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
- Art along the Rhine
- The Rhine
- Natural heritage
- Culinary delights along the Rhine
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The island of Reichenau, the biggest of the three islands of the Lake of Constance, is listed as a world heritage by the UNESCO since 2000 and demonstrates the religious and cultural importance of the big Benedictine monastery during the Middle-Age. To reach the island you will go over a dike with a magnificent Pappel avenue (Deutsche Alleenstraße). Good examples of the monasterial architecture are the three roman churches of the island: the cathedral of St. Maria and Markus with a treasure chamber, St. Georg with Ottonian mural paintings and St. Peter and Paul. © Tourist-Information Reichenau, photographer Achim Mende
Kaub: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle
Built on the small island of Falkenau sitting in the middle of the Rhine, Pfalzgrafenstein Castle is famous for its unique setting. Located opposite the fortified town of Kaub, the 14th century castle was used as a customs post. Never conquered or destroyed, it has survived wars, floods and the onslaught of icy weather. Accessible by boat, Pfalzgrafenstein is now a historical museum.
The "Path of Democracy" in Bonn.
A two-hour walk around the old government district, the "Path of Democracy" is a tour leading one to important sites where Germany's democracy was shaped. Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany between 1949 and 1990.
Basel is where the River Rhine joins Germany, France and Switzerland thus creating the cultural centre of the “three countries corner”. The people of Basel feel very attached to the River Rhine: the district's anthem is titled “Z Basel am mym Rhy” (“Basel on the Rhine”). It is the last port on the River Rhine that can be accessed by barges.
Düsseldorf Old Town
Düsseldorf Old Town. Nicknamed "Little Paris", Düsseldorf is the German capital of fashion. It is also a great place to stop off on the EV15, especially for its historic city centre, which is bursting with international stalls and restaurants.
Historical Boat Mill in Ginsheim
In Ginsheim, boat mills had a long tradition. Up to 21 mills were operated on the river at the same time. The reconstruction of the last boat mill demonstrates how exhausting milling used to be, and also showcases how our ancestors, through the use of logic and simple means, arrived at astonishing solutions.
Rotterdam: Euromast & Spacetower
With its head in the clouds the 185 metres Euromast is the highest tower open to the public in the Netherlands. Its 360 degree panorama awaits visitors at the top, along with many other attractions, some of which are reserved for those with the strongest stomachs - bungee jumping and a 100 km/h zip slide. For the less adventurous or those of us that like a little less excitement the tower has a panoramic restaurant 96 metres up in the air.
Dyck Castle, Neuss
Dyck Castle in Jüchen is one of the most important castles in the Rhineland from an historical and cultural point of view. Surrounded by an historic countryside park with an invaluable collection of wooded plants, the imposing castle ringed by water has stood proud for over 900 years. It was the seat of the former count and then Prince of Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, and the residence of a small independent territory for several centuries. The continuity of the succession of owners and the faithful conservation work of the entire building emphasise the exceptional status held by Dyck.
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.
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!
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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 first interactive information point for EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route has been installed in Breisach, Germany. In total, 20 information points will be popping up along the route to provide up-to-date information on the touristic and gastronomic offers of the region with touchscreen navigation and QR-codes for smartphones.Read more Jan 11, 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