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Tourist-Information Spessart-Main-Odenwald
Bayernstrasse 18
D-63739 Aschaffenburg
Telefon +49 (0)6021 394271


Deutscher Wanderverband
Wilhelmshöher Allee 157-159
D-34121 Kassel

Tel.: +49 (0)561-93873-0

Spessartwege 1 & 2

Length, Start/End
58km, Aschaffenburg - Gemünden am Main
Highest elevation: 521m

Altitude profile
Spessartwege 1 & 2


1. Fasanerie Aschaffenburg - Ortsmitte Haibach 6 km
2. Ortsmitte Haibach - Rothenbuch 19 km
3. Rothenbuch - Lohr-Mariabuchen 19 km
4. Lohr-Mariabuchen - Gemünden Marktplatz 15 km

The Spessart hills are great for mountainbiking. An extensive network of woodland trails criss-cross the shady forests. There are beckoning taverns to stop off at along the way and plenty of challenges presented by the hilly terrain. Every year, mountainbikers flock to Framersbach for the International Spessart Mountain Bike Marathon, part of the German Bike Masters.

Princes, waggoners and pilgrims on the River Main hills

One great trail, two fantastic routes
The 58km Spessartweg 1 tells of princes, waggoners and pilgrims as it crosses the Spessart hills from Aschaffenburg in the west to Gemünden am Main in the east. The Spessartweg 2 runs for 53km from Heigenbrücken in the north over hills and valleys to the River Main. Exceptional scenery and the need for a high level of fitness are what sets it apart from the rest.

Spessartweg 1
Version one of the Spessart Hills Trail sets off from Fasanerie landscaped park on the outskirts of Aschaffenburg, on course for the rock formation on the Teufelskanzel (devil's pulpit) and Kippenburg castle ruins on Godelsberg hill. Onwards through the Haibach Switzerland region, you arrive at myth-enshrouded Ketzelburg Castle.
Schmerlenbach Convent is a popular place of pilgrimage that you pass en route to Waldaschaff, where the two Spessart Hills routes cross.
Through gentle meadows and broadleaf forest, you reach the heart of the Upper Spessart region in Rothenbuch. From the roof of the Spessart, the trail heads down through the Klapper gully paths into the River Main valley to Lohr with its attractive Franconian old town.
From the former fishermen's quarter in Lohr, you cross the River Main to Romberg hill on the other side of the river, before stumbling across the secluded Mariabuchen pilgrimage church. Perched high above Gemünden overlooking the River Main are the ruins of Schönrain Priory.

Spessartweg 2
Trains have puffed and panted their way up the steep "Spessart hills ramp" between Heigenbrücken and Laufach for more than 150 years, much like the walkers on the trail. The route runs through the Seebachtal valley with its picturesque riverside woodland to the Kreuzgrund farmstead where it meets Spessartweg 1. Both then follow the same path to Waldaschaff.
Spessartweg 2 continues through Bessenbach-Keilberg to Hessenthal, famous for its pilgrimage church and close to Mespelbrunn moated castle. Views of the River Main valley and the Upper Spessart reward you on the section between Hessenthal and Volkersbrunn, as the path rolls on through an avenue of 51 larches to Heimbuchenthal with its iron hammer forge.
Then comes Oberwintersbach, the highest town in the Spessart hills at an altitude of 521 metres. Climbing the Ludwig Keller Tower on the summit further improves the already stunning views. With the exception of a tricky climb in-between, the final leg is downhill all the way to the River Main.

Quality-certified trail

Travel Information

To Aschaffenburg:
Public transport: Aschaffenburg is on the Frankfurt-Würzburg line
Car: A3, "Aschaffenburg-Ost" exit, continue on the B26 and AB22 to Bismarckallee 1
To Heigenbrücken: from Aschaffenburg via the B26.

Public transport: Regional train services through the River Main valley from Aschaffenburg to Würzburg.
Car: From Gemünden am Main on the B26/B27 to Aschaffenburg or Würzburg, from Stadtprozelten to the A3.


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