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Rhine Cycle Route in Rhineland-Palatinate

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  • Rheinradweg bei Germersheim
    / Rheinradweg bei Germersheim
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz.Touristik e.V.
  • / Rheinradweg bei Germersheim
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz.Touristik e.V.
  • / Rheinradweg bei Neuburg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz.Touristik e.V.
  • / Rheinradweg bei Mainz
    Photo: P. Gawandtka, European Cyclists’ Federation Demarrage LTMA
  • / Radfahrer vor dem Mainzer Dom
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinhessen-Touristik GmbH
  • / Rheinradweg bei Bad Salzig mit Blick auf Kamp-Bornhofen und die "Feindlichen Brüdern"
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rheinradweg bei Boppard
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rastplatz am R(h)ein-Blick bei Brey
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rheinradweg bei Bad Breisig
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Zertifizerungslogo
    Photo: Joachim Fox, Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / The Rhine Cycle Route is part of the cooperation "Germany's Top River Routes"
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Rhineland-Palatinate has a share of approx. 318 km on the left side of the Rhine between the border to France in the south and the border to North Rhine-Westphalia in the north and 75 km on the right side of the Rhine as one of the most important European long-distance cycle routes with a length of approx. 1,233 km. With no climbs, the Rhine Cycle Path runs mostly near the banks and almost always on its own paths. The route is signposted throughout with the EuroVelo 15 sign.
easy
Distance 331.7 km
17:00 h
35 m
96 m
120 m
49 m
Starting at the state border, the Rhine Cycle Route crosses the regions of Palatinate, Rhinehessen and Romantic Rhine, passing through important, large cities such as Speyer, Ludwigshafen, Worms, Mainz and Koblenz, but also not leaving out the many small towns. In the well-known wine regions, typical Straußwirtschaften (wine taverns) invite you to take regular breaks and enjoy.

The Rhine Cycle Route runs mostly as an independent asphalt path, sometimes using stretches on the towpath, often under rows of tall poplars directly near the banks, but also sometimes makes loops around arms of the Old Rhine or built-up areas. The route leads through a unique cultural landscape, which shows itself as an intensively used economic transport artery, but also has quiet, nature-protected sections and historical buildings to offer.
In addition to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Speyer Cathedral, SchUM sites in Speyer, Worms and Mainz, Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes and Lower Germanic Limes), the numerous vineyards and the enormously high density of castles and palaces in this legendary river valley are particularly impressive.

Probably nowhere else can the tour be more flexible in length and duration than here on the Rhine. Thanks to the excellent rail connections on both sides of the river, you can choose any starting point you like, or you can change to one of the boats that also transport bicycles. You can easily change sides of the Rhine by ferry.

The many bicycle-friendly accommodations as well as numerous refreshment stops along the route invite cyclists and bikers to take a relaxing break.

Author’s recommendation

You will cycle through three German wine-growing regions: Palatinate, Rheinhessen and the Middle Rhine. Enjoy a good Riesling from the region after your bike tour!
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Katharina Schattner
Update: February 08, 2022
Difficulty
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Highest point
120 m
Lowest point
49 m
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Rest stops

Burg Rheinstein
Reichenstein Castle
Schönburg
Vinothek und Weincafé Philipps Mühle
Rheinbalkon
Historischer Ortskern Rhens
Münzplatz
Geysir-Zentrum Andernach
Rhine Promenade Bad Breisig
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

Safety information

  • Last expansion gaps on the right bank of the Rhine between Rüdesheim and Kestert with co-guidance on the federal highway. These unbuilt sections can be "cycled around" by using the ferries, by boat or by train.
    In sections, the Rhine Cycle Path runs as an independent path directly along the road, sometimes with and sometimes without structural separation. Please cycle with particular caution here; mutual consideration is called for in the case of two-way traffic.It is recommended to cycle along the left bank of the Rhine from south to north.

  • Current detours/blockages at https://www.radwanderland.de/umleitungen.

Tips and hints

Suggestions, conspicuous features or defects? Contact the State Office for Mobility (responsible for infrastructure):
radwege@lbm.rlp.de
www.radwanderland.de

If you have any tourism-related questions about the Rhine Cycle Route in Rhineland-Palatinate, the following regions will be happy to help you:

Palatinate:
Pfalz.Touristik e.V.
Martin-Luther-Str. 69
67433 Neustadt / Weinstraße
Phone: +49 (0)6321/3916-0
info@pfalz-touristik.de
www.pfalz.de

Rheinhessen:
Rheinhessen-Touristik GmbH
Kreuzhof 1
55268 Nieder-Olm
Phone: +49 (0)6136/92398-0
info@rheinhessen.info
www.rheinhessen.info

Romantic Rhine:
Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
An der Königsbach 8
56075 Koblenz
Phone +49 (0)261/973847-0
info@romantischer-rhein.de 
www.romantischer-rhein.de

Start

State border with France at Lauterburg (Rhine kilometer 350) (109 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.957911, 8.186617
DMS
48°57'28.5"N 8°11'11.8"E
UTM
32U 440457 5423095
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Destination

Federal State border with North Rhine-Westphalia at Remagen-Rolandswerth (Rhine kilometer 642)

Turn-by-turn directions

Requirements: Suitable for all without restrictions.

Route character: Out of town exclusively on own paths (note: last expansion gaps on the right bank of the Rhine between Rüdesheim and Kestert with co-guidance on the federal road).
  • In towns, cycle paths or road guidance without cycle path.
  • Asphalted paths except for a few towpath sections
  • Out of town exclusively on own paths


Note: The section between Rüdesheim and Kestert, which has not yet been developed, can be "cycled around" by ferry/boat/train.

Route overview: left bank of the Rhine 318 km   
- state border - Mainz 166 km   
- Mainz - Bingen 33 km   
- Bingen - Koblenz 64 km   
- Koblenz - Rolandseck 55 km

In the Romantic Rhine region, the Rhine Cycle Route runs on both sides (on the right bank of the Rhine from Kamp-Bornhofen to Unkel).

The route in the cycle path network: The Rhine Cycle Route is one of the 7 long-distance cycle paths in Rhineland-Palatinate and is a section of Route No. 8 in the D-network. It is one of the most important long-distance cycle routes in Europe and leads from the headwaters of the Rhine in the Alps through Switzerland, France, Germany to its mouth on the Dutch North Sea coast.
The Rhine Cycle Path connects to many cycle paths in Rhineland-Palatinate as well as to Baden-Württemberg and Hesse.

Source and further information: www.radwanderland.de

The Rhine Cycle Route/EuroVelo 15, which follows the Rhine from its source to its mouth over approx. 1,233 km through 4 countries, was certified as the 1st long-distance cycle route by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) and is continuously and uniformly signposted with the EuroVelo 15 signet.
Further information on the Rhine Cycle Route from the source to the mouth: https://en.eurovelo.com/ev15

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

On the right and left bank of the Rhine: railroad lines along their entire length

Coordinates

DD
48.957911, 8.186617
DMS
48°57'28.5"N 8°11'11.8"E
UTM
32U 440457 5423095
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Maps can be obtained from the relevant regional tourist agencies:

Palatinate:
Pfalz.Touristik e.V.
Martin-Luther-Str. 69
67433 Neustadt / Weinstraße
Phone: +49 (0)6321/3916-0
info@pfalz-touristik.de
https://www.pfalz.de/de/pfalz-entdecken/service-kontakt/informationsmaterial#/brochures 

Rheinhessen:
Rheinhessen-Touristik GmbH
Kreuzhof 15
5268 Nieder-Olm
Phone: +49(0)6136/92398-0
info@rheinhessen.info
https://www.rheinhessen.de/en/brochures/0 

Romantic Rhine:
Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
An der Königsbach 8
56075 Koblenz
Phone +49 (0)261/973847-0
info@romantischer-rhein.de
https://www.romantischer-rhein.de/en/order-brochures

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Questions and answers

Question from Andreas Ehmer · April 05, 2021 · Community
wie kann ich zur Planung einer Tour im Vorfeld die Kilometer zwischen den Orten berechnen?
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Hallo, im Routenplaner RLP kannst du dies berechnen: https://www.radwanderland.de/routenplaner

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Urs Schor
June 25, 2018 · Community

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
331.7 km
Duration
17:00 h
Ascent
35 m
Descent
96 m
Highest point
120 m
Lowest point
49 m
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