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Colourful forests, moors & heathlands – cycling in Hamburg in autumn

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Colourful forests, moors & heathlands – cycling in Hamburg in autumn

Bike Touring Collection by Hamburg

8

Tours

28:47 h

277 mi

6,125 ft

Grab your bike and cycle out of the city on a grey, autumnal day. On the outskirts of Hamburg, colourful nature awaits – expect deciduous forests, mystical moors, enchanting heathlands, and unique nature reserves where rare plants and animals thrive.

In this Collection, the city of Hamburg invites you to discover Hamburg’s autumnal magic as part of its ‘Fahr ein solidarisches Hamburg’ campaign. We present eight cycling Tours that take you into the colourful nature around the city. Thanks to the city’s leaf and winter road clearance, you can safely ride the routes in this bicycle-friendly city even during the colder months of the year (fahrrad.hamburg/de/service/winterdienst). En route, there are other great services such as StadtRAD stations, Bike+Ride, and air pumps.

Hamburg has an excellent cycling infrastructure. The cycle paths trace a star shape through the city, ensuring you ride on smooth asphalt and quiet side roads. The network is being expanded too! You can find more information about its current status, here: fahrrad.hamburg/de/service/velorouten.

You can reach all of our bike Tours presented here on two wheels or with public transport. You can rent a city bike at the starting points too. This way you can spontaneously go on a trip to the Alster spring, the Holmer Sandberg mountains, the Hahnheide, or the Sachsenwald forest and discover the autumnal side of the #radperle (cycling pearl) Hamburg.

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    Intermediate
    04:32
    40.5 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    When the leaves change color and the trees shine in bright colors, it is most beautiful in the forest. That's why we're taking you on this tour into the autumnal Sachsenwald.It starts at the Berliner Tor. You can get here by public transport and if necessary you can borrow a bike from the StadtRAD station. On Veloroute 8 you …

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  • Intermediate
    04:29
    43.0 mi
    9.6 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this beautiful tour you can let your gaze wander over idyllic lakes that glitter in the golden autumn sun and enjoy the unique nature of Hahnheide.The starting point is at the Wandsbek Markt underground station. Here you will find a StadtRAD station if you want to rent a bike. Then you cycle directly to the Wandse at the start. A natural path meanders along the river, which you follow to the outskirts.

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  • Intermediate
    04:19
    41.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Duvenstedter and Hansdorfer Brook you will experience pure wilderness: quarry forests alternate with enchanted moors, picturesque heathlands and wide meadows. You can observe countless plant species and animals here on your bike tour.It starts right in the center of Hamburg on Jungfernstieg, where you can easily get there by public transport. You can also find a StadtRAD station …

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    32.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As a Hamburg citizen, it is a part of having seen the Alster spring once in a lifetime. That is why we take you to its source on this beautiful tour.The starting point is at the Langenhorn Markt underground station. If you don't have your own bike with you, you can borrow one at the StadtRAD station. From here …

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    26.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you will immerse yourself in fascinating moorland and discover the former dunes in the Holmer Berge nature reserve.It starts at the Klein Flottbek S-Bahn station. There is a StadtRAD station here if you want to rent a bike. To start off, you cycle past Loki Schmidt Garten northwards and then through the Osdorfer Feldmark out of the city.

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    36.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The nature reserve Haseldorfer Binnenelbe with Elbe foreland awaits you on this tour. The special thing about it is that the tides of the North Sea create freshwater tidal creeks, mud flats and islands, which represent an important habitat for animals and plants.It starts at the Teufelsbrück ferry pier. At the starting point you will find a StadtRAD station …

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    27.0 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Immerse yourself in the beautiful heathland on this tour, which spreads out right outside the city gates. Then there is an extensive loop through the autumn forest in the rose garden.The starting point of the bike tour is at Heimfeld S-Bahn station, where you will also find a StadtRAD station. From here you cycle straight to the beautiful Harburg mountains. Here you can already enjoy the bright colors of the deciduous trees.

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  • Intermediate
    02:53
    30.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the nature reserves Untere Seeveniederung and Ilmenau-Luhe-Niederung you will experience unique landscapes on this tour and you can observe a lot of animals.It starts at the train station in Harburg. You can get there easily by public transport and you can rent a bike at the StadtRAD station. From the train station you drive directly to the Seevekanal and follow it to Meckelfeld.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    277 mi
  • Duration
    28:47 h
  • Elevation
    6,125 ft

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