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Discovering Germany’s wine region by bike – Franconia

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus

Romantic vineyards, picturesque river valleys and quaint villages with historic charm – discovering the Franconian wine region in Germany by bike is a unique adventure. In this Collection, we present eight beautiful routes through this wine-growing region that are great fun on a bike! We’ve included everything from relaxed day rides to multi-day bike trips.

Surrounded by rolling hills, you can cycle for miles through beautiful vineyards with views across the Main and Tauber rivers. The routes take you to plenty of pretty wine towns en route where you can enjoy a break in the almost-Mediterranean atmosphere.
The so-called “Main Triangle” between the villages of Spessart, Rhön, Steigerwald, and Taubertal, the landscape is characterised by idyllic valleys and rich culture.

The route often follows idyllic cycle paths along the banks of the Main, Tauber and Wern rivers, or tracing a former railway line such as the Ochsenfurther Gau. These beautiful trails will take you through the countryside and into a romantic old town to finish. At the end of the stages, you can relax in Würzburg, Karlstadt or Schweinfurt.

You can easily reach the individual start and end points of the stages by train. If you ride the route as a multi-day adventure, you will always find plenty of accommodation. You can also plan your time in the Franconian wine region flexibility, and shorten and lengthen the stages as you wish. At the end of the day, a glass of wine is guaranteed regardless.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:10
    21.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 35-kilometer bike tour takes you through romantic vineyards, leads you to wonderful views and along the banks of the Main - a great, varied tour with cozy places to stop. The round starts in Volkach at the motorhome parking space near the new Main Bridge.Right at the beginning you cycle uphill through the romantic vineyards. The effort is rewarded, the first highlight of the tour is waiting for you after just a few kilometers. Shortly after the Vogelsburg you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Main Loop. Time to take a breather and enjoy.Then you roll down to the picturesque wine village of Escherndorf. The wine location of the place, the Escherndorfer Lump, is one of the best in the region - and also offers a fantastic backdrop for your bike tour. You continue along the banks of the Main and tackle the next climb. Once you have mastered this, you deserve a break in Dettelbach.You cross the Main and then cycle past the Münsterschwarzach monastery and then through the cozy town of Sommerach. You will soon have reached your starting point in Volkach again. How about a regional wine tasting at the end of the tour?

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    Intermediate
    02:44
    27.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    950 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between the Main and the Tauber lies the Ochsenfurter Gau, an idyllic landscape through which you can cycle very well. The Gaubahn once connected the Taubertal with the Maintal - today cyclists have the right of way on the former railway line. On this 44 kilometer route you drive from Ochsenfurt to Markelsheim. This section is the first stage of the bike tour to Wertheim am Main, but you can of course also do it independently as a day tour.You leave the town of Ochsenfurt with its half-timbered charm and will soon be riding on the Gaubahnradweg. On the now paved path of the former railway line, you roll relaxed through the beautiful landscape. The path climbs slightly, but steep climbs do not await you.Agricultural goods, especially sugar beet, were once transported on the Gaubahn. However, freight traffic was gradually discontinued and the tracks dismantled by 1994. So you cycle undisturbed by motorized traffic through the green landscape. You continue on the bike path to Bieberehren an der Tauber, where you meet the Taubertalradweg.The path now slopes slightly, you roll through Röttingen and soon see the first vineyards in the Taubertal. We continue past the imposing baroque palace in Weikersheim, where you can take a break to visit. On the banks of the Tauber you drive the last kilometers to your destination Markelsheim.If you've got a taste for it, you can add stage 2 the next day: komoot.de/tour/190086056.

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    34.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 55 kilometer bike tour takes you from Markelsheim an der Tauber to Wertheim am Main. On the way you can expect a magical river and wine landscape and a lot of Franconian castle romance. The route is the second stage of the bike tour between Ochsenfurt and Wertheim. However, it is also suitable as a day tour regardless.You leave the wine village on the Tauber and reach Bad Mergentheim after a few kilometers. You cycle through the old town with its half-timbered buildings and the Renaissance town hall - a great start to your day on the saddle. The path takes you on a flat route through the romantic Taubertal.On a beautiful bike path you roll along the banks of the Tauber and cross some cozy towns such as Tauberbischofsheim. The loops of the deaf are getting bigger and the way a little more hilly. After a good 50 kilometers you have reached your destination in Wertheim and can see where the Tauber flows into the Main.Do you like the tour? Then combine them with the first stage from Ochsenfurt to Markelsheim: komoot.de/tour/190078130.

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    Intermediate
    02:26
    23.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This bike tour takes you up and down through romantic vineyards and medieval towns. You cycle past several remarkable church castles and can thus extend the almost 40 km long bike tour with a stop in the vineyards to a relaxing day trip. It starts at the market place in Iphofen.You are cycling out of the city and will soon be coming to Mönchsondheim. A longer break in the small museum village with its impressive church castle is worthwhile here. On a walk through the museum, you stroll through a typical Franconian village from the first half of the 20th century.Back on the saddle it is now a bit uphill in the beautiful wine landscape. Treat yourself to an extensive break in the “Weinparadies Scheune” to enjoy the wonderful landscape and tasty wine. After an enjoyable stop you roll downhill to Sensheim with its almost completely preserved Gadenkirchenburg.The path leads you to the next church castle in Tiefenstockheim, where you can visit a small agricultural museum. You continue cycling through Rödelsee and see the vineyards in front of you again, now it is not far to your starting point Iphofen. Before you look for a cozy stop for a drink in the village, a visit to the fully preserved city wall is worthwhile.

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    Difficult
    07:49
    76.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    3,150 ft
    3,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A lot of variety awaits you on this 123 km long bike tour through the Franconian wine country: You cycle through the typical vineyards of the region, travel back to the Middle Ages, experience wonderful views and enjoy the beautiful landscape in Franconia. The tour starts in Würzburg. You can divide the route into two or three stages depending on your time and fitness, along the way you will find many places that are suitable for an overnight stay.Incidentally, the name of the tour refers to the different wine-growing regions in the region. While the grapes near Würzburg and Volkach mainly grow on shell limestone, the subsoil in the Steigerwald changes to Gipskeuper, which is interspersed with alabaster in many vineyards. You can taste that too. Treat yourself here and there along the way with a small sample of the regional wines.And even if you are not a wine lover, you will get your money's worth on this bike tour. You can expect beautiful views of the Main, impressive church castles and cozy, Franconian villages. As soon as you leave the Main Valley, you will drive through extensive beech and oak forests, past meadows and floodplains in the Steigerwald. The goal of this tour is the beautiful old town of Marktbreit on the banks of the Main.

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    Difficult
    08:31
    88.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,775 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The main triangle between Schweinfurt, Ochsenfurt and Gemünden is primarily known for its viticulture. A large part of the cultivated area of the Franconian wine region is located on the steep slopes along the banks of the Main. Accordingly, many wine villages await you along the almost 150 km route. So you can divide your stages according to endurance and time and cycle for several days through this wonderful landscape.The tour starts in Schweinfurt. You leave the city and soon find yourself in the middle of the vineyards. The path first leads you to the Main Loop at Volkach and on to Nordheim and Sommerach. Romantic wine-growing villages and ancient cities lie to the left and right of the Main. At Marktbreit you have reached the top of the triangle.You continue cycling to Würzburg, the cultural center of the Franconian wine country. Take your time here for a small tour of the city to see the various sights before you leave Würzburg via the Old Main Bridge. The path leads you along the banks of the Main on a wonderful bike path to Gemünden. On the way you always come through beautiful places where you can take an extensive break.In Gemünden the wintry triangle ends, you have reached your milestone. You will find several places to stop at the marketplace, you have more than earned a glass of wine.

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    Intermediate
    02:51
    27.7 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    What suits a wine region particularly well? Exactly, asparagus. On this 45 kilometer bike tour you follow the traces of the Franconian asparagus between Wipfeld and Gerolzhofen. Fittingly, you do this tour during the asparagus season, which ends on June 24th. The route is also worthwhile in other seasons, for example for the harvest in autumn.The tour starts at the ferry at Wipfeld. You cycle slightly uphill through the romantic vineyards - the perfect way to get in the mood for this enjoyable tour. Then it continues through the hilly asparagus land and the wine village of Zeilitzheim to Gerolzhofen. You deserve a break here, ideally with a portion of fresh asparagus and a cool glass of Silvaner.Then you cycle with fresh energy through Frankenwinheim and Krautheim to Obervolkach. The region, which is characterized by viticulture, offers you a wonderful backdrop for your bike tour and invites you every now and then to a promising break. A ferry takes you across the Main at Fahr before you roll back along the shore through the old wine-growing towns of Unter- and Obereisenheim back to your starting point.

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    Difficult
    09:14
    91.3 mi
    9.9 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This almost 150-kilometer bike tour through the hinterland of the Main Triangle has a lot of variety in store for you: idyllic river landscapes, sunny vineyards and historic villages and towns make this route particularly enjoyable for cycling. On the way you always come through cozy places, so you can plan your stages depending on your fitness and time. The round starts on the MainRadweg in Karlstadt.You cycle a few kilometers along the Main and then turn into the idyllic Werntal at Wernfeld. The 70 km long tributary of the Main meanders through a wonderful green landscape. In between you will always come through typical Franconian half-timbered villages. You continue driving through the open landscape until you reach the Main in Schweinfurt.After a break in the cultural city, the path leads you into the vineyards. You can expect a crisp climb, which is rewarded with a great view of the romantic vineyards and a rapid descent. You will soon meet the Franconian Saale, on whose banks you cycle to Gemünden. There the river flows into the Main. On the MainRadweg you roll back to your starting point in Karlstadt.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    390 mi
  • Duration
    39:03 h
  • Elevation
    12,525 ft

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