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Rivers, lakes, & endless countryside – cycling through Brandenburg

Bike Touring Collection by Reiseland Brandenburg

Untouched nature and shimmering lakes, historical sites and finely-renovated manor houses – Brandenburg is a wonderful destination for a relaxing cycling holiday. On your bike, you glide along well-maintained cycle paths through the peaceful countryside, along river banks and through picturesque lake landscapes. There are thousands of kilometres of cycle paths in the countryside around Berlin – to help you navigate them, we’ve put together eight cycle tours through the region for you.

Our routes take you out into the fabulously beautiful woods and hilly landscape of the Uckermark, into the enchanted forests of the Spreewald, to beautiful fishing towns in the Oder-Spree lake district and to the ancient royal seat of Potsdam with its palaces and gardens. With its old manor houses, medieval villages and rich Prussian history, Brandenburg offers you an exciting mix of nature and culture. You can easily spend a longer time in one area and get to know Brandenburg at your own pace.

The traditional cuisine is original, tasty, and healthy. Thanks to the forests and lakes, you can find excellent fish and hearty game dishes, but don’t forget the world-famous Spreewald gherkins too. Potatoes have also been an integral part of Brandenburg cuisine ever since Frederick the Great passed a decree that citizens must grow them. Potatoes are a great cycling snack to keep you energised during your ride.

You can easily reach Berlin from across Europe, for example a night train runs from Zurich to Berlin. Once in the capital, you can conveniently take regional trains throughout Brandenburg. During your adventure, you can choose from a range of accommodation such as quiet campsites or wellness hotels. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit as you will have many opportunities to go for a swim. Although in Brandenburg, bathing in your birthday suit is quite common ;-)

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:11
    30.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 45 km long tour for fish and bird lovers begins in Bad Saarow, which you can reach by train in a few minutes from Fürstenwalde / Spree. In Bad Saarow you can also rent a bike or e-bike. It starts along the Scharmützelsee towards south-west. Many bathing spots invite you to linger at the lake, so don't forget to pack your bathing suit. Binoculars can also be useful, because not only swimmers, but also the osprey and the sea eagle feel at home on the fish-rich lakes of today's tour.But after just a few kilometers you turn your back on the lake and cycle through beech and pine forests on perfectly developed bike paths towards Storkow. Arrived in Storkow, you drive past the castle of the same name. After it burned down in 1978, it was rebuilt a few years ago. We continue on a cycle path along the road to the Großer Schauener See to the first culinary highlight of the day, the Köllnitz fishery. Located right on the shore of the lake, you can enjoy freshly smoked fish from eel to zander. There is also a viewing pond and two museums on the premises.After the stop at the fishery, you first go through Storkow and then roughly on the banks of the Storkower lakes towards Wendisch Rietz - and here you have the chance for another culinary stopover. The Fischland Scharmützelsee restaurant is located directly on the shores of the lake that gives it its name, which is also known as the “Märkische Meer”.Then it goes around the southern tip of the lake and always along the eastern shore - and past numerous bathing spots - back to Bad Saarow.

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    Intermediate
    03:14
    32.0 mi
    9.9 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. Beeskow is the best place to start. The regional train takes you from Königs Wusterhausen to Beeskow in around an hour, which awaits you with its remarkable old town.Right at the start of your 50 km loop around the Schwielochsee you cross the Spree. Beeskow Castle is located on a river island. From its 30 meter high "Berglind" lookout tower you have a beautiful view of the Spree and the city.You cycle comfortably through the nature reserve Spreewiesen always near the river. In Friedland it is worth a detour to the castle, but also to the ice cream parlor “Zucker am Markt”. The special feature: the family business offers handmade cakes and creative ice creams. Delicious!Then you finally come to the Schwielochsee. The elongated lake was created in the last ice age and on its shore you will find many swimming opportunities. Legend has it that a king settled his pigs in this area. One of them discovered and churned up a hidden spring. 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 you drive along the eastern shore of the lake. In the south of the lake is the Little Schwielochsee. At its southern tip is Goyatz. With its lido and several restaurants and cafes, it is the ideal place for a break.Back to Beeskow you now go along the west bank. You usually do not cycle directly on the lake, but you can reach great bathing spots via small cul-de-sacs and see the "love island". There is another special highlight to be discovered near Ranzig: the last hand cable ferry in Germany. With this you can translate and drive back on the same route or you can stay on this side.You drive the last few kilometers through the nature reserve Spreewiesen. After a good 50 kilometers, you have circled the unique Schwielochsee and have returned to the starting point. Back in Beeskow, you can end the day with Carmen in the "Carmeleon" café and enjoy homemade regional dishes.

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  • Easy
    01:18
    12.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Potsdam and the west of Berlin are crossed by beautiful lakes and canals. One of the most famous waters is the Wannsee, which is rightly a popular destination for Berliners and Potsdamers. This easy bike tour takes you around the “island”, which lies between the Wannsee and the Griebnitzsee.It starts at the Wannsee S-Bahn station through an idyllic residential area. In the middle of the idyll is the house of the Wannsee Conference, in which the saddest and darkest chapter in German history was planned in detail. After a short pause, you can once again enjoy the beauty of the bike paths amidst beautiful nature.Don't forget to pack your bathing suit, because there are always small swimming spots along the way. However, no one cares if you jump into the water in your Adam's costume. After a total of six kilometers, you can take the ferry to Peacock Island. Or you can continue to follow the riverside path.At the westernmost point of the tour you will reach the Glienicke Bridge, once the border between East and West, and the scene of agent exchanges. At Babelsberger Park you cross the Teltow Canal and drive through an interesting residential area in which Stalin once lived.On a beautiful path you drive through the forest, then over the Alsenbrücke and finally on the Königsstraße back to the Wannsee S-Bahn station.You can find more information here: potsdamtourismus.de/wannsee-babelsberg-route

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    Easy
    01:27
    13.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Impressive magnificent buildings, inviting parks and beautiful waters. Plus countless places that tell stories. This is how Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, can be aptly described. On this short and easy bike tour you will explore many highlights and get to know beautiful corners. The tour is not particularly strenuous and so you have enough time to get off your bike and take a closer look at some buildings or stroll through the old town.You start at Potsdam Central Station, which is frequently served by both the S-Bahn and long-distance trains. First you cross the Havel and reach the city palace, which has been rebuilt or rebuilt several times. We continue to the old town through the Dutch Quarter. The low brick houses make you feel like you're in the Netherlands.A lap of honor takes you to the symbol of the city: Sanssouci Palace, in German "Castle without worry". The impressive and lavishly decorated Rococo castle is located in a very beautiful park on a small hill. Past Winzerberg you drive through the old town again and then on to the Russian colony.The next few kilometers will take you through extensive parks that are full of architectural highlights. It is always worthwhile to leave the path. At the southern tip of the Jungfernsee you cross the historic Glienicke Bridge and the former border of the GDR with West Berlin.Back in the "east", which is west of Berlin, you can drive through the residential area on Lake Griebnitzsee. At the end of the round full of impressions you drive through the Babelsberg Park back to the main station.You can find more information about the sights here: potsdamtourismus.de/panorama-radtour-pueckler-babelsberg.

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    Difficult
    03:12
    22.4 mi
    7.0 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    "What makes the Spreewald strong? - Kneedeln, Leineel and Quark ”. The Spreewald is best known for its cucumbers. This historical area offers a rich palette of culinary delights. And Leineel - the rich linseed oil - not only makes the Spree forests strong, but also the cyclist.This tour is all about the local linseed oil. For centuries, flax and flax have been grown in the Spreewald and processed into various products, including valuable linseed oil.Starting from Burg im Spreewald, you cycle through the Spreewald on bike paths, small streets and through untouched nature and discover an old granary, several mills and last but not least you have the opportunity to stop by and be convinced by the culinary variety.The starting point of the tour, Burg im Spreewald, is not connected to the train. You can reach Burg from Lübbenau and Cottbus by bike in just over an hour.

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    Intermediate
    02:10
    22.2 mi
    10.2 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Spreewald between Cottbus and Berlin there are lakes, sorbs and pickles. And a great bike path that leads you through the labyrinth of canals in the idyllic forest. On the way you will discover all sorts of typical things for the area, especially the diverse culinary specialties - also away from the cucumbers.The tour starts in Vetschau, which you can reach by train. After a drive through the pretty old town, you will soon be driving through unique natural highlights such as the Stradow ponds and the swamp and moor landscape on the Spree. In some places you can swap your bike for a canoe and explore the Spreewald from a water perspective. Or you can have a leisurely cruise on the barge through the canals and listen to the funny stories of the barge guide.The Gurkenradweg ends in Lübben. The town is crossed by countless ditches and canals and many bike paths lead you along the romantic waters. The end of the tour is the train station of Lübben, from which you can go to your starting point, Cottbus or Berlin.All stages, the tour map and GPS data of the 260 km long Gurkenradweg can be found here: spreewald.de/gurkenradweg

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    Intermediate
    02:27
    24.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    525 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In the east of Brandenburg, on the Polish border, the border river Oder divides into countless arms and forms a paradise for plants and animals. On this tour we show you the beauties in the Lower Oder Valley National Park, which you can of course best explore by bike.The start is in Schwedt, which you can reach by train. The city center has spruced up, so a small tour is definitely worth it. The bike path first leads you along the Hohensaaten Friedrichsthaler Wasserstraße and from Gartz along the Westoder.The nature that surrounds you along the entire route is indescribably beautiful. In between there is always a small village for a rest. The tour ends in Tantow, where you can get back on the train.Note: The section between Friedrichsthal and Gartz will be renewed by 2024 - that's why there is a detour.

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    Intermediate
    02:18
    22.7 mi
    9.8 mph
    575 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Brandenburg is crossed by a large number of long-distance cycle paths. One of the most famous is the bike path from Berlin to Usedom, from which we present you with a particularly beautiful stage.You can reach the starting point in Angermünde by train. Shortly after you have left the place, you can find out about the local natural beauties in the extremely successful NABU Nature Experience Center Blumberger Mühle. The route takes you from one nature reserve to the next and from one lake to the next body of water. So don't forget your bathing suit!At the end of the stage you drive the Oberuckersee from south to north to the Seehausen train station. If you have time, a trip to the pretty town center is worthwhile.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    180 mi
  • Duration
    19:17 h
  • Elevation
    3,825 ft

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