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.
- 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
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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