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Map of the Elbe Cycle Path

Always along the Elbe: Traveling on Germany's most popular cycle path

The Elberadweg guides cyclists on a route of 1.270 kilometers from the Giant Mountains to the North Sea. Stages between the Elbe cities of Dresden and Hamburg are particularly varied and full of cultural highlights. The Elber Cycle Path combines fascinating nature and landscapes with exciting and beautiful small and large cities, so that there is something for everyone. This is also the opinion of German cyclists, who have voted the Elbe Cycle Path the most popular cycle path in Germany several times.


The Elbe Cycle Path has many special features:

  • Total length of the Elbe Cycle Path: approx. 1.300 km, length in Germany 900 km, in the Czech Republic 400 km
  • Cycle through up to 7 federal states on the Elbe Cycle Path
  • Germany's most popular long-distance cycle path for the 11th time
  • Flat elevation profile and well developed
  • Explore famous cities like Hamburg, Magdeburg and Dresden
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Idyllic bike tours along the Elbe Cycle Path

The Elbe Cycle Path in Germany

In Germany, the Elbe Cycle Path accompanies the third longest river in the country for more than 850 kilometers. Long-distance cyclists pass through many interesting cities and imposing town centers on their Elbe cycle tour, which invite you to make cultural discoveries. Popular waypoints on the Elbe Cycle Path include Meissen, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Dessau, Magdeburg and Wittenberge. But Elbe Cycle Path tours not only take you past popular Elbe towns - there is also a lot to do in between. Ride your bike or e-bike through meadows and rocky landscapes such as the Elbe meadows in Dresden or the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxon Switzerland.

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.

Elbe cycle path distance table

The destinations and stages on one of the most popular cycle paths in Germany are so close / far away

When planning a bike tour along the Elbe Cycle Path, distances between the stages are important. This makes it easier for you to estimate how long you need or whether a longer rest or overnight stay is necessary. The estimated times are rounded and refer to an average speed of 15 km/h.

To the Elberadweg distance table

The Elbe cycle path goes through the following cities: Cuxhaven, Hamburg, Wittenberge, Magdeburg, Dessau, Meissen, Dresden, Prague, Spindlermühle

The Elbe Cycle Path crosses the following countries: Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Saxony

The Elbe Cycle Path includes the following holiday regions: Wendland, Hamburg, Duchy of Lauenburg, Prignitz, Altmark, Salzland, Fläming, Anhalt-Wittenberge, Elbe-Elster-Land, Saxon Elbland, Saxon Switzerland

Yes, the Elbe Ostseeradweg, the Alte Satzstraße, the Elbe-Müritz Radweg, the Havelradweg, the Mulderadweg and the Saaleradweg

You cycle from Prague to Hamburg for 25 days. It's 17 days on the saddle from Dresden to Hamburg.

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Elbe Cycle Path: You should experience these 5 places!

1. Elbe Sandstone Mountains: Bizarre bike tour

Take a detour to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains during your tour on the Elbe Cycle Path - for example as part of our Sterntouren Dresden / Elbe Exclusive. The Elbe Cycle Path runs for around 40 km through the unique mountain region. Take a look at the bizarre rock formation of the Bastei from your bike or cycle to the Königstein Fortress. It is located on the table mountain of the same name and is one of the largest mountain fortresses in Europe.

2. Meissen: Elbe flair with history

From the residential city of Dresden via the Elbe Cycle Path it is less than 30 km by bike to Meissen. The city on the Elbe is known for its famous porcelain. Admission to the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory is free when you book an Elbe Cycle Tour with the Mecklenburger Radtour of course included. Get an insight into the processing techniques of the oldest German manufactory, which was founded in 1710. An exhibition opens up the world and history of Meissen porcelain to the visitor. Afterwards, a walk through the enchanting old town of Meissen with its winding streets and half-timbered houses is worthwhile.

3. Magdeburg: from wheel to ball

Surprising and interesting - this is how the 1.200-year-old city on the Elbe can be summed up. Take a look inside the magnificent cathedral and ride your e-bike or bicycle along the Elbe Cycle Path to Magdeburg's Green Citadel. The pink-striped building was created by the well-known artist Friedereich Hundertwasser. Other waypoints of your Elbe cycle tour should be the historic Rothensee ship lift and the impressive waterway crossing with the longest canal bridge in Europe. By the way: Did you know why Magdeburg is also called Ottostadt? The name goes back to Otto von Guericke, among others. The physicist invented the Magdeburg hemispheres in the 17th century. With this construction he proved the power of a vacuum. You want to learn more? You can do that in the city's Otto von Guericke Museum.

4. Hitzacker: Elbe Cycle Path to relax

You can really take a breather in the state-approved Kneipp health resort of Hitzacker. Kneipp roses grow here around an arm and foot basin. A barefoot path meanders along a pond, across the meadow and through the woods. Do something good for your tired legs and enjoy the surroundings.

Tip: Just a few meters behind Hitzacker, the next highlight of the Elberadweg Radurlaub awaits: the former railway bridge in Dömitz. The size of this 970 m long bridge is overwhelming. It once cost 52,4 million Deutschmarks and was one of the largest power bridges in Germany for a long time.

5. Lauenburg: Idyll on the long-distance cycle path

During a cycle tour on the Elbe Cycle Path with the Mecklenburger Radtour a stop in Lauenburg is firmly planned. rightly so! Along the banks of the Elbe you will find a landscape like in paintings by old masters. In April and May, yellow carpets of rapeseed stretch alongside glittering water surfaces. A few meters further, beautiful poppies and cornflowers line up. The city itself is also worth a visit. Stroll over old cobblestones and stroll through the small alleys of the old shipping town, where the long-distance cycle paths Elberadweg, Old Salt Road and Hamburg – Rügen cross.
 

culture and sightseeing

If you don't just want to focus on cycling on your Elbe Cycle Path tour, but also culture and sightseeing, then it is advisable to choose daily stages of around 40-50 km. So there is still enough time to breathe and, above all, to explore the area and get to know the exciting cities on Germany's most popular long-distance cycle path.

The bike tours Mecklenburger Radtour are precisely tailored to this travel concept. If you are also for hiking tours are interested, you have come to the right place

 


 

Popular travel destinations along the Elbe Cycle Path

Experience romantic cities and well-known sights

The Elbe cycle path is one of the most popular cycle paths in Germany. On your bike tour you can visit numerous well-known cities worth seeing, such as Dresden, Prague, Meissen, Hamburg and many more. All these cities have their own special charm. Get to know this and well-known sights in our e-book about the Elbe Cycle Path. 

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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

Allhotels 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 you can enjoy the fantastically beautiful nature of the Baltic Sea coast.

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!

Quality and level of difficulty of the Elbe Cycle Path

The quality of the Elbe Cycle Path is consistently good. In Germany, the Elbe Cycle Path has no major inclines or obstacles. This makes it perfect for beginners and occasional cyclists. Behind the German-Czech border, the international long-distance cycle path leads into the Giant Mountains, where a few 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 - you can freely divide your speed and length of the tours and plan them according to your individual ideas. That is why the Elbe Cycle Path is particularly suitable for cycling tours with the family and children.

Bike tours on the Elbe Cycle Path

Since the entire route of the Elbe Cycle Path is probably a bit too long for a single bike tour, it is worth choosing a shorter route - this way you can avoid premature exhaustion. . For example, two cities can be combined with a multi-day bike tour. For example, cycle from Hamburg - Magdeburg, Magdeburg - Dresden, Wittenberg - Dresden or opt for a round trip in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony. The decision is entirely yours.

Which side of the Elbe Cycle Path is better?

The Elberadweg runs sometimes on the left side, sometimes on the right side of the river. You will cross numerous bridges during your tour. From time to time you can decide for yourself which side of the Elbe you would like to cycle on during your Elbe Cycle Path tour.

This is the best direction of the Elberadweg!

You can ride the Elbe Cycle Path both upstream and downstream. Since there are no major inclines, the level of difficulty is the same. If you don't like a headwind, you should cycle against the current: Hamburg - Dresden. Then there is the best chance of a tailwind, because the prevailing wind direction is north-west.

Stages of the Elbe Cycle Path

No premature exhaustion! Since the entire route is too long for a single bike ride, it is worth choosing a shorter route. Daily stages with a length of 40-50 km are perfect to have enough time for sightseeing in exciting cities or to explore the area. Exactly this concept offers die Mecklenburger Radtour on a Elberadweg cycle tour.

Tip: Most cyclists combine two larger cities as part of a multi-day cycle tour. The most popular stages of the Elbe Cycle Path are Magdeburg-Hamburg, Dresden-Magdeburg, Dresden-Wittenberg.

Signage on the Elbe Cycle Path

No fear! The entire Elbe Cycle Path is well signposted with the Elbe Cycle Path logo. And if you ever stray from the path, either intentionally or unintentionally: you are almost guaranteed to find the actual route again when traveling on the Elbe Cycle Path.
So don't be put off by the first glance at the length of the possible tour. There is something for everyone here. Beautiful corners to enjoy and linger are guaranteed. Pick your favorite places and start cycling.

Visit exciting cities on the Elbe Cycle Path

In Germany, the Elbe Cycle Path leads from the Elbe Sandstone Mountains (Dresden region, Prina) up north to the Wadden Sea near Cuxhaven. On your journey along the Elbe Cycle Path, you will pass many interesting towns where a longer break is definitely worthwhile. For example, visit the Speicherstadt or the Landungsbrücken in Hamburg. A stop at the Hamburg fish market is also an experience in itself. All three sights are also located directly along the Elbe.

The lovable town of Wittenberge will greet you with its towers as soon as you cycle up. They all belong to the beautiful and unmistakable panorama of the city and invite you to linger between the tower and the river.

Your relaxed bike tour along the Elbe also takes you past the city of Magdeburg. Due to the heavy destruction in 1631 in the Thirty Years' War and 1944/45 in the Second World War, the city has fewer historical sights than comparable cities in the traditional sense. However, a visit to the Magdeburg Cathedral is still worthwhile. The imposing appearance will overwhelm you. Time for the camera!

You could also travel to Wittenberg on the Elbe Cycle Path. Wittenberg achieved outstanding importance as one of the most important German centers of political, cultural-historical and artistic endeavors in the 16th century. Make a detour to the famous Hundertwasser School. Let the facade of the playful, unusual and at the same time stimulating educational institution work its magic on you. Immerse yourself in the creative world for a moment.

Discover Dresden on the Elbe Cycle Path

What you should definitely not miss is a visit to the city of Dresden. The city is internationally known for its old town, which has been largely reconstructed and is characterized by various architectural epochs. For example, visit well-known sights such as the Frauenkirche on Neumarkt or the Zwinger.

Elbe Cycle Path Hamburg - Dresden

The section of the Elbe Cycle Path Hamburg - Dresden takes you from a city-state to a baroque city with many sights. Of course, the journey can also be started from Dresden to Hamburg. This section is divided into two cycle tours: Elbe Cycle Path Hamburg - Magdeburg or Elbe Cycle Path Magdeburg - Dresden.

You cross up to 6 federal states on your way from the Hanseatic city to the imperial city via the Elbe Cycle Path. If you start in the cosmopolitan city, let the big city flair work its magic on you. For example, cycle to the Alster and go for a walk along the water or take a tour of the Outer Alster. There are many possibilities and we cordially invite you to start your holiday here.

In Hamburg there are also numerous cycle paths on the Elbe, which invite you to go hiking and cycling. If you are planning a slightly shorter bike trip, then this would be it Elbe Cycle Path Hamburg - Magdeburg suitable.

Attention lovers of half-timbered and brick buildings!

A detour to Tangermünde will make your heart soar. This pretty spot is known for its well-preserved old town with many half-timbered and brick buildings, as well as for the completely preserved Tangermünde Castle and the brick town fortifications. Here, too, it is worth taking a short break during your Elbe Cycle Path tour.

Cycle paths connecting to the Elbe Cycle Path

Several well-known cycle paths connect directly to the Elbe Cycle Path and are worth a detour. These are: ElbeBaltic Sea Cycle Route, Old sentence road, Elbe-Müritz cycle path, Havel bike path, Mulderadweg and Saale cycle path.

Conclusion on the Elbe Cycle Path

You will notice - there really is something for everyone on our Elbe cycle path.

Whether big or small, whether cycling, culture or sightseeing. Marvel at the eventful nature and the most beautiful places along the Elbe. There is suitable accommodation in each of the beautiful cities that you can explore on your individual stages.

You decide where to go and at what speed the environment is explored. It is not for nothing that the Elbe cycle path was voted Germany's most popular long-distance cycle path.

Convince yourself. We look forward to seeing you!

Information portal on the Elbe Cycle Path

To get to know the Elbe Cycle Path even better, a visit to the is worthwhile  Information portal for the Elbe Cycle Path. Equipped with information about the route, the condition of the route and suitable maps, the portal is the perfect preparation for a bike tour on the Elbe Cycle Path. You can also read what you should definitely not forget when planning a bike tour.

Elbe Cycle Path Map – This way!

Take a look at that Map of the Elbe Cycle Path to get an overview of the diversity of a Elbe cycle tour. The Elberadweg has its origins in the Czech Republic and then leads to Germany. Along the Elbsteingebirge in the region of Dresden and Pirna, it then continues north near Cuxhaven. There are many highlights to discover on the Elbe Cycle Path, which is more than 850 kilometers long, because it is characterized by its breathtaking landscape and diverse culture. A tour on the Elbradweg offers you the opportunity to get to know the most beautiful metropolises and at the same time small villages with a special flair. Maps of individual stages and sections of the Elbe Cycle Path can be found here:

Elbe cycle route map

Elbe cycle route map

Distance table Elberadweg in Germany

When planning a bike tour along the Elbe Cycle Path, distances between the stages are important. This makes it easier for you to estimate how long it will take you. Should a longer rest or overnight stay be necessary, die Mecklenburger Radtour your reliable partner. We ensure relaxing stays in bike-friendly guesthouses or hotels during your tour on the Elbe Cycle Path. Of course there is also one Luggage transport to a successful Elbe Cycle Path cycling holiday. Because with the help of our luggage transport, your luggage will always be transported to the accommodation you have booked, so that you can fully relax and focus on your cycle tour along the Elbe Cycle Path.

HomeObjectiveRemovalEstimated time
CuxhavenWischhafen50km3 Std.
WischhafenHamburg65km4,5 Std.
HamburgLauenburg62km4,25 Std.
LauenburgDannenberg60km4 Std.
DannenbergWittenberge62km4,25 Std.
WittenbergeTangermünde70km5 Std.
TangermündeMagdeburg70km5 Std.
MagdeburgDessau62km4,25 Std.
DessauWittenberg,35km2,5 Std.
Wittenberg,Torgau55km3,5 Std.
TorgauMeissen35km2,5 Std.
MeissenDresden25km1,5 Std.
DresdenKönigstein30km2 Std.

Please note: the estimated times are rounded and refer to an average speed of 15 km/h.

All bike tours on the Elbe Cycle Path
 

Courtyard of a house in the Zbraslav district of Prague
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From Prague to Dresden

Impressive Prague is the beginning of the journey, full of history, peppered with sights, colored by joie de vivre. Dresden forms the final point: Zwinger, Semperoper and Frauenkirche vie for your favor. Between the cities you cycle…

Duration
8 days
Length
about 255 km
travel code
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Elbe Cycle Path Dresden-Magdeburg

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…

Duration
9 days
Length
approx. 261 - 349 km
travel code
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Elbe Cycle Path Dresden-Wittenberg

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,…

Duration
7 days
Length
approx. 174 - 234 km
travel code
ELB 06

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Magdeburg Cathedral on the Elbe Cycle Path
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Elbe cycle path Magdeburg - Hamburg

Discover five federal states on this journey: Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt are the hosts on your way. You drive through idyllic meadow landscapes and traditional towns that…

Duration
8 days
Length
about 355 km
travel code
ELB 02 U

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Elbe Cycle Path Hamburg - Magdeburg

Discover five federal states on this journey: Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt are the hosts on your way. You drive through idyllic meadow landscapes and traditional towns that…

Duration
8 days
Length
about 355 km
travel code
ELB 02

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Courtyard of a house in the Zbraslav district of Prague
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From Dresden to Prague

Impressive Prague is the beginning of the journey, full of history, peppered with sights, colored by joie de vivre. Dresden forms the final point: Zwinger, Semperoper and Frauenkirche vie for your favor. Between the cities you cycle…

Duration
8 days
Length
about 255 km
travel code
ELB 10 U

View of the Frauenkirche in Dresden in the sunshine
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Elbe cycle path from Wittenberg to Dresden

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…

Duration
7 days
Length
approx. 174 - 234 km
travel code
ELB 06 U

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Elbe Cycle Path Dessau-Dresden

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…

Duration
8 days
Length
approx. 215 - 309 km
travel code
ELB 07 U

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Elbe cycle path Magdeburg-Dresden

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…

Duration
9 days
Length
approx. 261 - 349 km
travel code
ELB 08 U

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Star tours Dresden / Elbe (Exclusive)

From the beautiful city of Dresden, you can take your star tours to Meissen, to the Elbe sandstone and to Moritzburg Castle, with fixed accommodation. You will visit the countless sights of Dresden, marvel at Meissen porcelain in Meissen and…

Duration
7 days
Length
approx. 109 - 147 km
travel code
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