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Main: the very long tour, Bayreuth – Mainz

The very long Main bike trail from Bayreuth to Mainz

Bike tour
12 Days / 11 Nights
individual tour
889.00 €

This 12 day trip starts in a every special place: In Bayreuth, famous for its yearly festival! From here, you will cycle past Kulmbach through the wide Main valley seamed by the gentle hilly Fraconian landscape of the beer-brewing part of the region. Unique highlights of this trip will be the basilica of Vierzehnheiligen, Bamberg and Würzburg. Then you will also experience two completely different landscapes: Close to Bamberg, you will dive into the wine-growing part of Franconia where the vineyards displace the hilly hops fields. Further on behind Würzburg, the vineyards disappear again and leave their place to the green forests of the Spessart extending down to the Main plains. Until Mainz, you will be able to enjoy even, well-paved bike trails taking you from one sight to another.


Bayreuth is a city that has historically grown as a Margravial Residence and is in the meantime world famous because of the Richard Wagner Festival.


Plassenburg, Kulmbach
Hoch über Kulmbach thronend, zeugt die imposante Burganlage, die 1135 erstmals erwähnt wird, von einer wechselvollen Geschichte.

Plassenburg, Kulmbach

As visitors wander through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg, they are particularly enchanted by the city's many different facets.


Founded in the 10th century, Würzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries. It is renowned for the Residence, regarded as one of the finest palaces in Europe and a high point of Baroque art (also UNESCO cultural world heritage). 


Veitshöchheim Palace and Court Garden
The summer palace of the Würzburg Prince-Bishops, built in 1680/82, was enlarged in 1753 by Balthasar Neumann.  The rooms furnished in 1810 for Grand Duke Ferdinand of Tuscany with their rare paper wall-coverings are a highlight of the interior.

Veitshöchheim Palace and Court Garden

Main: the very long tour, Bayreuth – Mainz

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12 Days / 11 Nights
individual tour
889.00 €
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Arrive in time to visit Bayreuth with the margrave’s residence still revealing the charm of the past and famous in the whole world for the Richard-Wagner-festival. It is possible to arrive by train, there are also parking facilities at the hotel.

Follow the young Red Main to Kulmbach today! Let the cozy atmosphere of this charming Franconian landscape at the confluence of the Red and the White Main and at the foot of the Frankenwald and the Fichtelgebirge captivate you. Visit the Old-town of Kulmbach and Plassenburg castle, enthroned majestically above the town. Now as red and white have flown together, you will actually move on by the side of the “real” Main in order to reach soon the pretty town of Burgkunstadt inviting for a short stop. And then, finally, todays final destination lies just ahead of you: Lichtenfels, famous for its basket-weaving art far past the limits of Franconia. Here, a short side trip to the baroque pilgrimage basilica Vierzehnheiligen, constructed by the famous architect Balthasar Neumann, is absolutely recommendable!

Let’s begin the day with a short visit of Banz monastery. Along the route to Bamberg, you will see how the Main River is ponded in small lakes several times. You will find your hotel in the center of Bamberg. Benefit from this closeness and cycle into the Old-town, classified world cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

Follow the Regnitz for a short moment until you reach the Main River, taking you now to the beautiful pilgrimage church Maria Limbach. You will soon reach the first vineyards marking the border between the beer-brewing and the wine-growing areas of Franconia. Let a sunny day come to its end in Haßfurt where another historical Old-town will impress you.

A short side-trip to Theres is recommendable today: In the afternoon, you will cross Fahr, town of the “Bocksbeutel” (the local wine is sold in this unique kind of container), to reach Volkach, famous for its excellent wines!

Leaving Volkach behind, you will follow the Main-channel before catching up to the Main River again in Schwarzach. Via the even and well-paved bike trail, you will reach Würzburg quickly and have enough time to discover the town individually.

Past Veitshöchheim with the prince-bishop’s summer residence and the French rococo garden, you will continue to Karlstadt and its worthwhile town centre. Along the route you will witness how the landscape changes from the characteristic vineyards into wide, green forests providing shade on the bike trail. Even paths take you to Gemünden, where three rivers meet.

The wooded hills seem to cuddle up closer, leaving just enough space for the Main to wind itself through. Past the small town of Rothenfels, whose castle seems to watch over the valley attentively, you will reach Marktheidenfed and Wertheim. The gracious half-timbered houses and the Old-town’s maze of narrow streets will fascinate you!

You will reach Miltenberg around noon. The town presents itself with pride: Let the half-timbered style architecture and the market place amaze you. On even bike trails, you will quickly reach the sandstone-built Johannisburg castle of Aschaffenburg after passing the Spessart and the Odenwald.

Spend your lunch break in the romantic small town Seligenstadt, whose winding alleys and friendly half-timbered houses almost urge you to stay. Hanau is not less worthwhile: Steinheim castle, the German House of Goldsmiths and the castle of Philippsruhe are absolute highlights. Just like Offenbach, which is 1000 years old, where you will stay your night. Do not miss out on the Renaissance façade of Isenburg castle. Bed and breakfast in Offenbach.

It is up to you to decide how much time you wish to spend in Frankfurt on the Main. Be aware, that today’s destination, Mainz, also has a lot to offer. Cycling and culture will complement each other very well today. Bed and breakfast in Mainz.

After breakfast your nice cycle holiday ends in Mainz near the main station. Departure is possible by German railway.


Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

All-carefree service
    • Overnight stay with breakfast
    • room with D/bath/WC
    • luggage transport
    • Cycling map with marked route
    • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
    • Tips for trip preparation
    • Tourist information
    • 7-day hotline service
Things to know about your trip:

Worth knowing about your bike trip Main Bayreuth - Mainz
Please find more information about your bike trip below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0) 6421 - 886890.

Arrival by train
Bayreuth is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Bayreuth. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.

Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Bayreuth always provide parking (subject to a fee) possibilities for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available, no pre-reservation is necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.

Condition of cycle paths
As Germany's first bike route the Main bike trail got awarded with five stars by ADFC in 2008. Important criteria for this award were the almost universal asphalting and the nearly traffic-free routes. The specially signposted cycle track runs mostly every time directly at the Main riverside and is without significant gradients.

Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velociped-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

Velociped Rental Bikes

Transfer back to the starting point
Back to Bayreuth you can travel by train. Trains leave every two hours (duration 3,5 - 5 hours). For more information please visit the following website:

Train schedule information

Extra costs which are not included in the tour price
A possibly applicable tourism tax is not included in the tour price and has to be paid locally.

7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast 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.

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Daniela Scheiler

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