Etappe 4: Von Papenburg nach Leer – Deutsche Fehnroute
Includes a segment with temporary access restrictions
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127 yd in total
Includes a movable bridge
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1 in total
Bike Touring Highlight
Hannah planned a bike ride.
April 5, 2020
Today you cycle on the last stage of your circular route along the Fehnroute back to Leer. On the 28 kilometers you can take breaks and enjoyment breaks as you please and feel the special atmosphere of the Fehn landscape. Your stage begins on the main canal in Papenburg, where the magnificent traditional sails of the open-air museum, the historic town hall and the traditional windmills make your view of Papenburg something very special. Along the canal you drive past the old shipyard and reach the idyllic yacht harbor Papenburg, which is located directly in front of the Meyer shipyard. The sports boats offer a strong contrast to the monstrous cruise ships that are manufactured here.The Fehnroute now leads you along the banks of the Ems. On lush green dyke paths you cycle through the beautiful scenery completely without traffic. If you decide to take a break on the dike, you can look forward to the company of woolly sheep. After a few kilometers, the path leads you through the two-hundred-soul village of Mitling-Mark. Here you can stop off in a former ferry house and enjoy first-class cuisine in a rustic, yet stylish atmosphere, or take a coffee break in the blooming garden. The post windmill from the 16th century with its original interior and a museum in the annex is definitely worth seeing.The route now leads you along the Ems, which flows into the North Sea. Here the German Fehnroute and the Emsradweg run parallel for about 10 kilometers and you cycle past small towns, grazing sheep and one or the other stork nest.It doesn't take long and you come to Leda, a tributary of the Ems. A narrow path at the railway bridge takes you to the other side of the river. The following applies here: caution is better than leniency. I therefore recommend that you dismount at this point and push the bike over the bridge. Once on the other side, the route takes you along the Leda to the Empty Sea Lock, which ensures that the harbor is not subject to the tide stroke. Now you cycle in a beautiful arc around the empty harbor, where you started your round trip through the Fehnwelt. In the pretty historic old town you will find wonderful riverside spots and benches on the pier where you can sit down and review your trip.The tour ends at the main train station in Leer. Here you have numerous options for traveling by train, because the train station is a traffic junction and there are lines from different parts of Germany. Every two hours you can take the IC 35 to Koblenz, the IC 56 to Leipzig and the RE 1 to Hanover. The RE 15 takes you to Münster or Emden every hour. If the harbor flair and the North Sea breeze have awakened your appetite for the sea, you can also take the RE 1 to Norddeich, where the ferries depart for the North Sea islands.
May 1, 2020