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
The Rhine Cycle Route along the Romantic Rhine stretches over 120 kilometres along both sides of the Rhine between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Remagen/Unkel. The cycle route runs along the banks of the Rhine without any gradients and almost continuously on separate paths. The unique cultural landscape with its vineyards, more than 60 castles and palaces and medieval towns along the route invite cyclists to a visit or a short break to enjoy the magnificent views.
Distance 117.4 km
The Rhine Cycle Route between Bingen and Remagen (left side of the Rhine) is built as a separate cycling path and can be cycled fairly easy. The path sometimes follows the banks of the river closely, sometimes it leads through the towns and along the promenades and sometimes the path is built as a separate cycling path next to the roads. It is thoroughly signed with the official EuroVelo 15 signet.
A trip along the Rhine Cycle Route surely belongs to the most scenic ways of discovering the unique cultural landscape of the Romantic Rhine. The region offers two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the beginning of the Upper-Germanic Rhaetian Limes in Rheinbrohl and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley lies between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz. All of the neighbouring rivers that issue into the Rhine, like the Nahe, Moselle, Lahn and Ahr, offer cycling paths along the river as well. That way you can easily combine a cycle trip along multiple riversides.
Just take a quick break and visit one of the many castles along the route. The concentration of castles and palaces in this region is considered to be the highest throughout the world.
Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Update: July 30, 2021
Best time of year
Certain stages of the Rhine Cycle Route along the left side of the Rhine are built as separate paths along the roads, sometimes with and sometimes without structural separation. Please be particular careful along stages without structural separation from car-traffic. Please also watch out for oncoming traffic. We advise to cycle the left side of the Rhine from South to North.
Do you have any suggestions, noticeable problems or defects along the route? Please send a message to the following address for infrastructural or signage issues: email@example.com www.radwanderland.de
For questions concerning tourism along the Rhine Cycle Route and the region between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Remagen/Unke, please contact the Romantic Rhine Tourism Board:
Difficulty: Without limitations suitable for everyone.
Character: In town cycle paths or along the road without separate cycle path
Asphalt paths with the exception of some stages on towpaths
Out of town exclusively separate cycle paths
The route in the cycle path network: The Rhine Cycle Route is one of 7 long-distance cycle paths in Rhineland-Palatinate and is part of the Route No. 8 in the D-Net. It is one of the most eminent European long-distance cycle routes and follows the Rhine from its source in the Swiss Alps through France, Germany and to its outlet in the Dutch Sea. The Rhine Cycle Route connects to several other cycle paths in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hesse.
The Rhine Cycle Route/EuroVelo 15 follows the Rhine from its source to its outlet for around 1,233 km through four countries. It was the first long-distance cycle route which was certified through the European Cyclist’s Federation (ECF). It is consistently and throughout signed with the EuroVelo 15 signet. You can find further information on the Rhine Cycle Route at: www.rhinecycleroute.eu
all notes on protected areas
Railway lines along both the left and the right side of the Rhine. You can find further information about travelling by train and bike here.
The Rhine Cycle Route in the region Romantic Rhine runs through two federal German states. Please inform yourself about the schedules and prices at www.bahn.com/en.
Groups of up to five people travelling in one federal state can make use of special tickets. If you travel through more than one federal state check out this special offer. This ticket allows up to five people to travel through Germany on local and regional services for the whole day.
An excellent road network connects the metropolises in the Rhine-Main and Rhine-Ruhr area with the Romantic Rhine. The A61 (Cologne-Ludwigshafen), the A3 (Cologne-Frankfurt) and the A48 (Trier-Montabaur/Dernbach) all lead to the Rhine Valley. The main roads through the Middle Rhine Valley are the B9 (left side of the Rhine) and the B42 (right side of the Rhine).
Many train stations along both sides connect the Romantic Rhine to the major cities like Cologne, Bonn, Mainz and Wiesbaden. IC trains stop in Koblenz, ICE trains stop in the nearby Montabaur with express busses connecting Montabaur and Koblenz.
Three international airports (Cologne-Bonn in the north, Frankfurt-Hahn in the west and Frankfurt Rhein-Main in the south) are nearby and well connected to the region. All three airports are less than half an hour drive by car.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Plan your trip at www.radwanderland.de (German only) – the webpage for long-distance cycle route and further touristic relevant cycle routes in Rhineland-Palatinate.
The printed cycle map for the region Romantic Rhine and a service handbook plus overview map for the whole Rhine Cycle Route/EuroVelo 15 are available at: