EuroVelo 6: Explore European rivers by bike!
The Atlantic-Black Sea EuroVelo 6 route is one of the 14 routes of the EuroVelo network created by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) in 1994. From 2004 to 2006, 18 French, German and Swiss partners joined forces to set up the West part of this EuroVelo cycle route, from the Atlantic to Ulm.
It aims at running alongside three of the largest European rivers, melting pots of European civilisation: the Loire, the Rhine and the Danube.
3 653 Length
- Cultural heritage
- World heritage by UNESCO
- Natural heritage
- Culinary delights
- Capital cities
Ulm Minster, Germany
With its 161 meter high steeple, the Ulm minster ist the biggest evangelic church in Germany and the tallest church in the world. Despite the second world war bombings of the city, the minster stayed almost intact. Nowadays you can visit the church through (guided) tours and visit the steeple itself, which offers a nice change from the long bike ride.
The former Roman city of Augusta Raurica offers over 20 places of interest, including the best preserved ancient theater north of the Alps, a unique, restored Roman house and the Roman domestic animal park.
Monastery Church of Rheinau, Switzerland
The monastery church of Rheinau is one of Switzerland's most important sacred buildings. The interior in particular, completed between 1710 and 1759, overwhelms church visitors with its splendor and richness.
The formerly industrial city of Mulhouse in Alsace has managed to transform itself into a livable and interesting citiy. The various museums invite to discover the industrial post of the city, such as the automobile museum.
The port city of Romania looks back on 2500 years of history, offering archaeological treasures as well as a vivid nightlife. The photo shows the art nouveau casino on the Black sea coast.
Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
Stein am Rhein is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Old Towns of Switzerland. The charming cultural town is famous for its magnificent mural paintings and romantic alleys.
"Linz.change(d)" – the official slogan of the city already indicates the future-orientation of this city of art, crowned by the UNESCO City of Media Arts title which combines culture, nature and industry. For gourmets, the Linz tart - said to be the oldest tart on earth - should not be missed out!
Thermal Spas, Hungary
Thermal spas: Hungary is famous for it's thermal spas, historical and modern buildings housing them for greater enjoyment, some of them dating back to the time of Ottoman conquest. Highlights include the Rudas, Király and Széchenyi Baths in Budapest - don't miss out relaxing in them after a tiring day of cycling!
Komárom is a home to the Mediawave Festival every spring, an art and jazz festival which is mainly held in its massive fortress, an interesting point to check out at any time, with a museum in it nowadays. The city was divided into two after World War I, making it partly Slovakian and partly Hungarian on the two sides of the Danube.
Munot of Schaffhausen, Switzerland
For over 400 years, the landmark of Schaffhausen, the Munot, has been proudly overlooking the town. The Munot Fortress was built in the 16th century and characterizes the cityscape to this day. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Old Town and the Rhine river scenery into the far distance.
EuroVelo 6, from Saint-Nazaire to Mulhouse, following the Loire, the Saône and the Doubs, is the most famous and prestigious cycle route in France. The route goes through numerous cities and villages full of a rich historical heritage, some of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage (Loire valley, citadel of Besançon...).
The EuroVelo 6 route in Switzerland (= National Rhine Route No 2) follows the Rhine river from Basel to Stein am Rhein at the Bodensee. Along the route you will find bustling towns, medieval towers, Swiss-German bridges, Roman ruins, romantic riverside paths, aspargus fields, timber-framed houses and a mighty river tames by 11 power-stations.
After following a similar path to EuroVelo 15 along the Swiss / German border, EuroVelo 6 heads to north from the shores of Lake Constance to Tuttlingen where it meets the 'Blue Danube' for the first time. The Danube: songs have been written about it, composers have dedicated pieces of music to it and it has been the source of countless stories. Along the Danube Cycle Route in Germany it's easy to see why this mighty river has proven such an inspiration to so many.
The route from Rajka to Mohács along the Danube river is known for its outstanding natural and cultural attractions. The Roman 'Limes' along the Danube, the fortresses of Komárom and Komarno, the natural landscape of the Danube Bend and the banks of the Danube in Budapest are all important heritage attractions offering visitors enjoyable diversions when they fancy a break from their bike.
The route takes you through a beautiful region of eastern Croatia along Danube and Drava River. In Croatia, the route enters in Duboševica and you cycle through beautiful region of nature park of Kopački Rit one of the most important, largest and most attractive preserved intact wetlands in Europe.
Euro Velo 6 – The Danube Trail has bikeable route along the Bulgarian side of the big river. The route starts near Bregovo to Vidin and through Lom, Kozloduy, Swishtov and Ruse reaches Silistra, where cyclists could continue to the Danube Delta. The cycling trail is marked mainly on asphalt roads as close as possible to the river and offers good opportunities especially for birdwatching and close interaction with unspoiled natural environments.
- Latest news
The EuroVelo 6 - Atlantic-Black Sea route has a new dedicated website. The new website, developed under the 'Danube Cycling Project', adds points of interest, detailled stages descriptions, a service section and information for the national partners.Read more Mar 22, 2016
EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route is expected to be the third most frequently chosen cycle destination for 2016 in Germany, EuroVelo6 brand appears on the radar of German cycle tourists
On its bike tourism event on the ITB in Berlin, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrradclub (ADFC) has revealed that the EuroVelo 15 is the third most frequently chosen cycle destination among German bike tourists according their plans for 2016.Read more Mar 10, 2016