If you cycle the Via Jutlandica in Schleswig-Holstein, you follow the traces of the oldest long distance road in North and Middle Europe. The wonderful way, that leads you through the green midland between Flensburg and Wedel by Hamburg, is lined by plenty of archaeological sites and gives you insights into the history of the region. Two crossed horns made from oak wood and copper show you the way and recall a time a thousand years ago, when huge ox herds were brought south from Denmark to be sold on the markets along the Elbe.
Discover the history of the “Ox-Path” away from busy streets, where ages ago pilgrims, merchants, ox farmers and soldiers fought their way through the country. Five days over approximately 245 kilometers guide you along a diverse mixture of unique landscapes, old cultural relics, historical sites and interesting towns. Far away from motorways you stroll through wide moss swamps, forests and meadows and also come through beautiful cities like Flensburg, Schleswig oder Rendsburg. Peace and relaxation combined with nature and culture. A perfect cycling pilgrimage.
Anyone who has not yet visited the city of Schleswig should do so at the start of the second stage. Definitely visit the fishermen's quarter and Gottorf Castle. Then it goes further south. You pass the city park in an arc and then Dannewerk, a small village with many testimonies of the Viking culture. On easy passable ways then you reach after about 45 kilometers the city Rendsburg.
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For this day's stage, there is an alternative route that instead leads directly to Neumünster, after Aukrug. Here is still a section of the original Ochsenweges: a several hundred meters long track, which extends through a beautiful heathland. For the detour, however, a bit more distance than the approximately 45 kilometers from Nortorf to Bad Bramstedt should be planned.
The last stage is more than 50 kilometers and connects mostly flat paths Bad Bramstedt with Wedel. It is worth getting up early, because this route also offers all sorts of sights (for example the castle in Bad Bramstedt). At the destination in Wedel, the ship welcoming plant Willkomm-Höft awaits you as a highlight.