Leisure & Franconian area

We are situated in the heart of the Frankenhöhe Nature Park
which is renowned for its excellent hiking trails.

Colmberg’s surroundings

Kunst und Kultur im romantischen Franen
Popular excursions from Colmberg Castle


A picturesque town centre with numerous grand buildings is to be admired in the former town of residence of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach, also known as the town of Franconian Rococo. The sights include the former Magrave Residence, the Hofgarten and the St. Gumbertus church.more

Margrave residence in Ansbach

Thanks to its size and, for the most part, preserved interior, mainly in the baroque and rococo style, the former residence of the Ansbach Margraves ranks as one of the most beautiful palaces in Bavaria. more


The Franconian Open Air Museum in Bad Windsheim

More than 100 historic buildings, grouped according to building style, demonstrate everyday rural life in the Middle Franconian region of centuries gone by. more


The former city of the Teutonic Order in Middle Franconia has a beautiful town centre with a completely preserved town wall, Teutonic Order palace, ancient churches, half-timbered houses and further historic buildings adorned with masonry work. more

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

A trip into the past – to the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. The medieval town wall with its accessible battlements is one of the main attractions in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. more


Franken-Therme Spa in Bad Windsheim

4 thermal salt-water pools with salt concentrations from 1.5% to 12%, a sauna area and a wellness oasis provide an optimum in relaxation and recuperation. The main attraction, however, is the salt lake with a 26,9% salt content, in which the bathers seem to float weightless above the surface. As the spa serves rest and recuperation, children up to age 6 are not allowed to use the facilities. more

Medieval Crime and Justice Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The exhibition is the most important museum of legal history in Germany.more

Golf for aficionados

Sport and relaxation in Franconian nature

The delightful and traditional Ansbach Golfclub golf course lies at the foot of the castle.

From the highest point of the 18-hole course with driving range, the golfer will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the upper Altmühl Valley.

If you are interested in golf, why not try out the game at reasonable rates on the public 6-hole course.

Further golf courses in our beautiful Franconian area:

Golfclub Lichtenau (ca. 20 km)

Golfclub Bad Windsheim (ca. 23 km)

Romantic Franconia

Whether you are hiking or sightseeing – Franconia invites you to stay awhile

Colmberg Castle is very centrally situated in romantic Franconia, directly on the Burgenstraße (Castle Road) between Ansbach and the world-famous Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Colmberg Castle is the starting point for splendid hikes (St. James’ Way, Radschmetterling cycle trail) The medieval towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Feuchtwangen are popular excursion destinations.

Come and visit the Franconian Open-Air Museum in Bad Windsheim and relax in the Franconain lake district, a bathers’, surfers’ and sailors’ paradise.

Altmühl-Radweg cycle trail

Ride your bicycle and discover romantic places on the wayside

The cycle trail follows the Altmühl river for 167 kilometres (ca. 100 miles) from its source to the Danube. Family-friendly, level and in the midst of nature, far from the street noises, cyclists ride the Altmühl cycle trail – along sunlit juniper moorlands and bizarre rocky outcrops, past ancient Roman buildings, castles and palaces, as well as churches and cloisters.

A cycle trip on the Altmühl cycle trail provides a special perspective on an attractive countryside. The region has plenty to offer culturally as well. The Altmühl Valley was once colonised by the Romans. In the distant past, the legionnaires gathered in the border area between the Roman Empire and Germania, through which the Limes Wall ran. They left their traces. Spas, castles and fortresses line the stretch from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Regensburg.

European Watershed Trail

The European Watershed Quality Hiking Trail

Ramble through the gentle low mountain ranges of the Frankenhöhe (Franconian Heights) Nature Park. Wonderful stretches through forest and plain, often on small path, narrow forest tracks or across open fields, and are a joy to nature lovers and hikers.

The moderate variations in height are pleasant and easily manageable.

Between the seas

The European Watershed runs through the the heart of the Frankenhöhe Nature Park. The hiking trail meanders along this line, crosses it often and, on some stretches, runs exactly on the watershed itself.

The Watershed Trail has been awarded the certificate “Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland” (Quality Trail of Walkable Germany) by the German Hiking Association.