North Sea Cycle Route Complete route track




932.11 km long
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
Great panorama
  • 10:40 h
  • 461 m
  • 452 m
  • -3 m
  • 30 m
  • 33 m
  • 932.11 km
  • start: Bad Nieuweschans (NL)
  • destination: Ruttebüll (DK)
930 kilometres of boundless freedom along the German North Sea coast - that's the North Sea Cycle Route. 
The North Sea Cycle Route is the longest cycle route in the world and runs for around 7,000 kilometres through a total of nine countries - and always with a view of the sea.

The German section of the route stretches along the coast through Lower Saxony via Hamburg to Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish border. Past coastal landscapes, marshlands, along meadows and fields, through nature reserves and forests, the route leads through a landscape that is characterised above all by its diverse nature. The maritime character of the cycle tour is particularly striking - maritime cutter harbours, historic lighthouses, dyke landscapes and the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site characterise the North Sea Cycle Route. However, the route also leads inland in some places, where urban life, the Altes Land with its magnificent orchards or sections along rivers such as the Ems and Elbe lead you inland again and again. 

Always with a fresh breeze around your nose, you will get to know and love the North Sea coast and North German culture from a completely new perspective from the saddle. 


Best season

depending on the weather


Bad Nieuweschans - Emden - Norden - Jever - Wilhelmshaven - Bremerhaven - Cuxhaven - Stade - Hamburg - Elmshorn - St. Peter-Ording - Husum - Dagebüll - Ruttebüll

Tour information

  • Bathe

  • Suitable for Bike

  • Culinary Interesting

  • Cultural Interesting

  • Stop at an Inn

  • Possibility of Accommodation

  • Labelling

  • Good Connection to public Transport

Emergency infos

Ambulance/fire brigade: 112
Police: 110


We recommend wearing a cycle helmet.

Please make sure you have enough fluids and snacks with you on the bike tour.


The North Sea Cycle Route is divided into 17 stages. All stages can be discovered here. Depending on which stage might be of interest, information on car parks can be found there. 
If you are travelling by public transport, we recommend the locations described in the individual stages as starting points. Bicycle transport is possible from various German cities. 

Information on route connections:

Taking bikes on the ICE, IC and EC (long-distance services):

Taking bikes on the RE (regional trains): Bicycle day passes for local transport - Deutsche Bahn

Additional information

Information on the individual regions and tourist information can be found in the individual stage descriptions here


bikeline Radtourenbuch (German language)
Nordseeküsten-Radweg 2
Teil 2: Niedersachsen. Von der Ems nach Hamburg
Verlag Esterbauer
ISBN: 978-3-85000-974-4
bikeline Radtourenbuch (German language)
Nordseeküsten-Radweg 3
Teil 3: Schleswig-Holstein. Von Hamburg zur dänischen Grenze. Mit den Inseln Pellworm, Amrum, Föhr und Sylt
Verlag Esterbauer
ISBN: 978-3-7111-0007-8

Contact person

Cuxland-Tourismus | Koordinierungsstelle Nordseeküsten-Radweg
Kapitän-Alexander-Str. 1
27472 Cuxhaven


The North Sea Cycle Route is a dream tour along the North Sea coast and has many culinary, cultural and scenic surprises in store.

Safety guidelines

Beware of cars and agricultural vehicles.

Some sections of the route are on gravelled stretches. There may be restrictions after prolonged rainfall.

You may have to dismount briefly along dykes in order to pass sheep fences.


The GPX Track for route guidance using a digital tour planner can be downloaded by clicking on the "Download GPX" button on this page.    


Getting there
Koordinierungsstelle Nordseeküsten-Radweg
Kapitän-Alexander-Str. 1
27472 Cuxhaven