Plan today, enjoy later — the Main cycle path

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus
5-11 days
3-6 h / day
352 mi
7,150 ft
8,225 ft

Picturesque small towns, proud castles, mighty rocks, meadows, forests and wine. The Main Cycle Path is one of the most beautiful long-distance cycle routes in Germany. On the way you can immerse yourself in history, lose yourself in beautiful nature and enjoy culinary delights from Franconia and Hesse. Even if multi-day tours with overnight stay are not yet possible — our Collection will definitely sweeten the waiting time until the ride out on the Mainradweg. Just save this collection, browse through it and plan your tour in advance.

In our Collection, we present the twelve stages of the Main Cycle Path. You can choose to start your journey from the two sources of the Main: the White Main or the red Main at Kulmbach. The first stage of this Collection begins in Creußen, where the Red Main originates. You can easily travel to Creußen by train. If you would prefer to start at the White Main, we’ve prepared this route for you here: komoot.de/tour/103854913.

Thanks to the region’s excellent infrastructure, you can reach almost all stages comfortably by train. This makes it easy to ride individual stages and divide the almost 370-mile (600-kilometer) journey. On the way you will find plenty of accommodation and you will never go hungry as a restaurant is always closeby. The cycle path is well developed, which is why this route is also suitable for less experienced cyclists and children. The cycle path is also fairly flat, with hardly any altitude difference along the river.

The landscape along the Main is very diverse. You will cycle along vineyards in romantic wine villages, through dense forests and floodplains, under steep slopes and finally along the mighty waters as they flow towards the Rhine. And the Main Cycle Path also offers plenty of cultural highlights from medieval half-timbered buildings to futuristic skyscrapers, from monasteries and castles to modern art, from rapids to sand dunes and from beer to wine: the Main Cycle Path is an unforgettable adventure.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:54
    37.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The multi-faceted bicycle adventure along the Main begins in Creussen. This pretty medieval town can be easily reached by train. Up to the actual Main source, or rather the origin of the Red Main, it is almost nine kilometers steadily uphill. But after you've completed this climb, that's almost the same as on the whole tour.On small roads you drive parallel to the Main to Bayreuth. The charming and lively student city is ideal for a longer break. How about a picnic in the courtyard garden?You will follow the river and its countless meanders until you reach your destination Kulmbach. Just before you arrive, cross the confluence of the Red and White Main. Here the Main officially starts at kilometer zero.Alternative route for the first leg: If you do not want to start at the Red but at the White Main, we have also prepared this stage for you: komoot.de/tour/103854913

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    24.1 mi
    9.8 mph
    475 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of the MainRadweg is mostly flat. After the White Main and the Red Main have united to the Main, the river flows leisurely through the Mainauen. Here you can expect beautiful nature as well as some ponds and small lakes. In the gravel you can even go for a swim.About halfway lies Burgkunstadt. The narrow, winding streets with their beautiful medieval and baroque half-timbered houses invite you to discover.The next natural swimming lake awaits you shortly after Schwürbitz. A nature trail will take you around the lake. From there it is not far to Lichtenfels, your stage destination with the medieval old town.

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    27.7 mi
    11.0 mph
    425 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Lichtenfels it goes first through the lower gate and then up a few meters. From the top you have a nice view of the Banz Monastery, which is perched on a hill. The rest of the stage is almost completely flat. The route takes you through a colorful meadow landscape and you always have the opportunity to cool off in a lake.You follow the river loops through the idyllic landscape and keep driving through small towns where you can relax with a coffee. After about 45 kilometers you have reached your stage destination Bischberg. There the Main flows into the mighty Main-Danube Canal.If you like, you can also switch to the Regnitz cycle path here: komoot.de/collection/897920/wenn-radler-traeumen-derregnitzradweg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    34.1 mi
    10.4 mph
    575 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This stage takes you from the confluence of the Main and the Main-Danube Canal in Bischberg to Schweinfurt. The first half is slightly wavy, while the second half is completely flat. Although the mighty river has been made navigable, you will find plenty of pristine nature along the Main. For example, you can admire the largest gray heron colony in southern Germany from an observation tower.You drive almost exclusively on well-developed bike paths always near the river Main. Along the way you drive through pretty little towns that offer a break, for example Eltmann, Sand am Main or Hassfurt. After a long stretch through the idyllic landscape right on the river you reach Schweinfurt, your destination today. The many restaurants and pubs of the university city are ideal for a hearty end to the stage.

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  • Intermediate
    03:26
    36.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    625 ft
    675 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    From Schweinfurt you follow the course of the river Main to the south. In addition to the pretty nature right on the river, the old arms and countless lakes are impressive. Before you cross the Main at Wipfeld with a ferry, it's worth taking a little trip to the town with its tranquil market square.Many pretty towns with a medieval center lie along your current stage. Therefore, it is worthwhile to leave the bike path again and again, so you can make a round through the center.The Main meanders through the landscape, which is mainly characterized by viticulture. Especially in the fall, when the grapes are heavy on the vines and the leaves turn colorful, you will feel like tasting the delicious wine. This goes for example excellently in your stage goal Kitzigen, where you find beside original restaurants also many historical houses from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    24.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    After crossing the Alte Mainbrücke in Kitzingen, you will reach the district of Tatsashausen. On this side of the Main, the Landesgartenschau took place in 2011. Today runs a great bike path through the beautifully landscaped waterfront.The sixth stage is characterized by the contrast between old and new. On the one hand, you realize that industry has settled right on the riverbank, on the other hand, you discover many natural treasures and medieval gems. An interesting combination of old and new is the oldest port of Bavaria in Marktsteft.In the romantic town of Ochsenfurt, the Main makes a great loop through the vineyards. A truly beautiful sight. Vineyards and towns from the Middle Ages accompany you even to Würzburg. Almost majestically, your stage destination welcomes you with the fortress on the Marienberg, which is surrounded by grapevines.

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    27.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    400 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You leave the outstandingly beautiful city of Würzburg via the Alte Mainbrücke, the history of which goes back to the 12th century. The view of the Marienberg fortress rounds off the experience.There is an extraordinary Rococo garden in Veitshöchheim. You can reach it when you cross the Main on the narrow bridge in Margretshöchheim. You continue to follow the course of the Main and pass the Erlabrunn bathing lakes. The river meanders through the landscape and again and again vineyards rise up on the left and sometimes on the right bank.Karlstadt is ideal for a break. The particularly well-preserved medieval old town is a real gem on the Main. After a few river loops you finally reach your destination Gemünden am Main. The small, cozy town lies between the banks of the Main, the Mühlgraben and the Scherenburg castle ruins.

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    34.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage is a bit more demanding than the previous ones at 450 meters, but you are already reasonably well trained. You will not find long climbs anyway, but always small climbs. But the landscape on this stage is fantastic!From Gemünden am Main you always cycle directly along the Main to Wertheim. Here the river has dug deep into the landscape and huge rocks rise to the left and right of you. A monastery and a castle are enthroned at the top. Wine is often grown on the slope. In every season, the bright green or colorful leaves create a beautiful contrast to the rock and the Main. In the many beautiful towns along the bike path you can try a delicious drop of Franconian wine.Shortly before the stage is over, you will experience a very special natural spectacle: the Main Loop. The Main flows for seven kilometers around the 234-meter-high Kingdom of Heaven, the southeastern tip of the Spessart.

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    21.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    375 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage is now much more relaxed than the last one. It is shorter and you overcome less altitude. That means you have plenty of time to take another walk through Wertheim in the morning. The town lies at the mouth of the Tauber in the Main and is the northernmost town in Baden-Württemberg. Wertheim is a special eye-catcher: Pretty half-timbered houses are lined up in the narrow streets and the castle (komoot.de/highlight/468490) watches over the city. A walk up is worthwhile because of the unique view from the castle tower.The tour starts on the right bank of the Main. The river meanders gently through the landscape, which is characterized by rolling, wooded hills. On the hills you will find some castles built in strategically important locations. These are contemporary witnesses who silently tell of a turbulent past of the Main. A particularly beautiful castle is the Henneburg (komoot.de/highlight/365641).On the very good bike path you glide there until you finally arrived in Miltenberg. The place welcomes you with an impressively well-preserved old town.

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    25.9 mi
    10.7 mph
    400 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tenth stage begins with a small climb, otherwise the route is completely flat. For the first bit you can also leave the official bike path and drive on the main road. Then you will cycle through the beautiful old town with its unique half-timbered houses. Before you cross the Main, you drive past the park of the Löwenstein Castle. A small round through the property, known for its good wine, is definitely worthwhile.There are several reasons for a short break along the way, be it a nice café or a pretty park. Or an impressive view of the Main Valley, which you can enjoy from the Clingenburg (komoot.de/highlight/360842).The bike path is excellently developed on the whole stage and almost always leads directly along the Main. The Main Valley is slowly becoming significantly wider and more densely populated. Shortly before Niedernberg you have the opportunity to cool off in a great swimming lake or at least keep your feet in the water for a short time.After a total of more than 40 kilometers you have reached your stage destination Aschaffenburg. The city awaits you with a very beautiful old town. Park Schöntal in the middle of Aschaffenburg is particularly idyllic. It has its own special charm in every season.

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    33.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    400 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The bike tour along the Main is slowly coming to an end. This is the penultimate stage and it will take you from Aschaffenburg to Frankfurt am Main. Right at the start of the tour you drive past two impressive buildings: Johannisburg Castle and the Pompejanum, the replica of an ancient villa.There are almost no gradients on the entire stage. So you have a lot of time to enjoy the ride through nature on the banks of the Main and to have a coffee break. For example, this works extremely well in medieval Seligenstadt.The excellently developed bike path takes you past Offenbach am Main to Frankfurt am Main. From afar you can see the skyscrapers of "Mainhattan" towering into the sky. There is no shortage of options for evening entertainment in Frankfurt am Main: the city with the highest cultural budget in Germany surprises with many top-class museums and down-to-earth cuisine. After a good 50 kilometers of bike path, you have of course earned a bit of effort with Ebbelwoi.

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  • Intermediate
    02:21
    24.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    275 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the MainRadweg is short and short and leads around 40 kilometers from the largest city on the Main to its mouth. You leave Frankfurt on the pretty waterfront. If the weather is nice, there can be a bit more going on here.Passing the Niederrad light and air bath, you follow the mighty river. As if out of nowhere, you surprisingly pass an extraordinary mood of nature: suddenly you are in a nature reserve with sand dunes. Then you cross the Main and ride the last bit on the popular Main cycle path.After a total of almost 600 kilometers until you have reached your destination. In Mainz the Main flows into the Rhine and together the water continues its course to the North Sea.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    352 mi
  • Duration
    34:05 h
  • Elevation
    7,150 ft8,225 ft

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