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Cycling from Hamburg to Copenhagen – salty air included

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Cycling from Hamburg to Copenhagen – salty air included

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4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

229 mi

4,175 ft

4,200 ft

From Hamburg to Copenhagen. Hardly any other destination is more appropriate for a ride than the bicycle capital of Europe. Here, there are five times as many bicycles as cars. In fact, 52 percent of commuters cycle to work each and every day, proving that when it comes to cycling, Copenhagen can teach us a thing or two. To get you there, you'll be heading from the Hanseatic City of Hamburg on a beautifully varied cycle path calmly in the direction of Denmark, partly on official cycle paths, partly on specially selected routes to create a perfect balance between mainland and coastal areas. Get ready to smell that salty sea air!

A Highlight of the first half is the Plöner Lake, whose warm sunset you can already marvel at on the first evening and get directly into that holiday mood. The second you leave Ham, the lush area will soon make you forget the hum of the city. Finally outside, finally fresh air, finally freedom. As you go, you can look forward to beautiful Highlights, such as the Weißenhäuser Strand, with its incredibly soft sand, the traditional Heiligenhafen, where fishermen still sell their catch directly from the boat, and after crossing what is probably the largest "coat hanger" in the world — the Fehmarnsund Bridge — you have the opportunity to enjoy what is probably the best fish sandwich far and wide.

Continuing onward, you'll roll into the belly of a huge ferry to relax on the sun deck and sail towards Denmark. Once there, wide fields and long country roads dominate the scenery, as do cute little towns with edifying architecture and the last few miles before Copenhagen round off the experience perfectly with beautifully landscaped parks.

At around 217 miles (350 kilometers) long, this five-part ride is aimed at you if you'd like to take a more relaxed approach. The way is the goal. It is ideal for a one-week ride including a weekend in Copenhagen. As far as equipment is concerned, you have the choice: Without camping equipment, you can move a little faster and stay overnight in the towns and camping bungalows along the route. However, if you want to save a little, it is advisable to bring a light sleeping bag, as a cleaning fee is often charged for blankets. As there are numerous free accommodation options in Denmark, you can also simply bring a tent. The app "Shelter" (onelink.to/q66mab) will show you all the shelters near you on the map.

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Von Hamburg nach Kopenhagen

228 mi

4,225 ft

4,250 ft

Last updated: January 25, 2022

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  • Intermediate
    04:57
    49.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    975 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Start your five-day trip to Copenhagen. Up to Plöner See! On 80 kilometers you drive amazingly tranquil and green along the Alster along from the Hanseatic city.

    

    After the first few kilometers, a lake invites you for a break and in Bad Segeberg there is enough time for an ice cream and a coffee. With

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    34.9 mi
    8.8 mph
    950 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage, head straight for the sea. The contemplative area around the Plöner See enchants and is varied.

    

    Continue on country roads through fields and small forest. The traffic situation is a dream for bicycle travelers. Places like the Kellersee invite you to take a break and soon you will

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  • Difficult
    05:41
    64.0 mi
    11.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Ahoy and everyone on deck! The third day is dedicated to seafaring and is probably the most varied day of this tour.

    

    On grand cycle paths, we first pass through Heiligenhafen, where you can still watch fishermen bringing their catch directly from the boat to interested parties. A few kilometers later

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  • Difficult
    05:01
    53.5 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fourth day, all the expectations you generally have about Denmark are likely to be confirmed.

    

    The day is characterized by wide landscapes and long country roads. With a lot of fresh air, we hope from a hopefully pleasant direction, you cycle over fertile fields and through small villages with contemplative

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    26.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The goal is approaching! Today's rest of your trip is like a relaxed drive.

    

    Copenhagen as the cultural and economic center of Denmark is considered one of the most important cities in Europe. But no sign of stifling traffic and stressful roads.

    

    From the suburb of Køge, the route takes a few kilometers

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    229 mi
  • Duration
    22:16 h
  • Elevation
    4,175 ft4,200 ft

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