EuroVelo 6 : Atlantic - Black Sea
This is one of the 12 itineraries of the EuroVelo network which was established at the initiative of the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) in 1994.
From 2004 to 2006, eighteen French, German and Swiss partners joined forces to implement the western part of this Euroveloroute, stretching from the Atlantic to Ulm.
The aim is to follow three of the greatest European rivers and cradles of European civilisation - the Loire, the Rhine and the Danube. The itinerary crosses France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. The idea behind the EuroVelo 6 programme is to show the public that the banks of these European rivers constitute an exceptional environment that can be explored on bike but should also be protected.
The itinerary will eventually be signposted throughout, made completely safe and equipped with all the necessary facilities for welcoming cycling tourists.
Work is progressing apace in France. The itinerary is already open from Tours to Angers, and the section between Orléans and the Atlantic should be operational by 2008. Thanks to the European programme, a large part of the most difficult sections from Nevers to Chalon-sur-Saône and from Dole to Montbéliard has been completed. In Alsace and the Territoire de Belfort, the véloroute running alongside the Canal du Rhône au Rhin is now finished. Provisional itineraries, described on maps and topographical guides, have already been identified on stretches where work is in progress.
The symbolic inauguration of the western part took place from 8 to 15 October 2006, between Tüttlingen and Saumur.
For further information, please consult the special EuroVelo 6 website.