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The North Sea Coast Cycle Route — Germany

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The North Sea Coast Cycle Route — Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Nordseeküsten-Radweg

8-18

days

3-6 h

/ day

575 mi

4,325 ft

4,325 ft

Happily curled lighthouses overlooking the wide Wadden Sea from the long dikes. Sublime windmills and modern wind turbines that rotate like clockwork in the fresh North Sea breeze. Beaches with striped wicker beach chairs, dancing flags in the wind and colourful kites decorating the afternoon sky. Thousands of white and a few black sheep romping on the endless green dikes, enjoying the pleasure of eating the lush grass without being disturbed - not even by the cyclists on the North Sea Coast Cycle Route.

The German part of the 6,000-kilometre-long North Sea Coast Cycle Route winds its way through northern Germany on a length of about 925 kilometres. From the Danish border it leads along the North Sea coast, makes a side trip down the Elbe into lively Hamburg, from where it meanders through Bremerhaven through East Frisia to the Dutch border into the small town of Bad Nieuweschans.

The varied tour on the North Sea Coast Cycle Route, which we present to you in this collection, takes eleven days. If some of the eleven stages are too long for you, you can simply cut them in half because there are plenty of overnight accommodations on the way. Conversely of course too.

The best way to get there is by train. The starting point Rosenkranz at the Danish border is not directly connected to the train network, so we recommend taking the train to Klanxbüll and riding by bike to Rosenkranz – or starting the first stage in Niebüll. From there the unforgettable journey begins. In the destination Bad Nieuweschans, which lies just behind the Dutch border, there is a train station right in the village. Of course, you can continue cycling along the North Sea coast.

The other parts of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route can be found here:
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Nordseeküsten-Radweg – Deutschland

573 mi

4,275 ft

4,300 ft

Last updated: November 9, 2022

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    Etappe 1: Von Rosenkranz nach Husum – Nordseeküsten-Radweg Deutschland

    Difficult
    05:42
    62.2 mi
    10.9 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the far north on the Danish border, the North Sea Coast Cycle Route starts on German soil. There is a small village called Rosencrantz. This is the starting point of the more than 900 kilometer long section of the cycle path. Fox and rabbit say good night in this tiny town, so there isn't much choice

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  • Difficult
    05:13
    56.2 mi
    10.8 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On today's stage from Husum to Büsum you can expect a lot of nature and an impressive landscape that stretches perfectly flat to the horizon. When cycling, you can let your gaze wander for miles over the green meadows of the alluvial plain. The fantastic all-round view from the slightly elevated dikes

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  • Intermediate
    04:52
    52.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    500 ft
    525 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    If the stage destination is Glückstadt, it can only be a good day full of happiness and joy. So be curious about the great bike tour that awaits you today from Büsum to the city of happiness.

    

    After about ten kilometers along the Wadden Sea, you first say goodbye to this wonderful natural area and cycle

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  • Difficult
    05:01
    51.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It's off to the big city. After you have soaked up the great atmosphere of Glückstadt, you are now ready to leave the place and set off for the trendy metropolis of Hamburg.

    

    But before it becomes urban, it remains rural and idyllic. You cycle comfortably along the flat banks of the Elbe and come through

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  • Intermediate
    04:45
    52.6 mi
    11.0 mph
    550 ft
    525 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The start of this stage from Hamburg to Hemmoor is a very special ferry ride. On the Elbe it goes from the Landungsbrücken to Finkenwerder, where you can experience the Port of Hamburg up close. Line 62 of the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund is the insider tip when it comes to harbor tours.

    

    As soon as you get

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  • Difficult
    06:19
    63.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it's back to the sea, which means: lots of sheep, green dykes and cute lighthouses. And on the way there, there are even some small climbs waiting for you. But one after anonther.

    

    On the way from Hemmoor to the stage destination Bremerhaven, you will pass the beautiful chalk lake of Hemmoor right

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  • Intermediate
    04:45
    49.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    325 ft
    300 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    From Bremerhaven your path meanders further west along the North Sea coast to Varel.

    

    After you have crossed the Outer Weser with the ferry, it always goes along the coast. From Blexen you have another nice view of Bremerhaven opposite with its industrial harbor district and the modern glass skyscrapers

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    48.4 mi
    10.7 mph
    375 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right at the beginning of the stage from Varel to Jever it goes back to the coast, which you only pay a short visit to. Because today the sea is not the protagonist of the tour, but the beautiful area off the coast with its charming towns and villages, where you can see buildings such as Gödens Castle

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    50.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The way from Jever to the stage destination north takes you mainly along the North Sea coast. So you can expect the full portion of North Sea wind in your face, a fantastic view of the Wadden Sea and lots of nature.

    

    After you have been able to enjoy Jever, you cycle north to the coast at the beginning

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    55.3 mi
    10.7 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the penultimate stage of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route through Germany. From the north it takes you to the East Frisian city of Emden. On the way you get your money's worth again, as far as the necessary dose of windmills and lighthouses is concerned.

    

    The cycle path winds its way through the

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    32.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The time has come, the last stage of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route through Germany is coming up. It is the shortest of the entire tour and so you can take the trip from Emden to Bad Nieuweschans in the Netherlands very comfortably.

    

    On this route, you swap the North Sea coast for the Ems, along which

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    575 mi
  • Duration
    54:25 h
  • Elevation
    4,325 ft4,325 ft

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