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Cycle on both sides of the Rhine – Rhine Park cross-border loop

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Cycle on both sides of the Rhine – Rhine Park cross-border loop

Bike Touring Collection by Fred Urrutia



3-4 h

/ day

83.3 mi

1,325 ft

1,325 ft

Many of us are nomads who like to cross borders, travel and learn about other cultures. When you have a bicycle, you don’t need a car to go on an adventure.

This Collection presents the Rhine Park cross-border loop, a 134-kilometre (83 mi) cycling route linking Alsace in France and Baden in Germany. Bordered by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Black Forest to the east, it winds through the magnificent landscapes of the Rhine valley and the PAMINA Rhine Park plain.

The PAMINA Rhine Park is a cross-border area between France, Germany and Switzerland. PAMINA is stands for ‘PArcs MIniers NAturels’, a hark to the region's former mining heritage. The park aims to promote sustainable development in the region by preserving and enhancing its natural, cultural and economic heritage. It encompasses nature reserves, picturesque towns and villages, and touristic, agricultural and industrial activities.

With cycling trails, historic sites, botanical gardens and cultural festivals, there’s plenty to discover in the PAMINA Rhine Park. It's a great place for nature lovers, history buffs and culture lovers alike.

Alsace and Baden share many similarities, like a rich mining heritage, picturesque villages and magnificent landscapes. However, it's also their differences that make this two-day bike trip so rewarding. The Rhine acts as a mirror, allowing you to appreciate the uniqueness of each region. You can cross the river via the Beinheim bridge or the ‘Drusus’ ferry, which links Drusenheim and Rheinmünster/Greffern.

The entire cycle route is waymarked in both directions and is largely paved. Along the way, you'll find catering and accommodation options in almost every town and village. Iffezheim, for example, has hotels and B&Bs. It’s also well worth trying the local cuisine.

Haguenau, the loop's start and end point, is accessible by TER train and you can bring your bike on board. Alternatively, you can rent a bike when you arrive. Any bike is suitable for this adventure, whether a gravel or touring bike.

Spring, summer or autumn are the best seasons for this trip. In winter, temperatures drop and the landscapes are less lush. The stages are designed so that you can discover both countries over two days. You can also complete the route in one day or divide it into more stages.

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Rhine Park cross-border loop (complete route)

82.8 mi

1,325 ft

1,325 ft

Last updated: October 31, 2023

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  1. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

    Stage 1: Haguenau to Iffezheim – Rhine Park cross-border loop

    42.9 mi
    10.7 mph
    525 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    You start the “Parc Rhénan” cross-border loop in Haguenau. This charming Alsatian town is renowned for its rich historical heritage, its picturesque half-timbered houses and its magnificent surrounding forest. Moreover, it is in the middle of the trees that you continue the adventure, in an area labeled

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  2. 03:53
    40.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    800 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The second day is similar to the first, but in reverse! You start from Iffezheim and reach the banks of the Rhine. This is an opportunity to pedal in the heart of the Rastatter Rheinaue nature reserve. Contemplate the meadows, the canals and the rich biodiversity.


    Next, head to Rastatt, where you could

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    83.3 mi
  • Duration
    07:53 h
  • Elevation
    1,325 ft1,325 ft

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