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Border Route — in 3 days from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea

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Border Route — in 3 days from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

2-4

days

3-6 h

/ day

127 mi

1,875 ft

1,900 ft

Two coasts, two countries and between them beautifully varied landscapes: a long march that stretches for miles without elevation to the horizon and is crisscrossed by straight, idyllic trails. The picturesque Geest, with its inland dunes and the enchanting heathland, is an absolute dream especially at the time of flowering, while the beautiful beaches invite you to in for a swim along the coast.

The long-distance cycle route "Border Route" winds 80 miles (130 kilometers) along the German-Danish border region. I have divided the ride into three stages so that you can ride it comfortably over a long weekend. Starting at the North Sea, countless curves will take you across the border a total of 13 times, while over the course of three days you will be able to explore the beautiful region around the borderline, which offers a wide variety of natural landscapes.

The start of the cycle path is in Højer in Denmark. The best way to get there is by train and bus. You can take the train to Tønder and then change to the bus to Højer. Alternatively, you can cycle the 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the railway station to the starting point of the border route. On the way, you will find various accommodation options and attractive leisure activities in the individual stage destinations. In Flensburg, the destination of the ride, you have a connection to the train to get back home comfortably.

If you would like to take a circuit to get back to the starting point, you can also take the approximately 43-mile (70-kilometer) long Nord-Ostsee-Radweg back as an "express route". It connects the two coasts directly with each other. At the end of the Collection, I present you this route for the way back.

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    27.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    225 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The border route starts at the North Sea in Højer, Denmark. The best way to get there is to take the train to Tønder and from there take the bus to Højer, which usually also takes bicycles. The 43-kilometer stage takes you over flat terrain several times over the German-Danish border to Süderlügum.

    

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    26.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    325 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On today's stage, 43 kilometers and four border crossings are waiting for you. The largely flat route takes you from Süderlügum to Medelby.

    

    Shortly after Süderlügum you cycle through a beautiful nature reserve with inland dunes and magical heather, which looks particularly pretty when it is in bloom in

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    29.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    625 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the border route takes you 49 kilometers from Medelby to Flensburg. Unlike the previous days, the route has some tiny inclines ready for you today, which provide a little variety.

    

    From Medelby you drive northeast towards the Danish border. Before you cross it, you have the opportunity

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  • Intermediate
    04:22
    44.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After you have enjoyed the trip from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea on the border route in three days, you can now ride back on the North-Baltic Sea Cycle Route, the so-called express route. The cycle path from Flensburg takes you back to the North Sea for about 70 kilometers and without much detours

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    127 mi
  • Duration
    12:39 h
  • Elevation
    1,875 ft1,900 ft

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