Culture and maritime charm await in Hamburg. You then head through the meadows along the Elbe river to the Elbe-Lübeck Canal, and through the Schaalsee lake biosphere reserve from Ratzeburg to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where Schwerin with its castle offers a splendid welcome. From Bützow, you ride along the canal to Güstrow, home to brick-built churches and a Renaissance palace. Next, nestled in the gentle hills of the Mecklenburg Switzerland region, are the small towns of Teterow and Malchin, as well as Lake Kummerow. The tour continues to the historical Hanseatic town of Stralsund and then on to its final destination of Rügen Island.
Terrain: the route is asphalt-covered most of the way, with some paved sections and farm tracks. The going is hilly in parts and the route is not always car-free. Signposting is not standardised.
Scenery: from the city of Hamburg the route runs through the Elbe river scenery with its canals, lakes and nature reserves. Hills, forests, coastal landscapes and beaches await in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.