In the Footsteps of Electors and Reformers

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The European Bicycle Route R1, which runs from France all the way to Russia, you will learn all about the history of the Reformation between Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Berlin. You will pass the Hohe Fläming landscape and visit medieval castles before continuing along the River Havel to the city of Berlin via the state capital of Potsdam. You will find traces of the Reformation in Bad Belzig, for example, in the fortified Eisenhardt castle. In Luther’s time, Eisenhardt castle was part of Wittenberg’s residence territory. Important reformers lived in the little town of Brück at that time. In Berlin-Spandau, the Museum Spandovia Sacra on the history of the Reformation as well as the St.-Nikolai church are worth a visit. Here, in 1539, Elector Joachim II sealed the conversion of the Electorate of Brandenburg to the Lutheran faith.
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  • Neue Postsäule in Bad Belzig, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Steffen Lehmann
  • Blick auf die Altstadt von Werder (Havel), Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Matthias Schäfer
  • Baumblüte in der Altstadt von Werder (Havel), Foto:  TMB-Fotoarchiv/Yorck Maecke
  • Burg Rabenstein, Foto: Jürgen Rocholl/FACE
  • Baumkronenpfad in Beelitz-Heilstätten, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Matthias Schäfer
  • Luisenplatz mit Brandenburger Tor in Potsdam, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Matthias Fricke
  • Burg Eisenhardt in Bad Belzig, Foto: Heiko Bansen
Length: 132 kilometres

Start: Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Finish: Berlin

Logo/route sign: white sign marked “R1” in green

How to get there: from Berlin central station take the IC2185 (Leipzig) to Lutherstadt Wittenberg (about 45 minutes).

Route: Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Raben, Bad Belzig, Brück, Beelitz-Heilstätten, Werder, Potsdam, Berlin

Points of interest/background information:
  • Raben: Village church, Hoher Fläming Nature Park Centre, Rabenstein castle
  • Grubo: fieldstone church
  • Bad Belzig: Roger Loewig House, Bricciuskirche church, Eisenhardt castle, St. Marien town church, spa gardens
  • Brück: Natural bathing area
  • Beelitz-Heilstätten: Heiz-Kraft-Werk heating and power station, “Baum & Zeit” treetop walk
  • Ferch: Fischerkirche church, Havelland painters’ colony museum, Japanese bonsai garden
  • Petzow: Washhouse, castle, estate park
  • Potsdam: Steam Engine Building, Natural History Museum, Neuer Markt, Filmmuseum Potsdam, harbour, Freundschaftsinsel Island, St. Nicholas’ Church, Villa Schöningen, Glienicker Bridge

Possible combinations

  • Berlin-Leipzig Cycle Route
  • Tour Brandenburg
  • Historic Town Centres Cycle Routes 4
  • Havel Cycle Path
  • Mauerweg (Berlin Wall Trail)

Trail conditions/surface: The route mostly runs along separate natural paths or forest roads, not all of which are asphalted. The Hohe Fläming landscape is hilly.

Maps/Literature: “bikeline Radtourenbuch: Europa-Radweg R1: Von Arnheim über Berlin nach Küstrin an der Oder”, 1:75.000, Esterbauer Verlag, Auflage: 5. Auflage (12. Juni 2015), ISBN-13: 978-3850001298, Euro 13.90
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The European Bicycle Route R1, which runs from France all the way to Russia, you will learn all about the history of the Reformation between Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Berlin. You will pass the Hohe Fläming landscape and visit medieval castles before continuing along the River Havel to the city of Berlin via the state capital of Potsdam. You will find traces of the Reformation in Bad Belzig, for example, in the fortified Eisenhardt castle. In Luther’s time, Eisenhardt castle was part of Wittenberg’s residence territory. Important reformers lived in the little town of Brück at that time. In Berlin-Spandau, the Museum Spandovia Sacra on the history of the Reformation as well as the St.-Nikolai church are worth a visit. Here, in 1539, Elector Joachim II sealed the conversion of the Electorate of Brandenburg to the Lutheran faith.
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  • Neue Postsäule in Bad Belzig, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Steffen Lehmann
  • Blick auf die Altstadt von Werder (Havel), Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Matthias Schäfer
  • Baumblüte in der Altstadt von Werder (Havel), Foto:  TMB-Fotoarchiv/Yorck Maecke
  • Burg Rabenstein, Foto: Jürgen Rocholl/FACE
  • Baumkronenpfad in Beelitz-Heilstätten, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Matthias Schäfer
  • Luisenplatz mit Brandenburger Tor in Potsdam, Foto: TMB-Fotoarchiv/Matthias Fricke
Length: 132 kilometres

Start: Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Finish: Berlin

Logo/route sign: white sign marked “R1” in green

How to get there: from Berlin central station take the IC2185 (Leipzig) to Lutherstadt Wittenberg (about 45 minutes).

Route: Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Raben, Bad Belzig, Brück, Beelitz-Heilstätten, Werder, Potsdam, Berlin

Points of interest/background information:
  • Raben: Village church, Hoher Fläming Nature Park Centre, Rabenstein castle
  • Grubo: fieldstone church
  • Bad Belzig: Roger Loewig House, Bricciuskirche church, Eisenhardt castle, St. Marien town church, spa gardens
  • Brück: Natural bathing area
  • Beelitz-Heilstätten: Heiz-Kraft-Werk heating and power station, “Baum & Zeit” treetop walk
  • Ferch: Fischerkirche church, Havelland painters’ colony museum, Japanese bonsai garden
  • Petzow: Washhouse, castle, estate park
  • Potsdam: Steam Engine Building, Natural History Museum, Neuer Markt, Filmmuseum Potsdam, harbour, Freundschaftsinsel Island, St. Nicholas’ Church, Villa Schöningen, Glienicker Bridge

Possible combinations

  • Berlin-Leipzig Cycle Route
  • Tour Brandenburg
  • Historic Town Centres Cycle Routes 4
  • Havel Cycle Path
  • Mauerweg (Berlin Wall Trail)

Trail conditions/surface: The route mostly runs along separate natural paths or forest roads, not all of which are asphalted. The Hohe Fläming landscape is hilly.

Maps/Literature: “bikeline Radtourenbuch: Europa-Radweg R1: Von Arnheim über Berlin nach Küstrin an der Oder”, 1:75.000, Esterbauer Verlag, Auflage: 5. Auflage (12. Juni 2015), ISBN-13: 978-3850001298, Euro 13.90
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Weather Today, 7. 8.

11 25
Partly cloudy throughout the day.

  • Monday
    12 27
  • Tuesday
    14 28

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