The East Frisia Bike Tour.
Cycling in East-Friesland is a special pleasure! Where else can you combine fresh North-sea climate, flat natural landscapes, a lot of interesting culture and hospitality as well as ideal cycle paths to such a varied cycle tour? Follow us to hidden moor villages, green dykes and idyllic marshes. Explore the culture of Störtebeker’s region or the East-Frisian national beverage. Rest at “leaning” churches and historic chieftain fortresses and discover picturesque little villages of this unique region. Optional highlight is a day on Norderney island.
1. day Oldenburg arrival
Come early to the old cycling town of Oldenburg - it's worth it! Especially worth seeing is, of course, right after your arrival the castle of Oldenburg. In the afternoon, a meeting with the local tour guide will take place at the hotel. The guide will give you some interesting information about your trip.
2. day Oldenburg - Wiesmoor ca. 55 km
A real highlight already on the first day! You will bike through the parks of the Ammerland with its neat rhododendron gardens to the lovely spa Bad Zwischenahn. Here you should taste the famous delicacy “Smoortaal”, a fresh and cured eel served the Ammerland way. With this new energy you will pass Est-Frisia’s highest point close to Remels easily (18 metres!).
3. day Wiesmoor - Emden ca. 55 km
Canals give the landscape a special shape and accompany you through the idyllic “Fehnsiedlungen”, settlements in the East-Frisia moorlands to Aurich with its beautiful historical Old Town. Take a break in the secret capital of East-Frisia before the proud windmills indicate your way to the city of Emden with its great importance in art history. Emden used to be among the wealthiest seaports in Europe!
4. day Emden - Norden/Norddeich ca. 55 km
The seaside is calling for you! Through the “Krummhörn” you will bike to the quaint fishing village of Greetsiel, the biggest shrimp-cutter port in the Weser-Ems region. You should not miss out on tasting a portion of fresh shrimps here! Past the Leybay you will reach Norden, the oldest city of East-Frisia. With a little luck you might get to see bathing seals.
5. day Trip to the island of Norderney
Would you prefer a boat trip to the holiday island Norderney (1 hour) or a trip by bike along the coast with its mudflat national park and a visit of the seal station Norddeich? No matter which choice you make, an exciting day lies ahead of you!
6. day Norden/Norddeich - Wittmund 50 km
Another highlight is scheduled for today! Marvel at East-Frisia’s oldest baroque moated castle in Dornum hosting a secondary school today. Through the wide enchanting marsh landscape with its meadows and waters, pretty farmhouses with black-chequered cows you will reach the Old Town of Wittmund with its unique brick houses.
7. day Wittmund - Dangast 50 km
Varel and surroundings
Be looking forward to the medieval small town at the Jever where the tart Frisian beer is brewed, to Gödens castle and the oldest North Sea spa Dangast embedded between woods and the sea.
8. day Dangast - Oldenburg 50 km / departure
Exquisite photography motives will be found along the Jadebusen on your way to Varel where the museum of articles of virtue, the water tower and culinary highlights await you. On intricate paths you will bike to the animal and leisure park Jadeberg. Counting more than 600 animals it is one of the biggest animal parks in northern Germany. Later you will arrive at the ancient summer residence of the Oldenburg counts and dukes in Rastede. Departue in the afternoon or prolongation.
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.
Prices are per person.
09.04. – 27.04.2020
22.09. – 05.10.2020
28.04. – 18.05.2020
01.09. – 21.09.2020
19.05. – 31.08.2020
bookable additional nights
- Free parking facilities at the first hotel are subject to availability
- ferry to Norderney not included in the tour price
- personal tour information
Worth knowing about the round trip in East Frisia
Please find more information about the round trip in East Frisia below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049-(0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Oldenburg is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Oldenburg Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
You can park your car for free near the hotel.
A limited number of paid on-site parking (garage) is available.
Detailed information on parking at the hotel booked for you, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Ferry to Norderney
Information about prices and departure of the ferry to Norderney, you find on the website
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle on asphalted or paved rural roads or side roads. The route is well signposted.
Available rental bikes
There are unisex bikes with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake available or unisex 21-speed gear shift and freewheel bikes. Electric bikes are available on request.
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel locally.
The ferry to Norderney is not included in the price.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
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.
Oldenburg Castle and Park
Oldenburg Castle has been the home of the State Museum for Art and Cultural History since 1923. The former residence of the Earls, Dukes and Grand Dukes of Oldenburg traces its history back to a Mediaeval fortress which was expanded to create an imposing residence in the 17th century. Later, the facade was decorated with Rococo elements, and Classicist extensions were added to the ensemble.
Flower Hall, Wiesmoor
A special landmark in Wiesmoor is the "flower hall". You will find more than 10.000 flowers in this building. Besides the flowers different artists present their paintings here. As another highlight you can see the only water organ in East Frisia which shows the water fontains every 30 minutes with fitting melodies.
Dat Otto Hus, Emden
Dat Otto Huus shows the carriere of the comedian Otto who was born in Emden. In this museum you will find some pictures and films of Otto.
The lighthouse of Norderney is located in the middle of the island on a 10 m high dune. The lighthouse has been built in the 1970s and it is an active navigation mark at the coast of Lower Saxonia. The lighthouse is 60 m high and with this it is the highest building of the island.
Frisian Brewery Jever
The frisian brewery in Jever brews the beer named after the city since 1848. The brewery gives apployment to 270 persons and has a very modern company. They fill up 60.000 bottles of Jever every hour.