Main Cycle Path.
- 14 Days / 13 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Kulmbach
The brewery and old margrave town of Kulmbach invites you in for a wander to see its old walls, towers and rambling little lanes. If you like a more athletic approach: a lovely route takes you up to Plassenburg Castle - the town's striking landmark. The views up here are wonderful.
Today you're going on a trip to the world-famous festival town of Bayreuth, where many musical, architectural and landscaped sights await you. This, Upper Franconia's largest town, is home to many historic buildings and museums.
Just after you leave Kulmbach is where the Red and the White Main rivers meet. The young Main makes its way into an ever widening valley. In between the Franconian Forest and the Franconian Jura, you cycle along quiet forest paths and field trails. At today's destination, the Obermain Thermal baths await you!
Enjoy the colourful meadows and old orchards of the flat and expansive Main Valley, its small villages and the treats they have in store. The historic quarter of Bamberg, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the rousing highlight of today's Main cycle path section: the town is home to nine breweries!
Fancy a short tour through the town of seven hills before you leave Bamberg? The Main cycle path takes you from "Beer Franconia", as this region is known, to the "Wine Franconia" region. The pretty little town famous for its wine and half-timber framed houses, Zeil am Main, is the first inkling behind the name Wine Franconia. Today's destination is at the foot of the Hassberg Hills, Hassfurt.
The Main how takes you to town of Schweinfurt, famous for its production of ball bearings. You cycle along the pleasant Main cycle path, passing romantic villages, expansive vineyards and orchards and the lush green meadows alongside the river. Just before Volkach, you should definitely go visit the most famous carving by Tilman Riemenschneider: "Madonna of the Rosary" in the pilgrimage church, St. Maria.
Via the wine-trading town of Kitzingen, you follow the Main primarily, heading for the "sugar town" of Ochsenfurt. You leave Ochsenfurt via the old stone Main bridge and roll along the right river bank - weirs, marinas and vineyards alternating adjacent to the route. Pedalling through charming little villages. your way takes you to today's destination of Sommerhausen, which is surrounded by vineyards and orchards.
In Veitshöchstheim you'll find the French rococo garden of the former prince-bishop's summer residence. It's worth a visit! After the Maindreieck (triangle) comes the Mainviereck (square). And the first corner of the square is Gemünden. Continue on now, winding along ever narrower bends around wooded hills. At the end of the day you reach Lohr - on the River Lohr!
The Main Valley gets narrower here and the countryside has a lot of forest and is peaceful and isolated. At Rothenfels, a Roman castle watches over the narrow valley and your route. Marktheidenfeld, between the Main river and Spessart, is a typical Franconian town known for its wine-making You reach today's destination - in Wertheim.
Just round the next bend in the river you see Stadtprozelten, home of one of the prettiest castle ruins on the Main, which looks over the town. Henneburg Castle. In Miltenberg you'll find the so-called "Schnatterloch", one of Germany's most picturesque marketplaces and a world-famous backdrop for photos!
Next you head for the small town of Klingenberg and its vineyards, wine cellars and so-called "Heckenwirtschaften" – wine taverns that open seasonally. The "glide" along the Main cycle path to the "Spessart Metropolis", Aschaffenburg. From afar already, the four towers marking each corner of Johannisburg Castle show you the way.
Parks of gardens, allotments and villas are gradually replaced by restaurants and beer gardens. In Seligenstadt, it's worth taking a break: you shouldn't miss visiting the rose and herb garden at Einhard Basilica - and the medieval apothecary too! Just a bit further along the river and - once you've passed Offenbach - you'll soon find yourself in Frankfurt.
Today is your last day in the saddle along the lower course of the Main River. First, the route takes you through fields, orchards and vineyards to Flörsheim and through the town of half-timber framed houses - Hochheim. The Main countryside presents it very best side here! There are two bridges to pedal over and then Main' historic old town is in front of you.
Departure or extension
You cycle almost 100% on cycle path along river Main, mainly flat and no major climbs. We recommend this tour for beginners and families.
Category: Hotels of 3***-niveau
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Well developed route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- GPS-Data is available
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Kulmbach train station
- Nürnberg or Frankfurt airport
- Public unattended car park close to the hotels, no reservation possible. Public Multi-storey car park costs approx. EUR 9 per day, no reservation possible, to be paid for at the time.
- Good train connections from Mainz to Kulmbach
Things to note:
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!