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From the Baltic Sea to the Vogtland: Border ride through the Green Belt

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From the Baltic Sea to the Vogtland: Border ride through the Green Belt

Ciclismo su strada – Raccolta by komoot

7-15

giorni

3-6 h

/ giorno

996 km

9.830 m

9.330 m

For more than 40 years, Germany was divided in two. The 1,393-kilometre (865-miles) border ran through the country from the Baltic Sea to the Vogtland, and despite the natural beauty, it contained a five-kilometre (3-mile) wide exclusion zone that was not called the "Death Strip" for nothing. On this bike ride, you will experience the full length of German's separated history as you cycle in eight stages from Travemünde to Hof in the Vogtland. Above all, however, this ride leads through the most positive legacy of all this: The once notorious Death Strip, which is now known as the Green Belt.

Here, on this once-terrifying patch of ground, nature has been given a unique opportunity. For decades, void of human traffic, plants were able to grow undisturbed amongst the shadows of the East/West border. Today, you can cycle through a wonderful green and quiet landscape and experience this unique strip of nature where hundreds of endangered animal and plant species have found a home. Cycling, enjoying and remembering - this border ride is not like other bike rides: it is a unique experience, delivering a touchable insight into the history of this region.

This ride is designed for road bikes so that you can master the 100 to 150 kilometer (60 - 90 mile) long stages fairly easily, meaning that you don't need to be especially fit to conquer each ride. Just be ready for rough patches as you won't spend the entire route on smooth asphalt. After all, large parts of this area lay fallow for decades. The stage towns offer great places to re-energize and accomodation aplenty, as well as numerous points of interest that showcase the unique history of this bike path. Both Travemünde and Hof are well connected to the railway network, making arrival and departure very easy.

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    Intermedio
    04:56
    118 km
    23,9 km/h
    460 m
    450 m
    Traghetto
    Giro in bici da corsa intermedio. Buon allenamento richiesto. Alcune parti del percorso potrebbero essere non asfaltate o difficili da percorrere in bici. Il Tour richiede un attraversamento in traghetto

    Our border tour begins almost symbolically with the crossing of Travemünde over to the small peninsula, the Priwall, on which the inner German border ran at that time. From the watchtower the GDR border guards had a clear view of the nudist beach of Priwall. Today an information board has remained, reminiscent of the time of the Cold War. Up …

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  • Difficile
    05:18
    122 km
    23,0 km/h
    550 m
    540 m
    Traghetto
    Giro in bici da corsa per esperti. Ottimo allenamento richiesto. In alcune parti del Tour potresti dover spingere la bici. Il Tour richiede un attraversamento in traghetto

    This tour is characterized by the beautiful landscape of the Elbaue. Today you essentially follow the Elbe Cycle Route, because there is no better route by bike along Germany's third longest river.After the start in Lauenburg you roll yourself a bit warm, before it actually gets hilly. You can hardly believe it, but even in the far north it …

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    149 km
    23,7 km/h
    510 m
    390 m
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    From the Wendland along the Elbe it continues today in a south-west direction through the Altmark. This beautiful cultural landscape in the north of Saxony-Anhalt has a lot to tell - if you keep your eyes open and the signs on the roadside to interpret know.Great elevations do not stand in your way today, but this stage is a …

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    06:01
    128 km
    21,2 km/h
    1.280 m
    1.110 m
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    This tour starts with a leisurely warmup through the beautiful landscape of the protected area Große Bruch, where, with a bit of luck, one or two rare birds might come across your path. The further you drive, the more you can already guess that you're still working up a sweat today. Because the resin is approaching.About halfway there it …

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    05:17
    109 km
    20,7 km/h
    1.500 m
    1.610 m
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    This tour along the former inner German border is dominated by two cultural landscapes. It starts in the quite hilly Eichsfeld, which joins the Harz and sends you in direction Werratal. Here you earn yourself a few meters in altitude, but you will be rewarded again and again with great views.A long descent from Wachsedt spits you out for …

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  • Difficile
    06:18
    126 km
    20,0 km/h
    1.820 m
    1.720 m
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    This wonderfully rural tour makes it hard to imagine today that for decades the death strip between the GDR and Germany was here. However, the "Green Ribbon" that runs today bears his name completely. It is to enjoy, but somehow it is also thoughtful in the meantime, if you imagine what was going on here earlier.Today you pass a …

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  • Difficile
    06:23
    132 km
    20,7 km/h
    1.640 m
    1.440 m
    Giro in bici da corsa per esperti. Ottimo allenamento richiesto. Alcune parti del percorso potrebbero essere non asfaltate o difficili da percorrere in bici.

    From the Rhön, the tour starts today, initially heading south and touches Upper Franconia before it then goes into the Thuringian Forest. It usually stays with a casual "up and down", only at the end you are really challenged once, because it goes up to one of the highest places of Thuringia.Before that, you'll learn firsthand why the Green …

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  • Difficile
    06:05
    112 km
    18,4 km/h
    2.070 m
    2.070 m
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    The last leg of our border tour is also the most demanding. No wonder, as it leads right through the Thuringian-Franconian Slate Mountains into the hilly Vogtland. The grand finale, with more than 2,000 vertical meters, is symbolic of the difficult period of the German division and the great efforts that were necessary to bring about reunification. The big difference is that you can sit on the bike and enjoy this beautiful area in freedom.

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La Raccolta in numeri

  • Tour
    8
  • Distanza
    996 km
  • Durata
    46:36 h
  • Dislivello
    9.830 m9.330 m

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From the Baltic Sea to the Vogtland: Border ride through the Green Belt