Tracing Christian History Monks’ Trail

On this almost 1,000-km-long route, you can follow in the steps of the monks who brought Christianity to Northern Germany in the Middle Ages. The Monks’ Trail leads you past centuries-old churches built of rock and rustic brick, the towers of which are so characteristic for Northern Germany.

A wooden bank in the woodlands, with a chapel in background, hidden among the trees. The Monks' Trail stretches from the city of Bremen all the way to the island of Fehmern. Along the way you will encounter spectacular landscapes, such as the Holstein Switzerland and many churches and monasteries, which bear witness to the spread of Christianity in Northern Germany.

From Bremen to Denmark

From Bremen all the way to Denmark

You will experience cultural and natural gems amidst peaceful scenery. The route leads you from Bremen via Wischhafen, Glückstadt and Puttgarden on the island of Fehmarn and all the way to Denmark. Enjoy this historic trail that takes you e.g. from the Weser across the Elbe and the Baltic Sea to the Danish town of Roskilde.

Suggested route for a one-day tour: 51 km to Nütschau Priory and back 

Travel by train to Bad Oldesloe and follow the signposts to Nütschau Priory for six kilometres. From here, the Monks’ Trail’s 'Exkurs Kloster Nütschau' logo guides you through charming villages with scattered bathing spots. A four-kilometre detour to Bad Segeberg with its Marienkirche is certainly recommended. Upon returning to the trail, you will pass through Wahlstedt, the Segeberg Forest, and then past Todesfeld Church to Nütschau Priory.

In a nutshell 

  • Length of route: Bremen–Puttgarden: 530 km (Bremen–Roskilde: 980 km)
  • Sights: Bremen with St Petri Cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage town hall • Fischerhude • former monastery settlements • Altes Land fruit orchards • region around the River Stör • Segeberg Forest • Holstein Switzerland • Baltic Sea coast
  • Trail conditions: There are largely asphalted paths and mostly level landscape along the route, major slopes in Holstein Switzerland only, and very few earth roads. Recommended for touring and leisure cycling.
  • Signage: The entire trail is signposted with the 'Mönchsweg' logo.
  • Special features: Free 'pilgrim’s passport' to be stamped by churches along the route • at weekends and holidays from April to October: 'Radwanderbus' bus service in the Altes Land Region along the Elbe • between May and October: Refreshments at Melkhus dairy farms • overnight stay in Nütschau Priory • Elbe-Radwanderbus (in German)

GPX data, maps, information and free brochures: 

Geschäftsstelle Mönchsweg
c/o Büro Lebensraum Zukunft UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Grasweg 35, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +(49)431/ 128 508 73
Niedersachsen Tourism | Schleswig-Holstein-Tourism



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