​​Cycling in Germany

Germany is just 88 miles from our Amsterdam port by road, meaning it is easily reached by car, train or bike for cycling enthusiasts. 

Once in Germany, you'll have access to more than 200 long-distance cycle routes, offering ample opportunity for sightseeing in cities and for scenic rides through unspoilt countryside.

In recent years, significant improvements have been made to Germany's cycling infrastructure. There are separate cycle paths on most main roads and in many towns and cities cycle ways have been added to existing pedestrian paths. However, in these instances care must be taken with pedestrians and when mounting curbs.

In addition to adhering to the EU highway code, special care should be taken with regard to equipment when cycling in Germany, especially at night, as it has arguably the strictest cycle lighting laws in Europe. 

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German cycling laws

  • The use of a crash helmet when cycling is not compulsory in Germany, though they are recommended
  • Flashing LED lights are forbidden by law in Germany
  • All bikes must be equipped with a white or selective-yellow light to the front and a red light to the rear
  • Bikes over 11 kg must be fitted with compliant dynamo lighting systems
  • Bikes must be fitted with a forward-facing white reflector on the front of the bicycle, sideways-facing white reflectors on each wheel, a red reflector mounted on the rear, and yellow reflectors mounted on the front and back of each pedal​
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Bikes on public transport

  • It is perfectly acceptable to take bikes on to German trains – contact the relevant operator for rules on storage
  • Local buses can carry up to three bicycles providing you purchase a specific bicycle ticket
  • Long distance buses, such as Eurolines, won't carry bicycles but many private coach companies do. Make sure to check the operator's rules on transporting bikes when purchasing your ticket​

​Additional information

  • Unlike the UK, Germany has a drink-drive limit for cyclists
  • Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for cycling offences such as riding in pedestrian areas, running red lights and wearing earphones. Any fine over €45 also carries points which will show up on your driving licence
  • When cycling in German cities, pay special attention to the trams and tram lines many UK residents will be unused to avoiding. Tram lines are especially dangerous –the track grooves are the perfect width for trapping bike wheels​

Great Journeys

If you're looking for inspiration for your two-wheeled tour, check out our Great Journeys​ section. The German Castles tour might be just the thing you need to add some picturesque history to your cycling holiday. 

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