Eastern Friesland Impressions
On the trace of the privateers.
Arrival in Oldenburg
Possibility to make a stroll through the town.
On your first stage you cycle through Ammerland with tidy little rhododendron gardens. Health resort Bad Zwischenahn on Zwischenahner Sea has a well-known speciality to offer: Smoortaal – fresh smoked eel. You pass the highest elevation of Eastern-Friesland (18 m) near Remels and reach Wiesmoor.
Through Fehn-settlements you reach Aurich with historic centre. The ancient East-Friesian capital was ruled during centuries by East-Friesian chieftains and dukes. Along Ems-Jade-Canal you cycle to sea-port Emden. Emden once was one of the wealthiest harbours of Europe; nevertheless it never joined the Hanse.
You cycle through „Krummhörn“to picturesque fisher village Greetsiel, the biggest crab-fisher port of Weser-Ems region. Don’t pass by without having a couple of fresh shrimps. Past the bay of Ley – where you might be lucky to spot seals – you cycle to Norden.
Excursion to island Norderney or rest day
About 1 h the ferry takes from Norddeich to the island, which is ideally suited to be explored by bicycle. Ferry cruise incl. bicycle is not included in the package price, visitor’s tax payable locally. Alternative: Bicycle tour along the coast and the national park Wattenmeer (mudflats) or you visit the harbour seal station in Norddeich.
Leaving Norden you keep to the coast and cycle on the dyke to Dornum with the most beautiful water-castle of East-Friesland. Cycling through the marshes you reach the ancient East-Friesian chieftain seat Esens with medieval old town.
Leaving Wittmund your first stop is castle Gödens. Along Zeteler marsh you cycle to Jadebusen. Nestling between forest and sea Varel with Dangast, the oldest North Sea bath on Niedersachsen’s coast, constituts an attraction not only for art-lovers, who wish to follow the traces of famous Expressionists (Radziwill-museum). You continue cycling along Jadebusen and reach today’s destination, the town Varel, in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Dangast / surrounding.
On winding roads through Ammerland you cycle to animal- and fun park Jaderberg, home for more than 600 animals. Rastede used to be summer residence of Oldenburg’s dukes and earls. You cycle through the spacious park back to Oldenburg.
Easy - Eastern Friesland and the island Norderney are perfect areas for cycling. All routes are most of time flat! You cycle mainly on asphalted or plastered country lanes, sometimes on minor roads. This tour is adequate for beginners or bike groups.
- Accommodation in your selected category
- Breakfast or extensive breakfast
- Welcome briefing
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Own signposting
- Best elaborated route
- Detailed travel documents
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Oldenburg train station
- Hamburg airport
- Free parking at the start hotel (only limited number). Parking garage is also available, approx.€5/day, no reservation possible, to be paid at the time
- Special arrangements on request!