Brief information on the North Sea Cycle Route
Quaint houses, glittering lakes, idyllic fishing villages, the slightly salty smell of the sae and a seemingly endless expanse of water welcome our guests on the enchanting North Sea Cycle Route. The entire route is almost 6000km long and leads use along the North Sea through six countries, namely Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. We at Eurobike take a look at the section in Germany and offer you some unforgettable cycle tours along the German North Sea coast. Take a look for yourself!
Course of the North Sea Cycle Route
The North Sea Cycle Route starts in Scotland, where it covers an incredible length of 1200km. This is followed by a good 1000km on English soil, followed by 400km in the Netherlands. From Holland you cycle a little over 900km on German soil and then you can cycle to Denmark and Sweden to Norway. As you can see, you will definitely not get bored on the North Sea Cycle Route. After all, the cycle tours along the longest cycle path in the world, which has only been in existence since 2001, are among the most popular tours in our range for a reason. Due to the landscape, you can expect very few inclines on the North Sea Cycle Route. The cycle tours are therefore suitable for young and old. The well-developed cycle paths run mainly on separate paths along quiet streets.
Questions and answers about the North Sea Coast Cycle Route
The North Sea Coast Cycle Route basically starts in Scotland and ends in Norway. But our cycling tours only take you along the German and Danish parts of the cycle path.
The entire North Sea Coast Cycle Route is almost 6,000 kilometres long. This also makes it the longest cycle path in the world.
The best time to travel along the North Sea Coast Cycle Route is from March to October. In the summer months of June, July and August, most cycling tourists cycle along the North Sea.
The daily stages depend on the tour. The number of kilometres on the North Sea Coast Cycle Route varies greatly, starting from 30 kilometres per day up to 90.
In Viking´s Footsteps, you cycle along the trade and shipping routes of the Norsemen. Husum, Schleswig, Kappeln, Eckernförde, Owschlag and Friedrichstadt will win you over with their very special Nordic flair.
North Frisia, Sylt and the port of Husum are among the absolute highlights on the cycle tour "Beautiful North Sea Islands". You can look forward to idyllic islands, screeching seagulls and fresh sea air.
The most beautiful places on the North Sea Cycle Route
The largest city in East Friesland is a popular tourist destination. Emden is a seaport city and offers visitors a lot. The city on the North Sea coast is home to a number of famous sons, including Hollywood director Wolfgang Petersen and Germany’s greatest comedian Otto Waalkes. A museum was opened in Emden in his honour, the Otto-Haus. Overall, the city in East Friesland exudes a typically Nordic charm – a visit is worthwhile!
Gigantic ships, nostalgic pubs, a slightly salty sea breeze and seals will welcome you to Bremerhaven with a friendly ‘Moin!’ The North Sea is omnipresent here and also reflected in the city’s art and culture. You can stay a few days in Bremerhaven without any problems, because the city offers a wide range of museums, tours and exhibitions to discover.
Cuxhaven – the city with many colourful beach chairs and screeching seagulls – is located between the confluence of the Elbe and the Weser rivers. It is the largest North Sea resort in Germany and impresses visitors with its maritime charm and friendliness. The city’s landmark is the so-called Kugelbake, a wooden navigation post that has been the seaward boundary to the Elbe since 1703.
Who doesn’t know the dazzling metropolis on the Elbe? The Hanseatic city of Hamburg is well known all over the world, for some as a city of culture and music, for others as Germany’s city with the highest density of millionaires and others know Hamburg as a port and some people will have head of the lively nightlife on the Reeperbahn. For whatever reason you know Hamburg – we all agree: Hamburg is a great city and always worth a visit!
The Frisian island of Sylt will turn your head. Because the quaint houses in the old Frisian style, the kilometre-long beaches and the well-kept townscapes are straight from a picture book. This is where you can come to find peace and where can you do that better than at the sea? Listen to the sound of the sea and let your mind wander.
Useful information about your cycling holiday at the North Sea
The climate at the North Sea
At the North Sea, one often speaks of the so-called "rough climate". This means that a more or less rough salty wind provides clear and pleasant air. This air allows people to breathe particularly well and is especially popular for spa stays. The healthy stimulating climate has a particularly good effect on lung diseases and various types of allergies. In summer, temperatures at the German North Sea rise to an average of 20 degrees. Perfect conditions for a cycling trip, not too hot, but not too cold either. Nevertheless, the weather there can become unstable and stormy relatively quickly, so always take a rain jacket and a sufficient change of clothes.
North Sea cuisine
Fish, fish and more fish! Thanks to the North Sea, a lot of freshly caught fish is eaten there. One of the classics is plaice with boiled potatoes or salad as a side dish. But also the fish Matjes with fried potatoes is served in almost every typical North Sea restaurant. Where opinions differ, however, is on the national dish Labskaus. Even visually, it leaves something to be desired. According to the traditional seafarer's recipe, you will find a pink mash of potato, beef and beetroot on your plate, with a fried egg on top as a topping and gherkins and rollmops on the side. See for yourself whether you like this special dish or not.
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I am looking forward to helping you plan a magical cycle tour!