Vauban and Goethe
Statue of Liberty, Kaiserstuhl and the remains of an old abbaye
Starting in Colmar the birthplace of sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the designer of the Statue of Liberty bikers follow the Canal de Colmar to Artzenheim before merging onto the EuroVelo 15 Bike Path. Neuf Brisach is a fully preserved, historical fortification (UNESCO World Heritage) built to plans drawn by Vauban, the master builder of the „Sun King“, Louis XIV of France.
After crossing the river, one rides past Breisach and the „Kaiserstuhl“ to the city of Freiburg. The path then heads south, allowing bikers to bask in the light and warmth of the Markgräflerland.
Next stop is the historical town of Staufen, famous for being a venue in Faust, one of Goethe’s legendary plays. From here, the route passes through the spa town of Bad Krozingen to Bremgarten and across the Rhine to Fessenheim, where bikers can follow the EuroVelo 15 Bike Path all the way to Blodelsheim, Munchhouse, and Ensisheim. The former capital of the Habsburg dynasty is the perfect oasis for a break before peddling onward to Soultz, Pulversheim, the historical town of Guebwiller, and Murbach with its beautiful abbey ruins.
The route then passes through Rouffach, which was once the seat of the Merovingian kings. From here, Colmar is reached by moving steadily through lovely vineyards along the base of the Vosges Mountains.