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Bike tours for beginners ☀️

On two wheels around Rügen, across East Friesland or across the Alps: If you fancy an eventful active holiday, you don't have to be a professional athlete. We give you tips on how to make your first bike tour a complete success.

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Information at a glance

  1. The right tour profile
  2. Star tour, round trip or long-distance cycle path?
  3. Organization is the be-all and end-all: Priority to the experts
  4. Nicer and safer: cycling for two
  5. Inspiration for your first cycling holiday
  6. Selected tours for beginners
Relaxed, flat cycle tour on the Baltic Sea with the e-bike.
Relaxed, flat cycle tour on the Baltic Sea with the e-bike.

1. The right tour profile

Non-active, occasional cyclist or ambitious cyclist - so that the relaxation factor on the first bike tour is not neglected, you should consider your own condition before choosing a tour.

If you are used to cycling from home to work a few kilometers away every day, daily stages of 50 kilometers and more will not be a problem. If you prefer to use your car to get to the nearby post office, you should focus on trips with an average leg length below this value.

Flat river bike paths are perfect for less trained cyclists, while a journey through the mountainous Chiemgau would have to overcome 300 meters in altitude. Of course, that also plays into this Choice of rental bike a role. With an e-bike, stages that are 20 to 30 percent longer can be mastered without any problems if you are in the same condition. So that you can quickly select the right tour, we show the length of the daily stages and information on the route characteristics for all cycle tours on this website.

Nice view in the Baltic Sea resort of Boltenhagen on the Baltic Coast Cycle Route.
Nice view in the Baltic Sea resort of Boltenhagen on the Baltic Coast Cycle Route.

2. Star tour, round trip or long-distance cycle path?

The good news first: all types of tours are suitable for first-time climbers.

Rather, it depends on how the respective travel destination would like to be experienced. Star tours, which lead from a central hotel in all directions, have the advantage that cyclists have a constant and well-known starting point. When traveling around lakes or islands, cyclists become experts in the respective regions and immerse themselves deeply in their natural and cultural landscapes. Classic cycling trips from one place to another, such as cycling adventures on the Elberadweg or on the Baltic Sea coast, make it possible to get to know many different places, cities and landscapes in one holiday.

3. Organization is the be-all and end-all: Priority to the experts

Detailed route materials including GPS data for smartphones, processed information on waypoints, bike-friendly hotels, the Baggage transportation and always one contact person: A bike tour should not become a survival holiday. Cycle tour operators like die Mecklenburger Radtour, who have been organizing holidays on two wheels for over 25 years, know Europe's cycle paths like the back of their hand. "We take care of everything so that our customers can fully enjoy their first longer trip on the bike and the relaxation factor is not neglected."
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4. Nicer and safer: cycling in pairs

The German and European cycling network is well developed and usually adequately signposted. Nevertheless, beginners should not set off alone. Holidays together are more entertaining, impressions are richer and journeys are safer.

A punctured tire or a descent taken too early – minor breakdowns happen quickly. If you are traveling as a couple, you take it more relaxed and keep a cool head. On our tours you always have a service hotline ready and in the event of breakdowns we will help you on site within a short time. 

5. Inspiration for your first cycling holiday

Above all, the north and east of Germany invite inexperienced cyclists thanks to cyclist-friendly elevation profiles, good cycle path networks and beautiful natural landscapes.

Suitable offers can be found on the North Sea Cycle Route, which can be completely or partially cycled between Emden and Sylt in numerous trips, on which Baltic Sea Cycle Route between the Danish and Polish borders and in the Mecklenburg Lake District. But the Spreewald also lures with a beautiful cycling area and is extremely popular with our premiere guests.

6. Selected tours for beginners

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