Rhine Route Bike Tour Overview
Basel, Switzerland to Sarrebourg, France
4 Days; 232 Kilometers
We spent a few days cycling along the Rhine River Valley starting in Basel, Switzerland. The Rhine flows northward from Basel along the border between France and Germany. We spent most of our trip on the French side, enjoying the choice between flat bike paths right on the Rhine and the rolling hills of Alsace wine country. The ride was extremely pleasant and scenic. We stayed in campgrounds every night though there are ample opportunities to stay in hotels, B&Bs and to stealth camp.
Our route roughly followed a portion of the EuroVelo 5 and EuroVelo 6 cross continental bike routes. We saw a lot of EV6 signage but also found ourselves on French bike paths (Voies Vertes) and Alsace regional routes. See here for info on bike tour planning in Europe.
You can find our daily touring diary entries including individual maps and gpx files here:
Day 1: Basel to Neuenburg 46 km: Cycle path along canals and across a bridge to Germany.
Day 2: Neuenburg to Beblenheim 70 km: Gorgeous day partially on a dirt cycle path in Germany then back to France and through Colmar.
Day 3: Beblenheim to Molsheim 60 km: Fun ride through the rolling hills of Alsace wine country.
Day 4: Molsheim to Sarrebourg 60 km: Over the mountains on a great bike path right on a canal.
As you can see we weren’t covering a ton of ground every day. The area is beautiful and there always seems to be a café calling out to you. It’s a great venue for an easy and relaxed tour. The highlight of the trip was definitely Day 4 following the bike path on the canal over the mountains from Alsace to Sarrebourg including a portion on an abandoned canal with beautiful old lock houses. The road conditions on this trip were optimal, traffic was low and amenities are everywhere.
In Sarrebourg we hopped on a train to Luxembourg to begin the next leg of our tour to the Trappist breweries in Belgium.
Below is a map of our entire route and an elevation profile. Super flat along the river, rolling hills through Alsace (though you could also stay by the river) and a slow and hardly noticeable climb over the mountains into Sarrebourg. You can download the gpx file of the whole trip here.