One of Germany's most famous seaside resorts, Heiligendamm is also known as the "White Town by the Sea" due to the classicist white buildings lining the beach promenade. This small cluster of structures are reminders of days gone by when this part of the Baltic Sea was one of the playgrounds of Europe's aristocracy. It is the oldest seaside spa in Germany being founded in 1793. However, if you intend to treat yourself to a night at the exclusive Grand Hotel, you should have a generous travel budget.
Oulu is renowned as the world's winter cycling capital. 600km of bike and walking paths are maintained throughout the year, keeping cycling's modal share at 20% despite temperatures averaging -15°C. Photo CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Anders Swanson
Troense is a fairytale village: timbered houses with thatched roofs and beautiful gardens. From Troense you continue a few hundred metres down the tree-lined road to Valdemar Slot. The castle is open to the public. The grand renaissance building was built in 1639-44 by the Danish king Christian IV to his son, Valdemar. With its park, museums, restaurants, beach etc, the castle makes an ideal place to stop on your route. Photo UdviklingFyn