In Dithmarschen, a well signposted network of cycle paths connects the North Sea, Elbe, Eider and Kiel Canal, passing through flat marshes and the rolling Geest hills. Idyllic landscapes of wide meadows, fields stretching into the horizon, romantic forests and rampart hedges will frame your view as you cycle. Finally, you will reach the North Sea coast and meet the Elbe, Kiel Canal and Eider.
In this Collection, we show you the ten most beautiful bike routes in Dithmarschen. The varied loops are between 19 and 43 miles (30 and 70 kilometers) long and each route is based around a specific theme. On the way, you will find beautiful scenery and nature, as well as unique highlights such as a seal station, Stone Age park and historic windmills.
With the North Sea sea breeze on your cheeks, you can admire wild ponies grazing as huge ships pass through the locks and dreamily glide over the glittering water of the Eider – cycling in Dithmarschen is a unique and unforgettable experience.
The starting point of the mill tour is in Meldorf. Here you can visit the "Südermühle" and "Fortuna" (Nordermühle). From Meldorf you cycle south along the Geestrand, where you meet the Dutch windmill "Olga" in Windbergen.At the southernmost point of the tour you will reach St. Michaelisdonns, whose landmark is the windmill "Edda". Sometimes it is still in operation.On the way back you will pass the gallery Dutch mill "Ursula" in Barlt. It is also still used as a grain mill. It continues through a picturesque field and meadow landscape to the mill "Juliane" in Nordermeldorf. From here it is not far to Meldorf, the starting point of the tour.
The varied round tour starts in Meldorf. From here you cycle through a beautiful landscape and pass the nature reserves "former Fuhlensee", "former Fieler See" and "Fieler Moor".Then you dive into the untouched nature of the Riesewohld forest near Odderade. The forest lies on the high Geest, which was created by glacier deposits in the last ice age, and enchants with its jungle-like image.Through the slightly hilly Geest and charming villages you drive back to Meldorf.
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The tour starts in Albersdorf. Shortly after you set off, you will pass the stone age park. Here you can discover a stone age village and a walkable burial mound.After looking around the Stone Age Park, you cycle through a wonderful field and meadow landscape to the Kiel Canal. You cycle straight ahead for kilometers on the world's busiest artificial shipping lane. You can watch large container and cruise ships pass by.Finally you leave the canal and return to the starting point in Albersdorf.
The starting point of the lock route is in Brunsbüttel on the lock. Here you can watch the large ships launching into and out of the Kiel Canal. If you want, you can also pay a visit to the Atrium Lock Museum.After exploring the lock, you cycle along the Braake and Helser Fleth to Marne. From here it continues to the northern mouth of the Elbe and finally back to Brunsbüttel. On the way you can enjoy a great view of the impressive delta and the picturesque surroundings.
It starts in Marne. From here you drive to Neufeld. On the way you can take a first break in the charming Landcafé Dielenzauber.Once in Neufeld, you have the opportunity to stop at one of the two restaurants at the harbor. Afterwards you cycle with new strength along the dike through the Neufelderkoog, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog and the Dieksanderkoog to Friedrichskoog. Here you can visit the seal station.Via the Friedrichskoog peak, where you will also find a bathing beach, you will return to Marne.
The beautiful round tour begins in Büsum. Here you can let the maritime flair at the harbor work for you. Then you dive straight into the wonderful nature: through the Speicheroog with its fascinating nature reserves you always cycle along the dike. You can observe unique wild animals such as Koniks from the bike.Over old dikes and through Köge you cycle north to the Eider barrier. From here you drive through wonderful nature and with a view of the North Sea back to Büsum.
It starts in Lunden. To start with, you drive east and meet the Eider at the Nordfeld lock. You follow the loops of the river and can take a leisurely rest on the way at the canoeing site in Horst.In Delve, a village with pretty thatched roof houses, you take a last look at the Eider and then go back.You cycle along the Eider-Treene lowlands to Hennstedt, where you can fortify yourself with coffee and cake in one of the cafés. With new strength you will then drive via Kleve, where the Geest changes into the marsh, back to the starting point in Lunden.
The country adventure route starts in Tellingstedt. From here, the round tour takes you to Hövede, where you can take a first break in the "Feld und Flur" café. Then it goes over Schalkholz to Pahlen. On the way you will always see the “Knicks” (wall hedges) typical of this region. In Pahlen it is worth visiting the sports boat harbor, because from here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Eider.Then you continue cycling through beautiful nature towards Dellstedt. As soon as you have passed Schüttingdeich, you can see the Dellstedter Birkwildmoor, a Natura 2000 area.Arrived in Dellstedt, you have the opportunity to take a leisurely break in the "Zur Eiche" inn. You will then cycle freshly strengthened over the Lex ferry and through meadows, fields and forests back to Tellingstedt.
The tour starts in Burg. From here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lower area. Behind Burg you cycle along the Kiel Canal, where you can gaze out over the water and watch ships.You leave the canal and pass the town of Kuden with its old farmhouses. We continue to St. Michaelisdonn, where the march turns into the Geest. Past fields and meadows lined with hedgerows and through the forest of Christianity you cycle back to the starting point in Burg.
The tour starts in Heide. From here you cycle west over Weddingstedt. On the way you come across wide fields and wind farms. On the way south you pass Wöhrden and Ketelsbüttel. Wide marshland extends to the left and right of the roadside. Above all, cabbage and grain grow on the fertile fields.To the east the march turns into the Geest. You can tell this from the fact that the landscape in the Geest is a little more hilly and the fields and meadows are lined with the typical knicks (wall hedges).Between Marsch and Geest you cycle past some bogs, such as the Fieler Moor and pass the Ostroher- and Süderholmer Moor shortly before you reach the starting point in Heide.