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Watch your step! This is not a round trip.

If you want to return to the starting point by bike, you have to plan an additional 33 kilometres on the Main cycle path.

The tour starts on the Main cycle path and leads from Mariabuchen on about 30 kilometres from north to south over the height of the Fränkische Platte.

From here you can enjoy wonderful panoramic views - from the north to the heights of the Rhön, from the west over the wooded heights of the Spessart.

The climb behind the Mariabuchen place of pilgrimage is short and steep.

The route leads along firm gravel forest paths to Waldzell, along paved agricultural paths via Urspringen to Birkenfeld.

There the route climbs again briefly before descending to Istelgrund and leading on gravel to Marktheidenfeld, where a visit is worthwhile: Gemünden a.Main: "Franconian three-river city" at the mouth of Sinn and Saale into the Main, Gemünden is surrounded by the Franconian wine country in the east, the Spessart in the west and the Rhön in the north, cyclist junction, cycle paths on the Main, Franconian Saale, Sinn and Wern meet here, castle ruins Scherenburg, typical Franconian castle complex on the spur of the Eichberg from the 13th century, The Scherenburgfestspiele (open-air theatre) take place in the inner courtyard every year from mid-July to mid-August; the Baroque Hutten Castle on the Saalebrücke bridge, built by Amtmann Stern in 1711, later became the property of the Counts of Hutten; today, the Hutten Castle houses a film photo sound museum, the Ronkarzgarten, a historical building monument created between 1830 and 1845, which is a "remarkable and rare testimony to bourgeois horticultural art" - Mariabuchen: idyllic and best known place of pilgrimage in the Spessart - situated in the Buchenbach valley - the first chapel was built as early as 1434, today's pilgrimage church was not built until 1692 - 1701, the picture of Our Lady of Sorrows with the dead Saviour on her lap from the 13th century.

century, numerous votive pictures reflect the deep faith of the populationUrspringen: first mentioned in a document in 1015, synagogue of origin in Judengasse, until its desecration in 1938 an orthodox country synagogue, on 24.

April 1991 after extensive renovation work reopened, today memorial and permanent exhibition "Genisa - Jewish Life in the Countryside", due to the good state of preservation and its central location, the synagogue has taken over the task of commemorating the Jewish communities and the deported and killed citizens of the administrative district Main-Spessart Birkenfeld: in 788 a Pirchanafelt, to which the place name Birkenfeld probably goes back, Kath.

Parish church St.

Valentin, tower substructure 12th/13th century, Upper floors 1611, choir 1841, Historischer Kreuzweg with KreuzbergkapelleMarktheidenfeld: Franck House, built 1745 by Franz Valentin Franck, wine merchant Johann Georg Andreas Schulz (1735 - 1809) is said to have invented the production of sparkling wine in Germany here, 1987 sold to the city; completion of the renovation work in 1998, today cultural centre of the city with art exhibitions and events such as concerts and readings, ceremonial hall for weddings and receptions of the city, Kath.

Parish church of St.

Laurentius, built in the 16th century by Prince Bishop Julius Echter of Mespelbrunn as a visible sign of the Catholic reform of the time, four sections in Romanesque/Gothic/baroque and neo-Baroque style, old half-timbered buildings can be admired throughout the city