Upper Rhine Bike Path
Delightful bike tours trough the Upper Rhine Valley
The three-country region of the Upper Rhine Valley is characterized by lush vineyards and mixed orchards and is graced with stunning views of the Vosges Mountains, the Black Forest and the Jura Mountains.
With the cool waters of the Rhine River ever in sight, the Upper Rhine Bike Path paths throughout the region invite guests to enjoy a lovely tour on two wheels. The path connects the Baden, Alsatian, and German Wine Routes, and is especially suited for vacationers looking for a more relaxed, less physically challenging biking adventure. The various stages along the way are also family-friendly, both in terms of elevation and the diversity of offers and highlights. Cozy wine villages with locally-owned shops and restaurants create an inviting and relaxed atmosphere for taking breaks between different stages of the tour.
Cultural monuments, many of them with UNESCO World Heritage status, are evidence of the centuries-long history this unique three-country region shares. Here, one can find an abundance of castles and palaces that give visitors a glimpse of eras gone by and testify to the Upper Rhine Valley’s historically rich and turbulent past. While the bike path stimulates the body, captivating museums throughout the region ensure that mind and soul are stimulated as well; whether discovering the traces of tradition in one of the many regional, historical, scientific, and outdoor museums or enjoying the excitement of an interactive museum, the Upper Rhine Valley has something to suit every taste and interest.
Over 60 Michelin-ranked restaurants and a plethora of cafés, guest houses, beer gardens, and wine bars are sure to keep travelers refreshed and hunger at bay. A visit to one of the many winegrowers, winemaking cooperatives, or local taverns known as “Besenwirtschaften” (broom restaurants) that line the wine routes is an absolute must; only open seasonally, the “Besenwirtschaften” are the key to discovering traditional cuisine and meeting locals in an authentic, rustic atmosphere. As the name suggests, these taverns can be recognized by a broomstick hanging next to the front door.
The Upper Rhine Bike Path also offers various chances to switch over to the Rhine Bike Path. A dip in the cool waters of the Rhine offers the perfect respite for bikers in the warm summer months, and the region’s thermal baths, indoor waterparks, and leisure pools provide for a few wellearned hours of relaxation during the cooler fall and winter months.
For more information on biking please have a look at our partners' websites:
- Black Forest: www.schwarzwald-tourismus.info/Entdecken/Rad-und-MTB
- Southern Palatinate: www.pfalz.de/freizeit-und-erleben/radfahren
- Alsace: www.cyclinginalsace.com
- Canton of Jura: http://www.juratourisme.ch/en/leisure-activities/cycling.html
- Baselland: https://www.baselland-tourismus.ch/erleben/velofahren-mountainbiken