Bike Tour 2017 – Berlin to Copenhagen

eral information

A Berlin – Copenhagen cycle route (B-KO) has neen developed. This route forms part of the international EuroVelo 7 route (EV7) which links Malta and Norway. Lots of information including gps route data is provided at:

http://www.bike-berlin-copenhagen.com/  

July 2 – To Leegenbruch – 38 km 

Great ride out of Berlin.  We took a bike path beside Osloer Strasse and quickly connected with the B-KO route. This route was marked as both the B-KO route snd also German national route D11 though there was no indication that this was also EV7. 

Route was mostly off road and went beside a river until we were well north of Berlin. Well signed – a real treat to ride on. At one point the path went by what we assume is a preserved section of the Berlin wall.

It is interesting that this wall which was a symbol of the Cold War and which caused a lot of suffering is now a canvas for graffiti art and a  backdrop for a portion of an international cycling route.

There were several ped/cycle bridges over streams and canals along the way – some up to 5m wide..

A portion of the cycle path into Leegenbruch was under about 15 cm of water. We found out later that the area suffered a hundred year flood due to excessive rain.  It was raining lightly when we arrived.

More pics here

July 3 – To Zehdenick – 44 km

 Beautiful day – sunny and cool. Very impressed with cycle facilities in the area of Oranienburg north of Berlin. Almost up to Dutch standards in terms of consistency.  Here is a pic of a 4m path along one side of a canal and there is also a 4.5m path on the other side

Great signage with the addition of intersection numbers as is common in the Netherlands.

More pics here   

July 4  – To Furstenberg/Havel (45 km)

Nice cool and sunny day. Soon came across a historic brick factory site which is now a museum. This area was rich in clay and was a major brick making area from the mid 18th century to the end of the 19th century. The clay mining pits which dotted the area are now lakes.

Part of brick manufacturing museum. Note covered bike parking.

Route was mostly beside water (lakes, rivers, canals) or through forests on paths or  “Fahrradstrasse” (narrow paved roads which only allow residence access).

 

More pics here

July 5 – To Neustrilitz 45 km

Mixed quality of paths today. Some narrow but quiet highways. A narrow gravel section and narrow section but surprisingly smooth sectiin with a surface of paving stones.

Visited a castle in Wesenburg. Here is a view from the tower.

July 6 To Warren – 60 km

We often went off the official Berlin-Copenhagen route both yestetday and today but found cycling infrastructure to be quite good. We encountered paths beside major two lane highways which were of quite high quality. Why don’t we see this in Canada, especially near high population centres?

Cycle path beside major two lane highway. Note barriers beside both hwy and bike path beside drop.

Saw a palace in Neustrilitz on the way.

More pics here   

July 7 – Rest day near Waren 20 km

Explored Waren, a touristy town at the north end of Lake Murtitz – the largest lake in Germany. 

Nice ped/cycle underpass.

Reminds me of one in Vancouver, but this one has ramps, stairs and elevators!!

July 8 – To Zietlitz (near Krakow am Zee) – 49 km

As we were leaving our accommodation, we noticed two kids playing teeter-totter with two goats. All seemed to be enjoying the game.

 

We followed Berlin-Copehagen route most of the way. Much of the route was on paved paths and quiet roads through forests. Very pleasant. We stopped for lunch at a small picnic shelter.

More pics here

 July 9 – to Gustrow – 46 km

More narrow country roads. Lots of pine plantations in this area. Pine sap was collected from some trees. By cutting grooves and collecting sap.

Came across what I suspect is a “wohnerf” street where cars must yoeld to others and must travel at ped speeds. Why not in Canada?

Nice castle inGustrow.

More pics here

July 10  – To Rostok – 60 km

Which statements do you thik are true? (Answer below)

  • We saw camels near the bike path?
  • We chowed our lunch in a village named Letschow?
  • We saw the Baltic Sea?

After leaving Gustrow, we rode along a canal dyke path. Then mostly country lanes and dedicated paths. We passed an interesting rest spot which had seating inside and bike parking behind.

Yes, we did see camels.

We received a rainy welcome to Rostock – a city on the Baltic Sea. The crys of seagulls told us that we were near salt water. The city has a beautiful and car free square.

See more pics for welcome sign to Letschow, where we had lunch.

July 11 – Rest day in Rostock

We rested. 

I did notice an example where cycling infrastructure is better in Metro Vancouver than in Rostok.  Rostock is at the end if an inlet. In order to avoid a 20 km ride around the end of the inlet, I thought that it would be possible to ride through a tunnel. Turns out that this is not allowed and the only way across was to take a bus at a cost of about $6 each for us and our bikes!  In Vancouver, there is a free shuttle service at the George Massey Tunnel or as a senior I can get through the tunnel by bus with my bike for $1.75 .

On the other hand  drivers here are ultra good at yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks. By comparison, I once had 17 drivers fail to yield while crossing at a certain intersection in Vancouver.  

The following day, we took the city bus to the ferry. Bus had space for 2 bikes inside the bus near the middle doors. Much more convenient than a bus rack, especially with fully loaded bikes.

July 12 to Nykobing Falster, Denmark

First imppressions re cycling infrastructure in Denmark were good. Similar to Germany with quiet roads or separated paths. Also, they use the Dutch style “shark teeth” yield strips on roads as well as on bike paths.

Then a couple of noisy, smelly gas powered motor svooters came by and I quickly realized that they also seem to share the horrid Dutch policy of allowing these on bike paths.

Rode along a nice oceanside path for a while.

July 13 – To Stege – 

Started off on a nice paved path. Then quiet country roads followed by gravel lanes and forest access roads. Took a ferry actoss to the next island.

We were then quite surprised to find ourselves on a busy highway with narrow shoulders, especially after being pampered for many weeks. Thankfully we  were on the highway for inly a few km and had a strong tailwind. Rest of route was quite pleasant.

  

July 14 – To Praesto 

Took bus 20km to the white cliffs of Mons Island. Buses take 2 bikes inside the bus!

Cycled back to Stege and on to Praesto by mostly following the B-KO/EV7 route. We were again surprised when the route followed a busy higway with natrow (5 – 30 cm wide) shoulders. Rest of route was the regular quiet roads with some off road paths. Also we were pleasantly surprised to find a section with wideish (1.5 to 2m) paths on both sides of a highway!

Praesto is a cute village on the sea.


July 15 

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