brauereienwanderweg takes in three great breweries.
Conveniently, there is a brewpub right off the main square, too!
Drei Kronen (home to Brauerei Aichinger)
91332 Heiligenstadt i.OFr.
Tel: 09198 522
Ebermannstadt station 12 km/Bamberg 23 km/limited bus service
Wednesday to Monday from 8:00
Output: 700 HL
Founded in 1888, this simple brewpub has been in the same family since its inception and their Spezialbier is worth a stop in and of itself. The interior is classic Franconia so don’t expect any frills but it doesn’t seem to deter diners who come to enjoy tasty local dishes at very reasonable prices.
inside the pub & my first Spezialbier
We unfortunately didn’t have time for a meal though everything we saw looked quite good. It was Good Friday but they were serving meat, something we hadn’t seen in other towns nearby. I did have time for one of their excellent brews. It was a nice site to behold, with an ample rocky head. It was dry and hoppy and it was tough to not have another but we had a 10 km hike ahead of us before lunch at the next brewery so that next Spezialbier will have to wait awhile.
there goes the diet & my long awaited second Spezialbier
While researching my book Beer Hiking Bavaria, I wanted to include all of the breweries on the Tummler Brauereienwanderweg so I was happy to get a room in Heiligenstadt, though unfortunately not right in the brewery. No worries, it was right across the main square. After hiking in from Brunn, I was hungry and ready for my first Spezialbier in some time. The fried pork chop might not have been the healthiest choice but it was really tasty, as were the obviously homemade Bratkartoffeln.
fried eggs and fried eggs & their collaboration beer Kreisla
After doing my second hike of the day, a fairly long one for the book, I was more than ready for dinner. I loved the Bratkartoffeln I’d had at lunch so much, I was happy to see them featured again that night. This time they were served with three nicely fried eggs. Along with a few Spezialbiers, I had their collaboration beer Kreisla. I’d already had it once at one of the other breweries a few days earlier.
Service was pretty good that night as there was actually another person working. I soon realized that during the day, the brewer was not only pouring and serving the beer (and food) but quite possible making the food too.