March, Moor and Sea — RadReiseRegion Wesermarsch

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Wesermarsch

Idyllic moorlands, wide meadows and lush pastures. Cozy villages, charming farms and vibrant towns with maritime flair. The Wesermarsch combines urban life with tranquillity, serenity and pure nature. Water is a constant companion: Jade and Weser and of course the North Sea with its enchanting mudflat landscape give this region in northern Germany its very special character, which you can experience very well by bike. 520 miles (840 kilometers) of well-developed cycle paths run through the Wesermarsch, which was not awarded the "RadReiseRegion" by the ADFC for nothing. Over the course of the ten rides in this Collection, you'll get to know the marsh, moor and sea of this great region.

Between 15 and 30 miles in length (25 and 50 kilometers), the rides featured here are ideal for occasional cyclists and families with children. Not only because they are relatively short: The Wesermarsch is a real cycling paradise. The cycle path network is very well developed and you mainly ride on well-asphalted cycle paths and sometimes on quiet farm roads and side roads. But above all, it is flat here — perfect for relaxed rides with a high enjoyment factor. Apropos: In the Wesermarsch, a specialty of Lower Saxony and Schlewsig-Hostein awaits you. In the so-called Melkhüs, countrywomen from the region serve you milk specialties from local farms. There is at least one Melkhus along each of the Tours, so you can refresh and fortify yourself with a glass of fresh milk, a quark dish or homemade cake. And there's still plenty more to discover: ancient windmills, historic ships, impressive dikes or interesting museums — you won't get bored on the Wesermarsch.

The Wesermarsch is not only ideal for single day trips, but also for a longer cycling holiday. With a little creativity, you can even combine the routes and build a longer stage trip. The range of accommodation available in this cyclist-friendly region is abundant and you are always flexible on the way thanks to a good local public transport network. You can also travel by train. There are particularly good connections to Bremen, Berne, Elsfleth, Hammelwarden and Brake.

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Tours In The Wesermarsch

  • Intermediate
    01:48
    18.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Butjadingen is a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides. In the southwest it borders on the Jade Bay, in the west and northwest of the Innenjade and in the east and northeast of the Weser and its mouth. Butjadingen is sparsely populated and characterized by marshes and mudflats. On the bike you can enjoy this quiet beauty the best. This short tour offers you wonderful insights into the picturesque nature of the Wesermarsch.This short round is about 30 kilometers long, giving you plenty of time to explore the sights of the peninsula. Tranquility is a good keyword here: Here you can expect no urban hustle and bustle, but rural cosiness. Small lakes where you can watch the birds, idyllic apple orchards that turn the landscape into a colorful sea of flowers in the spring and sleepy villages where time seems to stand still, accompany your relaxed journey over completely flat roads and cycle paths.Because the tour is so short and flat, it is ideal for families with children. Special highlights for the kids are the climbing garden in Mitteldeich and the "kuhle" hay hotel in Ruhwarden. At Melkhus near Süllwarden you can fortify yourself with home-made cake and enjoy a variety of dairy products.To get to Butjadingen by train, you can just take the train to Nordenham. From there a bus ("Der Strand runner", line 408) goes to the peninsula. Basically, it does not matter where you start the tour because it is a circuit. We recommend Tossens as a starting point. Here you can relax on the beach and enjoy the sunset.

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  • Easy
    01:55
    19.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    About 30 kilometers long, this tour will take you on a varied route through the countryside of Brake. The tour is completely flat and you can expect all kinds of highlights - perfect for a relaxed family outing with children.Let's go to the quay, the beautiful promenade of Brake directly on the banks of the Weser. Here you have a great view of the harbor, of the huge ships that elegantly pass by and on "Harriersand", Germany's longest river island. Only a few meters further you can strengthen yourself in the fish fry kitchen before you go on the tour. You start on the Weser Cycle Path to the south and get past several pumping stations - a short stop is worth it, these Wasserhebewerke are quite interesting.Then you leave the river and cycle past old half-timbered houses, out into the countryside. The Melkhus Schildt is well worth a short detour from the route, because here you can refresh yourself with fresh dairy products of regional farmers and pick you up a few tips for your tour from the locals. Then it's back to Brake. Here and there, you will pass beautiful churches that invite you for a short contemplative break before you turn back onto the Weser Cycle Path and roll back along the banks of the River Weser. Back in Brake you can end the tour with a stroll through the beautiful pedestrian zone or visit the Maritime Museum Unterweser.

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    21.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 35 kilometer long tour takes you to the unique habitat of the Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer National Park. Here you get in touch with the harsh beauty of the far north and enjoy what makes the area so unique: the wind, the sea and the stunning nature that accompanies you all the way.You start in Jade and head straight for the impressive natural highlight of this round: the Floating Moor and the Salt Meadow Adventure Trail. A trip to this unique biotope will impress you. By the way, Strandbad Sehestedt invites you for a visit and a dip in the water before you make your way again.Along the dike you continue to Diekmannshausen, where you can learn all about the water supply of the past and now in the old storage pumping station from the year 1956. Maybe you'll climb the roof and enjoy the magnificent view of the Jade Bay and your next highlight: the Ölstraße. Here you can get to know the remains of another special feature of the area. For 40 years, oil was mined here. Today, only the street name ("Ölstraße") and an old pump remind of this time. Before you come back to Jade, the Melkhus Struck offers itself for a little rest. True to the motto "milk makes tired cyclists merrily" (the delicious, homemade cake but also!) You are then fit for the last few kilometers to the starting point of the tour.If you would like to arrive by train, you can take the train to Jaderberg (RE18 / 19). From here it is about three kilometers to get into the route.

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  • Easy
    01:32
    15.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around Berne you cycle through wide landscapes, surrounded by a lot of water and accompanied by very special locals: the storks! Wide Siellandschaften, natural bogs, fertile marshes and the beautiful Weser beach - 24 kilometers of idyllic invite you to a leisurely bike ride through the Wesermarsch.You start in the village of Berne, where you can strengthen yourself again before you pedal. After less than two kilometers you can expect a unique highlight: the stork station with Baumbrutkolinie is the only one of its kind in Germany. Here you can experience the magnificent white storks up close and watch how they raise their offspring in their impressive clumps.Past attractive farms, wide pastures and the Motzener Kanal, you will reach the Weser dyke near the village of Ganspe. A look at the Fassmer shipyard is worthwhile, because often there are noble yachts and interesting special ships that you can see from the dike. Behind the dike you cycle now on a quiet and totally idyllic way in the north and get past the "Schifferkirche". Their name suggests how much the locals are connected to seafaring here. Interesting is also the sheet pile wall, which encloses the church together with the dike. It protects the building from a possible storm surge - most recently, the church had suffered great damage in the 1960s.Before you reach the starting point of the tour, it is worth taking a break in Dreisielen. Here you can stop in a cozy country house, strengthen yourself and then enjoy the idyll of Sieltiefs, before you cycle the last few miles back to Berne.If you want to arrive by train, the RS3 line of the Nordwestbahn takes you directly to the starting point in Berne.

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    22.1 mi
    10.9 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Unspoiled villages and pure country idyll. This short tour takes you right through the green landscape of the Wesermarsch, where you can immerse yourself in the interesting history of the millers and millers.Start of the approximately 35-kilometer round is in Rodenkirchen, from where you cycle over the dike and can enjoy the beautiful view of Sieltief at the pumping station of Strohausen. If you like ships, here is worth a short trip to the marina. Or you follow the route directly towards the beach, where you can go into the cool water yourself. The beach in Kleinensiel lures with a lawn and here you have a nice view of many ships that slowly pass on the Weser on you.On the way you will come again and again at large farms past, but also at cozy farms that remind of the life of bygone days. The same is true of wind power: Huge wind turbines on the horizon generate electricity today. In the past, millers use the free wind propulsion to grind their grain. In the Seefleder Mühle you can gain a deep insight into the lives of the millers and millers and fill up your basket in the store of the mill.On the way back, it's worth stopping in Schwei, where you can see the oldest farmhouse on the Küstenmarsch, before you return to Rodenkirchen.If you would like to arrive by train, the Nordwestbahn (line 440) will take you directly to Rodenkirchen.

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  • Easy
    01:25
    15.4 mi
    10.9 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At around 25 kilometers, this tour is relatively short - perfect to start the day in peace. And this is exactly how it goes on: tranquility and idyll are the constant companions on this tour that starts in the small town of Jade.From here, the tour begins in the typical moorland, which unfortunately only rarely has its very original character. Through various measures, the soil was drained and "improved" over many years, so that it can be used as building land or for agriculture. In addition, the peat provides peat - its degradation can be seen on the way Culturweg, where you drive through the middle of a large excavation field.The contrast offers the Bollenhagener Moorwald: The 120-acre forest area is the largest forest in the Wesermarsch. Here you can gain deep insights into the 150-year-old forest via a moor boardwalk, where you can alternatively enjoy a great view from the wooden lookout tower.Shortly before the end of the tour, you will pass the idyllic campsite on the Jade - if you are looking for a holiday in nature, it is certainly a great alternative to the inns and apartments in the region. With his "Bikersuite", a small wooden hut, he also offers spontaneous bike campers a place to stay.Jade does not have its own train station, but you can also travel by public transport. The best way to do this is by train to Oldenburg. From here take the bus (line 340) to Jaderberg.

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    21.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Elsfleth is one of the few major cities in the Wesermarsch and this is the starting point of this approximately 35-kilometer tour, which is characterized by march and bog - the name is therefore program!You start in the lively city on the banks of the Weser, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the water at the quay and take a short photo stop at the monument "Black Duke". Worth seeing are the Town Hall Square, the Jadehochschule and the Maritime Museum, which you remember best directly to visit it after the tour in peace.After you have left the dike, agricultural areas alternate with moorland and you cycle past small farms and cozy half-timbered houses with beautiful front gardens. About half way, you should treat yourself to a break in the Melkhus Fuchsberg, where the rural women from the area spoil you with regional dairy dishes and home-made cake. If you're out and about in the summer, you can enjoy another highlight afterwards, because then the maize labyrinth provides amusing diversion.The way back leads you through the Gellener peat shrubs. In the nature reserve, you can experience the beautiful moorland in its original form and enjoy the tranquility amidst Moorheide and idyllic ponds. Find a quiet spot along the way and see if you can spot any of the dragonfly species found here. Then you roll back to Elsfleth, where the Maritime Museum is waiting for you.If you want to arrive by train, you can take the line RS3 of the Nordwestbahn directly to Elsfleth. From the train station it is about three minutes to the quay.

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    30.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lemwerder trefoil route is one of four itineraries, all of which start in the small town of Stenum and are arranged around it like the leaves of a clover leaf. So, when you explain Stenum to your base camp in the Wesermarsch, you can discover four beautiful, 50-kilometer-long routes, all of which lead you through the varied area of seafaring and boat-building.This tour takes you to Lemwerder, where there is much to discover. But the drive along the Weser is just beautiful and it's fun to watch the river landscape from the shore and to follow the numerous ships that pass slowly and silently past you. From an observation tower at the edge of the track, you have a particularly good view of the surrounding area, which you will get to know in more detail later in the tour. Beautiful river landscapes, the marsh and the bog make a great contrast to the maritime flair in the city.If you would like to arrive by train, it is best to take the train to Bookholzberg (Nordwestbahn RS3). From here it is only a few meters to the route that bumps Bookholzberg. It is also only a few kilometers to the starting point in Stenum.

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  • Intermediate
    02:30
    27.1 mi
    10.8 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around the community Ovelgönne is the "Green Heart of the Wesermarsch". Between the North Sea, Jade and Weser, you will embark on a wonderfully idyllic tour across wide meadows and through cozy villages with ancient churches. Four of them are right on the edge of this bike tour and offer you quiet highlights where you can rest and relax. A cultural contrast program awaits you in Ovelgönne: Here, the craft museum gives you a good impression of life and work in the Wesermarsch in the 19th and 20th centuries. With a stop in Melkhus Schildt on the way back you round off the tour then also "culinary". You see: In the approximately 44 kilometers of this round you will find a lot of silence, a beautiful landscape and a piece of original Wesermarsch, which you can experience in peace by bike.If you want to see the highlights from inside, you should pay attention to their opening times. The St. Johanniskirche is open all year round, while the Christuskirche in Oldenbrok only opens its doors from April to October. The craft museum in Ovelgönne is open on Sundays only, but you can arrange a visit outside these opening hours.If you want to travel by train, you can take the Nordwestbahn directly to Brake. From there it is only a few kilometers to the route, which you can easily overcome by bike, but also with the bus line 440 to Oldenbrok-Mittelort.

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  • Difficult
    02:57
    30.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Butjadingen ist eine Halbinsel, die auf drei Seiten von Wasser umgeben ist. Im Südwesten grenzt sie an den Jadebusen, im Westen und Nordwesten an die Innenjade und im Osten und Nordosten an die Weser und deren Mündung. Butjadingen ist dünn besiedelt und von Marschland und Wattenmeer geprägt. Auf dem Rad kannst du diese stille Schönheit am allerbesten genießen. Diese rund 50 Kilometer lange Tour führt dich einmal rundherum um die Halbinsel in der Wesermarsch.Natürlich kannst du die Runde beginnen, wo du willst – Burhave ist aber ein guter Ausgangspunkt. Denn hier befindet sich eine Touristeninfo und es gibt ein paar Geschäfte, in denen du noch etwas Proviant kaufen kannst. Dann machst du dich auf den Weg und steuerst über den Deich den Kutterhafen in Fedderwardersiel an. Wenn du frische Krabben magst, bietet sich hier die Gelegenheit für eine genussvolle Pause direkt am Meer. Anschließend führt dich der Deich weiter nach Tossens – die ganze Zeit hast du einen richtig schönen Ausblick auf das UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe Wattenmeer.Besonders malerisch wird es nochmal, wenn du Eckwarderhörne erreichst, die Südwestspitze der Halbinsel Butjadingen. Wenn du genug Zeit hast, kannst du im Sommer mit der Fahrradfähre einen Abstecher nach Wilhelmshaven unternehmen und die zweitgrößte Mittelstadt Niedersachsens mit ihrer langen Geschichte und ihren zahlreichen Sehenswürdigkeiten entdecken.Nun folgt ein wirklich schönes Stück: Du genießt noch einmal den Radweg entlang des Wassers, bevor du Stollhamm erreichst und von dort aus über weite Wiesen und Felder radelst, die dir einen atemberaubenden Blick auf das Vogelschutzgebiet Stollhammer Wisch gewähren. Noch ein kurzes Stück, dann erreichst du wieder den Deich, der dich zum Ausgangspunkt der Tour nach Burhave geleitet. Um mit der Bahn nach Butjadingen zu kommen, kannst du einfach den Zug nach Nordenham nehmen. Von dort aus fährt ein Bus („Der Strandläufer“, Linie 408) auf die Halbinsel. Nordenham ist allerdings nur wenige Kilometer von der Route entfernt, sodass du die Tour auch direkt vom Bahnhof aus beginnen könntest.

Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    222 mi
  • Duration
    21:19 h
  • Elevation
    1,425 ft

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