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By train and bike alongside the water — Tours in northern Germany

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By train and bike alongside the water — Tours in northern Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Bahn und Fahrrad

7

Tours

28:31 h

293 mi

3,750 ft

After seaside rides and riverside spins? Then take your bike on the train! In northern Germany, you can get to the starting points of the most beautiful cycling routes by the waterside easily by train. Hop on your saddle right at the stations on the rail routes and let yourself be enchanted by the diversity of the federal states of Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. You'll cycle alongside clear rivers and lakes, let your gaze wander from green dykes over the flat countryside and inhale the salty breeze by the sea.

In this Collection, we’ve put together seven varied Tours for you along the regional railway lines in Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. The start and end points of the rides are all located at a railway station, so you can travel to and from the routes by train.

To take your bike with you on the train, it's best to buy a day ticket for local transport. Check beforehand whether the route you want to take will be busy or not, as there’ll need to be enough space for your bike – you can also use the DB Ausflug app for this. It also offers great cycling features such as information on local repair shops and bike rental companies so you don’t even need your own bike. For the Tours in this Collection, we've already picked out rental shops so you can hire a bike near a station. You can find information on more rental companies here bahn.de/service/individuelle-reise/bahn_und_fahrrad/rad-nahverkehr or on callabike.de.

The starting points of the Tours are in Wunstorf, Schleswig, Hamburg, Westerland, Bad Zwischenahn, Nienburg and Meppen. From Wunstorf, you cycle to and around Lake Steinhude; Schleswig is the starting point for a ride alongside the Schlei; and from Hamburg, you can cycle around the Elbe. North of Westerland, you can explore Sylt and go to the northernmost point of Germany; Bad Zwischenahn is the starting point for a leisurely ride around Lake Zwischenahner. From Nienburg, you can cycle along the Weser Cycle Path, alongside the Regional Express route, to Bremerhaven and you have plenty of options to change to the train if the cycle path is too long for you. From Meppen, you'll explore a section of the beautiful Ems Cycle Route with its destination in charming Papenburg.

After your adventure, you can simply jump back on the train and relax as the landscape whizzes by, reminiscing about your beautiful ride.

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    Around Lake Steinhude from Wunstorf — waterside adventures by train and bike

    Intermediate
    02:51
    28.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The starting point of the round trip is in Wunstorf at the train station. You also have the option of renting a bike from the bike station if you left yours at home.

    

    Through a small forest and across beautiful fields you cycle from Wunstorf to Steinhude, where you can get a first glimpse of the Steinhuder

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    26.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This beautiful loop on the Schlei begins in Schleswig at the train station. If you haven't brought your own bike with you, you can take the 600 bus from the train station to the Schlei-Bike bike rental and get yourself equipped there.

    

    From the train station you cycle in the direction of Schleswig's old

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    33.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The circular tour along the Elbe starts at Altona train station. Here you can also rent a bike directly from StadtRAD Hamburg if you haven’t brought one with you.

    

    The Veloroute 1 then takes you quickly to Klein Flottbek. You roll past pretty villas and the Jenischpark down to the Elbe. Now you follow

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    35.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful round trip on Sylt starts at the Westerland train station. In the immediate vicinity you have several options for renting a bike.

    

    If you brought your own bike, hop on right at the train station and cycle through town to Westerland Beach. Here you turn north and follow the coast a bit. Then

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  • Easy
    00:53
    8.38 mi
    9.5 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely round takes you completely around the Zwischenahner Meer. It starts right at the train station in Bad Zwischenahn. If you didn't bring your own bike, you can rent one nearby.

    

    Right at the beginning of the tour you drive to the shore of the lake. Here you can get your first impressions of

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  • Difficult
    11:43
    123 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,150 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The Weser cycle path leads from the Weserbergland to the North Sea. The Regional-Express 8 runs along the approximately 200-kilometer section from Nienburg via Bremen to Bremerhaven - perfect for combining your bike tour with the train.

    

    You can split the route from Nienburg to Bremerhaven into several

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  • Intermediate
    03:49
    37.9 mi
    9.9 mph
    450 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The beautiful tour on the Emsradweg starts right at the train station in Meppen. Here you also have the option of renting a bike if you didn't bring yours.

    

    The route takes you alternately along the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the playful loops of the Ems. You are mostly on a flat route and enjoy wonderful

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    293 mi
  • Duration
    28:31 h
  • Elevation
    3,750 ft

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