Along the Rhine Bike Path - Heidelberg to Koblenz

Independent Unguided tour– 7 Days / 6 Nights, 200km

The Romans visited this area 2000 years ago because of the thermal springs and the healing waters of the River Rhine. Today there are numerous medieval fortresses, viniculture and interesting cities. The area in the Rhine Valley between Mainz and Koblenz is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since and a highlight of your bike tour.

Your Journey

1st day Heidelberg:

Individual arrival in Heidelberg. Visit the world-famous castle high above the Neckar, go by the mountain railway up to the Königstuhl Mountain or walk through the narrow alleys in the old part of the town. Finish your day in one of the traditional student pubs of the old university town.

2nd day Heidelberg – Zwingenberg/Bensheim, approx. 43/50 km:

Leave Heidelberg and follow the famous "Mountain Road", the smallest viticulture area in teh country. Enjoy the mild climate of the so-called Riviera of Germany, where almonds, figs, peaches and Kiwis are cultivated. One of the highlights of today is the market square at Heppenheim with its timber-framed houses. Via Bensheim you reach the 700-year old town of Zwingenberg. Stroll through the small alleyways below the mountain church where you will find numerous pubs, to try the good wine. Overnight stay in Zwingenberg or Bensheim.

3rd day Zwingenberg/Bensheim - Bodenheim/Mainz, approx. 45/63 km:

You leave the "Mountain Road" and cycle through the flat land along the Rhine and by ferry across the Rhine at Gernsheim. Through meadows and vegetable fields you reach the first foothills of the Palatine vineyards. You follow them through the numerous wine villages. In Oppenheim visit the German viticulture museum. In Nierstein you have the opportunity to take a cruise on the Rhine. Overnight in a winery some kilometres before Mainz or directly in Mainz.

4th day Bodenheim/Mainz - Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen/Bingen. 35/45 km:

Before you cycle along the Rhine you should see the impressive Chagall windows in St. Stephans church in Mainz as well as the Gutenberg museum. You can either follow the quiet cycle track on the left bank of the Rhine through fields and meadows or you can visit the village of Eltville on the right Rhine bank. There is a track that leads high up a quiet valley of the Rhine area to the Eberbach Monastery founded in 1136. Then you will reach the most well known wine town in Germany: Rüdesheim where you will find the "Drosselgasse" with its wine houses. From the Niederwald monument, which you reach with a chair lift, you have a gorgeous view over the valley. Your overnight stay is booked in Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen or in Bingen on the opposite Rhine bank.

5th day Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen//Bingen -Boppard, approx. 46 km:

The romantic Central-Rhine valley forms a rural highlight of your journey. The river flows between wonderful castles and sunny vineyards, overlooked by the mountains of the Rhine valley. Pass castle Reichenstein and the pictorial castle Sooneck and reach the very old wine village Bacharach. You see Kaub Island with its castle Pfalzgrafenstein in the Rhine and pass the mythic Loreley. Soon you arrive in Boppard.

6th day Boppard - Koblenz, approx. 21 km:

If you would like to shorten the stage to Koblenz you can cover the distance by ship. The cycle track leads you to Spay and Rhens with its richly carved, multicoloured-painted timber-framed houses. From the opposite bank you will see the fabulous Marksburg, one of the most splendid castles on the Rhine. Reach Koblenz, the end of your journey. Visit the "Deutsche Eck" a corner at the estuary of the river Moselle; take the gondola up to the impressive fortress Ehrenbreitstein in the evening; or join the cheerful tipplers who enjoy this lovel wine town. Overnight in Koblenz.

7th day Individual departure:

Return of the rented bikes in the hotel and individual departure.

Extra nights accommodation can be booked in Koblenz or Heidelberg for you.

Terrain / Grade

Easy - mostly flat terrain.

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