Destination Germany: Touring Brandenburg by bicycle

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Seenland Oder Spree / Flickr

Spring has sprung so get on your bike! We're heading to north-eastern German state of Brandenburg. From cities, to lakes, to the rolling hills out in the rural areas.

While it's very easy in Germany to get from A to B by public transportation, cycling is by far the best way to take in the local scenery. That's thanks to special cycling paths in the cities and the many routes mapped out for bicycles in the countryside.

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Dexte-r / Flickr

"If you don't like climbing up steep hills you will love Brandenburg. It is quite flat and even," Stefan Lehmann, spokesperson for Brandenburg Tourism, told us in our latest podcast episode.

"We have long trips from 3 to 4 days but we also have trips for 1 day or a weekend in all parts of the state. Most of them are also quite suited for families."

Brandenburg was once the heartland of Prussian nobility, something which is evidenced by the many palaces and manor houses scattered across the state. They provide a dramatic backdrop for any cycling tour and some are even open to the public.

"We've got urban biking routes in Potsdam. There's one tour called Old Fritz, like the famous Prussian king. This tour shows you the famous and fabulous views of Potsdam. Such as the Sanssouci Palace and Park," says Herr Lehmann.

"On the other side if you like being in the countryside I would recommend the Oder-Neisse biking trail. You can discover the vast landscape of the Oderburg or the national park at Odertal."

And while you're on your tour of the countryside, don't forget to stop by one of the hundreds of farms. Many of them have shops where you can buy their produce or even stay the night!

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tekbassist / Flickr

Brandenburg bills itself as the "land of 3,000 lakes" and has 30,000 km of waterways. It might be a little too early in the year to go swimming but a lake will provide the perfect scenery to accompany a midday picnic!

If you're looking to enjoy the spring weather, why not tour beautiful Brandenburg on two wheels?