Cycling holidays along the Rhine
The Rhine Cycle Route runs for about 1,200 kilometres along the Rhine from its source in the Swiss Alps to its mouth in the Dutch North Sea. It doesn't matter whether you are travelling as a family or already an experienced cyclist: there is something here for every level of ability. On one of our cycling holidays along the Rhine, discover the varied beauty of the river landscape, medieval towns nestling on the banks of the river, imposing castles perched on the steep vineyards and the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The romance of the Rhine is world-famous.
The quote from the French writer Victor Hugo sums it up perfectly: "The Rhine is fast like the Rhône, wide like the Loire, bedded in rocks like the Meuse, winding like the Seine, clear and green like the Somme, rich in history like the Tiber, regal like the Danube, mysterious like the Nile, shimmering with gold like a stream of America, accompanied by fables and fantomas like a river of Asia". Cycling holidays along the Rhine are more multi-faceted than almost any other.Show more Show less
The classic of all cycling tours along the Rhine is the cycle tour through the Middle Rhine Valley, as it offers a varied combination of the most beautiful places in Rhineland-Palatinate, imposing medieval castles and gentle vineyards. Between the cathedral cities of Mainz and Cologne, the river flows through an impressive cultural landscape. Time flies, there is so much to discover on both sides of the Rhine. The Loreley, the Nibelungen treasure, the castles of Katz and Maus or Germany's oldest city, Koblenz. Traditional wine taverns where you can taste regional wine and hearty winegrowers' fare cater for your physical well-being. This is what makes cycling tours on the Rhine fun!
Our Alpine Rhine cycle tour in Switzerland connects the beautiful Bündnerland with the no less pretty Lake Constance. You cycle through the Rhine delta, can marvel at the 400-metre-deep Ruinaulta Gorge, stop in traditional wine taverns and visit the baroque church in St. Gallen, whose abbey library is one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world. The Council City of Constance, the largest city on Lake Constance, rounds off this impressive cycle tour. From here, many day trips by bike are possible, for example to the flower island of Mainau or Meersburg with its medieval castle. Mind you, the oldest inhabited German castle.
Our cycle tour along the High Rhine takes you from Lake Constance via Basel to the southern Baden metropolis of Freiburg. The region was spared from wars and presents itself in its original splendour. An absolute highlight, besides the beautiful town of Stein am Rhein, is the gigantic Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen. In summer, about 600,000 litres of water per second tumble over the rocks at Europe's largest waterfall. You will cross the sun-drenched Markgräflerland, you can stroll through the medieval old town with its proud 180 fountains in Basel and stick your feet in one of the numerous Bächle in Freiburg to cool off. Don't forget Europe's longest wooden bridge, which spans the Rhine in Bad Säckingen. Our tip: Our cycle tour The Southern Black Forest Cycle Route lets you dive even deeper into the rich facets of this beautiful region.
The cbiketour along the Rhine from Strasbourg to Mainz takes you to the Upper Rhine and thus to Alsace, the Palatinate and Rhine Heissen. You will soon realise that cycling tours along the Rhine are synonymous with pure variety. The tour starts in Strasbourg, whose landmark, the famous Strasbourg Cathedral, celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2015. UNESCO declared the entire city centre a World Heritage Site due to its diverse architecture. Heading north, the Rhine now leads to the charming towns of Rastatt or Germersheim. The university town of Heidelberg on the Neckar is dominated by the red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle and is one of Germany's tourist magnets. Through the unique beauty of the Rhine meadows you cycle to Speyer, Worms and Mainz, whose imperial cathedrals will surely amaze you. Alsace is only a brief host on this cycling tour along the Rhine. If you would like to enjoy the charming flair of the region for longer, we recommend our cycling tour in Alsace. Here you cycle along the Alsace Wine Route between the Upper Rhine and the Vosges. It doesn't get much more romantic and culinary than this when you visit the small towns of Colmar, Riquewihr and Obernai.Show more Show less