For those looking to travel through Germany, a cycling holiday makes a lot of sense. The country is home to an array of natural splendor and history that is best seen from two wheels. If you are planning a trip of this type, there are several routes worth considering. Most of them are covered by the main cycling tours in Europebut all can be conquered with the right planning and a little experience.
The Baltic Coast
This route between Kiel and Fehmarn is perfect for those looking for an adventure by the sea. There are countless long sandy beaches and sheer cliffs to explore, and the views across the sea to Denmark are to be reckoned with.
Rhine Cycle Route
Along the famous Rhine Valley you will find many historically significant (and beautiful) structures, both natural and man-made. There is the famous Lorelei slate rock, which has been the site of countless maritime disasters over the centuries, and then there several very nice castles, like the Marksburg – which has to count as one of the most attractive and untouched castles in the world.
Danube Cycle Route
If you prefer to cycle along a very different river, then there is the Danube cycle route. The Austrian part of the river is probably more popular with cyclists, but the German part tends to be less crowded, and still offers plenty of spectacle for the cycling tourist. If you’re not sure where you’re going, it’s a good idea to look into a guided bike tour.
Since it was established in 2007, Rocken am Brocken The festival has established itself as one of the best niche festivals on the continent. Located in the wilderness of Saxony, it can easily form a winning part of a successful cycling trip. Check out the lineup before you head out, but keep in mind that most of the acts will be younger German acts, with the occasional Brit thrown in.
Elbe Cycle Route
For a full decade, the Elbe Cycle Route it was voted best in Germany. It runs along the banks of the Elbe, and is approachable even for less able cyclists, despite the fact that it crosses almost the entire country. There is virtually no hill climbing throughout the journey, making this a nice and leisurely way to see large swathes of the German countryside without breaking too much of a sweat.