Germany

With nine EuroVelo routes, Germany is THE country for cycling tours in Europe. Around 230 bicycle routes lead cyclists through the country's varied landscapes. Whether you cycle along the coast or one of the numerous rivers, through impressive mountainous landscapes or historical and modern cities, you will certainly find a ride that suits your tastes. Culinary enjoyments, cultural monuments and sights of untouched nature along the routes complete the bicycle travel experience in Germany.

National Information

ADFC: Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club e.V. (NECC)

The ADFC is a nationwide, Non-Profit-Organisation with more than 175.000 members whose shared aim is to make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Besides encouraging environmentally-friendly and therefore sustainable forms of transport, the ADFC provides advice on all aspects of cycling. This includes advice on buying a bike, technology and cycling accessories, tourism-related and political issues.

030 2091498-0

ADFC Quality Cycling Routes

Currently, 37 cycling routes and five cycling tour regions in Germany carry the ADFC seal of quality. The link provides more information.

ADFC's brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken"

On the online presentation of the ADFC's brochure you will find a selection of the most beautiful bike routes in Germany.

Bett+Bike - Bicycle Friendly Accommodation

Around 5,500 hotels, guesthouses, youth hostels, nature houses and camping sites are tailored to the needs of cyclists. Guest companies meeting ADFC quality criteria are marked with a sign at the entrance.

[EV10, EV13] ADFC - Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Regional Association

The regional office of the German cyclists organisation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

[EV10] Regional website of the Tourism Board of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The part of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route which leads through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a beautiful trail in Northern Germany, which winds through idyllic scenery, Hanseatic towns, three islands and classic villages.

+49 381 4030 500

[EV10] Schleswig-Holstein

The Baltic Sea Cycle Route begins in the north at Teichweg border crossing in Flensburg and leads through Glücksburg, Eckernförde and Hohwacht, around the sunny island of Fehmarn as far as Lübeck-Travemünde. The route ends in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck whose medieval centre was the first complete old town in northern Europe to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO back in 1987.

+49 (0) 45 03 – 888 525

[EV12] Lower Saxony

The Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park lies just off the coast and forms part of the Wadden Sea that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2009. This intertidal zone extends along the Dutch and German North Sea coastlines all the way to Denmark, and provides a unique habitat for countless species of flora and fauna. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Warehouse District and Kontorhaus District with the Chilehaus office building await cyclists in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg.

+49 (0) 511 / 2704880

[EV12] Schleswig-Holstein

From the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the route runs beside the River Elbe through Wedel, Uetersen and Glückstadt, then on to Brunsbüttel. After crossing Kiel Canal, the route continues along the North Sea Cycle Route via Dithmarschen as far as Husum. It then passes around the edge of Nordstrand peninsula, through Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, and ends in Klanxbüll on the Danish border.

+49 431 600 58-3

[EV13] Greenbelt Germany

From the Barents to the Black Sea, there ran a barrier which displayed its inhumane side most strongly in Germany. It cut up a country into East and West, separated families and friends for decades. And yet nature conquered the frontier strip. The "Green Belt" was created, with valuable habitats full of rare animals and plants. Since 1989, the BUND has been active in preserving the Green Belt, along with other organisations and government departments.

[EV13] Part 1 - North Sea Cycle Route - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The route starts to the west of Swinemünde, in Usedom Island Nature Park. From here, it runs close to the water along slightly hilly sections via the Hanseatic towns of Greifswald, Stralsund, Rostock and Wismar to the mouth of the River Trave on Privall peninsula before ending in the coastal town of Travemünde. UNESCO has added the old towns of Stralsund and Wismar to its list of World Heritage Sites as representative examples of the Hanseatic cultural heritage.

+49 381 4030770

[EV13] Part 2 - Elbe Cycle Route North

This section of the EuroVelo 13 leads along the Elbe Cycle Route. It begins in Boizenburg beside the River Elbe, which is Germany’s second longest river, and continues south-east through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Elbe River Landscape via the towns of Hitzacker and Dömitz to Schnackenburg.

+49 4542 856862

[EV13] Part 3 - Iron Curtain Trail - Bavaria

The EuroVelo 13 signposted in the Upper Palatine Forest mostly remains on the German side of the border, crossing over near Rozvadov at the monument to opening of the Iron Curtain and the border museum. The route then crosses back over at Waidhaus and leads along the Bockl Cycle Route to Eslarn. From Friedrichshäng, the route once again crosses back onto the Czech side.

+49 9433 / 203810

[EV15] HA Hessen Agentur GmbH - Tourismus- und Kongressmarketing

The tourism- and congress marketing department of the HA Hessen Agentur GmbH is responsible for the promotion of the long-distance cycle routes within the federal state of Hesse. The Rhine Cycle Route is one of the routes. Detailed information about the Rhine Cycle Route - including an online -route -planner - can be found on the website of "Radroutenplaner Hessen" in several languages.

[EV15] Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH

Romantic Rhine Tourism is the authority responsible for the promotion and development of the Rhine Cycle Route (RCR) in Rhineland-Palatinate. The RCR passes through the three touristic destinations of the Palatinate, Rhine Hesse and the romantic Rhine valley.

+49 (0) 261 - 97 38 47 0

[EV15] Tourismus Marketing GmbH Baden-Württemberg

South-west Germany is cycling country. With its extensive network of quiet back roads through the hills of the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest, you can pedal alone, with friends or family, taking it easy or riding hard. On TMBW's website you can find all the important information about the Rhine Cycle Route in Baden-Württemberg, like maps, cyclist friendly accommodation or information about tourist sights.

0711 / 2 38 58 0

[EV15] Tourismus North Rhine-Westphalia e.V.

Tourismus NRW e.V. is the authority responsible for the coordination, communication and promotion of the Rhine Cycle Route's North Rhine-Westphalian section. The routes in the federal state follow the river on both of its banks providing scenic views of the river every now and then. The route is largely flat with an excellent infrastructure.

[EV2, EV12] Tourism Marketing Nidersachsen

On this route you can expect gentle hills that offer one magnificent view after another out over meadows and forests. Colourful half-timbered towns and imposing palaces and castles with intriguing and impressive historical backgrounds take cyclists on a journey into bygone days. It makes for truly great cycling tourism.

+49 (0) 511 / 2704880

[EV2, EV7] D-Route 3

This website contains information on the German D-Route 3, with a description of the route, an electronic map, as well as services along the route like accommodation, bookable offers and points of interest.

[EV2] R1 Euroroute

Following EuroVelo 2 from The Hague to Berlin, this site provides touristic information on cycling along this route.

[EV3] Part 1 - Ox Road: Gebietsgemeinschaft Grünes Binnenland Tourismus e.V.

In the 19th century, the Ox Road was the main overland route between Denmark and North Germany. It served as a cattle track for farmers, but was also used by soldiers, tradesmen, pilgrims and beggars as a direct route southwards. Today, cyclists can experience the nature and cultural history of North Germany. Located away from busy roads, the route passes through moors and marshland, forests, the meadows and heaths typical of North Germany, past lakes and along rivers.

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[EV3] Part 2 - North Sea Cycle Route: Nordsee-Tourismus-Service GmbH

The section along the North Sea Cycle Route not only offers cyclists the opportunity to experience nature, but also to visit a variety of larger and smaller harbour towns. From Elmshorn, the route passes through the Elbvorland floodplains and on to Hamburg – the “Gateway to the World”, as the harbour city on the Elbe is commonly known – where the city’s maritime UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be explored.

(0 48 41) 89 75 0

[EV3] Part 3 - Long-distance cycling track Hamburg-Bremen: Touristikverband Landkreis Rotenburg (Wümme) e.V.

From the UNESCO World Heritage city and harbour metropolis of Hamburg featuring attractions such as the Alster, Landungsbrücken landing stages and Warehouse District, the route continues over the historic Elbe bridge in Harburg, past Schwarze Berge wildlife park and through the Harburg Hills to Bremen, which is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city. For more than six centuries now, the political future of the oldest city republic in Europe has been decided at the town hall here in Bremen.

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[EV3] Part 4 - Brückenradweg: Tourismusverband Osnabrücker Land e.V. (TOL)

The Brückenradweg links Bremen and Osnabrück on two parallel routes. Trade has flourished between the two Hanseatic towns for time immemorial. The well-developed route passes through 3 nature parks featuring unspoilt moors and forests, historical sites with a fascinating past, and over countless bridges. Some of these bridges are of historical interest; others are architecturally appealing. And all are a key feature of the beautiful riverscape.

0541/3234567

[EV3] Part 5 - Friedensroute: Münsterland e.V.

EuroVelo 3 continues along the Friedensroute linking the cities of Osnabrück and Münster. This modern cycle route traces the course of a historical riding trail through the Tecklenburger Land region. The city of Münster stands for the past and the future, a cultural stronghold and a cycling paradise, a diocesan city and a student city. The 1200-year-old metropolis shows how the old can also be young – with vibrant city flair, a compelling cultural programme and versatile leisure options.

+49 2571 949300

[EV3] Part 6 - 100 Castles Routes: Münsterland e.V.

The Pilgrims Route follows the 100 Castles Route for a total of 75 kilometres. Castles, palaces and manor houses are the treasures of the Münsterland region. They are testimonies to outstanding architecture. Past eras come to life again here. It is possible to experience these by bike along the 100 Castles Route. The wonderful parks are perfect for stopping off.

+49 2571 949300

[EV3] Part 7 - Römer-Lippe-Route: Ruhr Tourismus GmbH

The next section of the Pilgrims Route follows the Römer-Lippe-Route. Where history was once written on the roads built by the Romans, the natural border today runs between the Münsterland’s parklands and the industrial culture of the Ruhr metropolitan region on the stretch between Hamm and Haltern. Initially densely forested, the Römer-Lippe-Route passes through varied scenery on the way from Haltern am See to Wesel.

01806 181630

[EV3] Part 8 - Rhine Cycle Route: RadRegionRheinland

The Pilgrims Route reaches the Rhine Cycle Route where varied art and culture can be experienced. Vibrant towns await exploration along what this section, from which unobstructed views can be enjoyed over the water time and time again. The route leads from the Siebengebirge upland range, past the metropolises of Cologne and Düsseldorf, to the Lower Rhine in Bonn, which is one of the oldest cities in Germany. The former German capital looks back on a history spanning more than 2,000 years.

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[EV3] Part 9 - Water Castles Route: Nordeifel Tourismus GmbH

The final section of the Pilgrims Route follows the Water Castles Route. Countless moated castles and other historical and cultural highlights along the route remind of the times of lords and knights. The route leads from Bonn along streams and rivers and through fertile lowlands to Aachen. Aachen Cathedral, the city’s landmark, along with the cathedral treasury were the first two German cultural monuments to be added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites back in 1978.

00 49 (0) 24 41 / 99 457 – 0

[EV4] Part 1 - Rhine Cycle Route

Vibrant towns along the way invite cyclists to explore a diverse array of art and cultural offerings. Unobstructed views can be enjoyed over the water time and time again along what is undoubtedly the most interesting section of the Rhine Cycle Route. From the Siebengebirge upland range, the route passes through the metropolises of Cologne and Düsseldorf as far as Mainz at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers.

+49 211 91320-500

[EV4] Part 2 - Main Cycle Route

The second section of this route passes along the Main Cycle Route. Wonderfully relaxed tours can be enjoyed from Mainz at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers all the way to the source of the White Main in Bischofsgrün. The varied scenery, diverse art and cultural offerings along the way and charming routing make this section covering over 500 kilometres from east to west through Franconian beer country to Franconian wine country a cycle route for gourmets.

+49 (0)911 94151 – 0

[EV5] Grenzland-Runde

The Tourism Organization Saarschleifenland Tourismus provides information on the "Grenzland-Runde" (Border Area Circuit), a tour of 35 km. The website offers details on the elevation gain and similar characteristics, a GPS track, maps etc.

0049 (0)6861 80440

[EV5] Saarland-Radweg

The "Saarland-Radweg" (Saarland cycle path) leads you partly on old towpaths around the beautiful Saarland. In addition to historic towns such as Saarbrücken and Sankt Wendel, you will also see impressive landscapes in the Black Forest and Saargau. Sights such as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte are spread along the way and invite you to discover them.

0049 (0)681 927200

[EV5] Saar-Radweg

The family-friendly, completely flat route leads along the banks of the Saar from Sarreguemines in France to Konz, where Saar and Mosel meet. Particularly worth seeing are Saarbrücken with its baroque buildings, the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte, the fortified city of Saarlouis, the city of Merzig with its Wolfspark, the Saar loop, the lifestyle provider Villeroy & Boch and the picturesque city of Saarburg.

0049 (0)681 927200

[EV6] Part 1 - Rhine Valley Cycle Route

The varied tour through the Rhine Valley passes through countless vineyards and mostly directs cyclists along routes away from busy roads. The motto of this cycle route is “Enjoy nature”. The flora and fauna of the Kaiserstuhl hills along with the countless vineyards will allow cyclists to forget their everyday stresses. The Rhine Valley Cycle Route follows the course of the Rhine, passing along the borders with Liechtenstein and Austria before arriving at Lake Constance.

0049 (0)711 2 38 58 0

[EV6] Part 2 - Hohenzollern Cycle Route

From the Danube to Lake Constance. Tuttlingen’s local mountain, the Witthoh, is the only hill on this section of the route. The route is then almost entirely downhill, whereby the considerably milder climate that prevails around Lake Constance can be felt the further one travels. The tour then continues along the Stockacher Aach tributary of the Rhine to Ludwigshafen beside Lake Constance where the Hohenzollern Cycle Route ends.

0049 (0)711 2 38 58 0

[EV6] Part 3 - Danube Cycle Route

From Tuttlingen, the Danube Cycle Route continues on to Ulm where the tallest church spire in the world (forming part of Ulm’s minster) can be visited. Countless historical monuments lie along the route that then passes through Ingolstadt, Regensburg and Passau before arriving at the border with Austria. In 2006, UNESCO added the Regensburg ensemble of the old town with the Stadtamhof district to its list of World Heritage Sites.

0049 (0) 731 1612814

[EV7] Berlin-Copenhagen: Tourismusverband Ruppiner Seenland e.V.; Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.

From Berlin, the route continues northwards into the sprawling Brandenburg scenery, along the River Havel. On the way to the Baltic coast, the route crosses through the Mecklenburg lake district with Lake Müritz and its over one hundred other lakes and rivers. Countless towns well worth a visit lie along the route to the Hanseatic city of Rostock, where it is possible to take the ferry across to Gedser in Denmark.

+49 03391/ 659630; +49 381 4030-550

[EV7] Elbe Cycle Route South

While the Elbe is only the second longest river in Germany, it is definitely the number one river among cycle tourists. Immediately beyond the German-Czech border, the river is greeted by the sandstone cliffs of Saxon Switzerland National Park. The route passes through the Elbe valley, amidst romantic, rugged scenery. The world-famous Semperoper opera house and reconstructed Frauenkirche church can be visited in Dresden.

+49 3501 470141

German Tourism Center e.V., DZT

The DZT has promoted Germany abroad on behalf of the federal government for more than 60 years. It advertises the touristic diversity of Germany throughout the world. It therefore advertises for one of the biggest and most popular brands - the travel country Germany. A selection of attractive long distance cycle routes can be found on www.germany.travel with route descriptions and references of Bed+Bike establishments.

+49 (0)69 974640

Maps & Guides

Rhine Cycle Route Service Manual

From the source to the mouth: 1233 kilometres of cycling fun with a river view. You are looking for cyclist-friendly accommodation close to Andermatt? You are interested in seeing Düsseldorf’s sights? You fancy trying Alsatian “Flammkuchen” in Strasbourg or wine in Rhineland Palatinate or perhaps you would like to rent a bike on the Dutch coast? Step by step, or better put stage by stage, you will find all the transnational information as well as helpful tour tips and tricks.

Bookable Offers

The Danube from Passau to Budapest

EV6
@Austria @Germany @Hungary @Slovakia

Two weeks to ride on one of the most beautiful trails in Europe. From Passau to Vienna, the route is a genuine succession of gorgeous landscapes, castles, cities and monasteries; you will cross the Wachau, a wine-growing region classified by Unesco and you will visit Passau, Linz and Vienna. From Vienna to Budapest, the route runs through the National Park of Stopfenreuther and rich wine-growing areas and through cities with unique heritages, including Bratislava and Budapest.

Bike Tour Chur-Basel

EV15
@Austria @Germany @Liechtenstein @Switzerland

Our trip goes from central Switzerland, through Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, back to Switzerland, in the picturesque Basel on the Rhine's knee. The panorama of the Alps and the grandiose view over the Lac of Constance will make for lasting impressions and a lot of variety. You will cycle through Switzerland's Grand Canyon and through nice little villages. Further down the road the valleys get wider, the mountains softer and the first vineyards indicate the mild climate of the Lac of Constan…

Bike Tour Chur-Rotterdam

EV15
@Austria @Germany @Liechtenstein @Netherlands @Switzerland

Join us on one of the longest and most beautiful bike tours across Europe. We follow one of the biggest and most impressive rivers of the continent. The Rhine links several cultures and varied landscapes from the Swiss Alps, through the principality of Liechtenstein, through Austria and Germany to the Netherlands and the Grand Finale on the North Sea. Duration: 28 nights/29 days. Price: from 2.958€

Bike Tour Basel Speyer

EV15
@France @Germany @Switzerland

Most of the time the Rhine forms the natural border between France and Germany, between French savoir-vivre and German coziness. The past hasn't always been that peaceful, as you can see along the route, finding yourself often between former French and German fortifications. The region has nonetheless been enjoyable, passing through several historic sites - from the Swiss Basel via Freiburg to the European city of Strasbourg, by Karlsruhe to the picturesque city of Speyer and its cathedral.