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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  • Mainz: Gutenberg Museum

    The reconstruction of the old workshop of the inventor of the printing press including a press that visitors can operate and a copy of the Gutenburg Bible - the first book to be printed in Europe using movable type - are just two of the main attractions in the Gutenburg Museum in Mainz. On display are four millennia of written history and culture and the most important prints from the 14th century right up to the present day.

  • The Niederwalddenkmal of Rüdesheim - monument to the glory of Germany.

    Opposite the town of Bingen-am-Rhein, the monumental statue of Germania, built above the village of Rüdesheim, dominates the Rhine and the upper vineyards, almost 50 metres high. This monument celebrates the foundation of the new German empire following the Franco-German war of 1870. In one hand is the emperor's crown, while the other hand holds the imperial sword.

  • Kühkopf-Knoblochsaue nature reserve in Riedstadt.

    Covering an area of 24 square kilometres, Kühkopf-Knoblochsaue is the largest nature reserve in the State of Hesse. It is home to exceptional flora and fauna, including bush willow, reed beds and Kühkopf island, surrounded by an ancient branch of the Rhine. This nature reserve gives us a good idea of what the Rhine area looked like before its banks were developed by Man.

  • Speyer Technology Museum

    Where can you both visit a Boeing 747 and get inside a submarine? At the Speyer Technology Museum, which also boasts the largest space flight exhibition in Europe - "Apollo and Beyond" - where visitors can visit the Buran space shuttle. Fire engines, musical instruments, locomotives and motorbikes also feature in the museum, which also has an IMAX theatre to give visitors a tremendous experience.

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