Baltic Sea Tour
Germany Bike Tour
A scenic coastal tour
The bike route along the coast of the Baltic Sea has been popular in Europe for decades - incorporating attractive seaside resorts, cozy inlets and peninsulas, curving coastline, lush fields of green and wide sandy beaches along peaceful bike paths. The tour starts in the old Hanseatic capital city of Lübeck, which became a World Heritage Site due to its spectacular Brick Gothic architecture. The historic centers of Wismar and Stralsund are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Lübeck has a charming old town center (dominated by seven church steeples) perfect for an evening stroll. The oldest churches (the Dom and Marienkirche) are from the 13th and 14th centuries. The town has retained its medieval atmosphere complete with narrow streets and four town gates, of which the Holstentor (1478) is the best known. Situated on the Trave River, Lübeck has the largest German port on the Baltic Sea.
The "Baltic Bike Trail" itself officially starts in Travemünde. The route will ride through the peaceful landscape of Kluetzer Winkel, along cliffs and stretches of sandy beaches touching the Bay of Wismar to the old Hanseatic town of Wismar, home of Germany’s largest marketplace. Architecturally, Wismar’s style ranges from 14th century North German Gothic (e.g. Alter Schwede) to 19th century Romanesque. The past glory of this trading town is evident in its ornate buildings, which make it one of the nicest in the Mecklenburg-West Pomeranian region. The route will next ride along flatland following the coast to the scenic seaside resort of Warnemünde (with an old lighthouse by the beach promenade), which is not far from Rostock, a medieval city with a large fishing fleet.
In addition to the romantic coastline, you will ride past lakes and through forests, such as the forest of Darßer Urwald, as well as a nature reserve park. Well before reaching Stralsund, you will be able to recognize it by its three church towers. The city was also enriched through the Hanseatic League, and contains several medieval gates as well as the great 13th-14th century Church of St Nicholas and 13th century Gothic Town Hall in the Old Market Square. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its Brick Gothic historic town center.
Where You’ll Stay
Option 1: Nice, comfortable 2 and 3-star hotels and B&Bs.
Option 2: Hotels and B&B’s of the 3 and 4-star category.
- 7 night hotel accommodations
- 21-speed hybrid bicycle
- Luggage transportation
- Tour information packet
- Route descriptions & maps
What’s Not Included
- Train/ship transfer Lübeck to Travemünde on Day 2, ± € 10
- Ferry Travemünde to Priwall and the Warnowfähre, ± € 2
- Local tourist tax, ± € 2 per day
- Daily beginning April 28 to September 30, 2013.
Easy self-guided hotel tour with mostly flat terrain and average daily distances of 26 miles.
- Arrival in Lübeck.
- Lübeck - Wismar, 37 - 50 mi. (59-79 km)
- Wismar - Kühlingsborn, 26 mi. (42 km)
- Kühlingsborn - Warnemünde, 29 mi. (45 km)
- Warnemünde - Fischland/Darß, 34 mi. (55 km)
- Fischland/Darß - Barth, 32 mi. (50 km)
- Barth - Stralsund, 28 mi. (46 km)
- Departure from Stralsund.
All distances are approximate. This tour is also available as a 6 day / 5 night tour from Lübeck to Stralsund, with longer daily cycling distances. Overnights are in Lubeck, Wismar, Warnemunde/Rostock, Zingst/Barth and Rostock.
DAY 1: Arrival at Lübeck.
Individual arrival into Lübeck. Be sure to save some time for a stroll through the old part of town. One finds charming restaurants among this decorative Hanseatic city surrounded by ports and ponds.
DAY 2: Lübeck - Wismar, 37 - 50 mi. (59-79 km)
You leave Lübeck on a short trip to Travemünde. You can do this 20 km trek either by bike or by train. Travemünde is a traditional Baltic seaside resort, where you start the "Baltic Bike Trail". You'll sail to Priwall and then ride through the peaceful landscape of Kluetzer Winkel to the seaside town of Boltenhagen. Along cliffs and small beaches, you'll leisurely move along the Wismarer Bucht to the old Hanse town Wismar. This charming town has impressive architecture that represents the strength and glory of the old Hanseatic period and is certainly one of the nicest towns in the Mecklenburg - West Pomerania region.
DAY 3: Wismar - Kühlingsborn, 26 mi. (42 km)
The historic part of Wismar was largely untouched during the attacks of WWII, so a bit of sightseeing is in order. Along the Kühlung, a richly forested and and hilly landscape, you'll cycle on to Kühlungsborn.
DAY 4: Kühlingsborn - Warnemünde, 29 mi. (45 km)
Via the flat landscape of the Baltic coast, your cycling adventure will continue to Warnemünde, a seaside town not far from Rostock. If you like, you can take a detour to Bad Doberan, where you have the option of visiting the Train Museum "Molli" and then cycle leisurely to Warnemünde through the backlands.
DAY 5: Warnemünde - Fischland/Darß, 34 mi. (55 km)
You'll start the morning in Warnemünde, where the Warnow River spills out into the Baltic Sea. If you like, go for a stroll along the "Old Stream", where old fishing boats come together with tall new sailing ships. Along the Hochuferweg, you will ride on to Wustrow and the artist's colony of Ahrenshoop before finally making your way to today's destination of Darß.
DAY 6: Darß - Barth, 32 mi. (50 km)
Today's journey will take you across the Darßer Urwald Forest to the village of Prerow. A trip to the west coast of Prerow is a must. You can find a romantic beach and maybe some amber. You'll next ride through the Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park, which contains some important nesting grounds for cranes and grey gooses. The day will end in Barth.
DAY 7: Barth - Stralsund, 28 mi. (46 km)
You'll leave Barth behind along the bay to cycle to Stralsund. Already from far away, you'll be able to discern the old Hanse town by its 3 tall church towers.
DAY 8: Departure from Stralsund after breakfast.