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Two cyclists push their bikes over wooden walkways on the beac

Baltic Sea, Hanseatic cities and Old Salt Route

In Hansa's footsteps

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

On this tour you follow the Baltic Sea Cycle Route from Lübeck to Wismar - both Hanseatic cities and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From Wismar you enter the hinterland of northwest Mecklenburg with numerous lakes. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Schwerin and the beautiful landscape of the Lauenburg lakedistrict. Via Ratzeburg, located on an island, and Mölln, home of Till Eulenspiegel, you cycle back to Lübeck.

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

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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