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River Map Summary
Most significant tributary of the Rhine, cruiseable up to Bamberg.

The original name of the Main is from the celtic "Moin" or "Mogin", before it was latinised to "Moenus" or "Menus". A short stretch of the Main river in the vicinity of Mainz / Bingen formed the roman boarder between civilisation and Germania Magna.

The source of the Main is in the bavarian district of Franconia, at the confluence of the Red and the White Main. From Bamberg on the Main River flows through the German Highlands via Würzburg through the Spessart mountains. At Aschaffenburg the Lower Main Lowlands begin. Now the stream runs through more industrial cities in southern Hessen, before it discharges intoe the Rhine River at Wiesbaden.

Total of 34 locks. All of them have to be passed if you cruise from the Rhine to Bamberg (in order to enter the Main Danube Canal - going to Nuremberg or further down to Regensburg).

Cruise it
There is no cruise that only includes the Main River. Usually you'll cruise the Main in two days up to Bamberg before you enter the Main Danube Canal. Most cruises emphasize the upper part of the river, Bamberg, Würzburg and the little medieval villages in the Spessart, like Wertheim. Some christmas cruises just last for 4-7 days and cruise Nuremberg to Frankfurt.
Additional Facts
Altitude Profile
Geographical Facts
Length 527 km / 328 mil
Length Airline 223 km / 139 mil
GPS Source 50° 5'12.33"N, 11°23'49.94"E
Source Elevation 93 m / 306 feet
Mouth Elevation 300 m / 984 feet
GPS Mouth 49°59'39.38"N, 8°17'36.11"E
Basin Area 27 292 km² / 10 535 mil²
Average Discarge 200 m³/s / 7 063 ft³/s
Waters IntoMain - Rhine - North Sea
Runs through countries
Cruise Line Cruise Name Days Total
A-RosaChristmas & New Year Celebrations15
Exploring German Christmas Markets9
Ama WaterwaysEuropes Rivers & Castles14
Magnificent Europe16
Magnificent Europe (Christmas Cruise)16
North Sea to the Black Sea27
Treasures of the Main & Rhine11
Ultimate River Cruise21
Avalon WaterwaysCentral European Experience 201412
Central European Experience 201512
Christmas in the Heart of Germany 20148
Christmas in the Heart of Germany 20158
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany5
Christmastime in Germany12
Christmastime in Germany & Austria12
European Splendor13
Grand Christmastime Cruise16
Highlights of Germany13
Jewels of Central Europe: Budapest to Paris19
Jewels of Central Europe: Budapest to Paris 201519
Jewels of Central Europe: Paris to Budapest17
Jewels of Central Europe: Paris to Budapest 201517
Magnificent Europe15
North Sea - Black Sea Cruise24
The Upper Rhine to the City of Music12
Emerald WaterwaysChristmas Markets for Europe15
Splendours of Europe15
Grand Circle TravelGrand European Cruise28
The Great Rivers of Europe16
Lueftner CruisesAcross Europe15
Magic of Advent on the Rhine5
Three River Cruise8
Scenic ToursGrand Europe24
Jewels of Europe15
TauckAmsterdam to Budapest15
Grand European Cruise24
Uniworld Boutique River CruisesClassic Christmas Markets8
Classic Christmas Markets Family Program8
European Jewels15
European Serenade14
Grand European Discovery15
Grand European Highlights22
Grand European River Voyage27
Paris & the Heart of Europe18
Rhine Discovery & Prague10
Vantage Deluxe World TravelChristmas on the Rhine & Main Rivers13
Grand European River Cruise: Rhine Valley to the Black Sea26
Holiday Markets Along the Rhine & Main Rivers10
Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales15
Treasures of the Rhine & Main Rivers15
Viking River CruisesCities of Light12
European Sojourn23
Grand European Tour15
Grand Rivers of Europe22
Heart of Germany7
River of History8
Vineyards & Vistas8

Upstream KMStation NameYesterday Average
448.40 Schwürbitz NA
399.70 Kemmern NA
378.44 Trunstadt NA
330.78 Schweinfurt Neuer Hafen NA
311.22 Astheim NA
251.97 Würzburg NA
200.52 Steinbach NA
156.96 Wertheim NA
146.63 Faulbach NA
121.74 Kleinheubach NA
82.38 Obernau NA
76.43 Mainflingen NA
63.23 Krotzenburg NA
59.56 Auheim Brücke DFH NA
56.40 Hanau Brücke DFH NA
34.59 Frankfurt Osthafen NA
12.21 Raunheim NA