Cycle route through Bavaria: The long-distance cycle route through Bavaria offers high quality from start to finish, with exemplary signposting, outstanding scenery and lots of cyclist-minded accommodations. The tour starts in Bamberg , its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Winding its way through Bavarias Steigerwald Forest and Hassberg hills to Schweinfurt, the river Main enters the Franconian wine country and the lovely Taubertal holiday region. The tour continues through Würzburg and ends in the beautifullt town of Aschaffenburg.
All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork, In this case, please follow the directions posted on site.
Main cycle path from Bamberg to Aschaffenburg:
Day 1: Individual Arrival in Bamberg
f you are looking for a town that has authentic beauty and is alive with history, then Bamberg in Germany is a must see. Located in the heart of North Bavaria, Upper Franconia, this town extends across seven hills, each one with its own church or castle. Bamberg is one of Germany’s largest medieval towns and is remarkably well preserved. It is little wonder then that Bamberg has been UNESCO world heritage site since 1993.This Bavarian city at the river Main possesses one of the largest ensembles of historic buildings in Europe! Enjoy typicall franconian food and beer in one of the many restaurants or beegardens. Overnight in Bamberg.
Day 2: Bamberg – Hassfurt | Approx. 26 miles / 42 km
Today you will start cycling on the beautifull perfectly constructed Main-cycle path. Of course it is not possible to checkout every picturesque site along the way today, but you definitely shouldn’t miss the pilgrim church of the “star architect” of baroque style Balthasar Neumann. You will find it in Maria Limbach along the route. 1 night in Hassfurt.
Day 3: Hassfurt - Volkach | Approx. 34 miles / 55 km
The biking path along the river is flat and easy to ride. Along your route there are several castles and estates which are still privately owned, managed and inhabited. Enjoy a citywalk in the evening in the beautifull village of Volkach. You can visit the Baroque palace “Schelfenhaus” or other gems. After the tour you can enjoy one of the excellent local wines! 1 night in Volkach.
Day 4: Volkach - Würzburg | Approx. 40 miles / 65 km
Like pearls on a chain famous wine villages are lined up along your way today. You have to select carefully among one of the most beautiful places such as Sommerach, Dettelbach, Marktbreit or Ochsenfurt for a visit and/or a lunch/coffee break. Anyone who comes to Würzburg and does not know the city should plan at least half a day for the first tour of the sights of the old town. The Residence Palace is one of Europe’s most renowned Baroque castles and has been registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1981. From the old bridge “Alte Mainbrücke” you can enjoy fantastic views of the Fortress Marienberg, the pilgrimage church “Käppele” and the famous vineyards. There is a lot to visit for the interested guest! 1 night in Würzburg.
Day 5: Würzburg - Lohr am Main | Approx. 37 miles / 60 km
Treat yourself to a break to stroll through the famous Veitshöchheim rococo garden (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage). Afterwards there are several places to stop for a break, but a short rest in the old town of Karlstadt is a must. Lohr am Main is a charming little town in the Main-Spessart administrative district with a fairytale old town centre and a wealth of noteworthy sights.
Day 6: Lohr am Main - Wertheim | Approx. 27 miles / 44 km
Castle Rothenfels greets you from the opposite river-bank. At its feet lies the village of Rothenfels, with around 700 inhabitants the smallest municipality with town charter in bavaria. Following the cycle path, you will be guided through the old town of Marktheidenfeld. Images of an old shipyard come to life. Homburg and Urphar hold architectural gems, then the city of Wertheim welcomes you with its imposing castle. What was once a medieval residence city remains today an entirely romantic location that invites you to take a trip through time and to enjoy lazy strolls.
Day 7: Wertheim - Miltenberg | Approx. 22 miles / 36 km
At Wertheim you cross the Main to Kreuzwertheim and are back on Bavarian soil. The Main Cycle Path runs via Faulbach to Stadtprozelten with the Henneburg ruins. The town of Stadtprozelten has little space between the Main and the steep foothills of the Spessart and is therefore elongated. There are also beautiful Franconian half-timbered houses and the remains of a medieval city wall. The historic Miltenberg is picturesquely embedded on the left knee of the Main quadrangle between the hills of Spessart and Odenwald. Visitors are attracted by the medieval half-timbered houses, the well-known Schnatterloch and the Mildenburg, which towers over the city.
Day 8: Miltenberg - Aschaffenburg | Approx. 25 miles / 40 km
The wine from the region around Klingenberg was alone worth a trip to this part of the Main valley for the most famous German poet Goethe. This region called “Untermain” (“lower Main”) has kept its own special charme and character. The best winemakers are located here, specialized in red wines – which is rather rare in Germany. As a city of culture, Aschaffenburg comes with palaces, parks and museums. You may discover and experience the ever changing history of the city within short walking distances. In the evening there will be an opportunity for you a stroll through the old city center to see the churches and of course the castle that is situated at the riverbank. 1 night in Aschaffenburg (approx. 25 miles).
Day 9: Aschaffenburg and departure
You decide if you want to spend more days in Aschahfenburg or depart today.
What’s Not Included
Our Trip-Designers are making sure that you are staying at the ideal places to experience the best of the towns along the river Main. Our standard when choosing a hotel is high. Our partner-hotels should not only be functionally perfect, but above all offer a pleasant and regional atmosphere. Only now and then does the route force a compromise. We don't accept a cheaper hotel just to get what appears to be a cheap tour price. terranova always mentions the hotel names. You are welcome to check our rating in Michelin or on tripadvisor.
Hotelcategory A - Premium Hotels: On this trip you will stay with terranova in selected hotels and pensions of the 3 and 4 star categories.
The named or equivalent accommodations will be booked depending on availability. There is no entitlement to accommodation in the above-mentioned accommodations. Tourist tax, if due, must be paid on site on this trip.
Hotelcategory B - Standard: Different hotels or wineries in 3 star category.
Tourist taxes, if due, are to be paid on site on this trip.