Cycle tour along the river Elbe from Dresden to Dessau
The classic route between famous cities and dazzling landscapes
- Dresden – Dessau
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km / day avg.
This stretch forms the heart of the Elbe cycle path. On this tour you will cycle through the almost untouched landscapes of the Elbe floodplains and the impressive Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Famous cities such as Dessau, Wittenberg, Meißen and Dresden and the omnipresent legacy of Martin Luther are part of the cultural offering. Dreamy baroque castles and Renaissance gardens will take you back in history. The countless reaction ferries are a true peculiarity – these cable ferries have no motor, but use the reaction of the current against a fixed tether to propel themselves across the river.
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
Dresden / Dessau
8 days / 7 nights
approx. 245 / 290 km
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between 25 and 90 km, Ø 45 km
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- Parking information
Parking in garage of the hotel. Cost: approx. 6 € / day, no reservation necessary, payable on site.
Free-of-charge parking nearby the hotel available.
Underground parking at the start hotel. Cost: 14 € per night, no reservation necessary, payable on site.
No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
- Returning to Dresden
Optionally by van (daily), journey takes about 2 hours. Please specify when making reservation, payable on site.
Alternatively organize your own return journey by train, connections leave every hour, duration approx. 3 – 4 hours, involves changing 1 times.
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Day 1: Individual arrival in Dresden
Dresden’s impressive townscape will beckon to you from afar. See for yourself and explore the elegant Baroque architecture of this cultural centre. Use the time to visit the wonderfully restored historic part of the city and its famous buildings, the Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche, which was completely destroyed in the Second World War and has been lovingly rebuilt.
Day 2: Saxon Switzerland approx. 45 km + train journey, or approx. 90 km
Today you will follow the Elbe cycle path to Pillnitz. You will then continue cycling upstream to the rugged sandstone rocks of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. A hike up the Bastei Rock is worthwhile – it is one of the most striking viewpoints of Saxon Switzerland. From here you will have a beautiful view of the Elbe Valley. We recommend the light rail (S-Bahn) for your journey back (not included).
Day 3: Dresden – Meißen, approx. 25 km
Before the trip really gets going, it´s worth taking a small detour to Moritzburg Castle and then, if you like, a steam train to Radeburg. After that you pedal via Radebeul, which used to be home to Karl May, to Meissen. As you cycle along the Elbe there will be lots of opportunities to try some wonderful local wines. In the porcelain town of Meissen, Albrechtsburg castle and the porcelain factory are a must. It´s worth making sure you have enough time to visit them.
Day 4: Meißen – Riesa, approx. 35 km
From Meißen to Riesa you will cycle along one of the most well developed stretches of the Elbe cycle path. The soft green of the vineyards will accompany you all day as you follow the Saxon Wine Road (Sächsische Weinstraße). Diesbar-Seußlitz is perfect for a break, here you can find a dreamy castle with a labyrinthine Baroque garden. The sports town Riesa is today’s destination.
Day 5: Riesa – Torgau, approx. 45 km
You will cycle downstream along the Elbe to Mühlberg, where a former Cistercian monastery is located. Maybe you won’t even notice, but you will cycle through a tip of the federal state of Brandenburg. Your destination is Torgau, well-known as one of Gemany’s most beautiful Renaissance towns. The grave of Martin Luther’s widow Katharina von Bora is located in the church St. Marien.
Day 6: Torgau – Wittenberg, approx. 65 km
Today you cycle along the river into the federal state of Brandeburg. Following Luther´s traces, Pretzsch and Lichtenburg castles will mark your way. Castle Lichtenburg is home to a museum for local history. Following the Elbe Cycle Path downstream you will soon arrive in Wittenberg, one of the most significant places associated with Martin Luther. He nailed his 95 theses to the door of the local church here in 1517.
Day 7: Wittenberg – Dessau, approx. 30 km
You will cycle downstream along the Elbe directly to the extensive park landscape of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, also known as the English Grounds of Wörlitz. Soon you will reach Dessau and you will have the opportunity to visit classicistic buildings, countless castles, as well as the Bauhaus – Dessau’s landmark, which was constructed in 1926.
Day 8: Individual departure or extended stay
Your holiday on the Elbe cycle tour unfortunately comes to an end after breakfast. If you like, we can happily extend your stay.