Hop on your bike, bring along your friends, leave the urban jungle behind you and immerse yourself in Hamburg’s fascinating nature. Outside of the city, a world of mysterious moors, wide marshes, idyllic woods, winding rivers, and cultural landscapes await. The greener side of Hamburg offers great cycling routes for everyone.
Hamburg's bicycle campaign ‘Fahr ein solidarisches Hamburg’ (ride united in Hamburg) invites you to discover the city in this Collection. We present eight cycling Tours that will take you into the unique and diverse nature outside of the city. In the Alte Land, you will ride through picturesque fruit-growing areas; you can watch animals and discover rare plants in the moors; the Harburg mountains offer crisp climbs; and pretty paths lead along the Alster River. Both adventurers, leisure cyclists, and sporty bikers will find something for them in these Tours.
Hamburg has great infrastructure for cyclists such as city bike stations, bike+ride, and air pump stations. In the colder months, the roads are also cleared of leaves and snow. There are also great cycle routes running through the city in the shape of a star and guaranteeing smooth rides along tarmacked paths and quiet roads. The cycle routes network will be finished in 2022. You can find the current status at fahrrad.hamburg/de/service/velorouten.
All the Tours in this Collection can be reached via the cycle routes or by public transport. You can also rent a city bike at all of the starting points. This way you can flexibly and spontaneously enjoy the nature of Hamburg on your bike.
The Alte Land, which is Germany's largest, contiguous fruit-growing area, extends southwest of Hamburg. In addition to picturesque orchards, wide meadows, branching canals and dikes as well as romantic half-timbered houses in sleepy villages await you here.The tour to the Alte Land begins at the Klein Flottbek S-Bahn station. You can get here by public transport or via Veloroute 1. There is also a StadtRAD station right at the bus stop where you can rent a bike.At the beginning you roll through the Westerpark down to the Elbe and cycle on the riverside path to the Blankenese pier. You then take the ferry to Cranz.Here, south of the Elbe, the Alte Land extends. From Cranz you first drive comfortably along the Elbe and turn off at the Borsteler Binnenelbe towards Borstel. Once you have arrived in the village, it is worth stopping at the impressive Aurora windmill.Then you cycle on a flat stretch along the canal to Jork. Beautiful half-timbered houses with artistically decorated facades are lined up here. You can also marvel at this type of house in Estebrugge, a few kilometers away.From here you roll over Hove on the dike along the Este. You can let your gaze wander over the flat landscape of the Old Country and enjoy the sight of the orchards.Back in Cranz you take the ferry to Blankenese again and from there drive back to the Klein Flottbek S-Bahn station, the starting point of the tour.
On hot days, a trip to the forest is particularly good. At Hamburg-Harburg, the rose garden stretches where you drive in the shade of tall trees through the refreshing green of the cool forest.The starting point for the tour in the forest rose garden is in Hamburg-Harburg. It starts right at the train station. You can get here comfortably by public transport or via the Veloroute 11. You can also find a StadtRAD station here to rent a bike.At the beginning of the tour you drive past the Lohmühlenteich out of the city. Here it gets a bit hilly, because you have reached the Harburg Mountains. In the hills in front of the city you can already find wonderful forest. After a few kilometers you leave it briefly to cycle over beautiful fields in the Rosengarten forest.At the game park Black Mountains you finally immerse yourself in the wonderful nature of the forest. Surrounded by the chirping of the birds and rustling of the leaves, you drive under mighty trees. It goes up and down in the rose garden. So you have to master small climbs on some sections, which are quickly forgotten afterwards due to the rapid descents.After visiting the rose garden, you roll across vast fields into the romantic Appelbüttel valley and cross it. Shortly afterwards you will reach the Harburger Stadtpark. Through refreshing forest and past glittering lakes you roll through the park towards the train station, where you reach the starting point of the tour again.
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On natural trails that murmur along the Alster, you cycle on this tour into the fascinating moor landscape of Duvenstedter Brooks.The starting point is in Ohlsdorf at the S- and U-Bahn station. In addition to public transport, bike routes 4 and 5 take you towards Ohlsdorf. At the starting point you can borrow a city bike if you don't have your own bike.Immediately after the start you cycle to the Alster. North of Ohlsdorf it is not yet very wide and flows in playful loops through magical nature. On the Alster hiking trail you accompany the river to the northeast. Of course, you take the hikers and walkers with whom you share the path into consideration.Finally you reach the Rodenbeker Quellental. Here, too, you can look forward to untouched nature. Shady forest and idyllic lakes provide refreshment. Then you cross the Wohldorfer forest and reach the Duvenstedter Brook.In the nature reserve you can enjoy the fascinating moor landscape and with a little luck you can watch some of the animal inhabitants such as various birds, butterflies, frogs or deer.On the way back you cross the Wohldorfer forest again and then drive parallel to the Alster back to the starting point in Ohlsdorf.
You can also take a tour of the Elbe by bike. You cycle west of Hamburg along the water, past beautiful beaches and find relaxation in nature.It starts at the Teufelsbrück pier, where you can take the ferry. Alternatively, Veloroute 1 will take you towards Teufelsbrück. At the jetty you can borrow a StadtRAD.From the starting point you cycle comfortably along the banks of the Elbe towards Blankenese. On the way you will pass beautiful beaches, you can marvel at boats at the dinghy harbor and in Blankenese you can enjoy the impressive villas.You roll along the long beach of the Falkensteiner Ufer and then make a detour up the bank slope in Wittenbergen. At the height you continue to Schaulau. Here you whiz down on a small descent to the pier.You take the ferry to Lühe. You come pretty close to the protected island of Neßsand and you can take a look at it.From Lühe you cycle upstream again along the banks of the Elbe. Here you will also find beautiful beaches for a break. Then you roll on flat paths through the old country past Borstel and Cranz.After you have rounded the end of the runway of the Airbus site, you will reach the Alte Süderelbe. It is located in a nature reserve and the view of the water is wonderful. From here you continue to Rüschpark, from where the ferry takes you back to the Teufelsbrück pier.
In the south of Hamburg, the Elbe branches into a network of large and small side arms. These flow through the beautiful landscape of the Four and Marshlands and are waiting to be explored by you.The starting point is at Billwerder-Moorfleet train station. Here you can easily get there by public transport or via Veloroute 9. You will also find a StadtRAD station here to rent a bike.You cycle straight from the train station to the Dove Elbe and roll along its banks. You pass the Tatenberger Yacht Club and the water park Dove Elbe. On the way you always have great opportunities to take a break on the shore and to bathe or grill there.At Allermöher you cross the river and drive to the dike on the other side of the river. From the top you have a great view of the water and the wide meadows that spread around you. On the dikes along the river you follow the happy loops of the Dove Elbe to Curslack.Here you leave the Dove Elbe and cycle on the straight Vierländer railway embankment past meadows and fields past the Gose Elbe. Through the rural idyll of the four and marshlands you drive along the course of the river until you reach the Dove Elbe again.On their banks you will find another beautiful swimming area where you can refresh yourself on hot days at the end of the tour. Then you cycle back to Billwerder-Moorfleet train station, the starting point of the tour.
The name Vierlande can be traced back to the villages of Curslack, Neuengamme, Altengamme and Kirchwerder. This tour takes you through these rural districts in the south-east of Hamburg, where you experience history and fascinating nature at the same time.It starts at Hamburg-Bergedorf station, where you can get there by S-Bahn or regional train. You can also reach the starting point via bike routes 8 and 9. You can also borrow a bike from the StadtRAD station if you don't bring your own.At the start of the tour you cycle south to the Dove Elbe. Here you are already in the Vier- und Marschlanden. On the bank of the river you roll comfortably in the direction of Curslack and you will soon reach the Rieck Haus open-air museum. In the oldest, preserved farmhouse in Northern Germany, you can find out everything about the cultural history of the region and about rural life in the past.Then you cycle on along the Dove Elbe, pass the village of Curslack and pass the Neuengamme concentration camp memorial. You reach the Elbe at Altengamme. With a view of the water you roll along the mighty river to the Zollenspieker ferry pier. The old ferry house is a listed building and is a great place for a break with the opportunity to stop.Freshly strengthened, you make your way back, which leads you past Kirchwerder. Parallel to the Gose Elbe, you cycle through the Vier- und Marschlande. Then you cross the small arm of the Elbe and come back to the Dove Elbe on a dead straight path. You cross this too and shortly afterwards you will reach Bergedorf again. Here you can visit the castle at the end of the tour - the only preserved castle in Hamburg's urban area.
On this tour you dive into the mysterious world of the moors and experience the fascinating nature of the wetlands in all its facets.It starts at the train station in Harburg. You can arrive by public transport or via the Veloroute 11. On site, you have the opportunity to rent a bike at a StadtRAD station.From the train station you drive through the city, past the Schwarzenberg Park and finally reach the Harburger Moore at the gates of the city. Here you can already experience great nature and with a little luck you can watch beavers and other bog inhabitants.After a short detour through Neugraben, you will reach the nature reserve "Moorgürtel", which will continue into the nature reserve "Moore bei Buxtehude". The tour takes you through both areas with their unique landscape.On the way back you roll along the edge of the moor and you can let your gaze wander over the wide fields and meadows of the Altes Land on your left. Then you reach the Harburger Moor again and cycle through the city back to the Harburg train station, the starting point of the tour.
This tour always takes you along the Elbe, but not towards the sea, but upstream. South of Hamburg, the mighty river flows through wide marshland, which is perfect for a beautiful bike tour in nature.The starting point is at the train station in Hamburg-Harburg. You can get here both by public transport and via bike route 11. You can rent a bike at the StadtRAD station.From the train station you cycle past the Harburg harbor directly to the Süderelbe and drive along the dike along the shore. While cycling upriver, you always have unforgettable views of the river and the green banks, some of which are protected.You will pass the Bunthäuser Spitze, where the Elbe divides into Süderelbe and Norderelbe. From now on you drive along the Elbe, which is significantly wider than the Süderelbe. You will soon reach the mouth of the lake, which is located in a nature reserve. Here you can experience beautiful nature and admire the rare checkerboard flower.Then you roll on the Elbdeich to Hoopte, where you cross the Elbe by ferry. On the other side of the river, it is worth taking a break in the listed ferry terminal Zollenspieker, where you can also eat deliciously.With new energy you always drive along the river to Altengamme. Here you leave the shore and cycle on the Marschbahndamm and the Horster Damm through the beautiful nature of the Vierland and Marschlande.The destination of the tour is at Hamburg-Bergedorf train station. You can return your StadtRAD here and have access to public transport and bike routes 8 and 9.