North Sea Cycle Route Stage 11 - Hamburg to Elmshorn




57.55 km long
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
Great panorama
  • 04:05 h
  • 47 m
  • 41 m
  • 30 m
  • 57.55 km
  • start: Hamburg
  • destination: Elmshorn
From "Hamburg, my pearl" along the Elbe to Schleswig-Holstein - Germany's northernmost state.
Starting from the St. Pauli Piers, you follow in the footsteps of old sailors along the Elbe passing the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli and the fish market in the Altona district. To your right, you can recognise the white facades of the majestic houses between the treetops from a distance, which belong to one of Hamburg's most beautiful, but also richest districts - Blankenese. The view of the Elbe and its riverside landscapes from here is marvellous.

You now leave Hamburg and reach the northernmost state in Germany - Schleswig-Holstein. You cycle across the Haseldorfer Binnenelbe with the Elbe foreland and the old orchards, cross the Pinnau over the historic Klevendeich swing bridge and cycle along the banks of the Krückau to Elmshorn. This is where the 11th stage of the North Sea Cycle Route ends. 


Best season

depending on the weather


Hamburg - Wedel - Haseldorf - Neuendeich - Seestermühle - Elmshorn

Tour information

  • Suitable for Bike

  • Cultural Interesting

  • Stop at an Inn

  • 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 Hamburg. These can be found here
If you are travelling by public transport, we recommend the city of Hamburg 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 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


A guided tour of the Reeperbahn neighbourhood in St. Pauli is a very special experience.

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 11 - Hamburg to Elmshorn
20354 Hamburg