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! more
Easy rides for
- Cultural heritage
- The Rhine
- Natural heritage
- Culinary delights along the Rhine
- Art along the Rhine
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Town of Dordrecht
The oldest town in Holland, Dordrecht enjoyed an important role in trade until the night of 18-19 November 1421 - St. Elizabeth's Night - when a violent storm blew in from the North Sea, destroying the coastal sea walls. A huge flood then overcame Dordrecht, drowning up to 100,000 people. The land submerged by that event is still mostly underwater. For Dordrecht, this climate disaster meant the end of its commercial hegemony over the country. New sailing routes opened by the flood were taken. The town of Dordrecht still recalls this episode in its history, with the Flood of St. Elizabeth depicted in the cathedral's windows!
Constance (Konstanz - Germany). At the far southern end of Baden-Württemberg, Constance is a town whose historic centre is located on the south bank of the lake of the same name. With a population of around 80,000 inhabitants, Constance is famed for its idyllic setting, its pedestrian streets and its council, which met in the town in 1414 to bring an end to the Great Western Schism. Three popes headed the Catholic Church at the time, and order had to be restored. Martin V was ultimately elected Pope by the Council.
Troisdorf Fishing Museum.
Since the Middle Ages, the ancestors of modern-day fishermen fished with nets, baskets and lines. Since 1987, the extraordinary history of the fishermen's work has been presented at a new Fishing Museum in Troisdorf.
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.
Rheinau on the Rhine
Considered as one of the major sacred buildings in Switzerland, the monastery island of Rheinau, placed in a bend in the river downstream from Schaffhausen, houses a magnificent Benedictine abbey. The monastery in late gothic-baroque style, formerly the collegiate church of St Mary, is a wonderful illustration of high Baroque style in Switzerland.
“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”.
Occupying a strategic position at the confluence of the Meuse and the Waal, the medieval castle of Loevestein was built in 1368, near the town of Gorinchem, in order to receive taxes from river-going vessels. It was also used as a State prison, and has now been converted into a medieval museum.
Cologne as a "City of Museums" is among the most important and lively cultural centres in Germany. 36 museums are with their superb collections and fascinating exhibitions a magnet for art and culture lovers from all around the world. They offer a rich variety of exhibits from Antiquity to the present day and inform visitors about things as diverse as chocolate, modern art and the city's history.
The Sargans castle is visible from far and wide, and stands where the Rhine valley and the See valley meet, at the foot of the Gonzen mountain which peaks at an altitude of 1 380 metres. Built at the top of a hill, it provides a panoramic view overlooking the Sargans countryside. The Castle, rich in orientation and interest, also houses the Sargans regional historical museum: throughout the six levels of the tower, the history, trade and Gonzen mines, the methods of agricultural work and the Alpine industry of the Sargans region are revealed.
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 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