From Hamburg to Bremen, from the Elbe to the Weser or simply from Hanseatic city to Hanseatic city. The long-distance cycle route Hamburg-Bremen connects the two best known and most important Hanseatic cities of Northern Germany. It leads you through the picture-book landscape in the Elbe-Weser-Dreieck, past wide meadows, lovely heathland, wonderful forests, small and large rivers, enchanted moors, idyllic lakes and picturesque villages.
150 kilometers (93 miles) of mostly flats roads take you from one city to another, with the only minor exception being the Harburg mountains. Along the route, you will find beautiful nature and unique scenery as well as many other Highlights in the romantic villages along the route. You will be fascinated not only by places of interest such as historic churches or the Otto Modersohn Museum but also by the villages themselves. With picturesque mill lakes, small cobblestone gazebos and antique half-timbered houses with inviting restaurants, guesthouses or hotels, they radiate a very special charm that invites you to linger.
This beautiful ride from Hanseatic city to Hanseatic city is presented in three stages—the perfect way to fill a long weekend. And even though the focus of the ride will be the country idyll and beautiful nature, you should not forget the start and end of the ride: The two exciting Hanseatic cities of Hamburg and Bremen are must-sees in themselves.
Little tip: Since the wind usually comes from the west, it can be easier to cycle the route from Bremen to Hamburg. Therefore, it is worth checking the weather forecast before planning. From the arrival and departure, this will not make a big difference, because Hamburg and Bremen are well connected to the train network and there are also frequent train connections between the two cities.
In the middle of the vibrant Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the bike tour starts in Bremen. The starting point is the Hamburg Central Station. This is not only super convenient to travel by train, but also the first highlight of the tour. The impressive building of the busy railway station is a listed building. But now enough amazed, let's go with the bike tour.Your first mission is to cross the Elbe in all its forms as you cycle to Harburg. Countless bridges across the Norderelbe, the Süderelbe and all the canals and harbor basins in between lead you through the huge Port of Hamburg. In Harburg you can enjoy cycling through the pretty streets and out of the city.The nature reserve "Buchenwälder im Rosengarten" welcomes you beyond the city limits with the full drone of nature and forest. Here you are also asked for the first and only time on the whole route at a slightly larger increase. On the fast descent, you will come out of the forest and into the idyllic country idyll, which is waiting for you on the way to the stage destination Sittensen.On the way you can look forward to romantic lakes, wide meadows and rustic cobblestone paths as from the picture book. After 64 kilometers you arrived in Sittensen with its beautiful mill pond. Here you can relax in one of the many accommodations to continue cycling the next day.
Also on the second day you come back past a picturesque mill pond. A few kilometers past Sittensen, the Kuhbach crosses your path, which has been dammed to a pond. The large deciduous trees that line the bank make this place so memorable and invite you right at the beginning of the day's stage for a little break.But not only that waits for you on the 50 kilometer long largely flat stretch from Sittensen to Wilstedt. The cycle path takes you through this rural area through charming villages where you can discover a lot. In Heeslingen, for example, stands the oldest stone church in the Elbe-Weser area. A fascinating building that is absolutely worth a visit.In the Herb region Wiesteniederung, which you reach behind Zeven, the locals came up with something very special for the cyclists on the Hamburg-Bremen cycle route: they planted several herb beds along the route. Here you are welcome to descend, pick up the different scents of the aromatic plants and read the descriptions on the signs. Maybe you can find some inspiration for your local herb garden here.The last few kilometers you can then thanks to a slight slope relax relaxed in the stage destination Wilstedt. In the small village there are some pensions and apartments to stay and a campsite.
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Today, the last leg of the three-day cycling trip from Hamburg to Bremen is already on the way. The tour from Wilstedt to Bremen is also the shortest day's stage. But do not worry, there are some highlights waiting for you today that you can enjoy extensively.Right at the beginning of the tour, just before the romantic village of Fischerhude, you can follow in the footsteps of the Impressionist Otto Modersohn, who lived here. In an exhibition you can admire some of his works. The wonderful picturesque landscape that surrounds the museum and the town of Fischerhude can be found in many of the painter's paintings. Keep your eyes open on the journey, because you may recognize the one or the other place that Otto Modersohn immortalized on canvas.Through the nature reserve "Wümmerwiesen" and over the Wümmer itself it goes to Bremen. Just before you reach the city, you have once again the opportunity to enjoy pure nature and luckily you have so much time on this short leg. So you can hide in peace in one of the observation huts on Kuhgrabensee and watch the many rare birds of the bird sanctuary. If none of the feathered animals show up, you can still enjoy the wonderful landscape around the lake, which you can enjoy and work on.Then it goes in to Bremen, over the beautiful Bürgerpark directly into the city center to Bremer Dom. Here ends the exciting bike ride, but not immediately your trip. Before you return home by train, you can of course enjoy the full day in the exciting Hanseatic city of Bremen.