From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.

From Karlsruhe to Bingen, through the vineyards.

The Rhine cycle trail leads cyclists through some of the most beautiful natural and cultural landscapes in Europe: the Upper Rhine Plain, surrounded to the east by the Black Forest, the Kraichgau region and the Odenwald, and the the west by the Vosges, the Palatinate Forest and the Highlands of the Rhine and the Hesse.

Running through picturesque villages and famous vineyards, the EV15 follows a rich and varied route full of scenic, cultural and culinary interest.  The old wooden cranes that loaded and unloaded shipments of wine on the cargo ships sailing the Rhine form part of the river's cultural heritage.  An example of one of these structures can be seen at Oestrich-Winkel, a few kilometres upstream of Bingen. [...] more

On the right bank of the river, the EV15 goes past Mannheim and its famous Wasserturm - an emblem of the city notable for its "Art Nouveau" stylistic influence.  In Hesse, between Rüdesheim and Wiesbaden, the Rhine cycle trail takes you through the Rheingau cultural and winegrowing landscape, with its castles and monasteries.  The trail offers a fantastic view over the Rhine peeking through the vineyards.  An absolute must-see is Biebrich Castle, former residence of the Dukes of Nassau, as well as the wineries and the "Strausswirtschaften" - seasonal restaurants set up by winemakers, offering cyclists the chance to take a break and enjoy some food and drink.  You will then travel through the marshland of the Hessisches Ried, alongside the Knoblochsaue  and Kühkopf nature reserves. 

On the left bank, the Rhine cycle trail continues its crossing of the Palatinate.  Cyclists get an unobstructed view over the vast Rhine Plain, framed by the branches of the Old Rhine. This region boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as the gently rising mountainous regions of the Haardt and the Wasgau.  The world-renowned Speyer Cathedral was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1982.  You then arrive at Worms, one of the oldest towns in Germany, known across the globe as the city of the Nibelungen - the dwarfs of German legend that inspired Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle - also famous for its Romanesque Kaiserdom Cathedral.  The route continues through the heart of the countryside, going towards Mainz across the Rhine alluvial plain, crossing vine-covered hillsides and alluvial meadows.  At Mainz, capital of the Hesse Rhineland, take time out to stroll around the alleyways of the Old Town. And why not take a boat trip on the Rhine before you carry on your journey?

 

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  • Asparagus from Lampertheim

    The market garden area in and around Ried in Hesse is famed for its asparagus, strawberries, onions and other fruit and vegetables. Hence it is affectionately known as “the biggest vegetable garden in Hesse”. Between mid-April and end of June, the asparagus season dominates life in the region. The traditional Lampertheim Asparagus Festival of Lampertheim is the ideal opportunity to savour the region's speciality, but it's not the only one.

  • Oestrich-Winkel Crane.

    The Oestrich-Winkel crane is symbolic of the small town, located around ten miles upstream of Bingen, on winegrowing land on the right bank of the Rhine. Constructed in 1744, the crane was used to load an unload shipments of wine on cargo ships right up to 1926. The main customers for the wines produced in the Bingen region were in Cologne, Bremen and even Amsterdam. All the wine was transported by boat.

  • Nibelungen Museum in Worms

    Opened in Autumn 2001, the Nibelungen Museum is located in Worms, a small town on the Rhine, in Germany. Focussing solely on the legend of the Nibelungen, the Nibelungmuseum of Worms is a wholly virtual museum, with no collections and only using virtual objects for its presentations. According to the song of the Nibelungen, a vast treasure lies under the town of Worms: a Golden Ring - the inexhaustible source of precious metal, love and joy for whoever holds it. This 12th century German legend was immortalised by Richard Wagner in his dramatic tetralogy: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and the Götterdämmerung, also known as the Ring Cycle.

  • Wiesbaden: Biebrich Palace

    Built on the banks of the Rhine, this beautiful Baroque building, with its mullion windows and its circular rotunda holding court over the central wing, was constructed between 1700 and 1750 as a residency for the Princes of Nassau. Used nowadays for representation purposes by the state of Hesse, it also houses several government authorities. Outside, lovely walks can be enjoyed under 100-year old trees in the huge park.

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