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. [...]

Deviation between Hartheim and Breisach until the end of June 2016.

Deviation between Kappel und Wittenweier until 31st of December 2016. More info here.

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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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  • Sauerkraut

    Sauerkraut with smoked pork, frankfurters and potatoes is probably the best-known Alsatian dish and one of the best-loved traditional dishes in France. Thinly sliced cabbage fermented in brine, simmered in white wine with potatoes, Montbéliard and Strasbourg sausages, streaky bacon, smoked pork breast and shoulder, flavoured with juniper berries and cloves, a good sauerkraut is ideal for filling empty stomachs after a long day in the saddle.

  • “Favorite” Castle in Rastatt.

    The baroque city and royal residence of Rastatt is situated between Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. Modelled on the French Palace of Versailles, the residential palace was built by Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm and Margravine Sibylla Augusta of Baden-Baden. Schloss Favorite [Favorite Palace] in Rastatt-Förch is Germany’s oldest “porcelain palace”.

  • Marckolsheim: Maginot line Museum

    Defence line built between the World Wars along the French-German border, the Maginot line stretched some 200 kilometres north to south through Alsace from Luxembourg to the Swiss border. Established in a casemate on the edge of Marckolsheim, the memorial recalls the terrible battles from 15 to 17 June 1940 when more than 80% of the town of Marckolsheim was destroyed. The fortification has been preserved as they were in 1940: gun positions, dormitory, headquarters, drinking-water source, etc. They are equipped with weapons of the time, such as anti-tank guns, machine guns, mortars, light machine guns...

  • Passerelle des Deux Rives

    In conjunction with the first cross-border garden show in 2004, Kehl and Strasbourg linked the French and German banks of the Rhine with a "passerelle" - a bridge for the sole use of pedestrians and cyclists. © Peter Heck

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