On the trail of the medieval trade route
The tour’s ten stages – among them Hamburg, Schwerin, Güstrow, Stralsund and Putbus – lead you to the town of Sassnitz on Rügen. The trail largely follows the medieval trade route connecting the River Elbe with the estuary of the River Oder. In addition to numerous historic sites, the route comprises a national park, three biosphere reserves and three natural reserve.
Suggested route for a one-day tour: 62 km from Ratzeburg to Schwerin
On the tour from Ratzeburg to Schwerin, the Hamburg-Rügen Cycle Route passes through the Schaalsee UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – a natural paradise with vast, hilled landscapes and impressive ancient sites. In Schlagsdorf you can visit the Grenzhus information centre about the former German-German border and the cultural highlight of the tour is Schwerin with its magnificent fairytale castle. Both Ratzeburg and Schwerin are easily accessible by train and provide a choice of overnight accommodation.
In a nutshell
- Length of route: Approx. 520 kilometres in total
- Sights: Schwerin Castle with museum and park • Gross Raden archaeological open-air museum • Güstrow Castle and Cathedral • Stralsund, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Trail conditions: The cycle track is largely asphalted, interrupted on stretches by some cobbled surfaces; some of the sections lead along field and forest paths.
- Signage: The entire trail is signposted with the 'Hamburg-Rügen Radweg' logo.
- Special features: Cyclist-friendly accommodation • excellent connection by rail • the route leads through past centuries and historic landscapes