From Hanseatic city to Hanseatic city
Three well-developed bike paths ensure that you will have a wonderful bike tour in northern Germany. Follow the North Sea Cycle Route from Hamburg along the Elbe to Brunsbüttel. Ship watching in Brunsbüttel, that should be on your program. The dream-ship season lasts from spring to autumn, as more than 100 luxury liners, sometimes several a day, pass through the Kiel Canal every year. Large ships, high as a multi-storey house glide past you majestically and you cycle on the canal cycle path with pleasure from the North Sea to Kiel on the Baltic Sea. And in between, you must necessarily try the original Glückstädter Matjes. Look forward to the Baltic Sea and the well-signposted Baltic Sea Cycle Route, which takes you from one seaside resort to the next. White sand beaches, colorful beach chairs, thatched cafe taverns, seaside resorts, exclusive restaurants and impressive piers await your visit. At the end of your bike tour, the Hanseatic city of Lübeck waits. Lübeck is unique, simply wonderful. The closed cityscape was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
1. day Hamburg Arrival
Arrive early, a worthwhile harbor cruise awaits you today. Experience the vibrant city of Hamburg, marvel at the largest model railway in the world in the Speicherstadt and smell exotic spices in the Spice Museum. How to get there: There are cheaper parking options in Lübeck (DB direct train 45 min.).
2. day Hamburg - Elmshorn / Glückstadt 62 - 84 km
In a good mood you cycle through Hamburg's suburbs Blankenese and Wedel. "Welcome to Hamburg, we look forward to welcoming you to the Port of Hamburg." This is what you hear several times a day across the Elbe, when a larger ship passes the Willkomm Höft, Wedel's most famous attraction. Here at the Schulauer Fährhaus, all incoming and outgoing ships are greeted with a survey of over 1000 Grosstons with their national anthem and in their respective national language. After an interesting break, you will cycle on the North Sea Cycle Route through the Elbe marsh protected by dikes to Elmshorn or Glückstadt.
3. day Elmshorn / Glückstadt - Brunsbüttel/ Surrounding area approx. 36 - 58 km
Your first milestone on the North Sea is now coming closer to you km by km. Take a rewarding break in the picturesque town of Glückstadt - the royal dream on the Elbe. Take a leisurely stroll through the historic old town and try the original Glückstädter Matjes. Then you cycle comfortably to Brunsbüttel, the city at the mouth of the Kiel Canal. Majestic, within reach yet inexorable and inaccessible, the snow-white luxury hotels glide through the locks of Brunsbüttel, where you find ideal view points, as well as restaurants and cafés.
4. day Brunsbüttel - Rendsburg app. 65 km
Today you cycle along the Kiel Canal, the most used artificial waterway in the world. Via Hochdonn with its worth seeing double-railed railway bridge (a 2218 m long lattice construction) to the lovable town of Rendsburg, which is over 800 years old. Stroll through the historic old town, marvel at railway high bridge and take a seat on the promenade on Europe's longest bank (571.53 m), a box seat directly on the Kiel Canal.
5. day Rendsburg - Schönberg / surrounding app 83 km + ferry
Cycle one last time with the passing ships on the Kiel Canal-Radweg before you reach Kiel. Go on a discovery tour: modern architecture, centuries-old buildings, maritime museum, the old town of Kiel, the Holstenstraße with its shops, boutiques and general stores, the brewery, a boat trip on the Kiel Fjord, Kiel has so much to offer! After a rewarding break you cycle on the Baltic Coast Cycle Route to the Baltic Sea resort of Schöneberg with its beautiful white gently sloping sandy beach. Take a look at Omas Kaffeestuuv, a rustic, thatched-roof café directly behind the dike.
6. day Schönberg - Heiligenhafen/ Großenbrode approx. 68 - 77 km
Look forward to a varied cycle route through the Hohwacht Bay, which attracts with kilometers of sandy beaches and a 20 m high cliff. Discover stately goods in the hinterland and beautiful seaside resorts. Through Weissenhäuser beach you cycle to Heiligenhafen with the old fishing port and the adventure pier.
7. day Heiligenhafen/ Großenbrode - Neustadt/ Surrounding area approx. 60 - 81 km
Today you cycle to Lübeck Bay and past the seaside resorts Dahme and Kellenhausen to Grömitz. Look forward to one of the oldest and largest seaside resorts in the Baltic Sea. Plan your time for the 4 km promenade in a class of its own, past the new Ostseelounge, shops and restaurants, before continuing towards the Baltic Sea town of Neustadt. Overnight in Neustadt / Pelzerhaken.
8. day Neustadt - Lübeck 42 - 62 km + Departure
Today best bathing facilities, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and shops are lined up in a colorful succession. You cycle mostly along white sandy beaches and tempting beach promenades through Haffkrug, Scharbeutz and Timmendorf to Travemünde. The last part of the stage to Lübeck can be easily shortened by S-Bahn, before your eventful bike tour ends in the afternoon in Lübeck.
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.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
03.05. – 30.05.2020
31.08. – 20.09.2020
31.05. – 30.08.2020
bookable additional nights
- Harbour Cruise Hamburg
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about theHamburg - Lübeck bike trail and surroundings. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Hamburg is easily accessible by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Hamburg Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
parking house Hamburg/ Altona charging fee 12,- euro/day
detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle mostly on cycle paths and rarely travelled side roads, seldom you bike on hiking and country trails.
Available rental bikes
There are 8-speed gear shift bikes (ladies and gentlemen) with gearhub, 24-speed gear shift freewheel bikes (ladies and gentlemen) and 8-speed elctronic bikes available. Wheels with low access and children's bikes are available on request.
7 days 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.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Hamburg as getaway to the world, the highlight of the north: The green city on the water is not just one of the most beautiful cities of Germany. At the official website of city marketing Hamburg you can find closer information about the top 10 sightseeing highlights.
old Elb 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".
A work of art of breathtaking architecture, excellent music an a unique location in Hamburg. What now is the Elbphilarmonie, was once another landmark of the city - the so called "Kaispeicher". An imposing building in the gothic revival style, with a tower visible from afar. A very special tower clock told the sailors the time.
lock mile Brunsbüttel
The atrium, the Brunsbüttel lock museum, is located directly at the Brunsbüttel lock system on the Kiel canal. Her you will find display boards, ship models, landscape and functional models, technical objects, video films as well as historical exhibits around the Kiel canal an the locks.
The canal traverses Schleswig Holstein between Brunsbüttel and Kile-Holtenau with a length of almost 100 kilometers. This federal waterway is the world's busiest artificial waterway for seagoing vessels.
In the heart of the city, on the map still recognizable as an island, lies the old town of Rendsburg. It was built in the 13th cenury next to the Reinholdsburg, which was then on the present castle square. The old trade route, the so called "Ochsenweg", led over the island past the castle and market place to the south to the Elb.
city hall Kiel
After four years of construction emperor Wilhelm II conserated the Kiel city hall on 12th November 1911. Its 106 meter high tower is reminiscent of Venice's Campanile - a concession to Wilhelms taste.
The silhouette of the naval memorial, which can be seen from afar, characterizes the face of Kiels outer fjord with its tower rising 85 meters above the baltic sea.
Heiligenhafen with its marina
The 5-star rated harbor offers not only sailors a beautiful, maritime environment. Here, the boat and yacht owners find the best conditions: well-maintained sanitary facilities, sophisticated barbecue areas, all supply and disposal options, ample parking space, all service companies around the water sports in the immediate vicinity and a fantastic location between the beach and the old town.
The Holstein gate is probably the best known and most important preserved city gate of the late middle ages in Germany. It was built between 1464 and 1478 by the Lübeck master builder Hinrich Helmstede in the course of a modernization of the fortifications on the site of Trave.