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Pedal along the Alsace Vineyard Cycle Route

Running alongside the Alsace Wine Route, the Alsace Vineyard Cycle Route will delight you with its enchanting scenery. You’ll ride past castles, picturesque villages and rolling vineyards. A peaceful route with every opportunity to discover and enjoy a taste of the art of living in Alsace.

Roam peaceful country roads 

A perfect playground and a treasure trove of discoveries for cycle enthusiasts and lovers of cycling holidays, the Alsace Vineyard Cycle Route winds through 131.5 km of picture-postcard scenery, between rolling vineyards and picturesque villages. A section of the EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea, an unforgettable detour to enjoy at your own pace. Pedal along former railway lines, portions of the old Roman Road and numerous peaceful country lanes, enjoying the peace and serenity away from noise and traffic. 

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Rosheim©ART GE - Meyer

Stage 1: Marlenheim > Obernai

Accessible from Strasbourg, this first section introduces you to a surprising territory where medieval heritage mingles with verdant landscapes of vineyards and orchards. Where the Route meets the Roman Road, you’ll find a succession of remarkable religious buildings dotted along your itinerary.

Must-sees along the route:  

  • Rosheim and its Romanesque Saint-Pierre-et-Paul church  
  • Obernai and its Place du Beffroi 
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Stage 2: Obernai > Sélestat

Continue on your way through a mosaic of landscapes, where charming villages and castles nestle among the rolling vineyards. A setting of unequalled charm and plenty of tasty interludes guaranteed.

Must-sees along the route:  

  • Gertwiller, capital of gingerbread.  
  • Barr and its Renaissance town hall  
  • Mittelbergheim, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages” in France  
  • Dambach-la-Ville and its fortifications 
  • Sélestat with its churches and Humanist Library 
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Stage 3: Sélestat > Colmar

As you push on from Sélestat, the Route takes you through a landscape of plains, mountains and vineyards, every enchanting view worthy of a picture postcard. This stage takes your through a string of picturesque villages famous for their remarkably rich heritage.  
Must-sees along the route:

  • The Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, for those with the muscles to climb the hill it sits on.  
  • The Montagne des Singes (Monkey Mountain) and Volerie des Aigles (Eagle Park) in Kintzheim  
  • Bergheim with its ramparts and 14th century towers  
  • Ribeauvillé, a remarkably intact medieval village  
  • Riquewihr, Pearl of the Vineyards  
  • Colmar, the Alsatian wine capital 
Vignoble Guebwiller©Lez Broz - Visit Alsace

Stage 4: Colmar > Guebwiller

Now for the southernmost sections of the Alsace Wine Route! Get back in the saddle for a ride through some of the most charming villages in the area around Colmar. After your dose of the picturesque, head off for hills and valleys of a kind you won’t find anywhere else.

Must-sees along the route:  

  • Eguisheim, holder of the title of “France’s Favourite Village”  
  • Rouffach and its Witches’ Tower  
  • Orschwihr
  • Guebwiller and the Dominicains de Haute-Alsace Convent 
Vignoble Rangen Thann©ART GE - Meyer

Stage 5: Guebwiller > Thann

End your cycle trip in style in the heart of a very special area of vineyards. At the foot of the Markstein and the Grand Ballon, the highest point in the Vosges, you will be pedalling through an outstanding natural setting, where you will have countless opportunities to stop and visit heritage sites and try exceptional Grands Crus.

Must-sees along the route:

  • Hartmannswiller’s fortified cemetery  
  • Thann, with its Gothic collegiate church and the Rangen, the steepest vineyards in Alsace  
  • Not far from the Route, the Grand Ballon, the highest peak in the Vosges, its pinnacle a tempting goal for the cyclist willing to tackle a great climb. 
See the complete itinerary

How to get to the Vineyard Cycle Route 

The Alsace Vineyard Cycle Route is very easily accessible from the big cities. Facilitate your stay thanks to a remarkable network of cycle tracks and public transport.  

From Strasbourg 

  • By bike via the Canal de la Bruche cycle route from Strasbourg to Molsheim
  • By train to Molsheim or Obernai 

From Colmar 

  • By bike via the cycle track from Colmar to Wintzenheim
  • By train to Turckheim (Colmar-Munster-Metzeral line) 

From Mulhouse 

  • By bike via the EuroVelo 6 and EuroVelo 5 
  • By tram-train to Thann