A cycling paradise in the Altes Land on the banks of the Elbe

Cycling between Hamburg, the Elbe and the North Sea

Cycling is a fantastic way of discovering this region. A 1,000 kilometre network of uniformly signposted cycle paths meanders its way through the Altes Land on the banks of the Elbe and is lacking just one thing - steep inclines! Twelve signposted themed rides offer varied day excursions, ranging in length from 35 to 65 kilometres. The 37 and 41 kilometre-long loops of the Obstroute (Fruit Route)carve a path through the heart of the fruit plantationsthat stretch out along the Elbe and its tributaries. The Hanseatic towns of Stade and Buxtehude serve as both the start point and destination of these trips. As you pass the cherry and apple trees, numerous fruit-based activities invite you to linger a while and cultural riches await your admiration.

For those who want to go a little further, seven transregional cycle paths lead you through the most beautiful corners of the holiday region. Cycling enthusiasts can discover Germany’s most popular cycling route, the 1,000km+ Elberadweg, as well as the Nordseeküsten-Radweg (North Sea Cycle Route) and the Mönchsweg (Monk’s Trail).

The Elbe-Radwanderbus offers a break from the exertions of cycling. From the middle of April until early October, this leisure bus with its bicycle trailer connects many locations in the region, from the mouth of the River Oste in the West right over to Hamburg-Finkenwerder in the East. It operates two routes on weekends and public holidays and offers cyclists the opportunity to load up their bicycle and let motorised transport take care of sections of their journey. It stops at railway stations (where you can change for mainline trains, S-Bahn and the Moor Express) and ferry terminals (for Elbe ferries from Lühe to Wedel and Hamburg-Finkenwerder to Hamburg-Landungsbrücken), thus offering every visitor a comfortable means of discovering the holiday region, including Hamburg itself.

The Tour scheduler appprovides reliable assistance with planning excursions during a cycling tour.

Long-distance cycle routes: Elberadweg, North Sea Cycle Route, Monk’s Trail.


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Altes Land am Elbstrom - Natürlich vor Hamburg
Tourismusverband Landkreis Stade / Elbe e.V.
Kirchenstieg 30, 21720 Grünendeich
Telephone: +49 41 42 / 88 97 60 or Fax: +49 41 42 / 8 89 76-76

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