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Cycling & Hiking

Pedal along the alsace wine road cycle trail
Experience 90

This cycling itinerary runs alongside the Alsace Wine Route in an enchanting setting with castles, traditional villages, and sloping vineyards along the way. Take the time to discover and taste the Alsatian art of living on this pastoral ride.

SET OUT ON A COUNTRYSIDE ITINERARY

Discover a new-found freedom and the art of slowing down. Leave your car and its noisy engine behind. For this itinerary, all you need is a quiet bike, so you can hear the sounds of nature and feel the wind on your face. The Alsace Wine Road Cycle Trail is a 131.5 km delicate ribbon laid across Alsace's most beautiful vineyards in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains.

A part of the EuroVelo 5 - Via Romea cycle route, you'll ride through picturesque landscapes at your own pace. A few pedal strokes are enough to keep up with your group, whether it’s your friends, kids, or parents, as you ride on former railways, the old Roman road, and plenty of tranquil trails. Along the way, there are plenty of reasons to hop off your bike: the perfect light to take a photo, a vintage to taste at a winery, a gourmet break, a medieval ruin to explore, or a Romanesque abbey to admire. It’s clear that roads were made for journeys, not destinations.

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Vélo vignole Alsace©ADT-Infra
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Rosheim©ART GE - Meyer

Stage 1: Marlenheim > Obernai

Easily accessible from Strasbourg, this first section crosses a surprising territory, combining medieval heritage and green landscapes dotted with vineyards and orchards. The route crosses Alsace’s Romanesque Road with a parade of remarkable religious buildings.

The highlights of the itinerary: 

  • Molsheim, Cité Bugatti
  • Rosheim and its Romanesque Saint-Pierre-et-Paul Church 
  • Obernai and its belfry square 
Pique-nique dans les vignes©ADT-Infra

Stage 2: Obernai > Sélestat

Continue your journey through a mosaic of landscapes: sloping vineyards, charming villages, and the vestiges of fortified castles. A uniquely charming ride with plenty of gourmet visits to enjoy along the way.

The highlights of the itinerary: 

  • Gertwiller, the capital of gingerbread 
  • Barr and its Renaissance town hall 
  • Mittelbergheim, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France 
  • Dambach-la-Ville and its fortified walls
  • Sélestat, its churches, and its Humanist Library 
Hunawihr à vélo© INFRA - ADT - ART GE

Stage 3: Sélestat > Colmar

Between plains, mountains and vineyards, the itinerary continues through enchanting and picture-postcard landscapes. Brimming with remarkable heritage, this stage is the chance to explore a string of famous picturesque villages.

The highlights of the itinerary: 

  • Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, for the most adventurous who make the climb 
  • Montagne des Singes (monkey park) and Volerie des Aigles (eagle park) in Kintzheim 
  • Bergheim and its 14th-century ramparts and towers 
  • Ribeauvillé and its remarkable medieval heritage 
  • Riquewihr, the pearl of the vineyard 
  • Colmar, capital of Alsace wine
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Stage 4: Colmar > Guebwiller

A ride through the south of the Alsace Wine Route. Hop on your bike for a charming detour through the villages around Colmar. After a scenic break, continue your route through unique hillsides and valleys.

The highlights of the itinerary:

  • Eguisheim, voted France's Favourite Village
  • Rouffach and its witches’ tower
  • Orschwihr
  • Guebwiller and the Dominican convent of Haute-Alsace
Vignoble Rangen Thann©ART GE - Meyer

Stage 5: Guebwiller > Thann

Finish your cycling trip in the heart of a one-of-a-kind vineyard in the foothills of the Markstein and the Grand Ballon, the highest point of the Vosges Mountains. Pedal through remarkable natural landscapes with plenty of stops to enjoy, including heritage and exceptional Grand Cru wines.

The highlights of the itinerary:

  • The fortified cemetery of Hartmannswiller
  • Thann, its Gothic collegiate church and the vineyard of Le Rangen, the steepest in Alsace
  • Near the itinerary, the Grand Ballon, the highest point of the Vosges Mountain, for a great climb to the summit
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Getting to the Alsace Wine Route Cycle Trail

The Alsace Wine Route Cycle Trail is easily accessible from nearby cities. A remarkable network of bike paths and public transport makes for a stress-free holiday.

From Strasbourg

  • By bike on the Bruche Canal cycle route from Strasbourg to Molsheim
  • By train to Molsheim or Obernai

From Colmar

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

From Mulhouse

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

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