Germany & Denmark:

Berlin to Copenhagen Bike


Nine nights; nine days of cycling on an established bikeway connecting Berlin and Copenhagen, plus a warm up lakefront ride on the first day.

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Itinerary


Start: Neustrelitz train station, 15:00, day one. Neustrelitz is a one hour train ride from Berlin’s main train station, and once daily there is a direct train. There are numerous others with connections; visit www.bahn.com for schedule and fare details. Please contact to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Finish: Copenhagen, 09:00, day ten.


Day 1

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

Day 2

Neustrelitz to Waren 68km

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, who discovered Troy, lived. 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

Day 3

Waren to Gustrow 75 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

Day 4

Gustrow to Warnemünde 68km

Today you will cycle another flat and paved pathway along the tranquil Bützow-Güstrow-Canal before continuing through the valley of Warnow. Options include a visit to the lighthouse and a seaside resort, 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

Day 5

Rostock to Nykøbing Falster, Guldborg, and Bandholm 44km

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! Continue along the Sund Route (deemed one of Denmark’s most beautiful bike rides) from Nykøbing Falster to Guldborg, then transfer (or cycle as time permits) 25km further to your hotel at Bandholm. BD

Bandholm Hotel, Bandholm

Day 6

Bandholm to Mon up to 126km

Start your day by returning to Nykøbing Falster (by vehicle or bike) then cycle north along the Baltic Sea passing the forest of ancient monuments at Halskov Vænge, a magical place where lay six ancient dolmens and over 70 burial mounds dating back to the Neolithic Age. In the old Merchant town of Stubbekobing, depart by 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

Day 7

Mon to Præstø 50km

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. Finish in the picturesque town of Præstø where you will enjoy the comforts of your well-appointed hotel and its Michelin rated restaurant. BLD

Hotel Frederiksminde, Præstø

Day 8

Præstø to Køge 71km

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 Niels Juel, or

Comwell Køge Strand, Køge

Day 9

Køge to Copenhagen 55km

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

Day 10

Farewell

Your tour concludes this morning following breakfast. B





Description




Note about the route:

26-80km/day (14-50miles) on paved and unpaved bikeways. In Germany, you can expect varying riding surfaces, including occasional sandy or grassy tracks, and a short stretch of cobblestone. There are a few rolling hills, but lots of level riding. GPS use is recommended. We provide the files for your device, or a small device if you need one. Please ask us at booking. Once in Denmark, the riding is paved and well-signed. This is overall a relaxing route suitable for all levels of riders. Be aware that the Danish habit of using space very efficiently can translate into small bathrooms at some of the inns. You should also expect to see occasional nudity at public beaches.






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 National Park, 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




Click here for the elevation profile
Day # Daily distance
1
Meet In Neustrelitz
2
68 km
3
75 km
4
68 km
5
44 km
6
Up to 126km
7
56 km
8
71 km
9
55 km
10
Farewell




Learn more

Link to another Freewheeling Adventure in Europe.

Berlin: List of current top things to do while visiting Berlin.

Checkpoint Charlie has been recommended. As has the fat tire tour of Berlin. You can also visit the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial Site.

Unter den Linden, from Reichstadt to the Brandenburg Gate, is a beautiful boulevard, several kilometers long, linking many worthwhile sights. Wander through Tiergarten, Berlin’s equivalent to Central Park, and the historical landmark of Berlin, Brandenburg Gate.

Copenhagen: One cannot go to Copenhagen without seeing the Little Mermaid. Some enjoy the Carlsberg Brewery tour or take in a perfomance at the spectacular Royal Danish Opera House

Visit the shops and restaurants of Nyhavn or take a canal tour or wander through the lush historical blooms of Tivoli Gardens. There are also some Viking castles to visit.

Join the Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen with Hamlet Tours, including visits to Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Palace, Roskilde Cathedral and the Viking Ship Building Museum in the former capital Roskilde.





Costs

US 4575 C 5495

(per person, includes 10 days, 9 nights, 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, guide and vehicle support, luggage handling, local taxes)

US 4245 C 5095

(per person, includes 10 days, 9 nights, 9 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, on-call emergency support, local taxes)

Single Occupancy

US 1125 C 1350

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 295 C 325
Electric Assist Hybrid: US 425 C 495

*Ask us about savings when groups of three or more book self-guided tours!*

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.