Berlin to Copenhagen by Bike

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Berlin to Copenhagen by Bike

Trip Highlights

  • Experiencing the gorgeous lake district of Germany
  • The ferry from Rostock to the white cliffs of Møn Island
  • The final leg along the coast to Downtown Copenhagen
  • Discover two of Europe's most fascinating capital cities

Trip Summary

The contrasts between northern Germany and Denmark don't begin right at the border, but you'll certainly notice them on this cross border cycling trip. From Germany's vibrant, culturally rich and exciting capital of Berlin, you'll cycle north to the coast via forests and lakes, hopping from glistening island to island, towards the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The route takes you along canals, through scenic coastal stretches and shady forest tracks. On occasion you will need to catch local trains and also a ferry to Denmark. Germany's scattered lakes, peaceful wetlands and emerald forests provide a wonderful start for the cycling ahead. The Danish landscapes are vibrant in contrast, changing from cliff-lined coasts to white sandy beaches and where picturesque fishing villages alternate with majestic palaces and gorgeous manor-houses further inland.

Suitability

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING - Grade 4

This trip involves 9 days cycling with cycling stages from 35 to 78km / 21.5 to 48.5mi per day with gradual ascent and descent. The terrain on this tour is flat with occasional hills however weather conditions can impact on the riding difficulty. Approximately 50% of the tour is on quiet roads and 40% on dirt or gravel roads. This trip requires a good level of fitness. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets are worn.

Itinerary

Today you cycle the Oder Havel Canal to the town of Liebenwalde, home to a museum set in a former prison. Continue alongside the canal to the pink town hall in Zehdenick. Overnight in Zehdenick/Fuerstenberg or nearby. +156m/-135m

Meals:  B

Cycle to the legendary Lake Stechlin, immortalised in literature by Theodor Fontane. It is one of the area’s deepest, clearest lakes and home to the endemic dwarfed fish - and a perfect place to stop for a picnic. You will stay overnight in the lakeside town of Neustrelitz.

Meals:  B

A highlight of the trip is the Müritz National Park. Look out for eagles as you enter this beautiful national park, where more than 130 lakes are scattered amongst forest and wetlands. Visit the small village of Ankershagen, where the adventurer Schliemann, who discovered Troy, grew up. Overnight in lakeside Waren (or surrounds).

Meals:  B

A highlight of the trip is the Müritz National Park. Look out for eagles as you enter this beautiful national park, where more than 130 lakes are scattered amongst forest and wetlands. Visit the small village of Ankershagen, where the adventurer Schliemann, who discovered Troy, grew up. Overnight in lakeside Waren (or surrounds).

Meals:  Nil

Today you will cycle through the peaceful forests of Nossentiner Heide National Park to Krakow am See. Not to be confused with the city of Krakow in Poland, Krakow am See is a small town set between lakes, farmland and forests. Continue to Güstrow, home of the expressionist sculptor and printmaker, Barlach. The afternoon is free to explore the old town and visit Barlach’s studio. Overnight stay in the Krakow region or Güstrow.

Meals:  B

On the way to Rostock you will cycle along the Bützow-Güstrow-Canal. You can shorten today's cycling by taking any number of trains to Rostock (train tickets not included, payable locally). Overnight in Rostock.

Meals:  B

This morning you cycle to Rostok harbour to board the ferry to Gedser (2 hours crossing, ticket included) on the Danish island of Falster. Continue by bike across Denmark’s beautiful landscapes of dikes, small forests and pristine beaches to reach the city of Nykøbing.

Meals:  B

Today you follow the coast across easy terrain to the old merchant town of Stubbekøbing. We recommend taking some time to explore the town before boarding the ferry, which makes a quick stop at the island of Bogø before continuing to the island of Møn. Disembark and enjoy pedaling around quiet country roads and passing thatched houses, or stretch out on a beach by the Baltic Sea. Overnight in the town of Stege on Møn.

Meals:  B

After crossing the bridge from Møn to Zealand, continue north through coastal landscapes passing cottages and country houses. From either Fakse (50km/31mi) or Rødvig (69km/42.5mi), take a train to the town of Køge, just south of Copenhagen (train ticket not included, payable locally). Overnight in Køge. (Without the train the cycle distance is 107km/66.8mi)

Meals:  B

Today is your last cycle day of the tour, as you ride along coastal paths to Copenhagen. You may like to visit the private ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj along the way. Copenhagen is an enchanting city. A visit to the Tivoli Gardens is a must, as is a stroll around the old harbour city.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast in Copenhagen.

Meals:  B

Reverse Itinerary from Copenhagen

On arrival in Copenhagen, make your way to your centrally located hotel. There are numerous palaces, monuments, parks, canal ways and harbour scenes to discover. The shopping and nightlife is also great to experience. Today is free to spend however you choose. Check-in at your hotel is from 3pm.

Meals:  Nil

Today you begin cycling through Copenhagen, with its dedicated cycle ways, to the city beaches. From the centre you continue along the Køge Bay on the Baltic Sea coast, passing small villages, on the dedicated flat bike path to the market town of Køge. You may like to visit the private ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj along the way. Køge is one of the oldest ports in Denmark, with a well preserved old centre and half timbered houses. Overnight in Køge.

Meals:  B

Today’s stretch takes you through Zealand's green south to one of the island's oldest towns on the west coast, Næstved. You can take an excursion to the castle of Gavnø, which has over half a million bulbs, a rose garden, and many rare plants and trees on the castle grounds. Or you may prefer to visit the nearby Bonbon Land theme park or the Holmegaard glass factory. Overnight in Næstved

Meals:  B

Today’s tour leads you from the island of Møn to the island of Bogø, which you will reach by taking the ferry to Stubbekøbing (ticket not included, payable locally), and further on to Nykøbing. Or you can follow the west coast from Naestved via Vordingsborg to Falster. Overnight in Nykøbing/Falster.

Meals:  B

Continue by bike across the beautiful landscapes of dikes, small forests and pristine beaches around the holiday region of Marielyst and on to Gedser. From Gedser you take the ferry (included, takes aprrox 2 hours) to Rostock in Germany. From the harbour a cycle path leads directly into town and to your hotel. Rostock or Warnemünde.

Meals:  B

Today you head south following first the Warnow Valley (Warnowtal) then the Nebel Valley (Nebeltal), and along the Bützow-Güstrow-Canal. You can shorten today's cycling by taking a train from Rostock (train tickets not included , payable locally). Güstrow was the home of the expressionist sculptor and printmaker, Barlach. We recommend exploring the old town and visiting Barlach’s studio. Continue through the small hills to Krakow am See. Not to be confused with the city of Krakow in Poland, Krakow am See is a small town set between lakes, farmland and forests near Naturpark Nossentiner-Schwinzer-Heide.

Meals:  B

Today's route is delightful as you pass by Drewitzer See (Lake Drewitz) and Nossentiner Hütte and continue through pine and spruce forests to Jabel. The mostly flat trail leads you along Kölpinsee (Lake Kölpin) and to Binnenmüritz (inland Müritz River). The cycling is on dedicated cycle paths as you head to the spa town of Waren / Müritz, set on Lake Müritz, where you'll find a pretty harbour setting with bars and restaurants. Overnight stay in Waren.

Meals:  B

A large part of this stage is through Müritz National Park on a dedicated cycle way. There are a number of interesting sites to visit en route including the Heinrich Schliemann-Museum, dedicated to the businessman turned archaeologist who devoted his later years to excavating sites such as Troy (thus the wooden horse in the grounds of the museum). Continue to lakeside Neustrelitz, formerly capital of the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz with some impressive Baroque monuments. Overnight in Neustrelitz.

Meals:  B

The route today takes you along the Havel River, which you follow to Lake Woblitz and through Wesenberger Seenkreuz. From here you can either take the longer route to Stechlin or go directly to Fürstenberg. Overnight in Fürstenberg or surrounds.

Meals:  B

Continuing your cycle tour you will first pass Zehdenick and reach the city of Oranienburg soon after. Your hotel is found near the end of the cycle way. Oranienburg is located in the north of Berlin. On arrival you may like to take the S-Bahn (commuter train) to Berlin City to explore. Overnight in Oranienburg.

Meals:  B

Trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 10 breakfasts - buffet style with breads, spreads, cheese, often meats and cereals, coffee, tea, juice
  • 10 nights small hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities - hotel taxes extra
  • 24 speed rental bike with pannier (8 speed on request or if 24 speed fully booked; electric bike available on request - supplement applies) Bikes are equipped with one pannier and repair kit, lock and pump per room. Odometers are available on request with advance notice - depending on availability, will be either per bike, room or group booked.
  • Ferry Rostock to Gedser or vice versa if starting in Copenhagen
  • Admission to the Müritzeum
  • Luggage transfers
  • Information pack including route notes and maps - one per room booked, GPS data available on request
  • Emergency hotline - 7 days, 8am to 8pm

What's Not Included

  • Transfers: train Fakse/Rødvig - Køge (approx €15pp), Ferry Stubbekøbing - Bogø (approx €12pp), optional train to Rostock Harbour (allow €10pp) - prices subject to change
  • Travel to/from Oranienburg and Copenhagen
  • Lunch and dinner daily
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees not noted above
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Helmets (not available for rent, can be purchased locally)
  • Hotel/visitor tax approx €1-5 per person per night

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Reviews

An excellent experience and holiday with good bikes. The scenery was magnificent , the towns were varied and interesting and the accommodation better than expected. The grading was correct and the cycling not to arduous.

D. Roxburgh., Mulgoa, NSW. Australia

AT A GLANCE

Duration:11 Days
Countries:Germany, Denmark
Starting Point:Oranienburg or Copenhagen
Finishing Point:Copenhagen or Oranienburg
Activities:SELF GUIDED CYCLING
Grade:moderate to challenging  Click for more information
Trip Code:BTC
Prices From:GBP£1520 Per Person
Single Supplement:GBP£280  Click for more information
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