Picturesque green meadows interspersed with wide fields and dead-straight canals. Beautiful lakes in unique nature reserves and meandering rivers that flow happily through the flat landscape of northern Germany. Windmills, charming villages and staggering beautiful towns: This is the former Elber-Weser cycle path.
Today, the old Elbe-Weser cycle path no longer officially exists. Having been barely used for generations, the government rendered maintenance efforts pointless and pulled the plug on the path back in 2015. Today, however, the path is still there and still very much rideable—you'll just encounter way fewer people as you ride.
In four days, you can cycle comfortably from Otterndorf on the Elbe to Bremen on the Weser - perfect for a short holiday or a long weekend. The four stages of the largely flat bike ride are between 37 and 60 kilometers (22-37 miles) long, and you can comfortably get to the starting point in Otterndorf by train. Departing from Bremen, which is connected to both local and long-distance rail services, is also just as simple.
While cycling the former Elbe-Weser cycle path, you'll bike by numerous places to top up on refreshments, to grab a bite to eat, and to get a good night's sleep. Charming villages and small towns, as well as camping sites and bathing lakes, offer plenty of places to enjoy a quick afternoon rest or an overnight stay. So all that's left is for you to pack up your bike, head to Ottendorf, and rediscover the beautiful Elbe-Weser cycle path.
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Last updated: November 12, 2021
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In the charming town of Otterndorf, which lies on the Elbe, the former Elbe-Weser cycle path starts, which once connected the two popular cycle paths, the Elbe and Weser cycle paths. Today the bike path is no longer officially signposted, but of course you can still ride it. The best way to get to the…
Today we continue on the former Elbe-Weser cycle path towards Beverstedt. The second stage, which is also largely flat, is 37 kilometers long and leads you through wooded geest and moorland.
Right at the beginning of the route you can make a stop in Bad Bederkesa in the old mill, which you can visit…
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From today it will be exciting, because for the section from Beverstedt I have only vague information about the route of the former Elbe-Weser cycle path. Today's 60-kilometer stage to Gnarrenburg is an adventure trip on the traces of the old Elbe-Weser cycle path. But do not worry, I will guide you…
Today is the last day on the former Elbe-Weser cycle path, which leads you to the destination of the tour in Bremen. 57 flat kilometers bring you on the last stage from Gnarrenburg to the Weser.
It starts south along the dead straight Hamme-Oste Canal. Then you follow the Hamme, which meanders through…
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