Bayreuther Opernstraße mit Opernhaus Wahnfried Hofgartenansicht Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Wagner-Bank vor Tourist-Info Roter Main-Ursprung Exponat des Museums Foto: RitaE, pixabay

From Bayreuth to the Source of the Red Main

Discover the source of the Red Main by bike. From Bayreuth, this tour takes you relaxed on the Red Main Cycle Path through the Franconian Switzerland Nature Park. Travel there by train now!

4 h
38 km
Key facts of the tour
From the source to the jug and then to the good food - this tour has an almost sensual dramaturgy. You cycle south on the Red Main Cycle Path from Bayreuth to the source of the Rotmain. The water here is still crystal clear. Only later does it flow through clayey soil, bringing with it particles that give the river its red colour. The source springs from the earth in the middle of Franconian Switzerland at an altitude of 581 metres above sea level. Equipped with an e-bike, however, the metres in altitude will be easy for you to take.

The landscape you cycle through is also relaxing and varied. The tour leads through fields, meadows and forests to Creußen. Here, where unique stoneware was produced in the 17th and 18th centuries, a stop at the jug museum is recommended. The various jugs tell of the history of this region in their own unique way. Through the valley of the Red Main you return to Bayreuth, where you have the opportunity to stop for refreshments shortly before the end of the tour.
A cycling tour for explorers and nature lovers.

Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed, depending on the capacity.

Start and end station

Start station
Bayreuth Hbf
5 tour steps
38 km / 4 Stunden
End station
Bayreuth Hbf

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


Tour starts on Bayreuth Hbf


DB Bicycle Service Bayreuth Station

There are 200 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the station.

Bahnhofstraße 20

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


You start at Bayreuth main station, from where you can reach Bayreuth's tourist information office in 10 minutes. Here you have the possibility to rent an e-bike.

Tourist-Information Bayreuth

The Tourist Information Bayreuth is a well-equipped contact point for guests and residents who want to find out about sights, accommodation, gastro tips and events in the Wagner city. Maps and tickets can be purchased here. Various city tours and walking routes are always worth recommending.

But not only that:
Bayreuth also offers an e-bike rental service at this address.
Equipped with these, Bayreuth's guests can easily climb mountains and enjoy tours in the Bayreuth surroundings, Franconian Switzerland or the Fichtel Mountains.

Bicycles can be rented from April to October. The rental fee is € 35.00 per bike and day. A copy of your identity card is required to rent the bike and a deposit of € 150.00 per bike will be retained until the bike is returned. Please ask for the current availability of the bikes and opening hours before you start your journey.

Opernstraße 22

Phone: 0921 88588
Email Address:
Monday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 04:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 02:00pm
Wagner-Bank vor Tourist-Info
Innenansicht Tourist-Info


From the tourist information office, continue along the route, past the Hofgarten, pass Rudolstädter Platz, take Universitätsstraße out of town.

Via the villages of Destuben, Unternschreez, Haag you finally reach Lindenhardter Forst. Follow the signs to Rote Main Quelle and here do not follow the hiking trail, as this is easier for pedestrians than for cyclists. On the cycle path you will come straight to the Rote Main Quelle.

Red Main origin

The Red Main is one of the two headwaters of the Main. It rises in Franconian Switzerland and joins the right and northern headwaters of the Weißer Main at the western outskirts of Kulmbach.

The Rote Main rises ten kilometres south of Bayreuth in the Lindenhardt Forest at an altitude of 581 m above sea level. The headwaters are located in the Franconian Switzerland-Veldenstein Forest Nature Park. Geologically, it belongs to the Brown Jurassic. The spring was set in stone in 1907 and the water flows out of it via a wooden pipe. There is a hiker's rest area at the source.

The river takes its name from the boggy red underground and the sediment of clay particles it carries, which makes it appear reddish. The Red Main is 72 km long and flows over a gradient of 283 metres. On its way, it is fed not only by the source, but also by 41 tributaries.

Roter Main-Ursprung


On forest and field paths, between fields and small forests, the route now heads out of Lindenharter Forst towards Creußen, on the Main cycle path. To the side, a little further away, are the villages of Wasserkraut and Gottsfeld. Via Bühl you finally cycle to Creußen.

Perhaps you would like to stop for a snack? Then the Backhaus Kutzer in Bayreuther Straße 8 or Bäckerei Heizer in Neuhofer Straße 4 in Creußen are ideal.

Jug Museum of the City of Creußen

Creußen stoneware was world-famous in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the 19th century there were the first collections of various vessels, which were documented by the town fathers. These collections were soon pressed by people interested in buying them, whereupon the then mayor Grüner decided that the collected jugs and vessels should be preserved as a collection and "put on display" for posterity.

The jug museum is located in the medieval town centre of Creußen. It is housed directly on the town wall in the former gatekeeper's house and in the northern town gate and is home to a special treasure: the world-famous Creußen stoneware. It was once "good manners" among the nobility and patricians to have richly decorated drinking jugs made with their own coat of arms or name. The high esteem in which they were held by their former users and their heirs has ensured that the vessels have been preserved.

Am Rennsteig 8

Phone: 09270 5805 oder 09270 9890
Email Address:
01.11. - 17.04.
Saturday: 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 02:00pm - 05:00pm
18.04. - 31.10.
Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 02:00pm - 05:00pm
Exponat des Museums


From Creußen you head north again back towards Bayreuth. You follow the course of the Red Main, which meanders through the landscape on your right.

You cycle past small settlements, numerous fields and meadows, parallel to the B2, the oldest federal road in Germany, to Oberkonnersreuth in the south of Bayreuth. Here the Storchenkeller awaits you with food and drink.

Storchenkeller beer garden

The Storchenkeller is a beer garden in Oberkonnersreuth. It is part of the restaurant "Zur Sudpfanne". The restaurant with country house ambience, brasserie and beer garden offers international and Franconian cuisine as well as daily changing lunch dishes, the beer of the day and the spritzer of the day. In summer, the green roof - the decades-old lime trees - provides shade under which you can linger. In addition, a large playground offers fun and variety for the younger guests.

Oberkonnersreuther Straße 6

Phone: 0921 52883
Email Address:
Monday: 11:30am - 02:00pm and 05:30pm - 10:30pm
Tuesday: 11:30am - 02:00pm
Thursday: 11:30am - 02:00pm and 05:30pm - 10:30pm
Friday: 11:30am - 02:00pm and 05:30pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 02:00pm and 05:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 02:00pm
Foto: RitaE, pixabay

Tour ends on Bayreuth Hbf


Well-strengthened, you now follow the Main cycle path and come back directly to the starting point in the city centre. First to the Tourist Information, where you can drop off your rental bike if necessary, or you can land directly at the station.

Tour map


Bayreuth Hbf

Bahnhofstraße 20

95444 Bayreuth

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