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6 stages through Brandenburg free to Theodor Fontane

Bike Touring Collection by
Reiseland Brandenburg

Wherever you are in Brandenburg this year, Theodor Fontane is not far away. The poet, who comes from Neuruppin, set out 150 years ago to travel the country around Berlin: on foot, by coach, and by train. What he experienced during his expeditions he described in his five-volume work "Wanderungen through Mark Brandenburg". We are taking his 200th birthday as an opportunity for you to dust off Fontane and bring his rotten bones back to life - by bicycle on six daily stages.

For the tours of our collection, you don't have to buy Fontane's books - much too heavy for your luggage! And cycling with Fontane isn't a heavy fare for the hardcore culture freaks either. The beautiful nature in the land of 3,000 lakes is the focus of our tours.

If you like, you can start in the Fontane town of Neuruppin. Picturesquely situated on the shore of Lake Ruppin, a cycle route runs around Brandenburg's longest lake and always offers beautiful views of the water - don't forget your swimsuit! On the cycle route to the historic town centers on the section from Neuruppin to Wittstock (Dosse), where this year's Landesgartenschau takes place, you will experience flower dreams. The route leads past the beautiful Kyritzer Seenkette, which invites you to swim. If you are looking for nature by the water and would like to combine cycling and swimming on hot days, then the route around the Potsdam Havel lakes is just right for you. Not only Fontane but also Albert Einstein found his summer paradise here. The cycle route "Mit Ribbecks Birne auf Du & Du" to Ribbeck in Havelland is a perfect example of Fontane's famous pear poem. Get off the bike and search for the legendary pear tree. The "Königstour im Oderbruch" is a royal pleasure for nature lovers. This easternmost part of Brandenburg unfolds its austere charm and spreads out under a wide sky. If you want to experience the fascination of the Spreewald and discover picturesque villages and towns, cycle along the Spreeradweg in southern Brandenburg from Cottbus via Peitz, Burg, and Lübbenau to Lübben.

All the routes are independent of each other and well connected to the regional rail network, so you can arrive and depart easily.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    01:43
    16.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour leads on 26 kilometers around the longest lake of Brandenburg in the footsteps of Fontane through idyllic landscapes. Do not forget your bathing suit in the summer!On the Seedamm you cross the Ruppin lake and cycle to Wuthenow. Once there, you should take a look at the village church designed by Baumeister Schinkel. Inside, she guards a painting depicting Neuruppin's oldest cityscape.After a dip in Gnewikow, you continue to Karwe. On the old manor estate with the defunct castle of Knesebeck, which Fontane once visited, the park offers a shady spot with swimming.The old fishing village of Altfriesack invites you to linger: the lock, the lifting bridge, the Alte Fischerhütte, the Rhin river and the Bützsee all make up a picturesque picture. At the southernmost tip of the Ruppiner See lies the Zietendorf Wustrau. The Brandenburg-Prussia Museum, the former castle of the Hussar general Zieten and the Eiskeller are among the interesting stations of the town, where the lake festival takes place in summer. Opposite the Café Constanze leads a path to the meadow and beach with a beautiful lake view.On the west side of the Ruppiner See you drive back to Neuruppin, partly through a forest area. Back in Neuruppin, on the way to the station at Fontane monument and the birth house Fontane, the lion pharmacy, you come by. If you still have time, a visit to the temple garden with the Temple of Apollo and the lake promenade with the Parzival sculpture is recommended.From the Neuruppin Rheinsberger Tor station, the regional express RE 6 runs to and from Berlin every hour.

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  • Intermediate
    04:44
    50.2 mi
    10.6 mph
    675 ft
    625 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    This tour combines nature with history (s), as it leads you through beautiful rivers and lakes between the historic city centers in Neuruppin and Wittstock (Dosse).On this 74-kilometer day tour you will discover small rivers, lake, meadow and forest landscapes and the interesting old towns of Neuruppin, Wusterhausen, Kyritz and Wittstock. You can also drive the route in the opposite direction and start in Wittstock (Dosse).The Fontanestadt Neuruppin is definitely worth a visit. Wide squares lend her airy flair. Discover the imposing Parzival sculpture on the lake promenade and the Temple of Apollo, the birthplace and the Fontane monument.Through wide fields and through dreamy little villages it goes to Wusterhausen (Dosse). From afar greets the mighty St. Peter and Paul's Church. The city surprises with a lot of framework. Also in the neighboring Kyritz attracts pretty half-timbered around the market square and St. Mary's Church. If you want to stop here, you will ride on the Seestraße to the shores of the Untersee and you will be ferryed to the INSL, a popular destination in the region.At the Kyritzer Seenkette you cycle through wooded shorelines further to Wittstock (Dosse), where the tour ends. If you are interested in history, make a detour to the viewing and commemorative platform in Scharfenberg. Here took place in 1636 one of the bloodiest battles of the 30-year war. More about this is the Old Bishop's Castle in Wittstock. It is part of the longest brick city wall in Germany. This year, the city wall is also a pretty backdrop for the State Garden Show.From Berlin, the regional express RE 6 operates at least once every hour to Neuruppin and every two hours to Wittstock.

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  • Intermediate
    02:11
    21.2 mi
    9.7 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The 34-kilometer round trip around the Potsdam Havel lakes makes good mood right off the bat: in addition to many cultural highlights, there are also bathing spots and beautiful views of nature, which already made Einstein and Fontane happy.From Potsdam central station you cycle out of town via the Leipziger and Templiner Straße. The Waldbad am Templiner See already has the first bath refreshment ready. Caputh is just a stone's throw away. Worth seeing are the picturesque baroque palace with the Lennépark and the summer house of Albert Einstein.In Ferch at the southern tip of the Schwielowsee lures the beach, if you need a cooling. Discover the Museum of the Havelländische Malerkolonie and the Japanese Bonsai Garden.Just a stone's throw away is the Gutspark in Petzow. The old washhouse houses the local museum with an exhibition on washing culture. The Schinkelkirche opposite the park offers a fantastic panoramic view over the Schwielowsee.Worthwhile is a detour to Werder. At the southern entrance to the village, it goes up to the 84 meter high Werderaner Wachtelberg, Germany's northernmost wine-growing region. The historic Old Town island in the middle of the Havel with its winding streets and picturesque fishermen's houses is also worth seeing. Cycling is not recommended on the old town island because of the heavy cobblestones. Reward yourself with delicious ice cream from the original Italian ice cream factory "Dolci e Gelati".Back to Potsdam back there are still about 15 kilometers. From Geltow the charming route runs along the shore of Lake Templin. In many places worthwhile short stops for great photo opportunities.

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  • Easy
    01:39
    17.9 mi
    10.9 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Havelland old legends come to life: on this 28-kilometer tour through the heath, forests and the Havelländische Luch you will discover a lot of Märkische history, especially that of Herr von Ribbeck from Fontane's famous poem.The round trip begins and ends at Nauen station, which you can reach several times per hour from Berlin using the regional express train RE 2 and regional trains RB 10 and RB 14. Behind Nauen, the route runs over Lietzow and mountains on a former small train route to Ribbeck - completely car-free on its own bike path (which is identical here with the Havelland bike path).In Ribbeck you set out to search for the legendary pear tree and get to know the picturesque village ensemble with its church, castle and pear garden, the old washhouse and the old school. Ideal for a leisurely break is the Café "Ribbäcker" and the Alte Waschhaus, where there are fantastic pear pies.From Ribbeck we drive through the forest to Groß Behnitz, where the history of one of the most important industrial families of the 19th and 20th centuries can be experienced. The listed building of the agricultural model estate of the Borsig family shines in bright red brick. Embedded in a park landscape on the edge of the nature park Westhavelland it is today a popular excursion destination.In the café and restaurant "Seeterrassen" you can enjoy the view over the lake Groß Behnitzer. On predominantly road-accompanying bike path it goes back to Nauen. Here you can end the eventful tour with a short flying visit to the interesting old town.

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  • Difficult
    06:04
    60.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Without the Old Fritz today would be a bike ride in the Oderbruch not to think at all, but the former King of Prussia but for the drainage of this wetland. Anyone who is on the eastern edge of Brandenburg today will be fascinated by the flat landscape under the wide sky. That's what makes the 98 kilometer-long "royal tour" a royal pleasure.It starts at the station Seelow-Gusow. The regional train RB 26 from Berlin takes you there every hour. On the road-accompanying bike path you drive to Neuhardenberg. The classical ensemble of castle and Schinkel church and the extensive castle park are definitely worth a stopover.Bird lovers climb the lookout tower in the pond landscape near Altfriedland. Then it goes on quiet country roads right through Oderbruch to the Oder. In Neutrebbin Old Fritz greets his monumental pedestal. Neulietzegöricke is the oldest colonial village of the Oderbruch, because the colonist coffee fits perfectly for a rest.On the Oder dike you can then let your gaze wander far over the Oder meadows into neighboring Poland. The cyclist's farm entices with food and drink. In Groß Neuendorf greets you from afar the loading tower of the old port facility. From here, the route swings back to Oderbruch.Between the villages are the Loose homesteads, they were assigned to the new settlers of the Old Fritz by lottery. In Letschin there is a bust of a Fontane on a granite base in front of the Fontane pharmacy. Baumeister Schinkel left the place a church, of which today only the tower stands. At the end of the village, Old Fritz greets again. The Letschiner Loose then goes back to Gusow-Platkow, where a short detour to the castle is worthwhile.

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  • Difficult
    04:35
    47.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    350 ft
    450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Who does not think about cucumbers and boat trips at the Spreewald? The water labyrinth, unique in Europe, has so many faces with its rivers and canals, meadows and forests: magical light moods, rare plant and animal species, quiet nature, customs and traditions.On the Spreeradweg from Cottbus to Lübben you can experience much of the fascination of this legendary region. Cottbus, where the tour starts, you can reach every hour with the regional express RE 2. The green Lusatia metropolis is worth more than just a trip day. But a bit of the city's flair is already conveyed when you cycle along the Spree through Cottbus to the pond landscape around Peitz. The largest contiguous pond area in Germany is breeding area and resting place for rare bird species, also the old town with the fortress tower is an eye-catcher.Through the meadows of the Spreeauen you drive right into the biosphere reserve to Burg. Typical Spreewald: The picturesque village with its scattered districts is absolutely true. From the Bismarckturm the view sweeps into the distance. Behind Leipe begins the wooded part of the Oberspreewald. Take some time in Lehde for a visit to the outdoor museum and immerse yourself in the world of the Spreewald dwellers at Fontane time.When it comes to the poet of the "Wanderungen", Lübbenau is the "secret capital of the Spreewald". There is certainly something true: From the Great Spreewald harbor start the
    Boat trips in front of the impressive castle scenery, not to mention the old town, where you meet the legendary figures of the Lutkis.
    Through forests and Spreewiesen it goes to Lübben. The regional express RE 2 and regional train RB 24 run every hour from Lübben. But before you go back, you should take a closer look at "The Gate to the Unterspreewald". A visit to the romantic castle island in the middle of the Spree is in any case a crowning finale to the tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    214 mi
  • Duration
    20:56 h
  • Elevation
    2,475 ft

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