Vineyards, forests and ponds – cycling in the Steigerwald in Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Franken Tourismus

The Steigerwald, a range of forested hills in Bavaria in the south of Germany, offers picturesque vineyards and ancient forests. This nature park, known as the land of 1,000 ponds, is perfect to discover by bike. You will cycle through magnificent nature, sample Franconian cuisine, explore walled cities, and discover mighty castles and half-timbered houses on the way.

We have put together 11 routes in this Collection of varying levels of difficulty and with different themes. You can choose between relaxed cycle paths through gentle vineyards and challenging forest trails. If you want to experience Franconian hospitality, you have countless opportunities to stop for refreshments on the beer circular or the Bocksbeutel (a traditional wine bottle) loop. There are also many castles and ruins en route such as the impressive Weissenstein baroque castle.

On the TeichKulturRunde, you cycle through the land of 1,000 ponds, immersing yourself in the unique landscape. Or, if you like off-road and forest trails, then there are two cross-country routes. Thanks to the shaded forest, you can comfortably ride the Tours in summer too. When you get thirsty, traditional beer gardens and wine cellars are ready to help you quench your thirst. So, hop on your bike and start exploring the Steigerwald!

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    04:45
    44.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Main-Steigerwald-Radweg takes you from Sand am Main to Mönchsondheim in the picturesque Steigerwald. In just under 70 kilometers, it is on bike paths and side streets through the varied, hilly landscape and historical places. You cycle west from the beautiful church square in Sand am Main. The route leads along a well-developed bike path along the main road and you cross large fields and typical Franconian villages.In Oberschwappach, a detour to the artistic castle garden is worthwhile and in Gerolzhofen you can visit the winding old town. With a view of the wine-growing regions, you can reach Oberschwarzach and the nearby Grundsee invites you to take a break. Rested you cycle through smaller forests and past ponds. Another highlight is the idyllic park around the former Grosslangheim moated castle.Afterwards you get to Mainbernheim, which is surrounded by a mighty city wall, with a fantastic view of the vineyards on the Stollberg. After you have left the remarkable center behind you, you continue to the wine town of Iphofen - the perfect opportunity to taste the wines of the area. The last part of the tour takes you past the Iphofen train station to Mönchsondheim, where a visit to the interesting Kirchenburg Museum is worthwhile.

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    Difficult
    04:10
    36.2 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this circular tour with a few crunchy meters in altitude you will experience wonderful views, the idyllic Breitbach valley and Franconian gems. If you don't want to drive the complete Steigerwald tour, you can also shorten it: Either the east-west abbreviation from Dürrnbuch directly to Abtswind or the north-south abbreviation from Geiselwind via Langenberg and Rehweiler to Dürrnbuch.From the starting point in Geiselwind it goes to Füttersee, where you can visit the mighty imperial oak. There is a 12% climb up to Neugrub and on the subsequent descent to Wasserberndorf the wind blows comfortably around your ears. Past shimmering ponds, you cycle on to Dreifrankenstein, where Upper, Middle and Lower Franconia meet.After a short rest, the route takes you alternately through quiet forest, vast fields and quaint villages. The most beautiful view of Franconia and an inviting rest area await you at Mahrenberg. The romantic town of Castell with its castle is just a few meters away. A visit is worthwhile and you can treat yourself to a break in one of the inns. With the vineyards always in view, you get to Greuth and on to Abtswind, the historic town with its half-timbered town hall.You drive on through the Steigerwaldvorland and after 49 kilometers you reach the Jagdschloss Ilmbach with a cozy restaurant. Strengthened you tackle the last climb: in the shady forest you climb up to the Glösberg, where a wonderful view awaits you. In Gräfenneuses you cross the watershed between Main and Regnitz and via the village Röhrensee you come back to the starting point in Geiselwind.

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    22.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You don't have to worry about thirst or hunger on this round: Several breweries, beer cellars and rustic inns await you in the heart of the Steigerwald. There are a total of 14 breweries on this 36-kilometer route in the Steigerwald beer corner. You start in Lisberg and drive to Trabelsdorf with its beautiful lakes and ponds. Surrounded to the left and right by water, you cycle past the Old Kurhaus into the center, where the small castle is located.You pass Priesendorf and Kirchaich along the Aurach. Then you step up the hill near Schindelsee and you can have a cool beer in the Gasthaus Hofmann there. Rested you rush down the banks of the Virnbach into the valley of the Rauhen Ebrach. Afterwards the beer path leads you to Schönbrunn in the Steigerwald. The local Bähr cellar is known for its home-brewed beer, which strengthens you for the subsequent climb of the route.You follow the Hohe Straße through the forest to Burgebrach - of course there is also a brewery. Or you can quench your thirst a bit and continue cycling to the rustic Max-Keller. Passing the Lisberg Castle, which is well worth seeing, you come back to the starting point.

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    Difficult
    06:36
    62.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Gentle vineyards, shady forests and small wine-growing villages make up the special charm of the hilly Bocksbasche circuit. You cycle through almost 100 kilometers through the idyllic landscape in the southern Steigerwald. If you don't want to drive the entire route at once, you can find accommodations in Huttenheim or Weigenheim, for example. You can also shorten the tour - you drive directly from Weigenheim through the Franconian wine paradise to Uffenheim. From the starting point at the Ipsheim train station, the route goes gently up and down to the northwest. The path leads along streams and old mills and you will meet ponds and ponds again and again.In the picturesque wine-growing villages along the route, there are numerous opportunities for a stop and a tasting of the local wine. On Langer Berg you can enjoy a glass of wine in Meier's panoramic hut with a view of the vines. You cycle through the colorful cultural landscape to the imposing Frankenberg Castle, which is worth a visit. A dream place for a break is the wine paradise barn on Bullenheimer Berg - with a magnificent view of Franconia you can try excellent Franconian wine.Traditional mills await you in the valley of the Iff and through the landscape characterized by hedges, orchards and vineyards you reach the margrave town of Uffenheim, the center of the agriculturally important Gollachgau. After exploring the winding streets of Uffenheim, you drive slightly uphill to Rudolzhofen. Bad Windsheim, the only spa in Middle Franconia, awaits you with its historic old town and along the Aisch you drive back to Ipsheim.

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    Intermediate
    03:53
    36.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Always along the water - The TeichKulturRunde takes you through a unique landscape that is characterized by countless fish ponds. The water areas of the fisheries represent a complex ecosystem for numerous animal and plant species and give this tour its unique character. You start in beautiful Höchstadt an der Aisch and leave the city over the Alte Aischbrücke. Following the river, you come to Voggendorf, where the rustic Voggendorf cellar invites you to take a break.With a little luck you can watch storks on the meadows in Aischgrund around the village. The next highlight is the village of Gottesgab, which is surrounded by a mosaic of ponds. On flat bike paths and side streets you cycle further into the pond area near Mohrhof. The extensive water areas are a paradise for waterfowl and in the nearby Neuhaus it is worth visiting the fishing museum. The view of Neuhaus Castle, which is located directly on the water, is particularly beautiful.Then it goes past carp ponds, wide meadows and fields to Pommersfelden. There you can visit the magnificent Weissenstein Castle with its extensive park. Then you drive through the picturesque valley of the rich Ebrach and the forest area on the Red Mountain back to the starting point in Höchstadt.

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    Intermediate
    02:01
    19.0 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular tour takes you from the banks of the Main in a crisp climb to the Schwanberg with the impressive castle. The starting point is at the Bleichwasen car park in Kitzingen-Etwashausen and from there it goes east to Rödelsee with a view of the Schwanberg. In the picturesque town you can visit Crailsheim Castle, which is owned by the wine cooperative. The perfect place to taste the region's wines.Then you drive through the vineyards of the famous vineyards Kronsberg, Rödelseer Küchenmeister and Schwanleite. Surrounded by a sea of vines, you master around 200 vertical meters before you are rewarded with a wide view from the Schwanberg. After you have enjoyed the panorama extensively and visited the magnificent park of the castle, you dash down the same route again.You cycle through the famous Rödelseer Tor to the beautiful old town of Iphofen. A walk through the winding streets is worthwhile and the fine wines of the Iphöfer winegrowers are presented in the vinotheque. You cycle along the renatured seepage to Mainbernheim, which is still surrounded by the massive city wall. Via Sickershausen you get to the banks of the Main and with a view of the island of Mondsee you return to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    01:49
    12.8 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    For this short but physically demanding tour, we recommend a trekking bike or mountain bike. You start in the pretty Lower Franconian wine town of Oberschwarzach and cycle west. Through a colorful cultural landscape, you can relax in Wiebelsberg with its vineyards. Then the path begins to become steeper and you step up in the shady forest to the Stollberg castle ruins. Above you can expect a fantastic view and the Gasthaus Stollberg, where you can reward yourself for the effort.After strengthening and visiting the castle ruins, you cycle up and down through quiet mixed forest and reach the Steigerwald center after 17 kilometers. With free admission, you can learn about sustainable forest management and wood use. After visiting the center, you roll down to the idyllic town of Handthal. There you can quench your hunger and thirst in one of the restaurants and then head back to Oberschwarzach with a view of the vineyards on the Stollberg.

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    Intermediate
    01:43
    17.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely circular tour through the valleys of the rough and rich Ebrach and the foothills of the Steigerwald is suitable for the whole family. The absolute highlight is a visit to the magnificent Weissenstein Castle in Pommersfelden. You start in Burgebrach and cycle past meadows and fields up a small hill. Accompanied by the Fischgallgraben stream, you pass Hirschbrunn and Steppach and can already see the famous Baroque castle in the distance.

    After you have crossed the tracks of the Upper Franconian Steigerwaldbahn, you will reach Pommersfelden and the Weisseinstein Castle: Both from the outside and from the inside, the system is absolutely impressive and the park is a feast for the eyes. After an extensive sightseeing tour, the path leads you through the valley of the rich Ebrach and then through forests and fields to the north. Along the Rauhen Ebrach, which is surrounded by wide meadows, you drive back to the starting point in Burgebrach.

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    Difficult
    04:23
    44.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Aischgründer GenussRadweg, idyllic natural spaces, shady beer gardens and gentle vineyards invite you to take a break. You cycle through the diverse landscape of Allianz NeuStadt and Land with its typically Franconian towns and attractive places to stop. For the sporty climbs you will be rewarded with wonderful views or you can grab an e-bike to make the climbs easier. The starting point is at the Neustädter Marktplatz with its beautiful town hall. You cycle past colorful half-timbered houses out of town and before you cross the Sachsenbach, keep right.The path begins to climb and you cycle through a mosaic of small villages, forests and fish ponds. Along the Aisch you come to Gutenstetten, where you can quench your thirst at the Radlertreff inn. Strengthened it continues along the rushing Ehebach. At Langenfeld the route turns and you drive back parallel to the train tracks towards Neustadt. But there are still some highlights waiting for you and so you continue cycling relaxed on the green banks of the Aisch.The market in Ipsheim in the Aish valley is idyllically located between the Frankenhöhe and Steigerwald nature parks and is known for its winegrowers and wine festivals. The demanding ascent to Hoheneck Castle starts from here. Once at the top, a great view and a picturesque courtyard await you for a break. Rested, it continues in a steady up and down through the hilly landscape. After 71 kilometers you are back at the starting point and can end the day in one of the restaurants on Neustädter Marktplatz.

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    Difficult
    04:36
    30.8 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    For the cross country tour, we recommend a trekking bike or mountain bike, because the royal stage of the Schweinfurter Land usually leads away from the concrete and asphalt bike paths. For the sometimes demanding climbs, you will be rewarded with wide panoramic views. The starting point of this round is Altmannsdorf. Right at the start you tackle the first climb: past grapevines and the idyllic Neuhof district you step up to the Zabelstein. Once at the top, the castle ruins, a nice rest area and a wonderful view await you.On forest and forest trails, the route takes you up and down through shady forest. It goes past the Dachsberg and the Nußberg and further into the valley of the Weilersbach. You cross Obersteinbach and Untersteinbach and then follow a picturesque section along the Rauhen Ebrach. After you have cycled through the Ebracher Forest, you will reach the interesting Steigerwald center. In the nearby town of Handthal you can take a break in one of the inns and fortify yourself for the subsequent climb up to the Stollberg.On the 443 meter high Stollberg is the castle ruin Stollburg, from which you can enjoy a wide view of the landscape. Through the hilly forest areas of the Steigerwald you get back to the wine plain. You cross Michelau and Prüssberg and are back at the starting point after almost 50 kilometers. At the end of the tour, you can let yourself be spoiled with culinary delights in one of the inns in Altmannsdorf.

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    Difficult
    05:27
    36.1 mi
    6.6 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.

    For the cross country tour, we recommend a trekking bike or mountain bike, because the royal stage of the Schweinfurter Land usually leads away from the concrete and asphalt bike paths. For the sometimes demanding climbs, you will be rewarded with wide panoramic views. The starting point of this round is in Falkenstein, which is surrounded by forest and wine-growing areas. You cycle towards Wohnau and tackle the first climb right at the beginning: on shady, steep forest paths you step up to the Zabelstein. Once at the top, the castle ruins, a nice rest area and a wonderful view await you.After the descent from the Zabelstein you can take a detour to the idyllic village of Altmannsdorf. Otherwise you follow the path south and with a view of the vineyards you cross Michelau and Prüssberg. Then it goes up to the 443-meter-high Stollberg, where you will find a castle ruin and enjoy a wide view of the landscape. At the Gasthaus Stollburg you can satisfy your hunger and then you cycle on to Handthal with the local Steigerwald center.You drive up and down through the Ebracher forest and then follows a picturesque section along the Rauhen Ebrach. You cross Untersteinbach and Obersteinbach and follow the course of the Weilersbach. From the valley it goes up to the Nussberg and on to the Dachsberg. We take you back to the starting point in Falkenstein on forest and forest paths. At the end of the tour, you can let yourself be spoiled with culinary delights in one of the inns.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    363 mi
  • Duration
    41:57 h
  • Elevation
    20,800 ft

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