2024
Radtour an der Elbe durch Sachsen

Bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony

Enjoy cycling and culture between Dresden and Magdeburg

Dresden Wittenberg Magdeburg

  • Saxon Switzerland and Elbe Sandstone Mountains
  • Dresden, Meissen (City of Porcelain)
  • Wittenberg, Dessau-Wörlitz Park
  • Daily routes ●●●●●, altitude profile ●○○○○

days
9

Ø km per day
50

The Elbe Cycle Path is one of the most beautiful long-distance cycle routes in Germany. The bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony is a successful mix of urban, decelerated life in the Elbland and incomparably beautiful nature. You can enjoy the medieval flair of the porcelain town of Meissen and the magnificent baroque buildings of Dresden. Small villages nestle along the Saxon Wine Route and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains with their bizarre rock formations are also a feast for the eyes. You will come across great names such as Martin Luther, Karl May and Walter Gropius. The daily stages of the bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony are easily manageable in the flat to slightly hilly terrain along the Elbe, and it is often possible to shorten them.

 

Itinerary

  • Booking code
    NO-ELDM8
  • Start / Destination
    Dresden / Magdeburg
  • Duration
    9 days, 8 nights
  • Length
    approx. 330 / 375 km
    Daily routes ●●●●●
    between 25 and 85 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
Map for the bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony

Day 1: Individual arrival in Dresden

Your bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony begins in the beautiful city of Dresden. The city center looks like a large museum. Discover the Zwinger, the Green Vault, the Frauenkirche and, and, and... The historic old town with its splendor perfectly complements the modernity of the lively new town. There are pretty stores and inviting restaurants from which you can watch the hustle and bustle on the streets. There really is a lot to discover in Dresden - have fun!

The Semperoper in Dresden

The Semperoper in Dresden

Day 2: Excursion Bad Schandau, approx. 45 km + train ride or approx. 90 km

First you cycle along the Elbe to the baroque Pillnitz Palace with its magnificent park. It once served as the summer residence of the Saxon royal family. The cycle tour continues up the Elbe to the rugged sandstone cliffs of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Don't miss the climb up to the most famous rock formation in Saxon Switzerland, the Bastei Rock. You will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the Elbe. You can make the return journey from Bad Schandau to Dresden by bike or by train (not included). Look forward to another evening in Dresden.

Pillnitz Castle

Pillnitz Castle

Day 3: Dresden – Meißen, approx. 25 km

Leaving Dresden, you cycle along vineyards through the romantic Elbe valley. You soon reach the charming town of Radebeul. It is considered the heart of the Saxon Wine Route and looks back on a 400-year tradition of winegrowing. Karl May lived here. The hearts of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand fans will beat faster in the Karl May Museum. The town of Meissen is just 15 kilometers away. The porcelain, the white gold with the trademark blue swords, made Meissen world famous. Other landmarks of the city are the imposing late Gothic Albrechtsburg Castle and the market square with the Frauenkirche church.

 

The Albrechtsburg in Meissen

The Albrechtsburg in Meissen

Day 4: Meißen – Riesa, approx. 35 km

On the banks of the Elbe, today's route of your bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony takes you along the Saxon Wine Route. Along the way, you will always have the opportunity to taste the regional wines. In the small, idyllic Elbe wine village of Diesbar-Seußlitz, wine tasting and culture can be perfectly combined. The baroque castle complex with its romantic church is nestled in a playful park that is well worth seeing. You continue along the Elbe cycle path and soon reach the sports town of Riesa. The nickname is based on Riesa's long sporting history, which dates back to the 19th century.

 

The castle in Diesbar-Seußlitz

The castle in Diesbar-Seußlitz

Day 5: Riesa – Torgau, approx. 45 km

On your bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony, you cycle downstream to the Elbe town of Mühlberg. The town has an impressive old town, which includes the Cistercian monastery dating back to the 13th century and the provostry. A few kilometers further on, the Treblitzsch Landscape Park with trees and shrubs from five continents is well worth a detour. Back on the bike, the route continues to Torgau. The former capital of the Electorate of Saxony is considered the best preserved Renaissance town in Germany. The reformer Luther was associated with Torgau and many traces lead to him.

Torgau

Torgau

Day 6: Torgau – Lutherstadt Wittenberg, approx. 65 km

Visit the most striking building in Torgau, Hartenfels Castle, before setting off. On the way, you have the opportunity to visit Lichtenberg and Pretzsch castles. In Wittenberg, you will reach a town that is more closely associated with the name of Martin Luther and the Reformation than almost any other. In the historic alleyways, you will immerse yourself in a time when the medieval world order underwent fundamental change. You will feel like you are in an open-air museum. In the Luther House you will find the largest collection of Reformation history in the world.

 

Hartenfels Castle

Hartenfels Castle

Day 7: Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Dessau, approx. 30 km

You cycle further down the Elbe. Take a worthwhile break along the way. The Dessau-Wörlitz Garden is a total work of art that combines garden design and architecture in wonderful harmony. Take a gondola ride and a walk through the historic 18th-century park landscape, which offers wonderful views of sculptures, groups of trees, bridges and bodies of water. In Dessau, you will meet one of the greats of architectural history: Walter Gropius erected several Bauhaus buildings there in the mid-1920s with their unmistakable functional stylistic elements.

 

The Bauhaus in Dessau

The Bauhaus in Dessau

Day 8: Dessau – Magdeburg, approx. 85 km

The last stage of your bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony takes you through Elbe meadows and biosphere reserves. Not only that: you pass the former salt town of Schönebeck, which is well worth seeing. Germany's first saltwater spa opened in the district of Bad Salzelmen in 1802. Finally, you reach the Ottostadt Magdeburg. The eventful past is reflected in the numerous sights of the Elbe metropolis. The towering cathedral is one of the largest sacred buildings in Germany and the artist Hundertwasser created his Green Citadel in Magdeburg. The city is the crowning glory and successful conclusion to a varied cycle tour.

The Palais am Fürstenwall in Magdeburg

The Palais am Fürstenwall in Magdeburg

Day 9: Individual departure

After breakfast, your bike tour along the Elbe through Saxony ends. We are happy to extend your stay in Magdeburg or Dresden with an extra night.

Farewell to Magdeburg

Farewell to Magdeburg

Dates / Prices / Services

Season times and prices 2024

Arrival daily from 13.04.2024 to 05.10.2024Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Category B

Season A
13.04. - 26.04.
29.09. - 05.10.
from789 €
Season B
27.04. - 14.06.
09.09. - 28.09.
from839 €
Season C
15.06. - 08.09.

from889 €

Category A

Season A
13.04. - 26.04.
29.09. - 05.10.
from839 €
Season B
27.04. - 14.06.
09.09. - 28.09.
from889 €
Season C
15.06. - 08.09.

from939 €

All prices per person in a double room

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Services

  • 8 nights with breakfast, national 2* / 3* level,
    Category B (NO-ELDM8b)
  • 8 nights with breakfast, national 3* / 4* level,
    Category A (NO-ELDM8a)
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Magdeburg, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Travel documents with maps (1 x per room)
  • Service hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
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Not included:

  • S-Bahn journey Bad Schandau - Dresden, approx. 11 € / person excl. bike
  • City or visitor's tax (if payable)
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For our younger cyclists

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From 15 to 17 years

-10%

All prices are per person

Applies for accommodation in rooms with 2 full-paying guests.

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Due to the more challenging sections, we recommend this tour for young people only in good physical condition.

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Additional services

Additional bookable services

Category B
Category A

Additional fee single room

259 €

279 €

Return transfer excl. own bike, Magdeburg - Dresden (Fr, Sa, Su)

105 €

Return transfer incl. own bike, Magdeburg - Dresden (Fr, Sa, Su)

145 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

Room
Breakfast
Category B
Category A
Dessau
 DBL

65 €

69 €

 SGL

105 €

109 €

Dresden
 DBL

59 €

69 €

 SGL

95 €

105 €

Magdeburg
 DBL

55 €

59 €

 SGL

85 €

95 €

Meißen
 DBL

65 €

75 €

 SGL

99 €

119 €

Riesa
 DBL

69 €

 SGL

115 €

Wittenberg
 DBL

55 €

65 €

 SGL

89 €

105 €

All prices are per person

Rental bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
109 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
279 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike, hub gears with coaster brake (men's bike from 1.85 m)
  • 21-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel (men's bike from 1,85 m)
  • E-bike / pedelec
Features

Pannier, handlebar bag, mileometer, bike lock, air pump, repair kit

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7- / 21-gear rental bike

109 €

E-bike / pedelec

279 €

All prices are per person

Brief info

  • Booking code
    NO-ELDM8
  • Start / Destination
    Dresden / Magdeburg
  • Duration
    9 days, 8 nights
  • Length
    approx. 330 / 375 km
    Daily routes ●●●●●
    between 25 and 85 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    Category B: hotel parking garage, costs approx. 10 € / day, payable on site. Also free parking near the hotel.
    Category A: hotel parking garage, costs approx. 24 € / night, payable on site.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Return to Dresden
    Optional by minibus every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in the morning, duration approx. 2 hours, must be specified when booking.
    You can also book the transfer from Magdeburg to Dresden before the cycle tour. Please write your booking request in the online booking form in the open text field.
    Alternatively on your own by train, connections every hour, duration approx. 3 hours, direct connections or 1 x change.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    The trip is only conditionally suitable for people with limited mobility.
    Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your individual needs.
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days
9

Ø km per day
50