2023
Bike tour along the Rhine from Cologne to Arnhem

Bike tour along the Rhine from Cologne to Arnhem

Along the Lower Rhine from Germany to the Netherlands

   Cologne – Duisburg – Xanten – Arnhem

  • Longest bar in the world, Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park, Xanten Roman Museum, Arnhem steeped in history
  • Rhine Cycle Route Part 5
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profil ●○○○○

days
7

km / day avg.
50

On our bike tour along the Rhine, you start in the cathedral city of Cologne, experience the world's longest bar in lively Düsseldorf, follow in Barbarossa's footsteps in Kaiserswerth, marvel at Duisburg's industrial architecture and cycle over Germany's longest suspension bridge near Emmerich. And in between? You cycle almost ascent-free along beautiful Rhine meadows, past old Roman settlements and technical monuments. Without hectic, at your own pace.

Itinerary

  • Booking Code
    SW-RHKA6
  • Start / Destination
    Cologne / Arnhem
  • Duration
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 245 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 55 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
Map of Bike tour along the Rhine from Cologne to Arnhem

Day 1: Individual arrival in Cologne

Welcome to Cologne! The old cathedral city is an ideal starting point for a bike tour along the Lower Rhine. After checking into your hotel, grab your bike and explore Cologne's Old Town, the Roman-Germanic Museum or nibble your way through the Chocolate Museum. Treat yourself to a Kölsch on the banks of the Rhine in the old town before setting off on your first stage tomorrow.

Day 2: Cologne – Düsseldorf / Neuss, approx. 55 km

Leaving the Cologne skyline behind you, you cycle today to Düsseldorf or Neuss, depending on where you stay overnight. Passing the small fortified town of Zons with its picturesque townscape, you reach Neuss, known for its Roman past. The Quirinus Minster and the Clemens-Sels Museum are worth seeing. The longest bar in the world awaits you on the opposite side of the Rhine, in Düsseldorf. More than 250 pubs, bars and restaurants lie close together here in the old town. If this is too hectic for you, stroll along Königsallee, also known as , or make yourself comfortable in the Rheinpark Bilk.

Day 3: Düsseldorf / Neuss – Duisburg, approx. 50 km

Before you reach the Ruhr area, today's cycling stage takes you first to Kaiserswerth. Here, the legendary Emperor Frederick Barbarossa had an existing castle expanded into a mighty fortress. Before the green meadows of the Rhine give way to the industrial architecture of the Ruhr area, visit the Burg Linn Museum Centre, including the moated castle and hunting lodge. Having arrived in the Ruhr area, you will soon reach your destination for the day, Duisburg. See Duisburg through different eyes: on a boat tour through the world's largest inland port. With its striking architecture, Duisburg's inner harbour is worth an evening stroll.

Day 4: Duisburg – Wesel, approx. 50 km

Today's cycling stage begins with a short S-Bahn ride. A guided tour through the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park is on the programme. On the almost 200-hectare site you will learn about the history of this former iron and steel works. The former Hanseatic city of Wesel is your destination for the day. The tower of the Willibrordi Cathedral, visible from afar, and the Prussian Museum, which depicts 350 years of Rhineland-Prussian history, are notable sights of Wesel.

Day 5: Wesel – Emmerich, approx. 50 km

Not far from Wesel, the Roman, cathedral and Siegfried town of Xanten awaits you on today's stage of your bike tour along the Rhine. Germany's largest archaeological open-air museum invites you to visit. Located on the site of the former Colonia Ulpia Traiana, it is not only friends of Roman culture who will be amazed. Once you have crossed the Rhine over Germany's longest suspension bridge, you will reach Emmerich.

Day 6: Emmerich – Arnheim, approx. 40 km

Today you will welcome the Netherlands. Not far from the German-Dutch border, the Rhine divides into the Waal and the Nederrijn. You follow the Nederrijn, past locks and bridges, to Arnhem, the capital of the Dutch province of Gelderland. At the end of your bike tour along the Rhine, this lively city invites you to visit the Hartenstein Airborne Museum, which deals with the battle for Arnhem in the Second World War. In addition to the city's diverse cultural offerings, numerous parks invite you to take a stroll.

Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast, your bike tour along the Rhine from Cologne to Arnhem ends. We are happy to extend your stay in Arnhem.

Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2023

Arrival on Sundays from 09.04.2023 to 15.10.2023Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
09.04. - 23.04.
25.09. - 15.10.
from719 €
Season B
24.04. - 07.05.
17.09. - 24.09.
from769 €
Season C
08.05. - 16.09.

from819 €

All prices per person in a double room.

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Services

  • 6 nights incl. breakfast, national 3*-level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Arnhem, max. 2 pieces / person, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Guided Tour in the Duisburg North Landscape Park (from May to September)
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • Service-Hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
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Not inlcuded:

  • City or visitor's tax (if payable)
  • Ferry trips on the Rhine
  • S-Bahn ride in Duisburg

Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

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Child reduction on basic price

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From 0 to 2 years

-100%

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From 3 to 5 years

-50%

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From 6 to 13 years

-25%

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From 14 to 17 years

-10%

Applies for accommodation in rooms with 2 full-paying guests.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

229 €

Return transfer incl. bike, Arnheim - Cologne

149 €

Return transfer excl. bike, Arnheim - Cologne

119 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

Room
Breakfast
Price
Arnheim
 DBL

89 €

 SGL

129 €

Cologne
 DBL

79 €

 SGL

109 €

All prices are per person

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
99 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
239 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear ladies' / men's bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes
  • 27-gear ladies' / men's bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
  • Electric bike
Fittings

Pannier,  bike lock, pump, repair kit

on request: odometer, map holder (to be specified when booking)

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Rental Bikes

7- or 21-gear Rental Bike

99 €

E-bike

239 €

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    SW-RHKA6
  • Start / Destination
    Cologne / Arnhem
  • Duration
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 245 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 55 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Returning to Cologne
    Optional: transfer by bus (only on Saturdays), duration approx. 2,5 hours, departure: 8 a.m. Please include this option in your booking. If you do not want to continue your journey directly after the transfer, you can book additional nights in Cologne. Or on your own by train, connections approx. 2 x per hour, 1 – 3 x changes, duration approx. 2.5 – 3 hours.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.
Bike tour along the Rhine from Cologne to Arnhem

days
7

km / day avg.
50