Rivers have always fascinated people. Trickling springs can become raging torrents. Floods cause catastrophe and, as natural borders, rivers have often been the scene of battles. On the other hand, rivers also create fertile lands and they’re not only often borders but also important trade routes. It’s no coincidence that, since ancient times, communities have settled along estuaries, fords and river mouths.
There’s always something to discover along rivers: medieval towns, stunning bridges and mighty fortresses to name a few. And beyond that, these watercourses create unique landscapes. Sometimes a river squeezes through the narrow corset of a gorge, sometimes it flows leisurely through a broad plain to create idyllic floodplain landscapes. With islands, meanders and cliffs, rivers are prized for their incredible features.
The best way to explore rivers and their surroundings is by bike. In the past 50 years, cycling infrastructure has improved greatly and you can concentrate fully on enjoying the diverse landscapes. All you really need to do is choose your route.
To make it easier for you to choose, in this Collection we’ve put together five varied riverside cycle routes in Germany. The Danube Cycle Route is one of the best known and is particularly attractive from its source to the city of Passau. The Moselle River enchants with its countless loops and impressive vineyards, while along the Weser, a wide variety of landscapes emerge. The Elbe Cycle Route takes you from the ‘Grand Canyon of Saxony’ to the North Sea, and the Altmühl meanders leisurely through the north of Bavaria. No matter which of these routes you choose, an epic time awaits you along Germany's rivers.
The Danube Cycle Path is one of the most famous long-distance cycle paths in Germany and even in all of Europe. From the source to the mouth you can follow the river 2,850 kilometers and cross eight countries.
In this tour we will introduce you to the German part, which leads across the south of Germany…
At the border triangle between France, Luxembourg and Germany, “la Moselle” becomes the Moselle. This is where the German part of the Moselle cycle path begins, which you follow for 250 kilometers to where it flows into the Rhine.
First the Moselle separates – or connects, depending on your perspective…
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The Weser is formed between Kassel and Göttingen, where the Werra and Fulda flow together. During its 450-kilometer run, it immerses itself in a wide variety of landscapes.
First it meanders through gentle hills, forms beautiful meadow landscapes, flows through the Porta Westfalica and from Bremen to…
The Elbe Cycle Path is rightly one of the most beautiful long-distance cycle paths in Germany. On the one hand, nature is beautiful and diverse: from the Elbe Sandstone Mountains to the Elbe meadows and the North Sea, it never gets boring.
On the other hand, you will experience concentrated culture in…
The Altmühl meanders comfortably through beautiful forest and meadow areas in northern Bavaria. As one of the slowest rivers in Germany, the relaxation of cycling sets in just by looking at the leisurely babbling river.
But before it gets comfortable, you will overcome the only notable climb of the entire…
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