With the temperature rising, what better way to explore Germany than on two wheels? Whether a casual enthusiast or experienced pro, international hotel group Maritim has a range of cycling routes across its german properties to get guests pedalling.
The 1,200-kilometre Elbe Cycle Route stretches from the Czech Giant Mountains to the Baltic Sea and can be cycled either upstream or downstream the river Elbe. Upstream features the Saxon Switzerland National Park, Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the majestic meadowlands, stately palaces and vineyards around Dresden. The downstream route passes past the Albrechtsburg Castle, through Wittenberg, finishing off at the Maritim Hotel Magdeburg.
Acclaimed by the German Cycling Federation, the Maritim Hotel & Internationales Congress Centre Dresden, situated right on the river Elbe, offers unforgettable tours. A historically protected site and ideally located near the baroque Old Town district, the hotel offers 328 first class deluxe rooms and suites. Known as the ‘Florence of the Elbe’ for its proximity to culture sites such as the Semper Opera House and Dresdner Zwinger Palaces, the hotel features the ‘Wintergarten’ (Winter Garden) Restaurant, which is famed for its locally sourced cuisine.
If taking the downstream route, cyclists can finish at the Maritim Hotel Magdeburg. Conveniently located near the main railway station, the hotel features 514 elegant rooms and suites. For those looking for additional physical activities, the hotel offers a swimming pool, gym and spa, while the Restaurant Sinfonie serves a range of authentically sourced cuisine.
To help guests explore Saxony, the Maritim Hotel & Internationales Congress Centre Dresden offers cycle hire and packed lunches.
Biking across the Baltic Coast
Cyclists will feel the salty sea spray on their faces as they cycle the 670-kilometre Baltic Coast cycle route between Luebeck and Usedom. The route takes explorers through quaint seaside resorts and across three islands. Attractions along the way include the World Heritage town of Wismar, the old trading town of Stralsund and the chalk cliffs on the island of Ruegen.
It is possible to cycle the entire coastal cycle route from the Maritim Seehotel Timmendorfer Strand via the Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde to Usedom.
Starting the route on the white shores of the Baltic Sea, the upmarket Maritim Seehotel Timmendorfer Strand hotel lies at the heart of a tranquil seaside resort. After pedalling around the coast, guests can indulge in gastronomic experiences courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Lutz Niemann at the “Orangerie” restaurant, which serves mouth-watering dishes such as Breton Lobster with melon, avocado and aurora sauce. During the summer, the Beach-Lounge offers a range of cocktails, with selected drinks half price during the “Windjammer Bar’s” Happy Hour. For R&R, the hotel’s wellness oasis features six cabins for massage and cosmetic treatments.
For a more leisurely route, cyclists can begin at the Maritim Strandhotel Travemünde, which is situated on the sandy shores of the Bay of Lübeck. Perfect for pampering, the hotel’s renowned spa also boasts a large indoor swimming pool with whirlpool bath and fitness room. Highly active guests can play 9-holes at the nearby ‘Maritim Golfpark Ostsee’ golf course, or enjoy ten-pin bowling at the onsite skittle lanes.
Each of the hotel’s two restaurants provides spectacular views of the Baltic sea. At the Baltic Restaurant, diners are treated to Maritim’s lavish breakfast buffet and a la carte specialities served for lunch and dinner. For a night cap, the “Night-Sailor” Bar offers the largest selection of gins in the region.
The Maritim Seehotel Timmendorfer Strand offers cycle hire and e-bikes, picnic baskets, packed lunches and maps.
Cycling in the capital
The 27-kilometre route along the River Spree offers bike lovers a new way to discover Germany’s capital. Beginning at Treptow harbour, cyclists make their way across the historical Oberbaum bridge, the East-Side-Gallery, Museum Island, the Nikolaiviertel and Alexanderplatz quarters, as well as through the former Cold War Palace of Tears checkpoint. The route passes through the Rheichstag, the Chancellor’s office and the Tiergarend and continues on to the Belvedere Palace.
After a busy day riding through the capital, guests can unwind at the Maritim Hotel Berlin, which is located in the city's Tiergarten park, close to the renowned "Kurfürstendamm" and the "Potsdamer Platz". The hotel offers a selection of facilities such as the exclusive wellness area, complete with swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, fitness centre, cosmetic services and massage treatments. In addition to Maritim’s signature breakfast buffet, the hotel’s Restaurant M is famed for its selection of Berlin and Brandenburg dishes, prepared with regional ingredients.
Both centrally located and ideal for cycling, Maritim Hotels has two top class properties in Berlin; the Maritim Hotel Berlin and the Maritim proArte Berlin Hotel, Cycle hire and maps are available at the Maritim Hotel Berlin.
At the southernmost tip of the picturesque Mecklenburg Lake District: Maritim Hotel Rheinsberg
Located only 90 kilometers away from the Maritim Hotel Berlin at the southernmost tip of the picturesque Mecklenburg Lake District, the Maritim Hotel Rheinsberg features sumptuous rooms and suites, complete with panoramic balcony views. Saddle sore cyclists can take advantage of the hotel’s wellness paradise, complete with pool, saunas, ice fountains and multi-sensory showers. Dishes at the Bistro am Kai, hotel restaurant and bar are served with fresh local ingredients.
More informations and booking: Maritim Reservation Center, +49 (0) 6151905-760.
The Maritim Hotelgesellschaft is Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group, and the company’s nationwide hotel network is represented by hotels in seven countries overseas: Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Malta, Spain, Bulgaria and China. The group’s ongoing expansion continues to strengthen its position within the European first-class hotel industry.