Holstentor is a old city gate into Lübeck, Germany, the ancient Hanseatic Town. Photo via Creative Commons:Glenn Strong

Warnemünde at dusk. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Martin Kunzel

Baltic Sea Tour

Germany Bike Tours

Coastal biking in Northern Germany!

  • 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.

    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.

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  • 2017 Prices

     Option 1Option 2
    April 22 to May 6 £ 593 $ 983 679 kr 5745 $ 747 £ 767 $ 1,272 879 kr 7438 $ 967

    May 7 to June 23
    Sep 11 to Sept 22

    £ 663 $ 1,099 759 kr 6422 $ 835 £ 855 $ 1,417 979 kr 8284 $ 1,077
    June 24 to Sep 10 £ 680 $ 1,128 779 kr 6592 $ 857 £ 872 $ 1,446 999 kr 8453 $ 1,099
    Single supplement £ 192 $ 318 220 kr 1862 $ 242 £ 244 $ 405 280 kr 2369 $ 308

    extra options

    Electric bicycle: £ 96 $ 159 110 kr 931 $ 121

    Return transfer from Stralsund to Lübeck (incl. bicycle): £ 52 $ 87 60 kr 508 $ 66

    Extra nights:

    LubeckOption 1Option 2
    Double £ 52 $ 87 60 kr 508 $ 66 £ 65 $ 109 75 kr 635 $ 83
    Single room £ 86 $ 142 98 kr 829 $ 108 £ 100 $ 166 115 kr 973 $ 127
    StralsundOption 1Option 2
    Double £ 48 $ 80 55 kr 465 $ 61 £ 61 $ 101 70 kr 592 $ 77
    Single room £ 78 $ 129 89 kr 753 $ 98 £ 96 $ 159 110 kr 931 $ 121

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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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.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transportation
  • Tour information packet (1 per room)
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Warnow ferry fare Warnemünde to Hohe Düne
  • Admission to Meeresmuseum in Stralsund
  • GPS tracks on request

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
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From679 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily beginning April 22 to October 7, 2017

*August 6 through 9 not possible due to Hanse Sail!

Skill Level

Easy self-guided hotel tour with mostly flat terrain and average daily distances of 26 miles.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Baltic Sea Tour Map

Day 1: Arrival in Lübeck
Day 2: Lübeck - Wismar, 37 to 50 mi. (59 to 79 km)
Day 3: Wismar - Kühlungsborn, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 4: Kühlungsborn - Warnemünde, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Warnemünde/Rostock - Fischland-Darß, 22 to 34 mi. (35 to 55 km)
Day 6: Fischland-Darß - Zingst/Barth, 25 to 31 mi. (40 to 50 km)
Day 7: Zingst/Barth - Stralsund, 28 to 34 mi. (45 to 55 km)
Day 8: Departure from Stralsund

All distances are approximate. 

DAY 1: Arrival at Lübeck
Individual arrival into Lübeck. This town 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.

DAY 2: Lübeck - Wismar, 37 to 50 mi. (59 to 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, 22 mi. (35 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/Rostock- Fischland/Darß, 22 to 34 mi. (35 to 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: Fischland-Darß - Zingst/Barth, 25 to 31 mi. (40 to 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: Zingst/Barth - Stralsund, 28 to 34 mi. (45 to 55 km)
You'll leave Barth behind along the bay to cycle to Stralsund. Even from a distance, you'll be able to discern the old Hanse town by its 3 tall church towers.

DAY 8: Departure from Stralsund after breakfast

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  • Stanley Pearson 5 years ago

    Our group of 11 cyclists took this tour in May 2009. We have taken some 8 European tours, and somehow this was the most memorable. It has s great combination of scdenery and historic sites. Our weather was perfect. Flying in and out of Berlin is handy. Hennie has cycled this route herself, so she knows it well! Pack and Pedal's service is, as usual, excellent.

    Stan Pearson.

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