North Sea Cycle Route Stage 10 - Stade to Hamburg




54.18 km long
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
Great panorama
  • 03:40 h
  • 22 m
  • 27 m
  • -1 m
  • 9 m
  • 10 m
  • 54.18 km
  • start: Stade
  • destination: Hamburg
Through the colourful orchards to the jetties in Hamburg - this is an exciting stage that's full of variety.
Leaving Stade, you cycle along the River Elbe directly to Hamburg. Along the way, the route leads through the largest continuous fruit-growing region in northern Europe - the Altes Land - just outside Hamburg. Be it in spring when the apples are blooming or in summer and autumn during harvest time - the landscape boasts more than 20 million fruit trees and is colourful and beautiful at any time of year. This is the place to take a breather: fruit farms offer visitors coffee and cake, guided tours, fruit picking and other activities.

As you head a little further along the route, you will pass the former Elbe island of Finkenwerder, where you will also cycle past the premises of the large aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The highlight on this stage is the trip on the harbour ferry from Finkenwerder to the other side of the Elbe, which takes you downstream past many sights. Is there a better way to explore Hamburg than from the water? The journey ends at the Landungsbrücken and you have arrived on the other side of the Elbe in Hamburg.


Best season

depending on the weather


Stade - Steinkirchen - Mittelkirchen - Jork - Borstel - Cranz - Finkenwerder

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, there are various parking options in Stade. These can be found here.  
If you are travelling by public transport, we recommend the city of Stade 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


You can experience the exciting world of aircraft manufacturing up close at Europe's largest aircraft manufacturer on an Airbus factory 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 10 - Stade to Hamburg
21680 Stade