City Castle Johannesburg, Aschaffenburg

The Cycling Vacation along the Main

Wine culture and river romance

  Bamberg – Aschaffenburg – Mainz

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • The residential city of Würzburg, the wine region of the Maindreieck, the metropolis of Frankfurt
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profil ●○○○○


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You will experience over 400 kilometres of the varied river on the Cycling Vacation along the Main. You cycle through the ever-changing landscapes. Sometimes through dark green forests, with castles and palaces all around. Then along huge vineyards and through blossoming orchards. But it is not only the charming landscape that will delight you. During your Cycling Vacation along the Main, you will also get to know and love numerous large and small towns along the river. Look forward to the unmistakable charm of the former imperial city of Bamberg and the old residential city of Würzburg. Stroll through the winding alleys of Wertheim and explore the unique Miltenberg. Plan plenty of breaks on your tour and visit the quaint wine taverns and secluded beer gardens that are often right along the way. Toast to a successful day with regional wines and enjoy delicacies such as "Blaue Zipfel" or "Fränkische Schäufela", which are served to you by the warm hosts on your Cycling Vacation along the Main.


  • Booking Code
  • Start / Destination
    Bamberg / Mainz
  • Duration
    11 days / 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 415 – 430 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 55 km, 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
Map for The Cycling Vacation along the Main

Day 1: Individual arrival in Bamberg

After your arrival, you should definitely start your Cycling Vacation along the Main with a city walk through Bamberg's multi-faceted old town. Like Rome, Bamberg was built on seven hills. Visit the medieval imperial cathedral, the Old Hofburg and the new residence. In the evening, we recommend a stop at one of the cosy and quaint brewery pubs. Here you can fortify yourself for the coming days with Franconian delicacies.

Bamberg, old town, Regnitz, Villa Concordia

Villa Concordia at the river Regnitz, Bamberg | ©animaflora

Day 2: Bamberg – Hassfurt, approx. 35 km

On the saddle, you will soon pass the border between beer and wine Franconia behind Bamberg. The first evidence of the region's distinctive wine culture is the cosy half-timbered town of Zeil am Main. Your stage destination Hassfurt lies idyllically between the Haßberge and Steigerwald nature parks. In Hassfurt you should not miss a visit to the artistically designed Ritterkapelle St. Maria by Tilmann Riemenschneider.

Knight's Chapel, Hassfurt

Knight's Chapel in Hassfurt

Day 3: Hassfurt – Volkach, approx. 50 km

During your Cycling Vacation along the Main, experience directly why cycling on the Main is called pleasure cycling. You will cycle leisurely through romantically situated wine villages, lush green meadows along the Main and past blossoming orchards. Shortly before Volkach, you should pay a visit to the famous floating Madonna in the Rosary in the pilgrimage church. Your stage destination is the centre of the Maindreieck wine region. Whether Riesling, Silvaner or Pinot Blanc - treat yourself to a glass on top of the kilometres you have covered.

City Castle Mainberg

The City Castle Mainberg

Day 4: Volkach – Ochsenfurt / Sommerhausen, appox. 45 / 50 km

Between Volkach and Sommerach you follow the most spectacular winding of the Main - the Mainschleife. From Vogelsburg Castle you can see the breathtaking panorama from above and take a first souvenir photo. Accompanied by barrages, marinas and vineyards, you roll leisurely through the "sugar town" of Ochsenfurt. You will pass a few more charming villages until you reach your stage destination.

Ochsenfurt, Frickenhausen, Cyclist

Checking the travel documents near Ochsenfurt

Day 5: Ochsenfurt – Karlstadt, approx. 45 km

You cycle purposefully towards today's highlight of your Cycling Vacation along the Main. The medieval residential city of Würzburg welcomes you with numerous highlights. Discover the Old Main Bridge, the Marienkapelle Chapel and the Würzburg Residence on a leisurely city tour. Much smaller, but no less worth seeing, is your destination for the day, Karlstadt. At the end of the stage, wander through the small alleys with their numerous half-timbered houses and defiant town towers. If you want to climb high again, the ruins of Karlsburg Castle on the opposite side of the Main River are a worthwhile destination. The climb is rewarded with a beautiful view of the Main.

Marienberg Fortress, Würzburg, Old Town, Main

View of Marienberg Fortress in Würzburg

Day 6: Karlstadt – Marktheidenfeld, approx. 50 km

The landscape changes, the Main valley becomes narrower and more densely wooded. Direct your gaze upwards more often today and discover romantic castles everywhere, like the Scherenburg ruins above Gemünden. In the town, the Main triangle and the Main quadrangle meet. The Main forms a triangle between Schweinfurt, Marktbreit and Gemünden. In addition to Gemünden, the cornerstones of the Main quadrangle are the towns of Wertheim, Miltenberg and Aschaffenburg, which you will get to know on the following stages. Marktheidenfeld is all about Franconian wine culture.

Gemünden am Main, Old Town, Scherenburg

View of Gemünden am Main with Scherenburg Castle

Day 7: Marktheidenfeld – Freudenberg / Bürgstadt, approx. 50 / 55 km

You will quickly reach the next highlight of your Cycling Vacation along the Main: the medieval residential town of Wertheim is easily recognisable from afar thanks to its landmark, the mighty castle ruins above the old town. How about a glass of wine on the terrace of the castle restaurant? Back on your bike, you can visit the Henneburg, the next castle ruin, just a few loops along the Main. It lies about 100 metres above Stadtprozelten. And of course, your destination today is also overlooked by a fortification: Freudenberg by Freudenberg Castle and Bürgstadt by Mildenburg Castle in neighbouring Miltenberg.

Freudenberg, Main

View of Freudenberg at the river Main

Day 8: Freudenberg – Aschaffenburg, approx. 50 km

The boats on the Main accompany you to the small town of Klingenberg with its wine taverns and hedge inns. Further along the river you roll on quiet paths towards your stage destination. Even from a distance, the tower of Johannisburg Castle shows you the way to Aschaffenburg. Take some time to explore the historic town. The wealthy electors of Mainz valued the town as a summer residence and headquarters for their court hunts in the Spessart.

City Castle Johannesburg, Aschaffenburg

City Castle Johannesburg in Aschaffenburg

Day 9: Aschaffenburg – Frankfurt, approx. 55 km

Park landscapes of allotments and villa districts are gradually replaced by restaurants and beer gardens on your Cycling Vacation along the Main. After crossing the state border between Bavaria and Hesse, you should make a stop in Seligenstadt. The lush rose and spice garden of the Einhard Basilica is a splendour. Cycle through the Brothers Grimm town of Hanau and soon reach the Main metropolis of Frankfurt.

Einhards Basilica Seligenstadt

Einhards Basilica Seligenstadt

Day 10: Frankfurt – Mainz, approx. 45 km

Tackle the last stage of your Cycling Vacation along the Main. You cycle through meadow orchards, vineyards and wide fields to Flörsheim, the gateway to the Rheingau. Continue through the half-timbered town of Hochheim. Enjoy the Main landscapes once more before arriving in the stronghold of Rhenish carnival. You can end your last evening in a cosy pub in the old town.

Hochheim Church of St. Peter an Paul, Vineyards

View of the Church St. Peter and Paul near Hochheim | ©Thomas Riebesehl

Day 11: Individual journey home or extension

After breakfast, your varied Cycling Vacation along the Main ends. Would you like to explore the beautiful city on the Rhine even longer? Then we would be happy to book you an extra night.

Cathedral, Mainz

Cathedral in Mainz

Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2023

Arrival daily from 15.04.2023 to 15.10.2023

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

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Season A
09.04. - 30.04.
08.10. - 15.10.
from1149 €
Season B
01.05. - 10.05.
15.09. - 07.10.
from1249 €
Season C
11.05. - 25.05.
11.06. - 30.06.
01.09. - 14.09.
from1349 €
Season D
26.05. - 10.06.
01.07. - 31.08.
from1449 €

All prices per person in a double room.

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

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Child reduction on basic price

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From 0 to 5 years


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From 6 to 11 years


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From 12 to 17 years


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

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

349 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

all places

65 €


99 €

All prices are per person

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
99 €
239 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 8-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • Electric bike / Pedelec with freewheel (minimum age 16 years)

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

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

Radweg-Reisen 8-gear unisex bike
8-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes
Radweg-Reisen 8-gear men's bike
8-gear men's bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes
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 E-Bike
Unisex E-Bike, 8-speed hub gears and free-wheel
Rental Bikes

8- or 27-gear Rental Bike

99 €


239 €

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
  • Start / Destination
    Bamberg / Mainz
  • Duration
    11 days / 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 415 – 430 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 55 km, 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    Public parking garage in Bamberg, approx. 45 euros / week or free Park & Ride spaces on the outskirts of the city.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Returning to Bamberg
    On your own by train, connections several times a day, 1-2 changes, duration approx. 3-4 hours.
  • Tour operated by
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.
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