From the foothills of Bavaria to the Baltic coast, this is the lowland part of Germany’s longest D-route.
Running through the eastern länder, it follows riverside cycleways and roadside paths on a 750km course via Berlin to the port of Rostock.
This northern section continues beside the river Saale on lanes and cycleways, albeit with less impressive scenery than upstream. At Bernburg it heads cross-country to cross the Elbe at Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
From here, the path is largely shared with EuroVelo route 7. The approach to Berlin runs through woodland before reaching the lakes of Potsdam. After the capital city, it’s an easy, level ride to the wide horizons and plentiful wildlife of the Mecklenburg Lake District, which brings the route out to the coast at Rostock.
Rarely dramatic but often interesting, this is a comfortable, lightly trafficked tour of eastern Germany.