cover image: City of Lausanne along EuroVelo 17, Rhone Cycle Route.
The EuroVelo, is a network of cycling route in the continent of Europe. Its purpose is to incorporate existing and planned national and regional cycle routes into a single European network.
It all began back in 1993 after the opening of the Danish national cycle route network, one of the inspirations for EuroVelo. The idea of establishing a European cycle route network started the first groundwork on a proposal the following year. After years of meetings and discussions to map out the network, the first EuroVelo route: EuroVelo 12 – the North Sea Cycle Route eventually opened in 2001, covering 6 countries from United Kingdom to Norway.
Today there are 17 long distance routes spanning a total of over 90,000 KM of cycling trails connecting and uniting the whole European continent. Among all of them, EuroVelo 15 – the Rhine Cycle that runs along one of the longest rivers in Europe from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea is highly recommended. It travels across 4 European countries, Switzerland, Germany, France and The Netherlands. It is 1,500 KM long and covers 9 UNESCO world heritage sites along the route.
EuroVelo 15 is the best choice for beginner cyclists, especially if this is your first Europe cycling trip! Here’s why.
A perfect route for beginners! It is qualified as an ‘easy’ grade as most of the route is either using cycle lanes or going on roads with low traffic which makes it a very safe environment for cyclists. The trail offers a first taste of how long-distance cycling is like while enjoying the natural and cultural sites as you cycle along the iconic River Rhine.
The route can be divided into many stages with mono-country cycling itineraries or cross-country biking programme to plan for. You can download a copy of the route map from the EuroVelo website. This route is also very well connected by public transport, making getting to and around the route easy by taking the train or bus, with or without your bicycle.
If you have no time to plan, we have something pre-packaged for you. These self-guided cycling programme has all the logistic organised for you. To know more about how self-guided active holidays work, see here.
Ride along romantic riverside paths, passing arrow asparagus fields, cute timbered houses, endless power poles, stoic fishermen, sunburnt salt towers, German-Swiss bridge cities and exciting roman ruins. Ride leisurely at your own pace as you navigate your way through urban townships and countryside villages.
Start with a climb across the Oberalp Pass, the region of the Rhine’s source with spectacular panoramic stretch through the <Swiss Grand Canyon> : the wildly romantic Rhine Gorge. Ride to the Rhine dam where orchards, castles and happy tourists’ chatters fill the route.
Swiss precision and quietness await you on the shores of Lake Constance. Cycle on the Rhine route through the vineyards and past the impressive Rhine Gorge towards the south of Switzerland, the Mediterranean-like region of Ticino.
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