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Two cyclists push their bikes over wooden walkways on the beac

Baltic Sea, Hanseatic cities and Old Salt Route

On the trail of the Hansa

8 Days / 7 Nights
Two cyclists push their bikes over wooden walkways on the beac

Over the course of eight days, you'll journey through the historical roads of the Hansa. The route is adorned with impressive cities like Lübeck, Wismar, and Schwerin. En route, you'll pause at expansive sandy beaches and the picturesque lakes of northern Germany. Castles and country estates beckon your visit, amidst manicured parks alternating with wildly romantic coastal scenery. Join us by the sea, revel in the breeze tousling your hair, and indulge in the characteristic specialties at the cozy restaurants.

The Hanseatic and UNESCO World Heritage city of Lübeck serves as the starting point of your journey. Along the Baltic Sea coast, you'll encounter spectacular views, especially from the cliffs in Brooker Wald. The following day, immerse yourself in the equally impressive city of Wismar. You'll also relish a brief visit to the charming island of Poel. The route continues along the Wallensteingraben, passing by windmills and delightful hidden gems en route to Schwerin.

One day of the excursion is dedicated to the idyllic Schwerin Lakes - embark on a boat outing and enjoy the view of Schwerin Castle. From there, the route leads into the Lauenburg Lakes Nature Park. Your overnight stay in Ratzeburg is situated amidst the lakes, which you reach via the dams connecting the mainland with the island town. Before returning to Lübeck via the Old Salt Route, take a stop in the Eulenspiegel town of Mölln.

  • Lübeck, the “City of Seven Towers”, impresses with its medieval old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Visit the Holsten Gate, the Town Hall and the Buddenbrook House. Enjoy marzipan at Café Niederegger and Lübeck's famous Rotspon wines.
  • The Schwerin Lake District is a paradise for nature and culture enthusiasts. The magnificent Schwerin Castle, nestled among lakes and verdant parks, is a standout attraction. On the boat excursion, you can leisurely admire the scenery without interruption.
  • An excursion to the island of Poel: Close to Wismar lies the serene Baltic Sea island, where vast beaches and delightful harbors await. Timmendorf beach, famed for its picturesque lighthouse, is renowned near and far. From Gollwitz beach, you can catch a glimpse of the island of Langenwerder.

On multiple days, you have the option to choose between a shorter or longer route—decide spontaneously based on your preference. The route is predominantly flat, with a few hilly sections adding variety to your cycling adventure. Ferry and boat journeys provide enjoyable breaks during the cycling stages.

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Itinerary at a glance

Explore the magnificent Hanseatic cities of Lübeck and Wismar and take a break on the beaches of Poel Island. Windmills, castles, and the Schwerin Cathedral line the route, and the view of the Baltic Sea offers pure relaxation.

You start the tour in the magnificent old Hanseatic city of Lübeck which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. If you talk about Holstentor, marzipan and Thomas Mann, Lübeck immediately comes to mind. With Travemünde, Lübeck not only has an important ferry port, but also a seaside resort rich in tradition. You should not miss a fish roll as a prelude to your vacation.

First through the spa town of Travemünde and then along the Baltic Sea coast. Cycling through the Brooker Wald nature reserve to Boltenhagen. From the cliffs you have a great view over the entire bay.

Mostly following the banks, you cycle to the Hanseatic city of Wismar. Poel island with its long sand beaches and the historic city walls dating back to the Thirty Years’ War is worth a visit.

Today you follow the „Wallensteingraben“ - a ditch that connects Lake Schwerin with the Baltic Sea. Later on you pass the village of Mecklenburg which is famous for its smock mill before you reach Schwerin.

Discover Schwerin and the surroundings. Visit the glorious Schwerin castle and have a look at the Schwerin cathedral. You should also go on a bike tour through the Schwerin lake district where you shouldn‘t miss out on a boat trip.

Further through the Schwerin lake district until you reach the Schaalsee lake region in the Lauenburg nature park. Ratzeburg is located on an island in Lake Ratzeburg. Alternatively, take the train from Schwerin to Büchen (not included) and cycle from here along the Elbe-Lübeck Canal on the Alte Salzstraße cycle path via the Eulenspiegel town of Mölln to Ratzeburg.

Stop in Mölln, home of Till Eulenspiegel, in the heart of the Mölln lake district. You follow the Old Salt Route, an old trading route that runs through the city, back to Lübeck.

Departure or extension

Route information


Mainly on level ground, sometimes slightly hilly, mostly on quiet country roads, cycle paths, field and forest trails, occasionally on sandy tracks, paths with concrete slabs and on cobblestone.

Prices & Dates

Category: Hotels of 3*** and 4**** level

Prices per person in EUR

Our Rental Bikes

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Rental bike partner men
Men's bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex bike 7/8-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Rental bike partner men
Men's bike 7/8-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality men's touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Rental bike partner e-bike
E-bike 7 to 21-speed
with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, Dutch, French)
  • 1 Boat trip at Lake Schweriner See incl. your bike
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Lübeck or Travemünde train station
  • Hamburg or Berlin airport
  • Public car park in Lübeck/Travemünde, costs EUR 10 per day, no reservation possible

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Ferry Travemünde – Priwall to be organised by your own, costs approx. EUR 2,50 per person incl. bike
  • Train ride Schwerin – Büchen to be organised by your own, costs approx. EUR 15 per person incl. bike
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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