Heidelberg to Koblenz
Germany Bike Tours
A bike tour along the Romantic Rhine…
Starting in the magnificent old University town of Heidelberg, whose fame and history extend to Martin Luther and the Calvinists, this beautiful cycling tour meanders leisurely along the Rhine River to the medieval town of Koblenz – right at the junction of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. From here, this Rhine bike tour commences through the “Riviera of Germany”.
The central Rhine Valley region gives way to a breathtaking landscape where the river flows between defiant castles, sunny vineyards, through slate mountains; and further on, past the castles of Reichenstein and Sooneck as well as the island-castle of Pfalzgrafenstein. The most splendid of castles (in Marksburg) is also on the list!
Your bicycle tour in Germany will end in the commercial heart of the wine industry itself, namely Koblenz. This cozy village offers endless evening delights.
- Heidelberg Castle and the view over the city
- Riveriera of Germany
- Heppenhiem's market place
- 700 year old Zwingenberg
- Chagal windows of St. Stephan's Cathedral
- Castles of Reichenstein, Sooneck, Pfalzgrafenstein, and Marksburg
- Lovely wines
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Category A: £ 539 $ 924 € 675 NOK 6469 kr 5971 $ 776
Single room: £ 739 $ 1,266 € 925 NOK 8865 kr 8183 $ 1,064
Category B: £ 475 $ 815 € 595 NOK 5702 kr 5263 $ 684
Single room: £ 607 $ 1,040 € 760 NOK 7283 kr 6723 $ 874
Electric bicycle rental: £ 88 $ 151 € 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127
Bus transfer from Koblenz to Heidelberg: £ 54 $ 92 € 67 NOK 642 kr 593 $ 77
Possible daily leaving at 9 a.m. Advanced reservation necessary. Minimum of two people required to book.
Extra nights (price is per person/night):
Heidelberg Category A: £ 59 $ 101 € 74 NOK 709 kr 655 $ 85
Single room: £ 87 $ 149 € 109 NOK 1045 kr 964 $ 125
Heidelberg Category B: £ 48 $ 82 € 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69
Single room: £ 72 $ 123 € 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104
Koblenz Category A: £ 50 $ 85 € 62 NOK 594 kr 548 $ 71
Single room: £ 77 $ 131 € 96 NOK 920 kr 849 $ 110
Koblenz Category B: £ 43 $ 74 € 54 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62
Single room: £ 66 $ 114 € 83 NOK 795 kr 734 $ 95
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Frankfurt.
Train from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg, 1 hr.
The average high/low in °F in Heidelberg is approx. 59/41 in April, 66/48 May, 71/53 June, 75/57 July, 73/55 August & 68/50 September.
Where You’ll Stay
Category B: Comfortable guesthouses and quality inns
Category A: Middle class hotels
- Hotel accommodation for 6 nights
- 21/24-speed hybrid bicycle equipped with panniers
- Luggage transfer
- Route descriptions & maps
- Service hotline
- Gondola to Neiderwald monument in Rüdesheim (excl. bike)
- GPS data (must be requested in advance)
What’s Not Included
Extra nights in Heidelberg and Koblenz are recommended!
Arrival every Saturday from April 6 to October 5, 2019
This is an easy self-guided hotel tour with distances averaging about 33 miles a day. Routes make use of good, hard asphalt roads (bike paths/side streets). Terrain is almost entirely flat with a possible sloping hill or two.
Day 1: Arrival in Heidelberg
Day 2: Heidelberg – Zwingenberg/Bensheim, 26/30 mi. (42/48 km)
Day 3: Zwingenberg/Bensheim – Bodenheim/Mainz, 28/37 mi. (46/59 km)
Day 4: Bodenheim/Mainz – Bingen, 23/28 mi. (37/45 km)
Day 5: Bingen – Boppard, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Boppard - Koblenz, 13 mi. (21 km)
Day 7: Departure from Koblenz
DAY 1: Heidelberg
Individual arrival in Heidelberg. If you would like to visit the world-famous Castle that reigns highly over the Neckar, ride with the mountain train to the top of the Königstuhl Mountain, or you could take a walk through the narrow lanes of the old part of town. Finish off the day in one of the many traditional restaurants usually frequented by students in this old University town.
DAY 2: Heidelberg - Bensheim/Zwingenberg, 26/30 mi. (42/48 km)
You'll leave Heidelberg and follow the famous Bergstraße, the smallest viticultural region of the republic. Enjoy the mild climate of the so-called “Riviera of Germany”, where almonds, figs, peaches and kiwis are cultivated. One of today's highlights is the market place in Heppenheim, with its timber-framed houses. Passing Bensheim, you'll then reach the 700-year old town of Zwingenberg. Taking an excursion through the small streets below the mountain church, you will find numerous quaint restaurants, in which there are delicious wines to try. Overnight in Zwingenberg.
DAY 3: Bensheim/Zwingenberg – Bodenheim/Mainz, 28/36 mi. (46/59 km)
Leaving the Bergstraße, you'll continue your German cycle tour through the flatland along the Rhine and then take the ferry over the Rhine to Gernsheim. Through scenic meadows and vegetable fields, you will come to the first foothills of the Platine vineyards. Following will be several picturesque wine villages. In Oppenheim, you should visit the German viticulture museum. Next will come Nierstein, where you can partake on a cruise on the romantic Rhine. Overnight in an old vine-growing estate some kilometers before Mainz or directly in Mainz.
DAY 4: Bodenheim/Mainz – Bingen, 23/28 mi. (37/45 km)
Before starting the day with a trek along the Rhine, you should visit the impressive Chagall windows in the St. Stephan's Church in Mainz, or the Gutenberg Museum. Next, you could either follow the calm bike tracks along the left bank of the Rhine through fields and meadows, or go along the right bank for a worthwhile visit to the village of Eltville. Here an excursion will lead you through a quiet valley of high altitude in the Rhine region to the impressive Eberbach monastery founded in 1116 that was used in the film “The Name of the Rose”. Then you will come to the most well-known wine town in Germany: Rüdesheim, where you'll find the “Drosselgasse” with its wine houses. A gondola takes you up to the Niederwald monument, where you have an excellent view over the Rhine valley. You spend the night in Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen or in Bingen on the other side of the river.
DAY 5: Bingen - Boppard, 26 mi. (42 km)
The scenic highlight of your cycling holiday is the romantic middle Rhine valley. You will reach Bacharach and pass the legendary Loreley. You will soon arrive in Boppard.
DAY 7: Boppard – Koblenz, 39 mi. (63 km)
The romantic Middle Rhine valley is one of the highlights of the trip. The route takes you via Spay to Rhens. Rhens is known for its extravagantly carved and painted truss buildings. On the other side of the river you can see Braubach and the Marksburg, one of the most beautiful old fortresses alsong the Rhine. Finally, you reach Koblenz. Visit the “German Corner” on the Mosel estuary, take the gondola to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress or mingle with the happy wine drinking folk in the restaurants and bars. You spend the night in Koblenz.
DAY 7: Departure from Koblenz