This varied 450 km cycle path is an excellent way to combine culture and nature. Signposted with the lapwing logo, the route takes cyclists on a journey through the unique landscape between the Elbe and Weser rivers.
The Hanseatic city of Bremen is the perfect place for a stroll, with its historic market square (home to the Town Hall and statue of Roland, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites), the winding alleyways in the Schnoor district and the tale of the Bremen Town Musicians, before the lapwing logo points cyclists in the direction of Bremerhaven. The many distributaries, islands and sand banks are typical of this route along the Unterweser river.
Backing onto the North Sea, Bremerhaven is heavily influenced by life on and with the water. Take a trip back in time and learn about all things nautical at the Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum (German Maritime Museum). How does it feel to leave your former life behind? Find out for yourself at the Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Center museum). Or travel around the world at the Klimahaus. From Bremerhaven, cyclists have a choice: follow the coast or cycle through the expansive geest and moor to Cuxhaven. On the Ahlenmoor, the MoorInformationsZentrum (Moor Information Centre) and moor train provide visitors with information about the moors.
Route and sights
On a walk across the tidal flats by the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or a stroll along the beach, visitors can breathe in the fresh sea breeze in the North Sea health spa of Cuxhaven, before following the Elbe to the historic coastal town of Otterndorf with its picture-perfect Old Town and heading on towards Wischhafen. Nature lovers will want to stop off at the Natureum Niederelbe (Niederelbe Nature Museum). On a ride through Kehdinger Moor, cyclists will find the Oste river, which they can cross on the transporter bridge. In Gräpel, they board the manually operated cable ferry to cross the river once again. They pass windmills and half-timbered houses to reach the Hanseatic port of Stade. The picturesque alleyways in the Old Town are worth exploring. From Stade, visitors can embark on a maritime adventure on a Tidenkieker flat-bottomed boat trip. Cyclists then ride across Stader Geest and through Mulsumer Moor to Bremervörde. In the nature reserve and adventure park by lake Vörder See, the Welt der Sinne (World of the Senses) complex, Café Dunkel, Haus des Waldes (House of the Forest) and much more wow visitors of all ages before they head past Huvenhoopsmoor, across the municipality of Gnarrenburg and on to Teufelsmoor. The artistic community in Worpswede is known far and wide. From here, you can follow the lapwing logo back to Bremen.