I’ve been wanting for a while to write about a bike ride itinerary starting in Strasbourg. Here is an easy one, that I tried on a beautiful sunny Sunday, and that is perfect for having a picnic on the way and even for a swim if the weather is nice!

This ride starts with a discovery of Strasbourg by going through a few nice spots in the city centre, such as the Covered Bridges, the Petite France, the docks and the European Institutions. It will then bring you in nature by following the Marne-Rhine canal, and then by following part of the Forts Trails, by going for example to the Ballast Pit of Bischheim (that’s where you can go for a swim), to La Wantzenau and in the splendid Robertsau Forest.

The ride is really flat and there is no particular difficulty.  I would recommend starting from the Place de l’Etoile in Strasbourg and following the GPS track for the part of the itinerary located in Strasbourg. Afterwards, you’ll just have to follow the Marne-Rhine Canal and the signs for the Forts Trail. It’s very well marked. I just had a doubt at the restaurant Le Moulin de la Wantzenau (there are two possible ways and you should take the one on the left) and in La Wantzenau, where I probably missed a sign (remember to cross the Ill river at the first bridge, and everything will be fine). Have fun!

I liked

  • A pretty and easy ride
  • A mix of city and nature
  • The Forts Trail is really well marked.
  • A lot of nice spots to have a picinic!

I liked a little less

  • Nothing!

My pictures of the bike ride

Practical information

Starting and arrival point

Place de l’Etoile in Strasbourg, but it’s easy to start from anywhere in Strasbourg.


  • Distance: about 37 km
  • Duration: about 3h, including the photo breaks (but not the picnic!)