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
- Culinary delights along the Rhine
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Art along the Rhine
- The Rhine
- Natural heritage
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benrath Castle and Park in Düsseldorf
A rococo-style villa, Benrath Castle was erected towards the end of the 18th century by the Elector Palatin Charles-Theodore. With its huge park and pond, it is both an important cultural monument, and also an oasis in the urban sprawl of Düsseldorf. Very well preserved, the castle hosts three museums and is surrounded by a magnificent park measuring several hundred thousand square metres.
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.
Barbarossa's Castle, Düsseldorf
On the banks of the Rhine, a short distance away from the picturesque centre of Kaiserswerth, to the north of Düsseldorf, are the imposing ruins of the imperial palace of the legendary Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, and was once one of the most important Rhineland castles. Emperor Barbarossa had extended the palace after transferring the Rhineland customs from the Netherlands to Kaiserswerth, as he needed a fortress overlooking the Rhine. Heavy blocks of trachyte were transported against the current by boat, from Drachenfels (Dragon's Rock) in the Siebengebirge range, to Kaiserswerth. Today, the imposing ruins still measure over 50 metres long, and some of its walls up to 4.5 metres thick! It shows a part of the imperial palace that once upon a time was much bigger.
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.
Town of Rhenen
Famous for its Gothic Cunera Church, constructed in the 15th century, the town of Rhenen has built up on the banks of the Lek - one of the many branches of the Rhine, downstream of Arnhem.
Twin towns in the south of the State of Baden-Württemberg, at the foot of the Black Forest, these lies close to the Swiss border. Don't miss Tiengen's castle and its famous "Storchenturm" (Stork Tower), which has become the symbol of the city. Take a stroll down the historic alleyways of Waldshut town centre.
- Latest news
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