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

OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

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

Bike Touring Collection by OSTSEEfjordSCHLEI

8

Tours

15:41 h

157 mi

3,500 ft

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

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    Waabser Schleichwege

    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

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  • Intermediate
    01:34
    12.2 mi
    7.8 mph
    250 ft
    250 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

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

    From Rieseby, a beautiful dirt road leads you into the wild and romantic Petriholz forest, which you cross. Picturesque fields and small forests accompany you on the journey to the banks of the Schlei. Here you will find a beautiful bathing area that invites you to take a dip in the Baltic Sea or have

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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

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  • Difficult
    03:08
    32.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Since the paths on this tour are sometimes a bit unrecognizable and some sections should be pushed better, we recommend using a mountain bike here.

    

    It starts in beautiful Kappeln. From here you cycle on field and forest paths through the beautiful nature. Idyllic fields, wide meadows and romantic groves

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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.

    

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    27.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    650 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

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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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    157 mi
  • Duration
    15:41 h
  • Elevation
    3,500 ft

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