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Main: Thrilling ride ahead, Bamberg – Aschaffenburg

Cycled briskly, experienced a lot, marvelled endlessly

Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
easy to moderate
799.00 €
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799.00 €

Let the Main seduce you on a particularly enjoyable cycling tour. Follow the Main cycle path at a brisk pace with daily stages of 42-65 km. Since the cycle path is mostly well paved and flat, you will have plenty of time for all the many beautiful sights. Be fascinated by the world heritage site of Bamberg, which impresses with its unique historic townscape, and marvel at the Residenz in Würzburg, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982! You will cycle through the Franconian wine country, which attracts visitors with its many small wine villages worth seeing. Behind Würzburg, the landscape slowly changes and the characteristic vineyards give way to the shady forests of the Spessart. Cosy half-timbered towns and proud castles now enrich your cycle tour to Aschaffenburg, whose sandstone Johannisburg Castle forms a crowning finale to your cycle tour.

This trip is perfect for:

  • Sporty people who like to do a few more kilometers and still enjoy the beautiful wine landscape
  • People who like it flat and love wine, as there are many wine villages worth discovering along the route 
  • Culture lovers will also get their money's worth, as the route leads past great towns with special places of interest (e.g. Bamberg, a UNESCO cultural heritage site).


Visitors to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, are particularly fascinated by the many facets of this city.

Bamberg Sehenswürdigkeiten

 Architectural highlights are the Petrini Town Church with its mighty portal  of the Franconian Baroque, the late Gothic Church of St. John with its impressive exterior sculptures and the famous Chapel  of the Cross by Balthasar Neumann.


Historic half-timbered houses, picturesque alleyways and modern architecture combine with charming small and large shops, cafés and inns.


Aschaffenburg is worth a visit at any time of year - in spring for the famous magnolia blossom, in summer to the unique Pompejanum, in autumn to Bavaria's oldest English landscape park, in winter to Cranach, Grünewald, Kirchner & Schad: visitors can discover Aschaffenburg's different sides on foot along short routes.

Aschaffenburg Sehenswürdigkeiten

Johannisburg Castle Aschaffenburg
Johannisburg Castle, the second residence of the Elector Bishops of Mainz until 1803, is located in the centre of Aschaffenburg on the banks of the Main. The enormous four-winged complex, built between 1605 and 1614 under Elector Bishop Johann Schweikard von Kronberg, is one of the most important palace buildings of the German Renaissance.

Schloss Johannisburg Aschaffeburg


Main: Thrilling ride ahead, Bamberg – Aschaffenburg

easy to moderate
Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
799.00 €
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Look forward to seeing Bamberg's Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you arrive early, you will still have time for a worthwhile sightseeing tour. First visit the imperial cathedral of St. Peter and St. George and the New Residence before stopping off at one of Bamberg's many breweries to enjoy the end of the first day.

Passing the pilgrimage church of Maria Limbach, which is well worth seeing, you cycle along the asphalted Main cycle path almost by yourself without much effort to Haßfurt, which invites you to take a leisurely break. Now the first vineyards begin, as you have passed the border between beer and wine Franconia. Along the banks of the Main, you roll quickly to Schweinfurt in the heart of Main-Franconia. Stroll through the town and discover evidence of one of the oldest towns in Bavaria. In Schweinfurt you will walk in the footsteps of the old imperial city on the one hand and of industrial pioneers on the other.

Passing countless vineyards, you cycle via Fahr, the town of the Bocksbeutels, to Volkach - famous for its excellent wines! The wine town of Volkach lies idyllically in a wide loop of the Main. Take a break in the small old town and try out the gastronomy and wine world. Then cycle along the Main Canal to Schwarzach, whose Benedictine Abbey of Münsterschwarzach is visible from afar. You will soon reach the pretty town of Dettelbach. Dettelbach is one of those romantic places that make Main-Franconia so charming. Marvel at the late Gothic town hall from around 1500, at the town wall that has been preserved all around, at the two ancient town gates, at the winding half-timbered houses and Baroque buildings. Only a 10-minute walk from the old town is the pilgrimage church "Maria im Sand", a late Gothic and Renaissance building known throughout Europe. After a possible visit, cycle along the well-surfaced Main cycle path to Kitzingen with its historic market square and one of the oldest wine cellars in Germany.

A picture-perfect day: one wine town more beautiful than the next! Via Ochsenfurt, Sommerhausen and Eibelstadt you cycle to the residential town of Würzburg. Take a stroll through the town and marvel at the market square, the town hall and the old Main bridge. You may also have time to visit the old Residenz (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a major work of southern German Baroque architecture and one of the most important palaces in Europe. It was built between 1720 and 1744 according to plans by Balthasar Neumann. Shortly after Würzburg, the next cultural highlight awaits: Veitshöchheim with its prince-bishop summer residence and French rococo garden. The court garden is still considered one of the most beautiful of its kind in Germany. Then cycle along the flat Main cycle path to Karlstadt with its attractive town centre.

The three-river town of Gemünden at the confluence of the Main, Saale and Sinn rivers is your first small stopover today. Stroll through the alleys of the old fishing town up to the Scherenburg ruins. From up here you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Main valley, the Spessart and the Rhön. On the next few kilometres of cycling, the forested hills to the right and left of the Main come very close together. You cycle easily and comfortably through the narrow valley to Lohr, the gateway to the Spessart. Stroll through the small half-timbered old town and visit the Spessart Museum in the castle before getting back on your bike. Cycle past Rothenfels, whose castle guards the narrow valley, to your overnight stop in Marktheidenfeld. The charming old town with its historic half-timbered houses, romantic alleyways and pretty market square with fishing fountain is a tempting place for an evening stroll.

Today the Main cycle path runs close to the river bank. You cycle past Homburg Castle to Wertheim, idyllically situated where the Tauber flows into the Main. Karl Baedeker once praised Wertheim as the "most beautiful point on the entire journey" in his 1862 description of the Main. Overlooked by a mighty castle ruin, richly decorated half-timbered houses still characterise the medieval townscape today. Stroll through the town and let yourself be enchanted a little before you start pedalling again. You will quickly reach Miltenberg, which proudly presents itself with its half-timbered houses! The old town nestles tightly between the Main and Greinberg mountains and provides the perfect backdrop for spooky stories and legends. Enjoy the magnificent market square, also known as the "Schnatterloch", during a stroll through the town. Visit the Gasthaus zum Riesen in the old town. It was built in its present form in 1590 and is one of the oldest inns in Germany. For centuries it was the drinking place of the nobility, kings and electors. Clergymen and secular lords were accommodated here, so that the hotel still rightly bears the name Fürstenherberge.

Between the elevations of the Spessart and the Odenwald you cycle on the flat Main cycle path to Klingenberg, which lies idyllically in the protection of the castle ruins of Clingenburg and its flank walls reaching down into the valley. Take a break in the small red wine town on the Bavarian Lower Main. Stroll through the romantic alleyways and marvel at the 8000 square metre rose park. In terraced steep vineyards, the grapes grow in Klingenberg directly on the banks of the Main. The Klingenberg winegrowers produce excellent red wines every year, which even enjoy a world-wide reputation. After your break, you then master the last kilometres to the sandstone Johannisburg Castle in Aschaffenburg. The archbishops and electors of Mainz made Aschaffenburg their second residence and left behind this magnificent three-wing building of the late Renaissance. Not far from the castle on the high bank of the Main, you should also visit the Pompejanum. The Mediterranean-looking, eye-catching building is a replica of a Roman dwelling as it stood in the ancient Vesuvian cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Instead of a visit to the city, you can visit the collegiate church and the theatre square with its sundial and lion apothecary, before finishing your last evening in a relaxed atmosphere.

Today your beautiful cycle tour ends in Aschaffenburg after breakfast. DB return journey possible. If you would like to return to your starting hotel in Bamberg, we recommend our practical return transfer service (departure every Wed, Sat and Sun at 09am, duration approx. 3 hours).


Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

All-carefree service:
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Room with shower/bath/WC
  • Luggage transport
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing things about the bike trip Main: thrilling ride ahead

Below you will find specific information on the cycle tour "Main: thrilling ride ahead, Bamberg - Aschaffenburg". If you have any further questions about this tour, please do not hesitate to call us: Tel.: +49-6421-886890.

Arrival by train

Bamberg is easy to reach by train from all major cities in Germany. The best way to reach our partner hotels from the station is to take a short taxi ride.Current timetable information and prices can be found at www.bahn.de.

Parking facilities at the place of arrival

There is usually no parking available at our contract hotels in Bamberg city centre. Here you can park in public car parks from € 8.00 per day (2023).
Detailed information on parking facilities at the hotel booked for you will be sent to you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of your journey.

Condition of the bike paths

In 2008, the ADFC awarded the Main Cycle Route five stars, the first cycle route to do so in Germany. Important criteria for this award were the almost continuous asphalting and the almost car-free routing. The cycle path, which is signposted throughout, runs mostly along the banks of the Main and has no gradients worth mentioning.

Return transfer to the starting point of the tour

Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday there is the possibility to return to Bamberg by transfer with a minibus (with bicycle transport trailer) at 09:00 hrs (arrival there approx.12:00 hrs). The driver comes to your hotel and has room for you, your luggage and, if necessary, your private bike. He will drive you back to your starting hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without annoying transfers or lugging of luggage. If you bring your own bicycles, an additional fee will be charged. You can also book the transfer at the beginning (Wed, Sat, Sun) of the trip.

Extra costs that are not included in the tour price

A possible tourism tax is not part of the tour price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel on site.

7-day hotline service

If the bicycle chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your journey or other nasty surprises await you: We are available for you 7 days a week and organise help as quickly as possible.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

For all those who want to combine comfort with sustainability and only require digital travel documents, we grant a discount of € 20.00 per room.
Please let us know at the time of booking whether you would like to use printed or digital travel documents.

Available rental bikes

7 speed bike
27 speed bike
Velociped E-Bike
7 speed bike

We would recommend the 7-speed tourer for all those that are looking for a back-pedal brake and wide gel seat for maximum comfort in an upright sitting position. It is equipped with a simple hub gear shift and is perfectly suited to tours on flat to slightly hilly terrain.

27 speed bike

The 27-speed tourer is the best choice for cyclists that value the advantages of the dérailleur gear shift for flexibility whilst going up and down hills. This bike allows you to be a little more active without compromising on saddle comfort and practical everyday suitability.

Velociped E-Bike


E-bikes combine a lot of advantages. The electric drive ensures a completely relaxed cycling, even during long tours or on hilly routes. Other features, such as a suspension seat post and front fork plus well-tuned gears, ensure additional riding comfort.

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