Litzendorf Kirche, Foto: A. Hub Drei Kronen Memmelsdorf - Brauereif√ľhrung, Foto: Drei Kronen Memmelsdorf Lohndorf - Fraenkische Toskana, Foto: Gemeinde Litzendorf Bierkeller, Foto: A. Hub Regnitz Radweg, Foto: A. Hub, TVF Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Foto: pixabay Schloss Seehof, Foto: Steffen Bauer Litzendorf Kirche, Rathaus, Foto: Gemeinde Litzendorf Schloss Greifenstein, Foto: A. Hub Levi Strauss Museum, Foto: Tanja Roppelt Regnitz Radweg - F√§hre, Foto: A. Hub, FrankenTourismus
Bycicle tour

By e-bike through the Bamberg countryside

family friendly
For groups
Hiking Trails
Program & Tours

Get on your bike and off you go to beer, baroque and Levi Strauss. Baroque splendour, a feast for the eyes and a variety of culinary delights await you on this e-bike tour.

6 h
69 km
Key facts of the tour
Baroque splendour, scenic feasts for the eyes and a variety of culinary delights await you on this e-bike tour through the Bamberg region. Cultural treasures are harmoniously embedded in the landscape like gemstones in a piece of jewellery. For example, the baroque Seehof Castle near Memmelsdorf or the romantic Greifenstein Castle near Heiligenstadt. Other highlights: a visit to the inventor of jeans in the Levi-Strauss Museum in Buttenheim and the only yaw ferry in Upper Franconia across the Regnitz near Pettstadt.

The route leads from Bamberg railway station out of the city over the hills of the Franconian Alb to the Leinleitertal valley and through the Regnitz valley back to Bamberg.

The route is mostly away from busy roads on tourist cycle routes. The excursion is rounded off in the Bamberg World Cultural Heritage Site with the cathedral, the Old Court, the New Residence, the Inselrathaus, the historic old town with its numerous inns and beer cellars, where you can fortify yourself at the end of an eventful day with Franconian brewing and cookery.
A cycle tour for connoisseurs, culture lovers 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, taking your own bike on board cannot be guaranteed.

Start and end station

Start station
Bahnhof Bamberg
7 tour steps
69 km / 6 Stunden
End station
Bahnhof Bamberg

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


Tour starts on Bahnhof Bamberg


DB bicycle service Bamberg station

There are 762 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of Bamberg railway station. 330 of these are chargeable cycle stations.

With the DB Rad+ app, kilometres cycled in the participating cities can be collected and then exchanged for discounts or rewards with exclusive partners.

Ludwigstr. 6

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


From the railway station, take Ludwigstraße to Kunigundenruhstraße, turn right again briefly into Steinweg and you will find yourself in front of Fahrradhaus Griesmann.

Bicycle dealer Griesmann

Fahrradhaus Griesmann is the bike hire shop for Bamberg and the surrounding area.
Physiologically customised and suitable for the challenges of the route, cyclists will find what they need here, whether e-bike or touring bike. So the planned tour can be ridden in a relaxed manner.

It is advisable to register your requirements before you start your journey and tour, so that you can really get started with the hire as soon as you arrive.

The bike shop offers the following selection:
City bikes for men and women with 7 gears
Trekking bikes with 24-speed derailleur gears
Electric bikes with 400 W/h
and 9-speed derailleur gears or 7-8-speed hub gears

Please note: Hire is only possible from Tuesday to Saturday during business hours!

Rental prices
City / touring or trekking bike:
12 ‚ā¨ / day or 75,00 ‚ā¨ / week
Electric bike:
30,00 ‚ā¨ / day or 180,00 ‚ā¨ / week

Gangolfsplatz 4

Phone: 0951 22967
Email Address:
Tuesday: 09:00am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 01:00pm
Foto: pixabay


From the railway station or from the bike hire shop, cycle north-westwards to Memmelsdorfer Str. and past the Weyermann malthouse on the inner-city, roadside cycle routes "Burgenstra√üe" and "F√ľrstbisch√∂fliche Radtour" via Lichteneiche to Memmelsdorf.

Here, the baroque Seehof Castle with its extensive park is well worth a visit. Two local breweries also offer their Franconian beer specialities: Brauereigasthof Höhn in Hauptstraße 11 or Brauereigasthof Drei Kronen in Hauptstraße 19.

Seehof Castle

Seehof Palace was built from 1686 as the summer residence of the Bamberg prince-bishops
in the rococo style. This included ingeniously designed water features, the "cascades", which were first put into operation in 1771. The carp ponds give the grounds a special charm.

After secularisation and neglect in private ownership, extensive restoration measures were necessary at the end of the 20th century. The "cascades" have been delighting visitors to the park again since 1996. Inside the palace, nine showrooms of the restored flats of the prince-bishops are accessible, including the "White Hall" with the virtuoso ceiling painting by Giuseppe Appiani.

Phone: 0951 409570
01.04. - 30.11.
Tuesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Schloss Seehof, Foto: Steffen Bauer


From Seehof, the "Burgenstraße" (Bu) cycle route, and from Litzendorf the "Brauereien- und Bierkellertour" (BBT) also leads past the castle's carp ponds, the Pulversee and Ottensee lakes and into the heart of Franconian Tuscany to Litzendorf with the parish church of St Wenceslaus.

Parish church of St Wenceslaus Litzendorf

The parish church of St Wenceslaus was built between 1715 and 1718 according to plans by the Baroque architect Johann Dientzenhofer. The mighty, golden-yellow iron sandstone blocks for the church were quarried in the forest north-east of the church. The tower dates back to the previous building from 1467 and the coat of arms of Bamberg's Prince-Bishop Franz von Schönborn, who commissioned the church building, is displayed above the main entrance. The rich Baroque interior of the church with altars, statues of saints and the pulpit was created by the sculptor Leonard Gollwitzer with the carpenter Franz Jörg. Gollwitzer created the baptismal font around 1734. He also created the two side reliefs on the south side of the church (village side), which depict the Mount of Olives scene and the resurrection of Christ.

The acoustics inside the church are exceptionally good. Even the finest nuances of classical music can be perceived. For this reason, concerts are held in autumn, which create a very special atmosphere in the warm candlelight. Musicians from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, renowned instrumentalists, unique singers and excellent choirs always take part.

Concert information at

Schimmelsgraben 4

Phone: 09505 8064106
Monday: 08:00am - 05:00pm
Tuesday: 08:00am - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 08:00am - 05:00pm
Thursday: 08:00am - 05:00pm
Friday: 08:00am - 05:00pm
Saturday: 08:00am - 05:00pm
Sunday: 08:00am - 05:00pm
Litzendorf Kirche, Rathaus, Foto: Gemeinde Litzendorf
Wenz Empore mit Orgel, Foto: Fraenkische Toskana
Wenz Kerzenlichtkonzerte, Foto: Fraenkische Toskana


From Litzendorf, the tour now leads via Melkendorf into the wild and romantic Franconian Switzerland.

First of all, there is an ascent (over 5 km, around 250 ascents, some of which are over 10%) to the Alb plateau, before the route from Lindach via Oberleinleiter and Burggrub runs leisurely through the Leinleiter valley to Heiligenstadt.

Here you have the opportunity to take a detour to nearby Greifenstein Castle.

Greifenstein Castle

Greifenstein Castle is enthroned high on a rock above today's market town of Heiligenstadt in Franconian Switzerland. Because of its high towers and majestic dignity, it was also known as "Little Neuschwanstein" during the Romantic period.

An avenue of 300-year-old lime trees leads up to the castle gate. Originally, the hill, which is now wooded again, was cleared to give the lords of the castle a view of the countryside so that they could protect themselves from approaching enemies in good time. There is a draw well in the castle courtyard, which was driven over 92 metres deep into the ground in 1691. The rooms, which are open to visitors, give a vivid impression of the lifestyle of the former lords of the castle with period furnishings.

Phone: 09198 423
Monday: 09:00am - 04:30pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 04:30pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 04:30pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 04:30pm
Friday: 09:00am - 04:30pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 04:30pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 04:30pm
Schloss Greifenstein, Foto: A. Hub


If you would like to stop for refreshments in Heiligenstadt, we recommend the Brauereigasthof Ott, Oberleinleiter 6, or the Brauerei Aichinger, Marktplatz 5.

From Heiligenstadt's market square, which is well worth seeing, the tour heads westwards through Turmgasse, first uphill for a short stretch on the road and then, after a few hundred metres, branches off to the right onto a path that leads slightly uphill to Kalteneggolsfeld. From here you cycle on the plateau of the Franconian Alb with marvellous views. The route heads towards the Deichselbach valley. After a steep (about 180 metres over 2 km at around 10%), winding descent, you reach Stackendorf. The tour leads via Stackendorf, Gunzendorf and Dreuschendorf along the Deichselbach stream to Buttenheim, the birthplace of Levi Strauss.

Here you will also find two country breweries with tasty Franconian beer, the St. GeorgenBräu-Keller in Kellerstraße,, and the Löwenbräu Keller, Eremitage 3.

Birthplace of Levi Strauss Museum

The birthplace of Levi Strauss in Buttenheim is now home to a museum that has won international awards for its audiovisual presentation technology. Visitors learn interesting facts about Jewish life in the country and retrace the hopes and dreams of the emigrants. The museum takes visitors on a brief journey into the world of indigo and denim and tells the story of Levi the man and Levi's, his world-famous jeans.

Levi Strauss was born in 1829 as the youngest child of the Jewish peddler Hirsch Strauss. After the death of his father, the family emigrated to America in 1847. Levi later settled in the young gold mining town of San Francisco. On 20 May 1873, he applied for a patent for riveted work trousers: The jeans were born. Levi's jeans quickly made their way into everyday fashion and immortalised the name of their inventor.

Marktstraße 33

Phone: 09545 4409936
Tuesday: 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Thursday: 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 05:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 05:00pm
Levi Strauss Museum, Foto: Tanja Roppelt
Levi Strauss Museum, Foto: A. Hub
Levi Strauss Museum, Foto: A. Hub


You now cycle along the Regnitz cycle path (valley route) first to Altendorf and on the west side of the river via Seußling, Sassanfahrt and Erlach to Pettstadt. Here you cross the river on the Pettstadt ferry, the only yaw ferry in Upper Franconia.

Pettstadt ferry

Yaw ferries only cross from one bank to the other using the force of the flowing water. The ferry at Pettstadt across the Regnitz can be traced back to at least the 15th century. In historical times it was a narrow, wooden ferry boat, but today it is made of metal. It ferries pedestrians, bicycles, pushchairs and even tractors across the river. The ferryman is called with a bell. The short crossing offers a unique view of the Regnitz landscape.

An der Regnitz

Phone: 09502 49060
01.03. - 31.10.
Monday: 09:00am - 07:00pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 07:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 07:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 07:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 07:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 07:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 07:00pm
Regnitz Radweg - Fähre, Foto: A. Hub, FrankenTourismus
Fähre Pettstadt, Foto: Markus Hammrich
Fähre Pettstadt, Picknick, Foto: A. Hub, FrankenTourismus

Tour ends on Bahnhof Bamberg


After crossing the river, the e-bike tour now leads through the valley landscape of the Regnitz into the World Heritage Site of Bamberg, which impresses from afar with its magnificent cityscape.

Through the Bug district and across the lock of the Main-Danube Canal, you reach the Hain in Bamberg, an extensive landscape park, and finally arrive at the tourist information centre in the heart of the old town next to Geyerswörth Castle.

From here, you can easily explore the World Heritage-listed city ensemble and its splendour on foot.

The cathedral, the Alte Hofhaltung, the Böttingerhaus, the town hall surrounded by the Regnitz river and the row of houses known as "Little Venice" are particularly spectacular attractions. Over 1,000 houses are listed buildings here.

Bamberg's oldest inn, "Zum Sternla" (since 1380), can be found in Bamberg's island town, Lange Straße 46. Well fortified, it is only a few minutes by bike from here to Bamberg railway station.

Tour map


Bahnhof Bamberg

Ludwigstr. 6

96052 Bamberg

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