Schleswig-Holstein offers more than just the sea; between the Elbe and Neumünster you can find stunning inland rides. Away from both the North Sea coast and the Baltic coast, wonderful cycle paths on mostly flat terrain await you. Here, you can ride through unique landscapes along sparkling rivers, through impressive inland dunes, enchanted moors, deep forests and across wide meadows and fields. In addition to fascinating nature, you can also expect plenty of culture and historic sights on these superb cycle tours.
In this Collection, we’ve put together 21 varied cycle tours in Schleswig-Holstein, spread over the four cycle touring regions of Brunsbüttel, Neumünster, Glückstadt and Wedeler Marsch. With different Tour lengths and exciting themed routes, there really is something for everyone. Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature and learn more about the local geology, follow in the historic footsteps of Saint Vicelin or learn more about rose-growing and tree nurseries, you’ll find plenty to intrigue you.
All the Tours are circular routes that start at a railway station, a car park or in a village centre. We have short routes, such as the Deichtörn as well as long routes, such as the near 100-kilometre (62 mi) long Vicelinweg, which can be divided into two days with a camping stop. In the villages and towns along the routes you’ll find places to stop for refreshments and overnight accommodation. En route, you’ll occasionally pass rustic farm shops and cafés where you can fortify yourself for the rest of the journey -– the perfect conditions for fantastic cycling.
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A few minutes by train from Itzehoe, in Wilster, this unique tour begins with a real highlight; the lowest point in Germany. It starts in the village with its pretty old town, past the historic grain mill.The flat, green marshland with its old thatched courtyards and watercourses is unique in Germany. The canals permanently drain the area, which is 3.54 meters below sea level at its deepest point.
From Glückstadt, the vegetable trip first leads in the direction of the Stör barrage. In this area of the cycle route you can already see a vegetable growing area which, together with the Engelbrecht Wilderness, represents the largest growing area in Schleswig-Holstein alongside Dithmarschen.Vegetable cultivation, with which the Dutch settlers began after the dike in the wilderness, finds ideal conditions: light marshy soil, fresh wind and plenty of water.
The pasture trip begins in Glückstadt and leads along a picturesque pasture landscape, which is criss-crossed by numerous intertwined water lines that serve for drainage. The marsh is drained and irrigated via the “white water”. The black water drains the boggy hinterland on the Geest edge. In the past, these were the transport routes used to ship vegetables and peat around the world.