The Selz Valley Cycle Route was created in large part during the restoration of the River Selz and runs from the heart of Rhenish Hesse to the Rhine. The hilly landscape of Rhenish Hesse, with its many vineyards, means that the Selz and the cyclist are forced to loop their way along the valley, on a route that runs almost exclusively on designated cycle paths. There are plans to create designated cycle paths on the 10km section of the route between Alzey and the source of the Selz in the foreseeable future.
The route is easily manageable and runs straight through Rhenish Hesse, from mountainous terrain to rolling hills and onwards to the Rhine. From its source at the foot of the Donnerberg mountain, the Selz flows for 61km straight through the typically Rhenish-Hessian countryside. From the North Palatinate mountains and the so-called Rhenish-Hessian Switzerland, the river flows for just 10km before arriving in Alzey, where it continues in a north-easterly direction towards Gau-Odernheim with its vineyard-strewn hills. The river then continues on to Selzen where it changes tack and heads north-west through a wide, fertile valley in Nieder-Olm and before long flows via Ingelheim into the Rhine Basin.
The Selz Valley Cycle Route starts in Orbis at the source of the Selz and continues towards Alzey via Morschheim. The path loops out of Alzey to the north, only to meet the Selz again south of Alzey-Schafhausen. After this point, the cycle route runs parallel to the Selz all the way to the Rhine. The landscape varies between long, wide valleys and gently sloping hills. You will have another chance to enjoy the view of the countryside between Gau-Odernheim and Bechtolsheim, where the cycle route takes a shortcut out of the valley and along a vineyard path. Before you reach the halfway point in Hahnheim, you will first cycle through a wide meadow valley, past several mills still being used for their original purpose, and through the towns of Friesenheim and Köngernheim.
A mountainous massif stretches from here to Mainz, forcing the Selz and the cycle path to snake around it, which is why you will have to negotiate three 90° angle bends as you cycle north-west. There are steep slopes on both sides of the path, ideal for vineyards. In the valley there are expansive forests and meadows, among which are the wine-growing communities of Nieder-Olm, Stadecken-Elsheim, Schwabenheim and Großwinternheim. For 1.5 km on the approach to Ingelheim, the cyclist is treated to a stint along an old railway line before cutting through the southern part of Ingelheim and passing the centre at the railway station on the northern side of town. Finally, you will enjoy a brisk ride through the flat Rhine river basin near the mouth of the Selz, where the cycle route ends.
Standardised signposting on the entire route with destination and distance markers, in accordance with current Rhineland-Palatinate guidelines. The logos displayed along each route ensure you don’t lose your way.
The Selz Valley Cycle Route is the ideal starting point for exploring further cycle routes throughout Rhenish Hesse:
- Join the Rhine Cycle Route in Ingelheim Nord
- Join the Fruit Route at various junctures. The Fruit Route also shares the same route between Ingelheim und Schwabenheim
- Join the Hills Route (Hiwwel-Route) at various junctures, e.g. in Ingelheim, Hahnheim, Alzey
- Join the Mill Cycle Route in Framersheim