Author Topic: London to Berlin  (Read 1082 times)

bhoot

  • MemSec (ex-Mrs RRtY)
London to Berlin
« on: January 23, 2017, 06:39:54 pm »
Now people's thoughts are turning to this year's adventures I just thought it was worth posting something about a great trip we did late last September. Basically we spent Friday cycling from home in East London to Harwich, caught the overnight ferry to Hoek Van Holland and then set off pretty much due east, arriving in Berlin on the next Friday night - so 7 days' riding across the Netherlands and Germany. We then had a couple of days sightseeing in the city before a complex sequence of 1 overnight train, 4 more trains, one ferry and then yet another train to get us and the bike home (which all worked remarkably well).
We broadly followed Eurovelo route 2 - but made our own interpretation to omit overly circuitous sections or those with bad surfaces for lengthy stretches. So we ended up with some main roads (either with decent cycle tracks alongside or in other cases well behaved German drivers giving plenty of space), but lots of lanes and motor traffic free paths too. We stayed mostly in youth hostels which was interesting as it tended to be us and a school party in each place, but we were made quite welcome and even worked out how to beat the children to breakfast in some cases! 
I'm happy to post more route details and some thoughts on maps etc for this type of journey if anyone is interested.

Re: London to Berlin
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2017, 08:06:44 pm »
Sounds like an adventure. More....... :thumbsup:
'Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence'.

Martin John Rees.

Re: London to Berlin
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2017, 08:33:46 pm »
My thoughts entirely.

Took a tandem adventure last year after chatting to the bhoot tandem team and thoroughly recommend the Harwich-HVH route with overnight luxury. This sounds like a great extension to what was done last year and very interested.

Aunt Maud

  • Le Flâneur.
Re: London to Berlin
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2017, 09:17:18 pm »
You could do HVH and into Harzen. It's sublime cycling country.

Re: London to Berlin
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2017, 10:04:08 pm »
You could do HVH and into Harzen. It's sublime cycling country.

Also the word 'mountain' which my tandem passenger has a clinical allergy to as it tends to involve hills!

Joy of last year was cycle paths and easy cycling which is a requirement of passenger.

I'll keep the sublime for me.  Many thanks fro suggestion.

bhoot

  • MemSec (ex-Mrs RRtY)
Re: London to Berlin
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2017, 10:47:13 pm »
I will put "publish more notes on Berlin trip" on my to do list. I have (maybe temporarily) mislaid some notes we made about route and where we stayed/ate. If I can't find them I will just have to look at the map and try to remember it all - which is usually a very enjoyable exercise.