Karlstadt is in northern Bavaria, 80 miles east of Frankfurt. To the north is Spessart Forest, while the town itself stands on the banks of the River Main with a line of hills at its back. In size Karsltadt is comparable to Lewes. It was founded in the year 1200 by the Prince-Bishop of Wurzburg and little seems to have changed in the Old Town since walled, free of all but essential traffic, and an architectural gem.
There are lovely paths and cycle tracks along the river (not to mention rowing!) and excellent walks with superb views from the hills behind Karlstadt.
Karlstadt is in the Franken wine-growing district. There are "wine villages" all around. The firm, white-fleshed variety of asparagus is a widely-grown local speciality.
Just 20 kms away is the exquisite city of Wurzburg - small enough to be intimate and friendly, but large enough to have all the amenities. For music lovers, there is the annual summer Mozart Festival (lesser mortals are also tolerated). There are the fabulous Baroque ceilings by Tiepolo in the Residenz.
Link to Karlstadt's Website
Another enjoyable visit by Karlstadt to Cuckfield May 2015
The CEA welcomed a group of 38 visitors from the twin town of Karlstadt, Bavaria, Germany. They arrived on Thursday 21 May having travelled through the night and having also suffered a mechancial breakdown in France. However, there was a warm welcome for all, including five teenagers in the group who had been given time off school to come.
On Friday 22 May some visitors chose to go to Brighton, where one brave chap had a swim! Others had a walk around Cuckfield followed by a visit and game of croquet at Nymans Gardens, Handcross. Later an official planting ceremony of a quince tree by the Major of Karlstadt took place in Cuckfield. Afterwards everyone adjourned to The Talbot in Cuckfield for a dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. We were entertained delightfully by the Singing Allsorts with a great solo by Jane Haughton in German. Much food, drink and hollity was had by all.
Cuckfield residents had a rest on Saturday 23 May while the visitors went to London for the day.
On Sunday 24 May a group went to Bentley Wildfowl Trust. They enjoyed wnadering among the ducks, vintage cars, the house and craft workshops followed by a cream tea. In the evening many of the hosts joined together with their visitors for a multi-lingual shared meal and much pleasure was had by all.
All too soon it was time for the farewell brunch at Cuckfield Golf Centre on Monday 25 May. Many photos were taken and before the coach left our guests sang in English a reworked song by Abba "Thank you for the ......" We waved goodbye after a very happy visit, having welcomed old friends and making new ones.