Scenic, relaxing, sporty: by bike, there are many ways to discover the Hamburg Metropolitan Region comfortably on two wheels. From the Elbe beach to the sea or flanked by fairy-tale castles and bleating sheep – the network of bike paths is widely ramified everywhere. And for those who like it more urban, there are varied destinations also, because the cities of the north are also ideal for cycling. Due to the often flat topography, the paths are easy to master, even for those with little physical condition or for young cyclists. With the changing of the seasons, the landscape is always alter its colors. This makes many tours so beautiful that you want to ride them twice.

Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg

Environmentally friendly discovery tour: Hamburg by bike

Hamburg’s 560-kilometer network of bike paths makes every kind of adventure possible. You can move quickly on your bike from district to district, from sight to sight. The StadtRAD, a widespread rental system with over 170 stations, favors environmentally friendly mobility in the city and is also particularly practical and uncomplicated for vacationers to use.

 

Hamburg’s historic Old and New Towns can be discovered on the “Green Ring”. The tour runs close to the city center on the former ramparts, touches the park “Planten un Blomen” and offers unforgettable views of the Alster with its fountain which is up to 96 meters high and the white sailboats all over it. Architecture is not neglected either, as the loop passes by the Art Mile. Galerie der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe and the Deichtorhallen are all worth a stop before heading into the historically interesting Hafencity. At the Landungsbrücken, if you haven’t done it already before, you can reward yourself with a fish sandwich or a cool drink in one of the beach clubs. The tour is just under seven kilometers long and has hardly any differences in altitude.

Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg

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But Hamburg also offers mountains and beaches. This is proven by a sixteen-kilometer passage that leads from Landungsbrücken via Teufelsbrück to Wittenbergen, always along the Elbe. Everything happens here that makes a bicycle trip challenging. From the fish market to Neumühlen, cargo ships and the harbor can be seen so well that you might almost forget to continue your journey. On sunny days, the narrow paths in front of the captain’s houses in Övelgönne are crowded with visitors. Mutual consideration is called for. But the route is so beautiful – even walking the bike here is fun. Behind Teufelsbrück, it’s worth taking a look inland: it’s getting posh. The Treppenviertel, the well-known white quarter with villas and captain’s houses in Blankenese, is one of the most popular and expensive residential areas in the city. Rest on the Elbe beach in Wittenbergen in the shadow of the lighthouse. And if you really can’t get enough: Bausberg, Waseberg and Mühlenberg are up to 91.6 meters high. A stone’s throw from here.

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With a view of the lake or between tree-lined avenues through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The sea belongs to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern like the the feeling of airstream in the face belongs to riding a bicycle. A varied tour from the state-approved seaside resort of Boltenhagen across the Bay of Wismar to the Poel Peninsula satisfies precisely this longing. The 40-kilometer route starts at the Boltenhagen pier. After a view of the beach and the steep coast, the route leads through the unspoiled landscape of the Klützer Winkel to Zierow. On summery days, a swim at the natural beach in Eggers Wiek is a good idea. When temperatures are cooler, it is worthwhile to drive as far as Wismar. The city, which is dominated by brick houses and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be easily explored on the World Heritage Trail. But not for too long. There are still a few kilometers to go before the trip ends at the port of Timmendorf on the island of Poel. Fresh fish straight from the cutter, a fine sandy beach or a romantic view of the lighthouse off the coast are additional rewards after this beautiful tour.

 

Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg

 

Equally charming, but divided into five stages, is the 285-kilometer Residenzstädte-Rundweg, which takes cyclists from the coast into the inland of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Interrupted by field borders, villages and shady avenues, stately manor houses, summer residences and hunting lodges line up like pearls on a necklace. The maritime influence fades as soon as you leave the port city of Wismar to the south. It is about 40 kilometers to Schwerin. The view over Lake Schwerin, in which the fairy-tale castle is reflected, is enchanting. Well rested, the journey continues. Another 40 kilometers to go, and another castle as a reward. Ludwigslust with its extensive park can compete with the state capital. And Neustadt-Glewe with the oldest preserved fortified castle in the region, the Dobbertin Monastery and the Ernst Barlach Museum in Güstrow are also worth the trip.

 

Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg
Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg
Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg

 

On the Trail of Salt: Historical Paths through Schleswig-Holstein

It’s about 116 kilometers from Lüneburg in the south of the metropolitan region to Lübeck in the north. The history of the two cities is closely linked through the salt trade and is being rediscovered by cyclists on historic trade routes. The “Old Salt Road” connects the Hanseatic cities and leads through the Duchy of Lauenburg. A first stop is worthwhile at Lüne Monastery. Technology fans will be amazed along the route at the Scharnebeck ship lift, numerous locks and a wire rope ferry. From the Eulenspiegel town of Mölln, the route continues to the old town of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage Site like Wismar. The end point of the “Old Salt Road” is the seaside resort of Travemünde, where a dip in the Baltic Sea offers a refreshing end.

 

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Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg

 

Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg
Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg
Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg

 

Shorter passages for those with less endurance are offered by Schleswig-Holstein around Glückstadt on the Elbe. The ten so-called “Glücks-Routen”, 18 to 36 kilometers long, lead along the water, over dikes, along vegetable fields or through fragrant orchards. The view over the endless expanse of the marsh and the Elbe awaits almost behind every bend in the path and from the dikes. Rustic farms, picturesque thatched-roof houses and branching waterways decorate the landscape and with a good portion of tailwind, you can enjoy the region. Gemüsetörn, Storchentörn, Deichtörn, Obststörn are only some of the sounding names of the “Glücks-Routen”, which are guaranteed to provide a theme for every taste.

 

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Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg
Radwege durch die Metropolregion Hamburg

 

A special tip is located in the very south of the Hamburg metropolitan region: the Lower Saxony region of Uelzen, south of Lüneburg, is an ADFC-certified RadReiseRegion. It is considered an ideal destination for bike enthusiasts. Around 1,000 kilometers of signposted cycling routes, mostly far from motor traffic, pass through heathland, floodplains, nature reserves and shady forests. If you really want to work off your energy – it’s possible here.

 

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With the e-bike along the Elbe Cycle Path

The Elbe Cycle Route is one of the most varied cycle routes in Europe. Several stretches also lead through the Hamburg metropolitan region. These three stages are a wonderful way to discover the region and experience the diversity between fruit-growing areas in the Altes Land on the Elbe river, the big city of Hamburg with its harbour and sights and historic shipping towns such as Lauenburg. In the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Elbe River Landscape” you will find historical sites, nature and wildlife.

 

Photos: Markus Tiemann, HLMS GmbH, HLMS Jürgen Klemme, Mediaserver Hamburg Andreas Vallbracht, Mediaserver Hamburg Geheimtipp Hamburg, Glückstadt Destination Management GmbH Kratz; GDM; Kirbis, sh-tourismus.de; MOCANOX, TMV; Andreas Süß, Heideregion Uelzen, Lüneburger Heide GmbH; Domninik Ketz, Mediaserver Hamburg; Roberto Kai Hegeler