Bike on the wine route of Alsace
Published: 25/06/2016

After renting a bicycle in Bruges, Belgium (click here to read more), we thought it would be a good idea to do this in the Alsace region of France, famous for producing excellent wines. In the end, it was a good idea and bad at the same time. In fact, the only bad part is the path between one city and another, which distance is small - an average of five kilometers - but with hills to climb seems much more.

Apart from that, it was one of the nicest tours we did on the whole trip.

Alsace is made up of several villages and there is only one route for bicycles, using roads crossing through the vineyards. The entire route is about 100 kilometers, but we didn’t do all of it. We were in Ribeauville and from there we rode about 30 km to visit Riquewhir, Berghaim, Runawhir and Zellenberg, one more beautiful than the other.

The path is famous not only for those who want to bike, you can walk too. There are a lot of signs and there is no way to get lost following the signs - actually it can happen, or at least we got lost in a stretch, but it was a lack of attention.

A great reward for the physical effort is undoubtedly the landscape. Every slope won, it was possible to see the next village with few houses, a church and about three streets. The scenes that we have in our memory looks like a movie, something surreal in the middle of vineyards, ancient buildings, tractors and mud, lots of mud. That was the only bad thing that we found on our way because it rained non-stop for at least two weeks. Luckily, during our ride, the rain felt only at the end of it.

All towns on this route are charming, and somewhat similar to each other. The main difference is the number of tourists. For some reason, some of them are on the route of the tours, so you should get ready to face a lot of people fighting for space - and trying to make a picture without anyone disturbing - especially in Riquewhir.

But in Bergheim, for example, you can walk the narrow streets practically by yourself . As it is one of the less touristic city touristy, there isn't a very large range of restaurants, but whichever one you choose will be worth it, because the focus is on cooking and local wines.

Whatever the city you are staying in the Alsace region, take at least one day, get a route map - almost all tourist information centers have - rent a bike and enjoy to ride between the villages.

Surely your heart - both emotionally and physically , to burn some calories - will thank you.


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