German ferry route

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Sign for the German ferry route at the Elbe ferry Glückstadt - Wischhafen

The German Ferries , a 250-kilometer, in May 2004 opened tourist holiday route between Kiel and Bremervörde , connects some 50 bridges, locks , barrages and ferries -including the last two German transporter bridges in Rendsburg and east at the Oste and demonstrated in this way almost every possibility that man has ever devised to cross a body of water. The Ostefähre Graepel is one of the rare hand-drawn cable ferries on this route. The cable ferry "Else" has also been part of this holiday route since June 2018.

The three different routes (for cyclists, motorists and water sports enthusiasts) follow the river Oste , the Lower Elbe , the Kiel Canal and the Kiel Fjord . The holiday route is run by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Osteland e. V. with the slogan “ Merry Ferry in the fresh north! " Applied.

On October 8th, 2008, the German Ferry Road was voted "Germany's dream road" in second place out of 50 nominated German holiday routes by the audience of mdr television .

The Deutsche Fährstrasse was opened in May 2004 by representatives of AG Osteland and Tourist-Info NOK and with greetings from the Prime Ministers of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony . The signposting of the holiday route was financed with EU funds from the Office for Land Development in Bremerhaven, the Volksbanken and the cities of Brunsbüttel and Bremervörde , the municipality of Burg (Dithmarschen) and the municipalities of Nordkehdingen , Am Dobrock , Hemmoor , Börde Lamstedt and Oldendorf-Himmelpforten .


  • Jochen Bölsche: German ferry route: Bremervörde-Kiel. Bielefelder Verlags Anstalt, Bielefeld 2009, ISBN 978-3-87073-459-6 .

Individual evidence

  1. "Else" now part of a dream street
  2. ^ AG Osteland: "Deutsche Fährstraße" will be expanded in 2006 . December 27, 2005

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