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.
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 then cycle relaxed towards the outskirts. At the Glinder Au you are already immersed in beautiful nature and a little later you reach the Sachsenwald.Surrounded by colorful deciduous trees and evergreen conifers, you cycle through the pleasant silence of the forest. With a little luck, you can watch game and collect mushrooms here.Then it goes through the Wentorfer Lohe back towards Hamburg. Here you pass the Boberger Niederung nature reserve with the Boberger See, before you come back to Veloroute 8, which leads you back to the starting point at the Berliner Tor.
On this beautiful tour you can let your gaze wander over idyllic lakes that glisten 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 beginning. A natural path meanders along the river, which you follow to the outskirts.Then you drive over wide fields and meadows, pass the southern shore of the Großensee and pass Trittau. Behind the village you will reach the edge of the Hahnheide and a short time later you will immerse yourself in the unique nature of the forest area. Here you cycle to the Großer Hahnheider Berg with a lookout tower. From above you can enjoy a fascinating view over the Hahnheide and as far as Hamburg.After you have driven an extensive loop through the forest, you will pass the Mönchsteich and the north beach of the Großensee on the way back. On the old railway line of the Südstormarnschen Kreisbahn it goes back towards Hamburg, where you drive back through the city to the Wandsbek Markt underground station.
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In Duvenstedter and Hansdorfer Brook you will experience pure wilderness: quarry forests alternate with enchanted moors, picturesque heathland landscapes 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 here to rent a bike. On the Ballindamm, which has been completely newly developed for cycling, you cycle along the Inner Alster and continue north on Veloroute 5.At the gates of the city you first dive into the autumnal Wohldorfer forest, which is then followed by the Duvenstedter Brook. Through wonderfully diverse nature you get to the adjacent Hansdorfer Brook.On the way back you drive past the Bredenbeker pond and pass the Stellmoor before you reach the city again and drive back to the starting point on the Jungfernsteig via Veloroute 6.
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 from the StadtRAD station. From here you go straight into nature: You cycle through the Hummelsbütteler Moore north, where you later dive into the Tangstedter Forest.Past Wilstedter See you reach the picturesque Lütt-Wittmoor, from which it is not far to the Alsterquelle. This is hidden in a small forest. At the source there is also a rest area where you can take a break and marvel at how small the Alster is here and what an enormous body of water it will later grow into.You will then drive back towards Hamburg through the beautiful nature of the Oberalsterniederung and a wide field and meadow landscape. Before you reach the starting point in the city again, you pass the enchanting Wittmoor.
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 begin with, you cycle past Loki Schmidt Garten northwards and then through the Osdorfer Feldmark out of the city.Wide fields and meadows, colorful autumn forests and the magical Butterbargsmoor on the way to the Holmer Sand Mountains await you here. Once they were part of a chain of inland dunes. Today the remains of the dunes are surrounded by forest to keep them from hiking.On the way back you cross the nature reserve Schnaakenmoor, where you can also expect great scenery. Back in town, you drive from Blankenese on Veloroute 1 back to the starting point, the Klein Flottbek S-Bahn station.
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 if you want to rent a bike. At the beginning of the tour you cycle directly along the Elbe. You pass Blankenese and beautiful beaches.At Wittenbergen you leave the banks of the Elbe and master a small ascent. The subsequent descent brings you back to the bank of the river. On the Elbe dike you cycle on surrounded by fluffy sheep. Soon there will be a wide march to the left and right of you and finally the nature reserve Haseldorfer Binnenelbe with Elbe foreland. From the dike you have a nice overview of the area.Then you turn inland and cycle a bit along the Pinnau before you make your way back to Hamburg.
You 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.Then you will reach the Fischbeker Heide. Even if the heather no longer blooms in autumn, a unique, colorful landscape awaits you here. After a dangling through the heather you drive south, where the state forest Rosengarten with the nature reserve beech forests in the rose garden extends.After the extended round through the wonderful nature of the forest, you cycle back to Heimfeld S-Bahn station, the starting point of the tour.
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.After you have passed the lake in the Großer Moor, you will reach the Seeve and immerse yourself in the wonderful nature reserve in the Lower Seevetal. At the end of the valley you reach the Elbe, which you then follow to the mouth of the Ilmenau.From here you roll through the wonderful nature on the Ilmenauufer and later cycle through the Luheauen to Winsen. Here you can take a leisurely break before you drive back to Harburg via the Seevetal and the Neuländer Moorwiesen nature reserve.