10 reasons for your cycling pleasure in Rheinhessen

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It's not easy to put cycling in Rheinhessen into words! We have tried: Scenic hills, wine air and river breezes, super accessible and full of treasures, enjoyable and cozy. Find out how you can experience all this here. (Of course, we are also looking forward to your impressions!)

1. close to the wine - cycling through the sea of vines

Wine as far as the eye can see. If you are cycling in Rheinhessen, you will definitely not be able to avoid viticulture, because vines, like fruit trees and joie de vivre, are simply part of Rheinhessen's character. While the Rhine Cycle Path, for example, nestles against the legendary vineyards of the Roter Hang near Nierstein, you can cycle from vineyard to vineyard on the Selz Valley Cycle Route The route is very tranquil, from the foot of the Westerberg in Ingelheim to the Petersberg.

Cyclists on the Rhine cycle path on the Rote Hang with a view of Nierstein
Cyclists on the Rhine cycle path on the Rote Hang

2. flowy with good views: Up and down over 1000 Hiwwel

High up and a sweeping descent, in between a picnic with a fantastic view of the vineyards - what could be better? For those who want to let off steam on the climbs, it's worth taking a detour to the unique viewpoints over the sea of vines. Whether on the Petersberg - famous for its unique wild tulips - Wißberg, Mainzer Berg or Westerberg, to name just a few of the Hiwwel - the panorama is guaranteed on all sides, with good views as far as the Taunus, the Hessian Bergstrasse and the Frankfurt skyline. As a tour tip particularly rich in hiwwel, we recommend the Fruit route

View from the Petersberg near Gau-Odernheim
View from the Petersberg near Gau-Odernheim

3rd river breeze on the famous Rhine cycle path

One of the most popular European long-distance cycle routes shows you Rheinhessen from its cosmopolitan side - life literally bubbles along the state border between Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse. A whole 90 kilometers River cycle path offer plenty of cycling fun for all fitness levels and ages thanks to the flat route profile and good surfaces. Whether you're with the kids, fully loaded on a long tour, on a recumbent bike or sporty on a racing bike - there's something for everyone. The ferry connections also allow you to change perspectives from time to time and enjoy culture and nature on both sides of the Rhine. On hot days, you can always cool off thanks to the breeze and bathing spots. And if you've had enough, you can simply change to the regional train at any time.

Cyclists on the Rhine Cycle Route take a break at the Rhein-Nahe-Eck in Bingen.
Relaxation at the Rhein-Nahe-Eck in Bingen

4. country charm & wine air just around the corner

Rheinhessen is so close that it makes sense to simply cycle out after work or over the weekend. Warm rays of sunshine, the wind on your skin and letting your gaze wander into the distance - that's the best way to relax. Just around the corner and yet quiet and tranquil, you will find fresh air here to balance out the hectic city life. From Mainz, Wiesbaden and Worms, of course, you have direct access to the Rhine-Hessian route network, but you can also be here from Frankfurt and Mannheim in no time at all.

Cyclists on the Kellerweg in Guntersblum
The Kellerweg in Guntersblum - picturesque wine village flair.

5. networked and quickly accessible

Cycling in Rheinhessen by public transport - no problem! Thanks to the dense Line network you can easily start your bike tour from the train station in Mainz, Alzey, Ingelheim, Bingen, Worms or many other stops. This is particularly practical for long-distance tours that do not lead back to the starting point. Bikes can be taken along free of charge from 9 a.m., you save yourself the trouble of looking for a parking space and are also climate-neutral. It's even cost-neutral with the €49.00 ticket. The connection to the greater Frankfurt area is also ideal.

Cyclists at the bicycle parking garage in Ingelheim, on the Rhine cycle path
The Rhine-Hessian cycle routes can be easily reached by train.

6. best bike service, supplied with air and juice

What is invisible and yet essential for a successful bike tour? Always having enough air in your tires (and juice for your electric pedals). So that small punctures don't become a big dilemma, you will find Bike service stations well distributed along the entire cycle path network. Here you can not only pump up your bike, but also tighten bolts, charge batteries and take a leisurely break. And if your bike does have a major puncture, a friendly host or bike dealer will be happy to help. Electricity is also provided at a number of marked points of contact at our hosts and dealers. E-bike charging stations throughout the region. 

7. moments of pleasure on the road

Rheinhessen stands for wine and fruit enjoyment like hardly any other region - and you are the closest to it by bike. Many winegrowers and farmers offer their regional products directly on the cycle path to take away or for an enjoyable break. Regiomats and Vinomats are now available around the clock at many locations. During harvest time, for example, a self-picking adventure can be easily combined with the Rhine Cycle Path or the Fruit Route. Of course, a successful cycle tour includes a cake break and a final stop at a cozy wine tavern 😉.

Regional products right by the wayside: a self-service shelf along the cycle path
Fresh and regional on the cycle tour through Rheinhessen
Raspberry cake
A sweet reward is included

8. celebrate joie de vivre socially

Everyone knows the Meenzer Fassenacht. The many wine festivals and other festivities are no less fun and joyful. events in Rheinhessen all year round. The weekly markets are typical of the region and make a great stopover on a cycle tour - here you can enjoy the freshness of regional produce and talk to the people who bring it to your table. Between the Rhine and the vineyards, cultural events such as the Nibelungen Festival and, last but not least, cycling along the Rhine are at the top of the program for everyone.

Cyclists in the vineyards
Traveling together brings double the joy

9. hidden wonders of history

If you like exploring, then cycling in Rheinhessen is the perfect choice. Just to reveal a few insider tips: Get ready for thousand-year-old traces of Charlemagne and his entourage in the imperial palace in Ingelheim, the cathedral in the Selz valley and the ruins of the 1000 Maidens Mill - and all this in just a dozen kilometers Selz Valley Cycle Route! Spectacular, mysterious and yet almost forgotten witnesses to history accompany you on every cycle tour through Rheinhessen: Churches, Cellar and ruins... I wonder what treasure you'll find?

The enchanted ruins of the Eleven Thousand Maids Mill in the Selz Valley
The enchanted ruins of the Eleven Thousand Maids Mill in the Selz Valley

10. a bed in the vineyard

Camping + cycling + vineyard = ... ? That makes (according to my calculation) a perfect cycling vacation! Many of the Rheinhessen wineries offer fantastic Pitches for idyllic overnight stays among the vines. And if you prefer a little more comfort, you will find great Bed & Bike hosts in Rheinhessen who are perfectly equipped to meet the needs of cyclists. Or you can choose to stay with your Campers close to the water to spend the night? That's also possible.

Cycling and camping among the vines
Cycling and camping among the vines

... and then there are the unexpectedly thrilling experiences and highlights between the vines, Rhine and Hiweln... I quickly go into raptures at the thought of the tranquil Rhine meadows, the romantic sunsets while dangling in the Wingertsschaukel, the  Half-timbered flair and the sandstone villages. The best thing to do is discover it for yourself. For your cycling vacation, you can find the following on the Rheinhessen-Touristik website lots of information.

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Discovering beautiful places by bike is my passion. In Rheinhessen, I am particularly enthusiastic about cycling tours over the Hiwwel, which I like to tackle in a sporty manner. Of course, there always has to be time for a panoramic view.

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