Day 1. Arrival in Bamberg/Hallstadt
Take the time to walk around Bamberg's old town centre with cobblestone streets, beautiful buildings and cosy squares. It's also possible to take a boat trip on the Regnitz River and experience the small fishermen's houses along the riverbank.
Overnight stay in Hallstadt 5 km from Bamberg's old city centre or, at a surcharge, in Bamberg city centre.
Day 2. To Hassfurt, 37 km
You leave Bamberg following the cycle path along the Regnitz River to the Main river. You follow the Main Radweg through the valley, which is wide and open, overlooking lush fields with corn, sunflowers and grains. The cycle path runs partly along the river and partly inland. The day's stage ends in Hassfurt with its few intact city gates and a beautiful chapel built in a late gothic style.
Overnight stay e.g. at the Meister Bär Hotel or Hotel Walfisch.
Day 3. To Volkach, 56 km
Along the Main River, past meadows, fields and cosy spots. Optionally, you can take a break in the former industrial city of Schweinfurt, either at the city's fun "beach bar" on the river or on one of the city squares.
From Schweinfuhrt, you continue on along the Main promenade to Wipfeld. Here you'll begin to see the vineyards and the steep slopes, as the landscape becomes more varied. At the end of the day's stage, you'll reach Volkach, a wonderful, cosy wine town with old well-kept houses, topped cobblestones, cafes and wine shops - and it's car free.
Overnight stay e.g. at the Weinhotel Rose or Hotel Kreuzer.
Day 4. To Würzburg, 65 km
From Volkach, you can choose to follow the Main River's twists and turns to Sommerach, a real wine village surrounded by vineyards and with a countless number of wine cellars and tasting places. Alternatively, you can follow the Main canal directly to Schwarzach, known for its beer brewing monastery. Today's stage continues through charming allotment gardens near Main, to charming towns such as Kitzingen and Ochsenfuhrt, until eventually reaching Wurzburg with the impressive baroque residential palace embellished with a stunningly lavish decor and a magnificent garden. But it's also a lively city with many cosy squares, pedestrian streets and nice wine bars on the Alte Mainbrücke.
Overnight stay e.g. at Hotel Strauss or Hotel Postkutscherl.
Day 5. To Lohr, 58 km
Along the Main to Karstadt, a small cosy town with a well preserved old town centre. From here, along the left side of the river. A beautiful and varied route along wetlands with water-lilies and bird life down towards the river. Continue over the bridge to the other bank in Markbreit and follow the nice cycle paths to Lohr am Main.
Overnight stay e.g. at Hotel Bundschuh or Gasthof Buchenmühle.
Day 6. To Wertheim, 43 km
A nice route along the river and with a view to Burg Rothenfeldts, which is one of the many strategically located castles on the route. The valley narrows and the slopes of the vineyards turn steep while the river makes some heavy twists and turns. Take a break in Marktheidenfeld before continuing on to Wertheim, where the Tauber runs into Main River.
Overnight stay e.g. at the Hotel am Malerwinkel or Hotel Bronnbacher Hof.
Day 7. To Aschaffenburg, 36/51 km + train or 77 km
The valley narrows again, and instead of vineyards you'll be flanked by wooded slopes. Small campsites along the river, allotment gardens and cosy towns. Mittenberg is a great place to take a break, in the square under the Mildenburg Castle.
At Grossheubacher you will again be met by beautiful, vine-covered slopes. You'll pass by Count Löwenstein's castle and vinothek, before reaching Wörth and a possible lunch break. The day's stage ends in Aschaffenburg, an exciting town with steep streets, cosy squares and impressive churches.
With train from Miltenberg to Aschaffenburg, the day's stage is 36 km.
With train from Klingenberg to Achaffenburg, the day's stage is 51 km.
Overnight stay e.g. at Hotel Wilder Mann or Hotel Goldener Ochsen.
Day 8. Departure Day