Over 438 kilometres, the Baltic Coast Cycle Route in Schleswig-Holstein takes you from Kupfermühle near Flensburg to Lübeck-Travemünde, revealing the fascinating facets of this diverse region along the way. Sometimes, you ride along the beach with a view of the sea, then past wooded steep banks or through the fertile hinterland with its deep blue lakes, fjords and fields. Historic fishing villages and vibrant harbour towns tell the story of the coastal region and offer an attractive cultural programme.
When starting in Flensburg, a visit to the historic harbour town or the shipping and rum museum is recommended. Your onward journey towards the Schlei leads you through Kappeln with its unique herring fences to the holiday paradise of Damp, where you can pamper yourself to your heart’s content with massages and other treatments. White sandy beaches, a dreamy old town and the charming harbour awaken holiday feelings in Eckernförde. The artists’ museum in Heikendorf, the submarine in Laboe and the many maritime impressions of Kiel harbour are just some of the highlights that await you in the Bay of Kiel.
With a view of the sea, you now head towards the sunny island of Fehmarn. The island circuit takes you past the Fehmarn Marine Centre and the NABU waterfowl reserve. How about a deep-sea cruise on the “Vogelfluglinie”?
Back on the mainland, traditional holiday resorts line your way to Lübeck, inviting you to sunbathe on their fine white sandy beaches. Relax in the “Grömitzer Welle” adventure pool or spend a carefree day full of fun and thrills at Hansa-Park Sierksdorf. At the gates of Lübeck, the famous sailing ship “Passat” welcomes you in Travemünde. Then immerse yourself in the historical flair and pulsating life of the Hanseatic city.
Arrival and departure
The towns of Flensburg, Eckernförde, Kiel, Oldenburg i.H., Großenbrode, Puttgarden, Lehnsahn, Sierksdorf, Haffkrug, Scharbeutz, Timmendorfer Strand and Lübeck/Travemünde have connections to Deutsche Bahn. Trains run every one or two hours and bicycle transport is possible.
Trail conditions and level of difficulty
- The Baltic Coast Cycle Route is predominantly asphalted, in places leading over interlocking stones, flagstones, sand and gravel. It is only suitable for racing bikes to a limited extent. On Fehmarn, bad road sections are to be expected.
- The route runs mostly through flat coastal terrain. Between Flensburg and Kappeln and Eckernförde and Kiel, some gradients are to be expected.
- The route is signposted throughout. The blue logo of the Baltic Coast Cycle Route also points the way.
- The route is easy to navigate and very family-friendly. Changing winds and some minor climbs should be planned for.
Rest and overnight stay
Rest areas and shelters along the route are suitable for a short stopover. Time and again, you will pass stalls where fresh fish sandwiches promise maritime pleasure. Restaurants and cafés also invite you to linger. Depending on your mood, you can stay in hotels, guesthouses and youth hostels, or set up camp at one of the numerous campsites. In the high season, it is advisable to book accommodation in advance. For more information and lists of accommodation options, visit www.ostseekuesten-radweg.de, www.bettundbike.de, www.radlerquartiere.de and www.ostseefjordschlei.de.