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The Rhine cycle route (EuroVelo 15) guidebook - Cicerone

Guidebook to cycling the River Rhine from source to sea, through Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The 1372km route from the summit of Oberalppass to the Hook of Holland is split into 27 stages, mostly following well-surfaced cycle tracks. Includes information on facilities, useful contacts and a language glossary.

EAN13 : 9781852848996

  • Publisher/Serie : Cicerone/Cycling
  • Destination : Germany
  • Activity : Cycling
  • Publication date : may-2018
  • Pages : 312
  • specifications/quality : paperback
  • Language : english
  • Dimension : 11.3cm x 17.3cm x 1.5cm

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This comprehensive guidebook offers a detailed stage-by-stage description of an epic 1370km route along the Rhine, one of Europe's great rivers, which passes through six countries on its way from Switzerland to the North Sea. The cycling is easy, downhill and along dedicated cycle routes, the countries visited are very cycle-friendly and the waymarking is excellent. The whole trip can be completed in two weeks by a fit cyclist.

The guide includes plenty of information to help you plan your trip, with advice on travel, accommodation and facilities. The full route is then presented in 27 stages of 32-69km, with step-by-step route description,  1:100,000 mapping and notes on local points of interest. A facilities table, glossary and list of useful contacts can be found in the appendices.

On its way, the Rhine Cycle Route passes the remains of Roman cities, medieval towns, castles, cathedrals, palaces, great cities of the industrial revolution and relics of 20th-century warfare – and it travels through a great range of stunning scenery. Starting in the Swiss Alps with high mountains, deep glacial valleys and gorges, it soon reaches Europe's third largest lake, the Bodensee, and its greatest mainland waterfall. After Basel, the Rhine becomes a broad river, now the world's busiest river trading artery. The middle Rhine, between Bingen and Koblenz, forces its way through the narrow rocky Rhine gorge, lined by romantic castles perched above Germany's finest vineyards. Finally, the river passes through low-lying Holland, famed for its many flood dykes and windmills.

SeasonsSeasons

The whole route can be cycled when the Oberalppass and Surselva valley (Stages 1 and 2) are snow-free, usually mid-May to mid-October. Stages 3 to 27 can be cycled at any time of year, though April-October is the best period.
CentresCentres
Bregenz, Konstanz, Basel, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Speyer, Worms, Koblenz, Köln (Cologne), Düsseldorf, Arnhem, Rotterdam
DifficultyDifficulty
There are no steep climbs and apart from a few gentle ascents in Switzerland. The route is generally downhill or level, mostly on good asphalt surfaces suitable for hybrid or touring cycles. Mainly dedicated off-road cycle tracks, often along flood dykes suitable for family cycling, but where roads are used there is usually a marked cycle lane.
Must SeeMust See
The Oberalppass and high alpine valley of Surselva; Ruinaulta canyon; Liechtenstein; Bodensee (Lake Constance) and medieval towns and cities of northern Switzerland; the three-country city of Basel; the industrial cities Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Koln and Dusseldorf; governmental centres of Strasbourg and Bonn; historic and religious Speyer and Worms; fortified towns including Neuf Brisach and Germersheim; great vineyards and attractive villages of the Rheingau and the Rhine gorge between Mainz and Koblenz; Second World War memorials at Remagen bridge and Arnhem; Rotterdam, with the world's second largest port

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