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
- Art along the Rhine
- Natural heritage
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Culinary delights along the Rhine
The Deutsches Eck of Koblenz.
A promontory overlooking the Moselle and the Rhine, in the city of Koblenz, the Deutsches Eck takes its name from the settlement of the Teutonic Knights at this point of confluence in 1216. A monument erected to the memory of Emperor Wilhelm I, paying homage to his work towards the unification of Germany, was unveiled in 1897, destroyed in 1945, replaced by a memorial to German Unity in 1953, and finally reconstructed in 1993. Standing 37 metres tall, this monument attracts over 2 million visitors each year, and became a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley in 2002.
Kleve: Schwanenburg Castle
Sitting on a hilltop, Schwanenburg Castle dominates the silhouette of the town of Kleve. The view from the top of the Swan Tower looks out over the Netherlands which is a short distance to the west. Originally built in the 11th century, the castle currently houses a geological museum.
Ruinaulta, the Swiss Grand Canyon
The gorges of the Anterior Rhine between Ilanz and Reichenau, also known as Ruinaulta – “high heap of rubble” in Romansh – provide one of the most magnificent and varied landscapes of the Alps. Formed 10 000 years ago further to the landslide of millions of square metres of rocks, these white-faced and steep wild gorges can be reached on foot or by bicycle.
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
Village/Monastery of Disentis
Founded by the monk Sigisbert in 720, the monastery village of Disentis has extended its name to the whole region of the Surselva. Around the monastery, 14 churches and chapels in various architectural styles illustrate the importance of religion in this region. The Glacier-Express train from St. Moritz to Zermatt stops at the station in Disentis.
Administrative, religious and historical capital of the Grisons district, Chur is considered as Switzerland's oldest town. Built from the 5th century under the name of “Curia Rhaetorum”, this medieval town, of which a large part of the town-centre has been pedestrianised, is an essential stopping-place for visitors travelling along the Rhine. The narrow streets, flowery fountains, lively little squares and the multitude of restaurants and shops encourage visitors to take a stroll. The town is also the departure point for the Rhaetian railway and its lines certified as World Heritage by UNESCO and its famous lines of the Bernina and Glacier Express.
Mouse Tower, Bingen
Situated on an island in the Rhine, the Neo-Gothic Maüseturm Tower (literally translated as the "Mouse Tower") was built in the 13th century as a lookout for Ehrenfels Castle. Legend has it that the Archbishop of Mainz refused to help poor beggars during times of famine, even though he had plenty of grain reserves. He imprisoned the poor in a barn before setting it on fire and exclaiming: "Do you hear the noise of the mice squeaking? " But at the same time, thousands of rats ran out of the barn on fire and pursued the archbishop to the island opposite Bingen. The archbishop was eaten alive. Built on the same island, the Tower takes its name of "Mouse Tower" from this legend.
The Church of Saint Catherine of Oppenheim
Believed to be the most beautiful Gothic church between Strasbourg and Cologne, the Church of Saint Catherine of Oppenheim is of particular interest due its its location overlooking the old imperial city.
On the North bank of the River Rhine, near the German border, Eglisau is nestled in steep vineyards that go right down to the river. The town is known for its medieval centre and its gothic houses, most of which date back to the 17th century, and its famous wine cellars. A local museum, set up in the Baroque “Weierbachhus” building, dating back to 1670, displays information on the history of shipping, salmon fishing, salt trade and local industry. Orangina, now known throughout the world, was launched in 1935 from the former Eglisau mineral springs.
Airborne Museum, Oosterbeek
Arnhem Airborne Museum retraces the "Garden Market" military operation, launched by the allied forces during the Second World War. On 17 September 1944, thousands of British parachutists were released above the town of Ede. Their aim was to secure the bridges spanning the Dutch rivers in order to cross the German defensive lines and reach the economic heart of the Third Reich - the Ruhr. But the operation ended in failure. The allied forces never reached Arnhem bridge.
- Latest news
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