A Cycling Adventure From Alsace To The Mosel and Romantic Rhine

Any cyclist would be thrilled to spend time bicycling in Alsace or along the Moselle or Rhine Rivers.  I’m lucky enough to be cycling all three areas in one trip!!

I finished my latest guidebook on cycling in Provence on Thursday, and it’s been a whilwind since, With just two days to get ready for this trip!  Am I freaking out yet?  Only a bit!  I have an hour before my plane leaves for Paris, so I’d like to share the top 5 things I’m looking forward to in each of these areas.

ALSACE

  • 2500 km of cycling
  • 4 EuroVelo routes passing through the region
  • Georgeous landscape with charming, fairytale villages
  • Miles of vineyards including the Alsace Vineyard Cycle Trail
  • A great bicycling website for trip planning:  www.tourisme-alsace.com/en/yclotourism-and-mountain-biking/cycle-paths.html

THE MOSELLE/MOSEL

  • Beginning in France as the Moselle, this river becomes the Mosel in Germany.  Bicycling along this river will be my first step transitioning to Experience Europe By Bike in 2016
  • 12 horseshoe bends in the river will make for some breathtaking sights along the route
  • Signposted, flat cycle tracks along the river
  • Lots of Roman history, including Germany’s oldest town, Trier
  • The wine…it’s been cultivated here for 2,000 years….there are 125 wine villages and over 4000 vintners

THE ROMANTIC RHINE

  • A chance to bicycle part of EuroVelo 15
  • 40 castles and palaces between Bingen and Deutches Eck in Koblenz
  • Two sides of the river to cycle on
  • The famous Lorelei
  • The Deutches Eck, the spot where the Mosel and the Rhine Rivers meet

I know that this is going to be one very memorable trip.  Next post from Strasbourg.  I’m on my way!

Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.

  1. I love your site and am looking forward to hearing about your trip. I am a longtime francophile and a long time bicyclist — I am now hoping to combine these two passions.

    My wife and I are planning a bike trip that would include EuroVelo 15 near Strasbourg and EuroVelo 6 near Besançon. We are talking about doing day trips out from a base city rather than a ‘true’ bike tour.

    Bonne journée!

    Visit my bike blog at: http://www.abikelife.com

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks so much for the great note! I’ll be happy to send you some ideas on the Strasbourg area since I was just there! I will be home in 2 weeks, so will send a note then. When are you thinking about going?

      Maggie Lacoste
      Experience France By Bike