Discoveries along the Rhine Cycle Route - Exciting museums about art,culture,nature and history

The Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 follows the Rhine and its 1.233 km from its source in the Swiss Alps to its outlet in the Dutch sea. It passes four countries, unique landscapes and nine UNESCO world heritage sites. A cycling tour along the famous and well-visited Rhine Cycle Route can be combined with a visit to one of the many museums along the route.

Historical windmills shape the landscape of the Netherlands. Kinderdijk offers the highest concentration of windmills: 19 windmills dating back to the 18th century can be found in this area. Because of its historical importance, Kinderdijk was included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1997. One of the windmills presents a museum showing its inside and presents interesting artefacts and facts about life of these days. www.kinderdijk.org

The Chocolate Museum Cologne gets not only children’s eyes all aglow. Next to its famous landmark, a chocolate fountain that is three meter tall and filled with 200kg of chocolate, visitors can stroll through a tropical greenhouse.Guests can experience the climate of the tropical rainforest and learn more about the flora around cocoa trees. A glass chocolate museum traces the production of chocolate from the cocoa beans to the roasting process and the finished product. An exhibition of over 4,000 m2 shows the history and culture of chocolate. www.schokoladenmuseum.de/en/

South of Bonn, the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen welcomes visitors in a late Neo-Classical train station and a modern building designed by the American architect Richard Meier. Works of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp are presented throughout the museum. A collection of 400 pieces found a home at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck. Temporary exhibitions complete the repertoire of the museum, which is located directly along the Rhine Cycle Route. The museum is thus a great opportunity for a short stop during a cycling trip. The train station is still used nowadays, so Rolandseck also presents a great opportunity to start (or end) a cycling tour along the Rhine.The terrace of the enclosed catering opportunity offers fantastic views over the Rhine River. www.arpmuseum.org/en/

The Technik Museum Speyer takes visitors on a journey to technological highlights par excellence.The presentations include areas from underwater to outer space technologies. Europe’s largest outer space exhibition shows around 600 unique artefacts, including the original space shuttle BURAN. The maritime exhibition of the museum displays the submarine boat U9 of the German Federal Navy and the sea rescue cruiser “John T. Essberger”. Other exhibitions present vintage cars, motorcycles, historical fire trucks and many other exciting technological highlights. http://speyer.technik-museum.de

Mannheim, the city where Karl Drais invented the bicycle 200 years ago, the Reiss-Engelhorn-museums form an extraordinary ‘museums square’. Four museums display internationally renowned exhibitions.The culture-historical museum ‘Zeughaus C5‘ presents art and cultural history from the past two thousand years.The antiquities collection on the basement level offers a fascinating journey through time from the Greeks to the Etruscans and the cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia up to the Romans. www.rem-mannheim.de/en/

The PAMINA-Rheinpark close to Rastatt in the Black Forest is composed of two natural habitats and ten natural museums. One of these museums, the Riedmuseum in Rastatt-Ottersdorf, offers a range of information about the Rhine rectification and its impact on humans and nature.The enclosed open-air museum presents a typical homestead in the Ried area with original furnishing. www.pamina-rheinpark.org

The Alsatian Museum in Strasbourg was founded in 1902 with the aim of underpinning the region’s identity. Located in three former houses in Strasbourg, linked by a maze of stairways and connecting passages, the museum displays over 5,000 artefacts witnessing the daily life of Alsatians in the 18th and 19th century. Furniture, homeware, toys, traditional costumes, tools, sacred artefacts and images are on display in the 30 rooms. www.musees-strasbourg.org

The oldest, originally kept house from 1302 in the city of Stein am Rhein, the KrippenWelt invites visitors to experience temporary exhibitions of up to 700 Christmas crèches from around the world. The intention is to point out the original meaning of Christmas. A shop offers crèches from around the world and high-quality Christmas decorations, especially produced with fair trade products. www.krippenwelt-ag.ch

The history of the railway is presented in the “Locorama Eisenbahn Erlebniswelt” in Romanshorn, Switzerland. The last Thurgau steam engine, the Ec 3/5 of the historical ‘Mittelthurgaubahn’ demonstrates, together with the big express steam engine S 3/6 of the Bavarian railway, long-lost times. A historical stagecoach train and a lounge car invite visitors to travel back in time. www.locorama.ch

Cyclists follow the Rhine Cycle Route from the Alps to the North Sea not only through unique landscapes but the route also offers a remarkable cultural variety shown in the different museums along the route. Scientific, historical, cultural and technological museums present a large range of institutions for the whole family.

Further information about the Rhine Cycle Route, its stages and sights can be found on www.rhinecycleroute.eu.



The Demarrage Project LTMA comprises the following partners: Stichting Landelijk Fietsplatform, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Mittelstand und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Landesentwicklung, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, Wirtschaftsministerium Baden-Württemberg, Stiftung Schweiz Mobil, Conseil Géneral du Bas-Rhin under the leadership of the European Cyclists´ Federation. This press release was issued by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH on behalf of the partners listed above.
Further information: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH, An der Königsbach 8, 56075 Koblenz, info(at)romantischer-rhein.de, www.rheinradweg.eu / www.rhinecycleroute.eu / www.rijnfietsroute.eu / www.velorouterhin.eu
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