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Cycling across Germany – my journey to the southernmost point of Germany

Paul Voss

Cycling across Germany – my journey to the southernmost point of Germany

Mountain Biking Collection by Paul Voss

4

Tours

27:39 h

481 mi

18,425 ft

There's always a reason to cycle and if there isn't, you make one – or rather, you let someone make one for you 😜. My komoot community was ‘to blame’ for the course of this Tour across Germany. I only had one target: to ride from my adopted home of Berlin to the southernmost point of Germany on my gravel bike, preferably in four days. There were a few fixed points, and the rest was up to anyone who wanted to contribute. In the end, I chose four Tour proposals from all the suggestions and was ready to start on 9th April 2021!

From the beginning, one thing that attracted me to this idea was that I would push myself to my limits: 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) in four days on a gravel bike is a pretty big challenge. On the first two days, the itinerary was 270 kilometres (167 miles) a day and after that, around 200 (124 miles). The distances were quite big, but the exciting route passed many sights and led through regions of Germany where I had never yet cycled, ensuring the ride would never be boring. The gravel in the Nuremberg area was incredibly good. Here, there were countless solid gravel paths, as well as single trails that I found quite challenging.

Speaking of challenges, there was something else – the weather! Over the four days, I truly experienced all four seasons. It was spring on the first day, then autumn came back, then finally it was summer, before the heavy onset of winter, which also meant that I couldn’t reach my destination at the end. Nevertheless, this trip was an incredibly great experience. It brought me closer to my home country, showed me my limits and brought me together with great people. Thank you to everyone who was part of it!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Gegenwind aus der Hölle // QdD 1.Tag

    09:34
    169 mi
    17.7 mph
    3,675 ft
    3,200 ft

    The first day was a bit of a hell of a ride to be honest. The entire route headwind and then unfortunately also alone. Unfortunately, my brother couldn't join in the end and so it's going to be a solo entertainer event here.

    

    Nonetheless, of course, I think it's great that I did it. I've never ridden my

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  • 09:36
    161 mi
    16.8 mph
    9,375 ft
    9,025 ft

    The second day was definitely pretty awesome in part. Even if it was wet at the beginning, it didn't bother at all. In between there were some pretty good trails and especially north of Nuremberg it was really good.

    But I also have to say that I'm pretty much in my ass now.

    Unfortunately I only started

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  • 06:45
    125 mi
    18.5 mph
    4,800 ft
    4,325 ft

    The sun was shining. The route was great again. So it just made the buck. The 200km almost felt "short". The cycle path network in Bavaria is also impressive.

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  • 01:44
    26.1 mi
    15.0 mph
    575 ft
    325 ft

    Yesterday arrived in Munich at 25 degrees and started today at 1 degree sleet. I was motivated to see it through to the end, but it was just too blatant. In the end I was so cold and I just didn't have a dry or warm part on my body anymore.

    Health comes first and fun comes first. But I'll come back again

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    Rathaus Schmargendorf

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Schmargendorf town hall was built around 1900 after preparatory work by Otto Kerwien in the Brandenburg brick Gothic style.

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    Tip by Verschlüssi

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    Speicherhütte

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Chilled drinks (self-service) are available in summer.

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    Tip by Verschlüssi

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    Eisbach mit Eisbachwelle

    Bike Touring Highlight

    A stone step at the exit point on Prinzregentenstrasse of the very water-rich and fast-flowing Eisbach has created - all year round since an annex was attached to one of the two banks - a rapids and a standing wave about half a meter high, which is used by canoeists, river surfers and surfers too became internationally known. It is both popular and feared by surfers because directly behind it, several rows of stone blocks under water can cause injuries, especially in inexperienced surfers.

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    Tip by Marcel

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    Ferropolis

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Open-air museum and event arena on the peninsula of the former site of the brown coal mine. Lignite was mined until 1991 and the landscape was dug up. The opencast mine has been closed since reunification. Today Ferropolis is a living museum full of history.

    Distance to the bike path: 1 kilometer
    On offer are: guided tours, concerts, gastronomy, excavator tours and audio tours, worlds of experience for young and old.

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    Tip by Stephanie

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    Rothsee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Rothsee has a lot to offer: It has several beaches, where you can sunbathe (even sunbathe) - even a dog beach is available. Surfing, stand-up-paddeling, boating - everything is possible. There are several playgrounds around the lake and many paths for walking and cycling. Food and drink are also required. A worthwhile destination.

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    Tip by Fastcat

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Highlights
    7
  • Distance
    481 mi
  • Duration
    27:39 h
  • Elevation
    18,425 ft

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