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The most popular cycle routes in Germany

A cyclist rides on the Main Cycle Path with the Frankfurt skyline in the background.

Cycling is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and keeps you fit. Spring is the perfect time to get on your bike. Here are the ten most popular routes in Germany.

Cyclists cycle along the Weser via the Weser Cycle Path

Weser cycle path

Get on the bike! The Weser Cycle Path takes first place among the most popular cycle paths in the ADFC Cycle Travel Analysis 2022. It runs for around 500 kilometers from the Weser Uplands to the North Sea. On the way, you get to know the six regions of Weserbergland, Mittelweser, Bremen, Wesermarsch, Bremerhaven, and the Cuxland. The long-distance cycle path is well signposted and extends to the right and left of the Weser.

View of Dresden from the Elbe

Elbe cycle path

In second place in the cycle tour analysis is the Elbe cycle path, which previously ranked first for many years. It is around 1270 kilometers long and accompanies the Elbe on its way from its source in the Czech Giant Mountains to Cuxhaven, where it flows into the North Sea. If you cycle here, you only have to climb a few inclines and you will always come across beautiful cities such as Dresden (picture).

View over the castle pond to the moated castle of Glücksburg, Germany

Baltic Coast Cycle Route

Following the smell of the sea and the sound of the waves, the Baltic Coast Cycle Path leads more than 1000 kilometers from Flensburg in the north to Usedom on the Polish border in the east. Towns and villages worth seeing alternate with secluded coastal strips and lively holiday resorts. A highlight is at the beginning of the route: the moated castle of Glücksburg (picture).

A cyclist rides on the Main Cycle Path with the Frankfurt skyline in the background.

Main cycle path

The cycle path begins at the source of the Main near Kulmbach in Upper Franconia and runs 600 kilometers to Mainz, where the river flows into the Rhine. It goes past towns worth seeing such as the old bishop’s town of Würzburg or the beer town of Bamberg, in between small towns and varied nature. Another destination on the way is the banking metropolis of Frankfurt with its skyscrapers (picture).

View across the Danube to the old town of Passau with a Danube cruise ship in the foreground, Germany

Danube cycle path

The Danube Cycle Path is 2850 kilometers long and runs from the source in Donaueschingen, Germany, to the delta in Tulcea, Romania. The Austrian capital Vienna is also on the route, which leads through eight countries. Almost without gradients, it goes past picturesque natural landscapes, vineyards, and castles. Stations in Germany include Ulm and Passau (picture).

Cyclists on the Moselle Cycle Path near Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate

Moselle cycle path

The Moselle Cycle Path begins in Metz, France, and ends in Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate. In between, the cycle path meanders along the Moselle for around 310 kilometers. Castles, ruins, vineyards, and idyllic wine villages line the way. A picnic with a glass of wine overlooking the river and vineyards is not to be missed.

Bicycle tourists rest at the port of Iznang on Lake Constance after a bike ride.

Lake Constance cycle path

Lake Constance stretches out in the south of Germany, and its shore is shared by Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. A 260-kilometer cycle path leads around the lake past vineyards, idyllic towns, and ports. In Constance, you can make a stopover and stroll through the old town.

The Königssee with the peninsula of St. Bartholomä, behind the Alps, Germany

Lake Constance-Königssee cycle path

Lake Constance is not only a center for cycling tours, but also a starting point for cycling to the Berchtesgadener Land. From Lindau, the Bodensee-Königssee cycle path crosses nine districts, 453 kilometers along the Bavarian Alps. The cycle path leads to the Königssee in the Berchtesgaden National Park. Quiet and emerald green, it lies between mighty rock faces – a destination that is worthwhile.

A woman looks down from the Randeck castle ruins to the Altmühl in the valley.

Altmühl cycle path

The Altmühl cycle path starts in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a small Bavarian town with a medieval flair. The Altmühl rises not far away, and the cycle path follows its course along numerous curves and meanders. It goes past largely natural, wide meadows, juniper heaths, wooded hills, and bizarre rocks. Picturesque towns and castles make the idyll perfect.

Two cyclists take a break on a bench and look at the Rhine, in the background the crane houses in Cologne, Germany

Rhine cycle path

From the source of the Rhine in Switzerland to the mouth of the North Sea near Rotterdam in the Netherlands: The EuroVelo 15 runs 1230 kilometers along one of the busiest waterways in the world – here at the Rheinauhafen in Cologne. And with all the sporting activity – sitting down, taking a break, and enjoying the view is definitely part of it!

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