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  • Radwandern in der Parklandschaft Ammerland
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Since 1994, the 164 km long Ammerland route has made the most beautiful highlights of the Ammerland park landscape accessible to cyclists. It leads over low-traffic and incline-free paths that enable relaxing cycling in the great outdoors.
Distance 164.4 km
10:00 h
118 m
118 m
23 m
-2 m
If one were to bring the experience qualities of the Ammerland route down to a common denominator, the slogan would be "Cycling fun and blooming!" apt. This expression was not designed by resourceful marketing strategists, but by the cycling guests, who expressed their most intense impressions of the enchanting landscape they traversed in two words. On the Ammerland route, you can experience the region's diverse landscape forms very naturally and up close. In the northwest you cycle through a unique fen landscape, which is characterized by white bascule bridges and elongated canals. In the east, cyclists can take the transition from the Geest to the marshland, the so-called Geestrandabfall with a gradient of almost 20 meters under the wheels. In the geographical center of the park landscape, cyclists can expect the Zwischenahner Meer, the third largest inland lake in Lower Saxony, also known as the "Pearl of the Ammerland". Numerous larger forest areas protect cyclists on the route from the often strong North Sea wind from the northwest. Large moor areas invite you to go on discovery tours. Everywhere there are surprising and picturesque looks that never let you get bored.


The Ammerland park landscape is typical for the area and particularly attractive due to its special design, which is characterized by the plantings of the 180 Ammerland tree nurseries. The many cultivated plants underline the charm of the enchanting nature and round off the graceful impression of the surroundings harmoniously. So the Ammerland presents itself in spring in a bright green and extremely colorful; a rush of colors caused by the thousands of blooming rhododendrons and azaleas that have found a new home here and are sold all over the world. But other seasons also promise intense color experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in this quality.

Author’s recommendation

In May, you can visit the largest rhododendron park in Germany. In the village of Linswege on the stage from Westerstede to Wiefelstede there is the 70 hectare park, which is also considered by experts to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. Rhododendron Park Hobbie, Alpenrosenstrasse 7, Westerstede / Petersfeld, Tel. 04488/2294
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Update: March 22, 2021
Highest point
23 m
Lowest point
-2 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The Ammerland route can be carried out without any danger. Flat landscapes and well-developed cycle paths make it easy to ride.

Tips and hints

  • Consistent signage along the entire route
  • Package deals
  • Central bookability of overnight
  • stays Multi-day route
  • Detailed information material


Apen, Bad Zwischenahn, Edewecht, Rastede, Wiefestede, Westerstede (5 m)
53.261555, 7.843332
53°15'41.6"N 7°50'36.0"E
32U 422846 5901991


Apen, Bad Zwischenahn, Edewecht, Rastede, Wiefestede, Westerstede

Turn-by-turn directions

Uniform and good signage accompanies you along the entire Ammerland route.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

You can travel comfortably by train at the following train stations in Ammerland and the region.


Railway stations: Leer, Augustfehn, Westerstede-Ocholt, Bad Zwischenahn, Oldenburg, Rastede


You can easily reach the other places and districts by bus.

Getting there

A28 / A29 / A31

You arrive by car along the A1 and A 29 autobahns to Oldenburg and from Oldenburg on along the A 28 towards Emden / Leer to Westerstede.


You will find public and free parking spaces at many start and finish points.


53.261555, 7.843332
53°15'41.6"N 7°50'36.0"E
32U 422846 5901991
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

KV Plan Ammerland, scale 1: 60,000, price € 7.95 to be ordered from:

Ammerlandallee 12
26655 Westerstede
Tel.: 04488 56 30 00


No special equipment is required.

Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Karl Hundertmark
October 16, 2018 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour ohne Steigungen. Die Route führt durch sehr schöne Moor und Geestgebiete. Außerdem sind die Ammerländer Baumschulen sehr schön anzusehen.
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Highest point
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