Germany is a beautiful country. With its vast array of diverse terrain and landscapes from the northern flat lands to the Bavarian Alpine mountains, various cycling opportunities are available.
Cycle paths within much of Germany have been greatly improved over the past decade. The Country boasts a plethora of clearly-marked paths for both short and long-distance cyclists. Due to the increase in cycle paths and routes there has been a spike in the number of cyclists in the country. Most of the primary roads have separate cycle paths, so Germany is virtually a cycling oasis with little limitation and minimal risk. However, within many of the cities the paths are shared with pedestrians, so caution must be taken in that regard.
Cycling in East Germany
Most cycle routes within Germany are sign posted, which is very convenient. However, East Germany is still “catching up” to West Germany in many ways, and cyclist accommodation is one clear case in point. The primary roads in the East are very narrow and busy. Many of the roads in the country are cobblestone. For these reasons, be sure to do your due diligence before planning time in East Germany.
You will find a large number of long-distance routes in Germany. There are approximately 200 long-distance cycle routes (most well-marked) that extend across a majority of the Country.
Campsites in Germany
Other European countries have more campsites that Germany, so you will need to be diligent in your planning to ensure you plan your route in a way that gives you optimal rest. However, the campsites that you will find are, for the most part, well maintained. Pricing varies. Your tourist map will likely have a good majority of the campsites within Germany marked for convenience.
General Tips and Cautions
You need to be very careful of the curb ramps on the roads as well as pedestrians within cities and towns. The cycle paths are not “purpose built” and are shared with pedestrians.
Helmets are fairly common in Germany. You can wear them without fear of judgement.
Some of the campsites in Germany provide keys for restrooms. Most require a deposit that is refunded when you leave. You will need to let management know if you plan to leave early.
Cobblestone roads in East Germany is something to be mindful of. However, a bike that is mechanically sound, with solid suspension and a well-padded seat can help make cycling in that part of the country more enjoyable.