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.
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.
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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.