2019
The Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Route

The Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Route

From the Brandenburg Gate to the Little Mermaid

  • Berlin / Oranienburg – Copenhagen
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profile ●●○○○

11
days

55
km / day avg.

This cycling holiday connects the two capitals of Berlin and Copenhagen. From the Spree, the tour goes right through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the lake district and on to the Baltic Coast. After the crossing, you pass the southern-most point of Scandinavia before you get to the Danish capital. Proud stately homes, expansive meadows and fields and impressive chalk cliffs characterise the route to the little mermaid in Copenhagen's harbour. Not too many hills and a middling number of kilometres per day make this tour on the Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Route very doable - also for beginners.

Itinerary

The Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Route

Brief Information

  • Booking code
    NO-BK10
  • Start / Destination
    Oranienburg / Copenhagen
  • Duration
    11 days, 10 nights
  • Length
    approx. 500 – 520 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 80 km Ø 55 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
  • Route Condition
    You cycle through partly flat, partly slightly hilly terrain, mostly on well developed bike paths. 
  • Returning to Berlin / Oranienburg
    By train on your own initiative, Copenhagen airport to Berlin, duration approx. 1 hour.
    We do not recommend returning to Berlin by train. 
  • Parking information
    Free-of-charge parking at the hotel in Oranienburg.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner

Day 1: Individual arrival in Berlin / Oranienburg

Oranienburg is only a few kilometres from Berlin. You can conveniently get to the start of your tour by S-Bahn. If you arrive a bit earlier you can use the time to have a look round Berlin. Oranienburg is named after its castle. It awaits you with park, museum and an orangery. You should not miss out on a visit here.

Day 2: Oranienburg – Fürstenberg, approx. 35 – 75 km

On the first day you'll find yourself right in the heart of the relaxing peace and quiet of Mark Brandenburg. Follow the Oder-Havel canal to Liebenwalde. The classicist parish church was built between 1833 and 1835 according to plans designed by the Prussian builder and architect, Friedrich Schinkel. Following the Havel, you arrive in the country town of Zehdenick with its classicist and new baroque townscape. Next, you cycle to the southern edge of the Mecklenburg lake district.

Day 3: Fürstenberg – Neustrelitz, approx. 45 – 80 km

The Stechlin nestles atmospherically into the Mark Brandeburg countryside. The lake, shrouded in legend, is eternalised in Theodor Fontane's last novel. On your bike you pass a lot of bathing lakes in the Mecklenburg Seeplatte. A little later you reach today's destination, Neustrelitz. The baroque town was built around a market square. Eight streets depart from the heart of the town - starlike - into different directions.

Day 4: Neustrelitz – Waren an der Müritz, approx. 65 km

Today's section takes you through Müritzsee National Park. Lake Müritz came into being after the Ice Age and is Germany's second largest lake. Thick forest and lakes, ponds and waterways as far as the eye can see all provide a retreat for rare animals such as sea eagles and ospreys or flesh-eating plants such as the sundew. Today's destination is the small town of Waren on the Müritz. The local Müritz Museum is the biggest freshwater acquarium in Germany and presents interesting facts on all kinds of water animals for children and adults.

Day 5: Waren – Krakow am See / Güstrow, approx. 45 / 70 km

The sand and gravel deposits known here as Sanders from the Ice Age and many moors shape the face of the nature park, Nossentiner Heide. In addition to many different species of birds, semi-wild bison also live here! You'll be cycling through expansive areas of woodland to Krakow am See. The townscape on the northern edge of the Mecklenburg lake district features estates and stately homes. The brick town church is very pretty, built in a romantic-gothic style from the 13th century.

Day 6: Güstrow – Rostock, approx. 80 / 55 km

Today, you follow the Bützow-Güstrow canal towards the Baltic. If you're in a hurry, you can shorten the route by taking the train and getting to Rostock more quickly. The gothic brick building, from the Hanseatic Era, continues to make its impact on the town today. Have a look at the heart of this historic town. It's definitely worth it. As an alternative - the Warnemünde seaside resort is beckoning! Here, the Baltic coast's widest beach invites you to go for a dip. The highlight of the year is the Hanse-Sail festival in the summer.

Day 7: Rostock – Nykøbing, approx. 40 km + ferry crossing

By train you leave Rostock's main station in the morning and arrive at the ferry harbour. The following trips to Gedser take about 2 hours. Once you're on the Danish side, you can look forward to a lovely cycle over dykes and through small woods along the beaches of Falster island. Nykøbing inspires its visitors with its pretty half-timbered houses from the 16th-18th centuries and its gothic abbey church. The castle park and small zoo are also worth a visit!

Day 8: Nykøbing – Stege, approx. 75 km + ferry crossing

Along the coast, your route takes you through easy-going terrain to the old trading town of Stubbeköbing. Before crossing by ferry to Bogø island you should go for a wander. Bogø island is known for its windmills and many megalithic graves. The route takes you further to the neighbouring island of Møn. The famous chalk cliffs near to Klint on Møn are the highest cliffs in Denmark. Steep steps lead from the edge along the cliffs and down to the wonderful stony beaches.

Day 9: Stege – Køge, approx. 50 – 70 km + train ride or approx. 110 km

Today begins by crossing the Baltic over the bridge between Møn and Seeland. Then you head north along the coast. Country homes and town houses, surrounded by willow trees and fields make the countryside look rather like a large park. Depending on your level of fitness you can cycle to Faxe or extend your tour to include the cliffs at Rødvig. You go by train (not included) on to the medieval harbour town of Køge on the bay of the same name.

Day 10: Køge – Kopenhagen, approx. 45 – 55 km

Your last biked section takes you past wonderful Baltic beaches. In Ishøj you should visit the museum for modern art. The building that accommodates the museum is a piece of art in itself. From here, you will start to notice the beginnings of the Danish capital and soon arrive at your destination - Copenhagen. The metropolis awaits with many sights. Remember that a visit to the old harbour is a must.

Day 11: Individual departure

After breakfast, your cycling holiday on the Berlin-Copenhagen Cycle Route ends with your individual departure home.