Cycling Holiday along the Main
Between Bayreuth and Aschaffenburg
- Bayreuth – Aschaffenburg
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On this longer cycling holiday along the Main, you start in the festival town of Bayreuth. Every year, one of Richard Wagner's major operas are performed at the Bayreuth Festival. The Red Main river soon merges with the White Main. At Bamberg, the Main is joined by the Regit and Main-Danube canal to become a mighty river which flows in a stately manner west - where it connects with the Rhine. Old towns such as Bamberg, Würzburg and Aschaffenburg are on the way, as well as many lovely small towns and villages – all waiting to be discovered.
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- Start / Destination
Bayreuth / Aschaffenburg
11 days / 10 nights
approx. 450 km
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between 35 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
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- Return journey to Bayreuth
Optionally with the minibus (only Saturdays), duration approx. 4,5 hours, departure 9.00 a.m., must be stated upon booking.
Alternatively by train on own initiative, connections hourly, duration approx. 3.5 – 4.5 hours, 1 – 3 x changes of trains.
- Tour operated by
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Bayreuth
The city is world famous for its Wagner Festival, which takes place yearly in an especially built festival hall, which was influenced by many buildings of the 18th century. There are countless museums to be seen. Next to the Wagner and Liszt Museums, there are historical and art collections, tobacco and beer museums. Bayreuth used to be part of Hohenzollern, or respectively Prussia but was bought by Bavaria in 1810.
Day 2: Bayreuth – Lichtenfels, approx. 60 km
This cycle tour starts in the broad valley of the Roter Main (Red Main), which you will cross in Neudrossenfeld over a stone bridge dating back to the 16th century. The Weißer Main (White Main), which will accompany you from here on, joins at the beer town of Kulmbach, which is also well-known for its sausages. Cycling along the meandering Main, you will reach Lichtenfels, which dates back to a Cistercian monastery.
Day 3: Lichtenfels – Bamberg, approx. 50 km
Today you will be cycling through the Gottesgarten (God's Garden), a beautifully scenic region at the Upper Main. Later on you will reach the prince bishop's residence Bamberg, its historical town centre being a UNESCO World Heritage site. The churches were arranged based on the model of Rome and underline the bishops' claim to power up until it was annexed by Bavaria in 1802.
Day 4: Bamberg – Haßfurt, approx. 40 km
You will be cycling along the Haßberge Nature Park through the valley, initially following the river Regnitz, then the river Main. A slight detour via Königsberg in Bavaria is absolutely worthwhile despite the slight inclines you will encounter. You will be enticed by the idyll of this town made up of timber-framed houses, which was home to Johannes Regiomontanus, a highly gifted astronomer.
Day 5: Haßfurt – Volkach, approx. 55 km
Today’s stage will leisurly take you through wine villages and orchards along the Main. Later, you will cycle through Schweinfurt in Lower Franconia, with its beautiful Holy Trinity church. In the pilgrimage church Maria im Weingarten, which was built in the 15th century, you will find the famous floating Madonna in the Rosary by Riemenschneider. Volkach is the centre of the Maindreieck wine region.
Day 6: Volkach – Würzburg, approx. 65 km
The Main continues meandering along the valley towards Kitzingen, which is famous as it boasts the oldest wine cellar in Germanyy. The river, and along with it the Main cycle path, soon make a dramatic turn and lead you towards the Franconian metropolis of Würzburg. You shouldn't miss the Baroque Castle here and the World Heritage Site of the Würzburger Residenz Palace, which towers high above the town.
Day 7: Würzburg – Lohr, approx. 60 km
Today you will cycle through Veitshöchheim with its summer residence of the prince-bishops and French Rococo garden and onto Karlstadt with its beautiful Old Town. Providing some variety, the landscape now changes and the characteristic vineyards give way to shadowy woods directly next to the cycle path. You will coast along flat paths and into the Three-River-Town of Gemünden, where the Sinn and the Franconian Saale enter the Main. Enjoy your evening in one of the cafés and restaurants in the Market Place.
Day 8: Lohr – Wertheim, approx. 45 km
You will be cycling past the town of Rothenfels, whose castle towers over the narrow valley. Afterwards, you will pass through Marktheidenfeld towards Wertheim. Let yourself be enticed by its beautiful historic centre with its medieval, winding alleys and graceful timber-framed houses. You may also want to visit Wertheim Castle, which towers over the town and gives you a magnificent panoramic view.
Day 9: Wertheim – Miltenberg, approx. 35 km
Today, you cycle to Miltenberg, which is famous for its historic quarter: the Schnatterloch, a picturesque old market place, has been taken care of and preserved by the town. As has the Gasthaus zum Riesen. This is one of the oldest guesthouses in Germany, and has welcomed Emperor Barbarossa, Martin Luther and Elvis Presley. Try a "Riesen Spezial" beer, brewed by the last brewery in Miltenberg.
Day 10: Miltenberg – Aschaffenburg, approx. 40 km
Accompanied by boats on the Main, you cycle to your final destination. To have more time for the metropolis of Aschaffenburg in the Spessart hills. As the last section is not so long, you'll have enough time to explore the town a little. The rich Main electoral princes liked Aschaffenburg as their summer residence and base for the royal hunts in Spessart.
Day 11: Individual departure or extended stay
Take the opportunity and choose Aschaffenburg as your summer residence for a few days and explore the lovely countryside in and around Aschaffenburg. We would be happy to extend your cycling holiday along the Main.