Rhine Cycle Route - EuroVelo 15

Rhine Cycle Route

The Rhine route is becoming one of the most varied routes in Germany: narrow gorges in the Middle Rhine (Loreley), steep hillsides with special grape varieties and fine asparagus on the plains. The picturesque castles, palaces and abbeys bear witness to a turbulent past. Around 115 km of this international route run along the right-hand side of the Rhine in Hesse. The Hessian section begins near Lampertheim and initially ends at the Mittelheim/Ingelheim ferry. The continuation to Lorchhausen – the border with the state of Rhineland-Palatinate – is under construction.

1230 km in length, the Rhine flows through four countries: Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. EuroVelo Route 15 accompanies the Rhine along its entire length, from the river's source near Andermatt in the Swiss Alps to its mouth in the North Sea, close to the Hook of Holland. In its upper reaches, the cycle path criss-crosses the valleys of the Swiss Alps, before leading along the banks of Lake Constance and past the spectacular waterfall at Schaffhausen, to the three-country border region near Basle.

Next, EuroVelo Route 15 crosses Alsace or, alternatively, on the German side, the large German wine-growing areas and numerous nature protection areas. In the romantic Middle Rhine Valley, the route runs past the Loreley before the river finally leaves the hilly terrain and enters some of western Germany's biggest cities. Further downstream, in the idyllic lower Rhine, the river divides into its impressive delta in the Netherlands. The Rhine cycle route allows cyclists to access even this section, right to its end point at the Hook of Holland.

On the right-hand bank of the Rhine, the cycle path enters Hesse just after Mannheim. Not far from the Hessian Mountain Road, the route follows the Rhine past Lampertheim and Gernsheim and through the Hessian Ried. Near Riedstadt, the route touches on Hesse’s largest nature protection area, Kühkopf-Knoblochsaue. The 24-square-kilometre protected area of water meadow with its extensive marshes provides a resting and nesting place for many bird species and was placed under nature protection as early as 1952. 

Further north, the Rhine cycle route reaches the Hessian capital, Wiesbaden. A particular highlight is the Biebrich Palace, a former residence of the Earl of Nassau. The beautiful Rhine promenade is the perfect place to stroll and relax. Shaped by wine growing, the cultural landscape of the Rheingau can be experienced between Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim. Numerous castles and abbeys sit high up in the heart of the vineyards, providing magnificent views of the Rhine. Wine taverns and wineries offer cyclists plenty of options for refreshment and to enjoy regional specialities. Cyclists should use the ferry to cross from Oestrich-Winkel or Rüdesheim to Ingelheim or Bingen. There they will find the legendary landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can find more information at www.rheinradweg.eu.

Accommodation in Hessen

Events in Hessen

Rhine Cycle Route Service Manual

The Service Manual is packed with helpful information about the Rhine Cycle Route. You are looking for cyclist-friendly accommodation or sights along the route? Step by step, or better put stage by stage, you will find all the transnational information as well as helpful tour tips and tricks.

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