Copenhagen to Berlin Cycling Holiday
Start / FinishCopenhagen / Oranienburg
Distance328 miles/528 km kms
This classic cycling route leads you from Copenhagen down through Zealand and Falster to the Baltic Sea. A short ferry crossing delivers you to Rostock in Germany from where you continue your odyssey south, through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg, to the unique and exciting city of Berlin. Enjoy a combination of cosmopolitan cities, tranquil rivers, gorgeous lake-land scenery, idyllic beaches and islands.
A night in Copenhagen allows you to explore this wonderful bike-friendly city with it’s many attractions before beginning your cycling adventure. The cycle route itself first introduces you to the Danish islands of Zealand and Falster, where you will encounter quiet, traditional villages and towns as well as a pretty coastline, before traversing the Baltic sea on a 1hr 45min ferry crossing to the historic German port of Rostock.
The route then leads you south through the German states of Meckenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg where you will enjoy peaceful rides through a stunning landscape of lakes, forests and rivers, staying overnight in charming little towns.
The route concludes in the town of Oranienburg some 30 kms north of Berlin. A 27 minute journey on a fast, regular commuter train service will deliver you to the heart of the German capital city for some sightseeing.
You’ll be averaging about 60kms per day on this route. Much of it is flat with some undulating sections on 2 or 3 days. It will suit anyone with a fair to good level of fitness.
Itinerary & Map
Important note: This tour also operates in reverse, from Berlin to Copenhagen. For the reverse itinerary, including dates and prices, please click here.
Day 1: Arrive Copenhagen
On arrival in Copenhagen, check-in to your hotel and then get out and explore this charming capital city.
Tivoli Gardens are world famous and offer something for everyone. Stroll through the well manicured gardens, perhaps stopping for a coffee or something to eat. You may also be tempted to try one of the beautiful old amusement park rides, most of which have been here for decades – the author recommends The Star Flyer, not least for the stunning views enjoyed from the top.
Canal tours are also a very popular excursion in Copenhagen and don’t miss Nyhaven, the beautiful old harbour area with its brightly coloured traditional houses. It’s always lively here, thanks to the large selection of bars and restaurants that line the quayside.
Day 2: Copenhagen – Køge, 27 to 34 miles/43 to 55 Kms
After breakfast mount up and head out for your first ride. The route leads you south, out of the city and alongside Køge bay. You’ll pass city beaches used by locals (when it’s hot) and a succession of small villages. Feel free to stop for a swim or to look around of you like, today’s ride is not that strenuous and there’s plenty of time.
Eventually the bike path delivers you to the town of Køge where you will stop for the night. This pleasant little town offers a good selection of bars and restaurants. If the weather is good you may be tempted to head for the nearby beach for a refreshing post-ride swim.
Day 3: Køge – Island of Møn or Naestved, 31 to 43 miles/50 to 69 kms
Accommodation availability sometimes decrees which of the options described below is available for your chosen dates.
Take a 30 minute train-ride, with your bike, from Køge to the town of Rødvig (cost not included). From here you’ll enjoy a very scenic ride through lovely countryside and pretty villages around Fakse bay to the town of Praestø and then on to Stege on the island of Møn where you will overnight.
Leave Køge on your bike and enjoy a very pretty ride through rural Zealand as you cycle south west to the town of Naestved. Along the way you’ll ride through a number of small peaceful villages separated by woodland and open farm land. You will spend the night in Naestved, a pleasant town with a lovely town square.
Day 4: Island of Møn or Naestved – Nykøbing/Falster, 47 to 49 miles/75 to 78 kms
Option A or B described below will be determined by the option selected on day 3.
Enjoy a peaceful ride across the island of Møn and cross the bridge to the tiny island of Bogø. From here you catch a very short ferry ride (not included) across the strait to the island of Falster. A few more kilometers of idyllic rural cycling brings you to the bustling town of Nykøbing where you will stop for the night.
Leave Naestved and head south along the west coast of Zealand. The cycle path eventually delivers you to the town of Vordingborg where you cross the bridge to the island of Falster. A few more kilometers of pleasant, rural cycling brings you to Nykøbing where you will stop for the night.
Day 5: Nykøbing/Falster – Rostock, 24 miles/38 kms
Your day starts with a very pleasant 25 km ride south to the ferry port at Gedser. Along the way you’ll cycle on quiet rural roads and pass through the picturesque resort town of Marielyst, a good place to stop for a coffee.
In Gedser you board the ferry (included) and can then relax for the 1 hr 45 minute crossing to Rostock in Germany. After disembarking it’s only a short ride to your accommodation in either Rostock or nearby Warnemünde. 800 year old Rostock has a lovely University square lined with traditional, colourfully painted townhouses. Warnemünde, Rostock’s neighbour, is a charming seaside resort sitting beside a wide sandy beach near the harbour entrance.
Day 6: Rostock – Guestrow/Krakow region, 34 to 49 miles/54 to 78 kms
Today’s ride is relaxing and scenic, leading you along idyllic cycle paths through open farmland and forests past sleepy Mecklenburg villages. For much of the way you’ll follow the Warnow river valley as it wends its way south. Your goal today is the town of Güstrow, or slightly further on to the town of Krakow. Founded in 1228, the town of Güstrow has a lovely town square and nearby you can also visit the Castle Güstrow built in 1558 for Ulrich, the Duke of Mecklenburg.
Krakow am See enjoys an idyllic location on a pretty lake in verdant countryside. Arriving here after a hot ride you may be tempted to head to the swimming beach for a refreshing dip before dinner?
Day 7: Güstrow/Krakow region – Waren, 28 to 43 miles/45 to 69 km
Today’s ride leads you through a serene landscape of rivers, pine forests and lakes. The area around Drewitzer Lake attracts rare birds such as Ospreys and Bitterns so keep the camera at the ready. The route then continues through Jabel, a delightful little village on a lake of the same name, before ending in Waren, yet another charming little lakeside town which will be your home for the evening.
Day 8: Waren – Neustrelitz, 40 miles/65 km
Today’s route leads you through the Müritz National Park, 124 square miles of moorland, pine forests and meadows. It also contains many lakes earning it the alternative title “Land of a Thousand Lakes”. Naturally, this is a wildlife haven and eagles, storks, ospreys and cranes are all resident and may make an appearance if you are lucky. There are many bike paths throughout the park so by all means take time to deviate from the through-path if you want to see more of this special place. Your destination today is the town of Neustrelitz on the shores of Lake Zierker.
Day 9: Neustrelitz – Zehdenick/Fürstenberg, 28 to 49 miles/45 to 78 km
For much of today’s route you will be following the meandering Havel river as it makes its way through the forests from lake to lake. This is relaxing cycling at its best as you follow quiet roads through the pine forests. You can either head straight to your overnight accommodation in Zehdenick/Fürestenberg, or if you are up for a longer ride you can make a detour via the town of the Stechlin where, if it’s warm, you may be tempted to take a dip in the lake.
Day 10: Zehdenick/Fuerstenberg – Oranienburg, 22 to 47 miles/35 to 75 km
The final day of your cycling adventure leads you through small hamlets and quiet countryside to the town of Oranienburg some 30 km north of Berlin. After checking into your hotel you can take the S-Bahn train directly to the centre of Berlin, the journey takes 27 minutes.
Berlin is a vibrant exciting city with a unique history and there is much to see and do here. If you are interested in the cold war then we highly recommend a visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse where the open air museum does a great job of explaining the division of the city. At the Eastside Gallery near the Ostbahnhof you can also admire modern artwork painted on remaining sections of the wall and the old East/West border crossing “Checkpoint Charlie” is also very popular. The Brandenburg Gate is of course one of the iconic sights of Berlin and besides all this you will also find excellent shopping, superb restaurants and exciting nightlife.
Day 11: Departure
After breakfast at your accommodation in Oranienburg it’s time to 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 Gedser - Rostock
Admission to Müritzeum in Waren
GPS route data
Bike hire (see supplements)
Train Køge - Fakse/Rødvig (approx €15).
Ferry Bogø - Stubbekøbing (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.
Copenhagen: Hotel Hebron
Köge: Niels Juel
Stege/Neastved: Prästekildes Kro/Hotel Kirstine
Nyköbing/Falster: Hotel Falster
Rostock: Intercity Hotel
Güstrow: Hotel am Schlosspark
Waren: Hotel am Tiefwarensee
Fürstenberg/Zehdenick: Villa Ingeborg/Hotel Havelschloss
Oranienburg: Hotel Stadthotel
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
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