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Thatched roofs, smoked eel and rural idyll – cycling on the Baltic Sea Schlei Fjord

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Thatched roofs, smoked eel and rural idyll – cycling on the Baltic Sea Schlei Fjord

Bike Touring Collection by OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

6

Tours

12:55 h

119 mi

2,375 ft

Stretching 26 miles (42 km) from the Baltic Sea in North Germany, the Schlei Fjord is a fascinating area. Formed during the last Ice Age, various tribes and people have settled along the Schlei. As you cycle, you will discover traces of the Stone Age, Nordic history, and of course, the Age of the Vikings, as well as countless regal manors and estates.

Today, the Schlei is a nature park brimming with wildlife. You can enjoy the flora and fauna whilst undertaking various leisure pursuits such as sailing, hiking and, of course, cycling on the estuary between Kiel and Fleinsburg.

In this Collection, we present six themed cycling routes to guide you around this splendid region on your bike. From the smallest town in Germany to the oldest herring fence in Europe, from Baltic Sea beaches to swimming lakes, and from Viking history and to romance stories, there is something for everyone on the Baltic Sea Schlei fjord.

Ranging in length from 15.5 - 25 miles (25 and 40 km), the routes can comfortably be completed in a day or half day. All of the routes are circular so you will return to your starting point. The last Ice Age left behind gentle hills here, so you won’t have any big climbs. However, the region is notoriously windy so your legs might have to push against a head wind. You’ll find small cafés and fish restaurants to keep you energised as you ride, as well as countless sandy beaches along the Baltic Sea and the Schlei.

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    22.1 mi
    10.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The numerous mansions in the region bear witness to an exciting past. The HerrenhausTörn leads you to several estates, all of which tell a different story.

    

    You start in Sieseby, one of the most beautiful villages on the Schlei. The whole village with its thatched half-timbered houses is a listed building

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    19.8 mi
    8.7 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Around the Schlei you can taste the special culinary delights of Schleswig-Holstein. Here you will find romantic cafés, country inns, fish smokehouses and cideries. So you can feast without a guilty conscience, we have the epicurean places connected by a 32-kilometer bike path.

    

    You start in Brodersby

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    23.0 mi
    9.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For about 100 years, the Schleswig-Angler-Crossing commuted between Schleswig and Süderbrarup. The last train left in 1981, then the tracks were dismantled. What has remained is a natural cycling path, the Alte Kreisbahntrasse.

    

    On this tour we will first show you the northern part of the route. You start

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  • Intermediate
    02:15
    19.6 mi
    8.7 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Thatched houses belong to the landscape of fishing and Schwansens like the Schlei and the Baltic Sea. Since the people settled here, the roofs are covered with dried reeds. Due to the risk of fire, thatched roofs in the cities were replaced by hard roofs, but the thatched roof has retained its significance

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  • Easy
    01:49
    15.5 mi
    8.5 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    At about 42 kilometers, the Schlei is the longest Baltic Sea fjord in Schleswig-Holstein. The ZDF television series "The Country Doctor" has become known throughout Germany owes the region also the tourist brand name: Baltic Sea fjord Schlei.

    

    The Schlei connects the landscapes fishing in the north and

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  • Easy
    01:58
    18.6 mi
    9.5 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Enjoy diverse views of the water on the Noor Tour! After a piece along the Windebyer Noors, it goes towards Schlei. At the Great Width of Weseby you can cool off on the beach before you start pedaling again.

    

    From the Große Breite you cycle to Missunder Enge and finally past the Ornumer Noor. The last

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    119 mi
  • Duration
    12:55 h
  • Elevation
    2,375 ft

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