🏕️ Our goal was set – cross a large part of Germany, covering 875 kilometres (543 miles) in seven days, sleeping under open skies only and carrying all our luggage on the gravel bike. In other words – we want to bikepack from Hamburg to Munich. 🌲 Will it work? We'll see. Let the adventure begin!
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We, Marius Quast and Bastian Brutzer, didn’t find it easy to plan our trip. The changeable weather in April was just as unpredictable as the ever-changing corona regulations in federal states. We had to find a middle ground between equipment, route and sleeping places to be able to dare to take on the trip at all.
With the rough plan in hand, we set about fine-tuning the daily stages with komoot, focusing on the variety between beautiful cities and national parks. We included a few mountains, such as the Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany. After all, as we all know, altitude metres are fun. At the start, we planned to stick more to gravel roads and trails. Towards the end – when fitness reserves are more essential – we planned to more on asphalt.
Since camping is not legally permitted in Germany, we contacted private individuals who make their homes available online for camping via various websites. This way, we would be on the safe side and avoid foresters knocking on our tarp at night, waking us up and telling us to leave. In the worst case, we’d even have to pay a fine.
All in all, this Germany Cross is a journey through different regions, different architectures, exciting cultural changes and hilly as well as flat landscapes. An impression of Germany that we have never experienced before. On the seven daily stages, we learned a lot about ourselves, our home country and its people and regions. Find out what else happened on the seven stages in this Collection.
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Last updated: December 20, 2021
The heart beats faster, the excitement increases. 🖤 The day of departure has finally arrived. We stand with a direct view of the Elb-Philharmonie in Hamburg and watch the ships as they sail. The gravel bikes are fully packed with everything we need for the next seven days on our Germany Cross.
What a frustrating morning! 😤 We are dismantling our camp for the first time, which is taking more time than we thought it would. When we finished, we really just wanted to go to the bakery and treat ourselves to a warm coffee. But then the tire is flat again. The only good solution is that we get professional…
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Altitude meters and heavy thighs are the order of the day! 🦵 Now we start the first mountain stage in the early morning: The highest mountain in Northern Germany, the Brocken, is waiting for us. But we are ready! Because after a delicious breakfast at the local supermarket, loaded navigation devices…
From the cozy barn to the wonderful garden! 🧑🌾 Our route today leads us into the Rhön. We still have to leave a big mountain stage behind us. Compared to the Brocken, where the mountain was right at the start of the day, the Wasserkuppe is at the end of today's route.
At the start of the day a delicious…
Fantastic night, spring-like morning and a tough climb. ⛰️ It is day five of our trip and our legs are getting heavy. We notice that on the first few meters of the day from Bischofsheim over the Kreuzberg to Schmalwasser. Located on Kreuzberg is the longest flow trail outside the Alps. We'd like to use…
The quiet and not too cold night in Würzburg was good. 🌃 We get on our bikes and ride the first few kilometers along the Main. It's really good to spend the first few kilometers on a river bike path after such exhausting days. This makes it much easier to pedal.
As far as Ochsenfurt we go along the Main…
Home run is hot! 🏡 We already knew that this last stage would be tough. We have been sitting on the saddle for six days and over 80 hours, our legs are tired and there is no longer any real euphoria. We just want to go home. And then these 140 kilometers, which are on the plan again today, are really…
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