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Fish, fishermen and bikes – cycling around Rügen island

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Fish, fishermen and bikes – cycling around Rügen island

Bike Touring Collection by Zoe von Rambling Rocks

2-4

days

3-6 h

/ day

126 mi

2,775 ft

2,775 ft

Rügen is one of the areas with the most fish in Germany. Here, the herring is also known as the ‘Silber des Meeres’ or the ‘Silver of the Sea’. This fish has determined the lives of the people on Rügen for centuries. The themed cycle path, ‘Silber des Meeres’, is named after this important fish and takes you around Germany’s largest island.
The three stages of the Silber des Meeres cycle path take you on a 203-kilometre (126-mile) journey around Rügen. You’ll learn about herring, fish processing and fishing on the island from the 17th to the 20th century. Part of the important medieval trade route, the Heringstraße, makes up part of the cycle path. This journey through time is made possible by the Association for Protection of the Landscape of Rügen who created and manages the themed Silber des Meeres cycle path. The association has erected signs at significant historical places to tell the stories of the herring.

On this cycle path, you ride through the dreamy, flat coastal landscapes of Rügen, which with its numerous picturesque bays and inlets, offers great views of the Baltic Sea. You also explore idyllic fishing villages and Baltic resorts with their fascinating spa architecture along the way.

You’ll have lots of opportunities to learn about the historical significance of the herring and also discover its culinary delights. The Silber des Meeres cycle path takes you past traditional fish smokehouses, small fish shops and classic fish restaurants where you can try an obligatory fish roll or traditional fish dish from Western Pomeranian cuisine.

For the most part, the route runs on rather quiet, well-paved roads. There are no hills or difficult climbs en route, so this Tour is suitable for beginners who are embarking on their first multi-day Tour. At the beginning and end of each stage, you can stay overnight and stop for a bite to eat.

It is best to plan this Tour for a long weekend in three stages. Of course, you can also cycle the stages individually or staggered. You can easily get to and from the first and third stages by train as there’s a station nearby.

On the second stage, which begins in Wiek on the Wittow Peninsula, you can transport your own bicycle with the so-called RADZfatz buses from May to October.

So nothing stands in the way of your journey through time on Rügen. Simply follow the cycle path signs of a blue fish and waves and travel through the history of fishing on Rügen.

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    Etappe 1: Von Altefähr nach Wiek ‒ Themenradweg „Silber des Meeres”

    Intermediate
    04:32
    43.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    475 ft
    475 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.

    The first stage of the themed trail "Silver of the Sea" leads you from the port city of Altefähr almost steadily along the west coast of the island of Rügen to the north to the state-approved seaside resort Wiek.

    

    If you arrive by train, the starting point Hafen Altefähr can be reached from Altefähr train

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  • Difficult
    04:48
    48.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Your bike tour starts in the middle of the small port town of Wiek and takes you across the Wittow and Jasmund peninsulas, with a detour to Lietzow, to the port town of Sassnitz, which has the largest active fishing port on the island of Rügen.

    

    From Wiek you always drive directly along Wieker Bodden to

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    33.8 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the last stage you start from Sassnitz and cycle over the Jasmund peninsula to the south, where the Baltic seaside resorts line up on the Baltic coast like a string of pearls.

    

    From the port city of Sassnitz you first drive via Mukran on the Baltic Sea coast in the direction of Prora. Prora has become

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    126 mi
  • Duration
    12:54 h
  • Elevation
    2,775 ft2,775 ft

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