From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.

From Bingen to Cologne, through the legendary landscapes of the Romantic Rhine.

From Bingen, Eurovélo 15 extends to the north west, towards the Lorelei Valley. UNESCO listed the Upper Middle Rhine Valley - one of the oldest and most impressive natural landscapes in Germany - as a World Heritage Site.

Between the Mouse Tower - Mäuseturm - of Bingen and the German Corner - Deutsches Eck - of Koblenz, there are no fewer than twenty-nine stronghold castles, most of which lie in ruins, which bear witness to a rich and turbulent history. Kings, princes, counts and bishops - all sought to build their castles on the of the Rhine. more

Attention: disruption between Bingen and Bachararch - no deviation

 

It was here, on a high rocky promontory, that the legend of Lorelei was born. Lorelei was a mermaid that led fishermen and boatmen to their doom by driving them mad with lust. Heinrich Heine, famous author of the "Die Lorelei" drew his inspiration from this legend, as did many other artists. At the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine, the Deutsches Eck of Koblenz is loaded with German history, starting with the reconstructed statue of Emperor Wilhelm I on horseback. Continue going down the Rhine to arrive at Andernach, where the specially developed trail follows the course of the river. The Neo-Gothic church of Saint Apollinaire stands proudly in Remagen, and is a place of pilgrimage. Like the legendary bridge of Remagen, this is one of the emblems of the town. In the Rhineland of North Westphalia, cyclists first ride past Königswinter, sitting at the foot of Drachenfels, in the Seven Mountains range. This, the most visited mountain in Germany, is bathed in legend. In the era of the Nibelungen, the summit of this mountain was where Siegfried vanquished the dragon Fafnir. On the opposite bank, the trail crosses the old government quarter in Bonn, leading to the city centre, with its cathedral, Baroque town hall and the house where Beethoven was born. Further along the Rhine, we can already make out the spires of Cologne cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

  • 190
    LENGHT
    km
  • 60 km
    listed as World Heritage
    Sites by Unesco.
  • 2200 m3
    average flow of
    the Rhine.

 

  • Cologne Museums

    Cologne as a "City of Museums" is among the most important and lively cultural centres in Germany. 36 museums are with their superb collections and fascinating exhibitions a magnet for art and culture lovers from all around the world. They offer a rich variety of exhibits from Antiquity to the present day and inform visitors about things as diverse as chocolate, modern art and the city's history.

  • The "Path of Democracy" in Bonn.

    A two-hour walk around the old government district, the "Path of Democracy" is a tour leading one to important sites where Germany's democracy was shaped. Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany between 1949 and 1990.

  • Kaub: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle

    Built on the small island of Falkenau sitting in the middle of the Rhine, Pfalzgrafenstein Castle is famous for its unique setting. Located opposite the fortified town of Kaub, the 14th century castle was used as a customs post. Never conquered or destroyed, it has survived wars, floods and the onslaught of icy weather. Accessible by boat, Pfalzgrafenstein is now a historical museum.

  • Cologne Cathedral

    Cologne Cathedral is the city's most famous landmark and main attraction. Towering over the Rhine, it lies close to the Hohenzollern Bridge, the city's biggest museums and the main shopping streets including the Hohen Straße and the Schildergasse. Dedicated to Saint Peter, the five-aisled Gothic cathedral was completed in 1880 after taking 632 years to build. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and has space for approximately 4,000 worshippers. It has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1996 due to its spiritual and cultural importance as one of the European masterpieces of Gothic architecture.

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