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This holiday is in the past. The next edition of the Grand Tour Berlin-Venedig will take place on from 13th to 23rd July 2018.


One to tell the grandchildren about! – 16/06-26/06/2017

Germany north to south. You start at the Danish border in Flensburg and arrive a week later in Garmisch at the foot of the Zugspitze. Between the two are landscapes which could scarcely be more different: the far north between the Baltic and the North Sea, the endless expanses of Lower Saxony, the empty part of German in the lower mountains, such as the High Sauerland, the Taunus and the Palatinate Forest, long climbs in the beautiful Black Forest, the holiday paradise on Lake Constance, the Alpine foothills of the Allgäu.

Between Flensburg and Garmisch you'll enjoy the "Everyone-Happy Service", a feature of our Grand Tours. A mechanic, broom wagon and full-board - with the undoubted best team in the world. And to crown things off, on the last stage we ride as a bunch to the summit of the Zugspitze, for a boisterous closing party, with Germany at our feet.



The Guides

Jan – The Boss

quäldich-Guide Sahner Jan

Founder and CEO of Epic Climbs and, as such, on a very special mission - with his inimitable style he motivates his flock to perform great deeds in the saddle. Sometimes does great things in the evening programme, too!

Tom – The Fashion Consultant

quäldich-Guide Tom Mutter

A loyal South Baden local with matching colour schemes who spends almost every spare minute riding the roads of the Black Forest. The youngest guide in the team, he's always up for a mountaintop sprint...

Stefan – the Transalpinist

quäldich-Guide Stefan Fottner

Veteran of the fast groups with impressive mileage in his legs and an even more impressive race record. Very much at home in the mountains and looking forward to his guiding debut in 2017.

Oliver – The Lowrider

quäldich-Guide Oliver Nekola

Oliver likes riding tandems and recumbents, too, but on our trips he regularly demonstrates that he knows his way around a road bike, too. Unofficial world record holder in speed tyre changing; he puts his mechanical skills to good use as boss of

Paul – The Pilot

quäldich-Guide Paul Velten

A friendly, cheerful Dortmunder and a huge believer in the dolce vita. Totally devoted to looking after his flock and, once on the road, it's diesel to the top and jet fuel to the bottom.

Klaus – The Diesel

quäldich-Guide Klaus Beier

Came to Epic Climbs in 2009 after the first Tour of Germany, and has been a guide since 2010. You'll never get him worked up. After a brief, short-haired interlude he's got his neck-carpet back again.

Otto – King of the dolce vita

quäldich-Guide Otto Gehrlein

Leading the relaxed group, he takes the wind with stoic calm. A typically good-humoured Palatinate native with incredible endurance.



A Grand Tour veteran, usually to be found in the first row of a perfect, two abreast, peloton.

Volker – The Problem Solver


Volker has been an ever-present on the Epic Climbs Tour of Germany since 2010. This fire-fighter is at his best when he can fully exploit his talent for improvisation, whether by warming up groups of drenched cyclists with patio heaters, erecting a makeshift tent in the support vehicle, or ..... He guarantees smooth logistics and a great atmosphere on the team.

Sille – Sport Support

quäldich-Guide Sille Stefaniak

Our Sille loves following the group in the broom wagon, in first or second gear. She dishes out excellent sympathy to everyone that approaches her and her vehicle suffering from exhaustion or a crash. Her lunchtime buffets are legendary, and her sports massages save the day for many. Founder, boss and the good fairy of Sille's Sport Support.

Daniel – The Waterboy


Daniel has been a drinks support guy on our Tour of Germany since 2013, and now makes up a Diabolical Duo with Mechanic No 1. As a Berliner, it's a point of honour for him, of course, that he also does the drinks on our Berlin-Vienna trip.

Sergej – Mechanic No 1


Sergey has been our faithful mechanic since the 2012 Tour of Germany. Sergej's mood is always good, and he's known for his extras price list («You can just...»: 5 €) and never without a solution.

Erich – The Gunslinger


Erich did his greatest service for Epic Climbs back in 1980, when he began creating our fastest guide.
Famous as a top luggage driver on the Tour of Germany, and never slow to offer a strong opinion.

Getting there

Getting to Flensburg and from Garmisch, by train or by car, poses few problems. We can take your private car from Flensburg to Garmisch, making it easy for you to come and go (optional extra!).

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

By hire car

The major hire car companies have branches in both Flensburg and Garmisch. So you can use hire cars to get to and from the trip.

With your private car and vehicle transfer

Car transport by professionals: Hinrichsen FahrzeugtransporteThe easiest logistical option is to use your own car. Our specialist partner Hinrichsen Fahrzeugtransporte will take your car safely from Flensburg to Garmisch.
Price: 275 €

Distances to Flensburg from...

Cologne 575 kms (GoogleMaps)
Frankfurt 660 kms (GoogleMaps)
Freiburg 920 kms (GoogleMaps)
Stuttgart 820 kms (GoogleMaps)
Munich 940 kms (GoogleMaps)
Dresden 660 kms (GoogleMaps)
Berlin 440 kms (GoogleMaps)
Hanover 320 kms (GoogleMaps)
Hamburg 165 kms (GoogleMaps)

Distances from Garmisch to...

Cologne 626 kms (GoogleMaps)
Frankfurt 473 kms (GoogleMaps)
Freiburg 361 kms (GoogleMaps)
Stuttgart 266 kms (GoogleMaps)
Munich 97 kms (GoogleMaps)
Dresden 560 kms (GoogleMaps)
Berlin 690 kms (GoogleMaps)
Hanover 713 kms (GoogleMaps)
Hamburg 860 kms (GoogleMaps)

In our experience, the Deutsche Bahn tolerates passengers taking a bike in a bike bag. Upon request (use the contact form) we can take a bike bag (not a bike box) for you from Flensburg to Garmisch.
You will be on the safe side with trains that cater for bikes (InterCity).

Trains to Flensburg

There are good InterCity connections from Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hanover and Hamburg. Citynightline provide a regular bike transport service from Freiburg and Munich (Wednesday, 1.7. to Thursday, 2.7.).
All the major cities are well connected by the ICE to Hamburg (with a bike bag and friendly smile) and directly by Regional-Express.

Trains from Garmisch

Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Cologne, Hanover and Berlin are incredibly well connected via Munich (all under 8 hours) by InterCity and many trains take bikes.
All the major cities are well connected by the ICE from Munich (with a bike bag and friendly smile).

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 16/06-26/06/2017

  • Friday, 16.6.2017
    Travel to Flensburg. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Saturday, 17.6.2017
    Start of the first stage (Flensburg - Bremerhaven) at 8.30am.
  • Sunday, 18.6.2017
    Second stage Bremerhaven - Bad Salzuflen
  • Monday, 19.6.2017
    Third stage Bad Salzuflen - Winterberg
  • Tuesday, 20.6.2017
    Fourth stage Winterberg - Wetzlar
  • Wednesday, 21.6.2017
    Fifth stage Wetzlar - Alzey
  • Thursday, 22.6.2017
    Sixth stage Alzey - Rastatt
  • Friday, 23.6.2017
    Seventh stage Rastatt - Donaueschingen
  • Saturday, 24.6.2017
    Eighth stage Donaueschingen - Lindau
  • Sunday, 25.6.2017
    Ninth stage Lindau - Garmisch. Arrive by 4pm. 6pm, the group takes the Zugspitze Railway to the summit of the Zugspitze. Closing party.
  • Monday, 26.6.2017

Client Reviews More...

Tanja aus Bad Vilbel (DE)

Relaxed group

„Flensburg-Garmisch mit war sensationell, die Orga war perfekt! Man merkt, beim quaeldich-Team ist der Kunde König. Ich habe definitiv NIX auszusetzen.

Dazu kam die super Stimmung, die netten Leute und das sensationelle Wetter.

Deshalb steht fest: 2018 Berlin-Venedig mit”

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Torsten aus Aschefel (DE)

Steady group

„Wenn man schon Montag nicht mehr weiß welcher Tag es ist, dann deutet das auf Intensität hin. Wenn man zwei Wochen danach die Murmel noch nicht wieder im normalen Betriebsmodus hat, stets abgelenkt und unkonzentriert ist und immer wieder mit einem Grinsen rumrennt, dann ist der Chef zwar nicht glücklich, aber das sagt dann wohl alles.

Das „beste Team der Welt“ von hat mir bei Flensburg-Garmisch sehr emotionale Lebensmomente ermöglicht. Groß! – Danke! ”

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