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Alsace Vineyards

The third stage leads cyclists from Strasbourg to Basel. The EuroVelo 5 leaves Strasbourg to go south along a cycle track laid out along the river Ill, which flows through the Alsatian capital. The trail then follows the Bruche canal, which was built by Vauban to transport the red sandstone of the Vosges for the construction of the fortifications of Strasbourg. It comes out at Molsheim on the Alsatian Wine Road cycle trail.

The Wine Route is a capricious serpentine which curves around the eastern slopes of the Vosges Mountains, peacefully winding round the mountains and passing through about a hundred wine producing villages. It encompasses some fifty areas boasting „A.O.C. Alsace Grand Crus“ (Vintage Wine). Next to the Wine Route of Alsace, the cycle route follows former rail trails, parts of the Roman road and peaceful side paths through the vineyards. Cycle across beautiful landscapes: ruins of mediaeval castles, flowered villages, Romanesque abbey churches, vineyards, welcoming “winstubs”. Enjoy meeting the winegrowers, tasting their wines, and exploring the streets of charming villages!

Towns and villages with evocative names open their doors: Molsheim, Bugattis’ town, Rosheim and its Romanesque church, Obernai near Sainte-Odile convent, Dambach-la-Ville and its fortified city walls, Scherwiller, from where you can see the ruins of the Ortenbourg, Orschwiller, at the foot of the most visited tourist site in Alsace : the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, and typical Alsatian vineyard villages like Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Colmar capital of Alsatian Wine and the Bartholdi city, Turckheim and Eguisheim.

The route leave the Wine route at Cernay and leads to Mulhouse, the city of textiles, printing or engineering industries. After a visit of one of the numerous museums in town, train, textile, old cars, the EuroVelo 5 leads to the Rhine River and leaves France to enter into Switzerland in the city of Basel.

  • Abbey-church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

    In the town centre this church consecrated by Pope Leo IX in 1049 includes several remarkable Romanesque features: for example XIth C. crypt guarded by a sandstone bear, a porch and a XIIth C. historiated frieze 30m high making it the richest carved portal in Alsace. The statue of the Virgin dates from the XVth and XVIth century and the pulpit from 1703.

  • Kaysersberg

    Beautiful town on the Wine Route, Kaysersberg surprises by the charm of the medieval sites around the Ste Croix church (Romanesque portal, a carved altarpiece: a masterpiece rarely equalled) and the fortified bridge dominated by the castle (remains of the former free city of the Décapole). Its strategic position reawakens the memory of the old Roman road which linked the Alsace to the Lorraine. Kaysersberg is considered one of the most charming cities in Alsace, with its paved streets and half-timbered houses. You will find an important choice of hotels and bed and breakfast.The native town of Albert Schweitzer offers camping possibilities and quiet walks in the forest. Kaysersberg is situated on the on the road of Santiago de Compostela.

  • Mittelbergheim

    This renowned gastronomic centre stands on the slopes at the foot of the Crax hill. Its remarkable location and architectural heritage have earned it the title of one of ‘the most beautiful villages of France’.

  • Obernai

    At the crossroads of the three large regions of Alsace : the vineyards with the wine route, the Vosges and the large rural plain starting right at the town gates, appears and spreads out the proud city of Obernai.Located at 25 km south west of Strasbourg where the little valley of the Ehn river opens out, Obernai used to bear the name of "Ehenheim" precisely because of the Ehn river. Obernai is so attractive that it is the most visited city of the Bas-Rhin after the capital of Europe. Obernai, the birthplace of St. Odile, is a condensed version of Alsace. The town will come up to the visitor's expectations whether he be gourmet, sportsman, history lover or just an ordinary tourist. Here, welcoming people is a tradition and our smile comes from the heart. You will feel like home.

  • Certified EuroVelo Route
  • Developed route with EuroVelo signs
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  • Route under development
  • Route at the planning stage

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