Berlin to Copenhagen by Bike

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

On arrival in Berlin, take the S-bahn (commuter train) to Oranienburg, a journey of just under one hour. Tonight is spent in Oranienburg, however we do recommend that you book a pre tour night to explore Berlin further. There are numerous museums, monuments, parks and cityscapes to discover. The shopping and nightlife is also great to experience.

Meals:  Nil

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 the town of Zehdenick before cycling on to the town of Neuglobsow or Fürstenberg where you will overnight. +156m/-135m

Meals:  B

Cycle to 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 today's cycle 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 Schliemann, who discovered Troy, grew up, and overnight near the lakeside town of Waren.

Meals:  B

Cycle through the peaceful Nossentiner Heide National Park, travelling through extensive forests towards the pretty lakeside town of 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. You then continue on to the town of Güstrow, home of the expressionist sculptor and printmaker, Barlach. The afternoon is free to explore the old town and visit Barlach’s studio. Overnight Güstrow or surrounding region.

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle along the Bützow-Güstrow-Canal. En route there is the option to shorten the cycle by taking any number of trains to Rostock (train tickets not included in the trip cost). Overnight in Rostock / Warnemünde.

Meals:  B

This morning you can either cycle or take the train from Rostock to the harbour and board the ferry for a 2 hour cruise to Gedser, 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. Overnight in Nykøbing.

Meals:  B

Cycle along 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. Stay in the town of Stege on Møn.

Meals:  B

Cross the bridge from Møn to Zealand island and continue north through the coastal landscape, passing cottages and country houses. From either Fakse (50km / 31mi) or Rødvig (68km / 42mi), take a train to the town of Køge, just south of Copenhagen (train ticket not included). Overnight in Køge.

Meals:  B

Today is the last cycle day of the tour, and you will travel along coastal paths to Copenhagen. You may like to visit the Museum for Modern Art in Ishøj. 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. The arrival day is free to spend however you choose. Check-in at your hotel is from 3pm.

Meals:  Nil

Following your bike hand over and welcome meeting, 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. The town is one of the oldest ports in Denmark, with a well preserved old centre and half timbered houses. Overnight in a hotel near the port.

Meals:  B

There is the option to shorten the cycling by first taking a train to either Fakse or Rødvig (train ticket not included). The cycle takes you through coastal landscapes on a mainly flat route (except between Praestø and Kalehave which has some hills). En route you pass by Nyso castle, a beautiful Danish Baroque palace, and the Vemmetofte monastery. To arrive at Stege, you cross the impressive Kønigin-Alexandrine-Brücke bridge which is featured on the 500 Danish Kroner banknote. This takes you from Zealand to the island of Møn. An alternate route today follows the west coast of Zealand (Great Belt) to Naestved. Overnight in Stege (island of Mon) or Naestved.

Meals:  B

Today’s tour takes you across three islands, from Mon Island to Bogø Island, which you reach by taking the ferry to Subbekøbing, and finally to Nykøbing on Falster Island. Passing small villages with lovely coastal and inland views, the route is undulating initially until you reach Bogø which is mainly flat, and continue onto Nykøbing. Alternatively, if you stayed in Naestved last night you will follow the west coast via Vordingsborg to Falster. Overnight stay in Nykøbing / Falster.

Meals:  B

Continue by bike across Denmark’s beautiful landscapes of dikes, small forests and pristine beaches around the holiday region of Marielyst and on to the ferry in Gedser, which takes you to Rostock in Germany. The crossing takes around 2 hours. From the harbour of Warnemuende-Rostock, a cycle path leads directly into town and to your hotel. Overnight in Rostock.

Meals:  B

Today you head south following first the Warnow Valley (Warnowtal) and then the Nebel Valley (Nebeltal) and along the Bützow-Güstrow-Canal. En route there is the option to shorten the cycle by taking a train from Rostock (train tickets not included in the trip cost). Güstrow was the home of the expressionist sculptor and printmaker, Barlach. We recommend you explore the old town and visit Barlach’s studio. Then continue on to the pretty lakeside town of Krakow am See. This section is a little hilly. 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

The cycle route today is delightful, passing by Drewitzer See (Lake Drewitz) and Nossentiner Hütte before continuing through pine and spruce forests to Jabel. The mostly flat trail continues along Kölpinsee (Lake Kölpin) and to Binnenmüritz (inland Müritz River), cycling on dedicated cycle paths to the spa town of Waren / Müritz, set on Lake Müritz. There is a pretty harbour area with bars and restaurants. Overnight stay in Waren or in the surrounding region.

Meals:  B

A big part of this stage is the path through Müritz National Park, a dedicated cycle way. There are a number of interesting sites to visit en route including the Heinrich Schliemann-Museum, dedicated to the life of Schliemann, a 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 Neustrelitz, a Baroque lakeside town home to impressive monuments as a result of its former status as the capital of the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Overnight stay in Neustrelitz or in the surrounding region.

Meals:  B

The route today takes you back along the Havel River, which you follow to Woblitzsee (Lake Woblitz) and cycle through Wesenberger Seenkreuz. From here you can either take the longer cycle to Neuglobsow / Stechlin or go directly to Fürstenberg / Havel, where you will find your hotel.

Meals:  B

The final stage of the cycle takes you along the Havel River in the northern part of the state of Brandenburg. Along this at times undulating route, you will find quiet forest trails, a memorial to a former concentration camp and interesting museums. The last section into Oranienburg is along the Oder-Havel canal. The hotel is found near to the end of the cycle way. Overnight in Oranienburg.

Meals:  B

Trip concludes after breakfast. Oranienburg is connected to Berlin on the S-Bahn, making it easy to get to the centre of Berlin in under an hour.

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 between Rostock and Gedser
  • Admission to the Müritzeum
  • Luggage transfer to each hotel
  • Welcome meeting
  • 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

  • Optional train to Rostock Harbour, approx. €10, Fakse / Rødvig to Køge, approx.€15 and Ferry from Stubbekøbing - Bogø, €12 (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 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£1550 Per Person
Single Supplement:GBP£300  Click for more information
Please do not book any flights or extra arrangements until such time that your booking is confirmed by Sherpa Expeditions by phone or email.