Cycling along the German-Polish border

Bike Touring Collection by komoot
6-12 days
3-6 h / day
394 mi
7,425 ft
9,525 ft

The Oder-Neisse cycle path takes you from the Czech Republic along the German-Polish border to the Baltic Sea. First you cycle along the Neisse through wild and romantic forests, past beautiful meadows and colorful fields. Wide, green meadows, wonderful nature reserves and the unique Lower Oder Valley National Park await you on the Oder and provide unforgettable highlights in untouched nature. Finally, you reach the mouth of the Oder with the Szczecin Lagoon, the island of Usedom and the Baltic Sea.

You cover almost 400 miles (650 kilometers) on the Oder-Neisse cycle path, which you can cycle in nine stages. The starting point is at the Neisse spring near Nová Ves nad Nisou in the Czech Republic. The regional train from Liberec takes you to Smržovka, about 1.8 miles (three kilometers) from the source, or Jablonec nad Nisou, about three miles (five kilometers) from the source. The destination of the long-distance cycle route is Ahlbeck on the Baltic Sea. From the Baltic seaside resort you can easily travel home by train to Stralsund or Poland.

On the way you can enjoy the fascinating and untouched nature along the very well developed cycle path. But you can also look forward to a lot of history along the German-Polish border as well as pretty old towns and romantic little villages in wonderfully rural surroundings. In these villages you will always find places to stop for refreshments. You are also well taken care of in the stage destinations, even if they are villages. You have a good choice of accommodation and food everywhere. In summer and on weekends, however, it is worth reserving accommodation so that you can look forward to a safe place to sleep in the evening and the bike tour will be a great experience.

There are also stations along the route and in some stage towns, so you can shorten the tour by train if the weather doesn't play along or you just want to ride a few stages. But whether you're driving the entire route from the source to the Baltic Sea or just parts of it, the Oder-Neisse cycle path will make you rave.

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All stages of the bicycle route along the German-Polish border

  • Difficult
    03:17
    32.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,750 ft
    3,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Starting point of the Oder-Neisse Cycle Route is on the Neisse source at Nová Ves nad Nisou (Neudorf) in the Czech Republic. You can reach us by public transport to Smržovka, which is about three kilometers from the source, or to Jablonec nad Nisou, from here it is about five kilometers to the starting point. For example, the regional train from Liberec (Reichenberg) will take you to both places.From the spring you cycle across the hills of the Jizera Mountains. It goes through unbewaldete areas, from which you enjoy beautiful views, and sometimes through idyllic forest. After about 15 kilometers begins a long, winding descent through wild romantic forest to Liberec. Here you can take a long break before you start the second part of the stage.Strengthened you drive from the city center on the banks of the Neisse. You cross her loops a few times, until you finally follow her right along the shore. Through a wonderfully rural area with lush meadows and picturesque riparian forests you cycle comfortably on almost flat, even slightly sloping paths to the northwest. Shortly before the final destination, you cross the border into Germany, drive along the Polish border in the border triangle and then reach Zittau, the destination of the first stage.

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    41.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    725 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The second stage of the Oder-Neiße cycle path begins, as the first stage on the previous day has stopped: flat, slightly sloping paths lead you past colorful fields and lush meadows. After ten kilometers, you dive into the wild and romantic monastery forest, where you follow the loop of the Neisse and thus the Polish border.After leaving the trees of the monastery forest behind you, you will see the Monastery Marienthal. Here is worth a break and a stop. Then you roll comfortably downhill slightly north. You will pass Berzdorfer See, where you can swim and finally reach Görlitz.Once you have explored the charming old town and strengthened yourself again, you will embark on the last kilometers of the stage. A short climb brings you out of the city, then you cycle again on mostly flat route through a rural idyll with fields, meadows, forest and small villages to Rothenburg in Upper Lusatia, where you reach today's stage destination.

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    44.4 mi
    10.9 mph
    875 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Even today it is mostly downhill, although there are some minor counter climbs waiting for you on your journey along the Neisse. The first kilometers of the third stage you cycle straight past the Rothenburg / Görlitz airfield and then reach the banks of the Neisse. From now on the route will be a bit more playful.You follow the numerous curves of the river through the wonderful nature of dreamy forests and lush meadows. The beautiful landscape is sometimes adorned by small, charming villages where you can also rest. For example, halfway in Skerbersdorf, where you can choose between a refreshing break in the outdoor pool or a cozy break in the inn. With renewed energy you will then drive through extensive forests, always near the Neißeufer to Bad Muskau, where a detour to the Fürst Pückler Park is worthwhile.The last kilometers of the stage then lead you through the untouched nature of further forests that stretch along the banks of the Neisse. Later, they retreat a little and leave space for fields and meadows that now line the course of the river. You cycle in the middle of this varied idyll along the Neisse to the stage in the forest in Lausitz.

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    39.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    375 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth stage along the Neisse is almost slope-free in the style of a river bike path and even slightly sloping on long stretches.After the start you will be greeted by fields and meadows behind the forest, which are interrupted here and there by small wooded areas. The bike path usually runs directly along the shore and so you enjoy while cycling idyllic views of the natural Neisse. Halfway Strecker you reach Guben. The city on the river Neisse was divided by the demarcation and today, on the left side of the Neisse, is the German Guben and the river is the Polish city of Gubin.After taking an extended break here, you continue on through the beautiful field and meadow landscape to the north. In Ratzdorf finally flows the Neisse in the Oder. From now on you follow the much wider Oder, which, like the Neisse, forms the border with Poland, as far as Eisenhüttenstadt, the destination of the stage.

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    47.0 mi
    10.2 mph
    675 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From the center of Eisenhüttenstadt you cycle to the bank of the Oder at the beginning of the fifth stage. On the smooth asphalt of the Deichradwegs you roll comfortably along the wide stream. From the sublime dike you can enjoy beautiful views over the water and wide meadows.After a small climb you reach Frankfurt on the Oder. Since the city is halfway, it is ideal for a long break. In the beautiful old town you will find many cozy cafes and restaurants to stop by.Strengthened, you then swing back onto your bike and take another small climb before you roll back to the banks of the Oder and there follow the flat bike path. The remaining kilometers to the final destination you cycle through the picturesque nature of the wide floodplains. Finally, you cross the Oder and roll to Poland. Past the Küstrin Fortress you will reach Kostrzyn nad Odrą (Küstrin), the stage destination.

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  • Difficult
    05:05
    55.1 mi
    10.9 mph
    375 ft
    425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After spending the night in Poland, you cycle back to Germany at the beginning of the sixth stage and continue your cycle tour on the Oderdeich Cycle Path. The pleasant flat route leads you directly along the Oder and past its picturesque meadows. This magnificent nature is occasionally adorned by small villages where you can rest awesome.At Hohensaaten you reach the Alte Oder, which flows parallel to the Oder. Between the two rivers you drive through untouched nature and soon dive into the Lower Oder Valley National Park. Here you cycle through the only intact polder landscape in Germany. The extensive river meadows between the two streams are crisscrossed with streams and the meadows are partially flooded. All the beauty of this landscape can be seen from different points of view towers.With unique impressions you finally reach the stage destination Schwedt on the Oder. The city is adjacent to the National Park and may therefore adorn since 2008 with the title National Park City.

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  • Difficult
    05:21
    53.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Schwedt you drive directly back to the Alte Oder and thus into the unique National Park Lower Oder Valley. If you do not just want to admire the wonderful polder landscape from the bike, make a stop at one of the observation huts or towers. With a little patience, you can also watch birds.Finally, you will return to the Oder and leave the national park at Gartz. This now extends exclusively on the Polish side of the river. You follow the Oder for a few more miles to Mescherin. Behind the village you leave the river, which now flows to Poland. You continue to cycle in Germany. In light up and down it goes through a wonderfully rural area, past colorful fields, lush green meadows and through romantic woodland.In the dreamy village of Blankensee you reach your destination today. Here you can end the day idyllic at one of the bathing lakes. To stay overnight you will find here a campsite and apartments and guesthouses.

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    50.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    800 ft
    850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The eighth stage of the Oder-Neisse Cycle Path begins slightly hilly. You cycle from Blankensee past picturesque fields in a steady up and down and then dive into a romantic landscape of quiet forests and vast meadows. Through the tranquility of nature you drive past the Neuwarper See and on to the Stettiner Haff (Oderhaff), which is part of the Oder estuary.Here you have completed half of the stage and on the banks of the lagoon you have the opportunity to take a relaxing break on the beach. If you want, you can also stop off in Ueckermünde a few hundred meters away.With new strength, you cycle on near the bank and then drive through the Anklamer peat bog. Here you have the opportunity to observe the diverse birdlife from a lookout tower. Then you cycle on a completely flat route to the stage destination Anklam.

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

    On the last leg of the Oder-Neisse Cycle Route, you can really take your time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. The stage is relatively short and therefore a wonderful end of the bike ride.Right behind Anklam you will find the Peenetalmoor Nature Reserve, where lookout towers give you the opportunity to look over the beautiful landscape and watch animals with a little patience. Then you reach the island of Usedom via the Zecheriner Brücke bridge, where you shortly afterwards reach the town of Usedom. Here you have made about half of the stage and can take a leisurely break.Then it goes through a wild and romantic forest and across wide fields towards the Baltic Sea. Before you reach your destination, you can take a refreshing break on the beach of Lake Wolgast. A short but strong climb through the forest finally brings you to Ahlbeck, the destination of the tour. From the pier of the seaside resort, you can let your gaze wander over the sea while reminiscing the great tour along the Polish border.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    394 mi
  • Duration
    38:27 h
  • Elevation
    7,425 ft9,525 ft

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