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The longest stretch of the EuroVelo 15 is in Germany. It runs over 900 kilometres from Lake Constance to Emmerich am Rhein on the Dutch border.

The EuroVelo 15 route reaches Germany at Lake Constance and basically runs alongside the right bank of the River Rhine to the “Three Countries Corner” joining Switzerland, France and Germany, near Basel. The Rhine Cycle Route then continues northwards on mainly flat paths, passing through the warmest and sunniest part of Germany. Some of the best Riesling wines are produced here in the Upper Rhine Plain. Rastatt, Karlsruhe and then Mannheim are all on the route and their various historical Baroque buildings are perfect for a spot of sightseeing.

 

Entering the federal state of Hesse, the route largely runs through nature-reserves and wine-growing regions.

Wiesbaden, the capital of Hesse, is perfect for a stopover and not only because of its sights and and cultural activities.

Unesco has listed this region as a World Heritage Site.

Alternatively crossing over to the left bank of the river in Karlsruhe and continuing on the EuroVelo 15 route in the state of Rhineland Palatinate, you will pass through numerous wetlands before arriving at the city of Speyer and its cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

In the wine region of Rhine-Hesse surrounding the city of Mainz, the typical so-called "Strausswirtschaften", a type of wine tavern run by winegrowers, are wonderful places to take a break from cycling and enjoy the local food and drink.

 

Now follows the best-known section of the Rhine in Germany: listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Middle Rhine Valley between Bingen and Koblenz was instrumental in coining the term "the Romantic Rhine".

Riding along the part of the Rhine, one can still today clearly recognise the importance of the river as a trading route in the Middle Ages. The numerous castles and toll fortresses are proof enough.


In the state of North Rhine Westphalia, the Rhine Cycle Route runs along both sides of the river. To the left one passes the former German capital of Bonn, the cathedral city of Cologne and Krefeld. Awaiting interested riders to the right of the river is the state capital of Düsseldorf and Duisburg with the largest inland port in Europe. After passing through the Ruhr conurbation, the landscape becomes more rural in the Lower Rhine and the course of the Rhine Cycle Route often runs along quiet paths close to the river. The final country, the Netherlands, on the journey along the EuroVelo 15 route is now reached by Kleve and Emmerich.

 

In Rhineland-Palatinate the route from Lauterbourg to Remagen/ Rolandseck/ Unkel is signed as below. The same signing is also used in Baden-Württemberg from Basel to Lampertheim:

 

Signposting Germany

 

The stage from Constance to Basel is signed as follows. The same signing is used in Hesse from Lampertheim to Rüdesheim:

 

Signposting Baden-Württemberg

Regional Information

 

  • Constance - Mannheim

    Tourismus Marketing GmbH Baden-Württemberg

    South-west Germany is cycling country. With its extensive network of quiet back roads through the hills of the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest, you can pedal alone, with friends or family, taking it easy or riding hard. On TMBW's website you can find all the important information about the Rhine Cycle Route in Baden-Württemberg, like maps, cyclist friendly accommodation or information about tourist sights. 

             
    www.tourism-bw.com
    Information available in:
    German / English / French

  • Lampertheim - Rüdesheim

    HA Hessen Agentur GmbH - Tourismus- und Kongressmarketing

    The tourism- and congress marketing department of the HA Hessen Agentur GmbH is responsible for the promotion of the long-distance cycle routes within the federal state of Hesse. The Rhine Cycle Route is one of the routes. Detailed information about the Rhine Cycle Route - including an online -route -planner - can be found on the website of "Radroutenplaner Hessen" in several languages. The overview of tourist sights and attractions in English will follow soon.

             
    www.hessen-tourismus.de
    Information available in:
    German / English/ Dutch

  • Lauterbourg - Remagen-Rolandseck / Unkel

    Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

    Romantic Rhine Tourism is the authority responsible for the promotion and development of the Rhine Cycle Route (RCR) in Rhineland-Palatinate. The RCR passes through the three touristic destinations of the Palatinate, Rhine Hesse and the romantic Rhine valley.

             
    www.radwanderland.de
    Information available in:
    German / English / French / Dutch

  • Bad Honnef - Emmerich am Rhein

    Niederrhein Tourismus GmbH

    Niederrhein Tourismus GmbH is the authority responsible for the coordination, communication and promotion of the Rhine Cycle Route's North -Rhine -Westphalian section. The routes in the federal state follow the river on both of its banks providing scenic views of the river every now and then. The route is largely flat with an excellent infrastructure.

                  
    www.rheinradweg.net
    Information available in:
    German / English / Dutch