The most beautiful long-distance cycle paths in Franconia

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Franken Tourismus

In Franconia, you can cycle through romantic river valleys lined by countless castles on rugged cliffs and properly enjoy the untouched nature of quiet forests and vast meadow landscapes. From the mountain peaks, you can look out into the distance and soak up fantastic panoramas. Here, you can let yourself be enchanted in the historic cities of Bamberg or Rothenburg ob der Tauber and their unique charm.

To discover the incomparable beauty of Franconia, you can ride on a huge network of cycle paths. In addition to many smaller rides, some of the best long-distance cycle routes in Germany lead through the popular holiday region of Franconia. In this Collection, we present the ten most beautiful long-distance cycle paths in Franconia, which are between three and 16 stages long. Cycling in Franconia doesn’t just cover river cycle paths, such as the Main cycle path, the Tauber Altmühl cycle path or the Regnitz cycle path, which take you on largely flat stretches through the lovely river valleys, it also takes you high up. Cycle paths such as the Rhönradweg or the Siebensterntour in the Fichtelgebirge take you to the beautiful heights of the Fränkische Mittelgebirge which offers fantastic views.

You will also get your money's worth in culinary terms when cycling in Franconia. Excellent restaurants, cozy wine taverns, and quaint beer gardens offer perfect places to rest along the cycle paths. The warm hosts look forward to spoiling you with regional cuisine and exquisite wines and beers. At the end of each day on the bike, cycling friendly hosts welcome you openly. Here, you can gather your strength for the next day of discovering even more of Franconia's beautiful cycle paths.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    31:46
    332 mi
    10.5 mph
    6,100 ft
    8,050 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    The Main cycle path leads you over 530 kilometers from the Weißmain spring at Bischofsgrün to Mainz, where the Main flows into the Rhine. This route can be traveled in twelve stages with Kulmbach, Lichtenfels, Bischberg, Schweinfurt, Kitzingen, Würzburg, Gemünden, Wertheim, Miltenberg, Aschaffenburg and Frankfurt am Main as stage destinations. As an alternative starting point of the MainRadweg you can also choose the source of the Red Main at Creussen (komoot.de/tour/55797339). In Kulmbach the Red and the White Main flow together. The entire bike path has only a few gradients, making it easy to drive and suitable for families.Along the bike path you can expect the most beautiful landscapes of Franconia and Hesse. From the Fichtelgebirge or the Franconian Switzerland you cycle through the wild and romantic Franconian Forest, the Obermain-Jura, the Steigerwald, the picturesque Haßberge and through the sunny Franconian wine country. Finally, you dive into the lovely Tauber Valley, experience the fabulous forest areas in the Spessart Mainland and discover the Hessian Untermain. But not only the unique landscapes and the picturesque nature provide variety, but also the historic cities like Bamberg and Würzburg, which enchant with their UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the modern banking metropolis Frankfurt am Main.On the way you will find many cyclist-friendly accommodations. There is also plenty to take care of your physical well-being along the cycle path: unique beer cellars, rustic wine taverns, cozy cafés and excellent restaurants invite you to relax and taste regional specialties. Enjoyment awaits your senses on the MainRadweg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    33.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Main has several sources, the Weißmainquelle and the Rotmainquelle. Thus you can drive the MainRadweg in two variants. In addition to the starting point at Bischofsgrün at the Weißmainquelle, you can also start your cycle tour along the Main in Creussen.Shortly after you have rolled out of town, you make a detour to Rotmainquelle in Lindenhardter forest. Then you drive through an idyllic, open landscape with many small villages to Bayreuth. Here you can take a break before continuing through the broad valley of the Red Main to Kulmbach, where the Red Main and the White Main merge. From Kulmbach you continue your bike ride on the main path of the MainRadweg: komoot.de/tour/54685862.

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  • Difficult
    22:55
    216 mi
    9.4 mph
    6,125 ft
    5,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Tauber Altmühl cycle path you drive on almost 350 kilometers from the Main to the Danube. You always cycle on almost slope-free routes along the Tauber and the Altmühl, which makes the route easy to drive and also suitable for families. In eight stages, you can cycle the route from Wertheim to Kelheim, which is made up of the cycle path "Lovely Tauber Valley - The Classic" and the "Altmühltal Cycle Path".On the way you will discover the beautiful landscape of the Tauber Valley, pass cultural highlights such as the Bronnbach Abbey or the Toppler Castle and visit charming places like Weikersheim, Bad Mergentheim and of course the medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Here the bike path leaves the Tauber and leads through the picturesque nature park Frankenhöhe into the headwaters of the Altmühl. At the small river, the bike path winds to the Franconian Lake District to the impressively beautiful Altmühlsee. From here we continue along the Altmühl to Kelheim, past highlights such as the dry slopes at Dollnstein and countless castles that tower high above the valley on impressive rocks.On the route you will find many cozy accommodations with warm hosts who look forward to cycling. Also culinary you will be spoiled along the Tauber Altmühl cycle path. Quaint restaurants, cozy cafes and cozy beer gardens invite you to relaxed breaks and offer you the whole variety of Franconian cuisine.

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  • Difficult
    09:38
    98.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    The RegnitzRadweg runs in two directions between Nuremberg and Bischberg near Bamberg. The valley route runs along the Regnitz on 85 kilometers and the 75-kilometer canal route runs along the Main-Danube Canal. Both routes can be combined into a varied 160-kilometer tour between Nuremberg and Bischberg, which you can travel in four stages. The bike path is consistently flat except for small slopes, which makes it easy to drive.In Nuremberg, where you can get on the train, the almost completely flat round trip begins. From here you cycle on the valley route via Fürth, Erlangen, Forchheim and Bamberg to Bischberg, where the river Regnitz and the Main-Danube Canal flow into the Main. On the canal route it goes back to Nuremberg. On the way you pass green river meadows and dense banks of playful Regnitz. Along the river you will come across historic water wheels, cozy benches for breaks and charming places with pretty half-timbered houses. At the dead-straight Main-Danube Canal, dense forests and wide fields await you, as well as exciting locks and beautiful harbors, inviting you to take a break.Along the bike path you have a wide choice of accommodation in all price ranges and you also have the option to change to the train. If you only have one weekend, you can easily drive only one of the two routes. If you want to go further, you can extend the Regnitz cycle path in Bamberg. Here you have connection to the MainRadweg.

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  • Difficult
    33:53
    307 mi
    9.1 mph
    12,675 ft
    10,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Fairy-tale castles and medieval towns - on this bike ride along the Romantic Road you feel almost permanently in the romantic world of bygone days. Idyllic river meadows, picturesque pause places and last but not least the Franconian, Swabian and Upper Bavarian hospitality make this tour a cultural and culinary adventure trip. The easy bike ride takes you on ten stages for about 500 kilometers from Würzburg to Füssen, where the romantic Neuschwanstein Castle awaits you as a fairytale highlight of the route.The magic of romance is always present on this tour. It does not matter if you roll through medieval half-timbered towns, awaken childhood memories in the Käthe-Kruse-Puppenmuseum or let the baroque churches and magnificent parks along the route appeal to you. In between, you cycle through beautiful natural landscapes with vineyards, raised bogs and dreamy beech forests, where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.The tour along the Romantic Road is very varied. Some sections are flat and easy to drive, others have hilly sections that will make you sweat but reward you with great views. Each stage ends in a beautiful city or idyllic place with plenty of accommodation and great opportunities to spend the evening. Of course you can also pre-link individual sections of the route. Often - but not always - the milestones have rail connections, so you can also get in between. In the summer you are always flexible, if your plans change or the weather changes: From April to October the "Romantic Road Bus" drives along the route and transports bicycles, luggage and passengers.

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  • Difficult
    11:59
    113 mi
    9.4 mph
    4,800 ft
    5,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    At about 180 kilometers, the Rhönradweg meanders from Bad Salzungen to Hammelburg through the Rhön biosphere reserve. The moderate route from the Werratal, at the northern end of the Rhön to the valley of the Franconian Saale in the Südrhön, you can comfortably drive in four stages. The milestones are Philippsthal, Wüstensachsen and Bad Neustadt.On your way from north to south expect a lot of variety and especially beautiful landscapes and spectacular views. You cycle through the valleys of the Werra, the Ulster, the Brend and the Franconian Saale, but also overcome heights and enjoy from above magnificent views: Between Wüstensachsen in Ulstertal and Oberelsbach in Elstal you cross the Hohe Rhön, which is located in the nature reserve Lange Rhön , Here you reach the highest point of the bike tour at 830 meters altitude. The Lange Rhön enchants you not only with unique views, but also with enchanted bogs on the wayside, small mountain pastures and wildly romantic hedgerows and primeval forests. In addition to the beautiful nature you can on the way to Hammelburg on cultural highlights in the form of historic places with charming half-timbered houses in Henneberg and Franconian style.

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  • Difficult
    09:47
    95.3 mi
    9.7 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.

    You can discover the lovely Tauber valley on numerous bike paths, including the Radachter Liebliches Tauber valley. The Radachter consists of two circuits - the Westring and the Ostring. Together and with additional stages, they are over 500 kilometers long. The approximately 150 kilometers of the medium-weight Westring you can comfortably drive in four stages. Starting point of the round course is Lauda-Königshofen and the stage destinations on the way are Buchen, Miltenberg and Wertheim.From Lauda-Königshofen in the Tauber Valley you cycle west through beautiful countryside into the beautiful Odenwald. In the picturesque low mountain range, you will drive over a few heights, from which you can enjoy fascinating views, pass varied highlights such as the Eberstadt stalactite cave and cozy villages and ride through wildly romantic woodland. On the way to the Main valley you can relax on relaxing downhills, where you can let the wind blow around your nose. On the banks of the impressive Main you then cycle on the MainRadweg to the Tauber, which flows into Wertheim in the Main. From here you drive through the lovely Tauber Valley back to the starting point in Lauda-Königshofen, where you can combine the west ring of the Radachters with the Ostring: komoot.de/tour/54687182.

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  • Difficult
    13:27
    136 mi
    10.1 mph
    4,150 ft
    4,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Ostring of Radachters Lovely Tauber Valley starts like the Westring (komoot.de/tour/54686898) in Lauda-Königshofen. Thus, you can combine the two rings wonderfully together. The best over 200 km long Ostring you drive in seven stages. For the easy circuit Weikersheim, Ochsenfurt, Würzburg, Gemünden, Marktheidenfeld and Wertheim are eligible as milestones.From Lauda-Königshofen you cycle first south and then east along the Tauber through the lovely Tauber Valley. You drive through beautiful countryside, untouched nature and charming places like Bad Mergentheim or Röttingen. Then you leave the Tauber and drive on a beautiful railway track bike path from the Tauber Valley into the Main Valley. Following the Main you head north, past picturesque vineyards, romantically wooded bank slopes and imposing castles that tower over the valley on rugged rocks. In Ochsenfurt the Main turns south and you accompany him. Along its countless loops you cycle to Wertheim, where the Tauber flows into the Main. Here you leave the Main and dive back into the lovely Tauber Valley. Past highlights such as the monastery Bronnbach and the Gamburg it goes on the varied Ostring back to the starting point to Lauda-Königshofen.

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  • Difficult
    07:21
    75.3 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the easy to cycle Aischtalradweg you expect dozens of small streams, hundreds of enchanted ponds, endless meadows and pristine river floodplains. Dense deciduous forests that alternate with picturesque vineyards. Innumerable fields where happy sunflowers, lumpy corn and fluffy carpets of yellow rapeseed and green corn grow. Historic old towns with pretty houses, castles, palaces and romantic stork nests on the roofs.All this you will be able to enjoy on the slightly more than 120 kilometers long route on the Aischtalradweg, which leads across Franconia. It starts in the holiday region "Romantic Franconia" and crosses the region "Steigerwald" to Bamberg. From the medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber it winds its way through charming and varied landscape with a wide branched water network in the World Heritage city of Bamberg. Most of the time it goes downhill comfortably.The three short stages are ideal for a little adventure on a long weekend without having to plan much. The arrival and departure to Aischtalradweg is thanks to the good train connection from Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Bamberg namely super straightforward. You do not have to look far for accommodation in the intermediate destinations Bad Windsheim and Höchstadt on the Aisch, because they offer a large selection of pensions, hotels and holiday apartments. Off the beautiful bike path are of course the two cities Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Bamberg real highlights, where you can really enjoy the arrival and departure.A little tip: If you want to be on the road for longer than three days, you can combine the Aischtalradweg with other long-distance cycle paths, such as the MainRadweg, Tauber-Altmühl-Radweg and RegnitzRadweg.

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  • Difficult
    60:19
    560 mi
    9.3 mph
    27,450 ft
    26,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Burgenstraße cycle path is over 900 kilometers long and takes you from Mannheim to Bayreuth. You will cycle through river valleys, over heights with great views and above all from one castle to the next. For example, you can ride the intermediate route in 16 stages.Along the exciting bike path, many highlights await you - both cultural and scenic. Above all, of course, castles and palaces. The romantic palaces can be found in the beautiful towns along the route, on high cliffs along the river valleys and on lovely hills with a wonderful view. You will also get to know beautiful historic cities such as Heidelberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber or Bamberg on the way. The bike path that connects everything leads you through flat, wildly romantic river valleys, such as the Neckar, the Kocher, the Baunach or the Red Main. Beautifully wide fields and meadows, enchanted forests and lovely hills with fascinating views line the route. Nature parks such as the Franconian Switzerland or the Franconian Forest are the icing on the cake of the unique nature experience that awaits you on the Burgenstraße cycle path.Thanks to numerous bike-friendly accommodations, you will find a good selection of accommodation options in each stage. The warm hosts will spoil you with regional specialties, as well as the hosts of the many restaurants, beer gardens and wine bars along the bike path. Enjoyment for all the senses is guaranteed on the Burgenstraße cycle path.

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  • Difficult
    12:18
    98.3 mi
    8.0 mph
    6,950 ft
    6,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Nature and culture await you on the just over 150 kilometer seven-star tour. For example, you can start the varied, intermediate circuit over the heights of the Fichtelgebirge in Selb, but also at any other point along the route. The route you can drive well in four stages, with Schwarzenbach, Bischofsgrün and Marktredwitz are suitable as milestones.The bike tour takes its name from the Seven Star, a typical Fichtelgebirgsblume with seven white, tapered petals. Surely you discover the namesake of the bike tour a few times along the way, because the route leads you through the beautiful nature of the Fichtelgebirge. Extensive, romantic forests and green meadows, which extend on lovely hills, characterize the landscape. From the higher points of the route you can enjoy beautiful views and exciting descents. On the way you will come to the source rivers of Main, Saale, Naab and Eger, which all originate here in the Fichtelgebirge. Cultural highlights include such beautiful places as Marktredwitz, Selb, Bischofsgrün, Rehau and Wunsiedel.

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  • Difficult
    27:11
    243 mi
    9.0 mph
    8,400 ft
    8,400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    South of Nuremberg opens a wide, gentle hills, characterized by large and small lakes and criss-crossed by countless streams, streams and rivers: the Franconian Lake District. At the end of June 2019, the Fränkische WasserRadweg will open here, taking you through the picturesque landscape in an eight-day cycle tour. You can drive the track now, but without the official signage. On the easy to moderately difficult bike tour, you will visit idyllic waters as well as cozy old towns that take you on a journey of discovery into the Middle Ages. If you roll through the streets here, many a tavern attracts with Franconian specialties, home-brewed beers and excellent wines.The Franconian Water Cycle Route consists of eight daily stages and leads through the Franconian Lake District in an approximately 390-kilometer round. With stages between 40 and 55 kilometers and only gentle climbs over the hills of Central Franconia, the tour is perfect for connoisseurs. The bike ride is on cycle paths and quiet roads, where you can enjoy nature away from traffic. The route alternates with the many streams and rivers that splash through vast meadows: Roth, Wörnitz, Altmühl, Franconian Rezat and Ludwig-Donau-Main-Kanal. Along the way, you will also visit picturesque bathing lakes, which offer a refreshing resting place on hot summer days.The round trip begins in Wolframs-Eschenbach. As it should be for a round trip, you can start in any other place along the route. In all stages along the Fränkische WasserRadwegs you will find cozy guesthouses, hotels and holiday apartments with typical Franconian charm. Since many of the waypoints also have their own train station, you can also put together a shorter tour or plan individual stages as day trips.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    2,309 mi
  • Duration
    244:07 h
  • Elevation
    84,600 ft

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