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To the sea and back – bikepacking from Berlin to the Baltic Sea

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To the sea and back – bikepacking from Berlin to the Baltic Sea

Bike Touring Collection by Katharina Siegel

8

Tours

54:57 h

559 mi

10,975 ft

Berlin lies by the sea. At least, it used to. This was before the Scandinavian glaciers of the last Ice Age pushed across northeastern Germany and left us with a complex geology to explore. Excitingly, these geological processes can still be seen today. Landscape surfaces and sediments store information about the processes that shaped them. Like a coded diary of the Earth, they can provide information about the multiple changes from land to sea. Take, for example, the Brandenburg Zechstein Sea, which reached as far as Berlin. It was formed around 260 million years ago by flooding what is now the North Sea and lasted for a very short time. It evaporated almost completely several times, leaving behind salt rocks that tell us of its existence today.

On this eight-stage, 899-kilometre (552 mi) bikepacking tour, you cycle once to the sea and back. Depending on the wind direction, you can ride it counterclockwise, as suggested here, or in the other direction. The trails are all suitable for a touring bike, but can also be ridden well on a road bike with slightly wider tyres if you don't mind sections on forest and gravel paths. In the Brandenburg villages, you occasionally ride over cobblestones. Each stage ends at a bivouac site or near a campsite.

Mainly on cycle paths and quiet country roads, the tour takes you through a varied sequence of different landscapes shaped by the Ice Age. From the Barnimer Feldmark, it goes through the Lower Oder Valley National Park along the German-Polish border towards the Baltic Sea. Past the Szczecin Lagoon, through the moorlands of the Anklamer Stadtbruch and the Peenetalmoors, you finally reach the island of Usedom with its enchanted dune forests.

The tour now runs parallel to the coast past the island of Rügen to the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park, from where you can see Denmark on a clear day. The sea, the wide sandy beaches with their grassy dunes and the salty wind invite you to take a break here for a day.

The Rostock Heath, a huge coastal forest, will be your last maritime section before you reach the Mecklenburg Lake District and the Müritz National Park. This lake landscape, nestled in untouched forests and grassland, offers countless swimming opportunities.

The last major section starts at Müritz. You pass the Rüthnicker Heide and the Spandauer Forst forest on your way back to Berlin. Alternatively, you can cycle back along the Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Path through the small Schorfheide. Take a look at the first stage of my Uckermark Bikepacking Collection: komoot.com/collection/1882593. You would then cycle this stage in the opposite direction from Bredereiche.

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Ostsee Bikepacking Route

555 mi

10,900 ft

10,900 ft

Last updated: January 16, 2023

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    Stage 1: Berlin to Altküstrinchen – Baltic Sea Bikepacking

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    05:27
    57.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    950 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Berlin has twelve star routes that radiate through quiet side streets, green spaces and along riverside paths to the outskirts. This tour starts at the S-Bahn station Warschauer Straße and takes you quickly to the north-east of Berlin. The Barnimer Feldmark Regional Park begins on the outskirts of Lichtenberg

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  • Expert
    07:48
    80.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour starts directly in the Oderaue, an area in the northern Oderbruch between Stromoder and Alter Oder. The open and fertile landscape, which has the character of a vast but enclosed valley, was shaped by the annual floods of the Oder and by Prussian colonization in the mid-18th century.

    

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    07:05
    71.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour takes you along the Oderhaff on gravel paths through the forest until you reach the Anklamer Stadtbruch. If that is too bumpy for you, you can also switch to the country road between Ueckermünde and Grünberg.

    

    Arrived in the north-east of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, you drive through a wide

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  • Expert
    08:50
    89.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From Usedom, this tour always follows the coast, past the island of Rügen to the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park. At 144 kilometers, this is the longest stage of the entire Baltic Bikepacking Collection. Between Greifswald and Stralsund you drive for a while on the eastern brick circular

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  • Expert
    06:59
    69.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Zingst, this morning tour continues along the coast through the Rostock Heath. With around 6,000 hectares, it is one of the largest coastal forests in Germany and a former princely residence of the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Here you drive on beautiful gravel paths for kilometers on the

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  • Expert
    05:53
    57.4 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you through the Nossentiner/ Schwinzer-Heide nature park on one of the most beautiful sections of the Berlin-Copenhagen cycle path, albeit in the opposite direction. Around 60 lakes are embedded in deep forests, grassland and heathland. Like the entire Mecklenburg Lake District, this

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  • Expert
    05:36
    57.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The section through the Mecklenburg Lake District is characterized by untouched nature. For kilometers on this tour you will only be accompanied by birdsong, forest and wind noises. Because the Müritz National Park is the largest forest national park in Germany. The typical Mecklenburg forest and lake

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  • Expert
    07:18
    75.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For the last tour of this collection, you leave the Berlin-Copenhagen cycle path and cycle back to Berlin via the local cycle path network and parts of the historic city center route. Small Brandenburg villages, which are connected by country roads with little traffic, alternate with forest and field

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    559 mi
  • Duration
    54:57 h
  • Elevation
    10,975 ft

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