And we’ll go out on a bombshell: the 10.000 kilometer-long (!) Pan Germania - also known as the German Motorbike Route – is an absolute must for every motorcyclist, that leads through the country's most beautiful motorcycling regions.
The spirit of the legendary Route 66 lies ahead: endless roads, secluded tracks, curvy roads, and drops…
Many high points and never a dull moment.
And if you think you've already discovered all there is to discover, you'll be in for a pleasant surprise: it runs along romantic, dipping roads that wind their way along rivers and lakes, curved roads that run through tunnels and roads with outstanding panoramic views.
The route was officially opened in 2004 by German motorcycle design engineer Friedel Münch during the traditional Vogelsberg Motorbike Festival and has ever since been a favorite amongst road hogs.
If we split it up the country into four rhumbs, the northern part of the route will lead you past stunning panoramic views and takes you along the coastline of Germany - an area often overlooked by motorcyclists.
Take for instance the island of Sylt - officially not a part of the route, but well worth a small detour. The same counts for the island of Fehmarn, reachable via a bridge.
If we continue clockwise, the eastern part of Germany will pamper you with endless strings of charming towns, the possibility to visit Dresden and the Harz mountain range in the eponymous natural park. In for some more up-and-down action?
The Kyffhäuser hill might be exactly what you are looking for: the 85-road leading towards the summit is home to no less than 36 switchback turns. Need we say more?
Further towards the south, the Alps provide a breathtaking backdrop to a number of stretches along the Pan Germania, followed by a ride through the dense and majestic Black Forest.
May we suggest a small detour from Freiburg towards the Schauinsland Pass?
That way, you’ll come across a hill climbing circuit (L124 / the Schauinsland Strasse) that not many motorcyclists will know.
Closing off this clover-like roundtrip of Germany, the western part of Germany awaits, with its stunning natural areas and scurry cities.
You will pass through the magnificently winding Sauerland and the Eiffel riding through picturesque wine regions along the Moselle, where grape harvests and countless wine and winemaking festivals are reasons to visit in themselves.
Our suggestion would be to make a small detour towards the largest extinct volcano in Europe: the Vogelsberg hills on Route 276, that can be reached through gently curving roads, idyllic towns, and river valleys.
We know this one will take most of your yearly amount of spare time to complete - but it’s well worth considering…
Length: Ca. 10.000 km
Duration: This conquest of Germany will easily take you more than a month - if you intend to enjoy some of the views and places, at least.
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