Berlin to Copenhagen Cycling Holiday
Start / FinishOranienburg / Copenhagen
Distance328 miles/528 kms
This is a classic cycling holiday taking you from Berlin all the way through northern Germany to Denmark’s wonderful capital, Copenhagen. Enjoy a combination of cosmopolitan cities, tranquil rivers, gorgeous lake-land scenery, idyllic beaches and islands.
This is a journey of real variety leading you from Berlin through the rural, scenic states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to Rostock on the Baltic Sea coast. Here you’ll catch the ferry across to Denmark, disembarking on the peaceful island of Falster. You then island hop northwards, passing through Bogø Møn and Zeeland. These quiet islands offer peaceful cycling, quaint, traditional villages and wonderful sea scapes.
Finally, you arrive in Copenhagen – one of the most vibrant, cycle friendly cities in Europe and the perfect finale to your trip.
Apart from the famous cities at either end, highlights along the route include riding through the Müritz and Nossentiner Heide National Parks, the peaceful shores of Lake Stechlin, and the wonderful old towns of Waren and Güstrow.
Some of the daily rides are relatively long – 45+ miles on some days – and so you do need a fairly good standard of fitness to realy enjoy this tour. You’ll be cycling on a variety of surfaces, from quiet back roads and country lanes to canal towpaths, lakeside tracks and open coastal roads.
Please note that it is also possible to do the route in reverse, from Copenhagen to Berlin. Check the dates and prices tab to see on which dates the tour operates in which direction.
Itinerary & Map
Important note: This tour also operates in reverse, from Copenhagen to Berlin. For the reverse itinerary, including dates and prices, please click here.
Day 1: Arrive Oranienburg
The tour starts from the town of Oranienburg a small pleasant town outside Berlin itself. Trains run every 20 minutes between Berlin centre and Oranienburg. On arrival check-in and relax or take a walk and explore this handsome town on the banks of the River Havel.
Day 2: Oranienburg – Zehdenick/Fürstenberg, 22 to 47 miles/35 to 75 kms
To start your cycle tour you’ll ride northwards from Oranienburg into the heart of Brandenburg. Follow first the towpath along the Oder-Havel Canal to Liebenwalde and then the route of the River Havel proper to Zehdenick. Your overnight destination is in Zehdenick or Fürstenberg or nearby.
Day 3: Zehdenick/Fürstenberg – Neustrelitz, 28 to 49 miles/45 to 78 kms
Today’s ride takes you further into northern Germany and to the tranquil shores of Lake Stechlin in the Mecklenburg Lake District. It’s a corner of Germany less visited by tourists from outside the country and you’ll find a serene landscape and welcoming people. Spend the night in Neustrelitz, set beside Lake Zierker See.
Day 4: Neustrelitz – Waren, 41 miles/65 kms
You should be getting into your cycling stride by now and today will cover around 40 miles and enjoy one of the highlights of the trip as you enter the Müritz National Park. You’ll stay the night around Waren, beautifully located on Müritz See, one of Germany’s largest lakes.
Day 5: Waren – Krakow/Güstrow, 28 to 43 miles/45 to 69 kms
There’s more incredible scenery and natural beauty today as you cycle through the vast woodlands of the Nossentiner Heide National Park. Your overnight destination is Krakow, a charming lakeside town, or possibly the charming old town of Güstrow with its large market square.
Day 6: Krakow/Güstrow – Rostock, 34 to 49 miles/54 to 78 kms
Today’s journey takes you right up to the German coast at Rostock, where you’ll spend the night before continuing to Denmark. Your day’s route takes you first along the Butzow-Guestrow Canal and if you fancy a shorter day of cycling you can catch the train from Güstrow to take you right into Rostock (payable locally).
Day 7: Rostock – Nykøbing/Falster, 25 miles/40 kms
Cycle straight from your hotel in central Rostock to the city’s ferry dock where you’ll catch the boat with your bikes for the 2 hour trip over to Denmark. You’ll arrive at Gedser on the Danish side after a couple of hours and find a landscape of wide beaches fringed with peaceful forest. It’s then a fairly short ride to Nykøbing where you’ll spend your first night in Denmark on the island of Falster.
Day 8: Nykøbing/Falster – Stege/Island of Møn, 47 miles/75 kms
Today you’ll be riding up the east coast of Falster to the old trading city of Stubbekøbing. Make sure you give yourself time to have a quick look round this attractive town before taking a short ferry crossing to Bogø and cycling across the causeway to the neighbouring island of Møn. If you have the time and energy we highly recommend a detour to the nearby cliffs of Møn before riding to Stege and the country hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Day 9: Stege – Køge, 32 to 43 miles/50 to 69 kms
Head to the top of Møn and leave the island behind, heading even further north, via the bridge, to Zealand, the island Copenhagen sits on. You’ll pass neat half-timbered cottages and large manor houses as you ride through a country landscape. Choose how far you want to ride today – either take a train from Fakse (payable locally) or do the add-on out to Rødvig Cliffs and take a train from Rødvig (payable locally). Either way, the train will take you to your overnight destination of Køge.
Day 10: Køge – Copenhagen, 27 to 34 miles/43 to 55 kms
Cycling further up along the beaches of Zeeland’s beautiful east coast to Copenhagen and the end of your epic journey. You’ll be arriving in one of Europe’s most attractive and enjoyable capital cities – it’s also incredibly cycle friendly! Make sure you take in the Tivoli Gardens and stroll round the old harbour to soak up the atmosphere.
Day 11: Copenhagen
After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
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|Deposit per person||£280|
10 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (2 x 20kg piece pp)
Maps & route information
Ferry Rostock - Gedser
Admission to Müritzeum in Waren
GPS route data
Bike hire (see supplements)
Train Fakse/Rødvig - Køge (approx €15).
Ferry Stubbekøbing - Bogø (approx €12)
Tourist tax (approximately €1-5pppn, payable locally)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£231)
Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 24 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.
Electric bikes are also available.
Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.
Oranienburg: Hotel Stadthotel
Zehdenick: Hotel Havelschloss
Fürstenberg: Villa Ingeborg
Waren: Hotel am Tiefwarensee
Güstrow: Hotel am Schlosspark
Rostock: Intercity Hotel
Nyköbing/Falster: Hotel Falster
Stege: Prästekildes Kro
Köge: Niels Juel
Copenhagen: Hotel Hebron
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night
Fly into Berlin and out of Copenhagen
- Date - 17/08/2018
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - really pushed to get the booking we wanted even though we booked quite late
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - good hotels and interesting and varied route
- Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thank you - we're so glad we were able to work our magic and get you booked in at such short notice!
Product : Thanks, we are glad you enjoyed it.
- Date - 26/07/2018
- Name - Ian Johnson
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Happy to discuss tour so we could make sure we choose the right one for us!
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - Good hotels, good cycle paths!
- Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks Ian, we think it's very important to help our customer select the right tour for them.
Product : Glad you enjoyed it Ian.
- Date - 01/07/2018
- Name - Simone der Weduwen
- Service rating - 3.0
- Service comment - We really think that it would be more beneficial to receive the Mecklenburger little tour book information beforehand
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - The Berlin Copenhagen route offers great variety in landscapes, a wide variety of roads to cycle on from single bike only lanes to quiet country roads and lanes which were part of the normal road for cars. There is also a great variety in culinary experiences while travelling through the two countries.
Cycling in Denmark was much easier than in Germany due to the fact that the route was very well sign posted therefore we were thankful to have done it B to C rather than the other way round. If people decide to do C to Berlin you should definitely make them aware of this as it will otherwise come to a shock and pleasurable cycling will disappear!
The hotels were generally fine however a few of them were not in the centre of a town which limits the options for evening meal. The problem we encountered was that we hadn’t booked a tablet in the hotel’s restaurant and therefore had to wait a long time before we could eat. As this was only in low season I dread to think what would happen in July/ August. Would it not be better to offer half board in such hotels or recommend that people immediately book a table on arrival in the hotel.
We experienced a lot of trouble with the E bike for Paul; the first one had a problem with the connections in the back of the speedometer which meant while cycling along all of a sudden the power would drop which happened very intermiitently; Mecklenburger tour operator swapped the bike the next day however its battery was only partly charged so we ended up having to charge it for more than an hour before we could carry on. The second problem with the second bike was the magnet on the rear spokes came off and we could not lock itback into position so ended up taping it to the spoke!
The overall problem for us was that the battery of the ebike did not hold charge enough to do the preplanned amount of km per day so we ended up with having to charge it min 2x a day...
- Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks for the feedback Simone. By dispensing the tour books at the first hotel we are able to keep the costs of these holidays down. Posting these quite weighty packs to our customers around the world would add quite lot to the price.
Product : Thanks for the detailed feedback Simone. We'll certainly recommend customers book a table on arrival at the hotels in future. Sorry about the bike issues - our local supplier belives this was simple bad luck as the bikes are serviced after each rental and such issues are unusual.
- Date - 02/08/2017
- Name - Graham Robinson
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - It went as we expected
- Product rating - 3.0
- Product comment - The cycling was great and as advertised. However, the accommodation, although advertised as "superior" was not. At least one I would rate as poor.
- Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review Graham and I'm glad we were able to resolve the accommodation issue to your satisfaction.
- Date - 27/09/2016
- Name - Mary Drysdale
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - There was a bit of hesitation from Flexitreks when we suggested the best way for our family to do the tour was with a tandem. First they said it wasn't possible for this trip and suggested a different tour. When we persisted and said we wanted this particular tour and were prepared to buy or rent a tandem they agreed. Mecklenburger-Radtour said we were not their first tandem tourists so I'm not sure why it seemed to be a problem for Flexitreks.
There wasn't much communication from Flexitreks once we had booked and paid our deposit. We paid in full on the deadline and still communication was rather sparse. I phoned up to request the itinerary because we wanted to know details of the route so that we could meet friends along the way and this request was only granted 10 days or so before our departure.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - It's a great trip through spectacular scenery. On occasion the instructions were not clear and once or twice inaccurate but we actually enjoyed finding our way and leaving a little to chance. In the early stages north of Berlin there really were very few opportunities to buy anything to eat along the route so it would be good to advise people to take a sandwich from the hotel.
Leaving Neustrelitz warn cyclists about the tram lines in the road. We had a nasty accident and were taken to hospital by ambulance!
- Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the feedback Mary and we're glad you enjoyed your trip. Our initial hesitation regarding the tandem was due to the fact that our local supplier had at first inferred this request could not be fulfilled. Only during a follow up phone call with Ally did they confirm a tandem was in fact available. Regarding the itinerary only being provided 10 days prior to departure, our records indicate that your holiday documents was emailed to you 5 weeks prior to your departure date so we were slightly confused by this comment.