As many as four long-distance bike paths run right through Glückstadt. And on the bike paths along the Elbe and the North Sea coast, you’re literally only a stone’s throw away from the big ships. Following the course of the Elbe, the path crosses the marshlands of the Elbmarschen, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Northern Germany. The Mönchsweg (Monks’ Trail) is one of the most recently built long-distance bike paths. The route leads from Glückstadt to Fehmarn, and therefore through all the various kinds of landscape that Schleswig-Holstein has to offer. The long-distance path Deutsche Fährstraße (German Ferries Route) is not only a feast for hardened technology fans: on the long-distance path from Kiel to Bremervörde, which was designed for not only (but also) cyclists, visitors are provided with nearly every conceivable method of crossing a stretch of water. Fun and excitement guaranteed!
Elbe Bike Path
The Elbe Bike Path is one of the most popular long-distance bike paths in Germany. Approx. 91 km of the path lead through Schleswig-Holstein and the path also runs right through Glückstadt. Starting in Brunsbüttel, the path follows the Elbe via Brokdorf to Glückstadt. A real eye-opener on this part of the path is the sheer breathtaking size of the Elbe, flanked by high dykes against storms and floods. Behind Glückstadt, the massive river becomes quieter and our path continues over the streams Krückau and Pinnau through the marshlands of the Haseldorfer Marsch on to Wedel (Visitors should always check the opening hours of the tidal barriers!). From here it is only a short trip to the metropolis of Hamburg.
North Sea Cycle Route
The North Sea Cycle Route spans a total distance of nearly 6,000 km across 8 countries and is therefore listed as the world’s longest cycle route. From direction of Wedel, the route runs along the Elbe through the wide marshlands of Holstein. At this point of the route, Glückstadt is the perfect location to rest and spend the night before continuing on to Brunsbüttel. From here the route goes on along the impressive coast of the North Sea to Denmark.
The Monks’ Trail was opened in 2007. With a length of 340 km across Schleswig-Holstein, the Monks’ Trail allows cyclists to travel in the footsteps of the first Christian missionaries in the Middle Ages. The route starts in Glückstadt. The lovely town on the Elbe with its historic town centre and beautiful church (the first Protestant church in Holstein after the reformation) is the perfect location for a first overnight stay. Well-rested and refreshed, cyclists can then continue in several stages on to Puttgarden on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn.
German Ferries Route
On the route from Kiel to Bremervörde, cyclists will cross countless rivers and channels on a path spanning 230 km. The path provides cyclists with nearly every conceivable method of crossing a stretch of water, such as tunnels, bridges and ferries. One highlight of this route is the use of one of the last two transporter bridges in Germany. In Glückstadt, cyclists can use the Elbe ferry to cross the river. While on the ferry, you can finally take the time to relax and enjoy the landscape of Holstein’s famous marshlands (the Elbmarschen) from the water.