Tucked away in the middle of Germany between the states of Bavaria and Hesse, is a true jewel for mountain bikers. Here, you can ride through endless forests, enjoy refreshing springs, and marvel at wide views over meadows and fields. Flowing trails lead through the action-packed and varied terrain, with plenty of historic villages en route where you can recharge your batteries. So where is this mountain bike paradise, we hear you say? The Spessart, forested low mountains that stretch between the cities of Main, Kinzig and Sinn. In this Collection, we reveal our top 10 favourite bike routes to guide you around this region’s untouched nature, rich culture and awesome trails.
Located about 34 miles (55 km) to the south-east of Frankfurt, the Spessart is bordered by the Odenwald low mountains to the south and the Rhön mountains to the north. The 10 routes in this Collection will take you through the western and northern part of the Spessart, around the town of Aschaffenburg, the mountain bike epicentre around the town of Bad Orb, and to the wild and romantic Sinntal Valley bordering the Rhön mountains.
The region is well set up for mountain bikers with an expansive network of trails. You can also conveniently reach most of the start points by train from Frankfurt, meaning you can leave your car at home. Although you won’t regret spending a long time exploring Spessart, you can also just stay for a weekend break thanks to the good transport connections. At the end of each stage, you’ll find plenty of bike-friendly accommodation to round off your mountain bike holiday.
The routes that we present in this Collection are suitable for all abilities. You follow traffic-free paths and trails through forests and meadows meaning you can fully enjoy the beautiful landscapes and nature. If you want to challenge your mountain bike skills, check out the Flow Trail in Bad Orb. You can really let loose and test your skills here, and even book a training session to improve your technique.
If you enjoy riding your bike, you are guaranteed to have fun on two wheels in the biking paradise that is Spessart.
The name says it all: this tour is not exceptionally long, but it is definitely a challenge. Which is no wonder, after all, it more or less follows the course of the Spessart Challenge, which has enriched the sports program of the spa town of Bad Orb for 16 years. The challenge consisted of running and mountain biking. On this tour you can follow the demanding challenge mountain bike route in large parts.The tour starts in the center of Bad Orb, very close to the train station, so it is easily accessible if you come from outside. First you ride yourself on the bike path into the Kinzig valley, before the route at the Hohe Wacht turns sharply to the right. Here you drive slowly uphill on a beautiful farm road and enjoy the wide view of Bad Orb and the Spessart.If you feel like a little refreshment, a stop in the milk hut is worthwhile - you know: milk makes tired bikers happy. Then you are well prepared for the first trail of the tour. From now on it is varied from time to time - boredom is guaranteed not to arise here. Especially not when you've finally reached the trail into the Haseltal. Here you can take a small detour to the cozy Jagdhaus Haselruhe and treat yourself to coffee and homemade cakes. And the best thing about it: A section of the various flow trails that were created in the forests of Bad Orb take you there.Freshly strengthened, you are ready for more trails: For example the Teufelsleiter, a gruff descent with cross roots in the lower section. After some ups and downs between the Altenberg and the Wintersberg you come to the Altenberg Trail, which runs on an old cable car route in the last third. Along the winter mountain there is a steadily rising to the tear bridge and finally on the demanding descent into the Baier valley. At the end there are a few easy trails waiting for you before the tour takes you back to Bad Orb.
This medium-length tour awaits you with all sorts of highlights and shows you what the Spessart has to offer: idyllic ponds, a wildly romantic valley, promising high altitudes, a historic trade route and of course many action-packed trails. In about 2.5 hours you drive through the forests in the southeast of Bad Soden-Salmünster. The city in the Spessart Nature Park is known for its thermal brine, so you can look forward to a relaxing end to the tour, for example in the Spessart Therme.The round begins at the sports field in Bad Soden-Salmünster, where you can park your car. Alternatively, you can of course start at the train station, which is only a few hundred meters away and is well connected to the Rhine-Main area. Shortly after the start you will reach the nature reserve Waldweiher and the idyllic Hirschborn ponds, where you can take a deep breath before the only long (steep) climb of the tour is waiting for you. Here it goes crisply uphill to Alsberg, where you will be compensated with a wonderful view of the Kinzigtal, Vogelsberg and the Spessart.The second reward is not long in coming: After you have left Alsberg, you drive along the donkey path that runs parallel to the Spessart-Höhenstraße. It got its name from the donkey caravans in the Middle Ages that brought salt from the salt pans in Bad Orb and Fulda to Miltenberg for embarkation.When you have reached the Söhlchesweiher pond, it is a good idea to take a breather on its picturesque bank before you start the return journey. This leads you over a wavy forest path to the Orber border path. You will now roll over the Haselberg and the Große Kuppe on varied path sections back to Salmünster. This last section only leads downhill and ensures that this tour ends with pleasure.
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This short tour is really varied: You drive through cozy towns, past a romantic chapel, a mystical raised bog and of course over really beautiful trails and paths that alternate with paved forest paths and isolated side streets.It starts at the village community center in Roßbach, from where you first drive gently up towards the small village of Bieber. Then it's a few degrees steeper uphill until you finally reach the idyllic Burgberg chapel - here you've really earned a first break to catch your breath. But the climb is not quite done yet: On the way to Wiesbütt there are still a few meters to climb. Once there, the beautiful Wiesbüttsee represents another nice resting place. Here you can treat yourself to a snack and, if you feel like it, take a little detour into the subsequent raised bog. The nature reserve is beautiful and is home to many rare animals and plants.Now the first real driving highlight is waiting for you. On the Schwarzbach Trail you roll rapidly into the beautiful Schwarzbach valley, past the Lochborner pond and the Lochmühle - both witnesses of the former mining in Bieber. Then it's going uphill again. At Dr. Karl Kihn-Platz you did it. You can take a breath at the rustic refuge and look forward to the last section of the tour. On a narrow single trail, the Bieberer Pfüpf, you roll action-packed back towards Bieber. Just a little loop over simple forest and meadow paths and you're back at the starting point of the tour in Roßbach.
A varied up and down on farm tracks, beautiful forest paths and flowing trails await you on around 30 kilometers. You start in Flörsbach and warm up your leg muscles with a nice climb to the Wiesbütt. An idyllic reward awaits you above. Although Wiesbütt-Moor and Wiesbütt-Teich are remnants of human intervention in nature and witness to mining in the Biebertal during the 18th century, today the bog is under nature protection and is home to numerous rare animals and plants.After a short breather at the Wiesbütt pond, you can look forward to the Schwarzbachtal Trail. Here you can finally let your bike really run - it's mountain bike fun at its finest that awaits you here. Towards the end of the trail you leave another mining witness on your right: the idyllic Lochbornteich. The pond served as a water reservoir for driving machines that were used in mining at the time.After so much flow, another climb follows and the route leads up to the castle hill with its beautiful chapel. Then she crosses a beautiful beech forest around the castle hill before she turns into a forest path into the Biebertal. Via the somewhat tricky route of a water pipe you now come to the longest climb of the tour, which leads you up to Villbach. Up here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Jossatal and Beilstein. If you like, you can treat yourself to a little refreshment and a snack at the rustic kiosk next to the golf course.Then it continues through a beautiful oak forest. This is another witness in the Spessart, because in the 19th century the processing of oak bark as a tanning agent for leather production was an important source of income for the residents of the Flörsbachtal. After circumnavigating the Hohe Sohl you drive back to the starting point of the tour via a meadow path from which you can take a last look into the Flörsbachtal.
This tour is not particularly long, but there is a lot going up and down, so you collect a few vertical meters. In terms of fitness, it is a bit demanding, but the beautiful landscape and varied forest and meadow paths ensure a really good time on the bike.You start in Oberndorf in the beautiful Jossatal. Here the first climb is waiting for you, so that your body gets going quickly. Up to the Hock-Stein and back down - a rhythm that you quickly get used to. Before the next climb, a short stop is worthwhile to enjoy the beautiful view of the small town of Burgjoß. Then the Reichersberg is waiting to be conquered by you. A rapid ravine trail leads you into the small community of Mernes. Here you will get really fast and if this action is not enough for you, you can spice up the trail with various ramps, which were built here and there next to the main line.Mernes is ideal for a short breather before the steep ascent to Stackenberg. Once at the top you can enjoy the wonderful view over a unique heath landscape and into the Jossatal. When the weather is clear you can see the Wasserkuppe and Kreuzberg in the Rhön. After a short break, the tour now leads along the Hessian-Bavarian border. Again it goes up and down. You can now reach the Auragrund via forest and meadow paths. There is a final climb before you reach the starting point of the tour via beautiful meadow paths with a great view of the Jossatal.
This tour is not 25 kilometers long, but still wonderfully close to nature and varied. It runs mostly on easy-to-drive forest trails, but also integrates many of the numerous trails that are here. As a highlight, you can expect views from a lookout tower and insights into a former quarry, which is now a protected biotope.It starts in Neuenhaßlau, from where you take a slight climb that brings you to the first highlight: the Buchberg tower. If the weather cooperates, you can see from its platform to Frankfurt. The attached restaurant invites you to stop. A little tip, if you prefer to end the tour with it: just drive it the other way around.Let's go: Next, button up the Kirchberg, on which the thicket fir forest recreation area is located - again a great opportunity for a break! The following trails and paths lead you around the beech head and cross the path that you were driving uphill just before a last beautiful trail brings you back to the starting point.Tip: This tour is really easy to reach by train. For example, the journey from Frankfurt takes just over half an hour. The best thing to do from the train station is to select the highlight “Buchberg Trail” to start the tour (komoot.de/highlight/69439).
Even if your mouth is watering: This tour has nothing to do with a hearty stew, even if it leads on the ground of the Linsengericht community and through the associated judicial forest. The name of the place rather goes back to a historical place of execution and may be a variation of the name "Lindengericht". You can make your own judgment today, with your focus on the beautiful trails and paths in the forest from the "gate to the Spessart".The tour starts in the Grossenhausen district and leads you straight into the forest to the Breitenborner Höhe. Beautiful paths run uphill and downhill and are in constant alternation with forest and farm trails. You drive past the Galgenberg and then reach a nice descent down to the Lützelbach valley and the village of Breitenborn. There follows a partly steep climb to the Franzosenkopf and to the highest point of the tour at around 450 meters.After a nice descent you will reach the EU midpoint trail. Did you know that the nearby town of Westergrund is the geographic center of the European Union? Now you know it and you will never forget it again - mountain biking is what it is. On various signs you can learn all sorts of details about the EU member states before you start the last section of the tour.Shortly before the destination, the Gasthaus Fronbügel invites you to a rustic stop. The inn is on the Bavarian side, by the way, while the judicial forest is on Hessian soil. If you'd rather finish the tour first, there are more places to stop for refreshments in Grossenhausen.Tip if you want to travel by train: The nearest train station is in Gelnhausen and is well connected to the rail network. For example, there are fast non-stop connections with the Regional Express from Frankfurt.
The name of this tour says it all: "Sources and heights" perfectly characterizes what awaits you on this 30 km long round: Today you will overcome some of the highest elevations around Bad Orb and pass several sources, of which there is a whole Amount there. In between, wonderful views and great trails and paths round off your mountain bike tour.The start of the tour is in the middle of Bad Orb. A little stamina is required right at the start, because the first climb up to the donkey path and then to the Rosskopf is not particularly steep, but it is still demanding with a length of more than ten kilometers. If you have reached the donkey path, it will soon be done. A beautiful section of the trail now takes you to the Rosskopf, one of the numerous “peaks” in the Spessart, which ensure that this typical, varied up and down awaits you.After crossing the country road, you cross the "Don Bosco" trail. This is one of the three Bad Orb flow trails built especially for bikers. It runs parallel to the country road. So if you fancy a little taste, you can easily come back to this "trail crossing" by road. Then you drive on a forest path, later on a path towards Orbquelle and Horst, the highest point of Bad Orb at 541 meters. Here a bank invites you to take a breather. Then you can look forward to a long descent, which first leads back to Bad Orb via a washed out forest path and later over narrow forest and meadow paths as well as the Haberstal Trail.
For many years, a duathlon consisting of a running and a mountain bike route started from Bad Soden-Salmünster. This tour largely corresponds to the mountain bike route, which you can follow at any time - even without an event. It is almost 28 kilometers long and runs mostly on forestry and forest trails.The first highlights are not long in coming from the start: past the Hutten Castle and below the Stolzenberg ruins, you can quickly reach the Kinzigtal reservoir, which you can walk half round on its beautiful riverside path. Then you leave the reservoir behind and drive steadily uphill above the Happelsgraben. A wavy forest path leads you to the Jägerheiligen. This is a memorial stone on the side of the path, which is reminiscent of a legend that surrounds this forest. For you at least as well worth knowing: This is where the "Canyon" begins.The canyon is a descent that makes the heart of every ambitious mountain biker beat faster. First flowing, then interspersed with roots and stones, it challenges you and your bike. At the end of the descent, you can enjoy a brief view of the Kinzig valley before diving back into the forest. On a slightly uphill forest path you will now come to the Ahler Pfüpf. First in a ravine, interspersed with roots and loose stones, later on a forest path, the route leads you to the small village of Ahl. Now it is not far to the starting point of the tour, which you can reach - quite relaxed - via the "R3" long-distance cycle path along the Kinzig.Tip: If you want to travel by train, that's no problem. For example, from Frankfurt there are excellent connections with the Regional Express.
In the extreme north-east of the Spessart in the transition to the Rhön lies the beautiful Sinn valley through which this tour takes you. Here you can expect a varied mix of shady forest areas and an open meadow landscape. You drive through idyllic nature reserves where you can find rare plants and animals. In terms of driving, this tour is rather easy, but the landscape is a single highlight.It starts in the small town of Sterbfritz, where you can get a good impression of the open landscape in the Sinn valley. First you drive over beautiful meadow paths to the Stephanskuppe nature reserve. The Stephanskuppe is an island-shaped limestone dome on which numerous orchid species that are protected are growing. After you have circled it, the next highlight is already here: Schwarzenfels Castle, which offers a great backdrop for a short break. The steep ascent is rewarded with a great view over the Sinn valley, into the Rhön and the vastness of the Spessart.
After a rest in the castle courtyard, you continue the tour along the narrow Sinn. A second crisp climb takes you up to the Weinberg nature reserve near Neuengronau. Dry meadows with juniper groves determine the landscape here - it is pure natural idyll. And it goes on with this: You now drive to the Land of Bieber via commercial roads. At the Willingsgrundweiher you can see the architecture of the large rodents and with a little luck the master builder can show himself.
Then you have to pedal hard again to master the last climb. Once at the top you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the Rhön while you roll back to Sterbfritz.Tip: Sterbfritz has a train station and can, for example, be reached from Frankfurt in around 1.5 hours by regional train (with a change).