From the start at the Hindenburg plant, the Rhine Cycle Path runs parallel to the Bingen Kulturufer in the direction of Ingelheim. From the car ferry dock, it becomes quiet and after the imposing remains of the Hindenburg Bridge from World War II, the nature reserve "Fulder-Aue/IlmenAue" begins, where you cycle under tall poplars directly on the banks of the Rhine and idyllic Rhine islands on unpaved paths. In Bingen-Gaulsheim you follow the general cycle path signs into the "interior" onto the first terraced hills of the Rheinhessen hill country - next destination is Ockenheim. From here you have a fantastic panoramic view of the vineyards of the Rheingau and the Rhine plain.
From the Ockenheim hill you can cycle downhill to Gau-Algesheim. Shortly before the train station, it's worth taking a detour to the historic marketplace and Ardeck Castle with its Rhine-Hessian bicycle museum. From the town center, follow the fruit route below the Westerberg to the red wine and imperial palace town of Ingelheim. To get to the medieval castle church and the former aristocratic estates in Ober-Ingelheim, the tour sets course for Nieder-Olm in a southeasterly direction and, branching off to the left, brings you via Altegasse with a steep climb into the historic district. From the market square, follow the Hiwwel route across the Burgkirchen area in the direction of Mainz and reach the former imperial palace of Charlemagne in Nieder-Ingelheim. A historical tour and the museum provide insights into the history of the imperial palace. At Francois-Lachenal-Platz, follow the general cycle route signs again via Sebastian-Münster-Straße/Nathalie von Harder-Straße until you reach the street Vorderer Böhl, which leads across the railroad line in the direction of Frei-Weinheim. In the Rhine valley our route meets again the Hiwwel route , which leads on the dike to the Rhine ferry Frei-Weinheim - Oestrich-Winkel. Already the crossing with the ferry gives the view of the fascinating Rheingau landscape. Arrived in Oestrich-Winkel you follow the signs "Zubringer zum R3a". In the middle of the sea of vines you meet the long-distance cycle path R3a, which you follow from here on. You cycle through the vineyard slopes of Winkel and look along this panoramic path on the left to the beautiful Rhine plain, on the right up to the castles of Vollrads and Johannisberg. You will encounter evidence of popular piety culminating in a small chapel with the altarpiece "Christ in the winepress", typical of wine-growing regions. When you arrive in Johannisberg, after 200 m you turn right into the open field. A quiet atmosphere prevails up here far away from the hustle and bustle of the Rhine valley. On the outskirts of Geisenheim, the path meets the vast grounds of the Research Academy of Viticulture. Soon the foothills of Rüdesheim are reached and the Niederwald Monument, towering over 38 meters, is visible from afar. Now it goes briskly downhill to the characterful market place of the town. From Schmidtstraße you follow the signs "Zubringer R3a" again, which then leads you to the passenger ferry beyond the main road and the railroad tracks. Finally, enjoy another ferry crossing with vacation flair and a view of the mouse tower.