Breisgau & Alsace Wine Road
Bike the Black Forest and along the Rhine
This amazing France and Germany bike tour takes your through Breisgau, a region in southwestern Germany between the Rhine River and the Black Forest that is known for its fruit orchards and wine. Directly west of Breisgau is Alsace, a region in eastern France also a world famous wine region.
Whereas Strasbourg is the largest city in Alsace, Freiburg is the largest city in Breisgau. Freiburg’s sunny climate, scenic location, colorful streets and marketplace have made it a favorite among regional tourists. Its largest square, the Münsterplatz, is home to the famous red sandstone Gothic Münster Cathedral built from 1200-1530.
Day 2 of the tour offers a route to the vineyards of the Tuniberg to Breisach or if you prefer, a route to sunny Kaiserstuhl, both ending in the medieval town of Endingen. Then it’s past the wine village of Sasbach cycling along the Rhine to Rust with a large amusement park.
- St. Hippolyte (castle)
- Colmar, known as “Little Venice”
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Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations in 3 star and 4 star hotels and guesthouses
- Accommodations for 7 nights
- 21/24 or 7 speed touring bicycle
- Luggage transportation
- Detailed route descriptions with maps
- Service hotline
- Entrance fee in Unterlinden museum in Colmar
What’s Not Included
- Train ticket Frankfurt to Freiburg
- Lunches and dinners
- Bicycle protection
- Trip insurance
Every Sunday from April 10 to October 9, 2016
This Germany and France bike tour is classified as an easy (with some rolling hills) self-guided hotel tour. Distances per day range from 19 to 40 miles.
Day 1: Arrival in Freiburg.
Day 2: Freiburg – Endingen/Malterdingen, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Endingen/Malterdingen – Rust/Mahlberg, 19/24 mi. (30/38 km)
Day 4: Rust/Mahlberg – Strasbourg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Strasbourg – Molsheim/Obernai, 16/24 mi. (25/39 km)
Day 6: Molsheim/Obernai – St. Hippolyte, 32/23 mi. (51/37 km)
Day 7: St. Hippolyte – Colmar/Eguishelm, 14/19 mi. (23/31 km)
Day 8: Colmar/Eguishelm - Freiburg, 34/29 mi. (54/46 km) Departure.
DAY 1: Arrival in Freiburg
Your bike tour in Germany begins with arrival in Freiburg. The sunny city at the foot of the Black Forest has a lot to offer: the old part of town with picturesque lanes and the famous Freiburger brooks, cultural monuments like the Abbey and numerous wine and Vesper lounges for epicureans. Overnight in Freiburg.
DAY 2: Freiburg - Malterdingen/Endingen, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today's route takes you to the foot of the vineyards of the sunny Kaiserstuhl (emperor's chair). The region is one of the sunniest in Germany and the volcanic earth guarantees good grapes for excellent wine. Your destination is the medieval town of Endingen. Overnight in Endingen or Malterdingen.
DAY 3: Endingen/Malterdingen - Rust, 19/24 mi. (30/38 km)
Passing the wine village Sasbach, you’ll start cycling the Rhine. You’ll bike through the green Rhine meadows, sometimes on the embankment of the Rhine, towards Rust. The European Park is located in Rust, which is an amusement park with many attractions. Overnight in Rust.
DAY 4: Rust - Strasbourg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today you’ll cycle again through the alluvial land of the Rhine. On the right side the scenery of the northern Black Forest will accompany you. The beautiful Alsatian metropolis of Straßbourg with its attractive old part of town is the highlight of the day. Overnight in Straßbourg or Kehl, the frontier town on the German side of the river. From Kehl you can easily go with public transports to Straßbourg.
DAY 5: Strasbourg - Molsheim/Obernai, 16/24 mi. (25/39 km)
You can take your time in the morning for a visit to Straßbourg’s many great attractions. The cycle tour leads you on the euro-cycle track to Molsheim, the hometown of the famous car dynasty Bugatti. Here your route starts along the Alsatian Wine Road. Destination is the wine town Obernai. Overnight in Molsheim or Obernai.
DAY 6: Molsheim/Obernai - St. Hippolyte, 32/23 mi. (51/37 km)
You continue your bike tour in France on the “Route du Vin” in direction to the South. You cycle through green vineyards and past a few Alsatian villages with multicolored half-timbered houses. Passing Dambach-la-Ville, you’ll reach St. Hippolyte, which lies at the foot of the famous, majestic castle. Overnight in St. Hippolyte.
DAY 7: St. Hippolyte - Colmar/Eguisheim, 14/19 mi. (23/31 km)
Your last day of cycling Alsace Wine Road takes you through the romantic towns of Ribeauville and Riquewihr. Finally you’ll come to Colmar. Discover the picturesque town that is often called “Little Venice” and the beautiful half-timbered houses in the Gerber-road or the world-famous Issenheimer Altar in the Unterlinden Museum. Overnight in Colmar or in the neighboring Eguisheim.
DAY 8: Colmar/Eguisheim - Freiburg, 34/29 mi. (54/46 km). Departure.
Today you cycle the Rhine lowlands passing Breisach with its powerful cathedral and the Tuniberg to go back to Freiburg. After returning the bicycles and retrieving your luggage, your Germany/France bike tour ends.