Berlin to Copenhagen Cycling Holiday

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.

Waren - Lake Müritz

These quiet islands offer serene 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 of this 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 really 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.

Berlin to Copenhagen Cycling Holiday

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.

Waren - Lake Müritz

These quiet islands offer serene 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 of this 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 really 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.

Itinerary

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/Müritz
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/Müritz – 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/Warnemünde
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/Warnemünde – 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 - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

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.

Accommodation

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

Neustrelitz: Schlossgarten

Waren: Hotel am Tiefwarensee

Güstrow: Hotel am Schlosspark

Rostock: Intercity Hotel

Nyköbing/Falster: Hotel Falster

Stege: Prästekildes Kro

Köge: Niels Juel

Copenhagen: Hotel Hebron

Local taxes

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



Getting there

Fly into Berlin and out of Copenhagen

Research flights from the UK here

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