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EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea


The Route: 3200 km long, EuroVelo 5 links Canterbury in the UK to Brindisi in Italy, passing through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Switzerland. This cycle route covering seven countries continuously follows the traces of Sigeric of Canterbury. Elected Archbishop of Canterbury more than a thousand years ago, he walked to Rome where the Pope gave him the pallium, the official sign of a metropolitan bishop. Bringing together the antique and modern institutions of Europe, EuroVelo 5 follows this legendary path. It lets you discover many monuments, museums, cathedrals, churches, without forgetting the most emblematic European institutions.
The Region: The third stretch of EuroVelo 5 passes through Mulhouse, a city known for its old industrial complexes, its old town and the Rebberg belvedere which offers a view of all its surroundings, up to the Alps. The next stop is the centre of Rixheim, a charming Alsatian town, whose Wallpaper Museum exhibits its varied and colourful collection of wallpapers dating from the 18th century to the present day. EuroVelo 5 carries on south towards Sierentz. Nearby is the Aschenbach casemate, a World War II memorial to the Maginot Line. The route then runs westwards along the Petite Camargue Alsacienne, which awaits you for a relaxing break in the middle of nature. A little further, the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport marks the entry to the Basel agglomeration. Just before the Franco-Swiss border, the road heads east towards Germany. This is where the pulse of this trinational region can be felt. The journey continues to Basel, a cosmopolitan city with an amazing architectural heritage, with the Rhine flowing through it. Its banks are waiting for you to take a break.

Finally, for the fourth step of EuroVelo 5, leave the metropolis towards the south. The hilly and varied landscape of Switzerland unfolds before you.

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