2021
Fen and Dollart cycle path

Cycling Tour in Germany an the Netherlands

Cycling between moors, the sea and windmills

 Emden – Papenburg – Groningen – Emden

  • Papenburg "Venice of the North", Dutch cocoa, moors, forests and heaths, countless rivers
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○

Tage
8

Ø km pro Tag
45

In the North West of Germany, near the North Sea coast and bordering Holland, we have combined two of the most beautiful cycle routes into an impressive circular route: the German Fen route and the Dollart route. These routes lead along mainly flat paths through fertile fen landscapes, past old-fashioned sluices and impressive Saxon farmsteads, through thick forests and heath fields as well as through expansive moorland and bogland regions. The old star-shaped border fortress of Bourtange (16th Century), the most beautiful castle in the Groningen region (Menkemaburg), a bog museum and the Elisabethfehn Canal are all located along the route. The Fen and Dollart cycle path is also suitable for untrained cyclists.

Itinerary

Cyling Tour in Germany an the Netherlands
  • Booking Code
    NW-FEEE7
  • Start / Destination
    Emden
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 280 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

 

Day 1: Individual arrival in Emden

The town had a bad reputation as pirate stronghold in the middle ages until the pirates were “smoked-out” by the inhabitants of Hamburg. The industrialisation of the Ruhr Region, for which Emden was and is an important harbour, caused the town to flourish economically. Today the region has first class cultural facilities to offer, such as the art gallery which was donated by Henri Nannen.

Day 2: Emden – Leer, approx. 35 km + boat trip

Your Fen Tour begins with a short route to Petkum. From here you will take the ferry (not included) and cross over to Ditzum, a pretty little village with a fishing harbour. You will then continue cycling along the Ems towards the old town of Leer, which in the Early Middle Ages was the seat of the Frisian chiefs. The town boasts a beautiful Old Town with Baroque architecture. You will be able to relax in the harbour area.

Day 3: Leer – Papenburg, approx. 35 km

Today you will cycle through the Moormerland region, the heart of the fen landscape with moors, forests and heaths, criss-crossed with countless canals and rivers. Your destination for the day is Papenburg which is home to numerous canals and drawbridges giving it the nickname of the “Venice of the North”. You shouldn´t miss the opportunity to visit the internationally renowned Meyer ship building yard, which constructs impressive cruise liners.

Day 4: Papenburg – Stadskanaal, approx. 55 km

Shortly after setting out today you will reach the Dutch province of Groningen. The star-shaped fortress of Bourtange from the 16th century is worth a visit. Cycling through a fertile fen landscape with prosperous farms and old-fashioned sluices, you will come to your destination for the day Stadskanaal, which was built according to the new Dutch model in the 1960s.

Day 5: Stadskanaal – Groningen, approx. 45 km

Quiet cycle paths through thick forests, heaths and expansive moors and turf regions are typical of the Drenthe province. You will cycle on through idyllic villages to Zuidlaren with its impressive Saxon farmhouses and church in the Late Romanesque style. Passing the Paterswoldsemeer you will come to the significant town of Groningen.

Day 6: Groningen – Delfzijl, approx. 60 km

The town centre of Groningen has been recognised as the most beautiful in the Netherlands. After leaving the town you will once again be surrounded by nature. Menkemaburg Castle in Uithuizen is one of the most beautiful in the province. In the windmills located there, millers will enthusiastically explain every detail of the milling process to you. You will then cycle along the levee until reaching your destination for the day on the Ems. Don´t miss the last chance to enjoy some Dutch hot chocolate.

Day 7: Delfzijl – Emden, approx. 50 km + ferry trip

Today, you cycle from Delfzijl along the Dollart, a bay on the coast, which was formed by a storm tide in the 14th century. Following the coast, you get back to the Ems at Ditzum. Take the Dietzum-Petkum ferry (not included) across the Ems to get to Emden.

Day 8: Individual departure or extended stay

After breakfast your tour along the Fen and Dollart cycle path in East Frisia and the Netherlads comes to an end. We would however, be more than happy to extend your stay in Emden.

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Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Sundays from 18.04.2021 to 26.09.2021Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
18.04. - 16.05.
06.09. - 26.09.
ab649 €
Season B
17.05. - 05.09.

ab699 €
All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 3* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle tour description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included:

  • City or visitor's tax (if payable)
  • Ferry trip from Petkum to Ditzum and vice versa, approx. 3 Euros per person incl. bike
  • Boat trip Delfzijl-Emden, approx. 13 Euro per person incl. bike
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For our younger cyclists

Due to the altitude profile we don't recommend this tour for children.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

175 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Emden

59 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Emden

99 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
79 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
189 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes
  • 21-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
  • Electric bike
Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

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Rental bike

7- or 21-gear Rental bike

79 €

E-bike

189 €

Brief Information

Cyling Tour in Germany an the Netherlands
  • Booking Code
    NW-FEEE7
  • Start / Destination
    Emden
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 280 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 60 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Profile of the route
    Flat route along mainly asphalted or cemented tracks and now and then along quiet back roads.
  • Parking information
    Public parking deck available in Emden, approx. 12 €/week (Tickets should be purchased at the hotel reception, otherwise 20 €/week), parking spaces free of charge near hotel.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

Tage
8

Ø km pro Tag
45