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

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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. We 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, we present you this route for the way back.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    27.1 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. It is best to get there by taking the train to Tønder and then taking the bus to Højer, which usually also carries bicycles. The 43-kilometer stage takes you on flat terrain several times over the German-Danish border to Süderlügum.From Højer you drive quite straight towards the south to the border, which you cross after about nine kilometers for the first time by bike. Just a short trip on German soil and the bike tour continues in Denmark, where you will pass through the charming village of Møgeltønder and the small town Tønder.After another border crossing, you head for the town Süderlügum, which is today's stage destination. Here you can explore the beautiful nature of the area by bike or on foot. Many information boards explain the peculiarities of the different landscapes and natural spaces.To stay in inns Süderlügum inns and apartments are available.

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  • Intermediate
    26.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    300 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At today's stage, 43 kilometers and four border crossings await you. The largely flat route takes you from Süderlügum to Medelby.Shortly after Süderlügum you will cycle through a beautiful nature reserve with inland dunes and enchanting heather, which looks especially pretty in its heyday in August and September. After this picturesque passage you will cycle north to Denmark. Here the landscape is characterized by flat meadows and wide fields.Up to the stage destination Medelby you drive two loops over small places in Germany and tiny villages in Denmark, which nestle in the characteristic flat landscape of the high North.In the small Medelby there are some accommodations in inns and apartments, but especially on the campsite of the place where you can rent for example a caravan.

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  • Intermediate
    30.5 mi
    9.7 mph
    600 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last leg of the Border Route takes you 49 kilometers from Medelby to Flensburg. Unlike the previous days, the track today holds some tiny slopes for you, which provide some variety.From Medelby head northeast to the Danish border. Before you cross them, you have the opportunity to stop in the lovingly designed orchard in Jardelund, which is open to all and offers many comfortable seating for resting.On the Danish side you can look forward to a nice ride through the forest, where you can experience pure nature and pleasant solitude.After two more loops and several border crossings you will reach the Baltic Sea. Here are beautiful beaches and swimming opportunities waiting for you, which you can enjoy on the way to Flensburg.Always along the water you cycle further south until you reach the harbor of Flensburg. Here ends the border route and the three-day bike ride. After having thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful city of Flensburg, you can simply take the train from the train station to return home.

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  • Intermediate
    44.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After enjoying the trip from the North to the Baltic Sea on the Border Route in three days, you can now drive back on the North-Baltic cycle path, the so-called express route. At about 70 kilometers and without much detours, the bike path from Flensburg takes you back to the North Sea.From the starting point in Flensburg, you always drive near the water along the beautiful Flensburg Fjord to the north, where you cross the Danish border and cycle through the friendly neighboring country.After you are back in Germany, it goes through pretty places in the far north. You can look forward to highlights such as the inland dunes at Süderlügum or the Nolde Museum in Seebüll.On the home straight, it goes for several miles directly along the German-Danish border until you finally reach the beautiful nature reserve Rickelsbüller Koog, where the express route ends. In any case, it is worthwhile to enjoy the beautiful view of the sea and who knows, maybe you are even there for the sunset and you can watch the sun sink into the North Sea during the fascinating spectacle of nature.To relax after this beautiful tour back home, the train offers, which you can take from Klanxbüll a few kilometers away.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    129 mi
  • Duration
    12:44 h
  • Elevation
    1,800 ft1,800 ft