North Sea Cycle Route Stage 12 - Elmshorn to Brunsbüttel




52.55 km long
difficulty: medium
condition: medium
Great panorama
  • 03:30 h
  • 19 m
  • 20 m
  • 9 m
  • 52.55 km
  • start: Elmshorn
  • destination: Brunsbüttel
From Elmshorn via Glückstadt with the mouth-watering Glückstädter Matjes to the lock town of Brunsbüttel.
The route takes you from Elmshorn through the countryside along the Krückau towards Kollmar. You can see the glistening waters of the Elbe once again from land. The marsh landscape also has a lot to offer. The rapeseed fields blossom in spring, the cornfields glisten in summer while horses graze on the green meadows.
Having arrived in Glückstadt, it's well worth taking a break at the heritage-protected harbour row with a delicious Matjes roll (herring bread roll). Once fortified, you head for Brunsbüttel, where you cycle along the dyke passing quaint half-timbered houses. 

Brunsbüttel can be reached by travelling on the ferry. What makes Brunsbüttel so special is its location directly on the North Sea, Elbe and Kiel Canal. It is home to one of the largest lock structures in the world, which facilitates access for international shipping traffic between the North Sea and Baltic Sea. This is what makes Brunsbüttel a unique harbour and lock town.  


Best season

depending on the weather


Elmshorn - Kollmar - Glückstadt - Brokdorf - Brunsbüttel

Tour information

  • Suitable for Bike

  • Culinary Interesting

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


Join a tour of the lock area and gain exciting new insights - including a little chat about everything that goes on.

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 12 - Elmshorn to Brunsbüttel
25335 Elmshorn