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Bremen to Magdeburg

Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle Germany along Rivers and Canals

  • On board the beautiful Merlijn, this bike and boat tour meanders through the charming landscape of northern Germany, along the Weser river, lined with beautiful cycling paths. The Mittelland Canal, also known as the Midland Canal is a major canal in central Germany and it forms an important link in the waterway network of the country. Its significance goes beyond Germany as it links France, Switzerland, and the Benelux countries with Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Baltic Sea.

    Your tour begins in Bremen, a historical Hanseatic city, and ends in the city of Magdeburg, another Hanseatic power and the capital of Saxen-Anhalt, former Eastern Germany State. Magdeburg has repeatedly been ravaged by war and destruction yet has emerged, redefined, with an emphasis on culture. Today, this city has become modern and cosmopolitan in spite of its turbulent history.

    Highlights:

    • Verden
    • Minden
    • Braunschweig
    • Wolfsburg
    • Magdeburg
    • Impressive River Weser Lock
    • River path cycling
    • Lovely accommodations and wonderful food

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  • 2020:

    Twin/double:  £ 1296 $ 2,872 1525 $ 2298 NOK 14360 kr 13256 $ 1,723

    Single supplement: On request

    extra options

    Electric bike rental (rate is per day): £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34

    Helmets available on board (included in tour price)

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Largest international airport to your tour start and end is Berlin, which has 2 airports, Tegel (TXL), the main international airport located 10 km from Berlin, and Schoenfeld (SXF), located 23 km from Berlin. Schoenefeld serves low-cost airlines. Another option is to fly to Bremen International Airport (BRE) which is small international airport but fly out of Berlin.

    Local Travel

    Berlin’s airports are both very well connected to the city center of Berlin and the surrounding area. Tegel (TXL) does not have a train station in the airport but you will take the bus line TXL to the main train station in Berlin from which you can travel easily onward to Bremen. Train travel takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes and does entail transfers. If you fly to Bremen, it takes only eleven minutes for passengers to reach the airport from the city center. The tram stops directly in front of the terminal. At the end of your tour in Magdeburg, train travel back to Berlin will take 2 hours and depending on your departure time, you may only have one transfer. Remember that once you arrive in Berlin city center, you will then take a bus to Tegel.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. There are many wonderful sites that you can visit to research regional weather conditions and to see current weather reports. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the region are: May 65/45º and June 70/53º

    Remarks

    Electric bikes available for this tour and can be rented on a per diem basis. Advanced reservation required. See pricing.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the beautiful and very popular deluxe class vessel, the Merlijn

What’s Included

  • 7 nights' accommodations in double rooms with climate control and private bathroom
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, and 6 three course dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and iced water
  • 27-speed hybrid bike of the brand Sensa, a famed Dutch company. Bikes come equipped with hydrolic disc brakes, waterproof pannier, water bottle, towel, and use of universal helmet
  • Daily cleaning of your cabin
  • Fees for harbors bridges, and locks
  • Tour guide
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route
  • WiFi on board
  • Entrance to the VW Autostadt

What’s Not Included

  • 1 dinner
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees and excursions other than those indicated as included
  • Electric bike can be rented. Advance reservation required. E-bikes are German designed Gudereit brand, 7 speed, and come equipped with hydraulic brake and Bosch engine. Same accessories as for the touring bike are included.
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1525 Rates
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Tour Dates

Bremen to Magdeburg: June 6, 2020

Skill Level

Easy, guided boat and bike tour with daily distance ranging from 15 to 30 miles ( 25 to 50 km) on a mainly flat route.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bremen to Magdeburg Map

Day 1: Bremen - Verden (Weser River)
Day 2: Verden - Hoya - Nienburg (Weser River)
Day 3: Nienburg - Stolzenau - Minden (Weser River, Midland Canal)
Day 4: Minden - Sachsenhagen - Hannover (Midland Canal)
Day 5: Hannover - Braunschweig - Wolfsburg
Day 6: Wolfsburg - Haldensleben (Midland Canal)
Day 7: Haldensleben - Magdeburg (Elbe)
Day 8: Departure

*Daily distances range from  22 to 31 miles (35 to 50 km) approximately. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Bremen - Verden (Weser River)
The Merlijn will be moored at the Schlachte Weser River Boardwalk. You will be welcomed aboard with a complimentary drink and be introduced to all the crew. You will also be given information on tour details and the boat. After dinner, there will be opportunity to visit the city of Bremen. The boat will be moored within a short walking distance of the famous Schnoorviertel, a small well-preserved area of medieval fishing houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. Artisans, goldsmiths, and gallery-owners now occupy many houses along the crooked lanes and tiny backyards, while restaurants and cafes cater to even the most discerning palate. The Schnoor, the oldest city quarter of Bremen, consists of a Medieval network of passageways. The old market square is dominated by the Statue of Roland, dating back to 1404. This symbol of civic liberty and freedom spread to other cities and has become a symbol of the new Europe. In the town center, there is also the statue of the Town Musicians of Bremen, erected in 1953, based on the folktale recorded by the Brothers Grimm. The Roland statue faces the St. Petri Cathedral, where you can visit the Cathedral Museum and the lead cellar (Bleikeller). Next to the Roland Statue you will find the City Hall. Both the Roland Statue and the City Hall are UNESCO World Heritage monuments. At 5 pm the Merlijn motors the Weser River upstream to Verden. You will enjoy the scenery of the Weserbergland already. After dinner you may want to stroll through the equestrian city of Verden along the Aller River, the mecca of the Hanoverian horse, a world-famous and powerful German warm-blood breed of horse.  Well worth seeing in Verden are the historical old city center along the Aller River with its pedestrian area Große Straße, the Gothic Dome in Verden, the Cathedral Quarter at the Lugenstein with its bars, the town hall, the Domherrenhaus (Cathedral Chapter House), the vintage train and much more.​

Day 2: Verden - Hoya - Nienburg (Weser River)
Today the bicycle tour will start in Verden and follow the Weser Cycling Route up to Hoya and finally to Nienburg. In Hoya, the city of earls, along the Mittelweser River you can follow the tracks of the famous Earl of Hoya during a stroll through the historical city center. Nienburg was documented as early as 1015 and offers many places of interest, like the Asparagus Well (Spargelbrunnen), the Whinnying Stallion, the bronze statue of the Magic Bayard Horse (Ros Bayard), the 14th century City Hall and the parish church, St. Martin, the main church of the city and the town’s landmark due to its impressive 72-meter tower!

Day 3: Nienburg - Stolzenau - Minden (Weser River, Midland Canal)
Your tour continues along the Weser Cycling Route from Nienburg to Stolzenau, crossing a beautiful and varied landscape of pristine nature as far as the eye can see. In the Weser Hills you can discover and experience nature at its best. In Stolzenau you will board the Merlijn again and continue the journey to Minden, where you will experience one of the highlights of this trip: the Wasserstraßenkreuz (Interchange), Aquatic where the Midland Canal crosses the Weser River via a 13-meter high aqueduct. Through the impressive River Weser Lock, the Merlijn will be raised for 13 meters right up to the Midland Canal. Our overnight stay will be in Minden along the Midland Canal.

Day 4: Minden - Sachsenhagen - Hannover (Midland Canal)
You start the day with a beautiful boat trip over the Mittelland Canal Bridge up the Weser River to Sachsenhagen. The bike portion begins with a ride towards Hannover, passing the Nature Reserve Steinhuder Lake. Once a small, quiet fishing village, today Steinhude is well-known as a recreation center in the Steinhuder Meer Nature Park. From Hannover, once again by boat, you will end the day in Peine.

Day 5: Hannover - Braunschweig - Wolfsburg
This morning, you will cast off quite early. During breakfast the Merlijn will take you to the city of Braunschweig, where today’s bicycle trip will leads to Wolfsburg. Tonight you will enjoy your dinner in one of the many restaurants in Wolfsburg.

Day 6: Wolfsburg - Haldensleben (Midland Canal)
Today, a guided tour of the Autostadt is offered which will take about 45 minutes. After that you can choose whether you would like to visit more production sites. Following the visit to the factory is your bike tour to Haldensleben, where you stay overnight. 

Day 7: Haldensleben - Magdeburg (Elbe)*
*Please note: We reserve the right to change our mooring spot in Magdeburg if the river Elbe is too shallow or too high for the Merlijn. Then, the Merlijn will be moored at the Midland Canal at the Waterway crossing of the Elbe river and the Canal, approx. 15 km from the city of Magdeburg. A transfer will be arranged for you if this is the case. 

You will start your bike tour in Haldensleben and then will cycle until the city of Magdeburg. Today’s route will follow the Midland Canal and the Elbe River. Close to Magdeburg the Merlijn will pass the Sparschleuse (water-saving lock) en will be lowered 20 meters to enter Magdeburg on the Elbe river. Magdeburg is the capital of the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt and was documented as early as 805. The city is well known because of its important historical heritage as the royal palace of the Emperor Otto the 1st, the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, who was crowned in 962. Enjoy this city in our modern time and visit all the different attractions: Magdeburg Cathedral, the first cathedral designed and built in the Gothic architectural style on German ground and one of the largest churches in Germany, the Old Market and the Golden Rider Statue, a bronze copy of the first self-supporting statue of a rider north of the Alps, which can be found right in the heart of the city center. It was created in the year 1240 and presumably portrays the Emperor Otto I. Don’t forget to visit the old City Hall, the Green Citadel, the Hundertwasserhaus and many more places of interest.

Day 8: Individual departure

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Tour Reviews

  • Darlene D. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Merlijn and it's crew are extraordinary! Jantien and Henk treat guests like family. We had a great time riding in central Germany. Lots of agriculture, forests, small villages and history. Our guide, Ilsa, is extremely knowledgeable and makes the rides fun and interesting. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable trip!

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Judy J. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The crew of the Merlijn were fantastic and very concerned with guests comfort. It was a great combination of leisure and biking, a well seasoned and flexible guide, and great food beautifully presented.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Robert C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part was meeting a German who was a prisoner of war in the USA during WW2.

  • Barbara Shah 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Very good experience generally. However, a slower cyclist was asked to pick up their pace or consider using an e-bike or bike alone - not good! A very different experience from the previous year's trip on Iris - Amsterdam to Bruges - where everyone was welcomed no matter what skill level.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Sharon Brunhuber 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I've taken a few trips over the years - always on the Merlijn. Top notch vessel and crew. Guides have always been great. Tripsite is a pleasure to book through and always very helpful.

    Boat: Merlijn

  • Ute Metzger 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Took the trip from Magdeburg to Bremen, It was just wonderful. The barge was first class, the food was very good and plentiful and the daily bike trips were just great. I must say this was one of the best vacations that I can remember and am ready to do it again in 2013 on the same barge, Merlijn, to see the tulips in bloom. The whole experience was just wonderful.

    Boat: Merlijn

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