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Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in Kaub on the Rhine, Gutenfels Castle in the background

Rhine Cycle Path IV, Mainz – Cologne

From Mainz to Cologne

7 Days / 6 Nights
Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in Kaub on the Rhine, Gutenfels Castle in the background

The Romans have been here already 2000 years ago because of the thermal springs and the healing water from river Rhine. Today there are a lot of medieval fortresses, viniculture and well worth seeing cities as well. People are coming from all over the world to visit the Rhine valley between Mainz and Coblenz which is part of UNESCO world cultural heritage since 2002.

Itinerary at a glance

In Mainz, you'll encounter the legacy of the Romans, emperors, and electors. Numerous castles, palaces, and vineyards line the path through the Rhine Valley to Koblenz, and before reaching Cologne, you'll also visit the beautiful city of Bonn.

We recommend arriving early to Mainz! The Roman-Germanic central and the Gutenberg museum, the imperial palace and the elector castle should be visited.

Welcome to the UNESCO world cultural heritage Upper Middle Rhine valley! Your first stage leads you through soft vineyards and well-known wine villages. Here the Rhine still flows unhurried and shape small romantic island and expand his stream bed to a latitude of 800 m. If you want to visit Eltville or monastery Eberbach you have to cycle approx. 15 km more. In Rüdesheim you have several possibilities: a wine tasting, an excursion through the well-known Drossel-vannel, a relaxed journey to the Niederwald monument by cable-car

Gorgeous fortresses are awaiting you today! We recommend walking up the Loreley where you will have a beautiful view towards the romantic Rhine valley.

Your route leads you to Boppard where you can go by chair lift up into densely wooded and silent altitudes. Or you visit Marksburg and castle Stolzenfels on your way to Coblenz.

Today you will come to sanitaria, inviting wine villages, thermal spas and beer gardens. Or maybe you want to rest today? No problem, you can go by ship from Coblenz to Bad Godesberg as well.

Spend some time in Bonn which is on your way to Cologne. As soon as you see the Cologne dome you are not too far away from your hotel. There is enough time left for this beautiful city with its many places of interests!

Departure or extension

Route information


You cycle really relaxed in most of the time flat terrain.

Prices & Dates

Category: comfortable middle-class hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minivan every Wednesday and Saturday from Cologne to Mainz, departure approx. 11.00 am, costs EUR 95 per person, for your own bike additionally EUR 40 reservation necessary, to be paid for in advance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Mainz train station
  • Frankfurt airport
  • Public multi-storey car parks with costs close to the hotel, no reservation possible, to be paid for at the time.
  • Good train connections to Mainz

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Rhine ferries on your own, costs in each case approx. EUR 2-5 per person incl. bike
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of EUR 20 per room.

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