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Elbe Cycle Path Dresden-Magdeburg

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ELB 08
9 days / 8 nights
From €589
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The Elbe Cycle Path - Germany's most popular long-distance cycle path. You decide which section and in which direction you want to cycle. A recommendation is difficult because you will find an incredible density of culture and nature. Dresden Frauenkirche, Meissen porcelain, Sachsenwein, Luther in Wittenberg, Bauhaus in Dessau, Hundertwasser in Magdeburg, there is a lot to experience.

On a trip to Saxon Switzerland, you can swap your bike for hiking boots and scale the heights of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Stay in a café with a typical Saxon cake, the "Eierschecke". Discover your personal Elbe cycle path.

Bike tour in reverse order: ELB 08 U - Magdeburg-Dresden

Similar bike tours:
ELB 06 - Elbe Cycle Path Dresden-Wittenberg (7 days / 6 nights)
ELB 07 - Elbe Cycle Path Dresden-Dessau (8 days / 8 nights)

Overview of your benefits
  • Good value for money
  • Tour incl. hotels and luggage transport
  • Extensive route booklet & GPS data
  • Top brand rental bikes bookable
  • More than 30 years of experience

Info: Your tour starts in Dresden and takes you to Magdeburg. If you only want to cycle to Dessau or Wittenberg, then take a look at the tours mentioned at the top of this page. (ELB 06 & ELB 07)

Arrival in the afternoon. Dresden, the Florence on the Elbe, is the cultural metropolis of Saxony. In the cityscape, the Frauenkirche can be seen in the ensemble with the Brühlsche Terrasse, the Hofkirche, the Semperoper and the Zwinger. Especially as a cyclist you always have a beautiful view of the cityscape from the Elbe.

Overnight stay in Dresden.

Overnight place: Dresden

On the way to Meissen, it is worth leaving the Elbe Cycle Path and visiting the vineyards between Radebeul and Meissen. In Radebeul there is the opportunity to visit the Karl May Museum (own management) or to take one of the guided tours of Wackerbarth Castle (own management). A must in Meissen should be a visit to the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (own management) and the Albrechtsburg Castle (own management).



Overnight place: Meissen

Along the northernmost vineyards in Germany to Diesbar-Seußlitz. In addition to the baroque castle with a beautiful garden, the wine-growing village offers a variety of places to stop and get to know and taste Saxon wine. Continue along the Elbe to the former steel town of Riesa, where you can visit the pasta factory for free, and finally to Strehla. Strehla itself is an idyllic town with over 1000 years of history.


Overnight place: Riesa or Strehla

Today the former fortress town of Torgau is your destination. This is where the Soviets and Americans met at the Elbe Bridge during World War II. On the stage, the path leads via the town of Mühlberg with the Cistercian monastery and the Treblitz tree park, past the large district town of Torgau.


Overnight place: Torgau

On the way from Torgau to Wittenberg you cycle past Lichtenberg Castle, via Pretzsch along the Elbe to Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The largest exhibition on the history of the Reformation in the Luther Hall in Wittenberg invites you to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther. The town church of St. Marien (UNESCO World Heritage) is also worth seeing.


Overnight place: Wittenberg,

Via the Elbe you reach the town of Wörlitz with its 112-hectare Wörlitzer Park, which was built between 1765 and 1819 as the first English-style landscape park on the European mainland. You can choose to follow the Elbe directly or cycle to Dessau via the baroque town of Oranienbaum. Dessau was once the residence of the Ascanians and, with the establishment of the Bauhaus in 1925, has become an address with an international reputation in art, architecture and design.


Overnight place: Dessau

You cycle through the river meadows of the Elbe to Aken. The small town is now a monument and once owned by Albrecht includes a city wall with 14 defense towers and three city gate towers, which have been preserved without major destruction for 700 years. Your journey continues to Barby.


Overnight place: Barby

Today you cycle past Gommern and Schönebeck to the beautiful city of Magdeburg.
The green citadel of Magdeburg fascinates its visitors.


Overnight place: Magdeburg

After breakfast, journey home on your own or with an extension.

Overnight place: Magdeburg (departure)

  • 8 nights in the booked category, including breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (9am-18pm)
  • 7 days service hotline
  • 1x per room extensive travel documents with maps/route description for the tour
  • GPS data on request
Price in € per person * Cat I Cat II
Double room including breakfast €589 €689
Single room including breakfast €779 €909

Seasonal prices

From 29.04.2023/12.05.2023 to XNUMX

  • €90,00 surcharge in Cat. I
  • €100,00 surcharge in Cat. II

From 13.05.2023/20.09.2023 to XNUMX

  • €110,00 surcharge in Cat. I
  • €120,00 surcharge in Cat. II

From 21.09.2023/02.10.2023 to XNUMX

  • €80,00 surcharge in Cat. I
  • €95,00 surcharge in Cat. II

Rental bikes

  • Rental bike with luggage bag - €100,00
  • Electric rental bike (ladies) with 2 luggage bags - €220,00

Additional Services

  • Return transfer Magdeburg-Dresden (pp, from 4 people, reservation required, payable on site). - €95,00
  • Return transfer Supplement: bike transport (per bike) - €25,00

Child discount

Children up to 4 years

  • Fixed price for children of €10,00 per child and per night

From 5 to 15 years applies:

  • With 2 full-paying adults, 1 child aged 5-15 years in the adult’s double room (extra bed) has a 40% discount (category I and category II)
  • With 2 full-paying adults, 1-2 children aged 5-15 in an extra room have a 15% discount (Cat. I and Cat. II)
  • With 1 full-paying adult, 1 child aged 5-15 years in the same double room as the adult has a 15% discount (Cat. I and Cat. II)

From the age of 16 applies:

  • as an extra bed, max. 1 person in a double room has a 10% discount

group discounts

When 5 people or more are traveling together. A group discount will be given in the following periods.
Further information and the discount scale can be found under Offers > Group discounts.


  • From 01.01.2023/31.12.2023 to XNUMX


Note: All prices are per person.



Cat I

Cat II

Double room (DR)

79 EUR

89 EUR

Single room (SR)

119 EUR

149 EUR



Cat I

Cat II

Double room (DR)

71 EUR

89 EUR

Single room (SR)

119 EUR

149 EUR



Cat I

Cat II

Double room (DR)

71 EUR

89 EUR

Single room (SR)

119 EUR

149 EUR



Cat I

Cat II

Double room (DR)

71 EUR

89 EUR

Single room (SR)

119 EUR

149 EUR




4,6 / 5 Stars (8 Verified Ratings)

A review of the reviews has taken place as follows:We check reviews individually before publishing them to ensure that they were made by a consumer who actually booked the trip with us.


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The tour was super good from the bike path. Unfortunately, the distance from Magdeburg to Dessau was not correct at all, because it was 90 km. Everything else, like hotels and luggage transport, is great.
- This year

very satisfied with the Elbe tour.

Apart from the headwind, we are very satisfied with the Elbe tour for the second time. The change of the hotel in Torgau from the Central Hotel to the Altes Brauhaus does not represent an improvement. We rode our own bikes. Kind regards Marianne and Reinhard Dötsch
- Dotsch Reinhard

Elbe cycle path from 30.07. until 08.08.2015

We were satisfied and would travel with you again. You can't do anything about the extremely hot weather at the time and the sometimes missing air conditioning, minibar or insufficient sun protection in front of the windows. Perhaps it would have been better in rooms in price category I. We particularly liked the Welcome Hotel in Meissen. You should point out in your travel documents that tourists in Dresden have had to pay an "infrastructure surcharge" since July 01.07.2015st, XNUMX, similar to the well-known visitor's tax.
- Lieselotte Barmeier

Varied river landscape

We really enjoyed the Elberadweg Dresden-Magdeburg with the widening Elbe valley, the cities with their past, the rich culture. The will of the population to get the best out of little resources is always amazing, especially here, where the next flood with its destructive power is only a matter of time. On a day with a luckily short stage, we had a very strong headwind. Our recommendation: take the path in the opposite direction. The Elbe only has a drop of 1 m over 17 km. And we probably wouldn't have made it through the last stage with its nutritious 92 km if there was a headwind.
- Ursula Bärfuss+Rudolf Ledermann

nice bike ride

very good wheels; the combination of the travel documents with the GPS data was perfect; we were very satisfied with almost all hotels; We really liked the Hotel Luther in Wittenberg and the Park Inn by Radisson in Dresden; the luggage service worked perfectly. We will definitely be back with the "Mecklenburger Radtour" travel
- Monica Salberg

Combination of guides

As a group of 10 we had 2 different guides, one from Kompass and the other from Bikeline. So we had the best possible orientation and at the same time a lot of information.
- Anonymous

Anonymous online review from 09.05.2022

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Anonymous assessment of the ELB 08

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travel code
ELB 08
4,6 / 5 stars
(8 Verified Reviews)

Elbe Cycle Path Dresden-Magdeburg

9 days
Overnight stays
8 nights
Overnight stays
about 261 - 349 km

Most popular waterway with lots of variety

Daily departure from April 15 to October 08, 2023

Price in € per person * 2023 Cat I Cat II
Double room including breakfast €589 €689
Single room including breakfast €779 €909

Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

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Train: to Dresden train station / from Magdeburg main station


  • Free public parking spaces near the hotel (information without guarantee, subject to availability, no pre-reservation, payable locally)
  • public car parks Schiessgasse, approx. 10 € / day (information without guarantee, subject to availability, no pre-reservation, payable on site)
  • Hotel parking: approx. 5-25 € / day (information without guarantee, subject to availability, no pre-reservation, payable on site)
  • more parking options below www.parkopedia.de

Hotel examples - hotel may vary - all rooms with shower/toilet or bath/toilet

Category I = comfort

These are middle-class hotels or guesthouses with mostly 3*** stars, rarely 2** stars (according to DEHOGA) or comparable, which offer comfortable rooms, a decent breakfast buffet and a cozy atmosphere. They are mostly in a central location.

Category II Premium

Here we book comfort or first-class hotels for you. Some of these are very good 3-star and 4-star hotels (according to DEHOGA) or comparable, which offer special comfort or are highly recommended due to their special location and ambience. They are mostly in a central location.


Park Inn Hotel in DresdenHotel Florence on the Elbe in Dresden
Category I = Park InnCategory II = Florence on the Elbe


Hotel Germania WittenbergeOld oil mill in Wittenberge
Category I = Hotel GermaniaCategory II = Old Oil Mill


Intercity Hotel MagdeburgBest Western Secret Council in Magdeburg
Category I = Intercity HotelCategory II = Best Western Secret Council


The tour is also possible in reverse order! (See ELB 08 U)

NOT INCLUDED: Cultural tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses.

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