On the Monks’ Trail, you cycle in the footsteps of Christian missionaries in the Middle Ages, through the diverse landscape of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. Numerous monasteries and churches, sparkling lakes, shaded forests, fruit trees stretching into the horizon, and maritime Hanseatic towns await on this epic journey.
The Monks’ Trail reveals the region’s fascinating history of religion, as well as Slavic and Germanic nationalities. You visit over 100 churches en route. However, history is not the only thing of interest; North Germany also has stunningly varied landscapes.
First, you pass through the Wümmewiesen near Bremen, before continuing through the Stader Geest. The route then takes you through the largest fruit growing region in Germany and vast areas of marshland. Here, you cross the Elbe and enter the undulating forest and heath landscape of Holstein. You cycle past several climatic health resorts on your way to Holstein Switzerland’s enchanting lake landscape. Last but not least, you can dip your feet into the Baltic Sea and relax on the beaches.
The Monks’ Trail
leads 370 miles (600 km) from Bremen to Wagrien on the tip of the Baltic Sea. In this Collection, I have broken down the official route into 11 stages for you. The route is largely flat except for the hilly lake landscape of Holstein Switzerland, which, however, doesn’t get higher than 100 meters (320 feet). Of course, you can also choose to cycle individual stages rather than completing them all in one go. The Monks’ Trail
is suitable for cyclists of all ages.
The stage lengths vary between 18 and 43 miles (30 and 70 km) They give you enough time to get off your bike and explore the great places along the way. This subdivision of the stages is a suggestion that I have taken from the official route. You can shorten or lengthen them as you wish, or decide spontaneously each day where you want to end the stage.
In the beautiful places along the route, you’ll find accommodation that is geared towards cyclists. You can also use the Komoot route planner to find the nearest campsites if you are travelling with a tent.
You can easily reach the starting point in Bremen with public transport. Likewise, your final destination on the island of Fehmarn is well-connected by train and bus. If you’re itching to go further, you could even take a ferry to Denmark from the island.
This Monks’ Trail is best in summer, as you pass numerous swimming lakes. The island of Fehmarn on the Baltic Sea is also a great place to end your trip on the beach when the sun is shining.
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Last updated: November 23, 2021
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On your second stage, a relaxed 30 kilometers to Harsefeld are on the program, so you can start the day at a leisurely pace in Zeven. On your route you drive through the middle of the Stader Geest, a special landscape that was formed by sand deposits in the last ice age.
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Today it's about 50 kilometers to the Elbe ferry. After you have left the beautiful Hanseatic city of Stade, the vastness of the marshland will enchant you on this tour and lead you through small places like Himmelpforte or Breitenwisch.
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