Main River Bike Path, Germany

At a glance

The river Main begins in the Franconian forests, where the White Main and Red Main meet to form one majestic river. The Main flows through the Upper Main Valley – known as "God's Garden," through romantic and historic cities, into wine country, and finally ending when it meets the river Rhine.

Woodland meadows alternate with vineyards as the dominating scenery along the trail. The region's long and ever-changing history left behind many castles, fortresses, monasteries, churches, and chapels.

Why cyclists love it

The Main River Bike Path was Germany's first cycle path to receive a five-star rating. Outstanding signposts mark the way make navigation simple. Cyclist-oriented accommodation gives cyclists a place to park their bike at night, and some even provide maintenance if needed!

The bike routes in this region are mostly traffic-free on well-maintained, mainly asphalt paths. The countryside is primarily flat, making riding easy and well-suited for families with children.

Top tours

Main River Bike Path: Bamberg-Aschaffenburg Bicycle Tour
Discover the beauty of the Main: Ride along the trails, well-paved and well-marked, next to the river. Your journey begins in historic Bamberg, known for its beer, and not long after that you'll reach the area where the famous Franconian wine is produced.
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Romantic Road from Würzburg to Donauwörth Cycling Tour
This tour starts in the world-famous residence town Würzburg. Continue along the Main River to the Tauber River Valley and follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg and on to Donauwörth. Cycling is moderate. 
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