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Rhine: classic from Mainz to Cologne with charming hotels

Castles and palaces of world renown

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7 Days / 6 Nights
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Look forward to this special bike tour on the Rhine Cycle Path. You cycle through the fascinating Middle Rhine Valley, which in its upper part from Rüdesheim to Koblenz has even been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. On these 67 kilometers it represents only around five percent of the entire course of the river, but it is probably the most beautiful part of the entire Rhine between the Alps and the North Sea. You start in Mainz and cycle through the sun-drenched Rheingau with its wonderful vineyards and delicious wines, before ending the day with an evening stroll through the world-famous Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim. For the next 2 days you will cycle on the flat Rhine Cycle Path through the fascinating Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Look forward to an abundance of cultural assets, more than two thousand years of history, a section of the river peppered with ruins, castles and palaces. On the way, cable car rides, museums, cafés and restaurants as well as a varied river landscape with new experiences beckon. You can enjoy a new, special hotel on this bike tour every day. Especially because of its location, its furnishings, its character or charm. Let yourself be surprised!

This trip is perfect for:

  • Culture vultures who don't want to miss out on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Wine lovers who like to end their cycling days with a glass or two of wine from the region.
  • Travelers who like to stroll through sweet inner cities and small alleyways.

Highlights

Mainz Cathedral
The High Cathedral in Mainz is the episcopal church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mainz and is under the patronage of St. Martin of Tours.

Mainz Cathedral

Ehrenfels castle ruins
Ehrenfels Castle is located halfway above the Rhine on a mountain ledge made of solid quartzite and is one of the most imposing buildings on the Rhine. 

Ehrenfels castle ruins

Rheinfels Castle
Rheinfels Castle is a hilltop castle which was built on a ledge between the left bank of the Rhine and the Gründelbach valley above St. Goar.

Rheinfels Castle

Basilica of St. Castor
The St. Kastor Basilica (also: Kastorkirche) is the oldest church in Koblenz. It is located behind the Deutsches Eck.

Basilica of St. Castor

Empress Augusta parks
The Rheinanlagen are the promenades on the left bank of the Rhine in Koblenz. 
Empress Augusta parks

 

Rhine: classic from Mainz to Cologne with charming hotels

easy to moderate
Bike tour
7 Days / 6 Nights
individual tour
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Arrive early and look forward to the beautiful old town of Mainz with its half-timbered houses and medieval market square. Marvel at the renaissance-style market fountain with its red pillars and the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral with its deep red sandstone and the striking octagonal tower. If you have a lot of time, you can visit the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. You will stay in the middle of the Mainz city park in the Favorite Parkhotel Mainz or in the Hyatt Regency which lies directly at the riverside. 

The beautiful first cycle route takes you through gentle vineyards and well-known wine- towns. Enjoy the unique atmosphere, where the Rhine still flows slowly. The Rhine even forms small romantic islands on this section or extends its riverbed to a width of up to 800 m! Take a break in the beautiful half-timbered town of Eltville and take a detour (+ 14 km) to the Eberbach monastery. You can expect to explore the mystical legacy of the Cistercian monks, fascinating monastery tours, a large monastery shop and a vinotheque where real treasures lie dormant. Take the opportunity to join a wine tasting before cycling on to Rüdesheim. A stroll through the world-famous street `Drosselgasse’ and a relaxed cable-car ride up to the Niederwald monument beckon. Your hotel - the 4-star Breuer's Rüdesheim Castle- is located between the quiet Steingasse and the lively Drosselgasse.

In the morning, the Rhine ferry takes you from Rüdesheim to Bingen, where the well-developed Rhine cycle path awaits you again. You follow it along the banks of the Rhine to Bacharach. On this first 16 km alone you will pass the Mäuseturm, the castles Rheinstein, Reichenstein, Sooneck Castle, Hohneck Castle and the Fürstenberg ruins. A photo stop is worthwhile everywhere! Climb the city wall in Bacharach. These historical city fortifications still clearly enclose the city in a semicircle. Along with the city wall in Oberwesel, it is the best-preserved city fortification on the Middle Rhine. Now it is not far to St. Goar. You can see your hotel from afar because you spend a romantic night in the 4-star superior Hotel Schloss Rheinfels high above the Rhine.

Today the route continues along the narrow Rhine Valley to the well-known wine town of Boppard. It's a turbulent place here, but you can also take the chairlift (or the 5,5 km long loop trail) to the Vierseenblick viewpoint to escape to wooded, quiet heights and again enjoy a wonderful view of the Rhine Valley. Or visit the well-preserved Marksburg and Stolzenfels Castle on the way to the Deutsches Eck -a famous headland in Koblenz-, where you can end the day. Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, to which you can comfortably glide over by cable car or take a boat trip around the Deutsches Eck with a beautiful view of the old town. In Koblenz you stay in the modern Hotel Kleiner Riesen or in the Hotel Mercure, both of which are located directly on the Rhine promenade.

Cozy spa towns, inviting wine towns, old thermal baths and lively beer gardens await your visit. You cycle from one small highlight to the next on the flat Rhine cycle path. There are many castles and palaces along the way. Sayn, Neuwied, Andernach, Namedy, Brohl or Bad Breisig greet you with their palaces and castles. Take a break at the Bridge of Remagen, because here, where the former towers of the famous Bridge of Remagen protrude on the shore, a worth seeing Peace Museum has been set up today. On the right riverside, Bad Honnef soon beckons with its inviting pedestrian zone and the market square lined with numerous cafés. Then the Siebengebirge hill range moves into your field of vision. If you want, you can use the ferry to Königswinter to take the oldest cogwheel train in Germany up to the Drachenfels, which offers a fantastic view. From up here Bad Godesberg can already be seen on the other side of the Rhine. Look forward to your overnight stay at the Dreesen Boutique Hotel.

Again, the flat Rhine Cycle Path beckons, but also the old federal capital Bonn with numerous sights and interesting museums, before the Cologne Cathedral comes into focus. Your bike route is not too long today, so you still have plenty of time for all of Cologne's attractions. In the heart of the Rhine metropolis and only a few minutes away from the historical sights, you stay at the Steigenberger Hotel Cologne.

After breakfast, your lovely cycling holiday ends at the hotel. Train departure possible. If you want to go back to Mainz, we recommend our return transfer service, which will take you directly from the hotel in Cologne back to the start.

Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

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Services / Info

All-carefree service
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Room with shower/bath/WC
  • Luggage transport
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the bike trip from Mainz to Cologne

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

Arrival by train

Mainz is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. Our partner hotels in Mainz are located south of the old town near the Südbahnhof station. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:

Train schedule information

Parking at the hotel

The Favorite Parkhotel Mainz offers you free parking in front of the house or an underground car park (16,00 € per night, price of 2023).
The Hyatt Regency Hotel Mainz has its own underground car park (19,00 € per 24 hours (price per 2023), max. Vehicle height 2 m).
You will receive detailed information about the parking options with the detailed travel documents about 2 weeks before arrival.

Condition of cycle paths

The route along the Rhine runs almost exclusively on paved and secured cycle paths and dam paths or on quiet country roads. Driving directly in traffic is rare.
As part of an EU project, uniform signage with the EuroVelo 15 logo was implemented for the entire Rhine Cycle Route from Andermatt to Hoek van Holland. In Hesse, the signs are exclusively with the EuroVelo 15 logo, in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia a combination of the EV15 logo and "Rheinradler" has been chosen.

Transfer back to the starting point

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. there is the possibility of getting back to Mainz with a minibus (arrival there around 2:00 p.m.). The driver comes to your hotel and has space for you, your luggage and, if necessary, your private bike. He drives you back to your starting hotel and thus ensures a perfect return service without the hassle of changing trains or lugging your suitcase.

Your hotels

Favorite Parkhotel Mainz: Enjoy this unique location near the Mainz rose garden. After a first tour of the city, you will find peace and relaxation in the extensive grounds of the city park. In the evening you can enjoy an aperitif on the outside terrace and dinner in the restaurant. The rooftop spa and the in-house wine bar offer you the opportunity to end the evening very relaxed.
Favorite Parkhotel Mainz

Breuer's Rüdesheim Castle: The hotel is located between the quiet Steingasse and the lively Drosselgasse. The 4-star wine hotel in the former Zehnthof is characterized by wine, art and design. The 26 individual hotel rooms are modern and lovingly furnished. And the next morning you can have breakfast in the winter garden or in the castle garden, depending on the weather.
Breuer's Rüdesheim Castle

Hotel Schloss Rheinfels, St. Goar: You spend a romantic night in the 4-star superior Hotel Schloss Rheinfels high above the Rhine. What was once the mightiest fortress on the Rhine offers a unique panoramic view of the Loreley valley. Poets and thinkers of German Romanticism were once inspired by the splendor of nature and culture. Today you can enjoy traditional hospitality in a historical ambience. Look forward to a comfortable room with exquisite antiques and the spacious wellness area with swimming pool, saunas and fitness room.
Hotel Rheinfels Castle

Hotel Kleiner Riesen Koblenz: The family-run 3-star hotel with lovingly furnished rooms is located on the Rhine promenade near the Deutsches Eck. Relax in the bistro and enjoy excellent Italian ice cream, cakes or homemade delicacies with a wonderful view of the Rhine.
Hotel Kleiner RIesen

Mercure Hotel Koblenz: This hotel is located directly on the Rhine near the Electoral Palace. The old town, the Deutsches Eck and the cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress are just a short walk away. Relax in the sauna area after the bike tour and a short sightseeing tour. The Finesse restaurant has regional specialties ready for you. End the day in style on the Rhine terrace or in the piano bar.
Mercure Hotel Koblenz

Boutique Hotel Dreesen Bad Godesberg: You can stay in an elegantly and modern styled, charming Art Nouveau villa in the middle of the Bad Godesberg villa district. There are two Art Nouveau villas that are connected by a glass bridge. If you want to pamper yourself with culinary delights in the evening, visit the "Halbedels Gasthaus", which is 5 minutes' walk away. The star chef Rainer Maria Halbedel cooks here. However you spend the evening, you can have breakfast in the light-flooded winter garden with plenty of space and direct access to the garden.
Boutique Hotel Dreesen

Steigenberger Hotel Köln: The modern rooms offer more than just accommodation. Comfortable furnishings include air conditioning, satellite TV, a desk, safe, minibar as well as a Nespresso coffee machine and a kettle for making tea. The unique summer terrace in the garden invites you to relax during the summer months. A cozy lounge atmosphere and delicious cocktails in the 19NullZwo bar offer the perfect place for a cool drink and a cozy end to your bike tour.
Steigenberger Hotel Cologne

Cycle & Ride

Along the entire route between Mainz and Cologne there are good train connections parallel to the cycle path, so that you can bridge sections by train at any time.

Cycle & Cruise

A trip by ship is a delightful addition to a bike tour, especially in the Middle Rhine Valley. Most of the passenger traffic on the Rhine route is carried out by the Köln-Düsseldorfer Schifffahrtsgesellschaft (KD-Line). Bicycles are accepted on all ships.
Timetable KD-Line

Extra costs which are not included

A possibly applicable city tax is not included and has to be paid at the hotel locally.

7 days hotline service

Just in case the bike chain is broken, 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

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.

For all those who want to combine comfort with sustainability and only require digital travel documents, we grant a discount of € 20.00 per room.
Please let us know at the time of booking whether you would like to use printed or digital travel documents.

Available rental bikes

7 speed bike
27 speed bike
Velociped E-Bike
7 speed bike

We would recommend the 7-speed tourer for all those that are looking for a back-pedal brake and wide gel seat for maximum comfort in an upright sitting position. It is equipped with a simple hub gear shift and is perfectly suited to tours on flat to slightly hilly terrain.

27 speed bike

The 27-speed tourer is the best choice for cyclists that value the advantages of the dérailleur gear shift for flexibility whilst going up and down hills. This bike allows you to be a little more active without compromising on saddle comfort and practical everyday suitability.

Velociped E-Bike

 

E-bikes combine a lot of advantages. The electric drive ensures a completely relaxed cycling, even during long tours or on hilly routes. Other features, such as a suspension seat post and front fork plus well-tuned gears, ensure additional riding comfort.

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Steffi Groß

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