Cycling through different wine regions

Paris - Freiburg

Country

France, Germany

Region

Champagne, Alsace, Baden-Württemberg

Distance

474km

Time

4 days

Elevation

2790hm

Difficulty

Medium

Contributor

Anna E.

Short Description

Embark on a cycling odyssey from Paris to Freiburg, weaving through picturesque landscapes and historic towns. Day one unfolds along the Seine, leading to Châlons-en-Champagne, famed for its Champagne houses. Day two ventures to Toul, a medieval gem along the Marne River, with its stunning cathedral and cobblestone streets. The journey ascends into the Vosges Mountains on day three, offering challenging rides and breathtaking vistas in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. The final leg, day four, crosses into Germany, revealing the enchanting Black Forest before culminating in Freiburg’s medieval charm. This adventure blends history, culture, and natural beauty for an unforgettable cycling experience.

Route overview

Insights

Adjustability route

Easy to adjust

Recommended time of year

April to September

Anything to consider?

In the country side, restaurants are often closed on Mondays. Take this into account when planning where to stay.

Travel to start

Flight or train to Paris

Travel from finish

Train from Freiburg

Highlights

Cycling in Alsace is amazing, as well as having a well earned Champagne in Champagne.

Food

Especially on Mondays not so easy. A lot of these smaller villages don't have a bakery or similar anymore. I recommend to take a bit more than necessary to be on the safe side.

Road Surface

Mostly good
Reommended Bike Type

Recommended Bike Type

All possible
Stage

Stage

Travel to start

Trilport

Stop

Châlons-en-Champagne

Distance

130km

Elevation

630hm

We took the train to Trilport, because cycling out of Paris is quite annoying with a lot of cars and traffic.

The trip itself was fun and easy going. The only problem we encountered was that we didn’t find a place to eat since everything in the country side was closed. Be aware when packing food and drinks.

Stage

Stage

Travel to start

Châlons-en-Champagne

Stop

Toul

Distance

140km

Elevation

1010hm

Nice tour! Nothing special, but it was great cycling through the vineyards of the famous wines in Champagne.

Stage

Stage

Travel to start

Toul

Stop

Saint-Die-des-Vosges

Distance

106km

Elevation

620hm

The day started with a climb and sadly, the decent is into Nancy where speeding is not possible. At the end of the day, we reached the Vosges.

Stage

Stage

Travel to start

Saint-Die-des-Vosges

Stop

Freiburg

Distance

99km

Elevation

530hm

First crossing the Vosges. We rode a lot on the roads that have been ridden by the Tour de France the same year. Perfect tarmac!
After riding into Germany, we had to cross the Kaiserstuhl and made it to Freiburg.