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Along the way from the Rhine to the Black Sea, first stage!  

Main River | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 384 km
Number of locks: 34
Lock dimensions: 172.00 x 11.40
Max. depth: 2.50
Max. headroom: 4.40
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Main-Donau-Kanal | Germany
Rhine River | Germany

River Main
is the result of the confluence of White Main and Red Main. Only a few hundred meters decided about this. Had the White Main its source a little more south, it would flow into the Danube. But, since this is not the case, it goes westwards and joins the Red Main south westerly of Kulmbach, at Schloss Steinhausen. It has an entire length of 529 km, 387 of them are navigable (from Bamberg to Mainz, where it meets the Rhine).

The Main for leisure skippers:
The great increase of commercial traffic since the opening of Main-Donau-Kanal hasn’t a big influence on leisure boating. The river is still very popular to it, and not only as a transit to the Danube. The very good infrastructure all along is surely an important reason for that.

Places along the Main between Mainz and  Bamberg
Frankfurt / Seligenstadt / Karlstein am Main / Mainaschaff / Grosswallstadt / Offenburg / Erlenbach am Main / Miltenberg / Wertheim / Lohr am Main / Karlstadt / Würzburg /
Ochsenfurt / Kitzingen / Volkach / Schweinfurt / Hassfurt 

having left behind the Rhine and the city of Mainz one finds oneself unexpectedly within wine yards. Only short afterwards, however, they are displaced by huge industrial complexes. Frankfurt is greeting. City lovers get ready for shore. Those preferring the country side, continue. 60 km later we leave Hessen and breathe pure Bavarian country air. The first town, Aschaffenburg, shows that things get cozier. We are in Unterfranken, the holiday region of Spessart-Main and therewith surrounded by wine yards again. Navigating the valley of the Main, flanked by these wine yards is a pure pleasure. Besides the many inviting Gasthäuser, the museum of local history and wine of Klingenberg, at km 113, are surely worth a visit.