If you are looking for a bike ride on the Alsace Wine Route that is accessible to all, this itinerary should please you! This is the local loop BL320 “La décapole par vignes et coteaux“. It is a walk of about 20km, with only 150m of difference in level: count 1h15 of walk or, if you take a lot of pictures like me, rather 1h45… Or even more because, as you will see, the landscapes and the villages are magnificent: you will certainly want to immortalize them!
This bike ride passes through the villages of Kaysersberg, Kientzheim, Sigolsheim, Ingersheim, Turckheim, Ammerschwihr and Katzenthal. There are so many beautiful typical Alsatian villages where it is very pleasant to stop and admire the beauty of the half-timbered houses, the flowered streets and the pretty churches and fountains that are there.
Bike rental at Alsa Cyclo Tours in Kaysersberg
The most famous of them is undoubtedly Kaysersberg, elected Favorite Village of the French in 2017, and which has a crazy charm… It is from this village that I chose to start the walk.
This has two advantages: you will have time to stroll around before or after your bike ride, and you can easily rent a bike or an electric bike from Alsa Cyclo Tours. I already talked aboutAlsa Cyclo Tours in Eguisheim, where I rented a bike to ride in the vineyard, or in my article about the Alsace Wine Route by bike: they rent quality bikes and are very nice! Good news, they have a store in Kaysersberg, right in the center of the village, in front of the Tourist Office.
The itinerary step by step
Once you have your bike back, let’s go! We begin by climbing gently in the vineyards on the heights of Kaysersberg, which allows to have a magnificent view on the village, with its pretty houses, its church and its castle. Then, we are in the heart of the vineyard of the Valley of Kaysersberg: the slopes on which the vines are planted are rather abrupt, it is superb. I reassure you, no difficulty to pedal on the other hand, it is almost flat. We then pass through the villages of Kientzheim and Sigolsheim. This might be a good time to stop by if you want to buy a picnic for later: the Ferme Clarisse in Sigolsheim, is a store where you can find good local products!
The itinerary then passes a little more in the plain to join Ingersheim then Turckheim. We pass near fields and orchards while having a beautiful sight on the vineyards and the Vosges a little further. Beautiful… On the way, depending on the season, you may see the fruit trees of the Ferme de la Pommeraie in Sigolsheim, where it is possible to pick blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or apples: you pick what you want and you pay according to the weight. Nice and delicious!
The path then follows the Fecht river to reach Turckheim, which is also a charming village that deserves a stop. After the break, you have to retrace your steps a little along the river before turning off in the direction of Katzenthal. Be careful, it is from there that you will have some climbs! They are not very long in general but this one is quite steep (in fact, it is the hardest of the route)! The reward is of course the view that you have once at the top: a beautiful panorama on the vineyard, there is nothing like it…
The itinerary then goes through the vineyards, offering beautiful landscapes to look at: I may know the Alsace Wine Route, but I still find it so beautiful and even more so when I ride my bike! We cross the wine villages of Katzenthal then Ammerschwihr, which can also be the occasion to stop to visit a wine grower and to make a tasting. In Ammerschwihr, I can for example recommend the Vins Thomas, organic winemaker whose wines I served at my wedding 😉 That’s how much I like him! Taste in particular the Kaefferkopf, a Grand Cru of which you will have seen the vines just before arriving in the village.
The road continues quietly to Kaysersberg, offering beautiful views of the vineyards on the hillsides. Once you have arrived, you can return your bike and take the time to enjoy the beauty of Kaysersberg!
- Very nice itinerary to discover the beauty of the Wine Route (landscapes and villages)
- A short walk without too much difference in altitude: accessible to all
- Possibility to rent a bike or a VAE at Alsa Cyclo Tours in Kaysersberg
- Easy to follow: very well marked out
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My photos of the Loop 320 “La décapole par vignes et coteaux
You will find here the page of Alsace à vélo dedicated to this loop, with the itinerary and the GPX route.
Departure and arrival
There are plenty of options. Kaysersberg or Turckheim, for example.
- Distance : 20 km
- Elevation gain : about 150 meters
- Duration: about 1h15 of cycling (without counting the breaks)
It is possible to park in Kaysersberg: there are several paying parking lots just outside the village center. Kaysersberg is located in:
- 13 km from Colmar (about 23 minutes)
- 58 km from Mulhouse (about 50 minutes)
- 81 km from Strasbourg (about 1h05)
By public transport
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