North Sea Cycle Route Stage 01 - Bad Nieuweschans to Emden




50.95 km long
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
Great panorama
  • 03:25 h
  • 36 m
  • 38 m
  • -3 m
  • 10 m
  • 13 m
  • 50.95 km
  • start: Bad Nieuweschans
  • destination: Emden
From the Netherlands along the Ems through Leer and Emden to the German North Sea coast.
The first stage of the North Sea Cycle Route begins in the Dutch border town of Bad Nieuweschans. The route leads from here across the Dutch/German border and then inland passing the towns of Bunde and Weener. The four-storey gallery windmill, the Bunder Mühle, is worth admiring in Bunde. A stop at the historic harbour and St. George's Church in Weener is not to be missed. Leaving Weener, the cycle route follows the Ems downstream towards the North Sea coast.

The town of Leer becomes visible on the opposite bank of the Ems after the 21st kilometre of the route. The so-called "gateway to East Frisia" is perfect for a short or long stopover. You will need to make a small detour across the Ems for this. The signposted route then continues via Bingum, the only district of Leer located west of the Ems. The district is connected to the other parts of the town across the Jann-Berghaus Bridge. The bascule bridge is one of the largest in Central Europe. The next point to cross is Jemgum with its active water sports harbour. The journey continues towards Pogum and the Dollart bay. The route leads across the Ems and through the "Petkumer Deichvorland" nature reserve.

The stage ends in the seaport of Emden. It's worth taking a tour of the city on your own accord. There is a city tour guided by QR code that includes a total of 18 sights. One of the stops also looks at the history of Emden's herring fishing industry. Matjes, which is a regional speciality of soused herring, is not to be missed here. The Emden Matjestage festival is held every year in its honour.


Best season

depending on the weather


Bad Nieuweschans - Bunde - Weener - Bingum - Jemgum - Ditzum - Petkum - Emden

Tour information

  • Suitable for Bike

  • Cultural Interesting

  • Stop at an Inn

  • Labelling

Emergency infos

Krankenwagen/Feuerwehr: 112
Polizei: 110


We recommend wearing a cycle helmet.

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


The "Fontana" car park in Bad Nieuweschans is suitable for anyone arriving by car.
We recommend the town of Leer as a starting point if you are travelling by public transport.
It is possible to take your bike with you from various German cities.

Information about route connections:

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

Taking bikes on the RE (regional services): Fahrradtageskarten Nahverkehr - Deutsche Bahn

Additional information


bikeline Radtourenbuch (German language)
Nordseeküsten-Radweg 2
Teil 2: Niedersachsen. Von der Ems nach Hamburg
Verlag Esterbauer
ISBN: 978-3-85000-974-4

Contact person

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


Discover Emden from the water!
The seaport city can be perfectly experienced from the water by taking a leisurely canal cruise or an active canoe tour.

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
North Sea Cycle Route Stage 01 - Bad Nieuweschans to Emden
9693 AP Bad Nieuweschans