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
- The Europe
- Natural heritage
- The Rhine
- Art along the Rhine
- World Heritage by UNESCO
- Culinary delights along the Rhine
Cathedral of St. Peter of Worms
Alongside the cathedrals of Mainz and Speyer, the Cathedral of St. Peter of Worms is one of the most remarkable Romanesque churches in the Rhine Valley. A must-see is the Gothic south portal, which was added in the 14th century.
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.
Emmerich-am-Rhein, a walk along the Rhine
A relaxing time is guaranteed for all at the Promenade on the Rhine at Emmerich-am-Rhein. This pedestrianised area running along the river is lined with cafés and sun loungers facing the many boats that go up and down the river. This location also boasts the longest suspended footbridge in Germany.
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.
Glassmaking industry in Leerdam
Located on the river Linge, surrounded by fertile alluvial plains, the town of Leerdam has been at the centre of the Dutch glassmaking industry since the 18th century. The first glass blowers came from Germany and laid the foundations for the industry that is nowadays known throughout the world under the name Royal Leerdam.
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.
Indoor Skiing Centre, Neuss
Are you tired of all that pedalling? Then get on some skis! The first indoor ski centre opened its doors in Neuss in 2001. Powdery snow covers the 300 metres of the main piste 365 days a year. Younger or less seasoned skiers can start off on another 3000 square metre piste, or just take advantage of one of the local restaurants.
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.
“Favorite” Castle in Rastatt.
The baroque city and royal residence of Rastatt is situated between Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. Modelled on the French Palace of Versailles, the residential palace was built by Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm and Margravine Sibylla Augusta of Baden-Baden. Schloss Favorite [Favorite Palace] in Rastatt-Förch is Germany’s oldest “porcelain palace”.
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.