The main river cycle path
From Beer Franconia to Wine Franconia
- Bamberg – Aschaffenburg
- Daily routes ●●●○○
- Altitude profile ●○○○○
- Würzburg, wine-growing region - the Main triangle, Wertheim
km / day avg.
The Main river winds its way in lazy curves and bends through Franconia. In Bamberg, the heart of Beer Franconia, is the start of this classic section of the Main river cycle path. The river makes its way through the Franconian wine region and, leaving Würzburg behind, winds its way slowly through the dark green forests of the Spessart. The castles, forts and artistically decorated churches tell of an eventuful history. The towns along the Main are particularly charming, for example the former Imperial town of Bamberg, the old residential town of Würzburg and Wertheim, the town of timber-framed houses. The Main cycle path takes you past secluded beer gardens and old traditional wine cellars – ample opportunity to check out the regional delicacies!
- Booking code
- Start / Destination
Bamberg / Aschaffenburg
8 days / 7 nights
approx. 340 km
Daily routes ●●●○○
between 40 and 75 km, Ø 55 km
Altitude profile ●○○○○
- Return journey to Bamberg
Optionally by chartered minibus (only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays), duration approx. 2 hours, departs at 09.00 am. Please include this option in your original booking.
Alternatively by train on your own initiative, connection every hour, duration approx. 2,5 hours, 1 train change.
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Day 1: Individual arrival in Bamberg
The medieval original town ensemble which consists of more than 1000 listed houses has been an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993. One of the most important of the countless sites is the cathedral: Belonging to the principal German imperial cathedrals, it was sanctified in 1237 and accommodates the imperial grave of Heinrich II. It also houses the only grave of a pope north of the Alps. Rented bikes will be available at the hotel.
Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 Germany. 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 5: 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 Main river cycle path. You will coast along flat paths via the Three-River-Town of Gemünden to Lohr.
Day 6: 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 7: Wertheim – Aschaffenburg, approx. 75 km
Today, you will be cycling to Miltenberg, which is famous for its picturesque old marketplace, and for the Gasthaus zum Riesen inn, which already housed emporor Barbarossa. Alongside ships on the river Main you will reach today’s final destination. To have more time for Aschaffenburg, you can take the train (not included) for the last 25 km of your stage.
Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast your tour on the Main river cycle path ends. Individual return home or to Bamberg. If you wish we can extend your stay in Aschaffenburg.