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.
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In the far north on the Danish border we start with the North Sea Cycle Route on German soil. There is a small village called Rosary. This is the starting point of the more than 900 kilometer section of the cycle path. In this tiny place, Fox and Rabbit say good night, so there is no great choice of public transport. Our recommendation is therefore to take the train to the nearby Klanxbüll and cycle from there by bike to the starting point or to start the North Sea Cycle Route about 20 kilometers from the actual starting point in Niebüll, where there is also a train station.Let's go south. Your milestone goal today is Husum. On the way there, you drive on absolutely flat terrain through the typical march of Northern Germany. As soon as you have reached the North Sea coast, the fantastic view of the Wadden Sea joins in, which will also accompany you on long stretches of the tour. On long dikes, which are covered with lush grass and are eaten by hungry sheep, the cycle path meanders to the beautiful Husum, where you can end the day in the atmospheric harbor with a delicious ice cream or a cool drink.
On today's stage from Husum to Büsum you can expect a lot of nature and impressive landscape, which is topfeben to the horizon. While cycling you can let your eyes wander for miles across the green meadows of the alluvial plain. Particularly impressive is the fantastic panoramic view of the slightly elevated dikes, over which you cycle.Not only can you enjoy the sympathetic sheep that populate the dykes, but you can also enjoy bird watching on this stretch. There are observation huts at your disposal, where you can hide in order to admire with patience the biodiversity of the Wadden Sea, the most bird-rich area in Europe.At the end of the stage you can enjoy the resort Büsum, which is not only enchanted with its shops, restaurants and the harbor, but also the gateway to the Wadden Sea National Park of this region. In the protection station Büsum there are many offers to discover the Wadden Sea in different ways.
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If the destination is Glückstadt, it can only be a good day full of happiness and joy. So be curious about the great bike ride that awaits you today from Büsum to the City of Happiness.After about 10 kilometers along the Wadden Sea you say goodbye to this wonderful natural area and cycle a bit inland, where you can also enjoy a slightly wavy course for a change. This will take you past an old thatched roof windmill. Thanks to the large lawn in front of it, this is an idyllic place to rest.However, if you prefer to take a break with a view of the water, then continue for a while until you come to the Elbe. There is a beautiful sandy beach waiting for you, where you like to stretch all fours of you while watching the big pots that go to the North Sea. Then you can relax and happily roll into the stage destination Glückstadt, where today again a beautiful harbor awaits you, where you can round off the day.
It's off to the big city. After you have absorbed the great atmosphere of Glückstadt in you, 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. On the Elbe you cycle comfortably along the shallow shore and come through charming little villages with pretty beaches and small harbors. Quiet back roads with well-kept thatched cottages in tiny villages will make you believe that the perfect front yard really exists. And while you're still amazed, you'll pass the oldest swing bridge in Germany, a construction from 1887 that could not be more intriguing.Then it goes back to the banks of the Elbe, where the cycle path leads you past hip beaches and brings closer to the vibrant metropolis Hamburg, until you finally stand in the middle of it at the jetties. Welcome to Hamburg!
The start of this stage from Hamburg to Hemmoor makes a very special ferry ride. On the Elbe it goes from the jetties to Finkenwerder, while you can experience the Port of Hamburg up close. The line 62 of the Hamburg Transport Association is namely the secret tip when it comes to harbor cruises.As soon as you get off the ferry, you swing on your bike and cycle up the Elbe, first along the shore, then further inland where fascinating highlights such as the old windmill of Jork and the picturesque town of Stade with its maritime flair waiting for you. Shortly before the destination Hemmoor you can pay a visit to the beautiful baroque church of St. Peter, which surprises and fascinates with its magnificent interior.
Today we go back to the sea, which means: many sheep, green dykes and sweet lighthouses. And on the way there is even a small climb waiting for you. But one after anonther.On the way from Hemmoor to the intermediate destination Bremerhaven you will pass the beautiful chalk lake of Hemmoor right at the beginning. The lake is not suitable for swimming, but by its crystal clear blue water but incredibly fascinating to look at. Then you cycle through the Wingster Forest where you can tackle the said slope, which of course ends in a great descent.Then it is flat again, but beautiful, because the Wadden Sea opens in front of you. In the immediate vicinity of the coast, you can drive along the dike between the grazing sheep and let the fresh North Sea wind blow around your nose. After crossing the extensive heath landscape behind Cuxhaven, you are on a direct course to the stage destination Bremerhaven.
From Bremerhaven your way snakes along the North Sea coast along the west to Varel.After you have crossed the Outer Weser by ferry, it is always along the coast. From Blexen you have once again a beautiful view of the opposite Bremerhaven with its industrial harbor district and the modern glass high-rise buildings of the city center. Blexen's rural setting of lush green meadows and grazing sheep contrast beautifully with the urban backdrop of the other shore.A similar picture presents itself to you a few kilometers further, there you can see on the horizon Wilhelmshaven, which lies on the other side of the bay and is cycled on the next stage of you. As in so many other places on this stage, colorful beach chairs instead of sheep complete the picture here. On the bike tour, you will pass by one or the other beautiful beach that invites you to linger with waving flags, seductive sand or lush grass and comfortable beach chairs.After extensive bathing fun and countless views of the beautiful Wadden Sea, you then drive a little into the interior of the stage destination Varel.
Right at the beginning of the stage from Varel to Jever it goes back to the coast, but you only have a short visit. For today is not the sea the protagonist of the tour, but the beautiful area off the coast with its charming towns and villages, in which you have buildings such as the castle Gödens, which is a few kilometers from Wilhelmshaven, or the Kaiser Wilhelm Bridge in the Admire the city itself.Hooksiel, which is a few kilometers away, is also a nice place to rest next to Wilhelmshaven, especially if you do not like the hustle and bustle. In the cozy town you will be enchanted by the historical center and the protected harbor. Afterwards, you can look forward to an idyllic end to the day trip, which leads you across the lonely land past beautiful green meadows directly to Jever, today's stage destination.
The path from Jever to the northern part of the destination takes you back to the North Sea coast. So you can expect the full dose of North Sea wind on your face, a fantastic view of the Wadden Sea and lots of nature.After enjoying Jever, you cycle north to the coast at the beginning of the stage. There is a bird sanctuary waiting for you, where you can watch from a platform, the cute feather animals - if they show up.As you make your way farther west through the sheep and cows that are crashing on the dykes, you can always enjoy the view of the sea and the East Frisian Islands on your right, the distant horizon to discover.Shortly before the northern destination, you will pass the Drachenwiese in Norddeich. Here you may like to stop for a moment and admire the many colorful dragons that adorn the sky with enough wind - and there are usually -.
Today, the penultimate leg of the North Sea Coast Cycle Route through Germany is already approaching. From the north, it leads you to the East Frisian town of Emden. On the way, you'll get your money's worth, as far as the necessary dose of windmills and lighthouses is concerned.In beautiful winding loops, the bike path winds through the hinterland past fields and meadows. Places like Upgant-Schott with its beautifully restored windmill are on your way. A short visit back to the coast shows you the most famous lighthouse of East Frisia - the Pilsum lighthouse, which is cheerful red-yellow curled and surprisingly small. He is known for the children's book series "Lükko Lighthouse" in which he is the main protagonist.In Upleward, a tiny coastal town, you can slowly say goodbye to the German North Sea, because from there it goes with big kicks on the pedals towards Emsmündung and the stage destination Emden.
The time has come, the last leg of the North Sea Cycle Route through Germany is coming up. It is the shortest of the entire tour and so you can take the ride from Emden to Bad Nieuweschans in the Netherlands quite comfortably.On the North Sea coast, you can trade for the Ems on this route, where the cycle path leads you along predominantly. Through the wide Emsauen you cycle comfortably on the flat route to the south. You come along the river again and again through pretty places where you can rest nicely, such as Weener. The small town enchants with its historic harbor, which rounds off the idyllic image of the old town.From here it goes without major detours to the west on the Dutch border. Right behind it lies the stage destination Bad Nieuweschans. This is where the beautiful and exciting eleven-day cycle tour through northern Germany ends. By train, you'll be back in no time where you came from, or you can just continue on the North Sea Cycle Route through the Netherlands and Belgium.