We live in the romantic Middle Rhine Valley, and cycling by the river is an activity that we enjoy the most in this region. In this post, I will share a great route from St. Goar to Bingen – a part of the Rhine Cycle Route along the vineyards and castles.
The Rhine Cycle Route (Rheinradweg in German) is a long-distance bike trail running around 1.230 km from Switzerland to the Netherlands. It is a very long cycle path because the Rhine is the longest river in Europe.
Mainz, where we live, is one of the cities that the route crosses. We love to bike along the Rhine near Mainz. However, the most beautiful part of the Rhine Cycle Path begins in Bingen, 32 km from Mainz. It is not necessary to go by bike that far because in Germany it is allowed to take a bicycle on a regional train for free. So, we took a train in Mainz and decided to cycle a part of Rheinradweg from St. Goar to Bingen, making stops in small towns along the route for a walk and a glass of local wine.
The Rhine Cycle Route from St. Goar to Bingen
The distance from St. Goar to Bingen is around 30 km and it is one of the most appealing sections of the Rhine Cycle Path. This bike trail is perfect: it is not only beautiful but also very comfortable to ride. The path is broad enough, flat, and smooth.
On our way, we cycled past Lorelei in the Rhine Gorge at Sankt Goarshausen, Pfalzgrafenstein Castle on the Falkenau island, and crossed historical towns Oberwesel and Bacharach.
Oberwesel and Bacharach
In Oberwesel it is possible to partly walk around the town on the town wall, which was built in the 13th century. The town is small and quiet, surrounded by steeply terraced vineyards, overlooking the Rhine river.
Bacharach, the next town on the route, is a little bit bigger and more famous. The streets of Bacharach with timber-frame houses are charming. Some of the houses are more than 600 years old!
We also went up to the Castle Stahleck (Burg Stahleck), which offers a wonderful terrace where you can have some cake, wine, or beer, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Rhine valley.
The Rhine Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means that all the towns and nature there are just wonderful. Furthermore, it is a winegrowing center, where you can find there plenty of wineries along the route to make a stop for lunch and a glass of local Riesling wine.
Our final destination for this trip was Bingen, where we took a train back to Mainz. If you have more time, you can take a ferry and go to Rudesheim. Check my post “10 things to do in Rudesheim and Bingen on the Rhine” for inspiration!
The Rhine Cycle Route is a perfect destination for a multi-day bike tour. The route crosses many towns where you can easily find a room and many camping places where you can stay in a tent. In this post, I described only a small part of the Rheinradweg – this region has much more to offer!