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Panoramic cycling in the Upper Jura – discovering Franconia by bike

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Panoramic cycling in the Upper Jura – discovering Franconia by bike

Bike Touring Collection by FrankenTourismus

9

Tours

22:34 h

221 mi

9,200 ft

Do you love the great outdoors as much as the cosy indoors? Do you like your bike adventures to blend challenging rides with sweeping views? Then hop on the saddle and discover the different facets of the Obermain-Jura region.

This area on the northern edge of Germany’s Franconian Alps is also called the Garden of God (Gottesgarten) – and quite rightly so. Here, the alpine slopes sweep down into the Main Valley and the cycle Tours are similarly sweeping. As you roll across the vast plateau, you’re already descending towards the valley, enjoying magnificent views of the Main Valley and the neighbouring Haßberge mountains.

In our Collection, we present nine varied cycle routes on which you can get to know the country and its people from the saddle. Sometimes you'll roll alongside the rivers without a care in the world, sometimes you'll pedal up tough ascents and be rewarded with a fast downhill ride. All along the routes you can explore the region’s rich culture, rest in cafes and find out which local beer tastes best.

Do you already know this area like the back of your saddle and you can't find your favourite Tour in the Collection? Then show us! Just copy the link to your Tour below into the Collection comments and tell us why it’s your favourite bike route in the Gottesgarten.

Speaking of Franconia, the local cuisine is well worth exploring too, with local beers and specialities on the menus of restaurants and huts up and down the valley. With the right refreshments on your bike Tour, the elevation gain will be a doddle. Especially when a panoramic view of the stunning Staffelberg hill awaits you after the next climb.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Obermaintal-Radweg – Radeln im Obermain•Jura

    Difficult
    05:17
    53.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A for extraordinary: This tour sends you along the upper Main valley once and you don't have to drive twice. Isn't that great? Here you will discover small towns, lively towns and natural river landscapes. A day-long tour in the Obermain-Jura lies ahead of you.

    

    Really ingenious: You can start the starting

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  • Intermediate
    01:35
    14.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On a black background there is a thick B, like Banz. The signage leads you across the Banzgau, in towns that tempt with Franconian delicacies.

    

    Start at the train station in Bad Staffelstein and discover the towering Banz Monastery from different angles. The tour takes you through forest and field, again

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  • Intermediate
    01:34
    14.5 mi
    9.2 mph
    850 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The panorama tour in the Obermain Jura is the short version of a bike tour that connects us with our neighbors Rennsteig-Coburg. Great views of the Veste Coburg, the Staffelberg panorama as well as our other landmarks Kloster Banz and Vierzehnheiligen give the tour its name. See for yourself :-)

    

    You can

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    22.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The short, crisp round tour starts in the Main Valley, in Bad Staffelstein and leads up to the rocky Jura heights. Look forward to crisp climbs and rapid descents with numerous highlights on the tour. For orientation you can follow the C on a red background.

    

    The first highlight, the pilgrimage basilica

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  • Difficult
    03:01
    28.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A thick “D on a green background” gives you a short but crisp tour of the extra class in the Upper Main ∙ Jura. Idyllic valleys alternate with steep climbs and rapid descents. The tour offers everything a cyclist's heart desires: forest and field paths to tar and river cleaning. Variety is guaranteed

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    22.6 mi
    9.7 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With this tour you get an absolute insider tip from us, away from the usual bike paths. The tour connects several small towns in the Upper Main • Jura. The bike tour leads you wavy over dirt roads and roads, so that the panoramic views of the Main Valley are not neglected.

    

    You can start and end the tour

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    22.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular tour takes you away from the Main through small, idyllic villages. Here you can find peace and enjoy before you descend into the Main Valley and cool off at one of the lakes.

    

    Numerous beer gardens and inns will tempt you to stop off with beer and snacks. You should definitely pack your bathing

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  • Intermediate
    01:57
    18.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Humps, snacks, bathing lakes: in this order you have an ingenious tour that combines nature and culture enjoyment. The small climb at the beginning of the tour gives you an indescribable view of the Main Valley.

    ... and a fast descent into the Itzgrund.

    

    A small mountain range lies between the Itz and Main

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    24.3 mi
    11.0 mph
    325 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Cycle through the Gottesgarten and enjoy regional cuisine - that is the motto of the GottesBiergarten bike tour. The tour is part of the Main Cycle Path, so you just have to follow the signs for the Main Cycle Path to Bamberg.

    

    Numerous beer gardens invite you to stop for a break along the way. A special

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    221 mi
  • Duration
    22:34 h
  • Elevation
    9,200 ft

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