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Three cathedrals Rhine Cycle path 9-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 3
The mighty imperial cathedrals in Speyer, Worms and Mainz are impressive witnesses of the 1,000-year-long history along the largest European river. They were built in a very scenic environment at the crossroads of important trade routes. The special charm of nature and culture still exists. On this varied and interesting tour, you can enjoy riding your bike along the romantic ancient Rhine channels, passing many cultural highlights in the largest wine-producing regions of Germany: Rhine-Hessen and Pfalz.Characteristics of the route
Holiday cyclist: The routes along the rivers Rhine and Neckar are completely flat, without any climbs. In the wine-producing regions you will find yourself on slightly hilly terrain with some steep climbs. Parts of the way will be cycled on nature trails.
8 nights accommodation in 3* hotels and inns
Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
Half board available (195 euro)
Welcome briefing (German, English)
Luggage transfer between the hotels
Well developed route
Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French) with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers
GPS-data is available
Heidelberg train station
Karlsruhe/Baden Baden airport
Heidelberg: multi-storey car park costs approx. € 20 per day, to be paid at the time, no reservation possible; public car park costs about € 12 per day; public free car parking spaces
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Bike: 75 euro E-bike: 180 euro
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
Arrival in Heidelberg
Tour information and bike fitting. You will spend a wonderful evening in the unique atmosphere of Germany’s oldest university town.
Heidelberg – Worms approx. 45 km
You will cycle along the river Neckar to the old Roman town of Ladenburg with its beautiful medieval inner city. Then you will continue your tour through the Rhine valley to the imperial city of Worms with its cathedral built in the 12th century, the Martin Luther monument and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe.
Worms – Nierstein approx. 55 km
Enjoy a ride along the river Rhine, partly on the idyllic paths at the ancient Rhine channels, to Oppenheim, “the city of Gothic style and wine”. Here you can discover the city beneath the city, the labyrinth of Oppenheim, and follow the footsteps of Martin Luther.
Nierstein – Rüdesheim approx. 50 km
The second imperial cathedral of this tour is in the capital of Rheinland-Pfalz, the city of Mainz. Here you will cross the river Main and visit the Gutenberg museum. In the romantic town of Rüdesheim you can take the cable car to enjoy a splendid view of the Middle Rhine Valley (not included in the tour package price).
Rüdesheim – Alzey approx. 50 km
After crossing the river Rhine, you will get to Bingen, where the river Nahe joins the Rhein and where four wine growing regions meet. We recommend visiting the bridge Drususbrücke, which was built in the 10th century, next to the Mäuseturm tower as well as the bridge chapel (Brückenkapelle). The “Volker City” Alzey still feels close to its fiddler from the Song of the Nibelungs.
Alzey – Grünstadt approx. 35 km
On this short stage, you will have a lot of time to enjoy some wine on your way. In Bobenheim, you will get to the beginning of the German wine road and finish your tour in the tranquil city of Grünstadt.
Grünstadt – Neustadt a. d. Weinstraße approx. 35 km
The cultural highlights of the day are the beautiful wine villages you will find along your way. In Bad Dürkheim, you will see the biggest wine barrel in the world and if you travel in September you might also be able to visit the world’s largest wine festival. In Deidesheim, we recommend visiting the wine museum in the medieval town hall. Then, you will cycle via the region called “Balcony of the Pfalz” to the secret wine capital of Germany.
Neustadt – Heidelberg approx. 55 km
On the eighth day, you will visit the third imperial cathedral in Speyer. Enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful medieval inner city of Speyer and visit the marvelous castle and park in Schwetzingen.
Departure or extension of your stay
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Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote