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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.

From Huningue to Lauterbourg - The EuroVelo 15 follows the Rhône-Rhine Canal, touches the Alsatian "Petite Camargue" Reserve, cuts through the Hardt Forest, passes close to Ottmarsheim and its famous Romanesque church and then heads for Fessenheim, the hometown of Victor Schoelcher. A gentle, flat ride takes cyclists to the former fortified town of Neuf-Brisach, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a number of cultural sights - like the Vauban Museum - are well worth a visit. After Artzenheim, the route largely passes through open countryside and combines the discovery of pleasant villages along the Rhine or the canal with a ride under shady trees - one can also stop off at the large Alsatian towns like Mulhouse or Colmar as they are easy to reach along connecting cycle paths.

 

A large part of the Alsace section of the EV15 route passes through the middle of the countryside

After Marckolsheim, the EuroVelo 15 runs along the Rhine-Rhône Canal. On its way to Strasbourg, the capital of Europe, the route passes about 20 locks and characteristic churches like the ones in Neunkirch, Plobsheim or Eschau. Continuing along the flood dyke north of Strasbourg, the next port of call is La Wantzenau. In Gambsheim one comes across the big locks and their fish ladder which leads cyclists back closer to the Rhine. After Sessenheim - made famous by Goethe - the Rhine Canal ends in Beinheim. Continuing along the dyke past Alluvial Forest and nature reserves like the one in Munchhausen, one eventually arrives in Lauterbourg which was also fortified by Vauban. It is the final Alsatian stopover on the cycle route.

 

Below is an example of the signing along the route from Huningue to Lauterbourg:

signposting France

Regional Information

 

  • Huningue - Lauterbourg

    Alsace By Bike

    Alsace has a 1550-mile network of cycle paths. Its scale makes Alsace one of the top cycling regions in France. Three EuroVelo routes pass through the region, including the EuroVelo 15 - the Rhine Cycle Route. All the necessary information about the major international route and the regional and local paths branching off from it, can be found on the Alsace à Vélo website.

              
    http://www.cyclinginalsace.com/en/cycle-trails/eurovelo-routes/eurovelo-15-the-rhine-cycle-route-39.html
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