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NRW Rheinradweg, © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Rhine Cycle Route


Go with the flow

A jour­ney through ro­mant­ic land­scapes and Rhine met­ro­pol­ises: the most ex­cit­ing stretch of the 1,320-kilo­metre Rhine Cycle Route runs through NRW.

The Rhine is 15,000 years old and is still run­ning strong: over 700 metres wide in some North Rhine-West­phalia stretches, the river flows from its source in the Swiss Alps to its es­tu­ary in Rot­ter­dam in the Neth­er­lands. Act­ive tour­ists can go with the flow from be­gin­ning to end by cyc­ling along the in­ter­na­tion­al Rhine Cycle Route. Stretch­ing a total of 1,320 kilo­metres, it runs through Switzer­land, France, Ger­many and the Neth­er­lands.

On its jour­ney to the sea, Europe’s most fam­ous river runs through North Rhine-West­phalia for 226 kilo­metres: this is the most ex­cit­ing sec­tion of the route. Here, every single kilo­metre of the Rhine of­fers a new pan­or­ama. Hol­i­day­makers and day-trip­pers can dis­cov­er the scen­ic and cul­tur­al di­versity on both sides of the river from Bad Hon­nef to the Dutch bor­der – from the ro­mant­ic Siebenge­birge, with the le­gendary Drachen­fels hill and Drachen­burg Castle, through the three Rhine met­ro­pol­ises of Bonn, Co­logne and Düs­sel­dorf, with their rich tra­di­tions, and the in­dus­tri­al city of Duis­burg, to the ex­pans­ive land­scape of the Lower Rhine. Here, cyc­lists will pass sights such as the castle of Schloss Schwan­en­burg in Kleve and the towns of Em­merich am Rhein and Rees with their Rhine prom­en­ades.

The route runs on both banks of the Rhine, with the ma­jor­ity on well-built, cycle-friendly paths with stand­ard­ised sign­posts.

Map of NRW

Tour overview


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Distance in km
181.0
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Am Niederrhein bieten sich Promenaden zu gemütlichen Radtouren an, © Niederrhein Tourismus GmbH
Der Drachenfels und Schloss Drachenburg sind beliebte Etappen auf dem Rheinradweg, © Rheinsteig-Büro
Die Terrasse am Drachenfels bietet sich für eine Pause an, © Tourismus Siebengebirge GmbH
Der Rheinradweg führt immer am Rhein entlang, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

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