Flowering rape fields, shady beech forests, picturesque villages, remote natural beaches, impressive country estates and rugged cliffs along the Baltic Sea: When you set off on the Schwansen peninsula, things get relaxed - but definitely not boring. Here you can ride through the remote hinterland in the morning through wonderful old avenues or along colourful meadows and fields, while in the afternoon you can let the sun shine on your fur on one of the postcard ripe beaches. Holiday feeling and nature idyll are right next to each other here and you don't even have to travel far to get there: Situated in the north of Schleswig-Holstein, the peninsula is easily accessible via Eckernförde by car or train.
In this collection we show you seven varied bike tours, which all start and end in the holiday resort of Damp or in the immediate vicinity. Damp is situated directly on the Baltic Sea and is an ideal starting point for your exploration tours. After you have exhausted yourself, you can relax on the beach or - even in "slippery weather" - enjoy real seawater in the discovery pool. The young village is well-prepared for tourists and offers you numerous accommodations and refreshment facilities. The historic Gut Damp is particularly worth mentioning: here you will pass by automatically on the way back on most of our tours - ideal for fortifying yourself in the restaurant "Kuhhaus" in a wonderful ambience.
The tours of this collection are declared as "mountain bike tours". And indeed, you use many beautiful paths and trails off the beaten track. But of course no alpine trail challenges await you here. The tours are all easy to ride and you will also have a lot of fun with a simple mountain bike or a touring bike. Just be aware that you won't be riding on asphalt all the time. True to the motto of the region: Take it easy - then you will enjoy a wonderfully relaxed time in the beautiful landscape of Swan.
This beautiful tour starts right in the Ostsee Resort Damp and takes you on a 33-kilometer loop over the Schlei to Arnis, Kappeln and along the Baltic Sea back to the starting point. A couple of beautiful single trails and even a trip on the ferry provide variety along the way.After starting, you will first drive through the typical landscape of the Schwansen peninsula, past wide meadows and many farms with idyllic thatched roofs. You can take a short first break in Karby, where a visit to the centrally located church that gave the whole place its name is definitely worthwhile.Now it is not far to the Schlei, which you cross by ferry. You go straight to the smallest city in Germany: Less than 300 people live in Arnis - it is still worthwhile to linger here for a moment, even if it is just to fortify yourself with a delicious fish dish.Via Kappeln - where you can replenish your supplies again or stop for a bite to eat - it is now back towards the Baltic Sea. When you can see the water, it is not far to the most beautiful section of the tour: You will now drive back to Damp along the picturesque cliffs. Make sure you plan a trip to the beach. When the weather is good, you can reward yourself with a dip in the water and when it's cold, you can simply enjoy the idyllic atmosphere of the rough sea.
The almost 30-kilometer round begins in Vogelsang-Grünholz at the bus station, where there is a free car park. If you live in Damp, you can also start directly from there, because the tour leads right past the place.At the beginning of the tour you drive through the beautiful, secluded forest of Moorholz and then on a quiet concrete slab path through the fields, past Gut Maasleben to Sieseby. Here you can stop off comfortably or enjoy the beautiful landscape on the jetty with a view of the Schlei.The following section is beautiful: Along the Schlei you drive directly along the water and always have a great view of the foothills of the Baltic Sea, which makes Schwansen a peninsula. Again and again you will come across idyllic spots directly on the water, which invite you to take a little rest. If you fancy a particularly unusual resting place, you can simply drive to the “Netzausleger”: You can really “hang out” here in a kind of hammock! Then you are ready for the return journey: through the village of Karby and past various manor houses that are well worth seeing, you come back to Vogelsang-Grünholz. Shortly before your destination, you can stop off at the Kuhhaus restaurant on Gut Damp.
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With a length of around 25 kilometers, this tour is rather short and takes you south of Damp over beautiful, narrow trails with a wonderful view and over quiet (concrete slab) roads through the picturesque landscapes of the Schwansen peninsula.The start is at Fischleger Strand, where you can not only park for free, but also treat yourself to a snack at the beach snack bar before your departure - including a wonderful view of the Baltic Sea. From here you first follow the coastline on narrow trails and paths south. The steep coast to Waabs is beautiful and if you see a bench, sit down for a moment and enjoy the picturesque nature.In Langholz you leave the coast and follow the road for a short stretch to Gut Ludwigsburg - the turning point of the tour. There is a lot to discover here: the estate itself is absolutely idyllic and if you like horses, you will get your money's worth here, as there is a stud on the estate. You can buy a “culinary souvenir” in the farm shop and then fortify yourself in the café for the rest of the tour.Now follows the Rothensander Weg - a simple concrete slab path through the middle of the idyllic meadows and fields of the peninsula. Past Gut Rothensande you will now slowly come back to the starting point of the tour and thus back to the Baltic Sea coast and the beautiful Fischleger beach. It's best to take off your bike shoes and allow your feet to cool off in the fresh water of the Baltic Sea.
On this tour you can experience the beautiful Schwansen landscape in all directions. You cycle mostly relaxed on quiet streets and paths, past charming manor houses and through the beautiful villages / towns Rieseby and Sieseby. A stop in the cozy Café Grünlund rounds off this tour (note the opening times: the café is only open on Sundays).The start is in Vogelsang-Grünholz directly at the bus station. Here you can park your car for free or travel directly by bus before you start pedaling yourself. Now your journey begins, criss-crossing the beautiful landscape, initially towards the south, where Gut Ludwigsburg is the first nice opportunity for a little rest. You can fortify yourself with home-made cakes in the estate's café.We now continue in a westerly direction. Passing the impressive Gut Saxtorf you reach the small town of Rieseby. If you want to take a closer look at it, it is worth visiting the Sankt Petri Church, which is considered one of the most beautiful country churches in Schleswig-Holstein. Also worth seeing is the Anna mill, which houses a small local museum.We continue north - you can look forward to the next break. Because regardless of whether you stop at Café Grünlund or drive a little further to Sieseby, you can look forward to cozy refreshments in a beautiful atmosphere. With renewed strength, you are then ready for the last section of the tour, which takes you past Gut Maasleben and through the beautiful Moorholzer Forest back to the east and thus to Vogelsand-Grünholz.
This tour is a little longer, because it leads from Damp to the old port town of Eckernförde, which is located directly on the Eckernförde Bay and is a nice destination for a day trip. The narrow streets of the old town with its picturesque fishermen's houses and the picturesque harbor are definitely worth a visit. You can also look forward to super fresh fish rolls here!It starts at Fischleger Strand, where there is a free parking lot and a snack bar with a view of the Baltic Sea directly on the beach. Whether before or after the tour - you can definitely plan a strengthening here. Parallel to the coastline, but a little inland, you are now driving through the beautiful Schwansen landscape. You cycle past idyllic villages and mansions worth seeing until you finally reach the historic port city, which was once an important trading center.If you have looked at the city in peace and have strengthened yourself properly, it goes back. Not on the same route, however, but a little further inland. Only at one point - at Gut Ludwigsburg - do you cross the route there, so that the route is shaped like an eight. It is precisely here that a short detour to the “Langbett von Karlsminde”, a megalithic grave from the Neolithic Age, which is only a few hundred meters away from the route, is worthwhile. You can then strengthen yourself at Gut Ludwigsburg before you drive back to Fischleger Strand near Damp via the wonderfully quiet Rothensanderweg.
This tour is more than 43 kilometers long, but it is also incredibly varied and you get to know the Schwansen peninsula and the opposite side of the Schlei, the fishing landscape, in all its facets.From the start in Damp you first drive over a quiet stretch through the middle of the lonely Karlsburgerholz, the largest closed deciduous forest area on the peninsula. Passing Karlsburg Castle, you set course for the next highlights, which come in a double pack: You cross the Schlei by ferry and land in the smallest town in Germany. Arnis has many cute houses and studios and there are cafes at the harbor, from which you can watch the small shipyards in which the ships are busy working.Now you follow the course of the Schlei and drive through the fishing landscape to Lindaunis, where you can take a short detour to the beautiful Schneiderhaken bathing beach, where a "net boom" invites you to take a break. From here you can already see how things will continue: The ancient bascule bridge over the Schlei is really something special. Here, cars, trains, cyclists and pedestrians alternate across the water in just one lane.You now start your way back via Krieseby. If you are now feeling hungry, you can fill up your energy supplies in Café Grünlund (note the opening times: the café is only open on Sundays) or shortly before your destination at Gut Damp.
Do you fancy the full program through the Schwansen and fishing landscapes? Then this long day tour is just right for you. It leads you from Damp parallel to the Baltic Sea coast to Eckernförde. From there you continue to Missunde, where you cross the loop at its narrowest point and continue your tour in the fishing landscape. In Lindaunis you then switch back to the other bank and drive back to Damp via beautiful towns like Krieseby and Sieseby.You really get a lot on the way. Magnificent paths lead you through the beautiful landscape of the peninsula and you keep coming back to one of the numerous manor houses that are typical of the area here. You will also get to know Schwansen's most beautiful villages on this tour: Whether Krieseby, Stubbe (there is a farm shop with a café and lunch menu as well as fruit to pick yourself) or Lindaunis - they are all worth a look and are ideal for a short tour .A special highlight is of course the port city of Eckernförde. You shouldn't miss a walk through the narrow streets of the beautiful old town, as well as the obligatory fish sandwich, which you can treat yourself to almost freshly caught at the beautiful port of the city.There is also no shortage of opportunities for short breaks in the further course: In Missunde you can rest for a moment in one of the “net booms” before you can take another deep breath on the ferry across the Schlei. If you feel like taking a break on the beach, there are various detours to the bank of the Schlei on the following section to Lindaunis. When you have crossed this again in Lindaunis, it is not far until you are back in Damp. Shortly before the finish line, the “Kuhhaus” restaurant in Gut Damp is highly recommended.