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There are two parts of EuroVelo 5 in France. After leaving England, the cycle route meanders through northern France, from Calais to Wattrelos. Coming from Belgium and Luxembourg over Sarreguemines, the second part will take you through the picturesque regions of Moselle and Alsace before heading to Switzerland. After passing the city of Mulhouse, the EuroVelo 5 joins up the junction of three EuroVelo routes - EuroVelo 5, 6 and 15 - in Huningue-Basel. EuroVelo 5 totals 660 km in France.
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In northern France you will pass by the Unesco world heritage site, the coal-mining area. The EuroVelo 5 follows the canal from Calais to Saint Omer, an attractive cathedral town of wide streets and spacious squares. Then, the itinerary will bring you to Lille, former European capital of culture and « City of Art and History ». After leaving Lille, you will cycle along the Roubaix canal before entering Belgian territory.

The eastern part of the EuroVelo 5 in France follows the Saar canal and the Marne–Rhine canal. From Sarreguemines, famous for its earthenware, you will cycle through the magnificent valley of the river Saar, cross Alsace Bossue and then the Lorraine regional nature park. In Gondrexange the Sarre canal joins the Marne-Rhine canal. After leaving Sarrebourg and the Lorraine plateau, the itinerary plunges down into the valley of locks and the Zorn valley through the plain of Alsace to Strasbourg, famous for its many historical sites and cultural attractions. Strasbourg is also the official seat of the European Parliament. You will leave the city and you will join the Alsace wine road cycle route which will take you through about a hundred wineproducing villages. Following former rail trails, parts of the Roman road and peaceful side paths through the vineyards you will discover beautiful landscapes like the ruins of mediaeval castles, flowered villages, Romanesque abbey churches, and welcoming “winstubs”. The EuroVelo 5 passes through Mulhouse, former textile town with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and remarkable heritage sites, before joining up the junction of three EuroVelo routes - EuroVelo 5, 6 and 15 - in Huningue-Basel.

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  • Sarreguemines - Saint Louis

    EuroVelo 5 / Lorraine and Alsace

    Coming from Saarbrücken in Germany, the EuroVelo 5 comes back to France into Sarreguemines. It then goes along the Sarre and Rhine-Marne canals through Sarre-Union and Saverne, goes around Strasbourg westward on the towpath of the Bruche canal up to Molsheim where the wine route begins all the way through Obernai, Barr, Sélestat, Ribeauville, Rouffach and Cernay. The route then turns east in Ensisheim heading towards Mulhouse and finally reaches Saint-Louis, right next to Basel, Switzerland where it connects with EuroVelo 15.

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