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
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Culinary delights along the Rhine
- The Rhine
- Art along the Rhine
- Natural heritage
Bad Säckingen: The Old Wooden Bridge
In the spa town of Bad-Säckingen, in the Upper Rhine, is the longest covered wooden bridge in Europe. It crosses the river over to the Swiss town of Stein. Another point of interest is St. Fridolin Cathedral in the centre of town. It is a monumental religious building whose treasure room exhibits relics, religious objects and Christian art from the convent in Säckingen which closed in 1806.
Marksburg Castle - Braubach.
Surrounded by vineyards, the medieval city of Braubach is dominated by Marksburg Castle, built in the 13th century on the right bank of the Rhine. Perched at an elevation of over 160 metres, the castle towers over the winding alleyways of the Old Town. Marksburg is the only castle never to have been destroyed, and is one of the highlights of the Rhine Valley, listed by Unesco as a World Heritage 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.
Mirrored in the water lies the silhouette of the lively Swiss town of Steckborn, with its landmark Turmhof. Especially worth seeing are the protected historic timbered houses, that form the town center from the Middle-Age. The Turmhof from the 14th century is home to a homeland-museum, which present the culture and history of the Untersee region. © Tourismus Untersee, photographer Theo Keller
On the border between the district of Zurich and Germany, the small town of Kaiserstuhl has maintained its yesteryear charm: it has barely spread beyond its medieval boundaries. Kaiserstuhl is the departure point for several walks, and it is possible to reach Eglisau, upstream, after a two-hour walk along the River Rhine.
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.
The redevelopment of the old port of Rheinhafen in Düsseldorf has breathed new architectural life into this old trading port. Classified as historic monuments, the warehouses have been renovated and a great many companies have moved in to this now "trendy" and very high-tech area. A showcase of modern architecture, some of the buildings were built by very famous architects such as Frank Gehry, Steven Holl and Claude Vasconi. If you stop off in Düsseldorf, don't miss this fantastic new quarter!
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.
Weil am Rhein: Three- Countries Bridge
Weil am Rhein is located where Germany, France and Switzerland join. 238 metres long, the Three- Countries Bridge is the world's longest bridge solely for pedestrians and cyclists. It joins the towns of Huningue in France and Weil am Rhein in Germany. Switzerland is just a few hundred metres away on the Germans side.
Linn Castle in Krefeld.
Built in the 12th century, the Linn stronghold has been converted into a museum of local folklore for the Düsseldorf region.
- Latest news
The results of the EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route summer photo contest are in! And the winners are…Read more Aug 08, 2016
Sharing the best picture of your cycle holidays on Facebook will be awarded. The author of the most shared picture will get a fantastic 8 days / 7 nights cycle touring package to cycle along a section of the EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route. The package has a value of at least €600. Follow the instructions below to participate.Read more Jul 12, 2016
Julien's EuroVelo Insider Tip: along the French-German border on the EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route
With our Insider Tips series, we present you our staff's favourite sections of the EuroVelo network. This month EuroVelo Communication Intern, Julien Staskiewicz, hops between France and Germany on EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route.Read more Apr 14, 2016
Recently an information panel of the International Rhine Cycle Route has been placed near Millingen, in the Netherlands.Read more Apr 15, 2016
EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route is expected to be the third most frequently chosen cycle destination for 2016 in Germany, EuroVelo6 brand appears on the radar of German cycle tourists
On its bike tourism event on the ITB in Berlin, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrradclub (ADFC) has revealed that the EuroVelo 15 is the third most frequently chosen cycle destination among German bike tourists according their plans for 2016.Read more Mar 10, 2016
From the 31st of May to the 3rd of June 2016, the Rond Uit Dordrecht gives you the opportunity to discover a part of the Netherlands on two wheels.Read more Feb 19, 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