Ten unique cycling tours in the Lakeland Oder-Spree

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Seenland Oder-Spree

Get out of everyday life and into nature. This paradise for cyclists is just a stone's throw away from Berlin. Idyllic landscapes in Oderbruch, small towns with great history and, of course, hundreds of lakes await you in the Lakeland Oder-Spree. The infrastructure is ideally set up for cyclists. For this reason, the Seenland Oder-Spree has the very special honor of calling itself a ADFC-RadReiseRegion.

Explore the glorious landscape formed by the glacier between Berlin and the Oder on ten different routes. Each stage varies in length from 20 to 45 miles (30 and 70 kilometers) and varyies in difficulty, but you can expect no bigger bigger gradients than the gently rolling Brandenburg hills. All of the routes can be easily reached from Berlin by train, which is why they are all ideal for a day trip. The tours are dedicated to different topics, so you will find what you are looking for whether you are a nature lover, Badenixe or culture friend.

No matter if you have a weakness for smoked fish or if you are interested in ornithology you will enjoy the "Eagle meets Zander" route where you can meet varied wildlife from eels to zanders and eagles to siskins. Here, you will cycling between Erkner and Fürstenwalde following the trail of the Ice Age. Here, the last ice age left a beautiful and varied landscape. On the Schwielochsee, you will circle the largest natural lake in Brandenburg. On the petting tour you will discover deer, ponies, deer and geese. The route "In the land of canyons and gorges" by the Märkische Switzerland is also special. On the boat lift route, you will ride from Niederfinow to the gigantic ship lift and on to the Oder. One route is also dedicated to the Oderbruch, the inland delta on the border between Germany and Poland. On the route of the monks, on the other hand, you will follow in the footsteps of the ancient monks from the monastery of Neuzelle. You will discover magnificent castles, old estates and enchanting parks on the "Schloss und Parkerlebnis" tour. And, where the Oderbruchbahn once transported beets and schnapps, now lies another great cycle path.

As you can see, you will not be bored in the ADFC RadReiseRegion Seenland Oder-Spree. Take your bike – or just rent one when you arrive – pack your bathing suit and your good mood and explore the most water rich region in Brandenburg.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:03
    29.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The more than 45 km long tour for fish and bird lovers starts in Bad Saarow, which you can reach in a few minutes from Fürstenwalde / Spree by train. In Bad Saarow there is also the possibility to borrow a bike or e-bike. Let's go along the Scharmützelsee towards the south. Many swimming spots invite you to linger by the lake, so do not forget to pack your bathing suit. Also binoculars can be useful, because not only swimmers, but also the osprey and the white-tailed eagle feel well at the lakes rich in fish of today's tour.At the southern tip of the lake, in Windisch Rietz, there is a small railway park, where especially children have fun (eisenbahn-park.de). Now you drive through a forest parallel to Storkower See. Before you reach Storkow, a short detour to the inland dune Waltersberge is worthwhile. In the pine forests around the sand dune live rare species of birds, such as the Black Kite or the woodlark.Once in Storkow, you pass the castle of the same name. After being burnt down in 1978, it was rebuilt a few years ago. Continue on a road-accompanying cycle path to the Groß Schauener See to the culinary highlight of the day, the fishing Köllnitz. Located directly on the shores of the lake you can taste freshly smoked fish from the eel to the zander. There is also a show pond and two museums on the premises.Back to Bad Saarow you drive again over Storkow and then straight to the western shore of the Scharmützelsee. You cross the Fontanepark with its old trees and the spa park directly on the lake shore.

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    44.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Anyone who cycles on a warm summer's day probably does not think about the last ice age. But exactly this 18,000 years ago shaped this beautiful and varied landscape between Erkner and Fürstenwalde.The 70-kilometer tour starts in Erkner, half an hour by regional express train from Berlin Central Station. If you are 70 kilometers at a stretch too long, you can subdivide the tour perfectly in two stages, preferably with a stopover in Fürstenwalde.The first few kilometers you drive along the chain of lakes in the Grünheider forests. Like pearls on a chain, the lakes line up. It goes without saying that countless bathing possibilities await you. The landscape formed by the ice age is always slightly hilly. You will not encounter long climbs on your route.The well-developed cycle paths lead you through untouched nature and through small villages, where you often expect a small, interesting church in the center.In Fürstenwalde, you have mastered half the kilometers. The city on the Spree is with its many parks and the pretty downtown very well for a long break. Through a beautifully landscaped park on the banks of the Fürstenwalder Spree you leave the city and dive into an extraordinary natural landscape. You drive through the Spreeauen, an area dominated by the meanders of the Müggelspree, the wet meadows and the altars of the river.Through a forest, it goes almost straight back to Erkner. Once there, pay a visit to the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Museum, which was set up in its former, elegant villa.

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    31.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The bicycle is the perfect means of transport to explore the largest natural lake in the state of Brandenburg. As a starting point Beeskow is best. With the regional train you are from Königs Wusterhausen in about one hour in Beeskow, which expects you with its worth seeing old part of town.Right at the beginning of your 50-kilometer-long lap around the Schwielochsee you cross the Spree. On a river island lies the castle Beeskow. From its 30 meter high observation tower "Berglind" you have a beautiful view of the Spree and the city.You cycle comfortably through the nature reserve Spreewiesen always near the river. Via Friedland you finally reach the Schwielochsee. The long lake was created in the last ice age and on its shore you will find many swimming. According to legend, a king has settled his pigs in this area. One of them has discovered a hidden source and stirred up. The water has flooded the entire area, which is why the lake is now called Schwielochsee ("Schweinelochsee").Sometimes on small streets, sometimes on narrow paths along the eastern shore of the lake. In the south of the lake, the small Schwielochsee joins. At its southern tip lies Goyatz. With its lido and several restaurants and cafes, it is the ideal place for a break.Back to Beeskow it is now along the west bank. Most of the time you do not cycle directly on the lake, but you can reach amazing bathing spots and see the "love island" via small roads. In the vicinity of Ranzig there is a special highlight to discover: the last hand-drawn cable ferry in Germany. With this you can translate and drive back on the same route or you stay on this page.The last kilometers you drive again through the nature reserve Spreewisen. After about 50 kilometers you have circled the unique Schwielochsee and have arrived back in Beeskow.

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  • Intermediate
    03:04
    29.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Deers, ponies, deer, ... all these animals you will encounter on the pet walk from Müllrose to Wendisch Rietz. On this cycling excursion small and big animal lovers will get their money's worth.Start of the 48-kilometer tour is in Müllrose, which you can reach from Frankfurt an der Oder in just 15 minutes by train. The place is with its many rivers, canals and lakes a nice destination. Through the forest, it goes into the nature reserve Lower Schlaubetal. The Ragow Mill, an inn that invites you to rest, is located right on the ropes. Here, in addition to other cyclists and a lot of poultry cavort on the site.Cross country, past wide fields and pretty places, you drive to Beeskow. If you want to shorten the tour, you can also get on the train or start the tour here. In addition to the imposing, historic buildings awaits you in Beeskow also the sheep animal world, where you learn everything about sheep and shepherds, what you always wanted to know (awo-erlebnishof-beeskow.de/erlebnishof/schaefereierlebniswelt.html) ,Shortly after Beeskow, just behind the street village Birkholz lies the Gut Hirschaue. There are deer and fallow deer close enough to touch. On a varied bike path, it then goes to Scharmützelsee. Think of your bathing suit, because lonely bays and great beaches invite you to swim.The stroking tour ends in Wendisch Rietz. There you will find a railway park and the amusement park Wendisch Rietz (freizeitpark-wendisch-rietz.de), where in addition to other animals especially ponies in the center. From Wendisch Rietz you are in a good hour by train in Frankfurt on the Oder.

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  • Intermediate
    03:04
    31.7 mi
    10.3 mph
    875 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the tour into the land of the throats and gorges it gets hilly every now and then. You are also in "Switzerland", at least in Märkische Schweiz. The area around Buckow will surprise you with its fantastic scenery. The route passes bogs and through dense forest. Throats and ravines are on your way. A perfect recreational area, as the personal physician of the King of Prussia noted: "Your Majesty, in Buckow the lungs are on velvet."The tour starts in the Annatal, not far from the railway station Strausberg near Berlin. The train station can be reached by regional train or S-Bahn. You meander through the beautiful landscape and pass several beautiful lakes, such as the Long Lake or the Herrensee. Here you can expect beautiful nature and one or the other bathing place.On the outskirts of Waldsieversdorf invites the guest house Altes Forsthaus to a rest. Next stop is Buckow. The health resort, nestled between several lakes, was and is often visited by celebrities. His most famous guests include Helene Weigel and Bertolt Brecht. From here, the route becomes hilly and you pass through a dark forest. The path seems almost bewildered.Back to Strausberg you drive through small, idyllic villages such as Ihlow, where you can strengthen yourself in an organic farm or an organic café. In Strausberg the airfield is on your way. There you can see some old propeller machines. In addition, the ostrich ferry, a cable ferry, interesting. In Strausberg you can then get back in the S-Bahn or you drive a bit back to your starting point and take the regional train.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    27.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The ship lift in Niederfinow is a gigantic monument and an extravagant engineering achievement. On this 44-kilometer bike ride, you will drive directly past the ship's lift and discover what the pretty Oderbruch between Niederfinow and the Polish border has to offer.Start of the tour is in Niederfinow, one hour by train from Berlin. After a few minutes by bike, the steel giant awaits you on the Oder-Havel Canal. The ship lift was put into operation in 1934 and is the oldest working boat lift in Germany. The ships overcome a height difference of 36 meters in a tub. As if one were not enough, a second lift will be built right next to it so that even longer ships can drive up and down.But the tour has more to offer, especially scenic. Through the nature reserve Niederoderbruch you get to Oderberg. On a beautiful dyke path you drive on the Wriezener Alten or along until you reach the Oder. On the other bank is Poland, opposite Neuglietzen even the westernmost point of the neighboring country.Along various rivers that form the inland delta of the Oder, you drive to Neutornow. There lies Louis Henri Fontane, the father of the poet Theodor Fontane. The spa town of Bad Freienwalde, with its pretty old town and classicist castle, is ideal for a short break. On small hills formed by the last ice age, you drive back to Niederfinow, where the boat lift tour ends.

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    38.2 mi
    10.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Rural idyll and pure nature. When the Prussian king Friedrich II dried up the Oderbruch - the inland delta of the Oder - he not only did something against the frequent floods and created fertile farmland. It is also a paradise for cyclists. In the seclusion of this landscape are small villages, dreamy farmsteads and a few sheep on your way.The 60-kilometer tour starts in the spa town of Bad Freienwalde, about one hour by train from Frankfurt on the Oder. Before you make your way to the Oder, make a short detour to the center of Bad Freienwalde with its beautiful castle.After a few minutes you reach the Wriezener Alte Oder and the Stille Oder. Both remnants of the Oder Inland Delta. You drive past the Oder slopes that were formed by the last ice age. These small hills give the otherwise flat landscape an interesting change.In the village church Neutornow lies Louis Henri Fontane buried, the father of the writer Theodor Fontane. You follow the Oder slopes until you reach the Oder in Neuglietzen. On the other side of the river is Poland, the westernmost point of the neighboring country.Good 25 kilometers you drive along the mighty Oder until you arrive in Groß Neuendorf. The local Radlergarten is perfect for a break. Through small villages and over wide fields you drive to Wriezen. From there it is about 50 minutes by train to Frankfurt an der Oder.

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    26.8 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Follow in the footsteps of the old monks from Neuzelle Monastery and explore the beautiful Schlaubetal by bike. The 43-kilometer tour starts in Müllrose, only 15 minutes by train from Frankfurt an der Oder. Through garbage rose flows both the Schlaube and the Oder-Spree canal and the Katharinengraben. In addition, there are several lakes in Müllrose.Through this labyrinth of idyllic waters you leave your starting point and drive into the forest. The bike paths are particularly well developed here. Soon you will reach the nature reserve Unteres Schlaubetal. The magic meanders romantically through the forest and you follow the river. On your way you'll discover a mill here, sometimes a swimming spot there.At the end of your tour you will reach Neuzelle. The landmark of the village is its remarkable monastery complex with its baroque collegiate church. Until 1817 there lived monks of the Cistercian Order and in 2018 the convent was rebuilt. In addition to the collegiate church, the beautifully landscaped cloister garden and the monastery pond are wonderful places to relax.From Neuzelle you can reach Frankfurt an der Oder in less than half an hour by train.

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    20.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    400 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Old estates, magnificent castles and magical parks. And in between: great bike paths. You do not need more for a successful bike ride. The "Castle and Park Experience" on two wheels is 33 kilometers long and starts in Biresen, an hour's train ride from Berlin.On a beautiful path you drive through the forest to the estate Klostermühle, which is located directly on the Madlitzer See. Here you can stop over for coffee and cake. The next town is Alt Madlitz. There you will find the castle Alt Madlitz from the 18th century with its extensive park.On small roads you drive to Falkenhagen, which is surrounded by several lakes and ponds. At the Black Lake, there is even a small beach. Then follows a particularly beautiful section. The Oderbruchbahn cycle path leads along the route of the former Oderbruchbahn. In the past, schnapps and beets were transported by train to Berlin. Today, the route has been extended to a 112-kilometer cycle path. From this section on the Mühlensee you can watch birds very well.There are two particularly interesting buildings along the route: the Radfahrerkirche in Neuentempel and the Schloss in Diedersdorf. Shortly after Diedersdorf your tour of castles and parks is already over. It ends at the train station in Seelow. From Seelow you can reach Frankfurt on the Oder in 20 minutes by regional train.

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  • Intermediate
    01:53
    19.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    325 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Oderbruch Railway: These were several railway lines in the Oderbruch, which were built around 100 years ago to deliver vegetables, sugar and schnapps from the Oderbruch to Berlin. The last section was decommissioned 25 years ago and based on the old Oderbruch railway, 112 kilometers of cycle path were built, but only partially lead directly along the old route.Here we present you the 32-kilometer stage from Fürstenwalde on the Spree to Müncheberg. From Berlin Central Station you only need 45 minutes to Fürstenwalde with the Regional Express. Before you take the footsteps of the former Oderbruch railway, it is worth taking a short trip to the medieval old town of Fürstenwalde with its cathedral and the Spreeuferpark.After ten kilometers you have arrived in Steinhöfel. If you turn right at the church, you are in a few minutes at the Steinhöfel Castle. The late-classicist building with its English-style park is one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in the Mark. Today it houses a hotel.From far away, the distinctive tower of the Heinersdorf church can be seen. In the village you will find the "Alte Schmiede", a family-run guest house, which is ideal for a break. Through Heinersdorf leads a fantastic bike path right on the Great Heinersdorfer See along. Here you can jump into the water for refreshment.The tour ends in Müncheberg. The city is very charming with its old brick fortifications and interesting church. The train station is a bit outside. With the regional train you are from here in three quarters of an hour at the Berlin Ostkreuz. Or how about a ride on the Buckower Kleinbahn? She'll take you to Buckow in twelve minutes. There the castle park, the ice age garden and the Schermützelsee are waiting for you (buckower-kleinbahn.de).

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    299 mi
  • Duration
    29:39 h
  • Elevation
    6,300 ft

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