Cycling Hamburg to Copenhagen

  • Length 9 days
  • From USD$5495
  • Style/Level Classic 1.5
  • Countries Denmark
  • Begin/End Hamburg/Copenhagen
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Our ride begins in Hamburg, one of Europe’s most important port cities, conveniently located 68-miles inland from the North Sea on the Elbe River. Immerse yourself in the regional history of the former Hanseatic League as you pedal through picture-perfect medieval towns along quiet roads and stress-free bike paths. Nature and history unite to offer cyclists a dream tour that ends with two days of cycling up the eastern shore of Denmark’s largest island, Zealand, en route to colorful, innovative, and captivating Copenhagen.

If this tour sounds great but you prefer a longer ride, check out our Cycling Berlin to Copenhagen tour. This tour also pairs nicely with the Cycling Copenhagen to Oslo tour!


  • Best marzipan in the world, Lübeck – UNESCO World Heritage Site, Beaches along the Baltic, Copenhagen and its cycling path network.


  • 9 days, 8 nights accommodation

  • meals as noted in itinerary

  • ferry crossings

  • guided tour of Hamburg and Copenhagen

  • All Classic tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven’t been needed traditionally. Read more on the use of air conditioning in Europe here.

Separated twin beds are rare in many places instead there will be two mattresses together that sit on the same base.

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  • Total distance 360km/223mi
  • Average daily distance 60km/ 37mi
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 1.5

Highlights: “Gateway to the world”

Germany’s largest port and the third-busiest in Europe, Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages, and this “harbourpolis” is now the nation’s premier media hub and its wealthiest city. As such, Hamburg is often referred to as the “gateway to the world.” We’ll enjoy a special dinner this evening to meet your fellow riders.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Henri

Highlights: Guided harbor cruise of the Hamburg Port

Enjoy a harbor cruise this morning and free time to visit some of the local attractions like the impressive Rathaus (city hall) or one of the museums in the newly popular warehouse district. Or perhaps you’d like some shopping in the main streets around the train station, or a stroll along the Alster River and harbor to see the bustle.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Henri

Highlights: Lübeck – Queen of the Hanseatic

Today we leave Hamburg toward Lütjensee, picturesquely situated in the middle of the “Three Lake District” between the Lütjensee, the Großensee and the Mönchsteich. Pedal through wooded areas and farmland en route to our destination. Lübeck, referred to as the Queen of Hanseatic cities, is known for its extensive brick Gothic architecture and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Make sure you enjoy Lübeck’s beloved delicacy of marzipan. Niederegger, one of the world’s best producers of the confection, has been in operation here since 1806.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Atlantic Hotel Lübeck

Highlights: Timmendorfer Strand, the Baltic

Before exiting town, catch a free bike shuttle bus that takes you through the Herrentunnel underneath the Trave river. Then we will ride along the beach and enjoy the waterfont of the Timmendorfer Strand to get a taste of the Baltic. Finally, between glittering lakes and secluded forests, you’ll find Malente, your home in the heart of bucolic “Holstein Switzerland” for two nights. Don’t worry, you’re still in Germany!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Dieksee

Highlights: Loop ride, rolling countryside and lakes, Plön

Today’s loop ride explores northern Germany’s “Holstein Switzerland,” named for the region’s Swiss-like hills and reminiscent landscape, although the highest “mountain” tops out at 550 feet! Pedal through an ever-changing landscape of the Young Drift moraines that formed during the last ice age. Small woods alternate rapidly with hedged, arable fields. Overall, the terrain is characterized by its many lakes nestled amongst low hills. Enjoy Plön and its castle, or, for those not wanting to bike today, relax in town or at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Dieksee

Highlights: 4 different modes of transportation- bike, train that goes to the ferry and walk!

Your final miles in Germany take you northwest to Oldenburg in Holstein where we’ll connect with the iconic Berlin-Copenhagen train line. If you’ve never simultaneously traveled by train car and ferry, today’s your day. After our train crosses the Fehmarn Sund bridge it boards a ferry across the Fehmarn Belt. Our train ride traverses the islands of Lolland and Falster before arriving on Zealand, Denmark’s largest island. We’ll step off at Vordingborg and then it’s a short walk to our hotel. Velkommen til Danmark!

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Frederiksminde

Highlights: Baroque mansion of Nysø and Præstø Fjord and town

Our ride to the Baltic beach town of Rødvig follows quiet country roads to the small town of Præstø, which began as a merchant village in the 14th century. Pick up picnic supplies before continuing to the famous Nysø Mansion, one of Denmark’s finest examples of Baroque architecture. Built in the mid-17th century, the carefully preserved mansion boasts beautiful gardens and overlooks a picturesque lake. Once in Rødvig, enjoy walk along the beach or a quiet stroll through town.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Klinten

Highlights: Mosede Fort & Beach, Køge, oldest half-timbered house in Denmark, Kalvebod Fælled, entering Copenhagen

Our ride from Rødvig to Copenhagen takes you along the coast, through forests and parks, and past several picturesque towns and villages, all while accessing a combination of quiet country roads, side streets and a network of purpose-built bike paths. Stop along the way for lunch in Køge, a century old market town which is home to the oldest dated half-timbered house in Denmark. Enter Copenhagen on an extraordinary bike path that parallels Kalvebod Fælled, a nature reserve that is the largest remaining tract of unspoiled wilderness in the city. With more than 390 kilometers (241 miles) of designated bike lane, Copenhagen is considered one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Kong Arthur

Highlights: Copenhagen considered the “most livable city and bike capital of the world”

Your tour ends with a guided visit of this progressive urban capital. Indeed, the world looks to Copenhagen for the latest innovations in design, architecture, fashion and savors the extraordinary culinary revolution that has taken place here over the last decade. Enjoy the city for a few extra days, pedal with us to Oslo, or if you must, head to your next destination. If you depart, we recommend you book your home bound flight for the next day as most international flights leave in the morning.

Meals : Breakfast

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