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Experience natural spaces on the Geest Cycle Route

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Experience natural spaces on the Geest Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Sebastian Gliem

2-4

days

3-6 h

/ day

120 mi

1,975 ft

2,000 ft

Welcome to the Geest Cycle Route, a flat path through north-west Germany’s Geest landscapes. The official route is 180 kilometres (112 mi) long. With a few detours to highlights off the route and extending the first stage to Lindern, my version has even more cycling fun in store – 193 kilometres (120 mi), to be precise.

But what does ‘Geest’ actually mean? Geest is a type of landscape in northern Europe – Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands – that originated during the Ice Age. Formed by glaciers, the distinct ridges, ‘Geestrücken’, are characteristic landscapes along the route. Rest assured, this adventure runs along ridges and not over them. You don’t have any noticeable climbs between the starting point in Meppen and Bremen, your final stop.

A touring bike with good tyres is an ideal steed as you sometimes ride on gravel and loose forest tracks. The route is signposted – you can recognise it with a white sign with blue-green-orange stripes and the words Geest-RADweg.

Along the way, you’ll experience varied nature: dense forests, extensive farmland, moors and lakes – depending on whether you're in Emsland, along the Hümmling, in Oldenburger Münsterland or in the Wildeshauser Geest Nature Park. You regularly pass the region’s typical megalithic tombs and small villages with hospitable residents.

Only one larger town, Cloppenburg, lies en route aside from Meppen and Bremen, the start and endpoints. You can immerse yourself in nature for three days on your saddle, riding along cycle paths, fields, forest paths and lanes.

By the way, you can reach Meppen by train, so you don’t have to rely on your car (like in all my Collections). You can also return home by regional and long-distance trail from Bremen. Meppen is just one change away. Have fun in the Geest!

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Geest-Radweg

112 mi

1,850 ft

1,875 ft

Last updated: February 21, 2022

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    Stage 1: Meppen to Lindern – Geest Cycle Route

    Difficult
    04:03
    38.9 mi
    9.6 mph
    575 ft
    500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From Meppen to Bremen or from the Ems to the Weser - three days on the Geest cycle path lie ahead of you. On the first stage, the typical Emsland landscape awaits you with its wide views over the Geest ridges and the Hümmling.

    

    The starting point is the Meppen train station, which you can easily reach

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  • Intermediate
    04:24
    42.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    625 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you finally leave the Emsland and cycle mainly through the Oldenburger Münsterland when you connect Lindern with Wildeshausen an der Hunte for around 68 kilometers. You will also encounter large stone tombs along the way and interesting highlights in the largest city of the day, Cloppenburg.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    38.5 mi
    9.7 mph
    775 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Your last day on the Geest cycle path lies ahead of you, because today you will reach Bremen and the Weser. You will sit on the bike for just over 60 kilometers and above all enjoy the wonderful views, but you will also cover refreshing kilometers in the forest.

    

    You leave Wildeshausen via the Hunte and

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    120 mi
  • Duration
    12:26 h
  • Elevation
    1,975 ft2,000 ft

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