From 15 to 23 July 2016 we cycled from Arhem in The Netherlands to Berlin. We followed the ‘Europa – Radweg R1’ as described in the Bikeline Radtourenbuch, which is (as far as I know) only available in German. This R1 is a big chunk of the total tour, which runs from Boulogne sur Mer in France all the way to Sint Petersburg in Russia.
Some practical notes
Note 1. Guide book.
If you want to ride this tour, but don’t understand German, the guide is still useful, as it provides handy maps with a lot of information; the legend is in German and English. The maps show the route in various colours and line type, showing the quality of the track (with/without motor traffic, asphalt yes/no, bad surface).
Note 2. Road signs
Most of the route has good signs, LF4 in The Netherlands and R1 in Germany. The R1 sign looks different in different parts of Germany, but it always shows ‘R1’.
Note 3. GPS tracks
Along with the Bikeline Radtourenbuch comes a code that allows you to download the GPS tracks of this tour.
This was actually my second time to ride this tour. The first time was around ten years ago on a racing bike. At that occasion we left the official track most of the time because the roads were to bumpy for racing bikes.
This time we used travel bikes, like the Santos Travelmaster on the picture. These are much more comfortable, but still the road feels very bumpy at times. Some like it (because of the off-road-experience), some don’t (I am one of this group). The guide shows the non-asphalt stretches, so you can anticipate and find asphalt alternatives (some are even in the guide).
The scenery is often very nice, the hills in the Harz are not too heavy and the villages and towns are often worth a visit.
We had a kind of disciplined scheme that looked as follows. In the morning we got up at 6.30 am, had breakfast at 7.00 am and were on the road around 7.45 am. A coffee stop was planned in a village around 10.30 am (flexible; dependant on availability of coffee and cake). Some days there was not much to our taste; fortunately our friend Jos is happy to make coffee within minutes.
The road surface was the main factor to influence the distance we covered, but at the end of our cycling day (around 4 pm) we mostly had 100 – 120 kilometres on our meters.
Our day-by-day tracks.
Because cut of some serious unpaved tracks, so our distances are not exactly the same as in the guide book.
- Arnhem – Borculo – 15 July 2016 – 80 km
- Borculo – Münster – 16 July 2016 – 117 km
- Münster – Verl – 17 July 2016 – 105 km
- Verl – Höxter – 18 July 2016 – 98 km
- Höxter – Langesheim -19 July 2016 – 120 km
- Langesheim – Blankenburg – 20 July 2016 – 75 km
- Blankenburg – Köthen – 21 July 2016 – 110 km
- Köthen – Bad Belzig – 22 July 2016 – 110 km
- Bad Belzig – Berlin 23 July 2016 – 100 km
Total: 915 kilometres.
- Created: June 5, 2018