Along its 820 miles, the EV15 crosses four countries – Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands,from its source at Andermatt in the Swiss Alps, to its mouth near the great port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In its upper section, the cycling route criss-crosses the valleys of the Swiss Alps, runs along Lake Constance and takes visitors to from the Rhine falls downstream of Schaffhouse to the triple frontier region of Basel. The EV15 then crosses Alsace, between Germany near Karlsruhe, rubbing shoulders with the winegrowing countryside, running alongside the legendary rock of Lorelei, to reach the delta region in the Netherlands, before opening out into the North Sea at the Hook of Holland.
The Rhine has always fascinated poets, singers, painters and photographers – its landscapes kindling desire and longing. The Rhine’s romanticism, with its castles, its fables and its legends, are not the sole source of its charm. The river and its banks also play host to a number of exceptional nature reserves. Finally, it is an economic artery on continental scale, and a hugely significant means of river transport. Cycling adventures.
Thanks to its fully cycle-friendly route, the EV15 is suitable for cyclists of all capabilities. Most of the route can be taken on either side of the Rhine. The EV15 is made up of specially developed cycle paths that are a joy to take and easy to navigate, thanks to its unique international signage bearing the “Rhine Cycle Route” logo. Its flat route presents cyclists with unforgettable views over the Rhine and its landscape. Whether you are cycling with a family or you are an ambitious sportsperson, you will constantly experience new sensations and fresh adventures across the entire length of the largest navigable channel in Europe.
Take a break at any of the many restaurants lining the route, with their regional culinary specialities – make the most of the Rhine region’s hospitality. With a rail service stopping at all the towns along the Rhine, organising a cycling trip will be a remarkably easy task. Combined with a range of public transport options and interchanges, this leisurely way of getting around provides a means to experience truly sustainable tourism.
FROM THE SOURCE OF THE RIVER RHINE TO LAKE CONSTANCE
The River Rhine has its source at an altitude of 2345 metres, in a small shimmering lake surrounded by high peaks. From Lake Toma, the small torrent cascades down the hills, joins other streams and becomes increasingly larger as it continues its journey over 1233 kilometres through Switzerland, Germany, France, to its mouth in the Netherlands
FROM LAKE CONSTANCE TO BASEL, VIA THE RHINE FALLS
Eurovélo 15 leaves its mountainous section and comes into a flatter, more populous area, but just as attractive. The river has deepened its bed between the Black Forest and the Jura, sometimes wide and slow, other times narrow and rapid, thereby creating varied landscapes sculpted over the passage of time
FROM BASEL TO KARLSRUHE, THROUGH ALSACE AND THE GERMAN VINEYARDS
From the Swiss border onwards, the Rhine forms a natural border between France and Germany, Alsace and Baden-Wurttemberg, the Vosges and the Black Forest. The Rhine cycle route follows the two banks over almost 200 kilometres, alongside nature reserves and hydroelectric works, passing through the picturesque Alsace villages, visiting Strasbourg, the capital of Europe, before entering Karlsruhe
FROM KARLSRUHE TO BINGEN, THROUGH THE VINEYARDS
The Rhine cycle trail leads cyclists through some of the most beautiful natural and cultural landscapes in Europe: the Upper Rhine Plain, surrounded to the east by the Black Forest, the Kraichgau region and the Odenwald, and the the west by the Vosges, the Palatinate Forest and the Highlands of the Rhine and the Hesse
FROM BINGEN TO COLOGNE, THROUGH THE LEGENDARY LANDSCAPES OF THE ROMANTIC RHINE
From Bingen, Eurovélo 15 extends to the north west, towards the Lorelei Valley. UNESCO listed the Upper Middle Rhine Valley – one of the oldest and most impressive natural landscapes in Germany – as a World Heritage Site
FROM ARNHEM TO THE NORTH SEA, ON THE RHINE DELTA
In the Netherlands, the Rhine splits and joins up with other rivers. Because of the many names of the rivers it takes, with waterways, rivers and canals, the Dutch section of the international Rhine Cycle Route is called the Rhine Delta Cycle Path
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