The one ride definitely at the top of my list to recommend would be my solo transfer ride from Amsterdam to Berlin, in fact my first experience with long distance riding ever. I enjoyed three and a half days of riding over the most beautiful German backroads and passed by historical pieces of art and culture, finishing under the Brandenburg Gate. The route was incredible, and ever since Germany surprisingly has become one of my favourite European cycling destinations.
As you’ll see from my photos along the route, I rode this in the autumn in late October. It might be a bit colder then, but I had mostly sunny days and got to enjoy the most amazing display of trees changing colour.
Over the 800 km (500 mile) route to Berlin, I discovered that the freedom of moving from one place to another, being alone on the bike, totally independent and no-one to rely on but myself, all gave me a real sense of living in the moment.
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Last updated: November 29, 2021
Haha Elisa, no e-bike., altough it would have been welcome at times. 😉 I did this trip on my regular roadbike with regular 26mm tyres. For this route I would recommend either a roadbike with enough clearance for wider tyres of a gravelbike. I’ve rode only Specialized S-Works Power Mimic saddles specifically…
The second day was again a very beautiful ride. I crossed a lot of small villages and empty landscapes in a day which was very zen-like.
I enjoyed my first lunch stop in Hannover, a pretty nice city),where I had lunch along the river at Stadtmauer after 150 km (93 miles). After crossing a lot of beautiful…
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This part of the route was absolutely beautiful. All the other days were quite sunny, but this day it was foggy and grey. I crossed a small village called Erkerrode which led the way to a lovely forest with some good climbing. The fog made everything truly mystical.
The city of Magdenburg was a very good…
On the last day I decided to get some sleep. My B&B had a sauna (which I gratefully used) and after a relaxed breakfast I continued on my way to Berlin. There was only 100 km (62 miles) left, but oh my; this part of the ride was fascinating.
The route from Brandenburg to Potsdam was almost entirely through…
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