Biking the Wine Road
A lovely way to experience the Wine Road is to leisurely breeze through the vines and villages by bicycle. The Strasbourg tourist office provides maps showing bike routes that fan out from the city into the countryside, with emphasis on cycle lanes (les pistes cyclables in French) that prohibit cars. One of these is a 27km- (17 mile-) stretch that runs southwest from Strasbourg to the wine hamlet of Molsheim. It has a forest on one side, the banks of the Brûche River (a tributary of the Rhine) on the other, and little car traffic. You can rent bikes from Esprit Cycles, 18 rue Jacques Krutenau (www.espritcycles.com; tel. 03-88-36-18-41). Their rates start at 12€ per day, 18€ for the weekend, and 42€ weekly. It’s open Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, and on Saturdays 9am to 6pm from April to October and from 10am to 6pm November to March.