Through the land of wide horizons — Cycling holidays in East Frisia

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Ostfriesland

Cycling in East Frisia is a truly diverse experience. Here, you can simply take a deep breath and enjoy the extensive, rugged nature of the north while you roll over green meadows and fields or ride over dead straight dikes and breathe the salty sea air. In between, rustic windmills or ancient lighthouses invite you to make small stops. Sleepy villages and lively towns bring you closer to the culture of the far north and invite you to cultural and culinary excursions before you embark on a further voyage of discovery.

The five themed cycle paths in this Collection are the perfect foundation for extensive East Frisia cycling adventures. Explore the beautiful parklands of the Ammerland, enjoy mystical moorland on the Fehnroute and experience the contrast between the barren Geestlands and the fertile pastures of the Marsch on the Tour de Fries. The International Dollard Route can be a very special experience, as it includes various ferries in its Tour planning and takes you to the North Sea island of Borkum in the middle of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park.

The tours are between 100 and 180 miles (158 and 300 kilometers) long and therefore suitable as stage tours. In four to six days, they offer you ideal opportunities to experience East Frisia up close. In the stage towns, you will easily find cozy accommodation, Nordic restaurants and a varied cultural programme. But you'll also be well taken care of outside the cities, as there are many resting places along the routes where cyclists and e-bikers can refuel themselves (and their e-bikes at numerous charging stations). And if your plans should change or you only want to ride individual stages, you still remain flexible, because the public buses also take bicycles with them. Ostfriesland is ready to give you an unforgettable cycling holiday!

By the way: the German Cyclist's Association included the region into its brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" in 2019.

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Routes In East Frisia

  • Difficult
    18:26
    181 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    "Rad up Pad" - this Low German formulation means nothing else than "wheel on the way". That sounds banal, but the way of this tour has it all. For on the 292 kilometers of this round trip through Ostfriesland you can enjoy the high north in its most beautiful form. Here tradition meets modernity. You cycle through unspoiled landscapes, past castles, palaces and of course windmills. Their wings spin leisurely in the wind, which incidentally is often your companion up here. Cozy fishing harbors, quiet fehn channels, picturesque gantries and a maritime flair - when you set off on your bike, you can be sure of a change!You can ride this circuit well in six stages, stopping in Krummhörn, Norddeich, Dorum, Aurich and Großefehn. Since this is a tour, you can of course choose where you start. If you want to travel by train, however, Emden is best, because there is a good connection here. In the stages you will have no problems finding a cozy place to stay. There are even some "bed + bike" accommodations along the route that are particularly well geared for cyclists. And you will not miss anything else: Many sights and museums provide cultural contrasts to the wonderfully rough landscape and in the cozy restaurants on the way you can enjoy North German specialties.Tip: If you want to extend the tour, you can make a detour to the north of Norderney from the north.

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  • Difficult
    09:45
    98.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Ancient brick churches and picturesque gulf houses. Green dykes, lush meadows and humid peat bogs. The Fehn landscape provides an idyllic backdrop for this 159-kilometer round trip through Ostfriesland, which you can cycle in four stages. Since Leer is so easy to reach and has a good rail connection, it is recommended to start here. In the stages Wiesmoor, Barßel and Papenburg you will find comfortable accommodation, often even according to the "bed + bike" standard of the ADFC.Incidentally, the name "Fehn" derives from the Dutch word "Veen" and means "bog" - and on this tour the name is program! On one of the most famous cycling tours of the North, you cycle through vast marshes and on the way there are always opportunities to learn about the history of the moors and seafarers, their traditions and customs. Interesting museums are also along the route, such as magnificent windmills, interesting bascule bridges and pretty gulf houses. The port cities of Leer and Papenburg are lively contrasts to the idyll and tranquility that you can enjoy on the go.Tip: If you do not have that much time and only want to ride on individual stages, you can book a bicycle taxi. All information can be found here: deutsche-fehnroute.de/fahrradtaxi

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  • Difficult
    22:00
    237 mi
    10.8 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    This approximately 300-kilometer round trip through the German-Dutch border area is named after the large bay in the estuary of the Ems south of Emden. Here you can expect the fresh, slightly salty sea air of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Wadden Sea. You will be accompanied by the gulls, who enjoy the coastal wind, who always blows a fresh breeze on their way. The unique flora and fauna of this area will inspire you and represents the idyllic contrast to the small, dreamy villages along the route and the major cultural centers such as Emden or Papenburg dar. A very special highlight is the ferry service over the Dollard: It makes of this Tour a "Boat & Bike" experience, because during the summer you can take the water to Ditzum, Emden and Delfzijl.But that's not all: from Emden you can take a trip to the North Sea island of Borkum. Whether as a day trip or for a holiday after the tour is up to you. Whatever you decide on: This tour awaits you with a fantastic landscape with just the right amount of culture and adventure.This tour is designed as a circuit. You can master them well in five stages, pausing in the larger locations along the way. For example, Delfzijl, Emden, Winschoten, Leer, Papenburg and Borkum are ideal. Due to its easy accessibility Emden is particularly well suited as a starting point for the tour, especially if you want to arrive by train.Tip: To ensure that your journey runs smoothly, you can book the ferry rides in advance. Especially for the crossing to Borkum makes sense. Information on this can be found at dollard-route.de/faehren-an-der-dollard-route.

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  • Difficult
    10:36
    106 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Im Nordwesten von Niedersachsen befindet sich das beschauliche Ammerland. Unter Gartenfreunden ist der Landstrich wohlbekannt, denn hier in der Region befinden sich mehr als 300 Baumschulen. Um ihr Können zur Schau zu stellen, haben viele der Gärtner hübsche Parks angelegt, die immer wieder entlang der rund 171 Kilometer langen grünen Ammerlandroute deinen Weg säumen. Mit anderen Worten: Du radelst hier durch eine wunderschöne, grüne und im Sommer prächtig blühende Landschaft, in der du dich erholen und die malerische Natur genießen kannst.Natürlich führt dich diese Route nicht nur durch von Menschenhand erschaffene Parklandschaften, sondern auch durch die raue, unberührte Natur von Ostfriesland, die du an einigen Stellen auf der Tour besonders gut genießen kannst. Zum Beispiel am Aper Tief, wo du von einem der Aussichtstürme in aller Ruhe die Wasservögel beobachten kannst. Oder von einem liebevoll gestalteten Unterstand für Radler, irgendwo am Wegesrand in der Nähe von Ihorst. Hier kannst du einfach sitzen und die Stille inmitten der idyllischen Landschaft genießen. Herrlich erfrischend ist es am Ufer des malerischen Waldsees Möhlenbült oder am Strand des Naturbads Hahn, wo du vor allem im warmen Sommer unbedingt einen Sprung ins kühle Wasser einplanen solltest. Die Ammerlandroute kannst du gut in vier Etappen fahren. Als Ausgangspunkt bietet sich das Moorheilbad Bad Zwischenahn an. Hier kannst du dein Auto stehen lassen oder direkt per Bahn anreisen – die Anbindung ans Bahnnetz zum Beispiel von Bremen aus ist hervorragend. Entlang der Strecke bieten sich Barßel, Westerstede und Rastede als Etappenorte an.Tipp: Von Rastede aus kannst du die Etappe verlängern, indem du einen Abstecher nach Oldenburg machst. Von dort aus führt ein Radweg zurück nach Bad Zwischenahn, wo du dann die Ammerlandroute fortsetzen kannst. Diese Alternative ist ausgeschildert, sodass du nichts falsch machen kannst. Wenn dir das zu anstrengend ist, du aber trotzdem Oldenburg sehen möchtest, kannst du die Rückfahrt nach Bad Zwischenahn auch mit der Bahn zurücklegen – die erledigt den Job in gerade einmal zehn Minuten.

  • Difficult
    16:50
    171 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This approximately 280-kilometer bike tour through the districts of Friesland, Ammerland and Wittmund has many faces. Above all, the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea is a dream for nature lovers and always attracts with its beautiful beaches for a little break. Historic houses, picturesque churches and ancient mills and castles line the way and provide cultural diversity. And for the physical well-being is well taken care of. In Dangast you should not miss the legendary rhubarb cake and in Jever a freshly tapped Jever Pils will refresh you. Especially in the coastal towns fresh fish is at the top of the menu.Ostfriesland is well developed for tourism and you will not have any problems finding cozy accommodation on the way, where you can relax and sleep in peace and quiet. Especially suitable for this are various "bed + bike" offers along the route. Since this is a round trip, you can basically start where you want. The cities of Wilhelmshaven, Varel and Jever are particularly suitable as starting points for the round. Here it is worthwhile to stay a bit anyway, because the places have a lot to offer. In addition, they all have a good rail connection, which makes the journey particularly easy. Furthermore, Bockhorn, Friedeburg and Minsen-Förrien are suitable as stage locations.Tip: Shortly before Friedeburg you cycle through the village of America and past the village of Russia - if you want, you can bring home a particularly cool holiday selfie with the very special entrance signs!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    794 mi
  • Duration
    77:37 h
  • Elevation
    6,075 ft

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