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Panoramic views in the Upper Jura – discovering Franconia by bike

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus

If you like to cycle far away from crowds surrounded by quiet nature, then you will enjoy Franconia. This region in the south of Germany is known for its cultural diversity, home-brewed beer, and peaceful landscapes. In this Collection, we show you our ten favourite routes that showcase the area’s monasteries, churches, and chapels. Hop on your saddle and get ready to explore the Obermain Jura in Franconia on your bicycle!

Franconia is especially well-known for its cuisine. Local beers and culinary specialities are on the menu during these routes. With plenty of breaks, you won’t notice the elevation gain as you ride over the hilly landscape. Sit back and enjoy the panoramic views from the summit of Staffelberg and Albrand hills.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:12
    53.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A for exceptional: This tour sends you along the upper Main Valley 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-filling tour in the Obermain Jura lies ahead of you.Really brilliant: You can start from almost any of our towns along the Main. Get on the saddle and follow the thick “A on a purple-blue background”.Again and again the route leads you to the Main and away again. Small climbs can be done quickly and you can always catch beautiful panoramic views of the Main Valley.Take your time to enjoy nature and places on the sidelines of the tour. There are opportunities to rest and recharge your batteries in every corner, so you don't have to worry. If the whole tour is too long, you can shorten it wonderfully, because there and back in Schwürbitz cross.And if the way is too long, shorten it by train. Entry is possible in many places, because the railway line runs almost parallel to the path. There are almost no limits to individual tour planning. What are you waiting for?More info? obermain-jura.de/de/aktivregion

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    Intermediate
    01:41
    15.3 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    "The mill is rattling ..." is the motto of this idyllic bike tour. Experience two river valleys that impress with old mill buildings and karst rocky landscape.You start at the end of the valley of the two river valleys: in Weismain, the gateway to the Franconian Jura. Follow the signs with the brown mill wheel, which first leads you along Krassach towards Wunkendorf. On your way to the Jura heights, you drive through well-known rock towers, such as the Jura Guardian, through shady forests.Via the high plateau you can reach the juniper slopes of the Kleinziegenfeld valley and wave to the cyclist Claudius. If you are lucky, you will meet the wandering shepherd with his herd on the way.On your way back to Weismain you will be accompanied by Weismain, which has created a beautiful valley. Enjoy the last kilometers of the tour and take your time to marvel at the landscape.Should the "little hunger" come along, friendly beer gardens and rustic inns offer a place to enjoy.For information on site, the tourist information will be happy to help: weismain.de

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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 and again into small Franconian villages, which invite you to beer and snacks with their restaurants.At the end, lakes in Wiesen and Bad Staffelstein call, which promise to cool down. If you still have energy after this bike tour, you can end the day with a walk through the spa gardens or a hike up the Staffelberg.You can find more inspiration at obermain-jura.de/de/aktivregion

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    Intermediate
    01:34
    14.4 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 start this round tour in the center of Lichtenfels and travel comfortably by train. Follow the marking with the image of the Coburg Veste and the Basilica Vierzehnheiligen.Steep climbs and rapid descents alternate on this tour. The almost 20 kilometers are quite tough. For this you will be rewarded with extraordinary foresight.Look forward to a varied tour in the up and down, through forest and corridor, which mostly runs on paved paths. If the tour is too short for you, you can easily extend it towards Coburg.More information about cycling in the region: obermain-jura.de/de/aktivregion./radfahren/radfahren.html or for Coburg-Rennsteig: coburg-rennsteig.de/de holiday worlds / active nature / cycling

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    Intermediate
    02:16
    21.1 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 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 Vierzehnheiligen, immediately challenges your thighs: the path leads steeply past the basilica to the heights of the Jura. Quiet roads and paths await you on the high plateau.In constant ups and downs you collect meters of altitude, pass the natural monuments "Hohler Stein" and "Kemitzenstein", which invite you to pause. After the small town of Krögelhof, the route descends rapidly into the Lautertal valley, which entices you to feast with its local brewery restaurants.Following the volume, you can comfortably let the tour run out to Staffelstein. Those who still have “grains” can take a side trip up to the Staffelberg.For more information about Staffelstein: bad-staffelstein.de

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    Difficult
    03:25
    31.4 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 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 and some cycling skills are required.Get on the saddle and discover the Jura by bike. If the 50 kilometers are not enough for you, we recommend a detour to the Niesten castle ruins. Or you can stroll through the towns of Weismain, Altenkunstadt or Burgkunstadt and end the day comfortably with cake, beer or a snack.The start and end point is at the train station in Burgkunstadt, so you can easily travel by train.Local information is available at: burgkunstadt.eu, altenkunstadt.de or stadt-weismain.de

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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 in Lichtenfels at the train station and end the bike day with coffee and ice cream in the bustling market square. But in between you also have countless opportunities to stop off in original village inns.Along the route, one or two detours, such as the Redwitz biotope, tempt you to take a break and let your mind wander. Look forward to a nice round through the northern part of the tourist region.You can find information on refreshments here: obermain-jura.de/de/genussregion/restaurants and for your end in Lichtenfels: uellenfels.de

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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 suit on this lap, because you can find opportunities to cool down along the Main or at the end in Ebensfeld.The paths are well developed and for the most part run off the road, so that nothing stands in the way of cycling close to nature. Sounds like a tempting bike tour with a perfect ending, doesn't it?You can find information about bathing options here: obermain-jura.de/de/aktivregion./am-wasser/baden/baden.html

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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 valleys before they unite. When you have overcome the “hump”, you can let the rest of the tour “float”. First in the broad Itzgrund and then back along the Main.Everywhere beer gardens and idyllic spots are waiting for you to give your tired legs a rest. Take your time to discover the localities and natural landscape.If the tour is too short for you, you can combine it with this tour: komoot.de/tour/191296268More information at: ebensfeld.de

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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.

    Cycling through the garden of God and enjoying regional cuisine - that is the motto of the God beer garden bike tour. The tour is a section of the Main Cycle Path, so you just have to follow the signs for the Main Cycle Path to Bamberg.On the way, numerous beer gardens tempt you to stop. A specialty is above all the restaurants with local or even home-brewed beer. But be careful: even if it tastes so good, remember that you are cycling.The tour is ideal for connoisseurs: idyllic nature, Upper Franconian architecture and delicious specialties over a distance of 40 kilometers. To ensure that there is enough time for refreshments and sightseeing on the way, the train simply takes you back to the starting point or offers opportunities to shorten.We hope you enjoy! Do you want to "check out" the beer gardens along the route beforehand? Then take a look at: obermain-jura.de/de/genussregion/restaurants

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    238 mi
  • Duration
    24:25 h
  • Elevation
    10,275 ft

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