Leaving the highway, we are passing Marktheidenfeld on its right. We follow the river Main for a short while, turning to the left in the Hafenlohr. The small village is left behind within seconds, and after crossing a small creek, our small, approximately 70 km long journey through the Spessart, a range of low, wooded mountains in central Germany, begins. It’s endpoint is the mountain Donkeyhigh and its restaurant, the “Waldhaus zum Engländer”.
The beginning of our journey is quite special – while modest in regards to driving skills, the landscape of the Löwenstein’scher Park is quite fascinating, and if you are lucky you can even spot foxes and deer. We follow the road through a lush, green forest, following Hafenlohr valley. The road constantly switches sides inside the valley, crossing its creek with small briges and romantic picnic parking spots.
Shortly after the Park, there are finally a few curves!
After the valley and the village of Weibersbrunn, the tarmac improves considerably (it’s not that bad in the valley – but the difference is quite obvious). Next is a nice ride through the Waldaschaffer Forst, with quite a few satisfying curves. Sheer driving pleasure!
One of the highlights, right before the town of Heigenbrücken: a perfect hairpin bend.
After this hairpin, we drive through the landscape of the Unter- and the Oberlohrgrund, a curvy, hilly drive. The second last stage of our drive traverses the so called Spessart meadows, right until the village of Wiesen, where we start our ascent on the Donkeyhigh.
It’s highly recommended to stop at the “Waldhaus am Engländer” for a cool drink!
- Length: about 70 km
- Landscape & Road: hilly, B-road
- Driving time: approx. 2 hours
- Special: Löwenstein’scher Park, Landscape of the Spessart
Where to next?
- Best head towards the village Saillauf – it’s an excellent ride down there!