Summer along the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route

Regions around the EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route offer refreshing stops and public viewing events for the World Cup!

The Rhine, one of the mightiest rivers in Europe, runs through different landscapes, exciting cities and a total of nine UNESCO world heritage sites. The EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route, which follows the Rhine from its source in the Swiss Alps to its outlet in the Dutch Sea, offers cyclists the opportunity to experience the diversity of the Rhine landscape. A bicycle trip along the Rhine can be combined with refreshing stops for warm summer days and unique locations for public viewings of the World Cup 2018 games.


Watersports in the “Recreatiepark de Bijland“, Netherlands
The region Arnhem, right past the German-Dutch border, houses the “Recreatiepark de Bijland” with many possibilities for a refreshment. Next to hiking and cycling activities, the region, not far from the Rhine Cycle Route, offers various watersports. Visitors can rent speedboats or water skis, go surfing, sailing or swimming – a perfect stop for a warm summer’s day on a cycle trip along the Rhine Cycle Route.


© Fietsplatform - Ad Snelderwaard


Beach life near Xanten, North Rhine-Westphalia
Cyclists can enjoy a stop at the “Strandbad Xantener Südsee” not far from the Rhine Cycle Route. A sandy beach, lawns for sunbathing and a variety of culinary offers present the perfect opportunity to rest and relax. Action-packed activities are also available: play equipment and a shallow water zone let kid’s eyes glow. Adventurous visitors can make use of the diving platform and a Wibit Sports-Park, a course of action modules. Furthermore, guests can do stand-up paddling, go surfing, sail with a catamaran and much more.


© Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.


Castle Romanticism along the Romantic Rhine
More than 60 castles and palaces are located enroute between Remagen/Unkel and Bingen/Rüdesheim. Many of these witnesses of time along the Rhine Cycle Route can still be visited. A trip back in time inside the cool castle walls is the perfect opportunity to combine a cultural attraction with a refreshing stop. Two of the most famous castles along the Middle Rhine are the Marksburg, the only hilltop castle that has never been destroyed, and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built in the middle of the Rhine.


Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, © Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH


Cooling off in the local recreational area Johanneswiesen
Jockgrim, a town in the Palatinate, is located just 4 kilometers from the Rhine Cycle Route. A short detour including a stop is rewarded with an inviting bathing lake. The clear water and well-kept sand and grass areas are perfect for relaxing after a cycle trip. The shallow water close to the banks are very popular with little kids.


Nature-like swimming pool in Murg, Baden-Wuerttemberg
The nature-like swimming pool in Murg is located close to the Rhine Cycle Route. This swimming pool impresses with a biological water purification without the use of chlorine, the usage of solar power for the bath’s showers and exciting leisure facilities for young and old visitors. A cascade stream and an area of fountains were built for the youngest visitors. Older guests enjoy a wide wavy slide, a climbing rock with waterfall and a diving rock.

The Tamina Gorge – Alternative for rainy days
What to do on a rainy summer’s day around Bad Ragaz? A visit to the Tamina Gorge is a very good option to escape the rain. The “Alte Bad Pfäfers” marks the entrance to the mystical gorge. Visitors follow a tunnel to go deeper and deeper into the gorge, until they finally reach the Tamina thermal spring. The water has 36.5 degree Celsius and runs with almost 8,000 liter per minute day and night. The “Alte Bad Pfäfers” houses a museum depicting the history of the thermal water, a restaurant and event location.


Spectacular Locations for Public Viewing of the World Cup
The whole world follows the soccer World Cup in June and July. Cyclists will not have to take a pass on watching the games. On the contrary, public viewing events enjoy great popularity. Many different locations along the Rhine Cycle Route offer the opportunity to watch the matches in public.
The Kameha Grand Bonn shows games right on the riverbanks using a 7x3 m tall screen. This way soccer fans can cheer for their team with a stunning view over the Rhine.
On the hilltop right across the river from the world famous Loreley rock, the event location and restaurant “Maria Ruh” shows the matches on a large screen. While rooting for their team, visitors can thus enjoy spectacular views over the river and the Loreley. In Koblenz, fans can ‘fly’ over the Rhine with the cable car and not only look down on the river, the city of Koblenz and the German Corner, but also watch all German matches, the semifinals, the third place playoff and the final.
Up to 5,000 soccer fans gather in the roofed former Ice Stadium in Mannheim to cheer for their favorite team.
The Bodensee-Arena close to Lake Constance in Kreuzlingen offers more than 2,000 seats and a special atmosphere for the world cup games. Another unique location is the “Altes Kraftwerk”, a former generating plant, in Basel with a ceiling height of up to 12m. In Flums Hochwiese, Switzerland, fans have to go below ground to watch all Swiss games and the final in the “VersuchsStollen Hagerbach”.


You can find more information about the Rhine Cycle Route at 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.rhinecycleroute.eu.