Germany & Denmark:
Berlin to Copenhagen Bike
Nine nights; nine days of cycling on an established bikeway connecting Berlin and Copenhagen.
“Freewheeling has got it all figured out" – John J.
Start: Neustrelitz train station, 15:00, day one. Neustrelitz is a one hour train ride from Berlin’s main train station. There are numerous trains daily; visit www.bahn.com for schedule and fare details. Please contact to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Finish: Copenhagen, 09:00, day ten.
Meet In Neustrelitz
Many first time visitors to Berlin spend a few days exploring the city and leave with the intention of returning to spend a week. For more than a cursory visit, you are encouraged to arrive a few days before your bike tour begins. You will meet your guide(s) this afternoon in Neustrelitz, approximately one hour by fast train from Berlin’s main railway station. Situated on the shore of a beautiful lake, Neustrelitz is a small town with a rich history. Here, you will enjoy a glimpse of 18th century Germany, a time and place governed by dukes and duchies. You can test your bike while exploring the town, perhaps stopping to see the Stradtkirche Neustrelitz, or for a swim in Glambeck See. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only; self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Hotel Alter Kornspeicher, or
Fabrik Öko-Hotel Ferienhäuser; Neustrelitz
Neustrelitz to Waren; 67km
Follow the bikeway through Muritz National Park, home to Germany’s largest inland lake. White-tailed eagles soar overhead as you enjoy gently rolling landscape through swathes of age-old forests and pristine blue lakes. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Ankershagen and visit the place where Heinrich Schliemann discovered Troy. Quiet roads and rural farmlands lead you to your final destination, the colorful city of Waren, where you can enjoy the beaches or a hike on the shore of Lake Muritz. BLD
Radlon Fahrrad Komfort Hotel, or
Hotel Harmonie; Waren
Waren to Gustrow; 78 km
Detour to Palace Clinic on the northwest banks of Lake Müritz this morning, for a spectacular view of the ‘small sea’. Cycling through the Nossentiner/Schwinzer Nature Park is a pure joy, and the highlight of today’s ride. With its aromatic pine trees and untouched woodlands, it exudes an air of tranquillity that is best enjoyed by bicycle. Tonight you will stay in Gustrow, home of the expressionist sculptor and printmaker Ernst Barlach. Visit his studio or the Gustrow Palace, a marvel of Renaissance architecture. BLD
Kurhaus am Inselsee, or
Hotel Weinberg; Gustrow
Gustrow to Rostock; 54km
Today you will cycle another flat and paved pathway along the tranquil Bützow-Güstrow-Canal before continuing through the valley of Warnow on the way to the riverside city of Rostock. Options include a visit to the lighthouse and seaside resort of Warnemunde, or an evening stroll through the picturesque New Market Square and St Mary’s Church. Built in the 13th century, this large brick Gothic Church is home to a very interesting medieval astronomical clock. BL
Strand Hotel Hubner, or
Hotel Sonne Steigenberger; Rostock
Rostock to Nykøbing Falster; 26km or 70km, with ferry crossing
Transfer to the ferry terminal in Rostock for a 09:00 sailing across the Baltic Sea to Gedser (2 hours) on the Danish coast. Follow the coast for 26km to Nykøbing Falster, where you can visit the Middelaldercentret, an experimental living history museum that depicts the middle ages of 14th century Denmark. Displays include a perpetual motion machine, a trebuchet, and the world's first car! Those opting to skip or make short work of the museum can ride the Sund Route, a 44km loop from Nykøbing Falster that has been deemed one of Denmark’s most beautiful bike rides. BD
Hotel Liselund, Nykøbing Falster
Nykobing to Mon; 98km
Cycle north along the Baltic Sea passing the forest of ancient monuments at Halskov Vænge, a magical woods where lay six ancient dolmens and over 70 burial mounds dating back to the Neolithic Age. In the old Merchant town of Stukkeboking, depart by short ferry to the small Island of Bogo. Cross the dike onto the Island of Mon and enjoy its beauty: a paradise of steep chalk cliffs, salty meadows, and quiet country roads. BLD
Liselund Ny Slot Hotel, Borre
Mon to Paesto and Tappernøje or Faxe; 56 or 74km
This morning you will discover one of the most unique and wondrous natural formations in all of Denmark; the incredible white cliffs of Mons Klint. The cliffs are composed of millions of shells of microscopic creatures deposited about 70 million years ago. The medieval port town of Stege makes a wonderful spot to rest and enjoy coffee before continuing across the bridge to the island of Zealand. BLD
Hotel Fjordkroen, Tappernøje; or
Vemmetofte Præstegård, Faxe
Tappernøje or Faxe to Køge 48 or 65km
Early in the day you can visit the UNESCO recognized limestone cliffs at Stevns Klint, and the cold war museum at Stevnsfort. You will then continue along the coast of Køge Bay, stopping as you wish at any of the sandy beaches you pass along the way. Køge is a small city with a vibrant market place. BLD
Hotel Nielsjuel, Køge
Køge to Copenhagen 40km
From Køge, you have a leisurely bike ride past the Arken Museum of Modern Art at Ishoj and into one of the loveliest biking cities in the world: Copenhagen. There are more bikes in Copenhagen than people and you’ll quickly be immersed among the locals as they whizz about their daily lives. There is an etiquette among cyclists here and your arrival well before rush hour on a mostly car free route will help you integrate with ease. Finish in the early afternoon at your hotel, where you will bid farewell to your guide(s). Your lodging tonight is included, and we are happy to arrange extra nights on your behalf if you wish to stay longer. BL
Hotel SP34, Copehagen
Your tour concludes this morning following breakfast. B
Note about the route:
26-80km/day (14-50miles) on mainly paved bikeway with occasional roads and unpaved surfaces. A few rolling hills and lots of level riding. A relaxing route suitable for all levels of riders.
This adventure follows a newly established bikeway through Northern European plains and islands, between two of its most bike friendly metropolises. The cycling begins in Neustrelitz, just outside Berlin, on a flat, paved path through the protected woodlands and lakes of two of Germany’s most beautiful parks - Muritz Nationalpark, and Nossentiner-Schwinzer Nature Park in the Mecklenburg Lake District. You will pass through ancient villages once ruled by dukes and duchies, where you can visit museums and stop at delightful cafes. Further north, you will cross the Baltic Sea by ferry, and enjoy a change of scenery as you embark on the island-hopping Danish part of your adventure. Following the bikeway between coastal towns, you will pass many thatched houses and myriad farmlands. From Nykobing Falster, you will enjoy one of Denmark’s most beautiful bike rides - the Sund Route; a 44km ride passing through beach forests, lakeside villages, and gorgeous countryside. Continuing North through Zealand, the sensational white chalk cliffs of Mons Klint are the highlight of Mons Island. A satisfying ride into the great cycling city of Copenhagen makes a wonderfully fitting climax for this adventure in Europe's historic and wonderfully cultured northern plains and islands.
Maps & Elevations
Link to another Freewheeling Adventure in Europe.
Berlin: List of current top things to do while visiting Berlin.
Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial Site.
Wander through Tiergarten, Berlin’s equivalent to Central Park and the historical landmark of Berlin, Brandenburg Gate.
One cannot go to Copenhagen without seeing the Little Mermaid.
Visit the shops and restaurants of Nyhavn or take a canal tour or wander through the lush historical blooms of Tivoli Gardens.
Neustrelitz, 15:00, day one. Neustrelitz is a one hour train ride from Berlin’s main train station. There are numerous trains daily; visit www.bahn.com for schedule and fare details. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Copenhagen, 09:00, day ten.
US 4195 C 4995(per person, includes 10 days, 9 nights, 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, guide and vehicle support, luggage handling, local taxes)
US 4195 C 4995(per person, includes 10 days, 9 nights, 9 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, on-call emergency support, local taxes)
US 1095 C 1295
Hybrid: US 275 C 325
*Ask us about savings when groups of three or more book self-guided tours!*
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.