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Major Cycle trails

La véloroute Rhin - EuroVelo 15

The Rhine cycle route - EuroVelo 15

From Huningue to Lauterbourg - The EuroVelo 15 passes through Huningue, runs along the Rhône-Rhine canal and the Alsace Little Camargue Reserve, cuts through Hardt forest, passes close to Ottmarsheim and its famous Romanesque church and then on to Fessenheim, hometown of Victor Schoelcher, to meet up with Neuf-Brisach, the citadel built by Vauban, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and then continues to Artzenheim. It is a “Nature” route which combines discovering pleasant sites along the Rhine, the canal and the forest edge, while offering the cycling tourist the opportunity to visit the great Haut-Rhin towns of Mulhouse and Colmar, lying close by the cycle route and which can be accessed via cycle tracks.

From Marckolsheim, the EuroVelo 15 passes through several villages typical of the Ried plain, before joining up with the Rhone-Rhine Canal. Cycling towards Strasbourg, the ride takes you past about 20 locks. And the fascinating churches you espy, for example in Neunkirch, Plobsheim and Eschau, are all open invitations to explore. Once past Strasbourg, the capital of Europe with many exciting places to visit, the cycle route takes you through the market garden town of La Robertsau and by Pourtalès Chateau and then follows the highwater dike to La Wantzenau. From here, you can explore a whole series of charming villages with traditional.

 

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Des Vosges du Nord à la Route des Vins d'AlsaceFrom the Northern Vosges to the Alsace Wine Road - 131 km

After leaving the medieval town of Wissembourg, the most northerly in Alsace, the trail goes through the Northern Vosges Nature Reserve and its first part follows the piémont of the Vosges. From Cleebourg, famous for its vineyards, to Niederbronn-les-Bains, the thermal spa town, the trail runs along the edge of the forest. The road then becomes more hilly , punctuated by the valleys of the North Zinsel, the Moder , the Zinsel and the Zorn. Orchards and pastures are in abundance in the East, whereas in the West, mountains and forests occupy the countryside. As he goes by, the visitor will notice the silhouettes of the Romanesque churches of Neuwiller-les-Saverne, Saint-Jean-Saverne and further on, Marmoutier. In Saverne, site of the château of the Rohans, we leave the Northern Vosges Nature Reserve.

After crossing the Marne-Rhine canal and the EuroVelo 5 - Via Romea Francigena, the cyclist is accompanied by the middle Vosges. Picturesque villages, huddling at the foot of the mountains, succeed one another until the Westhoffen pass. Then the vineyards appear and dominate the scenery. From Marlenheim, the Alsace Wine Road cycle trail takes you down to Colmar and Thann.

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Au fil de la Ligne MaginotAlong the Maginot Line - 80 km

After the ferry at Seltz-Plittersdorf, the route goes through the villages of the Rhine strip to reach the Eastern limit of the forest of Haguenau. The road then turns north-west to follow the Maginot line. The cycle trail takes you through forest as far as Hatten, then through a hilly area to the foot of the Northern Vosges. The picturesque villages of Hoffen and Hunspach punctuate the itinerary until the Pfaffenschlick pass.

Lembach is well-known as a gastronomic halt. The valley of the Sauer, then those of the Jaegerthal and the Schwarzbach then lead on to Bitche in Lorraine. All along the route there are Maginot Line sites which have recently been renovated: the shelter at Leutenheim, the Esch pillbox and the Shelter museum at Hatten, the Schoenenbourg Fort, the Four à chaux Fort at Lembach and finally the pillbox at Dambach-Neunhoffen.

 

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Canaux de la Sarre à la MarneSarre and Rhine Marne canals - 154 km

The EuroVelo 5 leads along the towpaths of the Sarre and Rhine-Marne canals. The Sarre canal was once used to carry coal from Lorraine to Alsace and Germany and was inaugurated in 1866. From Sarreguemines, famous for its earthenware, it winds through the magnificent valley of the river Saar, crosses Alsace Bossue and then the Lorraine Regional Nature park. In Gondrexange the Sarre canal joins the Rhine Marne canal. Built at the same period as the Paris-Strasbourg railway line, the Marne-Rhine canal was opened in 1853.

After leaving Sarrebourg and the Lorraine plateau, by the Saint Louis Arzviller inclined plane that enables the canal to bypass a set of 17 locks since 1969, the cycle trail plunges down into the valley of locks and the Zorn valley through the plain of Alsace to Strasbourg.

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Le long de la Bruche et de son canalAlong the river Bruche and its canal - 67 km

This cross-border trail which arrives from Offenburg leaves Strasbourg to go south along a cycle track laid out along the river Ill, which flows through the Alsatian capital. The trail then follows the Bruche canal, which was built by Vauban to transport the red sandstone of the Vosges for the construction of the fortifications of Strasbourg. It comes out at Molsheim, whose Town- Hall square features a large number of monuments. The route then winds its way along the long Bruche valley and takes you through a large number of villages whose main source of income is forestry.

It gradually tightens up as far as Schirmeck before beginning to ascend the Donon pass. At the top there is a superb panoramic view over the Vosges. The route then goes on into Lorraine through the valley of the Plaine towards Baccarat, capital of the crystal industry.

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Du val de VilléDu Val de Villé au Rhin - 50 km

From Saint-Dié onwards, the road plunges into the valley of Urbeis, after going through the pass of the same name. It is one of the eight valleys which make up the Val de Villé, famous for its fruit brandies, notably kirsch, whose production remains a significant activity in the area. From Villé to Marckolsheim, the valley follows the old Salt Road, which went from Lorraine into Germany. The way out of the Val de Villé, coloured by a mosaic of fortified castles, opens onto the vineyards of Alsace. Many pretty wine growing villages are interesting stopping places.

The route continues towards Sélestat, the city of the Humanists. The town has some remarkable sites: the Humanist Library, but also the Sainte-Foy church, the Saint-Jean commander's residence, the witches' Tower and the Ebersmunster residence. The trail then goes through the Ried to reach Marckolsheim. Your ride can be prolonged as far as Elzach in Germany. All you have to do is go over the bridge ... unless you prefer cross-country route no. 1 which heads back up to Strasbourg.

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