Cycling in Bremen
Discover Bremen by bike!
Explore Bremen by bike
The people of Bremen feel a special connection with their bikes. In a city in which the highest natural elevation, cathedral hill, is only thirteen metres, it makes sense to switch to two wheels. What's more, the network of cycle paths in Bremen makes up 22 per cent of the entire transport network – more than in any other major German city.
Bremen's maritime quarter Vegesack, 25 kilometres from the city centre, is equally well suited to exploring by bike. The Maritime Mile, home to the museum harbour and the Schulschiff Deutschland (a historical tall ship), is ideal for cycling along while enjoying views of the Weser river.
Bremen's newest quarter, Überseestadt, is another with plenty of cycle paths for a bike ride with all the family.
Lots of cycle routes in Bremen can easily be combined with a boat trip, and you are even allowed to bring bikes on board the ferries.
A well-deserved rest after all that cycling begins with a visit to one of the city's cosy restaurants or to a traditional inn at the port.
Out into the countryside
If you prefer to do your cycling in the countryside, you'll find the perfect place for this right on Bremen's doorstep – the Blockland region. Traditional inns and friendly farm shops beckon from the wayside.
However, there are also one or two green spaces in the heart of the city as well. Bremen's Bürgerpark and Werder island with its New Weser conservation area offer idyllic paths for scenic bike rides.
Bremen is leading the way in e-mobility: pedelecs (short for 'pedal electric cycles') have been available to hire from Bremer Touristik-Zentrale since April 2013. The small electric motor fitted to the pedelecs, or e-bikes, enable you to ride on the cycle paths in and around Bremen at speeds of up to 25 kilometres per hour. An environmentally friendly choice, they make it even easier for cycling enthusiasts to do the available tours or to explore Bremen and its surrounding region at their own pace.
Bike hire and service
The ADFC bike station at Bremen main train station offers a one-stop service for all types of cyclist. City bikes and pedelecs are available for hire here. The staff in the workshop are on hand to carry out repairs, and the shop sells cycling maps and Bremen guide books. For secure storage of bikes, there are multi-storey garages with video surveillance both here and at the bike station at Vegesack train station.
1-2-3 Rad in Neustadt also hires out bikes and carries out repairs.
Cycling routes in and around Bremen
In a radius of 30km around Bremen, more than 800km of the existing cycle route network is signposted as a Green Ring path. These circular routes are a great way to discover the region's beautiful landscape by bike.
There are also various long-distance cycle routes that pass through the city of Bremen and that are intended for multi-day tours. Various sections of these long-distance cycle routes are also suitable for one-day bike rides:
- The approx. 140km Weites Land Cycle Route is a circular tour that explores the Teufelsmoor (Devil's Moor).
- The approx. 250km Wümme Cycle Route connects Lüneburg Heath with the city of Bremen.
- The Weser Cycle Route follows the course of the Weser river through six different regions from the Weserbergland hills to the North Sea.
- The two Hanseatic cities of Hamburg and Bremen are connected to each other by an approx. 150km-long cycle route.
- On the cycle route from the Devil's Moor to the Wadden Sea you can discover the richly varied scenery between the mouths of the Elbe and Weser rivers and the North Sea coast.