Beautiful cycling routes around the Schlei inlet on the German Baltic Sea

Bike Touring Collection by OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

Cycling along charming paths through tiny villages, magical forests, and wide fields overlooking the sea – the Schlei inlet on the German Baltic Sea coast is a wonderful place to explore by bike.

In this Collection, we show you the most beautiful routes around the area. Cycling on hidden trails here is a real adventure as they are not always signposted and you will sometimes find yourself on a narrow track heading through the middle of nowhere. The paths take you along cliff edges, fields, and through forests. You can’t expect a smooth ride all the way, with many off-road sections. What you can, however, expect are wonderful views over the Schlei and the Baltic Sea. In many places, you cycle through untouched nature and protected habitats. It goes without saying you should respect the animals and plants here and leave no trace behind you.

Many of the forest trails and paths pass through privately-owned estates. However, as long as you respect their privacy, the owners are generally happy to welcome cyclists. A warm “Moin”, the North German word for “hello”, will make a good impression. With respect, cordiality, and a good portion of adventurousness in your panniers, you will be well on your way to exploring the unique trails of the Schlei.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    01:35
    16.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    It starts in Kleinwaabs, where you will find a beautiful beach with a snack and natural play equipment for children. From here you cycle along the steep coast and come across cozy benches and a comfortable couch that invite you to take short breaks or a picnic.In Karlsminde you turn inland and drive to the Ludwigsburg estate. In addition to the stud farm, you will also find a cozy farm café and a farm shop with regional products. You continue cycling on the tree-lined Plattenweg Rothensanderweg, which the locals also call “Liebesallee”. You pass the Rothensande manor and then roll back through wide fields to the steep coast of the Baltic Sea.On narrow paths with a magnificent view you cycle along the coast back to the starting point in Kleinwaabs. On the way you will always find beautiful swimming areas that invite you to take a refreshing break.

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    Intermediate
    01:33
    12.1 mi
    7.8 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Sieseby is a beautiful village with thatched roof houses right on the loop. Originally, the village once belonged to the Hamburg merchant Gustav Anton Schäffer, which can still be recognized today by the initials G.A.S., which can be found on many of the listed thatched roof houses. He is largely responsible for ensuring that the village with its ancient houses is still so well preserved today.From Sieseby you start towards Staunerhütten. You cycle partly on a flat path across a farm. A dirt road then leads you to the romantic wood of moor wood that you cross.Via the Grünholz manor you come to the Karlsburger Holz, another beautiful forest, in which you are surrounded by beautiful nature and the quiet twittering of the birds.Beautiful dirt roads then lead you back to the loop in the village of Winnemark. A small detour to the net boom is worthwhile here, a kind of large hammock in which you can lie down and enjoy the view of the loop.Then you cross the village and drive along a field and slab path directly along the Schlei back to the starting point, the picturesque village of Sieseby.

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    17.8 mi
    7.8 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A beautiful dirt road takes you from Rieseby to the wild and romantic Petriholz forest, which you cross. Picturesque fields and small pieces of forest accompany you on your journey to the banks of the Schlei. Here you will find a beautiful swimming area that invites you to refreshment in the Baltic Sea or a cozy picnic under shady trees.After this break you cycle with new energy past colorful fields to Norby and on to Gammelby. Through charming, wide landscapes, which are broken through by romantic forests, the path leads flat on a large loop back to Riesbey.You will pass imposing manors on the way. With due respect for the residents, you can get up close to some of the buildings and see their beauty up close.

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    Intermediate
    02:04
    18.8 mi
    9.1 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour begins at Schleswig station in Friedrichsberg. At the start you cycle to the banks of the Schlei, where you can enjoy wonderful views of the water. After you have passed Haddebyer Noor, you leave the loop and roll through an agricultural area. Wide fields and green meadows stretch to the left and right of the roadside.Passing the Esprehmer Moor nature reserve you reach the Schlei again. Here, the port of Stexwig invites you to take a leisurely break. At the bathing place in Stexwig there is one of ten network brackets in the region. A perfect place to take a break and enjoy the great view of Schleswig on the other side of the loop.Only a short time later you will reach Borgwedel, where you will find another nice resting place with the nature experience room brick factory Borgwedel.Shortly after Borgwedel you leave the loop and dive back into the rural idyll. On the way back to the starting point, you will pass the fascinating evidence of the Viking Age Haithabu and Danewerk.

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    Difficult
    03:32
    32.0 mi
    9.1 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    It starts in beautiful Kappeln. From here you cycle on field and forest paths through the beautiful nature. Idyllic fields, wide meadows and romantic forests characterize the charming landscape that accompanies you to the Baltic Sea coast.Here you can take a leisurely break on the beach and let your gaze wander over the sea. You can even see Denmark in the distance. Then the route takes you along the shore of the Baltic Sea to the mouth of the slime. On quiet paths you cycle along the Schlei to Maasholm, where a break at the romantic harbor is worthwhile.It continues directly on the banks of the Wormshöfter Noor and then past bright yellow rapeseed fields and through small forest areas. After a dangling through this rural idyll you reach the loop again at Kappeln.Here you will find a nice swimming area with barbecue facilities, where you can take a well-deserved break before cycling the last piece back to the starting point in Kappeln.

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    Intermediate
    01:18
    15.6 mi
    12.0 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The starting point of the round tour is at the train station in Süderbrarup. From here you drive on the old railway line out of the village and into wonderfully untouched nature. On the unpaved bike path you first pass through a small piece of forest and then past wide meadows and colorful fields.In Steinfeld you leave the Bahntrassenradweg and roll on paved dirt roads through the rural idyll to the Schlei. You can see the blue water shimmering in the sun from afar. With a detour to the Schneiderhaken bathing beach in Lindaunis, you can refresh yourself in the water of the Baltic Sea or relax on the net boom.After a rest you cycle along the Lindauer Noor. On the way you can stop at the Café Lindauhof, which was formerly used as a country doctor's office in the television series "The Country Doctor". From here you drive through picturesque fields and through romantic forests back to the starting point in Süderbrarup.

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    Intermediate
    02:37
    26.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    625 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour starts at Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig. You reach the zoo via the Schlossallee. Here you cycle along near-natural forest paths through the magical forest, past babbling brooks and an enchanted pond.Finally you reach Lürschau. Here you can take a first break at Arenholzer See and refresh yourself in the water. There is also a refreshment stop at the lake. Then the route takes you through the quiet Idstedter Forest. You pass the town of Idstedt and then you come to the lake of the same name. Here you will find a nice swimming area on the northwest shore.After you have rolled south on the shore of the lake, you drive parallel to the Langsee through the idyllic landscape. On the Ochsenweg, a former transport link with cattle drive from Denmark to Germany, you circle the Langsee in a large arc.Via Tolk, where you can stop at the "Tolk Schau" amusement park, you will reach the old circular railway line, on which you will cycle comfortably back to Schleswig. At the end of the tour, you can pay a visit to St. Peter's Cathedral and make a detour to Holm, an old fishing district at the harbor with lots of gastronomy.Tip: It can happen around the Idstedter See after rainy days that the paths are quite difficult to drive.

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    Intermediate
    01:19
    16.9 mi
    12.8 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In Schleswig, the varied bike tour starts over the sneaking paths. From the starting point you cycle past the lively harbor onto the old circular railway line. You follow the near-natural cycle path on the dam and enjoy wonderful views of the wonderful landscape that surrounds you and the loop in the distance.Finally you turn to Winningmay, where you will find a small swimming area. Here you can take a leisurely break and enjoy the beautiful view of the Reesholm nature reserve.After a rest you cycle through wide fields to Füsing. Behind the place you dive into a romantic forest on the Füsinger Au. While cycling on quiet forest paths, you always catch a glimpse of the picturesque river.Behind the forest you drive an arch over Scholderup and start on the way back. This leads you through wonderfully wide fields and finally back to Schleswig on the old circular railway route.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    157 mi
  • Duration
    16:15 h
  • Elevation
    3,450 ft

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