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Exploring Germany’s Elb and Auenland Holstein — day trips by bike

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Exploring Germany’s Elb and Auenland Holstein — day trips by bike

Bike Touring Collection by Holstein Tourismus

14

Tours

35:29 h

364 mi

5,950 ft

A bridge that lifts when you want to cross it? A tiny ferry that can barely carry a few people but your bike will definitely fit aboard? The inland region of Schleswig-Holstein at the gates of Hamburg has so many wonderful surprises in store for you. This region between the Elbe and the Auenland has its very own character and is perfect for day trips by bike.

To help you on your adventures – whether on a touring bike or an e-bike – we’ve put together 14 fascinating and family-friendly circular Tours. They range between 30 and 83 kilometres (19 - 52 mi) long and lead you to beautiful villages, cultural highlights and historical sites. Time and again you’ll find tasty restaurants, charming dairies and farm shops where you can enjoy local specialities.

All Tours can be reached by train either at the very start or nearby, at a town along the route. The larger surrounding towns with bigger train stations include Hamburg, Neumünster and Elmshorn.

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    Natur pur im Auenland – Elb- und Auenland Holstein

    Intermediate
    02:14
    22.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The varied and beautiful natural landscape north of Bad Bramstedt will cast a spell over you. On this 36-kilometer round you drive through the Shire with its pretty villages and characteristic landscape. Although there are several rest stops along the way, you will find many wonderful places to relax

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    33.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this round tour you will find alluvial valleys, forests, hilly geest landscapes and small towns with magnificent farms. On the 54-kilometer route you will pass a farm road by the fish ponds, which can only be used during business hours. You can call up the transit times at fischzucht-knutzen.de. At

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    21.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point for this beautiful, approximately 34-kilometer round tour is the town hall in Uetersen, in the immediate vicinity of the magnificent Rosarium. Allow some time to visit the grounds before or after the bike tour. It is a public park where you can take a look at around 900 varieties of

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    23.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this bike tour you accompany the Elbe on a long route, and then cycle in a large arc through the marshland. You start the approximately 37-kilometer round trip in the small harbor of Haseldorf and first drive parallel to the Elbe dike hiking trail and later to the course of the Pinnau. In Neuendeich

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    21.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Himmelmoor tour takes you into a whole new world full of different natural spaces. This great round trip is a good 35 kilometers long, including an excursion to the heart of the Himmelmoors, and leads you through the breathtaking landscape around the largest raised bog in Schleswig-Holstein.

    

    

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  • Intermediate
    01:56
    18.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this round tour you cycle through the beautiful Wedeler Au and the great Elbe glacial valley. A visit to a game reserve or the largest inland dune area in Schleswig-Holstein and a jump into the cool water of the Appener Baggersee are not missing on this 30-kilometer round.

    

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  • Intermediate
    02:44
    27.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In addition to the many beautiful churches and chapels that gave this path its name, the star of the Mönchsweg is definitely the silence. You cycle a good 44 kilometers on Schleswig-Holstein's youngest long-distance hiking trail with its beautiful natural landscape and small, quiet places.

    

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    31.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The beautiful Elmshorn area with its quiet landscape, the remote paths and the widely scattered villages is the goal of this beautiful, almost 51-kilometer round trip.

    

    

    The starting point is the train station in Elmshorn and you first cycle past the industrial museum and then turn north. You can quickly

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    30.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A bike tour through the quiet forests in the Aukrug and the wonderful Geest landscape is just the thing to clear your head. With a length of around 50 kilometers, this round tour is wonderfully suited to get to know the country and also to have enough time for one or the other excursion.

    

    

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  • Easy
    01:22
    14.7 mi
    10.8 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This very beautiful and leisurely round trip on the upper reaches of the Krückau takes you through the charming cultivated land, to the Heeder Tannen, past barrows and finally to an old farm, whose Melkhus invites you to take a leisurely break.

    

    

    The approximately 24-kilometer round tour starts in Barmstedt

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    20.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Not only rose growing and tree nurseries characterize this group. You also cycle to one of the oldest swing bridges in Germany, through an old monastery and of course through the wonderful nature and the pretty villages of the Schleswig-Holstein inland.

    

    

    You start this 33-kilometer tour in Uetersen and

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    24.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Schierenwald is one of the largest forest areas in the Aukrug Nature Park and the State of Schleswig-Holstein. In the approximately 820 hectare area you will find coniferous forests as well as old oak and red beech stocks and several reservoirs, which form important habitats for water-loving animals

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  • Intermediate
    02:08
    22.0 mi
    10.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Not only the swing bridge near Neuendeich offers you a special spectacle on this round, but also the ferry service of the smallest passenger and bicycle ferry in Germany. The ferry is hardly bigger than a nutshell and if you think that the boat is actually full now, then you can still fit a bike in it

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    51.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The Stör is the largest tributary of the Elbe in Schleswig-Holstein and on this beautiful tour you accompany it from Kellinghusen to the mouth of the Elbe at Wewelsfleth and back again. If you prefer to make a two-day tour out of it and give the many highlights along the way a little more time, Itzehoe

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    14
  • Distance
    364 mi
  • Duration
    35:29 h
  • Elevation
    5,950 ft

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