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Baltic Manors – Exploring historic manor houses along the South Baltic coast

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Baltic Manors – Exploring historic manor houses along the South Baltic coast

Bike Touring Collection by Baltic Manors

13

Tours

51:42 h

501 mi

7,650 ft

This Collection takes you on a journey through time along the Baltic Sea coast. On your adventure, you discover the Baltic Manors, ancient manor houses that stand as stone witnesses to history. The manors tell of agricultural times gone by, the life of the lords of the manors, and the eventful past of the South Baltic region.

The numerous castles, manor houses, and stately homes in the region have shaped the rural villages up to the present day. From the wide fields in southern Sweden to the Danish islands, from rolling hills in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany to the Polish coast and Lithuania, the lords of the manors left a distinctive mark on this vast region. Today, more and more of the crumbling walls of these buildings are being renovated in accordance with historic building regulations and transformed to fit modern times. A classic manor house hotel is just one of the many new uses. Creative minds are bringing innovative ideas, courage and energy to the table, to give these manor houses a new lease of life.

In this Collection, we take you deep into this landscape which is steeped in rich history. On 13 varied Tours, we show you sides of Northern Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden that you might not have known before. You will find everything from leisurely half-day Tours to two-day Tours, which can also be completed in one day depending on your fitness level. The terrain around the Baltic Sea is mostly flat, so you seldom encounter any tiring hills. However, flat landscapes often mean strong winds, so it’s worth taking a look at the weather forecast before setting off.

Of course, fresh fish is served all along the Baltic Sea coast. You can also look forward to typical dishes such as chilled borscht soup which is traditionally served during the summer in Lithuania or pierogi, Polish stuffed dumplings. The food will certainly make your taste buds happy and satisfy your cyclist’s appetite.

By the way, all the Tours in this Collection are located close to the Baltic Sea Coast Cycle Route, the EuroVelo Route EV10. If you are planning a longer cycling trip and want to combine the Tours, the EV10 is an excellent link. For more information about the Euro-Velo10, take a look here: en.eurovelo.com/ev10

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    Intermediate
    02:14
    22.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful round trip in the northwest of Wismar is perfect for a pleasant half-day tour, during which there is enough time to extensively explore the picturesque landscape of Mecklenburg and the architectural highlights along the way. You start right in Wismar just a few hundred meters south of the train station at the fairytale linden garden. This is of …

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  • Intermediate
    02:15
    22.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The starting point of this pleasant half-day tour is in Klein Bünzow directly at the train station, so you can travel comfortably by public transport from a little further away. As it is a round trip, the departure is not a problem either. The tour takes you through the wide landscape of Vorpommern-Greifswald north of the Peene. Stately manors and mansions line the path, another highlight is the ferry crossing to the dreamy town of Stolpe an der Peene.

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  • Intermediate
    02:58
    29.1 mi
    9.8 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour starts in Klempenow directly at the local bus stop. Alternatively, you can also arrive by car and park in the water hiking car park around the corner. The first highlight on this half-day tour, which is almost 50 kilometers longer, is already waiting for you while you are still in the starting blocks: The ruins of Klempenow Castle …

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    61.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike tour is part of the long-distance cycle route between Hamburg and Rügen. In other words, if you fancy more than the hundred kilometers of the tour, it can be easily expanded. But even on this section, great highlights and unique landscapes await you. You drive from Stralsund through the coastal hinterland, follow the Trebel to the Peene and …

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    22.7 mi
    10.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You shouldn't expect mountains like in the Alps on this leisurely round tour - then it would not be so comfortable either. Nevertheless, this part of the island of Lolland is significantly more hilly than the rest, which at least earned the area the nickname “Lolland Alps”. The unique landscape was formed around 20,000 years ago during the last ice …

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    33.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The “Nordic Grape” round trip takes you on a half-day to full-day stage through the picturesque landscape of the “Nakskov Fjord” nature park. This part of Denmark is particularly known for its mild climate. It is therefore no coincidence that the name of this tour comes from, because you are visiting a valued Danish winery, which is particularly known for its cherry wine. Under no circumstances should you miss this wine made from the somewhat different “grape”.

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  • Difficult
    04:08
    38.3 mi
    9.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This pleasant day tour runs on beautiful bike paths and quiet roads along the beautiful Polish Baltic coast. Your starting point is in Dziwnówek a few kilometers north of Kamień Pomorski, which has a connection to the local rail network and can be reached by train from Swinoujscie on the German-Polish border.Forests close to the coast alternate with the …

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    23.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    825 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A little further inland, but still easy to reach from the Polish Baltic Sea coast, is this pleasant half-day tour from Białogard to Połczyn-Zdrój. As one of the largest transport hubs in the region, Białogard can be easily reached by public transport from anywhere, for example from Kolberg on the coast.Accordingly, the tour starts right at the train station. …

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  • Difficult
    05:04
    49.2 mi
    9.7 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This day tour takes you on a journey through Gdansk Werder west of the Vistula. You drive through a fascinating landscape, free of any elevations. If you divide the bike tour into two to three stages, it is therefore also perfect for families with children who, as is well known, do not like to climb mountains that much. You can find overnight accommodation for example in Cedry Wielkie or near Grabiny-Zameczek.

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    37.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can do this tour in half a day, depending on your preference, and work out a bit on the just over 60 kilometers, or you can take a whole day to enjoy the impressive cultural landscape east of the Vistula with its historic buildings and structures.The tour begins in the small town of Nowy Dwór Gdański at the …

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    45.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For this tour over the Marienburger Werder it is worth planning a whole day. Of course, you can also drive the 74 kilometers in a shorter time, the landscape is completely flat and there are no disturbing mountains in your way. But after all, you also want to see something of the landscape - and it has a lot to offer with rustic brick buildings, medieval castles and mystical cemeteries.

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  • Difficult
    09:23
    78.7 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Lithuania Minor, also known as Prussian Lithuania, is considered the cradle of Lithuanian literature and describes an old settlement area of Lithuanian immigrants to East Prussia, which is now divided into three states: Poland, Lithuania and the Russian exclave Kaliningrad. This tour takes you almost 130 kilometers through the Memelland in Lithuania. It is possible to drive the route in …

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    35.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This half-day tour takes you on leisurely bike paths and little-traveled roads through Skåne, the southernmost province of Sweden. On 57 kilometers you will visit old castles and mansions, encounter mystical rune stones and cycle along the Swedish Baltic Sea coast on the newly created “Sydkustleden” cycle path.You start your tour directly at Svaneholm Castle northwest of the village …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    501 mi
  • Duration
    51:42 h
  • Elevation
    7,650 ft

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