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    Frankfurt - Zurich

    Hi everyone

    I am going to cycle my first tour From Frankfurt to Zurich (Via Basel)at the end of May along the Rhine and was wondering if anyone has cycled this way before. The German tourism website has alot of routes maked on there web site and this route is marked but is listed as Basel to Mainz ( the opposite direction of my route). I purchased a book about the route but it is all in German and my abililty to read German is - well, shall we say poor . There is about two hundred-ish metres height difference between Mainz and Basel ( according to the guide) but it is over a five hundred or see kilometre distance. I assume this height difference wouldnt be noticiable over that distance or am I wrong.

    Would love to hear any advice anyone may have.

    See you
    Al

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    I have the same book you do, the Bikeline Esterbauer Rhein Radweg. I rode the route you are planning to do last year on my ride to Spain.

    The Rhein from Frankfurt to Basel is absolutely beautiful the entire way. You will have a wonderful ride. The bikeline book is a great asset, even if you don't speak german. The maps are self explanatory.

    Where are you from? I live in Frankfurt. Would you like some company on your ride out of Frankfurt?

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    Hi, I rode from Strasburg to Zurich last year on my Holland to Greece tour.
    You should know that some of the route right next to the Rhine is unpaved road and at some points have quite rough gravel. Having said that there are nice little village roads you could follow not far from the river.
    Also Basel is a not the best town to cycle through, (avoid if possible), or try and go though it on a Sat. or Sun.
    And don't wory about the language everyone speaks english.
    cheers

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    There will be some ups and downs when you leave the main route -- making diversions through the wine country, for example. And you can always cross over to France.

    There are some beautiful towns and villages along the route as well, not to mention hundreds and hundreds of bars, restaurants and hotels. How much time do you have?

    Becnal, what do you do in Frankfurt? I lived there for five years a while ago, and admit that the out-of-town bike tours were in many ways the highlight.

    I envy you.
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    Thanks for the advice. Im going to catch a train to Frankfurt now. How long does it take to get from the main train station to the river? My train should arive before miday depending what time I get up at and which train I catch. I was thinking that I would stay in Frankfurt for the night and then leave in the morining, unless its an easy to ride to the river and stay in a town along the way.

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    It'll take, oh, 1 minute to ride from the station to the river then across the bridge and turn onto the bikepath. As cities go, Frankfurt is a very easy one to ride in and out of so you should be able to cover some distance before finding somewhere to stay.

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