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The Havel cycle path - in 6 stages from its source to its mouth

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The Havel cycle path - in 6 stages from its source to its mouth

Bike Touring Collection by Havel-Radweg

4-8

days

3-6 h

/ day

281 mi

4,975 ft

5,125 ft

A picturesque lake and river landscape accompanies the Havel cycle path through four federal states. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg, Berlin and Saxony-Anhalt enchant you with their fairytale-like scenery along the way. Wide forests in untouched nature reserves, clear lakes along the Havel River, stringing together like pearls on a string. Green river meadows, lush pastures and colourful fields that spread like patchwork rugs in front of you and in between towns and cities that provide cultural highlights.

The 371-kilometre Havel cycle path leads from its source in Ankershagen in the Mecklenburg Lake District to its mouth in the Elbe near Gnevsdorf in the Prignitz District. So that you can experience this jewel for yourself, we have put together the six stages of the Havel cycle path for you in this collection. The easy arrival and departure by bike to the start and end point of the cycle path is shown in two additional stages, which take you from Waren (Müritz) to Ankershagen and from Gnevsdorf to Wittenberge.

You can get to Waren (Müritz) comfortably by local and long-distance trains. From here you cycle on an easy route to Ankershagen to the source of the Havel. In six stages you then follow the river to its mouth in the Elbe. On the way you will find nice places to stop for refreshments on all stages. You will also find plenty of accommodation such as hotels, guesthouses, holiday apartments and camping sites, both in the stage towns and along the route. If your strength or the weather on the way is not good enough, in many places you can change to public transport such as train or bus with bicycle transport. From the end point of the Havel cycle path, you then take the flat Elbe cycle path to Wittenberge, which is located on the Berlin-Hamburg railway line. Here you can hop on a local or long-distance train or take the S-Bahn to Magdeburg.

An exciting and varied cycling adventure awaits you all along the Havel. Have fun!

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4,450 ft

4,625 ft

Last updated: November 26, 2021

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The stages of the Havel cycle path

  • Easy
    01:46
    19.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The kick-off stage takes you from the train station in Waren (Müritz) to the start of the Havel cycle path to Ankershagen. On this easy stage, you can curl up and enjoy the beautiful scenery. From Waren (Müritz) you drive past lakes and beautiful nature through the Müritz National Park. At the end you

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    41.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today the tour begins on the Havel cycle path, which begins in Ankershagen. After the first two kilometers you come to a fork in the road. Here you can make a detour to the Havelquelle. Afterwards you cycle further south past various lakes, which are traversed by the Havel. In good weather you can take

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  • Intermediate
    04:23
    47.3 mi
    10.8 mph
    775 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Immediately after leaving Fürstenberg (Havel), you will dive into a beautiful forest that will take you past Stolpsee and Sidowsee. Behind the lakes, you continue through wide forests, which clear up again and again and give you the view of picturesque fields. At the Great Wentowsee, the trees become

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    40.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On the shore of Lehnitzsee you cycle from Oranienburg and arrive in a beautiful forest area. You reach the banks of the Oder-Havel-Canal via various places in the Berlin area and finally the Havel, which leads you through the Berlin district of Spandau. A few kilometers further on Scharfen Lanke, maritime

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  • Intermediate
    03:26
    36.7 mi
    10.7 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Potsdam you cycle straight back to the Havel and follow its course. Forest lights line the banks of the river, which widens again and again to wide lakes. Here you can find in the middle of nature beautiful, hidden bathing places to refresh yourself in the water. About Werder (Havel), one of the sunniest

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  • Intermediate
    03:49
    39.7 mi
    10.4 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    After leaving the last houses of Brandenburg an der Havel behind you, you dive into the beautiful forest that lines the shores of Breitlingsee. You drive through the forest right near the shore, so you can see the water glittering through the trees. You can also discover hidden swimming spots or beautiful

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    43.2 mi
    10.2 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, the last stage on the Havel cycle path is already on the way, taking you to the mouth in Gnevsdorf. Immediately after Rathenow you get back to the shore of the Havel, which no longer expands into wide lakes, but meanders happily through the landscape like a real river. It is accompanied by lush

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  • Easy
    01:19
    12.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After you have driven the entire Havel cycle path from the source to the mouth, you can end this beautiful experience on the final stage, which brings you from the mouth in Gnevsdorf to Wittenberge to the train station.

    

    Through idyllic stork villages you cycle on the Elberadweg. On smooth asphalt you

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    281 mi
  • Duration
    26:59 h
  • Elevation
    4,975 ft5,125 ft

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