Castle on the Elbe cycle path
Group of cyclists having a break
View from above to the river Elbe
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Cycling holidays Elbe cycle path

Dresden - Magdeburg

Like a magnet river Elbe appealed good architects. They built baroque magnificent buildings and summer residences for Augustus the Strong. They designed the medieval ambience of the porcelain city Meißen, built the renaissance city Torgau or Luther city Wittenberg. Starting point for this journey is Dresden. Buildings as the Frauenkirche, the Dresdner Zwinger, the Semper opera and the residence palace display the aesthetics of this first-class architecture. Nature is a good architect too, proof for that is the tour through Elbe Sandstone Mountains with its bizarre rocks. You cycle downstream along the river, you visit stations as Radebeul, home of Karl May and wine villages in the near of Meissen.

Itinerary

Individual arrival to Dresden, distribution of rental bikes (if booked) and welcome briefing in the hotel. Afterwards possibility to stroll through the baroque old city of Dresden. Discover the well-known beauty and magic of the city with places of interest as Zwinger, Frauenkirche, palace and Semper opera.

The bicycle path leads directly along the Elbe to Bad Schandau. By ferry cruise to palace Pillnitz, enjoy the unique view onto the baroque building. You continue by bike upstream to the bizarre sandstone mountains. A short climb onto Bastei Mountain is worth it. A wonderful view onto the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the course of the river reward you for your efforts. Return journey from Bad Schandau to Dresden by bike (approx. 90 km) or suburban train (approx. 45 km).

You cycle in the Elbe valley along the Saxon vineyards and pass the city of Radebeul, which is associated with Karl May. Within a few more kilometres you reach Meißen. The picturesque alleys of the historic old city invite for a stroll. Worth while: Albrechtsburg and the world famous Meissen chine manufacture!

Today you go a bit more through Germany’s most northern vineyards. Taste the regional wines! The baroque castle Diesbar-Seußlitz with its wonderful park is a good place for rest. Accommodation is in the town of Riesa or Strehla.

You follow river Elbe downstream to Mühlberg with former Cistercian monastery and Electoral Saxony’s milepost. You should not miss the Treblitz Tree Park with trees and bushes from five continents. Destination of the day is Torgau with nice town hall in renaissance style, residence palace Hartenfels and church St. Marien.

From Saxony-Anhalt you cycle via palace Lichtenberg and Pretzsch in direction Wittenberg. After your arrival in the city where Martin Luther posted his theses, you have the possibility to make a trip down memory lane. The Luther Hall, Wittenberg’s most interesting building, has the biggest historic collection on the Reformation. The old city of Wittenberg was restored lovely too. The beautiful shops and restaurants are guaranteeing a wonderful evening.

From Luther city Wittenberg downstream. In Coswig by ferry across the river to Wörlitzer park with beautiful and generous park. You continue towards Dessau (Mecca for architecture aficionados) and through biosphere reserve Mittlere Elbe, which is an ideal place for numerous animals, particularly for beavers and gray herons. You reach the buildings which were built through Walter Gropius in the nineteen-twenties with its distinctive and functional elements when you enter the village of Dessau.

Today you follow the river Elbe, cycling through lush river meadows and biosphere reserves. Shortly before the town Barby with the castle, the river Saale flows into the Elbe. You pass by the remarkable old salt-town Schönebeck and the oldest salt-lye health resort Bad Salzelmen. The city Magdeburg with the famous dome nowadays is one of the most important river port of East Germany and a little jewel for everybody interested in history and art. Overnight in Magdeburg

Map Elbe Cycle Path

Tour character

Daily routes from 25 to 70 km in flat and slightly hilly terrain. The Elbe cycle path offers the possibility to cycle on car-free roads along one of the most beautiful and most important rivers in Germany. Other sections lead along small country roads and paths with less traffic through diversified river landscape.

Prices & dates

All data at a glance
Season 1
Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020
Sep 22, 2020 - Oct 12, 2020
täglich
Season 2
May 1, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020
Sep 1, 2020 - Sep 21, 2020
täglich
Season 3
Jun 22, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020
täglich
Elbe cycle path, 9 days, cat. A, DE-EBRDM-09A
Base price
Surcharge single room
Half board
Elbe cycle path, 9 days, cat. B, DE-EBRDM-09B
Base price
Surcharge single room
Half board
725.-
265.-
245.-
659.-
245.-
215.-
799.-
265.-
245.-
699.-
245.-
215.-
839.-
265.-
245.-
745.-
245.-
215.-

Category A: 4**** and 3*** hotels and inns
CategorY B: 3*** hotels

Season 1
Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020
Sep 22, 2020 - Oct 12, 2020
Season 2
May 1, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020
Sep 1, 2020 - Sep 21, 2020
Season 3
Jun 22, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020
Dresden A Komfort
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Dessau A Komfort
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Magdeburg A Komfort
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Dresden B Standard
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Dessau B Standard
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Magdeburg B Standard
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
79.-
108.-
65.-
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90.-
59.-
84.-
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88.-
59.-
98.-
79.-
108.-
65.-
100.-
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88.-
59.-
98.-
79.-
108.-
65.-
100.-
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90.-
59.-
84.-
59.-
88.-
59.-
98.-
Price
Bicycle 21-gear
Electric bicycle
99.-
239.-
Price
Transfer
79.-

Services and information

Included:

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Best elaborated route
  • Detailed travel information 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service-hotline

Optional extras:

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return journey by minivan to Dresden, this costs CHF 79.- per person incl. your bike, reservation is necessary.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Dresden train station
  • Dresden airport
  • Hotel Category A: Multi-storey car park, costs CHF 18.- per night
    Hotel Category B: Multi storey car park, costs CHF 7.- per day also Free parking close to the hotel.
  • Good train connections to Dresden

 

 

 

Things to note:

  • You can book this tour also with start from Magdeburg to Dresden. Please consider that no personal welcome meeting will be held and the route description and the road maps need to be read in reverse. The prices are the same, a daily arrival is possible.
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!

Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (6 Ratings)
5 stars
Pierre-Alain Mombelli CH | 06.10.2019
Wunderschöne Reise
Sehr schöne und interessante Reise. Dresden ist eine sehenswerte Stadt, deshalb sind wir 2 zusätzliche Nächte dort geblieben. In Wittenberg und Magdeburg haben wir unsere Reise um 1 Tag verlängert, um diese interessanten Städte in Ruhe besichtigen zu können. Da wir am Anfang der 1. Hitzewelle unterwegs waren, konnten wir uns bestens erholen. Die Strecke ist einfach und sehr schön, abseits der Hauptstrassen, mit Ausnahme der ziemlich steilen Anfahrt zum Schloss Moritzburg (fakultative aber sehr empfehlenswerte Besichtigung). Hotels sind gut bis sehr gut und überall waren wir sehr willkommen. Die Betreuung vor und während der Reise hat bestens geklappt. Die Bikes erfüllen ihren "Auftrag" bestens.
5 stars
Emil Jaberg CH | 22.08.2019
Super (Leihräder entsprechen nicht ganz unseren Vorstellung)
Ganze Reise ein Highlights
Günther Lämmerer
Günther Lämmerer answered:
Danke für Ihren Hinweis zu den Mietvelos. Als Rennvelo-Fahrer sind Sie natürlich etwas anderes gewohnt… Leider stellt unser Partner Herrenräder im Moment erst ab einer Körpergrösse von 185 cm zur Verfügung. Hier sind aber Dinge in Bewegung und wir haben diesen Sommer die Einführung von sportlicheren Radtypen diskutiert. Ein erster Test startet bereits nächsten Sommer. Es wird noch etwas dauern, bis diese flächendeckend verfügbar sind, aber wir sind dran.
5 stars
Thomas Gerber CH | 13.08.2019
Elberadweg Dresden-Magdeburg
Organisation und Information vor Ort alles tiptop. Sehr gute Tipps für Besichtigungen und Essen unterwegs wie auch am jeweilgen Zielort.
5 stars
Franziska Reber CH | 08.05.2019
Sehr gut
Die Information vor Ort lieferte viele gute Einzelheiten. Für diese sollte unbedingt mehr Zeit eingeplant werden. Die Fahrräder waren super. Wir würden allerdings eine Flaschenhalterung begrüssen.
5 stars
Hans Blank CH | 03.08.2018
klare, verständliche Angaben/Unterlagen. Hat alles tip top geklappt
Sehr heiss, Elbe führt Niedrigwasser. Der Elbe-Radweg ist sehr gut gekennzeichnet.
Günther Lämmerer
Günther Lämmerer answered:
Die Elbe zählt seit Jahren zu den beliebtesten Velo-Fernwegen in Deutschland. Dabei ist gerade der Abschnitt zwischen Dresden und Magdeburg mit den vielen schönen Städten besonders sehenswert. Es freut uns sehr, dass Sie eine gute Zeit hatten und Ihre Veloreise in Deutschland geniessen konnten.
5 stars
Erich Brauchli CH | 02.06.2014
Elberadweg 9 Tage
Speziell positiv zu erwähnen ist die sehr ausführliche und kompetente Einführung durch den örtlichen Reiseleiter Hans Wüst am Vorabend der Velotour.

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