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A cross-border cycling loop – Véloroute des Trois Pays

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A cross-border cycling loop – Véloroute des Trois Pays

Bike Touring Collection by Perrine

3

Tours

13:46 h

135 mi

5,625 ft

At the crossroads between France, Switzerland and Germany, the Véloroute des Trois Pays takes you through the history and culture of this cross-border region. This beautiful route leads from the Rhine Valley to the Black Forest, passing through southern Alsace and Switzerland.

Just over 200 kilometres (124 mi) long, the Véloroute des Trois Pays starts in Mulhouse in France and does a loop through Switzerland and Germany. South of Alsace, it winds through Switzerland to the green meadows of the Aargau Jura, before heading back up to Germany through the Black Forest to finish in the Rhine Valley.

The route has both difficult and easy sections. With 1,600 metres (5,250 ft) of climbing along the loop, the stages are relatively flat and accessible, especially in the Rhine Valley and in France. However, you do have a few small hills to contend with before arriving in Switzerland and the Aargau Jura Park, the highest point of the course. The Black Forest is also quite hilly.

My favourite thing about this route was the diversity of landscapes – from quiet nature to urban scenes. This variation really makes you feel like you’re travelling.

You can easily reach the start of this cross-border loop by train. Mulhouse train station is well served by lines from Strasbourg and Colmar as well as by the TGV from Paris and Lyon.

You find hotels, B&Bs and inns at the end of each stage. Mulhouse and Altkirch have campsites. In France, some accommodation options are ‘Accueil vélo’ (bikes welcome) which means they have everything you need for your bike (secured bike shelters, repair kits, etc), as well as services like washing and drying clothes.

Have a good ride from border to border!

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Une boucle transfrontalière — La Véloroute des Trois Pays

130 mi

5,475 ft

5,475 ft

Last updated: January 24, 2022

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    Étape 1 : De Mulhouse à Dornach — La Véloroute des Trois Pays

    Difficult
    04:32
    45.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Meet in Mulhouse for the start of this itinerary of three countries. Located at the crossroads of France, Switzerland and Germany, this Alsatian city remains marked by its border and industrial history. In particular, you can visit the Cité de l'Automobile, the largest car museum in the world, and the

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  • Difficult
    04:47
    46.3 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Arlesheim, I take you on a mini-detour to the Hermitage, a very special place that can be visited on foot. Ponds, caves, winding paths and idyllic nature await you there. Just above stands Birseck Castle.

    

    You continue your journey towards the suburbs of Basel. A mixture of French culture and German

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  • Intermediate
    04:27
    43.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This last part in France is almost flat! You leave Lörrach via a bucolic cycle path along the Wiese river, and you go up slightly to arrive on a plateau.

    

    After the charming little town of Kandern, the landscapes of fields and forests change as you descend towards the Rhine Valley. You will find the river

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    135 mi
  • Duration
    13:46 h
  • Elevation
    5,625 ft

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