Gijs Kremer and Annebeth Wynia are an adventurous couple from Zwartsluis, the Netherlands who share a passion for world travel. They have lived abroad in China, trekked through the Sahara Desert, and hiked through the dense jungles of Laos. They are currently cycling around the world with their two dogs, Huub and Liska, on their Giant E-bikes.

In this post Gijs and Annabeth share some of their experiences about riding their E-bikes through Germany, and some helpful tips on how to get around on E-bikes. Their goal is to motivate you to embark on your own E-bike adventures, and to help make your travels responsible, affordable, and, most of all, fun.

The Ride

Cycling in Germany with our Giant E-bikes has been a truly amazing experience—wandering through nature, eating delicious food, and enjoying this country’s great cycling infrastructure. From long-distance treks to shorter rides and sightseeing, there is a route for everyone. We’ve cycled almost 1100 kilometers throughout Germany, often on roads known as Radwegen that are connected to the German Cycling Network (Radnetz Deutschland in German).

 

These paths form the national cycling route network of Germany. There are currently 12 long-distance cycling routes, called D-Routes (the "D" stands for Deutschland, i.e. Germany) crisscrossing the nation. The network was mainly established to promote bicycle tourism. These D-routes connect different regions, making it easier for cycling tourists to explore interesting places. They offer a wide variety of high-quality, well-developed roads that follow numerous riverside routes and beautiful paths through the forest. The D-Routes are designed to show off many of Germany’s famous sights, which vary from nature parks to local restaurants and interesting architecture. The network is almost completely car-free, so you can ride in peace and safety.

The D-routes are also connected to the European wide Eurovelo Network, so when you’re crossing the border into another country, you’re already on track for your next cycling adventure!

Tip:​ To recover from a long day of cycling, try one of the many famous beers Germany has to offer. Along the cycling routes there are many so-called Beer Gartens, and most of them even have a special cyclist beer called the Radler (German for Cyclist).

Useful websites:

The D-Routes: www.radnetz-deutschland.de

Route planner for Southern Germany: www.bayerninfo.de

Eurovelo Network: http://www.eurovelo.com

Traveling by E-Bike:

 

This was actually our first trip on our Giant E-bikes. After the first two weeks, the E-bikes are holding up great.  The batteries have lasted well in the extreme temperatures we’ve experienced. Gijs is riding a Giant Explore E+ with the dog trailer attached, so it is obviously using more juice than the Liv Amiti E+ that Annebeth is riding. But even heavily loaded, with a trailer attached and temperatures of -10 Celsius, we could ride 80-100 km on a single battery charge. We had an average daily distance of 85 km, so we had to charge our batteries every day. We haven’t experience any problems with charging our EnergyPaks, usually plugging them in overnight at a hostel, homestay or campground. It is nice to know that along the Cycling Network there are many charging stations, restaurants and guesthouses. So if you stop for a cup of coffee during your route, you can most likely charge your E-bike for free.

What to see:

What to eat and drink:

Food:

Drinks:

Where to stay:

Helpful German phrases to know:

  1. Hallo, wie geht’s?(ha-low, vee gits?) – Hello, how are you?
  2. Es tut mir leid (Es toot mir lied) – I’m sorry
  3. 3. Vielen Dank (vee-len dank) – Thank you very much
  4. Ich habe viel Spaß! (Ikh ha-buh vee-el shpaa) – I’m having a great time!
  5. Ich möchte nach _____ (Ikh muhkh-tuh nakh _____) – I want to go to _____

Follow more of Gijs and Annebeth's bikepacking adventure on www.biketrotters.com

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