From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.

From Basel to Karlsruhe, through Alsace and the German vineyards.

From the Swiss border onwards, the Rhine forms a natural border between France and Germany, Alsace and Baden-Wurttemberg, the Vosges and the Black Forest. The Rhine cycle route follows the two banks over almost 200 kilometres, alongside nature reserves and hydroelectric works, passing through the picturesque Alsace villages, visiting Strasbourg, the capital of Europe, before entering Karlsruhe.

Along the French side, the Rhine cycle route begins, in a South-North direction, at the level of Huningue, near Basel, and follows the Rhine-Rhone Canal, passing through the “Petite Camargue” nature reserve and the Hardt forest before reaching the village of Ottmarsheim, known for its famous Romanesque church. [...]

Deviation between Hartheim and Breisach until the end of June 2016.

Deviation between Kappel und Wittenweier until 31st of December 2016. More info here.

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After Artzenheim, a large part of the route passes through the countryside, which does not stop cyclists from making a detour to the large Alsace towns of Mulhouse and Colmar, easily accessible via connecting trails. The route is dotted with a dozen locks and small characteristic churches until it reaches Strasbourg, the capital of Europe, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with its numerous historical monuments. By the high-water dyke and the village of La Wantzenau, reputed for its restaurants, the route runs very close to the enormous fish ladder of Gambsheim and passes through alluvial forests and nature reserves. Beyond Sessenheim, where Goethe stayed, the small town of Lauterbourg is the last stage of the Rhine cycle route in Alsace.

 

On the German side, the Rhine cycle route joins Basel to Karlsruhe by passing through the Markgräfler Land, a renowned wine-growing region, following the example of the Kaiserstuhl hills, located a few kilometres from Freiburg im Breisgau. The Rhine cycle route crosses the warmest and sunniest area of Germany along tracks that are mainly flat. After passing Europa-Park in Rust, cyclists reach Rastatt, a town on the edge of the Rhine whose historical Baroque monuments, such as the residence of the Margrave Louis-William of Baden and the remains of the fortification dating back to the Baden Revolution, provide examples of its eventful history. Finally, the EV15 enters Karlsruhe, a very young town whose first stone was laid on 17th June 1715, with the construction of the castle which became the new residence of the Margrave Charles William of Baden-Durlach.

 

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  • 1233 km
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    the Rhine

 

  • Karlsruhe castle.

    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.

  • “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”.

  • Nature reserve of the Offendorf forest

    Located on a former Rhine gravel bank, the nature reserve protects 60 hectares of alluvial forest. The whole of the natural site, deprived since 1977 of the Rhine's floods and their contributions in nutritious sediment, is flooded, at the start of the summer, by the rising of the water table during the period of the Rhine's high waters. Gigantic trees, mysterious reed beds and a large variety of water birds make up the attractions of this Alsace jungle.

  • Fish ladder in Gambsheim

    Weirs, locks and a fish ladder at Gambsheim. To meet shipping, agricultural and power generation requirements, weirs and hydraulic plants have been built on the River Rhine. These often create obstacles difficult for migrating fish to overcome on their way to their spawning ground. To enable them to reach the Rhine basin, Germany and France signed an agreement in 1997 to construct fish ladders at the hydro-electric plants in Iffezheim and Gambsheim. The Gambsheim fish ladder, opened in 2006, is the largest in Europe. An observation room enables visitors to watch the salmon, eels, trout and river herrings on their way upstream.

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