If you want to come visit Alsace, I imagine that you are thinking of going on a tour of the famous Alsace Wine Route. This is a great idea, but did you know that you can consider doing it by bike?
A beautiful bike touring route
The Véloroute du Vignoble (Eurovélo 5) follows the Wine route and allows you to discover the vineyard in a different way: no noise, no pollution, the nose in the wind, the smells of earth and vines full of sun (or rain, it depends on the weather, but know that it is usually very hot in summer in Alsace!). Only advantages! As a bonus, you can easily take breaks anywhere, which is not the case in a car!
The Wine Route crosses beautiful landscapes and charming villages. It is hilly, which may put some people off. However, you don’t need to be a great sportsman to ride a bike: if you do a minimum of sport regularly, it will pass by itself. Another increasingly popular option is the electric bicycle. I had already talked to you here about my electric bike ride, which I had enjoyed. The electric bike makes the route really accessible to everyone.
The Eurovélo 5, the bicycle route of the Alsace vineyards
It is possible to do the whole Wine Route by bike by following theEurovélo 5 but also to make only a portion, or even one of the Loop walks existing. You really have the choice and can choose a more or less long walk, more or less sportive, adapted to children, etc… I did not test the whole itinerary (I “only” walked the route from Strasbourg to Colmar) nor all the loops (this one from Kaysersberg for example) but overall found the markup well done, even if it is always better to have a card also to know in which direction to go.
The Véloroute du Vignoble has few real bicycle paths reserved exclusively for bikes. It is rather a mix between restricted traffic lanes (on which cyclists and local residents circulate, i.e. mainly the agricultural machinery of the winegrowers going to work in the vineyards) and roads (open to all). The road portions are still quite small, so cycling in the area is still very enjoyable!
Bike rental, electric bike rental or turnkey tour
If you want to cycle the Wine Route, you have three options: bring your own bike, rent one on the spot or book a turnkey cycling trip. I already told you about it, Alsace Cyclo Tour, located in Eguisheim, rents classic and electric bikes. For a turnkey trip (everything is organized, from the bike rental to the accommodations, including the itinerary, for which a detailed road book is provided), I can advise you to make an estimate with Le Vélo Voyageur agency or A bicyclette.
3 days on the Wine Route from Strasbourg to Colmar
I tested a cycling trip on the Wine Route by pedaling between Strasbourg and Colmar during 3 days, which allows you to travel through postcard landscapes and to visit beautiful villages at the same time (and to do wine tasting, with moderation of course!). For example Rosheim, Obernai, Barr, Mittelbergheim, Itterswiller, Scherwiller, Châtenois, Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Colmar… I know the area very well and yet I was amazed, it is really a route that I recommend!
For more information, I invite you to read the detailed article I wrote on my other blog (in French) about the Alsace Wine Route by bike between Strasbourg and Colmar.
- Best way to discover the Wine Route in my opinion!
- Magnificent vineyard bicycle route, both for its landscapes and for the villages it passes through
- Itinerary adapted to bicycles
I liked less
- No dedicated bike lanes, but mostly restricted lanes, reserved for cyclists and residents
My photos of the Alsace Wine Route by bike
The website l’Alsace à vélo is a gold mine to find all the itineraries and practical information. See also the story of my 3 days cycling between Strasbourg and Colmar to learn more about the Wine Route by bike.