The Rhine has always had a major impact on the life of those living along its banks. On the Rhine Cycle Route, which also incorporates the EuroVelo Route 15, cyclists can explore the river's history and culture from its source in the Alps all the way to the North Sea coast.
The importance of the Rhine is constantly documented along its riverbanks in the form of major buildings such as castles, fortresses, monuments and churches as well as historical towns and cities. Many of these attractions have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The Rhine is also an important commercial transport route in Europe, with dozens of ports handling the busy shipping traffic. There is plenty of nature to marvel at along the way, including the picturesque Middle Rhine Valley, which is home to the Lorelei, a famous landmark. And the regional culinary specialities are a treat for the taste buds. Wine connoisseurs can look forward to a drop of wine from the vineyards on either side of the Rhine, whilst culture vultures will find lots to keep them entertained too.