Radial-tour in and around Hamburg
8 days harbor atmosphere and marshland idyll
This tour is still an absolute secret tip! You live in the newly opened 4-star hotel Zollenspieker Fährhaus - directly on the banks of the Elbe river, at the gateway to Hamburg. The hotel, the historical building and the beer garden are regarded as one of the best destinations for a day trip around Hamburg. It is a great starting point for splendid bicycle excursions. You will cycle along the Elbe to the beautiful town of Lauenburg. Here you will make a day trip to the ship lift Scharnebeck on the “Elbe-Seitenkanal” which overcomes a height difference of 38 m and you will visit the Old Town of Lüneburg and its marvelous mansions. Discover Winsen an der Luhe, ride up into the foothills of the Lüneburg Heath, roam around the “Vierländer” nature conservation areas and visit the castles in Bergedorf and Reinbeker with its idyllic park on the banks of the river Bille. Of course Hamburg will not be missed out, since two exciting day tours lead directly into the port metropolis. Cycle through the harbor and through the old Elbtunnel, which is usually only used by pedestrians and cyclists, to the famous piers and landing stages, the historic Warehouse District and the Old Town. As the highlight of the trip you sail on Sunday with “Käpt’n Kuddels“ launch early in the morning to Hamburg's fish market and there you have time to experience the turbulent hustle. Can a tour be more diversified?
Your hotel: The Zollenspieker Fährhaus
The new 4-star hotel Zollenspieker Fährhaus with the associated well-know restaurant and the beer garden is the perfect host. It offers 52 comfortable rooms, all with an open view of the Elbe. For your well being, you can use the free 380qm large sauna landscape with 4 saunas, let the day end at the bar with an open fireplace or relax on the sun terrace and once again gaze over the wonderful Elbe. The restaurant with a large winter garden and a rustic beer garden in all weather conditions provides the perfect setting to let yourself to be pampered in the evening. The bikes are safe and protected. All in all, the Zollenspieker Fährhaus is a perfect host in every respect providing all services for you.
1. day Hamburg-Bergedorf, Arrival at the hotel
Today you have the longest trip with a great destination: your individual trip to the hotel Zollenspieker Fährhaus. We recommend to arrive early to enjoy the unique location with beautiful views of the banks of the Elbe river and to let the magnificently atmosphere take its effect. Just beautiful, there is no better way to get in the mood for the coming days.
2. day Trip to Hamburg's fish market. Tour on the Elbe-Bikeway 28 - 40 km
The morning starts rustic, the mid morning is lively and the return trip is enjoyable: Early in the morning at 6:00 am you will leave for a cruise with “Käpt’n Kuddels“ launch boat (38 Euro per person, payable in the hotel), using the hotel owned shipping pier (Breakfast on board). You will sail on the Elbe directly to the legendary Hamburg fish market. Since the year 1703 everything not nailed down tightly has been traded here. From fish at bargain prices to porcelain pots or palm trees, you can find everything in the 100-year-old fish auction hall. Bananas are flying through the air, plastic bags full of sausage change hands quickly for a ridiculous price. Aale-Dieter, screams with all his might, clusters of people gathered in front of the dealers – you have to experience that for yourself (and therefore it is worth that you become an early riser)!
Till 09:30am the goods are sold, than you have time to stroll pleasurably on the piers. After an extensive break you go at 10:00am back on board and Captain Kuddel continues the extraordinary cruise with an special tour of the impressive harbor. He takes you to the Süderelbe and then back to the hotel (appr. 12:00am).
You can use the free afternoon for short bike rides, to relax or for a variety of observations on the busy Elbe.
Please note: "Käpt'n Kuddel" is a family shipping line and a true Hamburg Original. The tour is offered every sunday from 09th April to 22th October 2017.
3. day Seevetal and Lüneburg Heath 27 / 56 or 74 km
By ferry you cross over and follow the bike path Seeve in the Lüneburg Heath. In Maschen marvel at the largest railway yard in Europe, with a width of up to 700 meters, pass on the shady paths the Horster Mühle and enjoy Jesteburg with its well preserved thatched houses. Even a visit to the museum barn on the outskirts of the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve is recommended before you start cycling back. Relics from the last ice age are the reason why you have to master some small hills in the otherwise flat and sparsely populated area.
4. day Round trip “Vierlanden” 37 - 53 km
Look forward to a varied day, you will discover no less than eight major attractions on your route! Whether it is the still functional Riepenbburger grain windmill, or the Vierländer open-air museum ”Rieck house”, it is the castle in Bergedorf with the park at the Bille or the the Dutch Renaissance castle Reinbek. Also, you can visit the KZ-Memorial Neuengamme, trace the life and work of Otto von Bismarck (museum, permanent exhibition and mausoleum). Or visit the Garden of Butterflies' and be enchanted by the tropical colored free-flying butterflies of all continents. All these attractions are in the nature reserve “Vierlande”, at the small river Bille and in the bordering forest Sachsenwald. On this tour natural and cultural experiences are perfectly connected with each other.
5. day Elbe-Bikeway to Lauenburg 31 - 67 km
A full day along the beautiful Elbe. You start on the marsh embankment and enjoy sweeping views to the right and left of the Elbe. At km 15, marvel at the large and lovely Elbe river bridge with barrage and sluices in Geesthacht. This impressive technical system regulates the water level for the entire port of Hamburg! Later you ride on the rough wooded nature conservation area “Hohes Elbufer” to the shipping city Lauenburg. It features colorful half-timbered houses richly decorated in the picturesque old city, the Elbe Maritime Museum and as a nostalgic eye-catcher on the waterfront of the historic paddle steamer "Kaiser Wilhelm". After a worthwhile break you cycle along the left bank of the Elbe back to the hotel.
6. day Hamburg Harbor & City 52 or 63 km
In the morning you cycle directly from the hotel to the train station Bergedorf, there you take the tram in order to get conveniently and quickly to the city center of Hamburg. Here you will start your extensive sightseeing tour by bike through the center of Hamburg. You have the choice: good cycle paths lead through spacious parks, along the picturesque Elbe landscape and the Alster lake, the Reeperbahn, St. Pauli, to the city's landmark, the 'Michel' (Michaeliskirche) and of course in the warehouse district of Hamburg harbor. Once at the landing stages, you will experience a further highlight of the trip: the Old Elbe Tunnel. Opened 100 years ago as a technical masterpiece, the tunnel is 24 meters in depth and over 420 meters in length under the Elbe and is now used annually by more than 60000 cyclists and 700000 pedestrians. What an experience! At the end you leave the large elevator and directly find yourself in the vibrant center of the port city. Here a new bike route leads safely through the "free port" to Williamsburg and further on to the beautiful old Hamburg Elbe river bridge. There you use the local train for the return trip to Winsen,. You quickly reached the ferry back to the hotel.
Anyone who wants can cycle the two transfer trips, one or both courses on the same bike path and experience the full day tour (66 km) in the saddle.
7. day Ship lift and Lüneburg 36 / 46 / 64 or 74 km
Another day with new goals! Once again you use the Elbe River ferry at the hotel and follow the bike path till the Ilmenau bike path through the flat marshland. Look forward to the modern ship lift Scharnebeck at the Elbe Seitenkanal, which used to be the world's largest elevator and overcomes a height difference of 38 meters. In the accompanying exhibition hall unique technical dimensions will be shown. We recommend to take a tour before you cycle to the old salt and Hanseatic city of Lüneburg. The unspoiled medieval town is characterized by the monumental stone mansions that bear witness to the rich past which is impressively reflected in the German Salt Museum. Have a well-deserved break in Winsed on the Luhe to visit the worth seeing castle, before ending the day with many impressions in the beautiful hotel.
8. day Hamburg-Bergedorf departure
Today, the goodbye is really hard: the beautifully situated and embosomed Zollenspieker Fährhaus hotel, many fascinating day trip destinations and sights along the way, the beautiful and worth cycling bike paths - all that have made this trip a real experience.
The bike routes
Every day you can individually select how many kilometers you would like to ride. For each tour there is a shorter and a longer version and of course you have a free choice in the center of Hamburg to extend the tours or to focus on the city center. That means you can spontaneously decide how much time you want to spend in the saddle.
You ride mostly on flat paved roads, only short inclines or small sandy passages have to be overcome. Of course, a large volume of traffic can not be avoided in Hamburg and large cities, but in general you cycle on bike paths.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels
Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels
For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.
Prices are per person.
- 7 overnights incl.breakfast at the hotel Zollenspieker Fährhaus
- free use of wellness facilities in the hotel
- enough hotel parking lot
- well-drafted variable route guidance with shorter or longer day trips
- detailed route descriptions and maps with marked route
- detailed travel documents with many daily tips
- 6 x use of the Elbe ferry Zollenspieker including bike
- GPS rental unit with all tour tracks for a deposit of 50,– €. Supply and instructions on-site.
- 7 day hotline service
- 25% reduction for children under 14 years of age in a room with two people paying the full price
- 15% reduction for children under 14 years of age in their own room
Worth knowing about your Hamburg radial tour
Below you will find specific information about the radial bike tour Hamburg and surroundings. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Hamburg is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. From the Hamburg mainstation you can take a bus who goes every hour directly to the hotel. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
The hotel "Zollenspieker Fährhaus" always provides free parking possibilities for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available, pre-reservation is necessary.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle mostly on flat and paved roads, only some short inclines or even a small sandy passage has to be mastered. Of course, it is not possible to avoid traffic in Hamburg or other larger cities, however, mostly you cycle on separated bike trails.
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking
Apply/rent a GPS device as a navigational aid
On request, we will provide you with a GPS device for the entire duration of your trip. All day trips are stored on the device. Instead of reading the map and written directions, “simply” follow the route shown on the preset device.
You will receive the device, together with a short briefing, at the reception desk of your initial hotel. A security deposit of 50,– € is required for the device.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Trip to the Hamburger Fischmarkt
The journey to the Hamburger Fischmarkt will take place in 2017 on the following Sundays:
09.04; 23.04 .; May 14; 21 May; 04.06 .; 18.06 .; 02.07 .; 16.07; 30.07; 13.08; 27.08 .; 10.09; 08.10 and 22.10.2017
Departure 06:00 a.m.
Return approximately 12:00 p.m.
Price per person incl. breakfast buffet, as well as coffee or tea during the outward journey and large port round trip on the return trip: 38.00 €
On the other Sundays you can take the S-Bahn from Hamburg-Bergedorf to Hamburg to visit the fish market.
(Subject to change, as of October 2016)
Das Hotel Zollenspieker Fährhaus
The Zollenspieker Fährhaus is a popular excursion destination at the most southern point of Hamburg.
You will find a small hotel, a spacious restaurant with fresh regional food, banquet hall, beautiful Elbe terrace and an idyllic beer garden. Very popular are the barge trips directly from the investor`s house. But also without going on board, everyone here gets a small holiday from everyday life.
From 1871 until his death, Prince Otto von Bismarck spent his life in the "Old House" in Friedrichsruh in the Saxony Forest. Since 1951 you find here the reopend Bismarck museum which is a worthy memorial.
Situated in a park at the Bille, the Bergedorf Castle is the only one from the Middle Ages maintained property in Hamburg's territory. The museum's collections include the armory and the gun room in the basement of the building, instruments of torture as well as other artefacts from the Middle Ages and early modern period. The ground floor contains the complete interior of the Art Nouveau Café Möller. In the first floor the courtroom and the richly designed gentleman's room are reminiscent of the former palace when it was a office building. But also an insight into the upscale Bergedorf civic culture is given to visitors.
KZ memorial Neuengamme
For several decades KZ Neuengamme was not appreciated in the public memory, not only regionally but also locally in Hamburg. Only after the first prison closed in 2003, the memorial was able to expand into a center for exhibitions, international exchanges and historical studies on the site of the former prisoners' barracks. In February 2006, the second prison closed and its grounds were also incorporated into the memorial. The new memorial, which opened in May 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the camp's liberation, covers nearly the entire grounds of the former camp, an area of 50 hectares containing 15 buildings from the Nazi era. This makes it one of the largest memorials in Germany.
Rieck House – “Vierländer” open-air museum
The Rieck house in the “Marschhufen” village Curslack is the oldest surviving Low-German “Flachhallenhaus” in the in the rural area of Vierlande. This house as well as the barn, the bakehouse and field drainage system give visitors an insight into the rural material culture and the coexistence of humans and animals under one roof. Learn about the typical manifestations such as alcoves, inlaid furniture, chests and walls with Dutch wall tiles or enjoy the lush cottage garden with its ornamental and medicinal plants.
Riepenburger grain windmill
The hard and at the same time interesting profession of the wind miller is brought close to visitors in the grain windmill in Riepenburg. During a guided tour you can still see a 4-ton mechanics that mills corn to a grist.
Reinbek Castle was built in the 16th century by Duke Adolf, who took over the power of his newly formed Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp in at age of 18. He returned home from the Crusades wealthy, so he could afford to built castles in his main offices. Enjoy a stroll through the park or be guest in one of the numerous cultural events, exhibitions and art fairs that the castle offers today.
Der Rangierbahnhof in Maschen
Mit einer Länge von 7.000 Metern und einer maximalen Breite von 700 Metern, nimmt der Rangierbahnhof in Maschen eine Fläche von 280 Hektar ein und wird somit zum größten Rangierbahnhof Europas.
Während der Baumaßnahmen, die im Juni 1970 begannen, wurden insgesamt drei Millionen Kubikmeter Torf und zehn Millionen Kubikmeter Sand bewegt. Die dabei entstandenen Baggerseen dienen der Region heute zur Naherholung.
Die nun mehr als 40 Jahre alten Anlagen sind mittlerweile sanierungsbedürftig – seit 2009 wird der Rangierbahnhof erneuert und teilweise umgebaut. Die dafür investierten 220 Millionen Euro sollen die Anlagen bis zum Jahr 2013 im neuen Glanz erstrahlen lassen.
Lohnenswert ist auch ein Blick von der Autobrücke über die gigantischen Geiselanlagen – besonders beeindruckend in einem Lichtermeer bei Nacht.
German Salt Museum
Everybody knows salt! In a permanent exhibition the German Salt Museum brings visitors closer to the small white granule. Experience the salt-works-town or learn more about the region of Lüneburg and its projects.
Ship lift Scharnebeck
The ship lift Scharnebeck is a remarkable technical theater, a large double vertical ship lift which can lift modern cargo ships to a height of 38 meters. The vertical boat lift was built in 1974 as the largest in the world. More than 500,000 visitors come each year to look how cargo boats and sport boats are lifted in two giant water troughs on their way through the Elbe Side Canel over the stage between Elbmarsch and Geest.
Elbe Maritime Museum in Lauenburg
Since the 14th century shipping is an important part of the history of the town of Lauenburg. The Lauenburger Maritime Museum shows in a permanent exhibit extensive collections which are of great historical value for the maritime history of the Elbe river and its outlaying districts. Valuable contemporary ship models give visitors an understanding of the development from the canoe, the sail boat through the towboat to modern motor boating. In the 1st floor the museum exhibits changing special exhibitions several times a year.
Elb river bridge with barrage and sluice gate in Geesthacht
To ensure a evenly depth between Lower and Upper Elbe 1957 a sluice gate was built in Geesthacht. The sluice and the sluice channel enable the shipping industry to overcome the gap created by the weir.
Old Elbe tunnel
When the old Elbe tunnel, also called the "St. Pauli Elbtunnel," was opened in 1911, it was a technical sensation. Today it is a nostalgic and lovingly part of Hamburg's history - and celebrates its 100th anniversary.
A slightly different idea for a walk: After crossing the tunnel, from the southern bank of the Elbe you can enjoy an unforgettable panorama overlooking the harbor edge, the Michel and the "Rickmer Rickmers".
The floating dock - called “jetties” - is 700 meters long. This water "station" is the starting-point for harbor cruises, harbor ferries and the HADAG-steamers Finkenwerder, Oevelgönne and Blankenese. Also impressive luxury cruisers moor from time to time here.
Hamburg's fish market
Legendary and a must for all visitors to Hamburg: Hamburg's most traditional market since 1703 has pretty much everything that is not nailed down tightly. From fish at bargain prices to porcelain pots or palm trees, you can find everything in the 100-year-old fish auction hall.
Hanburg, the gateway to the world, the high of the north: the green city by the water is not for nothing one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. On the official websites of the city of Hamburg you will find among other things:
Käpt'n Kuddel shipping line
Käpt'n Kuddel's pier is right next to the Zollenspieker Fährhaus, being the oldest Elbe ferry stop in Germany that connects Hamburg and Lower Saxony. This ferry service has been operating since 1252 and is still today a family business.
Garden of Butterflies
Once founded by Princess von Bismarck in the historic greenhouses of the chancellor, the butterfly garden offers an extraordinary experience in the Sachsenwald. Be enchanted by the tropical colors of freely flying butterflies from South America, Africa and Asia. The cafeteria at the castle pond or the Café Vanessa as well as a photo exhibition invite you to spend some time relaxing.