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Breathtaking cycle tours on the Elbe Cycle Path ☀️

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On the road on Germany's most popular cycle path

The Elbe Cycle Path guides cyclists on a route from 1.270 kilometers from the Giant Mountains to the North Sea. Around 900 kilometers of cycle paths are in Germany, the other around 400 kilometers in the Czech Republic. The stages between the two are particularly varied and full of cultural highlights Elbe cities of Dresden and Hamburg. But the tours between Prague and Dresden are also highly recommended! On your bike tours along the Elbe you connect impressive landscapes with the sights of the exciting and beautiful small and large cities. It is therefore only to be expected that the Elbe Cycle Path voted the most popular cycle path in Germany several times wurde.

The Elbe Cycle Path has many special features:

  • Cycle the Elbe Cycle Path in up to seven federal states.
  • It has already been voted Germany's most popular long-distance cycle path for the 11th time.
  • The Elbe Cycle Path has a flat elevation profile and well-developed cycle paths.
  • Explore famous cities like Hamburg, Magdeburg, Dresden and Prague
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Idyllic bike tours along the Elbe Cycle Path

Cities & sights along the Elbe

In Germany, the Elbe Cycle Path accompanies about 900 kilometers the third longest river in the country. Long-distance cyclists roam along the Elbe on their cycle tour many interesting cities and impressive town centersthat invite you to cultural discoveries. Bike tours along the Elbe lead to the most impressive Highlight in Germany as well as over the exciting border to the Czech Republic. Outside of the cities, wide meadows and rocky landscapes await, such as the Elbe meadows in Dresden or the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxon Switzerland. Discover the richly filled and diverse natural treasure trove Germany and the Czech Republic!

Dresden: the Florence of the North

Baroque architecture meets romantic location: Dresden, also known as "Florence on the Elbe' more than lives up to its name. Wait here numerous historical and cultural highlights waiting to be discovered. These include, of course, the famous Semperoper, the Frauenkirche Dresden As well as the Residential palace and the The Zwinger of Dresden. In addition to its rich art and culture, the city convinces with its lush listed green areas and idyllic parks. So cyclists will be more than satisfied on their bike tours along the Elbe and through Dresden!

Frontal view of the Dresden Semperoper
Frontal view of the Dresden Semperoper

The "Otto city" of Magdeburg

her nickname "Ottostadt' received this 1.200 year old Magdeburg because of the physicist Otto von Guerickewho was both born and buried there. Little wonder, then, that the local Otto von Guericke Museum is a real tourist magnet. In addition to the museum, the city has a lot to offer: On the one hand, the Green citadel, a pink-striped building by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, on the other hand the gigantic Rothensee ship lift as well as the Magdeburg canal bridge north of the city. Knew: The bridge is the longest of its kind in Europe - what a sight!

View of the Magdeburg Cathedral
View of the Magdeburg Cathedral

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Your journey on the Elbe Cycle Path takes you to Wittenberg. the Lutherstadt attained as one of the most important German centers of the 16th century Political and cultural-historical significance: keyword Reformation. Here, of course, a visit to the Castle Church Wittenberg to. Because: To this church should for the year 1517 Martin Luther his famous 95 theses nailed it to the church door with their own hands. In addition, the church has the Luther's final resting place. In addition, the city is a visual highlight on your Elbe Cycle Path. The city of Wittenberg was largely spared from the effects of World War II the city therefore convinces with beautiful buildings and streets.

View of the town hall in Wittenberg
View of the town hall in Wittenberg

The porcelain city of Meissen

The medieval-looking Meissen enjoys worldwide fame thanks to the MEISSEN® porcelain manufactory founded in 1710. Therefore, a visit to the World of Experience MEISSEN® our clear recommendation. There, in numerous exhibitions and workshops more than 300 years of history of the manufactory and the manufacture of porcelain. How about a small souvenir? But Meissen has much more to offer than porcelain: The charming old town With its winding streets and half-timbered houses, Meissen invites you to dream!

Elbe Valley Bosel Spaargebirge Winegrowing - Meissen, Dresden, Saxony
Elbe Valley Bosel Spaargebirge Winegrowing - Meissen, Dresden, Saxony

Pirna: the gateway to Saxon Switzerland

In the middle of the picturesque landscape of the Elbe valley The tranquil town of Pirna lies between Dresden and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. In the next Proximity to Florence on the Elbe and Saxon Switzerland the city is excellently connected to the surrounding Elbe cycle paths. In the historic old town, those who were spared from the weather bear witness magnificent town houses from a once flourishing trading town on the Elbe. In addition to a breathtaking view of the fantastic city panorama Pirna offers a wide range of cultural and leisure activities. These are recommended here Richard Wagner Sites Graupa, the former vacation home of the composer as well as an extensive Visit to Sonnenstein Castle.

View of the Elbe near Pirna
View of the Elbe near Pirna

Hamburg: the gateway to the world!

Hamburg, the city on the Elbe, is also nicknamed “the gate to the world“ and is the second largest metropolis in Germany. Hamburg not only has an excellent cycle path network outside the city gates, but you can also reach all sights within the city by bike. As outstanding highlights fall the modern Elbphilharmonie and the unique historical Speicherstadt a. The latter is rightly on the list of UNESCO World Heritage and is absolutely worth a visit. In addition, an extensive Harbour Cruise by ferry or a short break in one of the numerous Cafes on the Alster only to be recommended. The city offers idyllic places where you can unwind and relax be seduced by the charm of Northern Germany!

View of the moated castle, Hamburg

The golden city of Prague

Prague, also the "golden city"Or the"City of a hundred towers“, is the capital of the Czech Republic and a real one architectural splendor. A prominent landmark of the city is the Charles Bridge from the 14th century. This imposing structure is over 500 meters long and ten meters wide and connects the two banks of the Vltava River. To do this, Prague knows with her Castle of Prague to convince. That largest closed castle area in Europe is a real eye-catcher. Furthermore, one of the undisputed highlights of the city is that jewish quarters with the adjoining Jewish cemetery.

Prague bridges in summer at sunset, Prague
Prague bridges in summer at sunset, Prague

Mělník: where the Vltava and Elbe meet

The town of Mělník is right on the Estuary where the rivers Elbe and Vltava meet. You can also find that here most important wine-growing area of ​​the region. Especially that Melnik Castle with the adjoining vineyards and the panoramic view of the wide landscapes offer an excellent place to relax - maybe even with a small glass of local wine? Furthermore, Mělník knows with his historic old town to score. That Prague gate is the last remnant of the former city fortifications. But that too Baroque town hall from 1398 is simply part of a city tour of Mělník.

historical town of Melnik with castle and river Vltava
historical town of Melnik with castle and river Vltava

You will find a great treasure trove of nature in the Duchy of Lauenburg. Here you can experience the wooded Hohes Elbufer nature reserve, which provides great photo opportunities. Or discover world-famous historical buildings such as the colossal railway bridge in Dömitz during your Elbe cycle tour. No matter which stages you choose for your trip on the Elbradweg, you get a lot on offer and can experience the diversity of Germany and the Czech Republic.

Our cycle tour recommendations along the Elbe Cycle Path

Auf dem more than 1.000 kilometers long Elberadweg from Prague to Hamburg discover countless highlights and sights. If man-made or as a natural spectacle: With our extensive range of cycle tours you will find the dream holiday that suits your riding style perfectly. Experience unforgettable bike tours along the Elbe – from the Czech Republic to Germany!

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Unlimited bike tour from Prague to Dresden

Starting point of your breathtaking Cycle tour from Prague to Dresden along the Elbe Cycle Path is the Golden City Prague. The "City of a hundred towers“ knows how to impress with its impressive sights. If Charles Bridge, Prague Castle or straight into the hustle and bustle of the metropolis: Experience the capital of the Czech Republic from its most beautiful side before you set off on your first leg towards Melnik embark Cycle along the rippling Vltava to the Wine region north of Prague to the town of Mělník. We recommend taking in the breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape from the Schlossberg. Via the towns of Litoměřice, Usti nad Labem with the Baroque castle of Schreckenstein and Děčín we continue across the border to Germany.

Prague bridges in summer at sunset, Prague
Prague bridges in summer at sunset, Prague

After a short stop in Bad Schandau health resort explore the imposing elbsandsteingebirgeand Saxon Switzerland – simply impressive! About the charming Pirna with magnificent town houses is Dresden within reach. as final highlight of your dream bike tour Along the Elbe, the numerous sights of Florence on the Elbe await you!

Would you like this unforgettable bike trip experience in the other direction, then we will of course offer you the appropriate tour. Then: From Dresden to Prague the Elbe Cycle Path can be cycled at least as well!

Fantastic stages between Magdeburg and Hamburg

Five federal states in one bike tour: That offers the Elbe Cycle Path between Magdeburg and Hamburg! You cycle along the banks of the Elbe after a extensive stay in Magdeburg to tranquil Tangermünde. The impressive city walls, including numerous towers and gates, can be seen from afar. On your next stage, the Elbe Cycle Path will take you to it Havelberg. Here, too, you can see the city's landmark from afar. Of the Romanesque-Gothic style cathedral is absolutely worth a visit! the landscape shaped by sights between Havelberg and Wittenberge convinces with small charming highlights.

View of the Magdeburg Cathedral
View of the Magdeburg Cathedral

Discover with Ruehstadt the most stork-rich village in Germany and the unique UNESCO Biosphere Reserve "River Landscape Elbe" as well as the Star citadel of Dömitz. About Hitzacker to Boizenburg and further into the Shipping town of Lauenburg get to know the rich cultural offer of the region. We recommend a visit to Tile Museum Boizenburg as well as visiting the numerous Half-timbered houses in Lauenburg as well as the one there Elbe Shipping Museum. Finally, the Elbe Cycle Path takes you to the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Would you like to extend your bike tour by a few days? A stay of several days is worthwhile in Hamburg - guaranteed!

We also offer this cycle tour in the opposite direction: from Hamburg to Magdeburg. Therefore, use a few days in advance to Hamburg, the “gateway to the world”, to explore and around the numerous highlights to take in the city.

From Dresden on the Elbe to “Ottostadt” Magdeburg

Enjoy a breathtaking Cycling holiday from Dresden to Magdeburg! The starting point of your breathtaking bike tour is already excellently suited to be explored by bike. You always have one along the Elbe excellent view of the city panorama. On your first stage to Meissen, the world-famous porcelain town, you have the opportunity to leave the Elbe Cycle Path and magnificent vineyards of the region to admire. For the culture lovers among you, this is it Karl May Museumin Bicycleebeul certainly a personal highlight. About the Fortified town of Torgau Get to in Wittenberg in the footsteps of Martin Luther and visit the largest exhibition on the history of the Reformation in the Luther Hall there.

On your cycle path to Dessau-Roßlau you will roam the Wörlitz Park, an English-style landscaped park. How about a little breather here? Above Barby finally reach you Magdeburg and find with the Green citadel one of the numerous sights of the so-called Ottostadt.

Our tip: Take the opportunity and arrive a few days early and explore the impressive historical sights Dresden on your own before you cycle along the Elbe Cycle Path. Use the extra days to explore the surrounding regions as well as the locations Pirna and Bad Schandau know.

Would you like your Focus more on Lutherstadt Wittenberg? Exploring the history of the city with all its splendor? Experience the historical places? With our Cycle tour from Dresden to Wittenberg we have for you exactly the right bike tour!

Star tour in the regions around Dresden

On your exclusive star tour near Dresden explore by bike the regions around the Elbe city of Dresden. Your travel days are divided up in such a way that you have enough time for both the city itself and the surrounding towns and sights. Your star tour takes you to the Bad Schandau health resort, as well as in that Elbe Sandstone Mountains with their royal vineyards. The one near Dresden Pillnitz Castle with the adjoining park are absolutely worth a visit! For your "day off" in Dresden, we will of course provide you with the Dresden Card is available for storage, management and analysis. 

In this way, you can move through the total work of art in Dresden in a relaxed manner and decide for yourself when to cycle or use public transport. They are an absolute must Semperoper, the Dresden Zwinger and the Residenzschloss. Your next bike tour will follow you Pirna, the "Gateway to Saxon Switzerland" and on to the brilliant panoramic view of the Bastion near Rathen over the Elbe valley. In addition, on your star tour you will discover the Porcelain manufactory in the world-famous porcelain town of Meissen As well as the Castle Wackerbarth. Taste the wonderful sparkling wine oldest sparkling wine cellar in Saxony! Your last tour takes you to your final destination: the Gingerbread town of Pulsnitz. In the local Gingerbread Museum learn everything worth knowing about the traditions of the region and marvel at the diversity of East Germany.

Additional services included - for a relaxed Elbe bike tour

With our exclusive bike tours we offer you convenient additional services at no extra cost to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We take care of your physical, physical and mental well-being and ensure that you experience an unforgettable holiday.

Comfortable accommodation on the Elbe

All hotels are clean and well-groomed and have one shower or bath. In all accommodation you will receive a rich breakfast. So you start the day well nourished and can look forward to your daily excursions.

All hotels offer a rich breakfast.
All hotels offer a rich breakfast.

Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

So that you can travel freely throughout the day, we transport your luggage from hotel to hotel. So you don't have to worry and enjoy the fantastically beautiful nature in all ease.

We transport your luggage from hotel to hotel every day.
We transport your luggage from hotel to hotel every day.

Individual bike tour on the Elbe

All bike tours are individual trips without a guide. So you have no stress and cycle the stages at your own pace. Take breaks according to your taste. This gives you the opportunity to stay longer in certain places and to stroll through the numerous towns. Enjoy your bike tour to the fullest!

Two cyclists on the banks of the Elbe

Travel documents with tips for daily planning

In our extensive travel documents you will find detailed suggestions and tips for planning the day. Of course, you can also completely deviate from it and plan something of your own. The only important thing is that you arrive at your destination or your accommodation in the evening.

You will receive comprehensive travel documents for every trip booked.
You will receive comprehensive travel documents for every trip booked.

Rent bikes and on the spot in case of breakdown

Of course you have the possibility Bicycles and e-bikes can be rented from us for a fee. In the event of a flat tire or other complications, we are always happy to help and advise you. You can reach us via our service hotline + 49 (0) 3831 30676-0.

Flat tire with our borrowed bikes? We're here to help!
Flat tire with our borrowed bikes? We're here to help!

Excellent cycle paths for young and old

In The quality of the Elbe Cycle Path is consistently good and the route is signposted on both banks of the Elbe. In Germany is the Elberadweg generally kept flat and has few inclines or obstacles. This makes it perfect as a Bike tour for beginners and occasional cyclists. Behind the German-Czech border, the international long-distance cycle path to the Giant Mountains, but where some climbs await. It doesn't matter whether you like to cycle comfortably, are an experienced cyclist or are even looking for a sporty, challenging tour: divide the speed and length of your tours freely and thus plan according to your individual ideas. That is why the Elbe Cycle Path is particularly suitable for Bike tours with the family and children.

Since we your Make your stay on the Elbe Cycle Path as pleasant and relaxing as possible If you want, we offer you the option E-bikes and pedelecs to rent. So start your cycling holiday relaxed and don't worry about your own bike.

Well equipped with our accessories for the Elbe Cycle Path

For the flawless planning of your bike tours along the Elbe you will receive next to ours Travel information  Map one for the regions on Germany's third largest river first comprehensive insight. In addition, see our detailed distance table the distances of the individual sections and the estimated travel times. This gives you an approximate overview of how long you need for the tours or whether you plan to take longer breaks. In our table of distances, the times are on a Average speed of 15 kilometers per hour rounded.

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