Photos and Details from the Tour to Rügen
This was a most enjoyable tour up to the Baltic Sea Coast of Germany.
This was also a low-carbon tour in which we set of from home on the bikes and returned from out destination by train.
Day 1: Hannover to Uelzen
Uelzen is a town in northeast Lower Saxony, Germany It is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, a Hanseatic town and an independent municipality.
Uelzen is characterised by timber-framed architecture and also has some striking examples of North German brick Gothic. The town is well known for the remodelling on the train station by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The final work of the celebrated Viennese artist and architect was ceremonially opened in 2000 as the Hundertwasser Station, Uelzen, and has since been a popular tourist magnet.
Day 2: Uelzen to Schwerin
This leg of the tour involved crossing the river Elbe and the the old border between East and West Germany. Most of the route was on good cycle path and we enjoyed excellent weather - a true golden October.
Schwerin is the capital and second-largest city of the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and has a population of about.
Schwerin was first mentioned in 1018 as Wendenburg and was granted city rights in 1160 by Henry the Lion, thus it is the oldest city of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is well known for its romantic Schwerin Palace, situated on an island in the Lake Schwerin. The palace was one of the main residences of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg until 1918 and is now the official seat of the state parliament. The city also has a largely intact old town.
Day 3: Schwerin to Warnemünde
Another excellent day with more good weather and much of the time on the coast.
Our first stop was in Wismar, another hanseatic city and included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Our route also took us through Kühlungsborn, a well-known seaside resort, and Heiligendamm, location of the G8 summit in 2007.
The highlight of the day was a swim on the Baltic Sea.
The youth hostel in Warnemunde was outstanding. Our room was on the 7th floor of the tower and the breakfast was mostly organic products.
Day 4: Warnemünde to Zingst
This was probably the worst day of the tour. Very damp, some rough and sandy cycle paths and our bikes were covered in mud and sand by the time we reached Zingst. Fortunately the hotel in Zingst (Haus 54) had a hose pipe so we could clean the bikes, and our cyling gear.
Day 5: Zingst to Stralsund
The weather was much better than the previous day and the route took us through some interesting coastal area with a lot birdlife.
We had a unique appartment in Stralsund - die Veranstlatungsraum der Schwarze Speicher
Our chief cook prepared a wonderful pasta dish before we set off to a bar at the harbour to test the local beer - Störtebeker
Day 6: Stralsund to Rügen
Day 7 Rügen to Hannover
We returned by train from Sassnitz.