The Main River

Sail the Main River and Canal through the heart of Germany

About The Main River

The name is pronounced like “mine” in English.
At 326 miles long, Germany’s Main river is the longest right tributary of the Rhine. Beginning near Kulmback in Franconia at the joining of its two headstreams, the Red Main and the White Main, its mainspring flows through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Burttemberg, and Hesse.
Running through cities such as Frankfurt, Offenbach, Wertheim, and Wurzburg, the river offers stunning scenery as well as a wealth of historical and cultural attractions. From modern Mainz to Bavarian towns where wine and traditional crafts continue to be manufactured as they have been for centuries, the river is lined with lovely forests, small towns, spectacular palaces, and the romantic ruins of hilltop castles and churches.
River cruisers are the ideal way to explore this charming corner of Germany. Spending more time in the cities, towns, and ports along the way, you’ll enjoy plenty of guided tours highlighting the culture, art, and history of each destination, along with ample opportunities to soak up the atmosphere at your own pace. Almost always combined with the Danube or Rhine Rivers, or sometimes both, The Main carries you to the quintessential Germany.

Main River Stats

Length: 326 miles
Depth: Average of 8 feet
Source: Upper Franconia, Germany
Mouth: Rhine River near Mainz, Germany
Locks: 34
Countries: Germany

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