In no time at all from Mainz to Cologne.
Look forward to this sportive cycling holiday on the Rhine Cycle Route, which promises many excit-ing discoveries, beautiful cities and interesting history. On the flat Rhine cycle path you cycle on the most beautiful section of the long river. It will only get hilly for you in the sun-drenched Rheingau with its wonderful vineyards and delicious wines. Between Hunsrück and Taunus you cycle through the narrow, legendary Rhine Valley past the Loreley and the Drachenfelsen in the Siebengebirge. Everywhere breaks are worthwhile, because an infinite number of palaces, castles, monasteries, museums and cafes lie on your way. Experience typical Rhineland hospitality on your bike tour, discover historic old towns with their numerous sights and stroll through the beautiful Rhine facili-ties. Look forward to the picturesque wine town of Bacharach, the secret center of Rhine romanti-cism and probably one of the most beautiful Rhine towns at the Middle Rhine. Cities with 2000 years of history such as Koblenz, Andernach, where the Rhine meets the Eifel, and Cologne are waiting for your visit. At the end, a visit to the world-famous Cologne Cathedral should not be miss-ing, nor should a stroll through Cologne's old town with its dreamy alleys, lively squares and cozy breweries.
1. day Arrival in Mainz
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.
2. day Mainz - St. Goar 64 - 74 km
Your cycling tour begins with a highlight, because you cycle through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Enjoy the wonderful bike route along gentle vineyards and through well-known wine-growing towns. On the way you should take a break in the interesting half-timbered town of Eltville and plan a detour (+ 10 km) to the Eberbach monastery in the Rheingau. Here you can visit the medieval monastery, whose wines are world-famous. In Rüdesheim, the world-famous Drosselgasse is waiting for your visit before you take the Rhine ferry to Bingen. On the well-developed Rhine cycle path, you roll to Bacharach quickly. You will pass the Mouse Tower, the Rheinstein and Reichenstein castles, Sooneck and Hohneck castles, as well as the Fürstenberg ruins. Take a break in Bacharach, because it is the secret capital of Rhine romanti-cism. The historic city fortifications are one of the best preserved in the Rhineland. A walk along the old towers and walls is an experience in itself. Then St. Goar can be reached quickly. Use the time and the Rhine ferry to climb the Loreley. A hiking path leads up and gives you the most beautiful view of the narrowest point in the romantic Rhine Valley. The modern visitor center on the Loreley offers interesting insights into the history, nature and culture of the region and clearly explains the myth of the Loreley.
3. day St. Goar - Bad Breisig 72 km
In the narrow Rhine Valley you first cycle to the well-known wine town of Boppard, which is very turbulent. If you want, you can take the chairlift to the Vierseenblick to the quiet, wooded heights and enjoy a wonderful view of the Rhine Valley from here. The well-preserved Marksburg and Stolzenfels Castle are located on your further cycle route to the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz. Both want to be visited and viewed! Other castles and palaces are your companions today. You can visit, see and be amazed at Sayn Castle with its magnificent park, Neuwied Castle, which was built in the Baroque style, and Namedy Castle, a moated castle in the Andernach district. On the flat Rhine Cy-cle Path you cycle quickly from sight to sight and from castle to castle. Even at the end of the day you will still find enough time for the old spa and spring town of Bad Breisig. Take a walk and be amazed at the old customs house, stroll through the spa park with its trees from all over the world or relax in the warm thermal healing water of the Römer Therme.
4. day Bad Breisig – Cologne 70 km
After just a few kilometers, a first break is worthwhile. Here in Remagen, visit the worth seeing Peace Museum, which is housed in the former towers of the famous bridge on the banks of the Rhine. Then take the ferry to Bad Honnef, where a visit to the island of Grafenwerth attracts with lush meadows, old trees and a sunny beer garden. The Siebengebirge is now slowly moving closer to the river. Get on the oldest rack railway in Germany in Königswinter and drive up to the "legend-ary" Drachenfels. You will surely enjoy the wonderful views from up here. After a short ferry ride back to the left bank of the Rhine, you continue cycling quickly. Look forward to the old federal capital Bonn with its numerous sights and museums. On the flat Rhine cycle path you then cycle directly along the shore, so that this stage to Cologne is a real pleasure. From the hotel in the city center you can admire the diverse sights of the 2000 year old city carefree in the afternoon and evening. You should definitely plan a visit to the world-famous Cologne Cathedral with its 157 m high towers, because it is Cologne's landmark. In Cologne there is something to discover on almost every street corner. Enjoy imposing buildings, fascinating museums and of course the Cologne life-style.
5. day Departure from Cologne
Today your beautiful cycling holiday ends after breakfast in Cologne. If you want to go back to Mainz, we recommend our practical transfer service.
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.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
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.
Prices are per person.
08.04. – 14.04.2023
07.10. – 14.10.2023
15.04. – 05.05.2023
23.09. – 06.10.2023
06.05. – 22.09.2023
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Accommodation incl. breakfast
- Room with shower/bath/WC
- Luggage transport
- Map of bike trails with marked route
- Digital route guidance via smartphone app for almost all journeys
- Tips for tour preparation
- Touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about your bike 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: +49 (0)6421 - 886890.
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.
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.
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
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 am there is the possibility to transfer back to Mainz with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at 2 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.
Bike & boat
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.
Bike & train
Along the route there are good rail connections, so you can always take the train for some sections.
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly applicable city tax as well as the ferry boat from Rüdesheim to Bingen 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
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
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.
200,000 visitors a year show: St. Stephen’s is an attraction! Tourists from the whole world pilgrim up St. Stephen’s Mount, to the glowing blue stained glass windows by the artist Marc Chagall. The reconstruction and restoration of the Gothic church, which was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War, also brought its revival. St. Stephen’s is the only German church for which the Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) created windows. Born in Russia, the artists spent the longest period of his life in France. Blue light shines through the stained glass into the interior of St. Stephen’s, and not only angels but other Biblical figures move apparently ethereally in this light.
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.
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.
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”.
Das Deutsche 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.
Bridge of Remagen
The bridge of Remagen was built during the First World War on the orders of the German generalship to be able to bring more troops and war materials to the West Front. Originally the Ludendorff Bridge, was the last intact bridge over the Rhine and was conquered by the Allies on March 7, 1945 in the Second World War, next to the railway bridge in Wesel, which was blown up on 10 March 1945.
ARP Museum, Oberwinter
The Rolandseck train station, the classic jewel from the mid-19th century at Remagen, has been a place for famous artists from all over the world - for musicians, literati, painters and sculptors. Originally the station was the terminus of a private railway, which operated from Cologne. Today, there is an hourly train service to Koblenz and Cologne
Die Godesburg, Bad Godesberg
The 32-meter-high Bergfried of the Godesburg has a wide view of Bonn, the green city district of Bad Godesberg, the Rhine Valley and the Siebengebirge. The changing history of Bad Godesberg at the southern end of the Bay of Cologne between the Siebengebirge and Voreifel has left its mark.
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.
Das Museum Ludwig
Roy Lichtenstein's M-Maybe, Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes and George Segal's Restaurant Window, all icons of American Pop Art, had all just been completed when in 1969 they arrived as a loan at Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. The works come from Peter and Irene Ludwig, who had put together the largest Pop Art collection outside of the USA. The Museum Ludwig is devoted to modern art from the beginning of the 20th century. There usually are two or more temporary exhibitions.