Cycling the Berlin-Usedom route

Berlin Mitte / Joachimsthal, 83km

Very easy and beautiful stage, all using bike path across farmlands and pine woods. Few kilometres of (light) gravel road, nothing to be worried about. Lot of places to rest.

Joachimsthal / Nechlin (North of Prenzlau), 83km

This part is a bit hilly, with a lot of up-n-downs. Nothing complicated, but with a heavy, loaded bike I had to push it several times up the road. The scenery is more “open” than the one before, and you will pass through an amazing lake full of birds (just above the Wolletzsee).

Nechlin / Ueckermünde, 50km

At this point, unfortunately, the “magic” ended. It started to rain and even though it was never cold, the experience was a bit of a bummer. You will get again into some very nicely smelling pine woods and the road is pretty much flat.

Ueckermünde / Heringsdorf, 95km

This one has been, by far, the most challenging stage! In the morning it didn’t rain but during the whole day I had to fight with a very strong head wind which slowed me down and made my life miserable. The scenery, although very open, varies a lot and it would have been a real pleasure if only I had had the complacency of a gentler weather. Some gravel roads and about 5km of terrible concrete blocks.

Back to Berlin

Just for reference, I came back on a Saturday morning from Heringsdorf and it was super easy. The train left at 7:32AM, I then changes in Züssow and I finally reached Berlin at 11:30AM. Easy peasy.

What I learned

  • You may find places where you can sleep, but with nothing offered to eat. You may arrive at a small village without anything similar to a restaurant. Pack food.
  • You can safely plan to stay in hotels or just a room — even though they tend to be on the expensive side; there are plenty of options. I brought with me the full camping gear for no reason at all
  • Maybe because I did the route at the end of August but I didn’t meet as many fellow cyclists as I expected; not too many occasions for socialising
  • I own a sturdy “trekking bike” and a road bike, and I decided to travel with the trekking one. I do not regret the choice because several parts of the route can be quite “bumpy” and at the end of the day having saved some stress on the arms and the hands, can make the difference

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Claudio Cicali

Claudio Cicali

My specialties are software engineering, fintech and pointless random rants. I live in Berlin.