The 12 long-distance cycle paths in Schleswig-Holstein
Travel along the North Sea dykes with views of the Wadden Sea and watch the Baltic cliffs go by as you explore the magical seascapes, forests and inland fields.12 well established long-distance cycle paths take you through a variety of areas of natural beauty, bustling ports, historic villages and past interesting cultural highlights. Get pedalling and discover Schleswig-Holstein on two wheels!
Example: Baltic coast cycle path
Schleswig-Holstein’s 438 kilometer-long Baltic coast cycle path takes you from Kupfermühle, near Flensburg, to Lübeck-Travemünde. Many fascinating features of this varied region are revealed along the way. Sometimes you cycle along the beach with a view of the sea, then you pass wooded cliff tops or cycle through the fertile hinterland with its dark blue lakes, its fjords and fields. Historic fishing villages and bustling seaports tell their story of the coastal region and offer an interesting programme of cultural events.
The Baltic Sea coast tour has repeatedly been voted in to the TOP 10 in the ADFC-cycle tour analysis.
Route description and sights
The Baltic coast cycle path starts in Kupfermühle, near Flensburg in the north, and travels via Maasholm an der Schlei, Eckernförde, Kiel, Hohwacht, around the sunny island of Fehmarn to Lübeck-Travemünde.
Unique natural treasures and cultural sights make the route a real experience for all the senses. Short detours to the idyllic Schlei region or to the gentle hills in Holstein Switzerland should be planned in to your journey!
In Flensburg it is recommended that you start you journey with a visit to the historic seaport, the Maritime Museum or the Rum Museum. Your journey then takes you in the direction of the Schlei fjord through Kappeln with its unique herring weirs to Damp, the holiday paradise, where you can let yourself be spoilt to your heart’s content with massages and other health treatments. In Eckernförde white sandy beaches, a magical old town and charming harbour all create a perfect holiday atmosphere. Why not treat your palate to a fresh fish roll here? Then onwards in the direction of the Bay of Kiel. The Künstlermuseum in Heikendorf (an art museum dedicated to art from the region), the submarine in Laboe and the many impressions the port of Kiel will make on you, are just a few of the highlights awaiting you.
With sea views you now travel on towards the sunny island of Fehmarn where the circular tour of the island takes you past the Fehmarn Sea Life Centre and the NABU seabird reserve. How about a trip on the high seas with the “Vogelfluglinie” (the so-called “Flying Bird” ferry line)?
Back on the mainland, many traditional holiday resorts line your route to Lübeck and it will be hard to resist sunbathing on beaches of the finest white sand!
Relax in the water park “Grömitzer Welle” or spend a carefree day filled with fun and thrills at Hansa-Park Sierksdorf.
Before arriving at the gates to Lübeck, you will be greeted by the sight of the famous sailing ship “Passat” in Travemünde. The Hanseatic town of Lübeck finishes your tour perfectly. Here you can immerse yourself in the historical flair and bustling life of this town.
It is also possible to look at the cycle route on a map.
Access to start and finishing point
The towns of Flensburg, Eckernförde, Kiel Oldenburg i.H., Großenbrode, Puttgarden, Lehnsahn, Sierksdorf, Haffkrug, Scharbeutz, Timmendorfer Strand and Lübeck/Travemünde all have direct connections with Deutsche Bahn (German railway). Trains run every one to two hours and bicycles are permitted on the trains.
Condition of the cycle paths and level of difficulty
Condition of the cycle path:
The Baltic coast cycle path is predominantly asphalted; in places the path is constructed out of interlocking paving stones, paving slabs, sand and gravel. The paths are not all suitable for racing bikes. On Fehmarn there are sections where the path is poor.
The path mainly runs through level coastal areas. Between Flensburg and Kappeln, and Eckernförde and Kiel there are some inclines.
The route is signposted throughout. In addition, there are signs with the blue Baltic coast logo pointing the way.
Level of difficulty:
The path is easy to cycle and very family friendly. You should, however, always be prepared for changing winds and a few small inclines.
Rest and accommodation
There are rest areas and shelters along the route suitable for a short stop. You are never far from the next refreshment stall where fresh fish rolls are on offer to give you a taste of the sea. In addition, you can linger in restaurants and cafes along the way. Depending on the mood that takes you, you can stay in hotels, guest houses and youth hostels or pitch your tent on one of the numerous campsites. In high season booking accommodation in advance is recommended. Further information and lists of accommodation are available at www.ostseekuesten-radweg.de or www.bettundbike.de.
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