Etappenorte 2020

Stralsund

 

Marked by history and athletically active: Stralsund, with its unique waterfront location, eventful history, and imposing brick Gothic buildings, is the center of attraction in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Whether it is the Rügenbrücken marathon, triathlon, long-distance Sundschwimmen or Wednesday regatta: the Hanseatic city attracts athletes from near and far, with its World Heritage Old Town, harbor and Stralsund Sound. And of course cycling is big here too: There are two long distance tourist cycling trails, the „Ostseeküstenradweg“ („Baltic Sea Coast Trail“) and the „Hamburg-Rügen“ trail, with ideal conditions and beautiful vistas for hobby cyclists and long-distance professionals. Once a year the Tour d'Allee starts with prominent cycling names – for the 25th time now in 2020 – from the Stralsund harbor island over the Rügen Bridge into the Baltic beach resort Sellin on the island of Rügen.

www.stralsund.de

 

Schwerin

 

Schwerin's heart lies on an idyllic island in Lake Schwerin, the site of the beautiful Schweriner Schloss. It also offers a charming Old town, a wonderful location surrounded by lakes and forests, and a famous fairy-tale castle. The smallest – and prettiest – provincial capital in Germany offers even more to its 97,000 residents and numerous guests: The biggest Baroque garden in northern Germany. One of the most beautiful German theaters. The world's largest collection of Dutch paintings outside of the Netherlands. And the romantic cultural and garden summer with the Großer Oper under the open skies. These all attract the culture enthusiasts to the former royal seat. Those looking for physical activities are drawn by the water landscape, which invites sailing, cyling and running. And Schwerin is athletic! It features both top athletes and popular sports for the masses. The multiple German champions in women's volleyball, a three-time rowing World Champion, excellent cyclists, boxers and light athletes all belong to the sport scene as much as the annual Dragon Boat Festival, the Five-Lake run, and the Jedermann cycling race.

www.schwerin.de

Nürnberg

 

Nürnberg is the liveliest city in northern Bavaria, with a visible, nearly thousand-year history. The innovation-friendly city is the center of a European metropolitan region with around 3.6 million people. Surveys in Europe and around the world constantly confirm its high quality of life with good infrastructure, respected universities and research centers, variety of cultural facilities, and model social projects. It also offers all the advantages of a big city, a high level of security and a clean environment. Nürnberg's historical Old Town with the overwhelming Kaiserburg, neighborhoods with tradition and character, a varied offering of sport and leisure activities, attractive living and work possiblities and a moderate price level make the city attractive. For shopping, malls and shopping streets are on offer, as are numerous markets in this „Bio“ and fair trade town. Recreational areas, which are vacation destinations for many guests from other regions, lie directly there at one's house door.

Nürnberg's growing population is cosmopolitan: 21 percent of the inhabitants do not have German citizenship. This co-existence in Nürnberg of different generations, religions and nationalities is marked by tolerance. Multi-cultural festivals and open-air events are a part of this co-existence, which the city also promotes through varied integration activities. The city is „friends“ with 21 cities around the world. Every two years „the City of Peace and Human Rights“ awards the International Nürnberg Human Rights Prize.

 

www.nuernberg.de