With a distance of around 6,000 km, the North Sea Cycle Route is the longest signposted cycle route in the world. It leads through the countries of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. In Schleswig-Holstein, the North Sea Cycle Route leads from the Danish border to Hamburg. Cyclists can expect to find incomparable nature experiences on their tour through North Friesland and Dithmarschen. Enjoy the beauty of the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea national park. The North Sea, with its tides, green dykes, grazing sheep, sand dunes and meadow landscapes, characterise the west coast. The route leads past sand and grass beaches, colourful lighthouses and picturesque villages with typical thatched rooves. Use the opportunity to take an excursion to the islands and Halligen, some of which can be easily circled.
On this route, you can discover the beauty of the North Sea region in all its facets. From Niebüll, you can make a trip to Sylt on the train. From Dagebüll, ships will take you to the islands of Föhr and Amrum. In the harbour town of Husum, the castle is worth a visit. In springtime, the castle gardens are transformed into a vibrant see of crocuses. Do you know the Westerhever lighthouse? It is a famous landmark of Schleswig-Holstein and is located in the Wadden Sea national park. In St. Peter-Ording, you should make a detour to the expansive beach with its typical pile dwellings. How about a visit to a restaurant high above with a view of the endless expanse of the sea? The route continues to Tönning, where you can marvel at a genuine sperm whale skeleton in the Multimar Wattforum. You will find opportunities to relax in the Nordseebad Büsum. Past the seal sanctuary in Friedrichskoog, your route will take you on to Brunsbüttel. Here, the Kiel Canal joins the North Sea and offers a glimpse of the grand cruise liners. The final leg leads you through the beautiful Elbe landscape before you reach the Hanseatic city of Hamburg.
Arrival and departure
The cities of Niebüll, Husum, Heide and Itzehoe are connected to the Deutsche Bahn railway network. Trains run every hour and can accommodate bicycles.
Route conditions and degree of difficulty
- The route runs almost entirely on asphalted tracks along the dykes, side streets and low-traffic country roads.
- With the exception of minor gradients, the route is flat throughout.
- The North Sea Coast Cycle Route is fully signposted and marked with a uniform logo.
- The route is easy to cycle and is also suitable for children. Thanks to the flat surface, even long distances can be easily cycled. As the wind comes primarily from a southwestern direction, it is recommended to take the route from south to north.
Rest stops and overnight accommodation
Several types of overnight accommodation are available along the North Sea Coast Cycle Route. In addition to hotels, guest houses, youth hostels and camp sites, you will also find classified Bed & Bike facilities. You can find a list of accommodation facilities in the North Sea region at www.nordseetourismus.de,(in German) and suitable Bed & Bike facilities at www.bettundbike.de.