Rüdesheim is an ideal base for cycling tours in the Rheingau. The route to Wiesbaden runs for around 25km through picturesque wine-growing villages such as Eltville and Oestrich. With gradients of just 1-2 per cent, this section is extremely well suited to families. The return journey can be made by train. On the western side of the river, you can cycle for more than 65km between Bingen and Koblenz on easy-to-manage terrain through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site, passing castles and vineyards along the way. Simply take the ferry across the river from Rüdesheim and start pedalling. 'Tal total' car-free festival is a classic annual event: on the last Sunday in June, the main roads from Rüdesheim and Bingen to Koblenz on both sides of the Rhine are closed to buses and cars, leaving cyclists and roller-skaters to enjoy the route at their leisure! Information, maps and all-inclusive packages are available from the tourist information office.

Download the cycling map of the Romantic Rhine valley here.

Bicycle tours

Tour 1. To the state capitals of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate (full-day trip) - 75 km, 4.5 hours riding time
The cycle path initially leads along the Rhine from Rüdesheim through the Rheingau. This unique landscape of culture and viniculture is dotted with many impressive stately homes and monasteries as well as renowned wine estates. The small towns along the route make ideal stopping points, especially the old town of Eltville, which is a centre of the trade in wine and roses and home to a castle that was once the property of an electoral prince (17 km - 1 hour). From here, a ride of just under one hour takes you to the outer limits of Wiesbaden  and Schloss Biebrich palace on the banks of the Rhine. Its many hot springs and thermal baths have made Wiesbaden one of the oldest spa towns in Europe offering a unique ensemble of neo-classicism, historism and Jugendstil. The 2,000 year old city of Mainz on the opposite bank of the Rhine is a further 30 minutes (10 km) along the route. Highlights include the Romanesque cathedral of St. Stephen and the Gutenberg Museum. Heading back in the direction of Rüdesheim, the Rhine cycle path passes Ingelheim, site of the former palace of the Emperor Charlemagne (21 km - 1.5 hours), before passing through the Rheinauen nature reserve, which is home to a number of rare species of bird, and returning to Bingen (10 km - 45 minutes).

Tour 2. Into the World Heritage Site (half day trip 23 km - 2 two hours riding time / full-day trip 45 km - 5 hours riding time)
From Rüdesheim, cross the Rhine using passenger ferry from Quay 8. The Rhine cycle path leads directly from the landing quay in Bingen north along the left bank of the Rhine into the Middle Rhine Valley, a World Heritage Site, passing many castles, palaces and mediaeval towns. The route is flat throughout and follows its own route alternately by the B9 road and on the bridle path along the Rhine, mostly directly by the water. If you do not wish to cycle the same route back, the best option is to travel back by ship (in the summer season) or by train from any town in the Rhine Valley. Popular destinations are the mediaeval towns of Bacharach (16 km - 1.5 hours) and Oberwesel (23 km - 2 hours) with their many half-timbered houses, monasteries, churches and
preserved (and sometimes accessible) city walls. Cyclists seeking a longer ride through this World Heritage Site can continue along the Rhine to the legendary Loreley and St. Goar, home to the mighty castle of Burg Rheinfels, the largest ruin on the Middle Rhine, and beyond to Boppard (21 km – 3 hours). The town still has interesting Roman period remains and many wine taverns where you can enjoy the Riesling from the Bopparder Hamm estate.

Tour 3. Through the Rheingau (half-day trip - 40 km, 3 hours riding time) recommended tour for ebikes
This circuit explores the most beautiful corners of the Rheingau. From Rüdesheim, the R3 cycle path passes Schloss Monrepos, the Geisenheim Research Centre, the only university offering degree courses in viniculture in Germany, and continues through the vineyards in the direction of Schloss Johannisberg. Formerly the property of the Metternich family, this is the birthplace of “Spätlese” (late harvest) wine. After a few short climbs, you reach the monastery of Kloster Eberbach, still an exceptional example of Cistercian architecture and one of the locations featured in the globally successful film “The Name of the Rose”. Passing through the village of Kiedrich, you descend the hill and finally reach the banks of the Rhine once again at Eltville. The picturesque promenade of the old town along the riverfront is an inviting place to stop and rest either at a wine stand or in a restaurant. A ride of just under one hour (17 km) along the banks of the river returns you to your starting point in Rüdesheim am Rhein.

Tour 4. To the Nahe (30 km - 2 hours)
This easy route leads to the town of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg along the small river that flows into the Rhine opposite Rüdesheim. First, cross the River Rhine on the passenger ferry from Quay 8 and then follow the Nahe cycle path south directly from the confluence of the two rivers at the Rhein-Nahe-Eck. The route passes the mediaeval Drususbrücke bridge in Bingen, the town of Bad Kreuznach with its well-known bridge houses and Rotenfels, the highest scarp face between the Alps and Scandinavia. If you wish, you can also return from here to Bingen by train in just 30 minutes.

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Discovery tours & cycle hire

Discovery tours through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site by bike & Köln-Düsseldorfer riverboat. Escorted cycling tours and walks through the Rheingau, Middle Rhine and Taunus hills along a 100km stretch of the Rhine between Mainz and Koblenz. Romantic castle tour by bike & Köln-Düsseldorfer boat (see Rhine Cruises). Cycle hire for the whole family and for groups at affordable prices. Three-gear city bikes, sevengear trekking bikes, 21-gear touring and mountain bikes. Vineyard tours and wine tasting on foot or by
bike with professional vintners and background information from the experts. Luggage and bike transfers, shuttle service, catering, Nordic walking incl. pole hire. Quality-assured service.
Radkranz, Oberstraße 42-44, 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Phone:
+49(0)6722/48336 and 2394, Fax: 48 195,,

Segway tours in Rüdesheim

The novel way to discover the Rheingau. Ride and glide your way almost silently through the picturesque World Heritage Middle Rhine Valley on a Segway. This innovative mode of transport makes it easy for you to explore the hilly countryside at a relaxed and leisurely pace. Ride with us along the Rhine, visit historical places on our state-ofthe- art Segways and sample the excellent wines from the Rheingau. Our tours guarantee no end of fun. A Segway is extremely easy to operate and anyone aged 15 and over with a driving licence* can take part in our  tours. The novel way to discover the Rheingau. Ride and glide your way through the World Heritage Middle Rhine Valley on a Segway. Full instructions are given prior to the tour and it only takes a few minutes to become proficient in riding a Segway. Tour information: tours in English and Danish available on request, starting point: car park 5 (located on Auf der Lach).
Duration: approx. 2 hrs (instructions given 30 minutes beforehand), price: €59.80 per person (incl. VAT), age: 15-80+ years, weight: 45-100kg, driving licence required (moped, motorcycle or car), incl. €250.00 insurance excess / €10.00 surcharge without excess, Dates and booking,

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