Maria im Weingarten Volkach, Foto: Holger Leue, Lizenz: TI VM Station der Mainschleifenbahn in Astheim, Foto: Dr. Georg Wolfgang Schramm St. Johannes der T├Ąufer, Foto: Peter von Felbert, Lizenz: Weinbau bei Volkach, Foto: Peter von Felbert, Lizenz: MS Undine, Foto: Volkach, Lizenz: FPS-Reederei Volkacher Mainschleife, Foto: ZUDEM Nitschke Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Radverleih, Foto: Pixabay Aussichtsplattform terroir f Volkach, Foto: Holger Leue Mainschleifenbahn - VT Schienenbus, Foto: Dr. Georg Wolfgang Schramm MS Undine, Foto: Volkach, Lizenz: FPS-Reederei
Bycicle tour

A loop to the Main loop - travelling in Lower Franconia

Fine wine
Boat Trips
Animals & Nature

The perfect cycle tour for nature lovers and connoisseurs: From W├╝rzburg, you cycle to the Mainschleife near Volkach, from where you have a magnificent view of the Main and the vineyards.

7 h
67 km
Key facts of the tour
This tour leads out of W├╝rzburg through the meadows, fields and vineyards of Lower Franconia. The destination of the tour is the Mainschleife near Volkach, where you have a marvellous view of the Main and the surrounding vineyards. You can board the historic Mainschleifenbahn railway and take a short cruise on the MS Undine to view the vineyards from the Main and, of course, sample the Franconian wine.

There are refreshment stops at Vogelsburg Castle, Volkach, Schwarzach and Dettelsbach. There is also an on-board service on the boat. It is best to find out in advance about the departure times of the railway and the excursion boat so that you can plan your cycle tour well in advance.

Tour length: 7 hours in total, of which 4 hours by bike, 1 hour 10 minutes by train, 1 hour 30 minutes by boat
A cycle tour for explorers, connoisseurs and nature lovers

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and, depending on capacity utilisation, it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take your own bike with you.

Start and end station

Start station
W├╝rzburg Hbf
5 tour steps
67 km / 7 Stunden
End station
W├╝rzburg Hbf

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.


Tour starts on W├╝rzburg Hbf


DB Bicycle Service Hbf. W├╝rzburg

550 bicycle parking spaces are located in the immediate vicinity of the railway station.

Bahnhofsplatz 4

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


Before you cycle north-east out of the city, you first cycle through the old town to the Main. South of the Old Main Bridge, at the end of B├╝ttnerstra├če, you can first hire your bike.

King Bike

In addition to the shop and workshop, bikes can also be hired here for an excursion or longer trip.

B├╝ttnerstrasse 74

Phone: 0931 30419978
Email Address:
Monday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:30am - 02:00pm
Radverleih, Foto: Pixabay


You cycle back to the railway station and continue north-east out of the city. The tour leads between meadows and fields and along small streams. You cycle under the A7 motorway to Seligenstadt near W├╝rzburg. You will pass a stop on the Mainschleifen railway, but continue cycling towards the Main to a special view.

terroir f Volkach viewing platform

There are places that magically burn themselves into the visitor's memory forever. In the Franconian wine region, these places have a name: "terroir f". This term encompasses the natural environment that contributes to the creation of a wine. At the terroir f site high above Volkach, the vines of the large Escherndorfer Lump vineyards thrive, a vineyard that is known as one of the hottest sites in Franconia in terms of climate.

A movable photovoltaic element shows how strong the sun shines here, while information steles and a digital media presentation provide information on the topic of "climate and climate change". But the view of the vineyards and the Mainschleife from the vantage point alone is worth the visit.


Aussichtsplattform terroir f Volkach, Foto: Holger Leue


You now continue through the extensive wine-growing region. Long rows of vines line the course of the River Main, dotted with viewpoints, churches and wineries. Only a few sections of the Vogelsburg, an early medieval castle complex, have survived. The centre of today's complex is the Church of the Protection of the Virgin Mary.

The next destination is the Volkach-Astheim station of the Mainschleifenbahn railway on the banks of the Main in Volkach. You now have the opportunity to enjoy the route you have just completed by bike once again by train. Bicycles can only be taken on the train to a limited extent, just leave your bike and get on the train. The journey to the final stop in Seligenstadt takes 25 minutes. You will need one hour and 10 minutes for the inserted excursion on tracks.

Mainschleifenbahn Volkach

It is one of the last surviving branch lines from the time of the royal Bavarian state railway that still exists in Lower Franconia. In February 1909, the "Volkacher B├Ąhnle" was opened between Seligenstadt and Volkach. After its closure in 1994, an association campaigned to revive the 10-kilometre route and preserve this unique technical monument. The views during the journey are magnificent, passing meadow orchards, cool riparian forests and green vineyards, with unique views of the famous pilgrimage church Maria im Weingarten and the wine villages of Fahr, Eisenheim, Escherndorf and Nordheim.

A special feature of the route is the 23 per mille gradient between Volkach-Astheim and Escherndorf: it climbs 70 metres in just under 4 kilometres. The maximum authorised speed is 50 km/h and the one-way journey time is a good 20 minutes on scheduled trips.

Timetable at


Phone: 0152 02482125
Email Address:
Mainschleifenbahn - VT Schienenbus, Foto: Dr. Georg Wolfgang Schramm
Anschluss in Seligenstadt, Foto: Dr. Georg Wolfgang Schramm
Der rote Schienenbus geh├Ârt seit 2003 zur Mainschleife., Foto: Dr. Georg Wolfgang Schramm
Saisoner├Âffnung, Foto: Dr. Georg Wolfgang Schramm


Once across the Main on the other bank a little north of the bridge, you will find the next stop, the passenger boat landing stage. Now conquer the Main from the water with a boat tour on the MS Undine.

MS Undine - Franconian passenger shipping

A short river cruise takes guests on the MS Undine to the Volkacher Mainschleife. During the trip, the captain will tell you interesting facts about the river, navigation and the landscape. There is a short stopover at the jetty in Stammheim, before the Wipfeld lock the ship turns round and after approx. 90 minutes it returns to the jetty in Volkach. There is an on-board service with cappuccino and cake, Franconian bratwurst, hot and cold dishes and meals for children. There is a choice of eight different Franconian wines to match the view.

ATTENTION: There is only limited capacity for bicycles! It is therefore better to plan a round trip without bicycles.

Timetable and prices at

Phone: 09381 710880
MS Undine, Foto: Volkach, Lizenz: FPS-Reederei
MS Undine, Foto: Volkach, Lizenz: FPS-Reederei

Tour ends on W├╝rzburg Hbf


Cycle south along the right bank of the Main Canal near Volkach to Schwarzach am Main. Cross the Main there and cycle westwards back towards W├╝rzburg.

Tour map


W├╝rzburg Hbf

Bahnhofplatz 4

97070 W├╝rzburg

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