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Main bike path

From Bamberg to Mainz

The route is a curvy one when you follow the course of the Main River. The changing countryside has lots of new and surprising impressions and delicacies in store for you. Castles, forts, monasteries, artfully designed churches and chapels all telling their own eventful story. Rustic beer gardens and cosy wine cellars tantalize your taste buds! Your cycling holiday along the lower course of the Main River will stay in your mind as an especially romantic, historic and "palatable" holiday.

Germany
Easy
  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
Annika Krüger
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Itinerary

The medieval original town ensemble has been an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993. One of the most important of the countless sites is the cathedral: Belonging to the principal German imperial cathedrals, it was sanctified in 1237 and accommodates the imperial grave of Heinrich II.

Fancy a short tour through the town of seven hills before you leave Bamberg? The Main cycle path takes you from "Beer Franconia", as this region is known, to the "Wine Franconia" region. The pretty little town famous for its wine and half-timber framed houses, Zeil am Main, is the first inkling behind the name Wine Franconia. Today's destination is at the foot of the Hassberg Hills, Hassfurt.

The Main how takes you to town of Schweinfurt, famous for its production of ball bearings. You cycle along the pleasant Main cycle path, passing romantic villages, expansive vineyards and orchards and the lush green meadows alongside the river. Just before Volkach, you should definitely go visit the most famous carving by Tilman Riemenschneider: "Madonna of the Rosary" in the pilgrimage church, St. Maria.

Via the wine-trading town of Kitzingen, you follow the Main primarily, heading for the "sugar town" of Ochsenfurt. You leave Ochsenfurt via the old stone Main bridge and roll along the right river bank - weirs, marinas and vineyards alternating adjacent to the route. Pedalling through charming little villages. your way takes you to today's destination of Sommerhausen, which is surrounded by vineyards and orchards.

After the Maindreieck (triangle) comes the Mainviereck (square). And the first corner of the square is Gemünden. You are in Spessart Nature Reserve. You get great views of the area from the ruins of Scherenburg Castle. Continue on now, winding along ever narrower bends around wooded hills. In Gemünden, you meet the River Sinn and the Franconian Saale.

The Main Valley gets narrower here and the countryside has a lot of forest and is peaceful and isolated. At Rothenfels, a Roman castle watches over the narrow valley and your route. Marktheidenfeld, between the Main river and Spessart, is a typical Franconian town known for its wine-making You reach today's destination - in Wertheim.

Just round the next bend in the river you see Stadtprozelten, home of one of the prettiest castle ruins on the Main, which looks over the town. Henneburg Castle. In Miltenberg you'll find the so-called "Schnatterloch", one of Germany's most picturesque marketplaces and a world-famous backdrop for photos!

Next you head for the small town of Klingenberg and its vineyards, wine cellars and so-called "Heckenwirtschaften" – wine taverns that open seasonally. The "glide" along the Main cycle path to the "Spessart Metropolis", Aschaffenburg. From afar already, the four towers marking each corner of Johannisburg Castle show you the way.

Parks of gardens, allotments and villas are gradually replaced by restaurants and beer gardens. In Seligenstadt, it's worth taking a break: you shouldn't miss visiting the rose and herb garden at Einhard Basilica - and the medieval apothecary too! Just a bit further along the river and you'll have reached Offenbach, just in front of the city gates of Frankfurt.

Today is your last day in the saddle along the lower course of the Main River. First, the route takes you through fields, orchards and vineyards to Flörsheim and through the town of half-timber framed houses - Hochheim. The Main countryside presents it very best side here! There are two bridges to pedal over and then Main' historic old town is in front of you.

Tour character

You cycle almost 100% on cycle path along river Main, mainly flat and no major climbs. We recommend this tour for beginners and families.

Map Bike Tour Main-Slow

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Bamberg
  Season 1
09.04.2023 - 30.04.2023
08.10.2023 - 15.10.2023

Arrival daily
Season 2
01.05.2023 - 10.05.2023
15.09.2023 - 07.10.2023

Arrival daily
Season 3
11.05.2023 - 25.05.2023
11.06.2023 - 30.06.2023
01.09.2023 - 14.09.2023

Arrival daily
Season 4
26.05.2023 - 10.06.2023
01.07.2023 - 31.08.2023

Arrival daily
Main-Cycle Path Bamberg - Mainz, 11 days, DE-MNRBM-11X
Base price
1,149.00
1,249.00
1,349.00
1,449.00
Surcharge single room 349.00 349.00 349.00 349.00
Season 1
Apr 9, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Arrival daily
Season 2
May 1, 2023 - May 10, 2023
Sep 15, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023
Arrival daily
Season 3
May 11, 2023 - May 25, 2023
Jun 11, 2023 - Jun 30, 2023
Sep 1, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
Arrival daily
Season 4
May 26, 2023 - Jun 10, 2023
Jul 1, 2023 - Aug 31, 2023
Arrival daily
Main-Cycle Path Bamberg - Mainz, 11 days, DE-MNRBM-11X
Base price
Surcharge single room
1,149.00
349.00
1,249.00
349.00
1,349.00
349.00
1,449.00
349.00
Season 1
Apr 9, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Season 2
May 1, 2023 - May 10, 2023
Sep 15, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023
Season 3
May 11, 2023 - May 25, 2023
Jun 11, 2023 - Jun 30, 2023
Sep 1, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
Season 4
May 26, 2023 - Jun 10, 2023
Jul 1, 2023 - Aug 31, 2023
Bamberg
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Mainz
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
65.00
35.00
65.00
35.00
65.00
35.00
65.00
35.00
65.00
35.00
65.00
35.00
65.00
35.00
65.00
35.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Bamberg
  Season 1
Apr 9, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
Oct 8, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023

Arrival daily
Season 2
May 1, 2023 - May 10, 2023
Sep 15, 2023 - Oct 7, 2023

Arrival daily
Season 3
May 11, 2023 - May 25, 2023
Jun 11, 2023 - Jun 30, 2023
Sep 1, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023

Arrival daily
Season 4
May 26, 2023 - Jun 10, 2023
Jul 1, 2023 - Aug 31, 2023

Arrival daily
Bamberg
Double room p. P. 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00
Surcharge single room 35.00 35.00 35.00 35.00
Mainz
Double room p. P. 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00
Surcharge single room 35.00 35.00 35.00 35.00
Filter
27-gears unisex
27-gears gents
8-gears unisex
8-gears gents
Electric bike
99.00
99.00
99.00
99.00
239.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and extras

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Well developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • GPS-Data is available
  • Service-hotline

Optional extras:

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
Extras

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Bamberg train station
  • Nürnberg or Frankfurt airport
  • Public Multi-storey car park costs approx. EUR 45 per week, no reservation possible, to be paid for at the time.
    Public unattended car P + R car park outside of the city, no reservation possible.
  • Good train connections from Mainz to Bamberg

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
Hotels

Category: Hotels of 3***-niveau

Important notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Rosita C. DE | 26.05.2022
Super ausgebauter Mainradweg, gute Hotels, schöne Landschaften
Wir waren 11 Tage von Bamberg bis Mainz auf dem Mainradweg unterwegs. Der Start im Hotel Europa in Bamberg mit einem bombastischen Frühstück war super. Der Radweg verlief abwechslungsreich durch zauberhafte Landschaften, kleine Weinorte, Weinberge, meistens verkehrsfern und oft durch kleine Parkanlagen in den Grossstädten. Wir haben Glück mit dem Wetter gehabt, es war sonnig und trocken. Einmal gab es abends Gewitter, aber da waren wir bereits im Hotel. Wir können den Mainradweg unbedingt weiterempfehlen. Die Organisation durch Rückenwind Reisen war excellent, der Gepäcktransport funktionierte einwandfrei und die Unterkünfte waren gut ausgewählt. Wir sind sehr zufrieden und würden wieder mit Rückenwind auf Tour gehen.
Rückenwind Reisen GmbH answered:
Vielen Dank!
Es freut uns sehr, dass Sie einen schönen Urlaub mit uns hatten.

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