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Cycle around Berlin in 18 stages – Tour Brandenburg

Maik Richter

Cycle around Berlin in 18 stages – Tour Brandenburg

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah

18

Tours

70:36 h

728 mi

13,700 ft

Beyond the outskirts of Berlin, wide forests, picturesque nature reserves and shimmering lakes begin. If the hustle and bustle of the big city ever feels like too much, then you can find peace and quiet and a slower pace on the Tour Brandenburg. The route takes you around the capital in a 1,088 kilometre (3,560 mile) circle, making it the longest long-distance cycle route in Germany.

The Tour connects 31 historic cities and takes you through some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes that the country has to offer. You explore the wonders of Prignitz district, the shimmering Rheinsberg and Lusatian lakelands, mystical forests and heathlands, and the Fläming region which was formed during the Ice Age. So get out of the city and enjoy the Brandenburg countryside.

Your adventure begins from the city of Brandenburg an der Havel. From here, you cycle along beautiful swimming lakes through the Havelland and through Prignitz’s historical moraine landscape. The towns of Rathenow, Wittenberge, and Perleberg, which are all well worth a visit, lie en route. Next, you continue over through the Rheinsberg lake district, the Uckermark and the Oderland where you are greeted by the charming town of Fürstenberg, wonderful swimming lakes, and an optional detour to the Polish border. The Märkische Schweiz region offers varied terrain and climbs, whilst Lusatia boasts magical forest and heathland, and the Fläming region is home to some of the best cycle paths.

In this Collection, I guide you along the Tour Brandenburg in 18 stages, based on the official route segments. The stage lengths vary from around 40 to 106 kilometres (25 to 65.6 miles) so you can find a Tour to suit your ability level. With the exception of the Märkische Schweiz, the Tours are mostly flat and suitable for beginners. Of course, you don't have to do the whole Tour in one go, you can also conjure up great day trips or short getaway and ride the stages individually. The stages always start and end at a station so you can easily plan a flexible trip.

From Berlin, Potsdam or Magdeburg you can reach the starting points of the stages with the regional train. You can also conveniently reach the southern stages from Leipzig or Dresden.
So pack your bike for a weekend and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind you. Within an hour’s train ride, you can already enjoy the fresh breeze from the Brandenburg countryside.

You can find idyllic accommodation at the stage destinations on the respective tourist sites of each city or region. Brandenburg is unique in that it has similar public access rights as Sweden. This allows cyclists to pitch their tent for a night provided you don’t infringe on private rights or nature conservation regulations. If you would like to go wild camping, I recommend that you find out about the regional nature reserves in advance and ask for permission in case you camp on private property. The region also has plenty of official campsites.

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    Intermediate
    03:45
    37.5 mi
    10.0 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Your journey through Brandenburg begins at the Brandenburg an der Havel train station and takes you around 60 kilometers through the southern Havelland to Rathenow, also known as the cradle of optics, due to the development of the optical industry there. In Brandenburg I recommend that you stock up on provisions, because the small towns are not always equipped with …

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  • Intermediate
    04:03
    44.3 mi
    10.9 mph
    525 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your second stage starts at Rathenower train station and runs for about 70 kilometers to Glöwen. The best thing to do in Rathenow is to get enough provisions so that you can stop at the beautiful rest areas and enjoy nature. Now you cycle across the Westhavelland Nature Park, past the Hohennauener See and Witzker See with wonderful bathing areas. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    29.2 mi
    10.8 mph
    350 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage takes you on a moderate 47 kilometers from Glöwen through the river landscape of the Elbe to Wittenberge, the largest city in the Prignitz region. The Havel determines the course of your tour and you can look forward to wonderful dyke paths with grazing sheep.From Glöwen it's ten kilometers back to Havelberg and along the shore. …

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    45.9 mi
    8.6 mph
    550 ft
    525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Your fourth stage takes you 73 kilometers through the Elbe-Brandenburg river landscape to the pearl of the Prignitz. The first 30 kilometers you only cycle on riverside paths along the Elbe and can completely immerse yourself in the wonderful world of the Elbe valley floodplain. From grazing wild horses, magpie beavers and migratory birds you can discover many a resident …

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    37.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    775 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage takes you 60 kilometers through the Prignitz and connects the historic town centers of Perleberg and Wittstock / Dosse, which are well worth seeing. Exciting museums are waiting to be explored by you on the way. The route is also scenic, because you cycle through the alluvial forest on the Stepenitz, whose banks are under nature protection.

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  • Difficult
    04:19
    45.6 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today you cycle 73 kilometers through the Rheinsberg Lake District to the water town of Fürstenberg and you can look forward to great bathing opportunities and a beautiful castle complex. You cycle through the historic town center and past the old cloth factory from Wittstock / Dosse and into the meadows, fields and forests of the northeast German lowlands.After …

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    25.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On your seventh stage you cycle a relaxed 41 kilometers through the Uckermark, past beautiful lakes. You can even drop Santa Claus a letter on the route. Behind Fürstenberg you cycle past the memorial of the former women's concentration camp Ravensbrück, which you can visit here.

    You will shortly reach Himmelpfort, where Santa's mailbox is located, who actually answers his …

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    28.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your eighth stage takes you 46 kilometers through the picturesque Schorfheide-Chorin biosphere reserve and past beautiful forests and bathing lakes to the village of Chorin, which is known for its Cistercian monastery.

    Past the South Sea flair of the Lübbe beach, you cycle on wonderfully paved bicycle roads through shady forests. Driving on these smooth routes is pure luck. Halfway …

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  • Intermediate
    03:30
    36.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    725 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you cycle 59 kilometers through the Oderland to Wriezen and you can look forward to a detour to neighboring Poland. From Chorin you drive on wonderful forest paths through the Schorfheide-Chorin.Then you cross the Oder-Havel Canal and come to the impressive ship lift behind Niederfinow. Further along the canal you cycle via Oderberg, where you can enjoy a …

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    43.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,100 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, on your tenth stage, 70 kilometers await you on wonderfully developed bike paths, past castles and lakes through the picturesque landscape of Märkische Schweiz. You can also look forward to a varied up and down, with the altitude difference of around 300 meters remaining within a moderate range.

    After about 14 kilometers you will reach the magnificent Reichenow Castle, …

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    22.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    400 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The eleventh stage of only 36 kilometers takes you along the Fürstenwalder Spree in the middle of the historic city center of Beeskow. So you can still stroll casually through the old town of Fürstenwald, take an extended break at Dehmsee or visit the Erlebnishof in Beeskow. Of course you can also do more distance and just keep going.After …

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  • Difficult
    05:06
    51.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you start on your twelfth stage of almost 83 kilometers through Lausitz in the south of Brandenburg, across beautiful forests and lake landscapes to the diverse university town of Cottbus.From Beeskow you first cycle following the course of the Spree, then continue on quiet cycle paths along fruit tree avenues and small villages. You will soon reach the …

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    44.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    825 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your thirteenth stage takes you 72 kilometers on Spree cycle paths and through the Lusatian Lakeland to the resort of Senftenberg. From Cottbus you cycle out on green waterways and let the Spree show you the way. Passing the Spremberg dam you drive through wonderful spruce forests and to your right you have small, hidden bays with sandy beaches.

    You …

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  • Difficult
    06:25
    65.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    925 ft
    975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today's stage of the Brandenburg Tour leads over a whopping 106 kilometers to the idyllic town of Uebigau-Wahrenbrück. If that is too far for you, you can simply end your stage after 77 kilometers in Elsterwerda on the Niederlausitzer Heidelandschaft, or after 89 kilometers in the spa town of Bad Liebenwerda.The tour starts past Senftenberger See, on forest and …

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    53.9 mi
    11.0 mph
    750 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you cycle almost 87 kilometers to Luckenwalde in the Teltow-Fläming district and you can look forward to the finest asphalt of the Flaeming-Skate circular route.It starts for almost 20 kilometers on the beautiful banks of the Black Elster. Then you cycle past the bathing lake near Bernsdorf, over small villages with farm shops and past the romantic Wiepersdorf Castle.

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  • Intermediate
    03:39
    37.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    700 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your 16th stage leads 60 kilometers through the Niedere Fläming, on the Flaeming-Skate cycle path and beautiful riverside paths to the medieval town center of Treuenbrietzen.

    You cycle out of the city past the Luckenwalde landmark and set off on the region's dream bike paths. With a bit of luck, you might even spot the largest bird on our planet …

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    31.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    950 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On stage 17 you cycle in a 51-kilometer arc through the Niedere and Hohe Fläming to the spa town of Bad Belzig with the exciting Eisenhardt Castle.

    Behind Treuenbrietzen it goes on asphalt bicycle roads through dense forests. Over fields and small towns you cycle past cherry trees and a pretty post mill. At Marzehns you will find yourself on …

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    45.9 mi
    10.8 mph
    775 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your last stage of the 1,088 kilometer tour back to Brandenburg an der Havel is on today. For almost 74 kilometers you cycle through the northern Hohe Fläming and the forest and lake landscape of the Lehniner Mittelheide.

    The tour takes you past the remains of the Berlin Wall out of Bad Belzig and after about ten kilometers you will …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    18
  • Distance
    728 mi
  • Duration
    70:36 h
  • Elevation
    13,700 ft

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