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Oder-Neisse: Zittau - Usedom

From south to north between west and east

Bike tour
11 Days / 10 Nights
individual tour
easy to moderate
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1,279.00 €
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From the Zittau Mountains to Usedom, you'll cycle on beautiful bike paths mostly along the German-Polish border rivers Neisse and Oder. The first 100 kilometers lead you through the Saxony country. Historically interesting towns and a beautiful landscape await you. Zittau and Görlitz will inspire every old town lover. Bad Muskau with its landscape park and the rose garden in Forst, on the other hand, will melt the hearts of all gardening enthusiasts and nature lovers. Shortly after Guben, today known for its Plastinarium with the exhibition Body Worlds, the Neisse River disappears and the Oder River takes its place. The landscape now appears calm and serene, and the cycle path leads past Eisenhüttenstadt with its old blast furnaces and steelworks to the culturally interesting border town of Frankfurt/Oder. Marvel at the sparsely populated landscape behind Frankfurt/Oder and at the natural paradise of the Oderbruch. Shortly after Schwedt, however, the Oder says goodbye, flowing into Poland from here on. You can now look forward to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Oderhaff. You will be immersed in a slightly hilly, densely wooded landscape. On wonderful bike paths you will quietly reach the pretty town of Ueckermünde on the Szczecin Lagoon and thus the Baltic Sea. By ferry you will sail to the idyllic vacation island of Usedom, where your wonderful cycling vacation will come to an end.

This trip is perfect for people who:

  • History enthusiasts: There are numerous historic towns along the North Sea coast.
  • Undecided travellers: Don't just decide on one destination, take a look at two and cycle along the German-Polish border.
  • Nature lovers: You'll get your money's worth on this tour.

Highlights

Zittau
At the mouth of the Mandau into the Lusatian Neisse, where the borders of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic meet, rise the towers of Zittau, first mentioned in a document in 1238, which was elevated to the status of a city in 1255 by the Bohemian King Ottokar II.

Zittau

Model town Ostritz-St. Marienthal
The "Energy-ecological Model Town Ostritz-St. Marienthal" can be found in Upper Lusatia, in the southeast of Saxony.

Modellstadt Ostritz-St. Marienthal

Muskau, Prince Pückler Park
Muskauer Park offers extraordinary natural experiences: vast meadows, majestic trees, winding paths, picturesque lakes and rivers, unique bridges and buildings.

Muskau, Fürst-Pückler-Park

Neuzelle Monastery
In the completely preserved monastery complex, the Catholic collegiate church of St. Mary forms the center.

Kloster Neuzelle

The Niederfinow Ship's Hoist
The dimensions of the ship lift in Niederfinow - the largest ship lift in Europe - are impressive: it is 60 meters high, 94 meters long and 27 meters wide.

Das Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow

Oder-Neisse: Zittau - Usedom

easy to moderate
Bike tour
11 Days / 10 Nights
individual tour
from
1,279.00 €
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Tour

Arrive early or even plan an extra night - it's worth it! Zittau in the border triangle awaits you with a historical old town worth seeing. The 'culture trail' will lead you to the town hall, the stables, the flower clock, the famous Zittau Lenten Cloth in the Church of the Holy Cross and other sights. From the train station you can take a trip to Liberec (Reichenberg) with the Czech "Bimmelbahn" or ride the narrow-gauge steam train to the spas in the Zittau Mountains. Arrival by train possible / parking at the hotel.

In the morning the rental bikes are adjusted and off we go! After a few kilometers through the woods along the Neisse River, the baroque monastery Marienthal, romantically situated on the river, appears behind a bend. The energy-ecological model town Ostritz (part of the EXPO 2000) is also too interesting to simply drive by. Finally, Görlitz crowns the day. The wonderfully restored old town is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in Germany and offers a variety of historic buildings from different eras.

Today you cycle along the river Neiße through forest and moorland to Bad Muskau. You can look forward to the old town with its old and new castle, orangery and especially to the Fürst-Pückler Park, one of the largest landscape parks in Europe, which is located on German and Polish territory.

A colorful day is ahead of you. First you cycle through a wonderful and varied forest landscape and then always on the Oder dike to Forst to the East German Rose Garden. On two river islands 40,000 roses bloom here! Just a few kilometers further on, you will discover huge craters in the landscape - evidence of open-cast lignite mining, which are now being recultivated. End the day in a cozy inn in Guben.

Today you change the course of the river, because at Ratzdorf the Neiße flows into the Oder. The cycle path continues to lead you mainly on the Oder dike to Frankfurt on the Oder. However, we recommend a short detour to the Neuzelle Monastery with its baroque collegiate church and the famous black beer brewery. You should also take a break in Eisenhüttenstadt to visit the St. Nikolai Church and get an impression of the first 'planned city' of the GDR.

Today you will experience pure nature on the stage through the Oderbruch. Shortly after Frankfurt, the cycle path leads you to the Lebuser heights, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view. However, if you want to shorten the stage a bit, take the train for the first kilometers to Küstrin, where the overgrown ruins of the former old town, completely destroyed in 1945, leave a deep impression and enjoy the remaining kilometers comfortably on your bike.

Today you should plan a side trip to the ship lift Niederfinow, an impressive technical masterpiece from the last century that is still in operation. In the afternoon you cycle through the Lower Oder Valley National Park. The visitor center is well worth a visit, where you will get an impression of the rich flora and fauna along and in the Oder River.

Today it is time to say goodbye to the Oder River, which continues to flow on Polish territory shortly after Mescherin. Through hilly countryside, the route continues to Penkun with its late Renaissance castle in a picturesque location on the lake. Passing Krackow with its carriage museum you cycle to the 1000 year old oak tree in Löcknitz. There your hotel is located directly at the lake.

Through the Ueckermünde Heath and along the Neuwarper Lake you cycle towards the Szczecin Lagoon. You can look forward to Ueckermünde with its interesting town center, St. Mary's Church, the harbor and the Pomeranian Castle! A beautiful bike path leads from Ueckermünde harbor directly to the sandy beach, so that nothing stands in the way of a swim at the end of the trip!

In the morning you will cycle to Kamp, where you will cross over to Usedom in a few minutes. The Green Island awaits you with wooded paths and wide sandy beaches. You will spend the last night of your cycling tour on the north coast in one of the amber spas between Ueckeritz or Trassenheide.

2024: Your overnight stay will be in one of the imperial resorts on the island Usedom in Bansin, Heringsdorf or Ahlbeck.

Your beautiful cycling tour ends on Usedom after breakfast. We recommend an extension on the island.

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

All-carefree service
    • Overnight stay with breakfast
    • room with D/bath/WC
    • luggage transport
    • Cycling map with marked route
    • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
    • Tips for trip preparation
    • Tourist information
    • 7-day hotline service
further included services
  • Ferry Kamp - Karnin incl. bike
Worth knowing about the Oder-Neiße bike tour

Below you will find specific information about the bicycle tour from Zittau to Usedom. If you have any further questions about this trip, just give us a call: Tel.: 06421 - 886890.

Arrival by train

Zittau can be reached by train via Dresden or via Berlin and Cottbus.  You can get detailed timetable information and price information at www.bahn.de Fahrplanauskunft

Parking facilities at the hotel

There are public parking facilities close to the hotel for which a fee is charged. The cost is about 30-40 euros per week (as of 2023). You will receive detailed information about parking facilities together with your detailed travel documents about 3 weeks before arrival.

Condition of the cycle paths

Mainly very good, independent bike paths, asphalted or paved surfaces, routing on long stretches along the Oder dike, partly quiet side roads, rarely (at city entrances) roadside bike paths or main roads. The route is mainly flat. Smaller climbs only on the first two stages and at the Lebuser heights, somewhat longer climbs on the stretch from Schwedt to Löcknitz.

Available rental bikes

Women's and men's bikes with 7-speed hub gears (coaster) or 21-speed derailleur gears (freewheel), some with saddle and suspension forks. The bikes are equipped with a waterproof luggage bag, a tool kit and a lock. Odometer on request.

Extra costs that are not included in the tour price

A possible tourism tax is not included in the travel price and has to be paid on site at the hotel.

7 days hotline service

If the bicycle chain is broken, floods make it impossible to continue your journey or other nasty surprises are waiting for you: We are available for you 7 days a week and organize help as soon as possible.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

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.

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.

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