Cheese Route - dike in Westerhever
Cheese Route - dike in Westerhever ©Majer Media (Kuczynski Lukasz)

North Sea Cycle Route - 1,000 kilometres of sea views

Measuring over 6,000 kilometres in length, the North Sea Cycle Route is the world's longest signposted cycle path. One-sixth of the route hugs the German coastline.

The North Sea Cycle Route covers more than 6,000 kilometres through eight countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England, Belgium and the Netherlands - and 921 kilometres in Germany. There is plenty of sea air along the coast of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

The route starts from Nieuweschans in the Netherlands. From there, it runs along the North Sea coast in the Netherlands, with the spectacular Wadden Sea, and on to the distinctive saltwater moorland of the Jade Bight. Along the route, the seaside towns of Bremerhaven with the Climate House and German Emigration Center, and the town of Cuxhaven provide some urban diversions.

The next point of interest along the route is the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the gateway to the world. After exploring the port and the Speicherstadt warehouse district, the North Sea Cycle Route continues along the Elbe and on through Schleswig-Holstein, which is characterised by marshland and fens, dikes and inlets. It is worth taking a look at the Brunsbüttel Locks on the Kiel Canal, St. Peter Ording with its buildings on stilts and long sandy beach, and the Friedrichskoog seal sanctuary for grey seals found in the North Sea. The Westerheversand Lighthouse is another main attraction, as is Husum, the birthplace of Theodor Fontane, before riders pass the Halligen as the 921-kilometre German section of the route comes to an end.

Characteristics: The majority of the route runs along the dike, with the option of choosing between the inner and outer path.

Scenery: The North Sea is your constant companion, with its spectacular landscapes including geest and marshland, the Wadden Sea, the Elbe, as well as dikes, bays and the Halligen.

At a glance: North Sea Cycle Route

  • Length: 921 kilometres (German route)
  • Start: Nieuweschans (Netherlands)
  • End: Ruttebüll/Rudbøl (Denmark)
  • Getting here (nearest main town/city - Start | End): Oldenburg (82 kilometres) | Flensburg (60 kilometres)
  • Route info: Mainly tarmac, accessible for children

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