If you want to come to visit Alsace, I would imagine that you are thinking of going on the famous Alsace Wine Route. It’s a very good idea, but do you know that you can do it by bicycle? The Véloroute du Vignoble (Eurovélo 5) follows the Wine Route and lets you discover the vineyard differently: no noise, no pollution, facing the wind, the scents of earth and grapevines gorged on sun (or rain, depending on the forecast… but please remember that it’s very hot in summer in Alsace!). As a bonus, you can easily take a break anywhere, which is not the case by car!
The Wine Route crosses beautiful landscapes and charming villages. It is hilly, which can be disheartening for some. However, you don’t need to be an athlete to travel along it by bike: if you do a bit of sport regularly, it will be easy. Another increasingly popular option would be the electric bike. I have already wrote about my electric bike ride here, and I really enjoyed it. The electric bike makes the itinerary easily accessible to all.
It is possible to ride along the Wine Route by bike by following the Eurovélo 5, but also by only doing a section, or even by choosing one of the existing loop ride. You’ll really be able to choose a longer or shorter ride, a more or less challenging one, one adapted to children, etc. I haven’t done the whole itinerary or tried all the loops (I have “only” cycled the route from Strasbourg to Colmar), but I found the signs to be well marked, even if it’s always better to also have a map, to know in which direction to go.
The Véloroute du Vignoble doesn’t have a lot of real bicycle paths only reserved for bicycles. It’s more a mix of restricted traffic lanes (on which bicycles, as well as locals are allowed, that is mainly agricultural machinery, as well as winegrowers going to work in the vineyards) and roads (open to all). There are not many road sections, so it’s still quite pleasant!
If you want to ride along the Alsace Wine Route by bicycle, you have three options: come with your own bicycle, rent one on site or book a turnkey bike trip tour. I have already mentioned Alsace Cyclo Tour, located in Eguisheim, that rents conventional or electric bicycles. For a turnkey bike trip (everything is organised: bike rental, accommodation, the itinerary with a detailed road book supplied), I recommend the agency Le Vélo Voyageur, that I have tested and that I really liked.
I have tried the Wine Route by bicycle by cycling between Strasbourg and Colmar over the course of 3 days, which allowed me to visit splendid villages at the same time. Let’s mention for example Rosheim, Obernai, Barr, Mittelbergheim, Itterswiller, Scherwiller, Châtenois, Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Colmar… I know very well the area, but I was still amazed by the landscapes… it’s really an itinerary that I would recommend doing!
For more information, please have a look at the detailed article written on my other blog about the Alsace Wine Route by bicycle between Strasbourg and Colmar.
- According to me, the best way to discover the Wine Route!
- A superb route, for the landscapes and villages
- An itinerary suitable for bicycles
I liked a little less
- No real bicycle paths, but mostly restricted traffic lanes for bicycles and locals
My pictures of the Alsace Wine Route by bicycle
The website L’Alsace à vélo is a real goldmine to find itineraries and practical information. Please also have a look at my account about my 3 days by bicycle between Strasbourg and Colmar to know more about the Alsace Wine Route by bicycle .