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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.

  • Unterlinden Museum

    A visit to the Unterlinden Museum covers nearly 7,000 years of history, from the prehistoric era to 20th century art. Whilst travelling in time, visitors can also discover the multiple facets of its architecture, which have been unified and enhanced by the architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Medieval cloister presents the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with works by the likes of Martin Schongauer, Hans Holbein and Lucas Cranach, as well as the museum’s great masterpiece, the Isenheim Altarpiece (1512–1516).

  • Eguisheim

    Surrounded by vineyards, nestling in a fold of green hills, Eguisheim is a medieval village whose narrow, concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers. Since 1985, this passion has been rewarded with the "4-flower" rating of France's National Floral Award. Discover in this unique village: historic fountains, tithe manors, a yellow sandstone church with a 13th century "Opening Virgin" statue. Stroll along its narrow streets and admire the broad spectrum of its coloured houses, where ancient inscriptions can be deciphered on the stone lintels. Fall in love with the personality of this most typical Alsace villages.

  • Humanist library

    At the heart of the old town, Sélestat treasures an absolute gem: the exceptional Humanist Library, one of the rare collections in Europe to remains intact and one of the oldest libraries in Alsace. In the glass cases, you can contemplate 450 manuscripts, the oldest being a Merovingian lectionary dating back to the 7th century, 550 illuminated incunabula, and 2000 prints from the 16th century. An extraordinary journey through the history of books and printing! Tip! To get the best out of your visit, the Library organises guided tours and theme-based evening visits.

  • 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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