Cycling Strasbourg’s Forts Trail

The Piste des Forts or Forts Trail is an 85km cycle route that completely surrounds the city of Strasbourg. You can pick up this route on any side of the city, and you can bicycle as little or as much as you want. This route is easy to get to from EuroVelo 15 or 5, and there are 9 tram stops that are close to the Forts Trail.  I love this trail because it’s a perfect route for simply exploring Strasbourg.  Think of a cycling beltway around Strasbourg, that’s the Piste des Forts!

Here’s a bit about the history of the route.  At the end of the 19th century, new fortifications were built around Strasbourg, which was then part of The German Empire. Two new lines of defense were built around the city, an 11km city wall and a ring of 19 forts.  Over the years since then, many of the forts have become completely overgrown, but 4 are still open to the public. So while this itinerary links all of these forts, there is really so much else to enjoy along this route.  This bike route is actually one of the best urban cycle paths I’ve ever bicycled!  If you are planning to be in Strasbourg, I encourage you to spend an afternoon or better yet, a day exploring this route.

Here are some photos from this cycle route:

Beautiful paths through the forest

Beautiful paths through the forest

Worl War II German bunkers

Worl War II German bunkers

Fort Rapp-Moltke, one of 4 forts open to public

Fort Rapp-Moltke, one of 4 forts open to public

The old sentry post to the fort

The old sentry post to the fort

Great signposting and The Forts Trail map help guide your adventure

Great signposting and The Forts Trail map help guide your adventure

The Forts Trail connects to EuroVelo 5 and EuroVelo 15 as well as other cycle paths in and around Strasbourg.  All in all, The Forts Trail is a terrific path to explore the history, heritage and natural beauty of the Strasbourg region while enjoying a great adventure by bike.

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.