France – Switzerland – Germany – Southern Alsace Bicycle Tour 2023
At the crossroads between France, Germany and Switzerland, the “Dreilandereck” is a unique region that brings together three countries, three languages and three cultures: one of the most beautiful regions in Europe! This easy and quiet bicycle route without borders, on beautiful cycle paths, will allow you to discover a superb nature between mountains and vineyards. This trip will also delight the gourmets who will be able to taste exceptional local products accompanied by wines from the best vineyards on each stage. Highlights include the cities of Freiburg, Colmar, Mulhouse and Basel and the amazing architecture of the city of Neuf-Brisach, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Tour Profile: Relatively Easy. You will ride mainly on cycle paths, on minor agricultural tarred roads or on little secondary roads without much traffic. 1 day is a little bit hilly for the 7 day variation and 2 days are hilly for the 8 day variation.
Distance: 197 - 264 km
Travel Season: Departures Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April 1 to October 7, 2023
Season 1 : April 1 – April 14
Season 2 : April 15 – June 2 and September 30 – October 7
Season 3: June 3 – September 29
3* and 4* Hotels
At the crossroads between France, Germany and Switzerland, the "Dreilandereck" is a unique region that brings together three countries, three languages and three cultures: one of the most beautiful regions in Europe! This easy and quiet bicycle route without borders, on beautiful cycle paths, will allow you to discover a superb nature between mountains and vineyards. This trip will also delight the gourmets who will be able to taste exceptional local products accompanied by wines from the best vineyards on each stage. Highlights include the cities of Freiburg, Colmar, Mulhouse and Basel and the amazing architecture of the city of Neuf-Brisach, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Arrival in Freiburg
Arrival in Freiburg. Drop off your luggage at the hotel and take time to visit the city.
Freiburg – Colmar 58 km
Via the "Breisgau-Radweg" bike path, you will head to the border town of Breisach on the banks of the Rhine. Here you can admire its cathedral, its city center and its picturesque alleys. On the French side, you will plunge into the history of the 17th and 18th centuries by visiting Neuf-Brisach, a Vauban stronghold, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will finally reach Colmar, capital of Alsace wines. Do not miss a walkthrough its exceptionally well-preserved historic center and a visit to the Unterlinden Museum, which houses the Issenheim Altarpiece, a masterpiece of Western art.
Colmar – Guebwiller 43 km
You will cycle along the Alsace Wine Route to reach Guebwiller, a wine village lodged at the foot of the Grand Ballon. You will pass through the beautiful villages of Turkheim, Eguisheim and Rouffach. The abbey of Murbach, which was among the richest and most influential of the Holy Roman Empire, will be the discovery of the day.
Guebwiller – Mulhouse Area 34 km
You will first ride to Ungersheim to see the Écomusée d'Alsace, an open-air museum organized like an Alsatian village from the early 20th century. From there, the bicycle path will lead you directly to Mulhouse, a city that dynamically combines tradition and modernity. This industrial and technical city awaits you with its famous automobile museum.
Mulhouse Area – Basel Area 53 km
You will ride along the Rhone to Rhine canal to Illfurth on the EuroVelo 6, then cross the peaceful Sundgau. This region, located in the extreme south of Alsace, is distinguished by its beautiful half-timbered country houses, its multiple ponds and its shimmering landscapes. Finally, you will reach the Swiss city of Basel, which is vibrant with its strong artistic identity and its high-quality cultural offerings.
Basel Region – Müllheim 42 km
Leaving Basel, you will follow the bike route north, parallel to the Rhine. You will ride through a beautiful wine region between the Rhine and the Black Forest Mountains to Müllheim, where you can visit the Markgräfler Museum as well as St. Martin's Church with its 14thcentury frescoes. From Müllheim, it is very easy to get to Badenweiler: its castle and the remains of the Roman baths are worth a visit.
Müllheim – Freiburg 34 km
During this stage, you can visit the Villa Urbana and the castle of the Order of Malta in Heitersheim. Then the pretty spa village of Bad Krozingen, located at the gateway to the Black Forest Mountains. From there you will head to Freiburg, in the heart of Breisgau.
Departure or Extension of Stay
- Accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels
- Signposted tour
- Well prepared route guidance
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Detailed travel documents 1 per room (route or overview maps, route description, important telephone numbers)
- GPS data available
- Rental bike insurance
- Service hotline
- Meals not included in itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Visitors taxes, payable locally
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