Cycling from Hamburg to Copenhagen – salty air included

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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.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:57
    80.3 km
    16.2 km/h
    300 m
    290 m
    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 each additional kilometer, the feeling of being in nature increases. The quiet country roads lead you right through a nature reserve and light feelings of happiness come when your eyes fall on the Plöner See for the first time.Accommodation is plentiful, for example in Borsau. The place is small and as long as you do not drive in the high season, there is something free everywhere. Just ask around. It is recommended to pack a bottle of wine and toast the finished day on one of the footbridges overlooking the sparkling lake.On the first day to marvel at the sunset on Lake Plön worth it. However, if the stage is fundamentally too long for you, you can shorten it with the S-Bahn in the direction of Ohlsdorf and start from there. If this is not an option, a nice alternative is to stay in Bad Segeberg, for example, to visit the evening performance of the Karl May Festival.

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    56.1 km
    14.1 km/h
    290 m
    310 m
    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 get salt air in your nose for the first time on this tour.You can stay on the countless campsites as well as in Oldenburg. Heiligenhafen is the destination for you, if you want to extend the day a bit.

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  • Difficult
    05:55
    105 km
    17.8 km/h
    230 m
    230 m
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes 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, you will cross the remarkable Fehmarnsund Bridge, probably the "biggest hanger" in the world, on Germany's third largest island.In Puttgarden, the ferry is already waiting to cross over to Rødbyhavn, but before you enter the giant belly of the colossus, you may like to enjoy the best Matjesbrötchen far and wide in the Aalkate.From the sundeck you have a magnificent view of the sea between the two countries, before you swing back into the saddle and roll the first few miles on the Danish mainland.

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  • Difficult
    05:01
    86.1 km
    17.2 km/h
    380 m
    380 m
    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 architecture. In between, exciting estates attract attention, which, while bursting with extraordinary size, nevertheless, sympathetically, does not look very grand.Right at the beginning of the day, you will cycle over the Storstrømsbroen, a three-kilometer old bridge that witnesses the power of salt air over time.
    You can pause at the largest castle ruin in Denmark, it is perfect for a breakfast and at the end of the day may be amused in the medieval-looking old town Køges.
    As accommodation we recommend a campsite in Køge (valloecamping.dk) as well as the beautiful Bed & Kitchen.

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    43.2 km
    16.3 km/h
    80 m
    80 m
    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 along the main road, which you can easily navigate through its own bicycle lane. On the beach of Trylleskoven you can enjoy all the time that remains on this day, along with fine sand and the sound of the sea.The serenity is not lost on the bike, because what follows is a fine example of the creative sensitivity of the Danes to create something breathtaking, without wanting too much. It goes along the coast on beautiful paths and the route leads past small investors, interesting houses, parks and playgrounds.
    Everything is deliberately embedded in nature, without destroying the natural habitat of whole flocks of migratory birds that breed here. A rare symbiosis of animals, humans and nature.
    Time flies by and you calmly roll into the center of Copenhagen. It quickly becomes clear why this place is referred to as the cycling capital of Europe. Well-developed, clearly separated bicycle lanes, own traffic light systems with brackets, to which one can hold on, in order not to have to dismount, huge multi-storey parking devices only for bicycles and even own highways make Copenhagen for every cyclist a special experience. You will probably use your bike for the rest of your stay, because one thing is for sure: there is still much to see.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    371 km
  • Duration
    22:30 h
  • Elevation
    1,280 m

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