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Hamburg on two wheels - the best tips for cyclists

No matter whether you are a professional or amateur cyclist, the Hanseatic city and the surrounding area of Hamburg offer optimal possibilities. Those who get on their bikes to really exhaust themselves will find long routes through the metropolitan region. If you want to experience sightseeing in a different way than on foot or by bus, Hamburg is also the place to be. Here you can find out what you should consider, which routes and tours are the best and which tips can make the experience something very special.

1. No bike with you?

If you are planning a city trip, of course you usually don't have your own bicycle with you. But don't worry: the StadtRAD (translating to "city bike") comes to the rescue! With StadtRAD Hamburg, you can rent bicycles at particularly attractive conditions at numerous stations spread throughout the city - from Jungfernstieg and Michel to the Reeperbahn. The first thirty minutes of each StadtRAD ride are free of charge, and these are usually enough to get to all the sights. Should the tour take a little longer, however, you only pay €0.10 per minute from the 31st minute. Thus, for 3,00 € one can be on the way for a whole hour, a day trip costs 15,00 €. And it's even cheaper with the Hamburg CARD - here you only pay 0.06 € per minute. 

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© Roberto Kai Hegeler
© Roberto Kai Hegeler

2. On your own: Hamburg's cycle paths and tours

For all those who want to explore the Hanseatic city and surroundings on their own, we have put together some particularly recommendable routes. From city tours past Hamburg's highlights to the long-distance cycle path to Bremen, you are sure to find something to your taste.

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Hamburg by bike Bicycle Tours

Cycle through Hamburg and the surrounding area and ride through Hamburg's green soul, along the Elbe or to the most famous landmarks outside Hamburg. Enjoy coffee and a tasty piece of cake in the small cafés away from the big city, or in the heart of the city on the Binnenalster. Below, we have compiled the best bicycle tours through the city and its surroundings.

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3. On familiar paths: guided tours

Would you rather be accompanied by real Hamburgers on your adventure through the city? This is possible with the Hamburg City Cycles, for example. On the different bike tours, guests can get to know almost all the sights of Hamburg. The classic "Radtour Hamburg Kompakt" is a particularly popular round trip along the Außenalster, City Hall, Speicherstadt, HafenCity, Landungsbrücken and St. Pauli. Visitors also have the opportunity to rent a suitable bicycle for their city tour at reasonable prices. Useful accessories, such as locks or bicycle helmets, are provided free of charge on request. Our tip: Hamburg City Cycles also gives you a discount with the Hamburg CARD.

4. Bicycle-friendly overnight stay: City camping in Hamburg

Are you on a big bike tour, armed only with a tent and helmet? Or is the bicycle a loyal fellow traveller in the caravan? In either case, Stadtcamping is the perfect complement to your bicycle trip to the Hanseatic city. Whether centrally located in the city or a little further out in the countryside - Hamburg's campsites welcome you with open arms. 

5. Arrival by bike & train

If you arrive by train and have your bike with you, this is usually no problem at all. You can take your bike with you on many long-distance trains. As seats are limited, you should definitely make a reservation! In local trains, you can usually take your bike with you at any time. Within the Hamburg transport network, taking your bike with you is free of charge, but not permitted during peak times (Monday to Friday from 06:00 to 09:00 and 16:00 to 18:00). 

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Want more inspiration?

The bike options in Hamburg are endless - Radporterin (translating to "bike reporter") Lara has taken on the task of presenting you with the most beautiful options.

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On the road with Hamburg's Radporterin

Cyclist Lara will take you on a bike ride through the Hanseatic city - whether discovering Hamburg's new bike routes or trying out the new cargo bikes from StadtRAD.

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