Old Town in Szczecin, Poland. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:PublicDomain

Family of white storks, the national bird of Poland! Photo by Manfred Heyde
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Berlin to Malchin

Germany, Poland Bike + Barge Tours

Bike in Eastern Germany and into Poland!

This bike and barge tour in Germany and Poland takes you back through history to the past of Eastern Europe, where, although the wall has been torn down for about 20 years, not much has changed. The scenery is beautiful and you will find the cities much as they were during communist rule, which is what makes this cycling tour so unique. The German government has refurbished all roads that belong to the state, however as soon as you enter the cities or villages, and are immersed in each different community, the contrasts and differences between the east and the west will then stand out. The highlights of this Europe bike tour include the beautiful scenery, the differences between former eastern and now modern western Germany and the bike in Poland with the overnight stay in Szczecin. If you have an interest in the culture and history of Eastern Europe, you will find this tour fascinating.

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Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the beautiful and very popular Merlijn, a comfort plus class ship.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in double room with climate control and private bathroom
  • 7 x buffet breakfast and 6 x packed lunch
  • 6 x three course dinner (Malchin to Berlin 2016)
  • 5 x three course dinner (all other dates)
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and ice water free of charge
  • 24 speed hybrid bike with water bottle, bike bag, towel, and use of universal helmet
  • Daily cleaning of room
  • Harbor, ferry, and lock fees
  • Entrance and guided tour of Stolpe Tower
  • Tour guide
  • WiFi on board (only available in Germany)

What’s Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • 2 x dinner
  • 1 x dinner (Malchin to Berlin 2016 only)
  • All beverages other than those mentioned
  • Excursions, other than those mentioned
  • Transfers (minibus transfer from Malchin to Berlin is available for a supplement)
  • Bicycle protection
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1265 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017
Berlin to Malchin: May 20, 2017
Malchin to Berlin: *May 27, 2017 - *5% early booking discount if booked before December 1, 2016.

Skill Level

Easy to moderate bike and boat tour. Daily distances range from 19 to 28 miles (30 to 45 km)

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Berlin to Malchin Map

BERLIN TO MALCHIN

Day 1: Berlin/Spandau - Oranienburg 
Day 2: Oranienburg - Eberswalde 
Day 3: Eberswalde - Oderberg - Schwedt 
Day 4: Schwedt - Mescherin - Szczecin
Day 5: Szczecin - Kamminke, Usedom 
Day 6: Usedom - Stolpe
Day 7: Stolpe - Jarmen - Demmin - Malchin 
Day 8: Departure from Malchin

*Daily distances range from 19 to 28 miles (30 to 45 km) approximately

Day 1: Berlin/Spandau - Oranienburg 
The Merlijn, your sailing home for the duration of this tour, will await you in the port of Berlin/Spandau. Embarkation starts at 4PM. At 5PM the crew welcomes you on board and while you enjoy your welcome drink, you will get information about the ship, the tours and the bicycles. Meanwhile Henk starts the engine and will sail to Oranienburg, where it will stay overnight. Oranienburg, which received its royal name from the Dutch princess Louise Henriette of Nassau-Oranien (1627-1667), is situated at the northern city limits of Germany’s capital city of Berlin. It is a very popular destination for visitors to Berlin. Here you can visit the oldest Baroque castle of the Brandenburg March area. Since the reunification of Germany, new trade and industry have been established and most of the residential areas have been thoroughly renovated and redeveloped. Roads, footpaths, and cycle tracks have been newly constructed. 

Day 2: Oranienburg - Eberswalde 
Enjoy breakfast this morning while the barge cruises along the Havel River to Zerpenschleuse Today's bike tour starts here and you will explore the industrial history of this area. Your destination is Eberswalde along the Old Finow Canal. The mooring spot for the night will be close to the Niederfinow Ship Lift, a highlight you'll explore tomorrow. 

Day 3: Eberswalde - Oderberg - Schwedt 
In the morning, you'll experience one of the the highlights of this tour: the oldest German boat lift at Niederfinow. 

Afterwards, continue on to Oderberg. From here, your cycling tour will take you from Oderberg to Schwedt passing magnificent areas of natural beauty. A visit to the Castle of Stolpe is definitely recommended. 

The Castle of Stolpe has one of the best preserved Medieval castle towers in Germany. Enjoy the majestic view from the roof of this tower, a view that extends from the National Lower Oder River Valley up to Poland and of picturesque wooded slopes up to beautiful chains of hills in the spacious hinterland. Here you can take a guided tour through this castle. 

Your bike tour will lead through many more magnificent scenic areas to the city of Schwedt. Dinner tonight will be in one of the many restaurants in Schwedt, at your own expense. 

Day 4: Schwedt - Mescherin - Szczecin 
Schwedt is a historical town where you will be able to discover and experience some of the remains of the lifestyle and atmosphere of the German Democratic Republic. Today’s trip will offer you “nature at its purest” yet again. The bike tour leads you to Mescherin, still in Germany in the state of Brandenburg. Here you will board the Merlijn which will take you into Poland. Tonight you'll stay in the former German city of Stettin, which now belongs to Poland and is named Szczecin. Tonight you will have the opportunity to discover the regional Polish cuisine in one of the many restaurants this city has to offer. This will be at your own expense. 

Day 5: Szczecin - Kamminke, Usedom 
As you enjoy breakfast, the Merlijn will continue following the Oder from Szczecin, to the confluence of the Oder into the Stettin Lagoon/Stettiner Haff. Passing the estuary of the Oder River and the Polish/German border, you cruise through the magnificent Stettiner Lagoon. This lagoon, originating from a glacier reservoir lake, is located to the south of the island of Usedom and its surface area is larger than the surface area of the famous Lake Constance. This is a German-Polish region located at the Baltic Sea definitely well worth exploring and discovering. Today's cycle route takes you along the coast so you can stop for a swim while you enjoy the shores of Usedom. 

Day 6: Usedom - Stolpe
This morning you will cycle across the Island of Usedom to the northern coast. Here you will have a couple of hours to swim, rent a beach chair and relax, or stroll through the charming cities such as Ahlbeck and Heringsdorf.

Afterwards you will bike to the southern part of Usedom, to Karmin where you will board the Merlijn and cruise into the river Peene to reach Stolpe.

Day 7: Stolpe - Jarmen - Demmin - Malchin 
Your last biking tour of today begins in Stolpe en route to Loitz, another charming village on the Peene river. From here, you'll board the barge cruise the Peene to your final destination, Malchin. You'll also cross the Kummerower See, a 20 km wide lake. 

Day 8: Departure from Malchin 
Departure after breakfast. 

MALCHIN TO BERLIN

Day 1: Arrival in Malchin, cruising to Demmin
Day 2: Demmin - Jarmen - Anklam
Day 3: Anklam - Isle of Usedom (Kamminke) 
Day 4: 
Isle of Usedom (Kamminke) - Szczecin
Day 5: Szczecin - Mescherin (D) - Schwedt 
Day 6: Schwedt - Oderberg - Eberswalde 
Day 7: Eberswalde - Oranienburg - Berlin/Spandau 
Day 8: Departure from Berlin 

Day 1: Arrival in Malchin, cruising to Demmin
Check in on the Merlijn begins at 4 PM in Malchin (Peene). After checking in, the barge sets off at 6 PM to cruise from Malchin to Demmin. On the “Amazon of the North” nature lovers can explore mysterious forests, blossoming meadows, and hidden valleys. The trip takes you over the large Kummerower Lake. Its 300-meter-high east bank offers magnificent views of the beautiful landscapes of the Mecklenburger Schweiz district. Our moorage in Demmin is located right in the town center and is therefore the perfect place for an overnight stay. The Hanseatic city of Demmin is situated in the Northern German Lowlands where the rivers Peene, Trebel, and Tollense flow together. The city is imbedded in a very attractive landscape that is characterized by its five scenic and nature protection areas.

Day 2: Demmin - Jarmen - Anklam
While you are enjoying your breakfast, the Merlijn will continue following the Peene River downstream to Jarmen. Here your cycling tour to Anklam will begin. Along the way you'll visit the village of Jarmen with its St. Mary’s Church, the triangular old and new market, the town hall, and the “Waterstraat” residence with its Art Nouveau elements. Following the Peene River, your destination is Anklam. Before reaching the Haff Lagoon at Anklam, the Peene will cross the largest uninterrupted lowland moor area of Europe. The Hanseatic city of Anklam, situated on the European Road of Gothic Brick Building Art, boasts the brick buildings of St. Mary’s Church and Nikolai Church, the Brick Gate (Steintor) and the Gothic gabled house

Day 3: Anklam – Isle of Usedom (Kamminke) 
From Anklam, you'll first sail to the very charming Isle of Usedom, crossing the Haff with the Merlijn. The Isle of Usedom is one of Germany's major holiday and recreation areas due to its beaches, its natural beauty, and a number of elegant seaside towns such as Zinnowitz and Heringsdorf, which have been frequented by the German and international nobility as well as the general public. It is situated very close to the Polish border as well.

Day 4: Isle of Usedom (Kamminke) – Szczecin 
Today, you can choose to bike a few hours extra on the Isle to explore the beautiful beaches and perhaps take a refreshing swim in the sea. Afterwards the Merlijn will sail you across the Stettiner Haff and the Oder river to the city of Szczecin in Poland. During this cruise, a picnic lunch will be served on board.

On the way you'll pass through areas of untouched natural beauty. The barge trip continues along the magnificent Stettiner Lagoon before reaching the estuary of the Oder River and the Polish border. Today's destination is Szczecin. The Stettin Lagoon, originating from a glacier reservoir lake, is located to the south of the island of Usedom and its surface area is larger than the surface area of the famous Lake Constance. This is a German-Polish region located at the Baltic Sea definitely well worth exploring and discovering. Tonight you will have the opportunity to discover the regional Polish cuisine in one of the many restaurants this city offers. This will be at your own expense.

Day 5: Szczecin - Mescherin (D) - Schwedt 
During breakfast, the barge leaves Szczecin to return to Germany, where you will soon reach yet another German State: Brandenburg. Your cycling tour will start in Mescherin and will take you to Schwedt, where you'll stay tonight. Schwedt is a historical town where you will be able to discover and experience some of the remains of the lifestyle and atmosphere of the German Democratic Republic. As far as the landscape is concerned, today’s trip will offer you “nature at its purest” yet again. Tonight you will dine at your own expense in the city of Schwedt. 

Day 6: Schwedt – Oderberg – Eberswalde 
Today's cycling tour will take us from Schwedt to Oderberg passing magnificent areas of natural beauty. The tour also leads along the Castle of Stolpe wher you will be offered a guided tour. The Castle of Stolpe has one of the best preserved Medieval castle towers in Germany. Enjoy the majestic view from the roof of this tower, a view that extends from the National Lower Oder River Valley up to Poland or of picturesque wooded slopes up to beautiful chains of hills in the spacious hinterland. Our tour will take us through many more magnificent scenic areas to the city of Oderberg. Here you'll board the Merlijn and cruise past the oldest German boat lift at Niederfinow and continue our journey to Eberswalde. Our overnight stay will be in Eberswalde.

Day 7: Eberswalde - Oranienburg - Berlin/Spandau 
Today's cycling day explores the industrial history of this area. Cycle from Eberswalde to the city of Oranienburg along the Finow Canal. The route is very level and therefore very easy to do, even for less trained cyclists. You will bike along the Berlin-Kopenhagen and the Oder-Havel-River cycling route. During today’s route, nature and culture will be emphasized. Take a break at Zerpenschleuse where you can have your lunch in a cozy Biergarten. Oranienburg, which received its royal name from the Dutch princess Louise Henriette of Nassau-Oranien (1627-1667), is situated at the northern city limits of Germany’s capital city of Berlin. Being very attractively located within a lakeland district and due to its many attractions and sights, like the oldest Baroque castle of the Brandenburg March area, the city is a very popular destination for visitors to Berlin. Since the reunification of Germany new trade and industry have been established, most of the residential areas have been thoroughly renovated and redeveloped, and roads, footpaths and cycle tracks have been newly constructed. But even the brand-new residential and commercial buildings characterize the historically shaped face of this city. At Oranienburg you will reboard the Merlijn for a relaxing afternoon’s boat trip to Berlin/Spandau along the Havel River. In the evening, you will have plenty of time to enjoy a stroll around the beautiful city center of Spandau. 

Day 8: Departure from Berlin
Departure after breakfast. 

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Customer Feedback

  • Judith A. 3 months ago

    I feel our guide could have been a little more organised with our daily route but I also have to remember that the biking from Berlin to Malchin is a route that has not been done very often.
    I am unable to pick one outstanding moment. Just being able to bike in eastern Germany & Poland was so outstanding & while biking to think of all the history of the area. It is also wonderful to think that efforts are being made to make a vast ecological area over the next few years in some of the region along canals where we were biking.

  • Rita D. 4 months ago

    EVERYTHING stands out! From the greeting & service by the staff, (Lydia/Denisa) the guide Jack, the Captain & Jontein who ran the whole enterprise, Merlijn. The food. Lovely ever-changing table settings, The ample, fresh cabins, fresh flowers, excellent bikes and super maintenance & care, knowledgeable, friendly guiding thru the towns, memorials, history of the area. Capable, expert, amazing,skill of the Captain thru the narrow canals & rivers. The homegrown entertainment. We are putting a deposit on '18. ('17 is BOOKED!)

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  • Christopher P. 4 months ago

    The Merlijn is a terrific vessel and the owners, Jantien & Henk and their staff are first rate.
    Highly recommended.

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  • Lisa W. 4 months ago

    Everything was great but it was our crew that made it so special.

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  • Joyce Thompson 1 year ago

    We had a great time; the bike guide (Tom) did a super job. Hope we have this same great experience on our next trip.

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