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Bike Tour from Bayreuth to Mainz

Sporty on the road along the Main Cycle Path

Kulmbach – Bayreuth – Wertheim – Mainz

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Main source, Main triangle, Main quadrangle, Main estuary
  • Daily routes ●●●●●, altitude profile ●○○○○


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This bike tour from Bayreuth to Mainz is just right for anyone who wants to be sporty on the road along the Main cycle path. On more than 600 kilometres, you will get to know the Main and its source river Roter Main in its full length. The diverse landscapes, the tranquillity of the river and the culinary delights will delight you. However, the cycling tour should not be underestimated, because the challenge lies in the sometimes energy-sapping lengths of the stages. This should not be a problem for experienced cyclists, as the cycle path runs almost without any ascents. You start in Kulmbach, where the headwaters of the Red and White Main rivers join to form the Main, and along the way you will get to know the towns of Bamberg, Würzburg, Aschaffenburg, Frankfurt and Mainz, all of which are well worth seeing. In between, you will come across many smaller, but no less worth seeing towns that will impress you in cultural, historical and culinary terms. The cycling tour from Bayreuth to Mainz is therefore perfect for anyone who wants to explore the Main in all its glory in as short a time as possible. What are you waiting for?


  • Booking code
  • Start / Destination
    Kulmbach / Mainz
  • Duration
    9 days / 8 nights
  • Length
    approx. 605 km
    Daily routes ●●●●●
    between 75 and 95 km, Ø 85 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Kulmbach

The bike tour from Bayreuth to Mainz welcomes you in the brewery and margraviate town of Kulmbach. You should definitely pay a visit to Plassenburg Castle, the town's landmark. It is considered one of the most impressive Renaissance buildings in Germany. During a walk through the winding alleys of the town, be sure to try the typical Kulmbach bratwursts and the fine Kulmbach beer.

Kulmbach, city center, fountain

Kulmbach city center

Day 2: Trip to the Main source, approx. 95 km

The first stage takes you first to the festival city of Bayreuth. Numerous architectural, musical and horticultural sights await you. Get back on your bike and cycle to the source of the Red Main. This is about 10 kilometres south of Bayreuth near Creußen in the Lindenhardt Forest. Then cycle back to Kulmbach. In the evening, visit one of the numerous inns and treat yourself to Franconian delicacies.

Main spring, hands, nature

The Main Source

Day 3: Kulmbach - Bamberg, approx. 80 km

You say goodbye to Kulmbach and follow the Red Main for a few more kilometres before it joins the White Main to form the Main. The tour takes you through the Franconian Forest and the Franconian Jura. Even if you are sporty, on this bike tour from Bayreuth to Mainz, you should take time for breaks. How about a visit to the baroque pilgrimage church of Vierzehnheiligen near Bad Staffelstein? The Main now runs through a magnificent floodplain landscape in numerous river meanders. Soon you reach the city of Bamberg, famous for its diverse beer tradition. The townscape is characterised by numerous listed buildings.

Bamberg, Regnitz, city


Day 4: Bamberg - Volkach, approx. 90 km

Today you are once again cycling sportily on the Main Cycle Path. For the first few kilometres you follow the Regnitz, which soon flows into the Main. You will soon notice that the landscape changes, as you are now in Weinfranken. You cycle along the banks of the river through beautiful vineyards, small towns and the extensive Haßberge Nature Park. A first stop is worthwhile at the Dippach lookout tower, which offers a view of the largest grey heron colony in southern Germany. Via Zeil am Main and Hassfurt you reach Schweinfurt. Take a break to explore the city before heading full steam ahead to your stage destination, Volkach.

Hallburg Castle, Volkach, Vineyard

Hallburg Castle in Volkach

Day 5: Volkach - Karlstadt, approx. 90 km

With your strength at full, you first follow the Mainschleife (Main loop). If you want to view the spectacle from above, take a short break at Vogelsburg Castle. You will be thrilled by the panorama! Via Kitzingen you will soon reach the half-timbered town of Ochsenfurt. Don't waste too much time, because a real highlight awaits you today in Würzburg. Numerous sights such as the Marienberg Fortress and the Würzburg Residence are waiting to be explored. Get back on your bike and cover the last few kilometres to Karlstadt. Visit the Karlsburg castle ruins on the opposite side of the Main and enjoy the magnificent view.

Würzburg, bike path, cyclist, vineyard

On the Main Valley Cycle Path near Würzburg

Day 6: Karlstadt - Wertheim, approx. 75 km

And on you go with your bike tour from Bayreuth to Mainz. With Gemünden you reach the foothills of the Spessart, which is characterised by dense forests and gently rolling hills. Make a detour to the ruins of Scherenburg Castle, located above the town centre. For the next two days, you will cycle through the Main quadrangle, with Gemünden, Wertheim, Miltenberg and Aschaffenburg as its corners. Via Lohr am Main and Marktheidenfeld, you will reach Wertheim at the confluence of the Main and Tauber rivers, which already welcomes you from afar with its lofty castle.


Wertheim castle

Day 7: Wertheim - Aschaffenburg, approx. 80 km

You follow the meanders of the Main River and get to know numerous idyllic towns, one or two castle ruins worth seeing and the wonderfully curved hills of the Spessart-Mainland. Plan a stopover in Miltenberg and take a leisurely stroll through the small half-timbered town. The famous Schnatterloch, the market square, has often served as a film set for good reason. In Klingenberg, stop off at one of the wine taverns and "Häckerwirtschaften" before continuing on to Aschaffenburg. You will recognise Johannisburg Castle from afar.

Aschaffenburg, Johannisburg Castle, Main River

Johannesburg Castle in Aschaffenburg

Day 8: Aschaffenburg - Mainz, approx. 95 km

Today you will be cycling along the Main Cycle Path for the last time and will soon pass the state border with Hesse. The town of Seligenstadt, characterised by half-timbered houses, is worth a stop before you reach the Main metropolis Frankfurt am Main via Hanau and Offenbach. Not far from the banks of the Main and in the old town you will find numerous sights. Not only you, but also the Main now has the last kilometres ahead of it. Once you have arrived in the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, you should treat yourself to a glass of regional wine in a rustic wine tavern to round off your cycling tour!

Frankfurt am Main, Main, skyline, sunset

The skyline of Frankfurt am Main

Day 9: Individual departure or extension of stay

Now it's time to say goodbye, because the bike tour from Bayreuth to Mainz ends after a hearty breakfast. If you would like to spend more time in Mainz, we will be happy to extend your stay with an extra night.

Mainz, church


Dates / Prices / Services

Season times and prices 2024

Arrival daily from 31.03.2024 to 19.10.2024Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
31.03. - 19.04.
06.10. - 19.10.
from899 €
Season B
20.04. - 30.04.
15.09. - 05.10.
from999 €
Season C
01.05. - 06.05.
12.05. - 14.05.
20.05. - 25.05.
02.06. - 29.06.
18.08. - 14.09.
from1099 €
Season D
07.05. - 11.05.
15.05. - 19.05.
26.05. - 01.06.
30.06. - 17.08.
from1149 €

All prices per person in a double room

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  • 8 nights incl. breakfast, national 3* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Mainz, no limit on number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Travel documents with maps (1 x per room)
  • Service hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. –  8 p.m.)
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Not included is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).


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For our younger cyclists

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From 12 to 17 years


All prices are per person

Applies for accommodation in rooms with 2 full-paying guests.

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Due to the more challenging sections, we recommend this tour for young people only in good physical condition.


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Additional services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

299 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

all places

65 €


99 €

All prices are per person

Rental bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
27-Gear Rental Bike
99 €
30-Gear Rental Bike
30-Gear Rental Bike
169 €
259 €
Teenager's bike
Teenager's bike
49 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel (men’s bikes from 1.80 m)
  • 30-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • Electric bike / Pedelec with freewheel (minimum age 16 years)
  • Teenager's bike (26 inch)

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

Here you find further information and pictures of our rental bikes.

Radweg-Reisen 27-gear unisex bike
27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen 27-gear men's bike
27-gear men's bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen 30-gear unisex bike
30-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen 30-gear men's bike
30-gear men's bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg Reisen E-Bike
Unisex E-Bike, 8-speed hub gears and free-wheel
Radweg Reisen Teen's bike
Teenager's bike

27-gear rental bike

99 €

30-gear rental bike

169 €

E-bike / pedelec

259 €

Teenager's bike

49 €

All prices are per person

Brief info

  • Booking code
  • Start / Destination
    Kulmbach / Mainz
  • Duration
    9 days / 8 nights
  • Length
    approx. 605 km
    Daily routes ●●●●●
    between 75 and 95 km, Ø 85 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    Free, unguarded parking in the immediate vicinity of the hotels
    Public parking garage approx. 9 € / day
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen
  • Return to Bayreuth / Kulmbach
    On your own by train, connections several times a day, 1 – 2 train changes, duration approx. 4 – 5 hours
  • Tour operated by
  • Mobility note
    The trip is only conditionally suitable for people with limited mobility.
    Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your individual needs.
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