The Baltic Sea Cycle Route


Ruderboot, Usedom

Island of Usedom

Windmühle, Usedom

Timmendorfer Strand

Urlauber, Strandkorb


Radfahrer, Ahrenshoop

Brodten cliffs

Steilküste, Brodten


Hafen, Flensburg


Seeheilbad, Zingst

Dornbusch lighthouse on Hiddensee

Leuchtturm, Hiddensee


Strandkörbe, Prerow


Steg, Bansin

On the Baltic Sea cycle path, there is always a light breeze around your nose and the air is wonderfully clear. Your gaze wanders into the distance, out to the open sea. You are accompanied by the hungry screeching of seagulls. A trip on the Baltic Sea Cycle Route is incredibly diverse:
There are the dreamy fishing villages, the venerable Hanseatic towns with their typical brick culture, the thatched fish huts, the fashionable seaside resorts with impressive piers, and the rugged, meter-high cliffs. You'll want to build one sandcastle after another on the wide beaches. You won't find it difficult to shift down a gear. The clocks just seem to tick a little slower here.

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From Flensburg via Kiel to Stralsund

In Schleswig-Holstein, the coastline and Baltic Sea cycle path from Flensburg to Kiel are much less straight than in the east. Although there are also wide, shallow bays, such as the Bay of Lübeck or Timmendorfer Strand, the coastline is generally more hilly and is interrupted by rivers and fjords or fjords. The Baltic Sea Cycle Route makes frequent detours inland, allowing you to get to know the varied landscape of Schleswig-Holstein.
After a visit to Lübeck, take the Baltic Sea Cycle Route across the state border into Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Here, numerous sleepy villages lie behind and between the characteristic buildings of the classicist spa culture. The unique beauty of the coast even attracted emperors and kings, and the Kaiserbäder still tells of this today. Where crowned heads once spent their vacations, today you can enjoy cycling! Numerous breaks on the beach, jumping into the waves to cool off, and then a delicious fish sandwich straight from the fishermen - a cycling vacation on the Baltic Sea cycle path is pure relaxation.

Lübeck, Baltic Sea cycle path
Map Baltic Sea Cycle Route

Cycle paths

The Baltic Sea Cycle Path does not run continuously along the coast. Again and again, you make detours inland. The surface of the almost 1000 km of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route varies: some parts are very easy to cycle on, and others are more challenging. The route is mostly asphalted, but in places, it runs over slabs, interlocking stones, sand, and gravel or cobblestones.
However, the cycle paths that the Baltic Sea Cycle Route takes you along have one major advantage: they are mostly reserved for cyclists and pedestrians alone or follow country roads with little traffic. You will not have to travel long distances on busy country roads. They only approach main roads to accompany you for a few kilometers on the cycle path. But even these sections are kept to a minimum.
In general, you should therefore travel on a reliable touring bike on your Baltic Sea Cycle Route trip. A longer tour on the Baltic Sea Cycle Path is not recommended for racing bikes.
During our suggested family tours along the Baltic Sea coast, there is a selection of tours that are also great fun with your children in a child trailer. On the other sections of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route, you should find out in advance whether they are comfortable to ride with a child trailer or bike trailer.


Surprisingly hilly is the impression of many who are traveling on the Baltic Sea Cycle Route for the first time. Even if the mountains tend to be smiled at in advance by cycle tourists from far away from the coast - the 161 meters that the Piekberg rises above Rügen, for example, should not be underestimated on the bike.
Along the coast, the Baltic Sea cycle path mostly leads through flat terrain. In some sections, however, you will overcome a few hills with short, steeper inclines. Especially when the long-distance cycle route takes you inland, you will have to overcome a few inclines. But be happy, because every ascent is followed by a rewarding descent!

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Blue, green, and yellow symbolize the Baltic Sea Cycle Route on the numerous signs that show you the way from Flensburg to Usedom. However, just like the quality of the cycle paths, the uninterrupted, visible signposting is not always a given. Some stretches of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route are marked in an exemplary manner and you can immediately see your way ahead at every junction. In other places, however, signs are missing or are so hidden that you spend more time looking for the sign than looking at your Baltic Sea Cycle Route map.
Additional map material is therefore essential on a Baltic Sea Cycle Route tour due to the sometimes patchy signposting. With the help of the map, you can use the local signposts, the green arrow on a light background that you are used to in Germany, to find your next stage destination without any major detours.

Signage, Baltic Sea cycle path

Who is out and about on the Baltic Sea Cycle Path?

Beaches, lighthouses, steep cliffs, and the waves of the sea - the Baltic Sea Cycle Path is naturally a popular destination for all sea lovers! Nature lovers will get their money's worth here. But culture enthusiasts will also love the Baltic Sea Cycle Route. The former German-German border region has a lot to tell, and not just in terms of recent history. The classicist seaside resorts with their long piers take you back over a hundred years in time.
So if you don't just spend your cycling trip on your bike, but are also interested in what lies along the way, you should definitely not miss a tour on the Baltic Sea Cycle Path. Where else can you spend your breaks taking a refreshing dip in the waves of the Baltic Sea and building a sandcastle before continuing your cycle tour? The many small towns along the way allow for flexible planning. This means that sporty cyclists will also have fun, as the various paths, which are not just flat along the water, are a wonderful way to make kilometers.
Families with children will also have fun on the Baltic Sea cycle path: Sandy beaches that stretch for miles into the horizon, a wildlife that is so foreign and different from the domestic one, make cycling in between almost a minor matter. And who can say after the vacations that they visited a real ghost forest during their vacation?
However, bear in mind that the Baltic Sea cycle path is not suitable for children's trailers everywhere. So if your child is already on a bike themselves, then the Baltic Sea cycle path is only recommended if they can behave safely in traffic and also cycle regularly at home. Otherwise, a relaxing Baltic Sea cycle path vacation will quickly turn into a very stressful time for the whole family.

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Travel time

The seasons are sometimes more pronounced on the Baltic Sea coast than in the rest of Germany. The influence of the sea is always noticeable. Be it with a light breeze and the smell of the sea that accompanies you on your bike tour. Or with a strong wind that, with luck, will blow you in the right direction.
The best time to travel along the Baltic Sea Cycle Route is in the months of June, July, and August. However, this time of year is also very popular with all other tourists, so the Baltic Sea Cycle Route can of course be very busy. Good conditions for a successful cycle tour in terms of the weather can still be found in the wider period between the end of April and the beginning of October.
When planning your trip, you should always take into account the rapidly changing weather and stronger winds and bring the appropriate clothing.

Kühlungsborn, Baltic Sea cycle path

Arrivals, departures, and return travel

Flensburg, Lübeck, and Stralsund are the classic starting points for a cycle tour on the Baltic Sea Cycle Route.
From Lübeck and Flensburg, you can explore the western part of the Baltic Sea coast, from Stralsund the eastern part, and the various islands including Rügen. All three cities can be easily reached by public transport as well as via the highway.
The route to Flensburg usually leads via Hamburg, where the nearest international airport is located. IC and regional trains connect the two Hanseatic cities at frequent intervals. Lübeck is also served by ICE trains, so you can easily reach the Baltic Sea Cycle Route from the south and west of Germany.
Stralsund, the hub of the eastern part of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route, is also a stop on various ICE routes. The gateway to Rügen, as Stralsund is often called, can also be easily reached from Berlin with its airports.
The Baltic Sea Cycle Route is also served by various long-distance bus routes. If you are planning to take your own bikes with you, then, as with the train, it is possible to take bikes with you without any major problems.


Unfortunately, there is no continuous railroad line along the Baltic Sea Cycle Route. Although many places are served by rail, the connection is then only inland. If you want to shorten a stage of your Baltic Sea Cycle Path tour, you may well end up spending a long time on the train.
Various boats, on the other hand, can shorten your stages and be an additional highlight of your cycle tour on the Baltic Sea Cycle Path. The narrow, long bays in particular, at the end of which cities such as Kiel, Lübeck, and Rostock lie, can be wonderfully crossed by boat. The ferries are usually geared towards cyclists, as they have been shortening countless cyclists' stages on the Baltic Sea Cycle Path for years.

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