Cycling in Grand Est – Alsace region of France
Alsace is arguably the most under-appreciated region of France. As a place that has changed hands five times between France and Germany since the 19th century, it is now a cultural crossroads where French finesse meets German gusto. Experience the Alsace by bike and you’ll weave in and out of borderlands and cultures that are worlds unto themselves.
Tucked between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River the region enjoys a perfect balance between architecture, nature, and gastronomy. You can’t ask for a better combination to tour by bicycle. Although officially located in France, the Alsatians have a distinct identity and refuse to be grouped with neither the French from the “interior” nor the Germans across the river. Because of its history and location Alsace has become a European capital with over 75 international institutions seated in its capital city, Strasbourg, including the European Parliament.
European tourists discovered this gem of a region long ago, yet the area remains surprisingly unknown to many Americans. Those who enjoy delicious late harvest wines might know Alsace through its renowned grapes like Riesling and Gewürztraminer, but have probably never paired these wines with traditional Alsatian foods like Sauerkraut, Flammekueche (thin crust of dough baked in a very hot oven, typically topped with crème fraiche, onions and bacon), Munster cheese, and Baeckeoffe.
On a bicycle ride through Alsace you’ll discover villages composed of traditional 15th and 16th century half-timbered homes decorated with ornate wooden rails and balconies filled with vibrant flowers. Of course these villages wouldn’t be complete without their beautiful castles and churches that have survived five centuries of war between France and Germany. For those of you who go touring by bicycle for the natural beauty, you will take in more than an eyeful of stunning scenery.
Browse Grand Est – Alsace tours
Cycling Champagne and Burgundy
Jun 10, 2024 – Jun 17, 2024
Sep 16, 2024 – Sep 23, 2024
Cycling Champagne, Burgundy Plus! the Côte d’Or
Jun 10, 2024 – Jun 20, 2024
Sep 16, 2024 – Sep 26, 2024
Grand Bicycling Tour of Alsace and the Black Forest
Jun 23, 2024 – Jul 06, 2024
Jul 28, 2024 – Aug 10, 2024
Sep 08, 2024 – Sep 21, 2024
Bicycling the Vineyards of Alsace
Jun 23, 2024 – Jun 30, 2024
Jul 28, 2024 – Aug 04, 2024
Sep 08, 2024 – Sep 15, 2024
Bicycling the Black Forest to Lake Constance
Jun 29, 2024 – Jul 06, 2024
Aug 03, 2024 – Aug 10, 2024
Sep 14, 2024 – Sep 21, 2024