The Rhine Bicycle Route (Rheinradweg) is approximately 1230 km long. It passes through five states on the way from its source on Oberalp Pass in the Swiss Alps to its mouth near Rotterdam, NL.
Course of the Rhine River Bicycle Route
The first 380 km of the bicycle route run through Switzerland, from the headwater at the Oberalp Pass to Basel. Here, the bicycle route only partly runs along the the riverbank of the Upper Rhine, the Rhine Valley and the High Rhine. This stretch is signposted as "Rhein-Route".
The second section of the bicycle route of approximately 385 km leads through the Upper Rhine Plain and the Mainz Basin. You can either ride on the left side of the Rhine, through France, or on the right side of the Rhine through Germany between Alsace / the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forrest.
The third stretch of the bicycle route is 132 km long. It passes along the Rhine River through the Rhine Gorge (Upper Middle Rhine Valley) from Bingen to Bonn. The left side of the Rhine between Bingen and Koblenz, marked by many castles and the Rhenish Massif, is one of the focus points of tourism in the area. The main route continues North on the left side of the Rhine, from Koblenz to Bonn.
The fourth stretch of 330 km of the Rhine bicycle route takes you along the Lower Rhine from Bonn to Rotterdam. The "Rhineschiene Route" (Erlebnisweg Rheinschiene) passes through Collogne and Düsseldorf and ends in Duisburg. The following area between Wesel and the dutch province of Gelderland is taken care of by INTERREG III A. The route is partly on the left and partly on the right hand side of the Rhine River. The rest of the Rhine River in the Netherlands has not yet been formalized for tourists. However, there are routes along the Waal or the Niederrijn and Leks all the way to the mouth of the Rhine near Rotterdam.
From Andermatt to Basel the bicycle route is signposted as Rhein-Route (Route 2) of Veloland Switzerland. From Basel, Switzerland to Mainz, Germany, there are different variants on both sides of the Rhine. They are marked as Veloroute Rhein/Veloroute Rhin and as part of the D-Netz-Route 8. In Rhineland-Palatinate the bicycle route continues on the left bank from Neuburg in Palatinate to Rolandseck at the border to North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2007 new signposts have been put up along the route, the route-logo of Veloroute Rhein is used along the way to Mainz. Further down the route, the route-logo of the Rhine Bicycle Route (Rheinradweg) is used. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the route name change to "Erlebnisweg Rheinschiene" (Rhineschiene Route). Moreover, it is signposted as part of D-Netz-Route 8.