Beautiful countryside and unforgettable sea views await as you cycle in the far north, along the North Sea in Schleswig-Holstein. The cycle path runs along the dunes, occasionally venturing inland where fields of sheep graze happily. Idyllic little villages with pretty Frisian houses and long sandy beaches provide the perfect opportunity to take a leisurely break before continuing to cycle through lush meadows and fields.
You can discover the coastline and its islands on a network of beautiful cycle paths that runs through the entire region. In this Collection, we show you the ten most beautiful day trips along the North Sea. From a relaxed ride with numerous stops at farm shops where you can enjoy regional specialties to island routes on Föhr, Amrum, Pellworm and Sylt where the fresh North Sea wind will cool your cheeks to the cabbage route through the largest cabbage growing area in Europe – cycling in the North Sea has a lot to offer.
The day trips in this Collection are mostly flat and between seven miles (eleven km) and 28 miles (45 km) long. The shorter routes are ideal for families with children. If the wind makes you push a little harder, you can always take extra breaks to enjoy the fresh salty air and wonderful sea views a little while longer.
Information on how to get to the islands by boat and train can be found here: nordseetourismus.de/anreise-nordsee
The gourmet party lives up to its name, because all kinds of restaurants and cozy island cafes await you along the tour.At a total of 14 stations, you can experience and enjoy specialties from selected producers and farm shops. The island's own products range from meat to milk and cheese to Föhrer fruit and vegetables, jams, fine herbal oils and much more.In addition to active holidays and culinary delights, the tour also offers something for the eye: the expanse of the Föhrer Marsch with its lush green fields and happily grazing cows, horses and sheep. You can also watch many birds along the route with a little patience.
The Eilun Tour on Föhr is the longest bike tour on the island. The name of the tour is Frisian and means island tour. On the Eilun Tour you will get to know the beauty and fascination of the different landscape forms of the island such as dike, marsh and geest. History, like the medieval churches of Föhr, is also waiting for you along the route.On the way you get to know the island with all its facets. You start cycling in Wyk, past the south beach and on through the enchanting bird sanctuary in the Godel lowlands. At the western tip of the island you enjoy the view towards Sylt and Amrum and then continue cycling through Süderende with its old thatched roof houses and through the pretty village center of Oldsum. On wonderfully flat paths, you go through the wide landscape back to the east coast, where you reach the starting point Wyk again.Here you can start the day with a stroll through the city and a visit to the National Park House in the Wyker Rathaus or the Dr. End the Carl Haeberlin Friesen Museum.
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The large island tour on Amrum begins in Wittdün. From here you cycle past the Amrumer lighthouse and then past the nature reserve Amrumer Dünen to Norddorf. In the modern spa and family holiday resort you can take a relaxing break at the nearby beach.If you have enough time, a detour to the nature reserve is worthwhile, which extends to the gates of Norddorf. Here you will experience a great dune landscape with dunes up to 30 meters high. A paradise for numerous seabird species.From Norddorf you cycle over the pretty island village of Nebel with the St. Clemens church and the windmill back to the east coast. Here you drive directly to Wittdün on the mud flats. On the way you will pass the Steenodder cliff and pass the Wittdüns maritime harbor, which provides a picturesque picture with dinghies and yachts, fishing trawlers and the rescue cruiser.
The starting point of the small Amrumer Inselrunde is in Wittdün. From here you follow the bike path towards the town exit to the picturesque lighthouse, from which you have a fantastic view of the island and Hallig world. From the lighthouse you drive comfortably through the forest to fog. The tranquil Friesendorf with its thatched Friesian houses offers many attractions, such as the St. Clemens Church and the local museum in the windmill.On the way back you cycle along the mudflats and enjoy a wonderful view of the Wadden Sea. Once back in Wittdün, the harbor invites you to linger with its colorful fishing cutters and numerous cafés.
At the port of Pellworm you start the island tour. On a completely flat route you cycle south to the lighthouse. From here you can enjoy a fantastic view. Afterwards you always drive along the coast and you can let your gaze wander over the vast march, the sea and up to the Hallig Süderoog.On your way you will pass the Old Church, the landmark of Pellworm, with valuable church treasures and the famous Arp Schnitger organ. Passing the last windmill on the island, the Nordermühle, you drive to the northern tip of Pellworms. After that it is only a few kilometers back to the starting point at the port.
The harbor tour starts at the tourist information office on the school path on the North Beach peninsula. From here you drive comfortably to the Süderhafen, which was once the point of contact for passenger and freight traffic between Husum and Nordstrand.Then you drive northwest past the traditional Pharisee farm, where the "Nordstrander national drink" Pharisees originated, and you reach the Holmer Siel. Here is another former port that was created when the Beltringharder Koog was dyed.The tour then takes you along the coast to the Norderhafen, which used to be a port and is now more of a small promenade. Past the Kurhaus, you finally reach today's Strucklahnungshörn harbor. Excursion ships from the Adler shipping company and the ferry to the island of Pellworm depart from this port and moor there just like crab cutters or the rescue cruiser. You can return to the starting point of the tour via the places west and south.
On the Kohlroute you will discover an important section of the largest coherent coal-growing area in Europe: in Dithmarschen over 80 million heads of cabbage are harvested on 3,000 hectares of land.The bike tour starts in the town of Wesselburen, in the cradle of cabbage cultivation. Here you will find the KOHLosseum special museum, which provides interesting information about cabbage vegetables and their refinement. Then you cycle between the cabbage fields to the Wesselburenerkoog swimming area. The drive through the fields illustrates how the cultural landscape is constantly changing with complex crop rotations.After cooling off in the North Sea, it goes over the Eider barrage to Tönning, where the tranquil harbor invites you to linger. Then you leave Tönning north over the Eider Bridge and drive back to the starting point.The route is particularly interesting during the coal harvest season in autumn and the Dithmarscher coal days in September.
The Wiedinghard Route takes you from the oldest piece of marshland that the North Frisians of the North Sea have wrested to Emil Nolde's last place of work: the Seebüll Warft, which was still surrounded by water during the painter's lifetime.The tour starts in Klanxbüll at the Wiedingharder information center, where you can also rent a bike. If you feel like it, you can take a look at the permanent exhibition here. This exhibition gives you an insight into life behind the dike and in the Wadden Sea.From the information center you cycle to the northernmost point of the route and the German mainland, the customs houses in Rodenäs. We continue along the German-Danish border through the Köge to the Nolde Museum. Here you can take a long break and let yourself be inspired by the life and art of the famous painter Emil Nolde and the landscape that has always fascinated the painter. Then you drive past the Gotteskoogsee back to the starting point in Klanxbüll.
On this route you will discover how the dyke construction was perfected and how the Köge was settled.The route starts at the Amsinck House, where you can learn interesting facts about the nature and culture of the unique region. From here, the tour takes you through the architecturally designed Sönke-Nissen-Koog with its typical white courtyards and green roofs, which are under monument protection. You drive a dangle over Sterdebüll and then back towards the coast.Through the dike foreland with its salt marshes you reach the Hamburg Hallig, the only Hallig that can be reached by bike from the mainland. A visit to the Schafberg and the Watt workshop, where you can take a look at the life of crabs and the like, is definitely worth it. After a refreshing swim or a mudflat hike, you can end your bike tour while enjoying regional specialties.
The tour on Sylt begins at the train station in Westerland. From here you cycle to Keitum, where you can admire beautiful, old Frisian houses. With a view of the wide mudflats, you drive north and turn west in Braderup. You can get from the east coast to the west coast of Sylt in no time. With wonderful views of the North Sea and the wide sandy beach you roll back to Westerland.After giving yourself a break on the beach and strengthening yourself in a cozy restaurant, you continue towards Morsum. The path leads you past the Rantumbecken nature reserve, where a large number of birds frolic, and finally between the dike and the sea along the south side of the eastern tip of Sylt. Finally, you turn your back on the sea and cycle through fertile marshland to Morsum. The tour ends at the station, so you can take the train back to Westerland or go to the mainland.