Long-distance routes and tour tips
960km of cycling right across Germany: the German section of the R1 European Cycle Route has been upgraded to an ADFC 3-star route and offers a varied mix of holiday fun and relaxation.
The route runs from the Dutch town of Vreden to Küstrin-Kietz on the Polish border, traversing a variety of landscapes including the level parkland of Münsterland, the hills in the Weserbergland and on the edge of the Harz, the open countryside of the Fläming region and the Oderbruch marshland. It also features the stunning riverscapes of the Weser, Saale and Elbe, as well as a biosphere reserve. There’s a wealth of cultural highlights to be found at seven UNESCO World Heritage sites including Quedlinburg, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and the Bauhaus town of Dessau, and in cities such as Münster and Berlin.
Terrain: first model route in the ‘D’ cycle network which runs right across Germany. It mainly uses dedicated paths or woodland trails through unspoilt countryside, largely away from busy roads. This long-distance cycle route is not always on asphalt.
Scenery: crosses through a variety of regions and landscapes – from lowlands to highlands, from river scenery to big cities (including Berlin), and from a biosphere reserve to UNESCO World Heritage sites.