Baltic Sea Cycle Route

Close to the sea in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The part of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route which leads through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a beautiful trail in Northern Germany, which winds through idyllic scenery, Hanseatic towns, three islands and classic villages.

Your journey along the part of the Baltic Sea cycle route in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern starts in the Bay of Lübeck. Prepared with bicycle bags, enough snacks and a bicycle in a good condition, you will be well equipped for your trip. Cyclists will pass undulating landscape of the Klützer Winkel to reach the quaint Baltic town of Wismar, which is just a few hours away from Berlin. The town itself is a well-known gem to German holidaymakers. From the historical downtown to the old habour the coastline leads bikes further away.

Trail cycling in Germany

The main Baltic Sea cycle route in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, stretching along the sea, is well maintained, easy and family friendly. With the sea almost always in plain sight, you can travel from Wismar along several beaches and the coast through the seaside villages Kühlungsborn and Heiligendamm with its impressing white architecture. Arriving at Warnemünde which is optimal located at the sea and not far away from the Hanseatic town Rostock you need to take the ferry to reach the forestsection Rostocker heide as well as the smal costal  towns. With their colorful, calm and beautiful atmosphere traditional villages like Wustrow and Ahrenshoop represend the romantic Peninsula of Fischland-Darß-Zingst.

The cycling trail is ideal for nature lovers, as it takes you through fields and small forested areas on the way, and only a few hours away are the Lake Districts and the islands of Rügen and Usedom.

Current redirection notes (April 2017)

A strong storm tide caused coast ruptures along the route. Therefore, the Baltic sea coast trail is currently closed at the following sections:

Börgerende – Nienhagen, Landkreis Rostock
Please follow local signage for “Westlicher Backstein-Rundweg”

Please take the local redirections serious. Due to invisible washouts further coast ruptures might occur.

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Tour information


  • Total length: 1140
  • Length: 695 km
  • Stages: 15 days
  • Rail link: Lübeck-Travemünde, Seebad Ahlbeck, Rostock -Warnemünde, Stralsund
  • Sights: UNESCO world heritage site Wismar and Stralsund, Rügen chalk cliffs, Usedom resort architecture in Zinnowitz and the imperial resorts



  • Cyclists enjoy the view over the Baltic Sea coast during a break, © TMV/Roth
    Cyclists enjoy the view over the Baltic Sea coast during a break


  • Magnificent superstructures await visitors at Sellin pier on the Island of Rügen, © TMV/Böttcher
    Magnificent superstructures await visitors at Sellin pier on the Island of Rügen
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Alter Hafen – 23966 Wismar

Old Harbour of Wismar

Ein Highlight der Hansestadt - Der Alte Hafen Wismars, © TZ Wismar, Alexander Rudolph

Since 1211, the Old Harbour has largely preserved its harbour basin in its location and design. Moreover, the harbour continues to be important as a mooring for excursion steamers, for leisure captains and traditional ships such as the 'Kogge' and the 'Atalanta'.

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Lotsenstieg – 23999 Insel Poel / OT Timmendorf

Lighthouse Timmendorf

Leuchtturm Timmendorf, © Kurverwaltung Insel Poel

The lighthouse Timmendorf is one of the landmarks of the island Poel and one of the oldest still operating lighthouses from the 19th century.

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Am Strom – 18119 Rostock-Warnemünde

Alter Strom Warnemünde

Blick auf den Alten Strom, © René Legrand

The 'Alte Strom' was the only shipping route to the Rostock harbour until 1903. Today only yachts, passenger ships and fishing boats anchor here.

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Strandweg – 18347 Ostseebad Ahrenshoop

Kunstkaten Ahrenshoop

Kunstkaten Ahrenshoop, © Kurverwaltung Ahrenshoop/voigt & kranz UG, Prerow

The Ahrenshoop Kunstkaten is an exhibition and events house managed by the Ahrenshoop tourist information and is one of the oldest galleries in Northern Germany. Throughout the year, visitors enjoy the changing exhibitions about the artists’ colony of Ahrenshoop, the subsequent generations of artists, all the way to the art of the present day.

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Hafenstraße – 18439 Stralsund

OZEANEUM Stralsund

© Christian Howe / OZEANEUM Stralsund

With its five exhibitions and 46 aquariums, the OZEANEUM Stralsund invites you on an extraordinary underwater journey beneath the northern seas. Visit Humboldt penguins on the roof terrace, "Niki" the female sand tiger shark in the 2.6-million-litre pool "Open Atlantic" and the giants of the sea - real life replicas of whales.

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Am Parkplatz – 18556 Putgarten

Monument Kap Arkona

Blick vom Leuchtturm u?bers Fla?chendenkmal, © Tourismuszentrale Rügen

The area monument Kap Arkona is one of the most popular excursion destinations on Rügen. In addition to the 45 metre high cliff, the cape is home to a whole range of sights: The castle wall of Jaromarsburg Castle is located directly at the top of the Cape. The glass dome of the restored sighting tower glistens next to it. The Schinkel tower, the large lighthouse and the bearing tower can be visited.

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Stubbenkammer – 18546 Sassnitz

National Park Centre Königsstuhl

© Nationalpark-Zentrum Königsstuhl/A. Rudolph

The National Park Centre Königsstuhl is a very special place to experience nature, located right next to the famous Königsstuhl chalk cliffs on Rügen and at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Germany's Old Beech Forests.

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Forsthaus Prora – 18609 Prora

Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen

The treetop path with the “eagle’s nest” observation tower is located in the middle of the beech forest in Prora on the Island of Rügen., © Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen

The Natural Heritage Centre Rügen with treetop path and experience exhibition is open 364 days a year so that you can experience and get to know nature all year round.

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Hafenstraße – 17489 Greifswald

Greifswald Museum Harbour

Some of the ships and boats in the museum harbour are more than 100 years old, © Sven Fischer

Gaff ketch and schooner, sea cutter and ram ship, cruiser and holly boat - the museum harbour in Greifswald (which was founded in 1991 in the style of the museum harbours in Flensburg and Hamburg) showcases around 45 old ships. The museum is a response to the rising interest in historic ships and traditional seamanship.

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An der Mühle – 17493 Greifswald

Wooden Drawbridge Wieck

Blick auf die historische Holzklappbrücke nach holländischem Vorbild, © B. Fischer

The Wooden bascule bridge Wieck connects the districts Wieck and Eldena of the Hanse town Greifswald. It was built in 1887 based on a Dutch model. The bridge is situated across the river Ryck. The river empties into the Danish Wieck, a part of Greifswald’s Bodden. The bridge is only accessible for cyclists and pedestrians and is only opened on demand. During the approx. 10 min long bridge opening, engineering enthusiasts can watch the functionality of the old memorial.

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Dünenstraße – 17419 Seebad Ahlbeck

Ahlbeck Pier

Die Seebrücke Ahlbeck ist in ihrem ursprünglichen Zustand erhalten geblieben, © TMV/Fischer

The Ahlbeck pier is considered the landmark of the island of Usedom and, like most of the nearby spa architecture villas, dates from the century before last.

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Nordperdstraße – 18586 Göhren

Hotel Hanseatic Rügen & Villen

The hotel Hanseatic Rügen und Villen welcomes you warmly, © Hotel Hanseatic Rügen und Villen

The Hotel Hanseatic Rügen & Villen lies in the idyllic village of Göhren, a Baltic resort in the middle of the South-East Rügen biosphere reserve and the highest point on a promontory jutting into the sea.

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Frankendamm – 18439 Stralsund

arcona HOTEL BALTIC

Charming hotel with a long-standing tradition in Stralsund, nestling perfectly in the prevailing brick architecture of the old town. Just a few steps from the historic town centre and harbour, the hotel features 127 comfortable rooms and 5 apartments, some with views of the Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) or the Strelasund.

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Steinstraße – 18055 Rostock

Hotel "Die kleine Sonne"

Welcome to the heart of Rostock. The three-star hotel "Die kleine Sonne" is situated right in the heart of the town centre, the perfect starting point for city tours, shopping sprees or cruises up to the Baltic Sea. The 48 rooms feature a good standard of comfort and attentive service.

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