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Vineyards, forests and ponds – cycling in the Steigerwald in Germany

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Vineyards, forests and ponds – cycling in the Steigerwald in Germany

Bike Touring Collection by FrankenTourismus

11

Tours

41:57 h

363 mi

20,800 ft

The Steigerwald, a range of forested hills in Bavaria in the south of Germany, offers picturesque vineyards and ancient forests. This nature park, known as the land of 1,000 ponds, is perfect to discover by bike. You will cycle through magnificent nature, sample Franconian cuisine, explore walled cities, and discover mighty castles and half-timbered houses on the way.

We have put together 11 routes in this Collection of varying levels of difficulty and with different themes. You can choose between relaxed cycle paths through gentle vineyards and challenging forest trails. If you want to experience Franconian hospitality, you have countless opportunities to stop for refreshments on the beer circular or the Bocksbeutel (a traditional wine bottle) loop. There are also many castles and ruins en route such as the impressive Weissenstein baroque castle.

On the TeichKulturRunde, you cycle through the land of 1,000 ponds, immersing yourself in the unique landscape. Or, if you like off-road and forest trails, then there are two cross-country routes. Thanks to the shaded forest, you can comfortably ride the Tours in summer too. When you get thirsty, traditional beer gardens and wine cellars are ready to help you quench your thirst. So, hop on your bike and start exploring the Steigerwald!

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  • Difficult
    04:45
    44.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Main-Steigerwald-Radweg takes you from Sand am Main to Mönchsondheim in the picturesque Steigerwald. In just under 70 kilometers, it is on bike paths and side streets through the varied, hilly landscape and historical places. You cycle west from the beautiful church square in Sand am Main. The route

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  • Difficult
    04:10
    36.2 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this circular tour with a few crunchy meters in altitude you will experience wonderful views, the idyllic Breitbach valley and Franconian gems. If you don't want to drive the complete Steigerwald tour, you can also shorten it: Either the east-west abbreviation from Dürrnbuch directly to Abtswind or

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    22.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You don't have to worry about thirst or hunger on this round: Several breweries, beer cellars and rustic inns await you in the heart of the Steigerwald. There are a total of 14 breweries on this 36-kilometer route in the Steigerwald beer corner. You start in Lisberg and drive to Trabelsdorf with its

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    62.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Gentle vineyards, shady forests and small wine-growing villages make up the special charm of the hilly Bocksbasche circuit. You cycle through almost 100 kilometers through the idyllic landscape in the southern Steigerwald. If you don't want to drive the entire route at once, you can find accommodations

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    36.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Always along the water - The TeichKulturRunde takes you through a unique landscape that is characterized by countless fish ponds. The water areas of the fisheries represent a complex ecosystem for numerous animal and plant species and give this tour its unique character. You start in beautiful Höchstadt

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    19.0 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular tour takes you from the banks of the Main in a crisp climb to the Schwanberg with the impressive castle. The starting point is at the Bleichwasen car park in Kitzingen-Etwashausen and from there it goes east to Rödelsee with a view of the Schwanberg. In the picturesque town you can visit

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  • Intermediate
    01:49
    12.8 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    For this short but physically demanding tour, we recommend a trekking bike or mountain bike. You start in the pretty Lower Franconian wine town of Oberschwarzach and cycle west. Through a colorful cultural landscape, you can relax in Wiebelsberg with its vineyards. Then the path begins to become steeper

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  • Intermediate
    01:43
    17.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely circular tour through the valleys of the rough and rich Ebrach and the foothills of the Steigerwald is suitable for the whole family. The absolute highlight is a visit to the magnificent Weissenstein Castle in Pommersfelden. You start in Burgebrach and cycle past meadows and fields up

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  • Difficult
    04:23
    44.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Aischgründer GenussRadweg, idyllic natural spaces, shady beer gardens and gentle vineyards invite you to take a break. You cycle through the diverse landscape of Allianz NeuStadt and Land with its typically Franconian towns and attractive places to stop. For the sporty climbs you will be rewarded

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  • Difficult
    04:36
    30.8 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    For the cross country tour, we recommend a trekking bike or mountain bike, because the royal stage of the Schweinfurter Land usually leads away from the concrete and asphalt bike paths. For the sometimes demanding climbs, you will be rewarded with wide panoramic views. The starting point of this round

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    36.1 mi
    6.6 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    For the cross country tour, we recommend a trekking bike or mountain bike, because the royal stage of the Schweinfurter Land usually leads away from the concrete and asphalt bike paths. For the sometimes demanding climbs, you will be rewarded with wide panoramic views. The starting point of this round

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    363 mi
  • Duration
    41:57 h
  • Elevation
    20,800 ft

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