EuroVelo 15: From the source of the Rhine to its mouth in the North Sea
Open to cyclists of all capabilities, the Rhine cycle route runs along one of the largest rivers in Europe. From the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, the Rhine has fostered 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. Take a stroll or a bike ride along this cycling route running along the Rhine. Welcome to the Eurovélo 15 website - the Rhine Cycle Route! more
Easy rides for
- Cultural heritage
- World Heritage by UNESCO
- Culinary delights along the Rhine
- The Rhine
- Art along the Rhine
- The Europe
- Natural heritage
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.
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.
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!
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.
Marckolsheim: Museum of the Maginot line
Defence line built between the wars along the French-German border, the Maginot line crosses the whole of Alsace from North to South, from the border of the Moselle department to the Swiss border, over some 200 kilometres. Established in a blockhouse in Marckolsheim, this memorial recalls the terrible battles of 15th, 16th and 17th June 1940 during which more than 80% of the town of Marckolsheim was destroyed. The premises have been fitted out as they were in 1940: shooting rooms, generating set, dormitory, headquarters, drinking-water well, etc. They are equipped with weapons of the time, such as anti-tank guns, machine guns, mortars, light machine guns...
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.
Nibelungen Museum in Worms
Opened in Autumn 2001, the Nibelungen Museum is located in Worms, a small town on the Rhine, in Germany. Focussing solely on the legend of the Nibelungen, the Nibelungmuseum of Worms is a wholly virtual museum, with no collections and only using virtual objects for its presentations. According to the song of the Nibelungen, a vast treasure lies under the town of Worms: a Golden Ring - the inexhaustible source of precious metal, love and joy for whoever holds it. This 12th century German legend was immortalised by Richard Wagner in his dramatic tetralogy: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and the Götterdämmerung, also known as the Ring Cycle.
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.
Euromast & Spacetower, Rotterdam
With its head in the clouds, perched 185 metres high, Euromast is the highest tower open to the public in the Netherlands. Its 360 degree panorama awaits visitors at the top, along with a great many other attractions, some of which are reserved for those with the strongest stomachs - bungee jumping and a zip slide, going at over 60 miles per hour! For more careful souls (or at least for those of us who like a little less excitement), the tower has a panoramic restaurant 96 metres up in the air.
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.
The River Rhine joins France to Germany over 180 kilometres. On the French side, the Rhine cycle route passes through the wonderful Alsace region and its two departments, Haut-Rhin (Upper Rhine) and Bas-Rhin (Lower Rhine).http://en.francevelotourisme.com/base-1/itineraires/l-eurovelo-15-en-alsace