The fens in this region once provided a livelihood for the local peat-cutters. The German Fen Route brings this history to life.
Navigable drainage canals, locks and bascule bridges bear testament to the mariners and moorland settlers, and there are many small museums along this flat route, which is ideal for leisurely cycling tours. You can look forward to traditional fen villages, restored windmills and old brick-built churches, as well as fenlands with dead-straight canals, picturesque bascule bridges, moors and meadows. A rather more imposing sight is the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, where huge cruise liners are built. In the harbour town of Leer you are so close to the North Sea you can taste it on the breeze.
Terrain: flat route without any major hills, mostly on asphalt and away from busy roads.
Scenery: long-distance cycle route along canals, bascule bridges and moors and through historical towns and villages.