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Breathtaking bike ride along the Kiel Canal

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SHL 08
8 days / 7 nights
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Ships watch - and cycle with the ships. You cycle from Kiel via Rendsburg to the canals of Friedrichstadt. Over the Eider to the North Sea coast to Büsum and Brunsbüttel. Here it always goes along the Kiel Canal back to Kiel.

Overview of your benefits
  • Good value for money
  • Tour incl. hotels and luggage transport
  • Extensive route booklet & GPS data
  • Top brand rental bikes bookable
  • More than 30 years of experience

During the day on your own.
The lifeline of the port city is the fjord with one of the largest shipyards in Europe.

Overnight place: Kiel

On the Fördeweg, past the piers of the big cruise and Baltic Sea ferries and the Tirpitzhafen to the locks in Holtenau. Continue on what is probably the most interesting section of the route, the Kanalweg, to Rendsburg. You will always come across historical buildings of the old Eider Canal.

Overnight place: Rendsburg

You are now leaving the Kiel Canal and cycling via Christiansholm and Bergenhusen (Storchendorf) to Friedrichstadt. The stage takes you through a unique natural landscape around the Hohnersee and the Sorge river valley. Many animal species, such as white storks and otters, are at home here.

Overnight place: Husum

Today's stage takes you along the Eider to Tönning with its historic cutter port. Continue through the Kattinger Watt to the Eider barrage with observation tower.
On the dyke and the North Sea Cycle Path you now reach the spa town of Büsum.

Overnight place: Büsum/surroundings

Today you cycle through the wide landscape of Dithmarschen with its dykes and the Wadden Sea to Brunsbüttel. Overnight stays in Brunsbüttel are only possible in category I. 

Overnight place: Brunsbüttel (only possible in category I)

Today's stage begins at the locks, the mouth of the Kiel Canal.
Thousands of ships navigate the canal every year, making it the most used artificial waterway in the world. The Kiel Canal Cycle Path now always follows the canal via Hochdonn to Rendsburg.

Overnight place: Rendsburg

The last stage takes you to the south side of the canal. Now it goes on the charming canal path to the state capital Kiel. Imposing high bridges are passed on this route. Arrived at the locks in Holtenau, it goes on the Fördeweg.

Overnight place: Kiel

After breakfast, departure on your own or with an extension.

Overnight place: Kiel (departure)

  • 7 nights in the booked category including breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • 7 days service hotline
  • 1x per room extensive travel documents with maps/route description for the tour
  • on request GPS data
Price in € per person * Cat I Cat II
Double room including breakfast (no extra bed) €749 €949
Single room including breakfast €989 €1229

Seasonal prices

From 07.05.2023/17.09.2023 to XNUMX

  • €40,00 surcharge in Cat. I
  • €60,00 surcharge in Cat. II

Rental bikes

  • Rental bike with luggage bag - €80,00
  • Electric rental bike (ladies) with 2 luggage bags - €180,00

Child discount

Children up to 4 years

  • Fixed price for children of €10,00 per child and per night

From 5 to 15 years applies:

  • With 2 full-paying adults, 1 child aged 5-15 years in the adult’s double room (extra bed) has a 40% discount (category I and category II)
  • With 2 full-paying adults, 1-2 children aged 5-15 in an extra room have a 15% discount (Cat. I and Cat. II)
  • With 1 full-paying adult, 1 child aged 5-15 years in the same double room as the adult has a 15% discount (Cat. I and Cat. II)

From the age of 16 applies:

  • as an extra bed, max. 1 person in a double room has a 10% discount

group discounts

When 5 people or more are traveling together. A group discount will be given in the following periods.
Further information and the discount scale can be found under Offers > Group discounts.


  • From 01.01.2023/31.12.2023 to XNUMX


Note: All prices are per person.



Cat I

Cat II

Double room (DR)

72,50 EUR

99 EUR

Single room (SR)

119 EUR

149 EUR


4,5 / 5 Stars (30 Verified Ratings)

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Route description was partially incorrect, which led to detours. The overnight stay in the Hotel Treenehof in Friedrichstadt is dangerous for allergy sufferers (horse hair, cat hair, hay fever, etc.); a reference to this would be helpful. Problems with the bike or with the accommodation in Friedrichstadt were solved on site by Mr. Rusch and the hotel management.
- knopki

All-round successful bike tour

An all-round successful bike tour. We were very satisfied.
- Snotty

Kiel Canal with extra overnight stay

We booked this tour with an extra night at the Westerdeichstrich mill. There was no canal cruise. The first hotels (Kiel, Rendsburg, Friedrichstadt) were OK, but quite impersonal. On the way there were hardly any inns - so only moderate rest stops. The on-site signposting was consistently "exciting". In Rendsburg (Sunday) and Friedrichstadt (Monday) the local locations were very limited. This improved towards the North Sea coast. The Mühlenhof in Westerdeichstrich showed itself from its best side: warm, friendly hosts and a great atmosphere! We had two nights there - recommended. Also noteworthy is the "lock hotel" in Brunsbüttel. We arrived completely soaked after a heavy thunderstorm! In the hotel then a very personal and warm welcome and the wet things went straight to the drying room - great service! The room was also a good size and everything was well arranged for drying things in the bathroom. All in all a well organized bike tour without any major problems. On the maps, a larger overview of the cycle paths would be desirable in order to search for alternatives. The ADFC regional map of the Schleswig-Holstein North Sea Coast made sense, perhaps the Schleswig-Flensburg map as well. The supplied Kiel Canal Cycle Route compass tour map is too detailed and quite complicated, as it focuses on the pure NOK with all its detours. Many thanks for this beautiful bike tour!
- Erhard Alfons Dommes

Varied tour "Around the Kiel Canal"

We rode the pedelec and a good saddle, so the distances were not a problem. There was sun, wind, rain and showers (typical North German). The higher price range for the accommodation has paid off in terms of comfort! The staff at each property was friendly and accommodating. One hotel was very stylish; Unfortunately, the artist who designed it had made the shelves a little tight, and the bicycles had to be parked in the courtyard. Otherwise there was always a dry room. The tour leads through the hinterland of Schleswig-Holstein. Visits to restaurants in the evening must be planned. People in SH are friendly and helpful. A pit stop in the workshop was organized in no time at all. The tour does not always run along signposted paths, so it is worth using the GPX data offered in a navigation system. Thanks to the information in the travel documents on the website of the canal administration, I was able to plan a current detour for the stage.
- Manfred Koehler

Anonymous evaluation of the SHL 08 (20.08.2021)

At 2 of the wheels we hadn't warmed up with the bells. Operation takes a lot of getting used to.
- Anonymous


The trip with GPS can probably still be expanded in some places, but helpful in connection with the maps provided, as there were often no signs along the route.
- Anonymous

Thank you for a well organized bike tour

The tour through Schleswig-Holstein was interesting and varied but never boring. Thanks to the GPS data, the planned course of the tour was relatively easy to find, despite the often confusing signage. The organization of the luggage transport worked very well. With one exception, the selection of hotels along the route was very good. The Hotel Herzog Friedrich in Friedrichstadt was out of the ordinary. A very small, worn-out room (approx. 9 square meters) that was out of style and created "pure claustrophobia" for me and my wife. The double bed, which was too small, also prevented a restful night's sleep. But the most negative thing for us was the mood that the hotel owner had for the guests. I had the impression of being a troublemaker the whole time.
- Bernd Raguse

Great bike tour

Great bike tour
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travel code
SHL 08
4,5 / 5 stars
(30 Verified Reviews)

Breathtaking bike ride along the Kiel Canal

8 days
Overnight stays
7 nights
Overnight stays
about 336 - 341 km

Fresh sea air and ships look full

Every Saturday and Sunday from April 29 to September 23, 2023 (special dates possible for 4 or more people); Blocking dates: 17.06.-25.06.

Price in € per person * 2023 Cat I Cat II
Double room including breakfast (no extra bed) €749 €949
Single room including breakfast €989 €1229

Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

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Train: Kiel Central Station  

Parking: public car park Sophienhof: 6 € / night or one-time weekly ticket 35 € (information without guarantee, subject to availability, no pre-reservation, payable on site) 

Hotel examples - hotel may vary - all rooms with shower/toilet or bath/toilet

Category I = comfort

These are middle-class hotels or guesthouses with mostly 3*** stars, rarely 2** stars (according to DEHOGA) or comparable, which offer comfortable rooms, a decent breakfast buffet and a cozy atmosphere. They are mostly in a central location.

Category II Premium

Here we book comfort or first-class hotels for you. Some of these are very good 3-star and 4-star hotels (according to DEHOGA) or comparable, which offer special comfort or are highly recommended due to their special location and ambience. They are mostly in a central location.


Kiel Berlin Court
Category I = Berliner Hof (standard room)Category II = Hotel Birke - 4-star superior hotel (classic and comfort rooms)


Hotel Rendsburg in RendsburgHotel Convent Garten in Rendsburg
Category I = Hotel RendsburgCategory II = Convent Garden


Pension MarktblickHotel Little Amsterdam
Category I = Pension MarktblickCategory II = Little Amsterdam


  • No additional nights are possible during the tour
  • Overnight stay in Brunsbuettel NUR possible in category 1.
  • No extra bed possible in a double room

NOT INCLUDED: Cultural tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses.

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