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. [...]

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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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  • 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.

  • Ile de Rhinau Nature Reserve

    The Ile de Nature Reserve is one of the most impressive riverside woodland areas in the whole of Alsace. It is home to a wide diversity of species living on the materials deposited by the river's high waters. As a result of being directly linked to the Rhine, the woodland areas are regularly flooded throughout the year thus maintaining their alluvial character. A multitude of characteristic plant and animal species that are perfectly adapted to the environment all live close together here under widely differing conditions.

  • Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum

    The Vitra Design Museum is one of the biggest design museums in the world. The American architect Frank Gehry, known, in particular, for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, has created an architectural masterpiece made up of towers, ramps and cubes. Permanent exhibitions showing the historical and contemporary developments in the world of design provide visitors with the opportunity of discovering the diversity and importance of design.

  • Sauer Delta Nature Reserve

    The Sauer Delta Conservation Centre is located 100 metres from the River Rhine. It marks the entrance to the largest nature reserve in the Alsace basin, the Seltz Munchhausen reserve or better known as the Sauer Delta Nature Reserve. Located where the River Sauer, a 70-kilometre long river whose source is in the Palatinate, Germany, flows into the Rhine, the nature reserve is home to a biodiversity typical of alluvial plains. To be seen here is a jungle-like forest a phenomenal number of birds.

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  • Route at the planning stage

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