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Germany’s River Main Cycle Tour

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Homepage > Germany > Germany’s River Main Cycle Tour
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 1-2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from 1st April to 19th October
  • Location: Bamberg

River Main

Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling Holidays and our cycling holidays in Germany. This particular biking vacation in Germany allows you to explore the region around Frankfurt along the River Main cycle path. The cycling path on the Main connects Bayern and Hessen a cycling trip through the “Frankenland”. On this cycle path from Wrzburg to Frankfurt, away from bustle and traffic, you pass a lot of beautiful and typical villages. In large bends, the river Main flows through the varied county Franken. He seeks his way through a marvellous wine-growing area.

A long and ever-changing history has left many castles, fortresses, monasteries, churches and chapels. Many famous and unique cities assemble along the river such as the old Imperial residence Bamberg, old residence Wrzburg, half-timbered Miltenberg or boisterous Ochsenfurt to name only a few of many. An excellent cuisine spoils the palate of the cyclist, rustic beer gardens and wine taverns invite to taste local specialities.

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Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3/4 star hotels and guest houses
  • Luggage transfers
  • Road Book and Maps

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Rental Bike with Insurance
  • E-Bike Rental Bike with Insurance
  • City Taxes
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Individual arrival in Bamberg

Bamberg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The old town of Bamberg is one of the UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition, Bamberg is known for its diverse and independent beer tradition. Bamberg is famous for its gardens and parks such as the charming Rose Garden at the New Residence or the Castle Seehof.

Day 2Bamburg to Schweinfurt 37 miles 61 km

Today you get your bikes (if booked). Time for individual sightseeing of the UNESCO-world heritage town Bamberg (Imperial Cathedral, residence with the national gallery, Abbey of Carmelite, etc.) Afterwards cycling tour on the Main cycling path passing the nature reserve area “Hassberge“ to the sanctuary Maria Limbach. Further on to Hafurt and Schweinfurt. Schweinfurt is located on the north side of the Main. The Main is surrounded by beautifully landscaped natural areas. In Schweinfurt discover the old imperial city and walk in the footsteps of industry pioneers and explorers. Visit also the nice farmer’s market and the lovely restored old town.

Day 3Schweinfurt to Kitzingen 37 miles 60 km

Always along the River Main passing vineyards to Volkach and further on to Kitzingen. Dettelbach is a vine growing village. The old town hall is the from the 15th century. The Town’s landmark is the church “St. Augustinus”, whose different towers are combined with a bridge. Through the “Faltertor”, this is one of the 19 best-maintained towers of the Town wall.

Day 4Kitzingen to Zellingen / Karlstadt 23/28miles 55 /65 km

Cycling on the left bank through the main valley, which becomes more and more narrow. Pass beautiful vineyards to Winterhausen and further on to Wrzburg. In Wrzburg the Franconian metropolis has everything that makes a town attractive for visitors. Visit the historical “Juliusspital” a charitable foundation. Behind some gorgeous baroque buildings, you find vineyards. Visit also Castle Marienberg. From there, you have a fantastic view of the old town with many towers. Now you continue towards Zellingen or Karlstadt for your overnight.

Day 5Zellingen / Karlstadt to Marktheidenfeld 31 miles 50 km.

You have now passed what is locally known as the Main triangle, now you head towards what is known as the Main quadrangle. First is the town of Gemunden which is located in the Spessart nature park where you can see the Scherenburg.  Now following tighter curves through lovely wooded hills you reach Rothenfels with its Castle of Romanesque style. So, you reach your destination between the Main and Spessart rivers.

Day 6 Marktheidenfeld to Freudenberg / Bürgstadt 35 miles 55 km

Today you continue your cycle adventure where just round the next bend in the river you see Stadtprozelten which is home to one of the prettiest castle ruins on the Main. Henneberg Castle has been here since around 1127 but has had various additions and upgrades through the ages. Now continue beside the Main until you reach Miltenberg where you‘ll find the Schnatterloch, one of Germany‘s most picturesque marketplaces

Day 7Bürgstadt to Aschaffenburg 28 miles 45 km

Today you shall cycle through  Klingenberg with its many vineyards, wine cellars and Heckenwirtschaften,  wine taverns that open seasonally. After maybe sampling some wine continue to Aschaffenburg your final destination. Here you can see the four towers, marking each corner of Johannisburg Castle and impressive, old buildings which are witness to Aschaffenburg‘s historical significance.

Day 8Departure

You can reach Frankfurt airport by a short train ride.


How to get there

By plane to Frankfurt airport and then by train to Bamberg.

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Main River in Germany