2024

Cycling vacation in Schleswig Holstein

On the road between the Elbe and the Baltic Sea

Hamburg – Rendsburg – Eckernförde – Flensburg

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Hamburg on the Elbe, Maties in Glückstadter, Kiel Canal, Glücksburg Castle
  • Daily routes ●●●○○, altitude profil ●●○○○

Days
8

Ø km per day
55

Hello and Moin from Northern Germany! Discover the North of Germany between Hamburg and Flensburg on our cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein. The lively Hanseatic city of Hamburg is an ideal introduction to our cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein. Along the Elbe you can cycle to the planned town of Glückstadt and the canal locks of Brunsbüttel. You follow the Kiel Canal, characterised by large boats and numerous bridges, which leads you along a flat cycle path into the Dithmarschen region to Burg and Rendsburg. Through the hilly Hüttener Berge Nature Park you reach the Baltic Sea in Eckernförde. Enjoy sunny, refreshing moments on one of the city‘s beaches before following in the footsteps of the Vikings in Schleswig. In Kappeln, examine one of the last herring fences on the Schlei and stroll through the park of the dreamy Glücksburg moated castle. The fjord town of Flensburg is the crowning finale of our cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein. If you cycle, you need energy! On our cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein, sample the North German cuisine, whose diversity will take you right across the region. Whether Hamburg Franzbrötchen, Maties from Glückstadt, smoked fish from Kappeln or Flensburg rum, the regional specialities offer you all kinds of culinary highlights.

Itinerary

  • Booking code
    OS-NOHF7
  • Start / Destination
    Hamburg / Flensburg
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 320 / 335 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 65 km, Ø 55 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
Map for the cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein

Day 1: Individual arrival in Hamburg

Your cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein starts in Hamburg, Germany's second largest city. The Hanseatic city impresses with its maritime charm, its lively hustle and bustle and a wealth of things to see and experience. Whether the fish market, Speicherstadt, Elbphilharmonie or the famous Michel – it is worth arriving early to get to know the city and all its facets.

St. Pauli Piers, Hamburg

St. Pauli Piers, Hamburg

Day 2: Hamburg – Glückstadt, approx. 55 km

You leave Hamburg along the Elbe. It is worth stopping at the ship welcoming station Willkomm-Höft in Wedel. Ocean liners and cruise ships entering or leaving the port of Hamburg are greeted or seen off with the respective national flag and language. Following the course of the Elbe, you reach Glückstadt. The city was founded in 1617 by the Danish King Christian IV. The aim was to rival Hamburg. However, it did not come close to the flourishing trade of the Hanseatic city. The city's trademark is Matjes – soused herring. It is produced according to traditional recipes and is known beyond the borders of Schleswig-Holstein.

Port of Glückstadt

Port of Glückstadt

Day 3: Glückstadt – Schafstedt / St. Michaelisdonn, approx. 50 / 40 km

Today's stage of your cycling cavation in Schleswig-Holstein first takes you to Brunsbüttel on the Kiel Canal. Marvel at the large ocean liners and cruise ships that pass through the Brunsbüttel canal locks. In the canal museum you will learn everything about the construction and functioning of one of the busiest waterways in the world. Follow the Kiel Canal inland through the Dithmarschen region until your destination for today.

Kiel Canal

Kiel Canal

Day 4: Schafstedt – Rendsburg, approx. 50 / 65 km

You cycle in a relaxed manner along the Kiel Canal. Along the way, you cycle side by side with large and small ships, close to the shore, through idyllic forest and meadow landscapes. Occasionally you change sides of the canal by ferry. The unmistakable landmark of your destination for the day, Rendsburg, is the railway viaduct. It spans the Kiel Canal and is one of the longest railway bridges in Germany. Leave your bike behind and explore the historic old town of Rendsburg along the blue line. The path, marked with a blue line, connects all the city's sights with each other.

Rendsburg High Bridge

Rendsburg High Bridge

Day 5: Rendsburg - Eckernförde - Schleswig, approx. 55 km

You turn your back on the Kiel Canal and cycle on today's stage of your cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein first towards the Baltic Sea. You will pass Lake Wittensee in the middle of the hilly Hüttener Berge Nature Park and reach Eckernförde. Visit the old town or treat yourself to a dip in the cool waters of the Baltic Sea. Refreshed, the journey continues to Schleswig. One of the landmarks is St. Petri's Cathedral, visible from afar. From its viewing platform you have a wonderful view over the city. Not far from the centre is Gottorf Castle. The magnificent castle complex houses, among other things, Archäologisches Landesmuseum (National Archaeological Museum). The most famous exhibits include bog bodies and the Nydam boat. 

Port of Eckernförde

Port of Eckernförde

Day 6: Schleswig - Kappeln, approx. 50 km

Before you leave Schleswig, it is worth making a detour to the Haithabu Viking Museum. It shows how people lived in the Viking Age on the former settlement site of Haithabu. You cycle along the river Schlei to Arnis, the smallest town in Germany. The tranquil town lies idyllically on a peninsula. Characteristic of your destination for the day Kappeln, is the bascule bridge over the Schlei. But the museum harbour is also worth a visit. It is best explored with a fish sandwich in hand. Or how about an excursion by boat to the mouth of the Schlei into the Baltic Sea?

Kappeln an der Schlei

Kappeln an der Schlei

Day 7: Kappeln – Flensburg, approx. 60 km + boat trip or approx. 75 km

Not far from the Baltic Sea, you cycle to Glücksburg on the last stage of your cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein. The town on the Flensburg Fjord is not only the most northerly town in Germany, but also boasts one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. Built in the 16th century, it is considered the cradle of Europe's royal houses. Flensburg, just a few kilometres away, is your destination. The city looks back on a history of over 750 years. This is reflected in numerous sights from past centuries. Alternatively, you can shorten the route from Glücksburg to Flensburg by boat.

Flensburg harbour

Cyclists at Flensburg harbour

Day 8: Individual departure

After breakfast your cycling vacation in Schleswig-Holstein already ends. We are happy to extend your stay in Flensburg with an extra night.

Flensburg Fjord

Farewell to Flensburg

Dates / Prices / Services

Season times and prices 2024

Arrival daily from 27.04.2024 to 04.10.2024Early 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
27.04. - 03.05.
22.09. - 05.10.
from849 €
Season B
04.05. - 07.05.
21.05. - 31.05.
08.09. - 21.09.
from949 €
Season C
08.05. - 15.05.
01.06. - 28.06.
21.08. - 07.09.
from1049 €
Season D
16.05. - 20.05.
29.06. - 20.08.
from1149 €

All prices per person in a double room

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Services

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 3* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Flensburg, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Boat trip Glücksburg – Flensburg incl. bike (on Mondays in April, May and September presumably not possible)
  • Travel documents with maps (1 x per room)
  • Service hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

     

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Not included is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).

 

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For our younger cyclists

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From 12 to 17 years

-25%

All prices are per person

Applies for accommodation in rooms with 2 full-paying guests.

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Due to the more challenging sections, we recommend this tour for young people only in good physical condition.

 

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Additional services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

299 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

Room
Breakfast
Price
Flensburg
 DBL

95 €

 SGL

135 €

Hamburg
 DBL

79 €

 SGL

129 €

other places
 DBL

69 €

 SGL

109 €

All prices are per person

Rental bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
99 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
259 €
Teenager's bike
Teenager's bike
49 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 8-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes (men’s bikes from 1.80 m)
  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel (men’s bikes from 1.80 m)
  • Electric bike / Pedelec with freewheel (minimum age 16 years)
  • Teenager's bike (26 inch)
Fittings

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

Here you find further information and pictures of our rental bikes.

Radweg Reisen 8-gear unisex
8-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes
Radweg-Reisen 8-gear men's bike
8-gear men's bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes
Radweg-Reisen 27-gear unisex bike
27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen 27-gear men's bike
27-gear men's bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg Reisen E-Bike
Unisex E-Bike, 8-speed hub gears and free-wheel
Radweg Reisen Teen's bike
Teen's bike

8- / 27-gear rental bike

99 €

E-bike / pedelec

259 €

Teenager's bike

49 €

All prices are per person

Brief info

  • Booking code
    OS-NOHF7
  • Start / Destination
    Hamburg / Flensburg
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 320 / 335 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 65 km, Ø 55 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
  • Parking information
    Parking garage in Hamburg, cost approx. 12 – 20 € / day
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen
  • Return to Hamburg
    On your own by train from Flensburg, direct connections several times a day, duration approx. 2 hours
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen
  • Mobility note
    The trip is only conditionally suitable for people with limited mobility.
    Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your individual needs.
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Days
8

Ø km per day
55