North Sea Cycle Route Stage 09 - Cuxhaven to Stade




85.52 km long
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
Great panorama
  • 05:50 h
  • 82 m
  • 88 m
  • -2 m
  • 27 m
  • 29 m
  • 85.52 km
  • start: Cuxhaven
  • destination: Stade
Down the Elbe from Cuxhaven to the Hanseatic city of Stade - along the Elbe through inland areas.
Starting at the Kugelbake, you cycle up the Elbe through the old fishing harbour of Cuxhaven with its historic fish halls, which still sell fresh fish to this day. The route continues close to the Elbe to Otterndorf with its historic old town. From here, you leave the Elbe and head inland passing the Hadelner canal, the Wingster forest and along the Oste river.

In Himmelpforten, the route leads through the magical Christmas village. Countless children from far beyond Germany's borders send their wish lists and letters to Himmelpforten every Christmas because they believe that Father Christmas and the Christ Child live there. What's more, they receive a reply - from the Christkind post office in Himmelpforten.

The route continues to the Hanseatic city of Stade - the historic old town, surrounded by a moat and ramparts, reveals its maritime flair. Quaint shops invite you to take a leisurely stroll, half-timbered houses on the harbour host quaint pubs and cafés, and anyone interested can swap their bike for a SUP board or canoe - the Schwinge, which flows through the city, is a wonderful spot to enjoy water sports in the heart of the city. Culture vultures can visit the Schwedenspeicher museum, the Greundiek museum ship and other museums before rounding off the day in one of the many restaurants.


Best season

depending on the weather


Cuxhaven - Otterndorf  - Wingst - Hemmoor - Himmelpforten - Stade

Tour information

  • Suitable for Bike

  • Cultural Interesting

  • Stop at an Inn

  • Possibility of Accommodation

  • Labelling

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.


If you are travelling by car, you can park directly at the Kugelbake in Cuxhaven. Find more information here.
Further public car parks are signposted via the car park guidance system. 

Please note: there are height restrictions at some of the car park entrances.
If you are travelling by public transport, we recommend the city of Cuxhaven as your starting point. Bicycle transport is possible from various German cities. 

Information on route connections:

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

Taking bikes on the RE (regional trains): Bicycle day passes for local transport - 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-Str. 1
27472 Cuxhaven


Crossing the Oste on a transporter bridge is a special experience. Only eight remain in the world.

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 09 - Cuxhaven to Stade
27472 Cuxhaven