Hamburg to Berlin by Bike

Hamburg to Berlin by Bike

Hamburg to Berlin by Bike

Prices

From $1,275USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, Guesthouses

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Highlights

Cycle through the incredible German countryside from Hamburg to Berlin

Stay in charming small towns and quaint villages along the Elbe and Havel Rivers between your rides.

Watch wildlife in the vast Westhavelland Nature Reserve, an oasis in the countryside.

Set the bike aside for a bit and cool off in the clean waters of the Havel Lakes in Brandenburg.

Explore the glorious palaces and parks of Potsdam, discover vibrant Berlin, and explore the northern gem of Hamburg.

Take a ride on one of Germany's most popular long-distance cycle paths. Following the Elbe and Havel Rivers, the Hamburg to Berlin by Bike Tour takes you from the tiny port town of Lauenburg through the beautiful countryside all the way to Potsdam's grand palaces and beyond.

The 10-day journey of 455km lets you experience a great mix of Germany's rural landscapes, castles, cathedrals and dreamy gardens, gorgeous lakes, and of course the bustling city centres that start and end your adventure. Each night you'll rest your head in a new location and wake up to a day full of exploration in the German countryside. Get ready for an amazing ride from the waterways of Hamburg to Germany's vibrant capital city!

Hamburg to Berlin by Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Hamburg

After your arrival, check in to your hotel and pick up your welcome package which has all the information and maps for your biking holiday.

The old Hanseatic city of Hamburg boasts a beautiful port full of bridges and canals, plus a long list of landmarks and sights. Spend some time exploring tonight!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Hamburg
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Hamburg to Lauenburg

It's time to start riding! On the first stage of the tour, follow the dykes along the Elbe River to reach the old shipping town of Lauenburg. Take time to walk around and see its beautifully-preserved half-timber houses dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lauenburg
Distance
55km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Lauenburg to Hitzacker

Making your way through quiet villages that dot the riverside route, you'll soon arrive in the charming old town of Hitzacker, with a pretty cobblestoned market square and well-preserved half-timber houses.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Hitzacker
Distance
55km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Hitzacker to Wittenberge

From Hitzacker you'll cross what was once the German border and ride past a number of round villages, a style known in this area as 'Wendland'. Soon you'll see the many towers of Wittenberge rising in the distance as you approach this small town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Wittenberge
Distance
78km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Wittenberge to Havelberg

After leaving Wittenberge you'll cycle towards Ruehstaedt, which is home to large populations of storks. You’ll reach Havelberg, a quaint village at the confluence of the Havel and Elbe Rivers. See its many cathedrals and visit the lovely Romanesque church.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Havelberg
Distance
38km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Havelberg to Rathenow

Today you bid farewell to the shores of the Elbe River and travel along the Havel River with scenic green meadows and hamlets. You'll arrive in Rathenow, a town built along the riverbanks with many lovely waterways and bridges.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rathenow
Distance
53km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Rathenow to Brandenburg

We hope that you packed your swimwear, because there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip at the many lakes and islands you pass on today's ride to Stadt Brandenburg. You'll stay overnight in the northwest part of Brandenburg.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Brandenburg
Distance
65km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Brandenburg to Potsdam

Riding along the top of the dykes, pass through Werder, a quaint town built on a small island. Your destination today is Postdam, home to the opulent Sanssouci Palace and New Palace plus a number of other impressive architectural treasures.

Take time to see the heritage sites that Potsdam has to offer before settling in for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Potsdam
Distance
60km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Potsdam to Berlin

It's the final stage of your cycling adventure! Leaving Potsdam behind you, ride until you cross the Glienicke Bridge that connects to Berlin. You can buy a ferry ticket to cross Wannsee Lake and then follow the Spree Cycle Path right into the city centre.

Soak up the energy of Berlin, perhaps finding a restaurant or club to celebrate your accomplishment at.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Berlin
Distance
50km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Departure from Berlin

With 455km under your belt, your biking tour from Hamburg to Berlin comes to an end today. Enjoy the city for an extra few nights or have safe travels home.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Hamburg to Berlin by Bike Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour of the Elbe Cycle Path is run as a private tour for your group only and the price per person is fixed.

The prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,695USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $1,275USD
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Accommodation on the Hamburg to Berlin by Bike Tour

This tour is based in hotels and guesthouses. Hotels and guesthouses on this trip are 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you are a solo traveller you will need to pay a supplement (please inquire for the pricing).

Night 1

Hotel in Hamburg

There’s no shortage of attractions in Hamburg, with historic buildings, modern shopping districts, and boat tours of this port city available.

Night 2

Hotel in Lauenburg

The old shipping town of Lauenburg boasts beautifully-preserved half-timber houses from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Night 3

Hotel in Hitzacker

Take time to explore the cobblestoned squares and colourful old-fashioned half-timber houses of Hitzacker.

Night 4

Hotel in Wittenberge

This peaceful riverside town of Wittenberge has a gorgeous old castle to visit and lots of lovely architecture.

Night 5

Hotel in Havelberg

Havelberg is a traditional round village or “Wendland,” with quaint streets and a lovely Romanesque church.

Night 6

Hotel in Rathenow

This town built along the riverbanks has many lovely waterways and bridges, plus interesting statues and monuments.

Night 7

Hotel in Brandenburg

Stadt Brandenburg is famous for its thousands of lakes and scenic waterways that make it a popular holiday destination.

Night 8

Hotel in Potsdam

The palaces and parks of Potsdam have earned UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to their well-preserved architecture and artistic beauty.

Night 9

Hotel in Berlin

Germany’s bustling capital city has no shortage of amazing things to see, from the iconic Brandenburg Gate to the palace gardens and multiple museums.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Hamburg to Berlin by Bike Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 9 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour can be added as a supplement. Tour participants can also extend their stay at any of the overnight locations along the tour route.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage from hotel to hotel is included throughout the bike tour.

Also Included

  • 1 package with maps and information per room (in English)
  • Service hotline during the walking tour

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Entrance fees to attractions

Optional Extras

  • Bike and biking equipment rental:
    • Touring bike
    • E-Bike
    • Speedometer
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Transfer service for participants, their luggage, and their bicycles back to the starting point of the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Hamburg to Berlin by Bike

How hard is the Hamburg to Berlin by Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. Though the cycle path is fairly flat, this tour does require participants to be fit enough to bike anywhere from 38km to 80km per day for 8 consecutive days. Active cyclists will be able to get the most out of this tour.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Rental bikes are standard touring bikes or electric pedal-assist bikes.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

What do the rental bikes come with?

All rental bicycles are supplied with the following accessories: one cable lock with key and one waterproof pannier per bicycle, one map holder and one complete tool kit per room (tool kit: inner tube, pump, puncture repair kit, tire levers, cleaning cloth, allen key). Speedometers can be rented for 5 EUR per day.

Where do I pick up/drop off the rental bike?

The rental bikes will be delivered to your hotel at 8 am on Day 1. The bike will be picked up from the last hotel when the tour finishes.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a road bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Where do I park my bike at the end of the day?

Every hotel and guesthouse along the route provides safe and secure bicycle parking.

Can I bike in the other direction, from Berlin to Hamburg?

Yes, this tour can be done in the opposite direction. Ask us about this option if you prefer it.

Are meals included on the Hamburg to Berlin by Bike Tour?

9 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover biking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Hamburg to start this tour?

Fly into Hamburg Airport (HAM) to begin this tour. You will need to arrange a transfer to your hotel.

Where does the Hamburg to Berlin by Bike Tour end?

The tour ends in Berlin when you check out of your hotel. You can fly out of Berlin Airport (BER), or take a train back to Hamburg.

Do I need a visa to travel to Germany?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Germany?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Germany?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Germany for this tour?

The best time to travel to Germany for this biking tour is from May to September when the weather tends to be warm and mostly clear.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4/5. Though the cycle path is fairly flat, this tour does require participants to be fit enough to bike anywhere from 38km to 80km per day for 8 consecutive days. Active cyclists will be able to get the most out of this tour.


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