EuroVelo 15: From the source of the Rhine to its mouth in the North Sea
Suitable for cyclists of all fitness levels and abilities, the Rhine Cycle Route runs along one of the longest rivers in Europe. From the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, the Rhine has fostered a cultural and economic dialogue between the Alpine arc and Northern Europe for over 2000 years. Explore the beauty of this river landscape and the picturesque towns and villages lining its banks, a number of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Go for a stroll or a bike ride along the cycling route following the course of the Rhine. Welcome to the Eurovelo 15 website - the Rhine Cycle Route
Easy rides for
- Cultural heritage
- The Rhine
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Art along the Rhine
- Culinary delights along the Rhine
- Natural heritage
Königsallee in Düsseldorf.
Nicknamed the "Kö" by its fans, the Königsallee is considered to be the most beautiful avenue in Düsseldorf. Stretching from one end to the other, the biggest international brands all converge on this street.
Founded on 17th June 1715 by the Margrave Charles-William of Baden-Durlach, in a forest where he rested after a hunting session, the Baroque castle of Karlsruhe was the very first building in the town. Karlsruhe, whose literal meaning is “Charles' rest-place”, has an urban architecture built in a star shape around the castle, from which 32 streets are spread out like a fan. In addition to the Landesmuseum, a universal museum set up in the castle, covering history, art and civilisation in one large cultural historical exhibition, Karlsruhe is also known for one of its inhabitants, Karl Drais, inventor in 1817 of the Velocipede, also known as the Draisine, the bicycle's forerunner.
Internally renowned, especially for its temporary exhibitions such as "The Hohenstaufen Dynasty and Italy", "Alexander the Great and the opening of the world", "Pompei", "Mummies - the dream of eternal life" and "Skull Cult", as presented in association with other museums in Europe and other continents, the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen (REM) hosts four exhibition houses to form a new museum quarter in the heart of Mannheim.
Würth Museum - Erstein
Built in Erstein by the company Würth, the museum houses some of the 10,000 works from the personal collection of Reinhold Würth. In a fantastic space covering 800 m², you can admire masterpieces of German expressionism and surrealism, significant sets of geometric abstraction and neo-figurative paintings of the 1980s. Famous artists include: Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst. Exhibitions are regularly accompanied by guided tours, lectures, concerts and meetings with the artists.
The Heisterbach Monastery
Now lying in ruins, the Heisterbach Monastery was formerly part of a Cistercian Abbey built in 1189 along the chain of Seven Mountains, near Bonn. After the monastery was abandoned in 1803 following the victory of Napoleon, the church was left empty and sold off for construction materials. There now only remain the imposing remnants of the choir of the old church.
Radolfzell am Bodensee
From a little fishing and wine village, Radolfzell grew over the centuries to become the center of the Untersee region. The resort town, known supra-regionally for the Mettnau-cure, has a lot to offer to the visitors. No wonder, the city looks back at 1.200 years of history. Radolfzell as a place of pilgrimage can be discovered at the end of July, during the ‘Hausherrenfest’, where the city saints, the so called ‘Hausherren’, are being carried around the historic cathedral. Closely related to it as well is the famous Mooser water procession. © Tourismus- und Stadtmarketing Radolfzell, photographer Achim Mende
Xanten Archaeological Park.
Created by the Romans in the 1st century AD, the Colonia Ulpia Traiana was situated on the banks of the Rhine and was geared towards trade. Since 1975, the largest open-air archaeological park in Germany, at Xanten, has been dedicated to revisiting the past by reconstructing certain buildings, such as the amphitheatre, the temple located near the port, a number of colonnades - giving an impression of daily life 2000 years ago. A great many cultural and historical events are also organised at this ancient Roman site.
Haus Bürgel in Monheim am Rhein: Romans, Nature and Horses
Haus Bürgel, located near the city of Düsseldorf, is a former Roman fort converted into a Roman museum. 2000 years of history and an exceptional location in the nature reserve Urdenbacher. The Biological Station offers an extensive programme of excursions and events allowing children and adults to experience nature. Nowadays, Haus Bürgel is as well characterized by a horse ranch and Reuter’s cart horse breeding.
“Favorite” Castle in Rastatt.
The baroque city and royal residence of Rastatt is situated between Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. Modelled on the French Palace of Versailles, the residential palace was built by Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm and Margravine Sibylla Augusta of Baden-Baden. Schloss Favorite [Favorite Palace] in Rastatt-Förch is Germany’s oldest “porcelain palace”.
Nibelungen Museum in Worms
Opened in Autumn 2001, the Nibelungen Museum is located in Worms, a small town on the Rhine, in Germany. Focussing solely on the legend of the Nibelungen, the Nibelungmuseum of Worms is a wholly virtual museum, with no collections and only using virtual objects for its presentations. According to the song of the Nibelungen, a vast treasure lies under the town of Worms: a Golden Ring - the inexhaustible source of precious metal, love and joy for whoever holds it. This 12th century German legend was immortalised by Richard Wagner in his dramatic tetralogy: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and the Götterdämmerung, also known as the Ring Cycle.
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2017 will be influenced by the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. When Karl von Drais made the first ride on his invention called “Laufmaschine” (literally “running machine”) on June 12, 1817 through Mannheim, a town along the Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15, he laid the ground stone for a new era of mobility. In the meantime, the “Laufmaschine” has developed into a modern bicycle and has become a vital everyday mode of transportation for many people around the world. To celebrate this anniversary, many events will take place along the Rhine Cycle Route in 2017, especially in Baden-Wuerttemberg, the birth place of the bicycle.Read more Dec 22, 2016
From new cycling world records through a truly epic ride in the snow of Scandinavia - the EuroVelo cycle route network has seen magnificent moments throughout 2016. We would like to share the best EuroVelo moments of the year with you!Read more Dec 16, 2016
Pete Martin, a fellow cyclist and author, has cycled most of the river routes throughout Germany and Austria. We would like to share with you an extract from his book "REVOLUTIONS: Wandering and wondering on a sabbatical year", in which he is writing about his cycling trip from the northern part of the Rhine between Neuwied (near Koblenz) to Widdig on his way to Rotterdam.Read more Dec 19, 2016
Sabina and Stephan were so enthusiastic about their first bike tour last year, from the Furttal in Switzerland, across the capital cities Vienna and Praque to Dresden further to Heidelberg that this summer they decided to take a bicycle trip along the EuroVelo 15. They always treasure their exciting experiences on their own website. We like to share the last section of their EuroVelo tour from the German-Dutch border leading to the Rhine estuary at Hoek van Holland.Read more Nov 07, 2016
Golden Autumn along the Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 - Festivals, markets and events celebrate the golden season -
The days are getting shorter, temperatures are slowly decreasing and the colours all around are changing from green to golden and red – autumn has its very particular charm. Especially fascinating is the landscape all along the Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 from its source in Switzerland to its delta in the Netherlands. A cycle trip alongside the river Rhine in autumn can be combined with numerous events.Read more Oct 18, 2016
The results of the EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route summer photo contest are in! And the winners are…Read more Aug 08, 2016
The River Rhine joins France and Germany over a distance of 180 kilometres. Following the course of the EuroVelo 15 on the French side from Basel, one passes through some wonderfully varied Alsatian countryside in the Haut Rhin and Bas Rhin departments.http://en.francevelotourisme.com/base-1/itineraires/l-eurovelo-15-en-alsace