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ThematiqueNatural heritage
At the start of the 19th century, the Rhine's flow changed with each rising, creating and destroying islands and peninsulas, supplying humid zones and marshes. This large river took several meanderings, divided into several branches and sometimes spread over several kilometres in width. At this time, the ecosystem developed according to the whims of the river. Salmon swam upstream to spawn and the alluvial forests were created along the edge of the river. But in order to protect the villages from flooding, sanitize the marshes, ensure a better flow of the rising waters, and recover new land for farming, the River Rhine has been gradually tamed and canalised, further to significant development work. Nowadays, several nature reserves have been opened and maintain some of the last natural landscapes of the River Rhine. Don't miss them!
ThematiqueCultural heritage
Old historical town centres with twisting streets, fortified castles overlooking the river, places steeped in history, port towns, economic centres, the Rhine cycle route has some wonderful surprises in store.
ThematiqueThe Rhine
The Rhine has always played an important role in the economic development of the regions alongside it. Navigable over more than 800 kilometres, between its mouth and the Swiss town of Basel, the large European river acts as an economic route on which millions of tonnes of goods are transported each year. In 2011, this figure rose to 187 million tonnes. One of the largest economic centres in Europe is located on the edge of the River Rhine: the immense industrial complex of the Ruhr, made up by the conglomeration of around ten German towns, has some 5.2 million inhabitants. From the end of the 18th century, the hydraulic power of the River Rhine was converted into electricity, through a series of hydroelectric works built along the waterway.Some of these structures can be visited, like in Kembs, in the Haut-Rhin department.
ThematiqueCulinary delights along the Rhine
Cycling also provides the opportunity to tickle your taste buds thanks to the regional dishes and local produce! Discover some of the main culinary delights that await you along the EV15 route.
ThematiqueUNESCO World Heritage Sites
The EV15 route has a significant number of cultural or natural sites listed as World Heritage Sites by Unesco! Luxurious castles, internationally-renowned towns, the romantic Rhine valley, take a break and enjoy the marvels along the route!
ThematiqueEurope
The Rhine winds through the heart of geographical and political Europe. Discover the main places linked to the creation of Europe.
ThematiqueArt along the Rhine
There is nothing better than a break in one of the numerous artistic centres along the EV15, for recharging batteries and resourcing the mind. The Chur Museum of Fine Art, the modern art museum in Rolandseck, the Tomi Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg, the Design museum in Weil-am-Rhein, the museums in Basel and Bonn... there is something for everyone!