Main wine tour
Who wants to get to know the Main Bike Trail and the Franconia wine is right on this trip. From Schweinfurt to Aschaffenburg you discover the most beautiful section of the Main cycle path. Here in the Franconian wine country wine characterizes not only the landscape but also the lifestyle of the people. Here the cultivation of vines plays an important role for over 1200 years. Look forward to getting to know the famous Franconian wine in its many facets. A slight Bacchus or Müller-Thurgau, a fruity Scheurebe or the classic among the Franconian wines, the Silvaner, which thrives in an incomparable quality in the Franconian wine country. An impressive stage for the excellent Franconian wines offer the wine cellars which you will be visiting on your tour. With delicious wines and exceptional architecture, they are an experience for all senses. Overnight at the start and at the end of your trip in good middle class hotel and during the tour you stay in selected wineries and wine hotels. Of course you create your own image about the skill of the winemaker on site, as this trip includes 3 wine samples. Enjoy Franconian hospitality, fine wines and traveling a very well-signposted flat bike path.
1. day Schweinfurt Arrival
Today you arrive early, then you have enough time to visit the remarkable "Kleine Museum". Marvel at more than 100 works by the Austrian artist Hundertwasser, because this unique private collection is supplemented by loans from galleries from Germany and New York.
2. day Schweinfurt - Sommerach 40 km
Happily you get in the saddle. After 18 km the first vineyards appear at Wipfeld. A beautiful bike course takes you through small wine villages in the heart of the Franconian wine country through the Volkacher Main loop, the largest contiguous vineyard region of Franconia. Enjoy the picturesque village Sommerach with its baroque houses and half-timbered wineries. This afternoon you visit the winery cellar, the oldest wine association. In addition to the excellent wines of the winery cellar discover the Weinreich. Marvel at the wine cellar, the wine shop and the unique architecture of the building, the historic cellar vaults combined with modern construction engineering (honored in the context of architectural prize wine 2007). Look forward to the "Kostbar" with wine advice, wine sales and wine tapping, the "Sommerbar" for relaxation and the Wine School - the only school where wine is not only allowed but is mandatory. In the afternoon we recommend a guided wine tour. Look forward to an entertaining tour through nature, wine school and wine cellar. You will learn about the Sommeracher vineyards, about hundred years of history of the wine cellar and the craftsmanship of the winery (every Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 3pm ).
3. day Sommerach - Sommerhausen 42 km
Already after a few kilometers it lures a worthwhile break in the old town of Dettelbach. Here a romance winds blows through the narrow streets. You will be fascinated by the almost completely preserved city walls, many small towers, cobbled roads and picturesque rows of half-timbered houses from the late Gothic and Renaissance. Just on your bike you already reach Kitzingen, the largest wine trading city on the Main. Marvel at the historic market square dominated by the Franconian half-timbered houses, impressive town houses and the Renaissance town hall. Visit the architectural highlights: the City Church Petrini with its mighty portal of the Franconian Baroque and the late Gothic church of St. Johnnes with its famous Chapel by Balthasar Neumann. Marktbreit with beautiful Emsemble from Maintor and Malerwinkelhaus (built around 1600 AD.) You cycle in good humor to Ochsenfurt. Admire the new town hall from 1515 with lance turrets and elaborate figure- and moon clock before you continue to cycle to Sommerhausen. Look forward to the old town with townhouses and wine-growing houses surrounded idyllic by a well preserved defensive wall. Easily city hall and castle are reached via the typical stepped gables, a Franconian wine village like from the picture book. You stay at the winery, look over his shoulder, marvel at his wine cellar and taste the fine wines.
4. day Sommerhausen - Karlstadt 40 km
Just a few kilometers are on the day's program, but also great location for a break. Let yourself be inspired by the romantic image of Eibelstadt, whose historic city wall surrounds many attractions. Shortly before Würzburg you cycle through the picturesque wine village Randersacker, where wine is grown already since 779 AD. Here the first wine school in Franconia had its origin (in Randersackerer Mönchshof). Right next to the bike path on the steep slopes to the Main well-known wine is growing such as Teufelskeller, Pfülben, Marsberg and Sonnenstuhl. You cycle the bike trail to the beautiful city of Würzburg. Here you marvel at the market square, the town hall, the old Main bridge, the imposing fortress and the Lady Chapel with its sandstone figures by Tilman Riemenschneider. The highlight is the former bishop's residence, which was built 1720 - 1744 according to plans by Balthasar Neumann. In its unity it is regarded as one of the most beautiful palace buildings of South German Baroque. Through Veitshoechheim with prince-bishop summer residence and French Rococo garden you cycle to Thüngersheim. Gladly the small wine town is also known as "delicatessen shop of Franconia". Next to the Franconian main types Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Rieslaner are grown here. Visit the modern wine shop and convince yourself of the skills of the winemaker in Thüngersheim. Through Himmelstadt with small organic wine trail you cycle to the worth-seeing Karlstadt. Go on an expedition in the old town surrounded by ancient walls, towers and gates.
5. day Karlstadt - Homburg 28 km/ 42 km or 58 km
Now the landscape is changing and the characteristic viticulture disappears and shady forests mark the bike path. In only 10 minutes (Karstadt - Gemünden) or 25 minutes (Karlstadt-Lohr) by Maintalbahn, you can shorten the stage of today. No matter how you decide, Lohr will welcome you with the charm of its fairytale old town. Visit the Spessart Museum in the old castle or the small School Museum. 28 idyllic kilometers by bike wait for you afterward. The bike path runs directly along the banks through the beautiful town of Marktheidenfeld with its venerable parish church and Franck-house (1745 built by wealthy wine merchant Franz Valentin Franck). Enjoy the romantic wine village Homburg and the vineyards, which now again enrich the landscape. With its excellent vineyards "Edelfrau" and "Kallmuth" Homburger wineries produce the top products of the famous Franconia wine: earthy, fiery and with a delicate almond flavor.
6. day Homburg - Bürgstadt 46 km
Today the wooded hill come close together, through which the Main winds. Passing Wertheim with graceful half-timbered houses and narrow old town you cycle mostly right on the shore and enjoy pure nature. Not until Bürgstadt you rediscover vineyards and vines, where mostly red wine grapes grow. Bürgstadt is known for its excellent wine, perhaps because the wine is still operated here with the love of private winemaker. Bürgstadt counts with nearly 75 hectares of vineyards to one of the greatest wines in the Lower Main. It is a pretty jolly wine village and offers small delicacies in the Häckerwirtschaften. Look forward to the Red Wine Hiking Trail and the Martin Chapel with unique interior decoration.
7. day Bürgstadt - Aschaffenburg 46 km
Only a stone's throw away and you are in Miltenberg, which proudly presents itself with half-timbered houses! Marvel at the magnificent market square - better known as "Schnatterloch" and the Gasthaus zum Riesen, the oldest Fürstenherberge of Germany. Parallel to the Red Wine Hiking Trail you cycle to Großheubach, already since 1254 the wine determines the life in the village. Even today, as for centuries the vines grow mainly on the steep stone terraces, as they are only found on the lower Main. These dry stone walls serve as a natural heat storage and create an extremely beneficial microclimate. The weathered red sandstone soil is the basis for the noble red grape varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Madeleine, Portuguese or St. Laurent, from which fiery, velvety and full-bodied red wines thrive. On flat roads you quickly cycle through Klingenberg, where also excellent red wines are grown, to the sandstone Castle Johannesburg in Aschaffenburg.
8. day Aschaffenburg Departure
Today your beautiful wine tour ends after breakfast in Aschaffenburg. Return by train is possible. If you want to go back to the first hotel (Hotel Schweinfurt), we recommend our quick return transfer service (Departure every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 9am, it takes about 2 hours).
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
18.04. – 30.04.2020
28.09. – 11.10.2020
01.05. – 27.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- overnight 2 x comfortable middle class hotel in Schweinfurt and Aschaffenburg
- 5 x wine hotel
- 3 x wine tasting/ visiting of wine cellar
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about your Main vintner´s tour
Please find more information about the Main vintner´s tour bike trip below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0) 6421 - 886890.
Arrival by train
Schweinfurt 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 Bamberg. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parkfacilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels always provide parking possibilities. Sometimes even free of charge, for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available, pre-reservation is not always necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday there is the possibility to return to Schweinfurt by transfer by minibus (with bike transport trailer) (departure approx. 09:00, duration approx. 1,5 hours later). The driver comes to your hotel and has room for you, your luggage and for your personal bike. The return transfer by bus will bring you back to your start hotel without any circumstances and efforts.
Condition of cycle paths
The quality of the bike tail is very good. There are practical no unpaved or poorly developed path. The route runs almost exclusively on paved roads and is very well signposted. The volume of traffic varies, but between Schweinfurt and Aschaffenburg there is almost always a seperate bike trail on the right or left shore side, off the main road. Detailed information about which shore side is best to cycle on, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a bike for the tour, we bring it to your start hotel. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and backpedal brake, 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening and the bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height. The men's bikes are available in various frame sizes for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes with your booking.
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, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
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.
Schweinfurt - Industry and Art: With this motorway sign visitors have been welcomed for quite a few years to a city which was known for many decades in Germany and far beyond as the Ball Bearing City. Schweinfurt is still an industrially characterized city. Yet since the beginning of the 1990s the former Free Imperial City has eminently changed, and has long since rediscovered points of its history which were somewhat forgotten over a longer period. Today Schweinfurt is no longer merely an industrial city, but rather a city in which art, culture, remarkable architecture, science and tradition can be experienced.
Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt
The Georg Schäfer Museum houses the most important private collection of 19th century German art. Spanning the period from early 18th century to the beginning of the 20th , the collection encompasses the different art movements of the age - from late rococo, classicism and romanticism to impressionism and secessionism. One of the earliest paintings in the collection is Januarius Zick's 'Bäuerliches Idyll' (Peasant Idyll, c. 1760 ), one of the latest Max Lieberman's 'Frau Martha Liebermann' (c. 1930 ).
The small, historic city on the Main is an important wine and tourist resort in the Franconian wine-growing region. Volkach and the Mainschleife is unique in Germany because only here the Main has formed this loop. The Mainschleife is also the wine, fruit and asparagus region in the Franconian wine country. Winemakers and wine festivals invite wine tasting everywhere. In autumn, the grape harvest is on. From a culinary point of view, there is a distinctive cuisine. Typical Franconian dishes or exclusive asparagus and fish dishes with the matching wines are on the menu.
Sommerach, a historically grown wine village with about 1,400 inhabitants, is located on the southern Mainschleife on the romantic wine island.
In the middle of the Franconian wine country lies Kitzingen, the historic wine trading town on the Main. Accommodations with a bourgeois atmosphere, historical sights, numerous recreational and recreational opportunities and the idyllic location on the Main offer rest and enjoyment. The center of the historic old town is the market square, framed by Franconian half-timbered houses, imposing town houses and the Renaissance town hall. Architectural highlights are the city church of Petrini with its mighty portal of the Franconian Baroque, the late Gothic church of St. John with its impressive exterior sculptures and the famous cross chapel of Balthasar Neumann. Kitzingen is not only a wine-trading town, but also carnival-friendly. So it is not surprising that the German Carnival Museum, the official museum of the Federal German Carnival, can be found in Kitzingen. While strolling through the picturesque old town, there is more to discover. In any case, you should also allow time for a walk along the Main Promenade.
Sommerhausen has been an important municipality on the Main since the Middle Ages. It did not belong to the prince-bishop of Würzburg; The inhabitants acknowledged the Reformation, so that Sommerhausen is now a Protestant enclave in the predominantly Catholic Mainfranken. As part of the rule mediated by Bavaria, Speckfeld, the heirs of the Counts of Limpurg, Sommerhausen belonged to the Frankish Reichskreis from 1500 onwards. In 1810, the district of Würzburg, with which it fell back to Bavaria in 1814, came to settle in the area. In the course of the administrative reforms in Bavaria, the municipal council of 1818 created the present municipality.
The place, embedded in the Valley of the Main among vineyards, has been the hanger for Frankish romanticism for decades. The medieval city wall has been preserved. All buildings in the town center in the narrow, winding streets look back on several hundred years of history. The town hall dates from the 16th century.
Embark on an exciting journey of discovery through Karlstadt. In the old town surrounded by old walls, towers and gates, there are many traces to discover. At every turn you will find testimonies of history and impressive art treasures.
In Lohr locals will tell you references of the Snow White tale. The “Gate of Spessart” which is thought to have been the opening to the escape route for Snow White as she vanished “on seven hills”, the Mountain Trail (Wieser Strabe). The journey through the seven Spessart Mountains from Lohr would have taken her to the kingdom of the Seven Dwarfs.
Over more than 1,200 years of history, the charming village of Franconia can look back, its vineyards and buildings since that time look down on the lovely Main Valley all the way to the foothills of the Spessartwald.
Documented for the first time in 1237, the city looks back on a lively past. Viniculture, wine trade, river traffic and fishery, as well as wood and stone industries were the most important growth engines of trade and craft. The favourable location at the old trading artery Nuremberg – Frankfurt and the staple right very early led Miltenberg into economic flowering periods. During the early 19th century the city suffered the loss of being the top quality location of the Electoral State of Mainz and as a result found itself unfortunately situated on the brink of the Kingdom of Bavaria. The major phases of urban development were history and hence the medieval townscape was preserved to this day.
Whatever the season Aschaffenburg is always worth a visit, whether for the magnolia blossom in spring, for Pompeiianum Palace in summer, for Bavaria's oldest English landscaped park in autumn, or for the works of Cranach, Grünewald, Kirchner and Schad in winter. And with Aschaffenburg being a compact town, you can discover its many sights on foot.
The route from Johannisburg Palace to the town hall is a labyrinth of narrow alleys, where traditional bars and quaint restaurants occupy pretty little half-timbered buildings.
The Johannisburg palace, made of red sandstone, is one of the most significant and beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. Its unique features include the chapel (complete with Renaissance altar, pulpit and portal sculptures by Hans Juncker), the royal living quarters, the world's largest collection of architectural models made from cork, the state gallery with paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and the Palace Museum of Aschaffenburg that houses works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Christian Schad.
This replica of a Roman villa was built at the behest of King Ludwig I, who was inspired by the excavations in Pompeii, and it is the only one of its kind in the world. Architect Friedrich von Gärtner did not overlook a single detail in his design of the atrium and interior. The exquisite frescoes and floor mosaics, for example, give art lovers an ideal replica from which to broaden their understanding of classical culture. The Pompeiianum was badly damaged during the Second World War but reopened in 1994 following several phases of restoration. Since then it has been used to exhibit original Roman works of art from the holdings of the State Antiquities Collections and the Glyptothek in Munich.