Inspiring imperial cathedrals and ancient, majestic castles are just part of the thousands of years of history you’ll witness along Germany’s longest river. The 820-mile-long Rhine begins in the Swiss Alps and winds its way through Germany before emptying its waters into the North Sea. Densely packed with cultural treasures, spas, and the biggest German wine-growing area, this region is what tourists imagine when they think “Germany.”
Cycling in the Rhine River region is made easy with the miles of well-marked, dedicated bike paths and country roads with minimal traffic. Rolling hills and mainly flat terrain make it popular for families, first-timers, and skilled cyclists. The Rhine River Valley enjoys long summers with warm temperatures cooled by river breezes. Late spring and early autumn are also ideal times to visit.