Long-distance routes and tour tips
The Rhine has long been the at heart of life for the people along its banks. On the Rhine Cycle Route, you can explore the history and culture of the river from its source in the Alps to its estuary on the North Sea coast.
The importance of the Rhine is regularly documented along its riverbanks in the form of castles, fortresses, churches and historical towns and cities. Many of these are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Rhine is also a major commercial transport route in Europe. Dozens of docks handle its busy shipping traffic. The picturesque Middle Rhine Valley, home to the famous Loreley rock, is one of many scenic stretches along the route. As well as the delicious local cuisine, you can enjoy wine made in the vineyards on either side of the valley and a host of cultural attractions.
Terrain: flat, family-friendly route along the banks of the Rhine. Predominantly asphalt, some sections paved or on crushed brick/stone. Mostly free of cars.
Scenery: the route follows the Rhine from its source in the Alps to its estuary in the North Sea, crossing a huge variety of landscapes from mountains to plains.