2019
Bike Tour through the Baltic Sea Hinterland

Bike Tour through the Baltic Sea Hinterland

The coast, Hanseatic cities and the Old Salt Route

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Round trip from Lübeck
  • Included: boat trip on the Lake Schwerin
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●○○○

8
days

50
km / day avg.

This bike tour is filled with variety and leads you from Lübeck on the Baltic Sea Cycle Route towards Wismar. Both Hanseatic cities are world famous and their historic buildings are protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will then cycle through the surrounding lake-filled hinterland, where the castle of Schwerin awaits your visit. You can look forward to a boat trip across Lake Schwerin and the attractive landscape of the Lauenburg Lake District. From here, you will follow along the former Salt Path, the Old Salt Route, passing through the towns of Ratzeburg and Mölln towards the Baltic Sea. Along this cycling tour you will not only be able to enjoy the Baltic Sea air but will also have the opportunity to learn about the impressive history of the Old Salt Route.

Itinerary

Baltic Sea Coast & Old Salt Route

Brief Information

  • Booking code
    OS-HLSN7
  • Start / Destination
    Lübeck
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 240 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 30 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
  • Route condition
    Partly flat, partly hilly ground, mostly on quiet country roads, cycle paths, sometimes on sandy paths and cobbled roads.
  • Parking information
    Holstentor car park (390 parking spaces), open 24 / 7, cost: approx. 8 € / day.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen

Day 1: Individual arrival in Lübeck

The old magnificent Hanseatic town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and simply radiates charm. Most people associate Lübeck with the Holsten Gate, marzipan and Thomas Mann. But there is much more to see: the crooked brick houses, alleyways and courtyards, the town hall. And the fish rolls on the banks of the Trave at sunset taste particularly good.

Day 2: Lübeck – Boltenhagen, approx. 50 km

This section goes through the spa town of Travemünde and continues along the Baltic Sea Cycle Route. Cycling through the Brooker Wald nature reserve, you soon reach Boltenhagen. The second oldest seaside resort of Mecklenburg attracts not only tourists ‒ world sailing championships are held here too. Enjoy the charming inland area around the small town of Klütz.

Day 3: Boltenhagen – Wismar, approx. 30 km

Mostly following the banks, you cycle to Wismar today, a time-honoured Hanseatic town. In the old quarter you will still find many brick buildings in the old Gothic style. By boat you can cross over to the island of Poel. It’s worth the short trip, as not only do beautiful long sandy beaches await you but the historic city walls dating back to the Thirty Years’ War contribute to the island’s charm.

Day 4: Wismar – Schwerin, approx. 50 km

You will follow along the Wallenstein Trench today away from the Baltic Sea coast towards Lake Schwerin. White tailed eagles and osprey nest along the banks and sea otters feel at home here. You will pass by the village of Mecklenburg, which gave the federal state its name and which is known for its Dutch style windmills. You will then continue onwards near the shore towards the state capital of Schwerin.

Day 5: Excursion Lake Schwerin, boat trip

The entire day is free today for you to take the time to discover Schwerin and the surrounding area. In the middle of the town centre, surrounded on all sides by water, is the magnificent Schwerin Castle. Stroll across the Old Town Market and take a look at the Cathedral. You will also have the option of undertaking a cycling tour through the Schwerin Lake District. Of course, you also, can't miss out on a boat trip on the lake.

Day 6: Schwerin – Ratzeburg, approx. 65 km

You will start cycling though a portion of the Schwerin Lake District before reaching the Schallsee Lake District. From here it is not far until you reach Schleswig-Holstein and the nature reserve of the Lauenburg Lakes. Forests and water are the defining elements at play here. The island town of Ratzeburg, which is dominated by an impressive redbrick cathedral, is located in the middle of Lake Ratzeburg and in the Nature Park.

Day 7: Ratzeburg – Lübeck, approx. 45 km

Along the last cycling route of your holiday back to Lübeck you will take the first stop of the day in the town of Till Eulenspiegel; Mölln. The tranquil town is worth a visit and not only for the Eulenspiegel Museum. The old salt route runs through the town, upon which the Lübeck merchants in medieval times transported the white gold from Lüneburg to the coast. You will follow the old salt route back into the hanseatic town.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast your bike tour through the Baltic Sea hinterland and the Old Salt Route comes to an end. If you do not wish to leave Northern Germany just yet, we would be more than happy to extend your stay in Lübeck.