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Rhine 4. stage: free as the wind Mainz - Cologne

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  • Deutsches Eck Koblenz
  • Rhein-Radweg
  • Bad Breisig
  • Rheingauer Wein
  • Rhein-Radweg bei Andernach
  • Bacharach
  • Bad Godesberg
  • Rhein-Radweg
  • Boppard Sessellift zum Vierseenblick
  • Festung Ehrenbreitstein
  • Burg Maus
  • Kirche in Geisenheim
  • Eltville
  • Geisenheim
  • Koblenz Blick zur Festung Ehrenbreitstein
  • Niederwalddenkmal in Rüdesheim
  • In der Festung Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz
  • Rheinpromenade
  • Loreley Blick auf den Rhein
  • Mainz
  • Oberwesel
  • Kölner Dom
  • Rheingau Kloster Johannisberg
  • Rheinstrand
  • Burg Rheinfels St. Goar

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Free as the wind in 4-11 days

Feel free – not just on the bike but already during the planning of the route you create the journey yourself. We offer cyclist individuality by our cycling stages to 'create by yourself'. The Rhine bike trail will definitely not leave anything to be desired: family holiday with short stages or training stages for racers, sights for cultural interested cyclists or the spontaneous fresh air activity for Sunday driver.

From the map and the distance table, choose your desired overnight accommodation. Use our tour planner for your exact planning. Here, you can flexibly put together a trip from 4 to 11 days. In doing so, you determine all the details of your trip such as overnight accommodation, daily stages and duration of the trip – please do not forget to include an arrival day and departure day. Finally, send us your completed travel plan and we will send you an offer that has been tailored to your wishes. With our all-carefree service, we ensure a relaxed and smooth functioning of your bike tour.

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Rhine 4. stage: free as the wind Mainz - Cologne
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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28 days cancellation option
This low-cost option (2% of the tour price) applies to all original Velociped tours in the 2021 season and allows you to cancel your booking free of charge up to 28 days before the start of the tour without giving any reason.

prices 2021

Prices are per person.

Season 1

17.04. – 06.05.2021

27.09. – 17.10.2021

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Cat. A
4 days3 nights388,00 €412,00 €
5 days4 nights444,00 €495,00 €
6 days5 nights499,00 €540,00 €
7 days6 nights558,00 €630,00 €
8 days7 nights650,00 €700,00 €
9 days8 nights702,00 €799,00 €
10 days9 nights769,00 €860,00 €
11 days10 nights840,00 €980,00 €
single room p.n.32,00 €32,00 €

Season 2

07.05. – 26.09.2021

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Cat. A
4 days3 nights418,00 €457,00 €
5 days4 nights474,00 €540,00 €
6 days5 nights529,00 €585,00 €
7 days6 nights588,00 €675,00 €
8 days7 nights680,00 €745,00 €
9 days8 nights732,00 €844,00 €
10 days9 nights799,00 €905,00 €
11 days10 nights870,00 €1.025,00 €
single room p.n.32,00 €32,00 €

cycles

tourer
70,00 €
 
tandem
140,00 €
 
electric bike
180,00 €
 

bookable additional services

Back transfer Koblenz-Mainz Thu + Sat 12.30 pm
50,00 €
Back transfer Cologne-Mainz Thu + Sat at noon
70,00 €
Travel services
All-carefree service:
  • accommodation incl. breakfast
  • room with shower/bath/WC
  • luggage transport
  • map of bike trails with marked route
  • detailed route description
  • tips for tour preparation
  • touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service

Entfernungen


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MainzEltville15
EltvilleRüdesheim16
RüdesheimBingen2
BingenBacharach16
BacharachOberwesel7
OberweselSt. Goar6
St. GoarBoppard14
BoppardKoblenz18
KoblenzAndernach28
AndernachBad Breisig9
Bad BreisigRemagen11
RemagenBad Honnef9
Bad HonnefBad Godesberg5
Bad GodesbergBonn9
BonnKöln36

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worth knowing

Worth knowing about the tour from Mainz to Cologne

Below you will find specific information about the Rhine bike trail Mainz - Cologne. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Parking facilities in Mainz

The hotels in Mainz have no parking facilities. You can park in one of the municipal parking garages near the hotel. Your will receive detailed information on the parking facilities together with your travel information package 2 weeks prior to your arrival.

Arrival by train

Mainz is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. All our partner hotels are located within easy access to the station. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.

Train schedule information

Condition of the bike paths

The route along the Rhine runs almost exclusively on asphalted and paved hiking and cycling trails or along quiet country roads. Driving in traffic is rare. From Mainz to Bad Godesberg, the route is marked with white and green signs, which always identify the next town. Also you will see blue signs with a yellow bike. On the last day cycling to Cologne will see the signs of the Rheinschiene route (square plates with blue wave symbol). Due to the consistently good signage the right way is easy to find.

Available rental bikes

If you choose to rent a velociped-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 27-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height.
On our Velociped tours we use high-quality Velo de Ville e-bikes. They are technically mature and very robust.
Velociped rental bikes

Bike & Barge

Particularly the Middle Rhine Valley a boat tour is a delightful addition to cycling. The major part of the passenger traffic on the Rhine route is done by the Cologne-Düsseldorf shipping company. Bicycles can be taken on all ships.
Timetable Cologne-Düsseldorf shipping company

Bike & Train

Along the route there are good rail connections, so you can always take the train for some sections.

Transfer back to the starting point of the journey

Thursdays and Saturdays at noon there is the possibility to transfer back to Mainz with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at 3 pm. The driver picks you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle. The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without the hassle of hauling luggage.

Extra costs which are not included in the tour price

A possibly applicable city tax as well as the ferry boats which may be necessary are not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel locally.

7 day hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible. 

Passport and visa requirements, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

tour highlights

Mainz Cathedral

The High Cathedral of Mainz is the episcopal church of the Roman Catholic diocese of Mainz and is under the patronage of St. Martin of Tours. The eastern choir is dedicated to St. Stephan. The building, which belongs to the imperial cathedrals, is, in its present form, a three-aisled Romanesque column basilica with gothic and baroque elements in its annexes.

Mainz Cathedral

Mainz Cathedral

Gutenberg Museum Mainz

Experience the history of printing, books and type-setting. One of the oldest book and print museums is located right at the heart of Mainz just across from the cathedral. Founded in 1900 by a group of citizens from Mainz, the Gutenberg Museum is dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg, the man behind one of the most important inventions in the history of mankind. Among the biggest treasures of the collection are two original Gutenberg Bibles printed around 1450. Another highlight is the recreated workshop of Gutenberg were skilled printers demonstrate how books were printed in the 15th century. 

Gutenberg Museum Mainz

Biebrich Palace Wiesbaden

The Biebrich Palace is situated picturesquely facing the Rhine River. This three-wing baroque building served the Dukes of Nassau as their residence from 1744 to 1866. Restored in 1985, it serves as the head office of the Hessian State Agency for the Preservation of Historic Monuments, among other agencies.
Once a year, the traditional International Horse Show at Whitsun is held in the palace park.

Biebrich Palace

Eltville Electors’ Castle

Eltville's Electors’ Castle is the city’s landmark and was built in the first half of the 14th century. It once was the residence of the archbishops and electors of Mainz. Today it invites visitors to wander through the courtyard, castle moat, and beautiful rose garden. Many festivals und cultural events take place here throughout the year. Thetower can be explored by walking up 118 steps to the panorama platform for a spectacular view of the river and Old Town.

Eltville

Monastery Eberbach

The monastery "Kloster Eberbach" is located in a beautiful valley next to the Rheingau where it´s surrounded by trees and vine. Since its foundation by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1136 the works of the Cistercian Monks have characterised the Spirit of the monastery as well as its architecture. Today the foundation "Stiftung Kloster Eberbach" carefully protects the cultural traditions as a historic heritage. Many cultural events bring them to the attention of a large number of people. The monastery is open to you to experience it with all your senses. 

Monastery Eberbach

Drosselgasse Rüdesheim

The heart of Rüdesheim's old town is a meeting place for locals and visitors from all over the world. This is where the music is and where it never stops! Whether you're after something lively or classical, romantic or groovy, from brass bands to string quartets, from dusk until dawn. There's a wide range of wine bars and garden taverns to satisfy everyone. Come to Drosselgasse and revel in its unique atmosphere.

Drosselgasse

Monastery Eberbach

The monastery "Kloster Eberbach" is located in a beautiful valley next to the Rheingau where it´s surrounded by trees and vine. Since its foundation by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1136 the works of the Cistercian Monks have characterised the Spirit of the monastery as well as its architecture. Today the foundation "Stiftung Kloster Eberbach" carefully protects the cultural traditions as a historic heritage. Many cultural events bring them to the attention of a large number of people. The monastery is open to you to experience it with all your senses. 

Monastery Eberbach

 

Loreley

The Loreley is a 433 feet high slate cliff in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage near the town of St. Goarshausen. The view of St. Goarshausen, from the Loreley ( Lorelei ) outlook point, with Castle Katz and the view of the town St. Goar and its Fortress Rheinfels, leaves a wonderful impression on all Loreley ( Lorelei ) tourists.

The Rhine, at the Loreley, is up to 82 feet deep and only 371 feet wide. Because this area is so deep and narrow, it is one of the most dangerous places in the World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Ships, crossing each other here and all along the section between Oberwesel and St. Goarshausen, are directed by light signals, called “Wahrschau”.

Loreley

Ehrenfels Castle Ruin

The Ehrenfels Castle formed together with the Mäuseturm and the Klopp Castle a northward barrier since the 13th Century, in order to protect the territory of the archbishopric of Mainz. In the Middle Ages it was strategically of greatest importance because of its favourable location above the Binger Loch. Furthermore it was as toll station an important pecuniary resource for the bishops and the church. The castle, which was used in times of war as a hiding place for the cathedral treasury of Aachen, was extensively destroyed in 1689.

Ehrenfels Castle Ruin

The Chairlift to Gedeon's Corner

One of the highlights in Boppard is a trip on the chairlift from the valley station in Mühltal to Gedeonseck. After arriving at Gedeon’s Corner, it is only a short walk over to the panorama restaurant with the same name. From here you have a fantastic view onto the largest bend on the Rhine.

Just a few minutes walk from Gedeon’s Corner you will find the Four Lakes View which shows you the Rhine like a chain of sparkling lakes. At the Four Lakes View there is a restaurant with the same name and from this spot you have a large choice of pleasant walks.

The chairlift takes you up to a height of nearly 240 metres. The trip takes 20 minutes one way.

.The Chairlift to Gedeon's Corner

Deutsches Eck Koblenz

World-famous: Where Father Rhine and Mother Moselle meet: The Deutsches Eck ("German Corner")

The establishment of the Teutonic Order at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle in 1216 gave this historic site its name, the “Deutsches Eck”. Koblenz also owes its name to the meeting point of the Rhine and the Moselle - from “Castellum apud Confluentes”, Latin for “fort at the confluence”, which over time became the current name of Koblenz.

Shortly after Kaiser Wilhelm I’s death, the idea arose of creating a memorial to him, as it was the Kaiser who had brought about the unification of Germany after three years of war. Three years later in 1891, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the grandson of the deceased, chose the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz as the most suitable location. A harbour of refuge in the Moselle estuary was filled in to create space for the memorial. The Deutsches Eck in its present form was created.

Deutsches Eck

Electoral Palace

The Electoral Palace in Koblenz is one of the most important palatial buildings in the French early Classicism style in south-western Germany, and is one of the last residential palaces that was built in Germany shortly before the French revolution.
Today, the middle section of the palace offers exclusive rooms for festive banquets, meetings and family celebrations.
The exclusive Grand Café is open to all and invites you to come and visit. Up towards the Rhine, there are also freely accessible, beautiful terraced gardens.

Electoral Palace

Old Tollhause, Bad Breisig

On the bank of the river Rhine next to the Eulengasse, you find the Old Tollhouse, which was built around 1500 AD. Its existence goes back to the sovereignty of the community of nons from Essen over the county of Breisig.
The nons were granted the privilege of raising toll for the use of the road. For this reason the tollhouse was built on the banks of the river Rhine, in addition to the tollgates already established (Köln gate - north gate; Koblenz gate - south gate) in teh wall surrounding Breisig since 1280 AD. Leaning walls and numerous flood markers on the front of this beautiful timber frame house testifiy to its great age.

Old Tollhause, Bad Breisig

Drachenfelsbahn Königswinter

The Drachenfels (literally: Dragon Rock) is the landmark of the Siebengebirge (literally: Seven Hills). With its height of 321 metres and striking silhouette, it has been an attraction for people from all parts of the world for more than 100 years. One of the main reasons: the historic cog railway.

The cog railway leading to the top of the Drachenfels was put into operation in the summer of 1883. Now, more than 125 years later, the entire complex has been rebuilt. With a fresh outfit and a modernized station, the “Bergbahnen im Siebengebirge AG” have been given a new look, älteste Zahnradbahn German cog railways will continue to be in service in the Rhineland. On its way to the top, it manages an elevation gain of approx. 220 metres with inclines of up to 20 %.

Drachenfelsbahn

Die Godesburg in Bad Godesberg

Vom 32 Meter hohen Bergfried der Godesburg hat man einen weiten Blick auf Bonn, den grünen Stadtbezirk Bad Godesberg, das Rheintal und das Siebengebirge. Die wechselvolle Geschichte von Bad Godesberg am südlichen Ende der Kölner Bucht zwischen dem Siebengebirge und Voreifel hat Spuren hinterlassen.

Die Godesburg in Bad Godesberg

The Kunstmusem Bonn

There are a number of reasons why the Kunstmuseum Bonn enjoys a unique position within Germany’s museum landscape. With one of the internationally most important collections of German art  – based on the seminal inventory of works by August Macke –, the Kunstmuseum disposes over a collection profile that is unparalleled throughout the country. The collection focuses on the Rhenish Expressionists, German Art after 1945 including Joseph Beuys’ Multiples as well as graphic art including photography and the video center Ingrid Oppenheim. The museum’s relevance has been steadily growing over the past decades. In this development, one of the special features of Bonn’s collecting policies has been to refrain from attempts to document German art with a claim to encyclopedic scope, but rather concentrate on a manageable number of eminent artists, and then purchase from them entire groups of works and ensembles.

Kunstmuseum Bonn

The Beethoven House

The museum at Ludwig van Beethoven's birth place is one of the most frequented music museums worldwide and one of the 100 most popular sights in Germany. Since December 17, 2019, the museum has been hosting a new and enlarged permanent exhibition. It provides a new approach to experiencing Beethoven as an artist and fellow human being in a modern, inspiring and exciting way. New rooms are the vault with manuscripts, a music room for regular concerts on historic keyboards and a special area for temporary exhibitions.

Beethoven House

House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany

The House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany provides an amusing overview of contemporary German history through a wide range of audio-visual tools and displays. A Roman cellar discovered during construction work has been opened in the museum basement.

House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany

Romano-Germanic Museum, Cologne

 

The Roman mosaic with scenes from the world of Dionysos (c.AD 220/230) and the reconstructed funerary monument to the legionary Poblicius (c.AD 40) are probably the best-known exhibits in Cologne's Romano-Germanic Museum. Its collections are drawn from the archaeological heritage of the city and its environs, from prehistory to the early Middle Ages. Highlights are the largest collection of Roman glass in the world as well as outstanding collections of Roman and early medieval jewellery.

Romano-Germanic Museum

Cologne Cathedral

It can be seen from nearly every point in the city centre and from many places elsewhere: The magnificent Cologne Cathedral hovers above the roofs and chimneys of the city. It is not only used as a point of orientation but is the pride of the people in Cologne. The panorama of the city has been dominated by the Cathedral's gigantic pair of towers (the North Tower (157.38 m) is 7 cm higher than the South Tower) since their completion in 1880. The Cathedral is still the second highest building in Cologne after the telecommunications tower. Its footprint is no less impressive, with the full length of the Cathedral measuring 145 m and the cross nave 86 m. In comparison, a football pitch is "only" around 100 by 70 m. The total area of the Cathedral measures almost 8000 square metres and has room for more than 20,000 people.

Cologne Cathedral

Chocolate Museum Cologne

Hans Imhoff, a passionate maker of chocolates, had a long held dream: a chocolate museum with a fountain of unending streams of chocolate. On 31 October 1993, after a 13-month construction period, the Chocolate Museum was opened. It became a triumph of German museum history that nobody thought possible. With around 600,000 visitors a year, it is the most frequented cultural institution in Cologne.

Chocolate Museum Cologne

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