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Discover Brick Gothic by bike in Germany’s Western Pomerania

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Discover Brick Gothic by bike in Germany’s Western Pomerania

Bike Touring Collection by Zoe von Rambling Rocks

5

Tours

17:21 h

174 mi

2,850 ft

The 282-kilometre (175 mi) themed cycle route ‘Östlicher Backstein-Rundweg’ takes you on an architectural discovery ride through Germany’s Western Pomerania region. The start and finish of this circular route is the Hanseatic city of Rostock, which you can easily reach by train, and your journey into the world of Brick Gothic begins in the heart of its old town.

In addition to small village churches and brick houses, you also visit the famous Hanseatic cities of Stralsund and Greifswald on the five stages of this Collection. In these beautiful cities, you can admire exceptional examples of Brick Gothic buildings. Each individual stage is between 50 and 65 kilometres (31 - 41 mi).

This route is well signposted and mostly runs on asphalt cycle paths or traffic-calmed roads. You’ll find a challenging section on the third stage, where you ride on a cobblestone road for around 25 km (16 mi). Because of this, I recommend riding a bike with good suspension. Apart from that, a road bike is perfectly fine for the other individual stages.

There are numerous places to stay in the Hanseatic cities of Rostock, Greifswald and Stralsund and in the harbour town of Barth; they all have good rail connections. Smaller towns and villages don't usually have as many public transport and hostel options. Therefore, plan your stages into the Vorpommersche Inland a little in advance to ensure stress-free cycling tours.

I hope you enjoy your journey into the world of Brick Gothic!

And if you still haven't had enough of the Brick Gothic, Mecklenburg also offers a Brick Tour: komoot.com/collection/1178433

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Östlicher Backstein-Rundweg

172 mi

2,800 ft

2,800 ft

Last updated: November 15, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von Rostock nach Barth – Östlicher Backstein-Rundweg

    Intermediate
    03:49
    39.3 mi
    10.3 mph
    625 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the old market in the Hanseatic city of Rostock, your bike tour begins on about 61 kilometers to Barth. But before you leave the Hanseatic city of Rostock on your bike, you can pay a visit to the St. Petri Church. After all, it is the highest church in the city and on its viewing platform you have

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    29.6 mi
    10.6 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Great views of the Bodden, a former bull barn as a cultural site and fascinating brick churches await you on the second stage of the Eastern Brick Trail.

    

    At the beginning of your tour in Barth you pay a visit to the St. Marienkirche. Climbing the church tower with its 180 steps is definitely worthwhile

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    29.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the eastern brick circular route is a challenge. Half of the almost 50 kilometers long route consists of small cobblestones. You are well advised here if you own a bike with very good suspension.

    

    First you start in the old town of the Hanseatic city of Stralsund. The first thing you

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  • Difficult
    03:59
    39.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From the big old university town of Greifswald you cycle almost straight west to rural Western Pomerania. Here, brick village churches are usually the tallest buildings in the area. You can therefore already see them from afar.

    

    The church in Horst is the first brick church that you can see on this stage

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    36.3 mi
    9.3 mph
    800 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Your last stage of the Eastern Brick Path starts in Bad Sülze am Markt. Via Marlow, which is on the edge of the Recknitz valley, you drive along the course of the river to Ticino. Here you make a detour to the city church, whose current picture has undergone several structural changes in the last few

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    174 mi
  • Duration
    17:21 h
  • Elevation
    2,850 ft

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