Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. The country is made up sixteen states, and it’s capital – and largest city, is Berlin. Germany has a population of approximately 81 million people, and covers an area of 357, 022 square kilometers. It is Europe’s second-largest country by populous – only bested by Russia, which has a population of 82 million people.
From a cycling standpoint, Germany is something from fairytale land. The country boasts many unique castles, bustling cities, while simultaneously offering the quiet life of rural villages. There are more than 200 long-distance cycling routes, these routes take you through city and countryside alike, offering a taste of both worlds. Germany boasts both on-road and off-road trails, favouring all types of cycling. It’s infamous Rhine, Elbe and Danube river-side trails offer incredible scenery, with snow-capped mountains providing a fitting back-drop for a country that has it all, no matter what your experience, or your ride. [bra_border_divider top=”20″] [one_third]
This tour has only tow days uphill cycling and the slightest distances. The 5-day tour combines the challenge of a low mountain range route with the beauty of Elbe Valley and cultural excursions.[/one_third] [one_third]
This bike tour covers some of the most spectacular scenery that Germany has to offer. Shortly after leaving the Lake Constance you will find yourself cycling between green hills with its wonderful views of the Alps, Germany’s highest mountain range. The rest of the week involves more of the same stunning scenery.[/one_third] [one_third_last]
The Hamburg-Lübeck-Schwerin Germany tour leads through three provinces in the former German-German borderland. The unique flora and fauna of the border area with nature reserves (Elbe River, Schaalsee Lake) alternates with the cultural and architectural highlights of the towns Hamburg, Lübeck, Schwerin, Dömitz and Ludwigslust.[/one_third_last]
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Bavaria and Southern Germany provide magnificence in every sense of the word. Bavaria is Germany’s second-largest state, and home to many miles of cycling paths. It features the Danube Cycle Path, traversing through Europe’s longest river. It’s also home to the Lake Constance Cycle Route, and the Bavarian and Mosel River Valley regions.
The Romantic Road is one of Germany’s oldest designated scenic routes, and was formerly a medieval trade road. It winds it’s way from Wurzberg in central Germany, to Fussen, in the Bavarian Alps. The route becomes steeper as you enter Bavaria’s alpine region, the region is famous for it’s scenery and German culture.
Lake Constance is home to Europe’s most popular cycling routes. The lake itself borders three countries – Austria, Switzerland, and Germany itself. The region is also alpine, and provides the rider with several river-side trails to choose from. Lake Constance provides scenery, and culture, as nature comes full-circle and complements you with a turquoise-blue river, set – once again in the German Alps.
The Main River begins in the Franconian forests and flows through the Upper Main Valley, known as “God’s Garden”, till the river connects with the Rhine. Along the Main River bike path, you’re treated to views of sprawling meadows, vineyards, ancient churches and castles. The Main River bike path’s routes are well-maintained, but favour road and touring cyclists.
The Mosel and Saar regions are Germany’s oldest wine district. The wine from the grapes grown in that particular region are world-renowned, you can savour the taste of that internationally-renowned wine as you meander through pieces of history with the region’s castles, and charming German villages.
This memmorable bicycle tour is especially for families and people who like to enjoy the ride. The short distances between 30 and 50 km per day through flat landscape allow mature kids to participate too. [/one_third] [one_third]
This two country Beer & Bike Adventure will take you between Berlin, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark. Two of the most cycle friendly capitals in Europe make for an excellent and memorable Germany tour.
Facts About Germany
Germany’s land was over fifty percent larger during the Second Reich (1871-1918), and included most of present-day Poland and parts of Lithuania.
The German language was once the lingua franca, or bridge language, of central, eastern and northern Europe. Today, it remains the language with the most native speakers in Europe.
About a quarter of all American citizens claim at least partial German ancestry.
Germany has nearly 700 zoological gardens, wildlife parks, aquariums, bird parks, animal reserves, or safari parks, including 414 registered zoos.
As of 2012, German athletes have won a total of 1662 Olympic medals (both summer and winter combined from 1896-2012). More than any other country in the World, except the United States.
Germany was the first country to adopt Daylight-saving-time (DST, also known as summer time), in 1916 – during the First World War.
The oldest sun observatory currently known in Europe was built some 7,000 years ago, it’s called the Goseck Circle, and is located in Saxony-Anhalt.
During the First World War, German and British soldiers stopped fighting on Christmas Day, and began to play a soccer match on the battlefield! This became known as the Christmas Truce, the result of the match is disputed, with both sides claiming victory.