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Over meadows and fields, through the forest and along the Main, the route leads through the settlement land in the Waldsassengau, developed by the Neustadt monastery, along the oldest link in this cultural landscape, the Gertraudenpfad, which begins at the end of Erlach at the bridge's car park and leads you at the second station to the fountains of the Fernwasserversorgung Mittelmain (FWM), a special-purpose association founded in 1966 that supplies around 230,000 inhabitants in Lower Franconia.
The cultural trail leads slightly uphill from the Main to Ansbach (Roden district), which, like Erlach and Waldzell, belonged to the Neustadt monastery.
Take a look inside the church: A clock hangs in the sanctuary, which is connected to the tower clock via a mechanical gear.
Geologically we move at the border of Buntsandstein and Muschelkalk, which is explained by the next table at the quarry.
Over meadows and fields we reach Waldzell (district of Steinfeld) with the Vitus church and the life-size statue of the church patron Gertraud.
The last stop is the Gertraud Chapel, where every Whitsun Monday the Waldzeller go in a procession to celebrate the festive service.
At the end Erlach awaits us again via a beautiful forest path.