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From Flensburg to Langballig via Glücksburg
Unique treasures of nature and cultural attractions make the 430-kilometre-long Baltic Coast Cycle Route a real experience. The path starts in Kupfermühle, near Flensburg. The route takes you around the city by the firth – mostly along deep-blue water – through Glücksburg and Langballig, ending in Kappeln by the Schlei. The majority of the Baltic Coast Cycle Route is paved, though some sections are made of stone, planks, sand and gravel. The stretch between Kupfermühle and Kappeln has many inclines.
Find out more about the route here.
Tip: Extend your trip with a ride on the bike ferry.
Maps are available from the tourist information offices of Flensburg and Glücksburg.
A panoramic route along the Flensburg Firth
The Gendarme Path, connecting the Danish cities of Padborg and Høruphav, is one of Denmark’s most beautiful hiking trails. Stretching 74 kilometres, most of the trail can also be discovered by bicycle. This former gendarme patrol road along the Flensburg Firth is accompanied by stunning landscapes, gentle undulations and white sandy beaches. A tip for refreshment along the way: Annies Kiosk, in Sønderhav, across from the Ox Isles, offers delicious ice cream and the legendary Danish hot dogs, not to mention a stunning view of the Flensburg Firth.
One of the most popular sections of the Gendarme Path is a coastal footpath between the golf course in Stranderød and Sandager, passing Café Providence to the Noor Hellig. You can pass through the village of Rinkenæs on your way back.
Tip: Extend your trip with a ride on the bike ferry.
Maps and information material are available from the tourist information offices of Flensburg and Glücksburg.
Discover the firth region off the beaten path
The cycle route on the Ox Road is a 200 kilometre stretch from Germany to nearby Denmark. This is the oldest long-distance route in Schleswig-Holstein and is mostly used as a cycle route today. It was critical to the economic and cultural development of Schleswig-Holstein. For centuries, farmers from the Danish Jutland drove their cattle – up to 50,000 every spring – to the Elbe region’s major cattle markets. It was also used by Vikings, soldiers, pilgrims and other travellers.
Today, the route enables cyclists to ride across Schleswig-Holstein, through the green landscape at its centre, to Denmark. Evidence of history can be seen scattered throughout along the route. Your cycling tour or hike will bring you through nature reserves and stunning scenery. The 504 km cycle route, connecting Wedel and the Danish city of Viborg, is well marked in both directions. The Ox Road will inspire athletes, nature fans and history buffs alike.
Do you dream of a cycling holiday where you can get close to nature and also explore unique historical gems? The Flensburg Fjord Route is a cross-border cycle route along the Flensburg Fjord through the towns of Flensburg, Glücksburg, Gråsten, Aabenraa, Sønderborg, Augustenborg and Nordborg.
Each of the six stages of the route features a detailed map of the stage course. And if you want to take a break or explore the area along the way, you'll find plenty of suggestions.
From the Baltic Sea to the North Sea by bike
The Border Route cycle route goes from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea. Leaving from Flensburg, you will ride along the German-Danish border throughout the entire path. You will cover a total of 130 km in stretches, weaving in and out of Denmark from the German side. The Border Route is the connection between the two major international cycle routes: the North Sea Coast Cycle Route and Baltic Coast Cycle Route.
The new hiking trail on the Flensburg Fjord
This 95-kilometre-long coastal path stretches from the Danish border to the Schlei inlet. Located on the German side, it is the continuation of the Danish Gendarme Path. Along the Fördesteig you will enjoy the many nature reserves, natural landscapes and stunning views of the Flensburg Fjord. Starting at the Schusterkate, near Wassersleben, the trail leads you through the historic city by the firth, along the coasts of Glücksburg and through the fishing village of Langballigau, around the Gelting Birk nature reserve, all the way to Kappeln. On the Fördesteig, nature is pure and there's always a fresh breeze!
The Langballigau valley is one of the most scenic stream valleys on the Baltic Sea coast and was declared a nature reserve in 1990. As a walker or hiker, you can experience a varied nature here. Slope forests, streams, meadows, marshes and the sea - you can experience all this on a hike through the valley. As a habitat for rare animal and plant species, the valley is home to the kingfisher, the grey wagtail and many other bird species. If you start your tour at the Landscape Museum Angeln/Unewatt, you will arrive at the harbour in Langballigau after a 5 km hike and can fortify yourself here with a delicious fish sandwich and a cool Flens (beer).
On the move, in and around Glücksburg
Some spectacular views of the Danish coast and the Glücksburg water castle await you on this tour. The Holnis Noor nature reserve and the romantic rose garden will also set the heart of any cyclist racing.
The maritime atmosphere with a Scandinavian flair will accompany you on the tours through a region of two cultures. The tour starts and ends in the seaside resort of Glücksburg, with its famous water castle and authentic cafés. The route goes in the direction of Schausende. Here you can take in the port air before you continue on to Bockholm, riding along the Holnis Noor nature reserve. From here there is a wonderful view of the Danish Broager Land. You will eventually reach the village of Munkbrarup, with its historic Hoffnung Windmill, passing the golf course and Wahrberg, Siegum and Ringsberg along the way. You will then cycle through forests and meadows, passing through Ulstrup and cycling along the Mühlenteich and Schlossteich ponds, on your way back to Glücksburg (Glücksburg Star Route – 21.6 km).
Sheer nature around Glücksburg
The Mill Tour (Mühlentour) has many tourist highlights and fantastic firth panoramic views along undulating hills and through picturesque villages in store for you. The route passes Glücksburg Castle and cuts across the Unewatt countryside museum, joining the famous Baltic Coast Cycle Route for a few kilometres. You can then head to the beach in Langballigau to catch your breath after your hilly journey and recharge your batteries for the trip back to Glücksburg. Many old windmills dot the 28 km route, hence the name “Mill Tour”.
Nature of the route
The Mill Tour consists of trails along both heavy-traffic roads as well as less-busy byroads. The entire route is paved except for a short section near Langballigholz. It alternates between many short inclines that may be challenging for beginners and bursts of flat landscape, giving the tour a diverse character.
The Danish section of the route will take you past the cities of Jels, Vojens, Rødekro, Kliplev and Kruså before crossing the German-Danish border. On the German side, the Pilgrim Route passes through Flensburg, Oeversee, Schleswig and Kropp, all the way to Rendsburg. You will get to see fascinating landscapes, exciting attractions and historic churches along the route, and you can start from either side.
The Pilgrim Route partially runs alongside Ox Road (also called Hærvejen, or “Army Road”, in Denmark). The Ox Road was previously used to drive oxen from Jutland to the River Elbe and pilgrims used the route during the Middle Ages for their pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela and Rome. There are 13 lodges along the route. These can be used by hikers as protection against the weather as well as for resting. They each contain seats, a pilgrim’s staff that can be used as a sundial, and three information boards. The first information board introduces the “Pilgrim Route” project, the second provides information about attractions and accommodation in the area, and the third is dedicated to a specific pilgrim-related topic.
Insider tip: the “Pilgrim Route” is also suitable for cycling. Informative maps are available from the Flensburg tourist information office.
There are the following e-bike rental stations in the Flensburg city area:
Parking at the Hafenspitze (entrance at the Hafendamm), and Neumarkt, Twedter Plack and Burgplatz.
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Flensburg: E-Bike rental
Kartuschen King e.K.
Glücksburg: Fahrradhandel Jürgen Nickel
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Streichmühle: Fahrrad Ebsen