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Julien's EuroVelo Insider Tip: along the French-German border on the EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route

With our Insider Tips series, we present you our staff's favourite sections of the EuroVelo network. This month EuroVelo Communication Intern, Julien Staskiewicz, hops between France and Germany on EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route.

Cycling along the EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route along the French-German border blurs the lines between these two great countries and their cultures as well. You can choose to ride on either on the French or German bank of the Rhine or combine the two by taking advantage of the various crossing points available (by bridge and by boat).

The southern part of this section of EuroVelo 15 is particularly enjoyable as  you will ride through vinyards with breathtaking landscapes on both sides of the Rhine. The region near Colmar in France and near Freiburg in Germany are reknown for their wines - the Riesling and Gewürtztraminer are particularly famous. Although it is a hilly region, cycling on the Rhine Cycle Route guarantees a flat road along the river.

 

After leaving the southern part of this stage, you'll reach the Rhine Plain, bordered by the Vosges in the West and the Black Forest in the East. Soon you will arrive to one of the European capitals, Strasbourg. There you should really take a few days off your bike trip, to take in all the city has to offer: the European Parliament, the historic quarter of 'La Petite France', or the massive cathedral being some of the main highlights. The 'Passerelle des Deux Rives' is a particularly symbolic bridge between the French city of Strasbourg and the German city of Kehl, reserved only to cyclists and pedestrians and is also a the center piece of the French-German garden of the 'Deux Rives'.

Culinary speaking, the trip is very aggreable too. It might not be the most sophisticated cuisine but it tastes good nonetheless. Enjoy a 'choucroute garnie' or 'flammekueche' in the French Alsace region or the 'Maultaschen' or 'Käsespätzle' in the German Baden-Württemberg region. After a long journey on the bike, these meals will definetly give you enough energy for the next day!

 

Insider tips

 

- Go visit Strasbourg and especially the scenic 'Petite France' along the 'l'Ill' river or the famous cathedral

- For adrenaline junkies and fans of big thrills, the Europapark Rust theme park is definetly worth a stop

- Cycling through the Sauer Delta near Münchhausen to discover the well preserved wild fauna and flora

- The 'Passerelle des deux rives', between Strasbourg and Kehl, in the middle of the Rhine, is a symbolic spot for French-German friendship