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Elbe bike path | Dresden-Wittenberg

The Elbe cycle path is always worth a trip

Cycle tour from Dresden via Saxon Switzerland to Wittenberg

Nowadays the region attracts many tourists to the river Elbe, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the Saxon Wine Route. Earlier it used to attract artistic builders. They created magnificent baroque buildings and palaces for August the Strong, which you can admire today on a bike tour along the Elbe. They designed the medieval ambience of the porcelain town of Meißen, and built the renaissance town of Torgau and the Luther town of Wittenberg bit by bit.

Your journey on the Elbe Cycle Path starts in Dresden. Buildings like the Frauenkirche, Dresden Zwinger, Semperoper and the castle reveal the aesthetics of high-class architecture. The tour through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains with their bizarre rocky structures, overhangs and crevices proves how magnificent an arcitect nature is. On your cycling trip down the Elbe, you will visit places such as Radebeul, the home of Karl May, and the wine villages near Meißen. You can choose where your journey on the Elbe Cycle Path ends: after six days in Wittenberg? After eight days in Dessau? Or after nine days in Magdeburg? Each of these cities makes a grand finale.

Note
You can also book this tour the other way around and cycle to Dresden. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be happy to help you plan your trip.

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  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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Itinerary

Individual arrival in Dresden, where your bike tour through the Elbe river landscapes begins. In the late afternoon we’ll distribute the bikes (if booked) as well as important information for your bike tour. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to stroll through the baroque old town of Dresden. Discover the world-famous sights of this city hast to offer such as the Zwinger, the church „Frauenkirche“, the castle and the opera house „Semperoper“.

The Elbe Cycle Path takes you along the river Elbe to the baroque Pillnitz Castle, an important testimony to human architecture from the 18th century with its impressive gardens. Your bike tour continues up the Elbe to the rugged sandstone cliffs of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. A unique ensemble of rocks, table mountains, plains and gorges. The short ascent to the Bastei rocks is certainly worthwhile. A stunning view of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the course of the river rewards the little effort.

The return trip from Bad Schandau to Dresden takes place either by bike or by train  (optional). (approx. 45 km when returning by train)

On today's tour you‘ll experience the Elbe as a romantic river that flows through a picturesque valley surrounded by vineyards. You arrive at the town of Radebeul, which is closely linked to the name Karl May. The Elbe Cycle Path takes you to the city of Meissen, world-famous for its porcelain. The picturesque streets of the historic town centre are ideal for strolling and shopping. The Albrechtsburg or the world-famous Meissen porcelain manufactory are also worth a visit. (approx. 25 km)

Today you cross several wine villages on the »Saxon Wine Route« and have several opportunities to taste Saxon cuisine and wines. The baroque castle Diesbar-Seusslitz with its baroque castle church and its park is worth seeing on your tour.  (approx. 35 km)

Your journey takes you to Torgau and it‘s Hartenfels Castle, which is considered the most important still existing early Renaissance castle in Germany. About 163 steps lead to the Hausmannsturm, which offers a wonderful view of the city. There are over 500 individual monuments in Torgau's old town and preserve the splendor of the former royal seat of the Electorate of Saxony! (approx. 45 km)

The castles of Lichtenberg and Pretzsch mark the journey on the Elbe Cycle Path towards Wittenberg. When you arrive in the city where Martin Luther posted his theses to the church doors, it welcomes you with the traces of it’s medieval past. The Luther House contains the largest collection of Reformation history in the world. The old town of Wittenberg has been restored lovingly. Wittenberg's Castle Church, the City Church, the Luther House and the Melanchthon House are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Wittenberg. The pretty shops and restaurants make an evening stroll a real pleasure. (approx. 65 km)

Individual departure after breakfast or the start of your optional extension if you want to continue your holiday for more days.

The route

Easy - the daily stages are between 25 and 65 km in flat to slightly hilly terrain. The Elbe bike path offers the opportunity to follow one of the most beautiful and important rivers in Germany. Other sections of the route take you along smaller country roads and little-travelled paths through the varied river landscape. 

Map elbe cycle route

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Dresden
  Season 1
27.03.2021 - 30.04.2021
20.09.2021 - 09.10.2021
27.03.2022 - 30.04.2022
20.09.2022 - 09.10.2022

daily
Season 2
01.05.2021 - 20.06.2021
04.09.2021 - 19.09.2021
01.05.2022 - 20.06.2022
04.09.2022 - 19.09.2022

daily
Season 3
21.06.2021 - 03.09.2021
21.06.2022 - 03.09.2022

daily
Elbe bike path Elbe days 7 Cat: A, DE-EBRDW-07A
Base price
469.00
539.00
565.00
Surcharge sgl room 168.00 168.00 168.00
Surcharge half board 150.00 150.00 150.00
Elbe bike path Elbe Days 6 Cat: B, DE-EBRDW-07B
Base price
435.00
469.00
499.00
Surcharge sgl room 150.00 150.00 150.00
Surcharge half board 132.00 132.00 132.00
Season 1
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021
Sep 20, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
Mar 27, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022
Sep 20, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022
daily
Season 2
May 1, 2021 - Jun 20, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 19, 2021
May 1, 2022 - Jun 20, 2022
Sep 4, 2022 - Sep 19, 2022
daily
Season 3
Jun 21, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021
Jun 21, 2022 - Sep 3, 2022
daily
Elbe bike path Elbe days 7 Cat: A, DE-EBRDW-07A
Base price
Surcharge sgl room
Surcharge half board
Elbe bike path Elbe Days 6 Cat: B, DE-EBRDW-07B
Base price
Surcharge sgl room
Surcharge half board
469.00
168.00
150.00
435.00
150.00
132.00
539.00
168.00
150.00
469.00
150.00
132.00
565.00
168.00
150.00
499.00
150.00
132.00
Season 1
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021
Sep 20, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
Mar 27, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022
Sep 20, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022
Season 2
May 1, 2021 - Jun 20, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 19, 2021
May 1, 2022 - Jun 20, 2022
Sep 4, 2022 - Sep 19, 2022
Season 3
Jun 21, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021
Jun 21, 2022 - Sep 3, 2022
Dresden
Extra night dr/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Wittenberg
Extra night dr/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Dresden
Extra night dr/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Wittenberg
Extra night dr/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
65.00
90.00
55.00
80.00
49.00
69.00
45.00
70.00
65.00
90.00
55.00
80.00
49.00
69.00
45.00
70.00
65.00
90.00
55.00
80.00
49.00
69.00
45.00
70.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Dresden
  Season 1
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021
Sep 20, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
Mar 27, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022
Sep 20, 2022 - Oct 9, 2022

daily
Season 2
May 1, 2021 - Jun 20, 2021
Sep 4, 2021 - Sep 19, 2021
May 1, 2022 - Jun 20, 2022
Sep 4, 2022 - Sep 19, 2022

daily
Season 3
Jun 21, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021
Jun 21, 2022 - Sep 3, 2022

daily
Dresden
Extra night dr/bb 65.00 65.00 65.00
Extra night sgl/bb 90.00 90.00 90.00
Wittenberg
Extra night dr/bb 55.00 55.00 55.00
Extra night sgl/bb 80.00 80.00 80.00
Dresden
Extra night dr/bb 49.00 49.00 49.00
Extra night sgl/bb 69.00 69.00 69.00
Wittenberg
Extra night dr/bb 45.00 45.00 45.00
Extra night sgl/bb 70.00 70.00 70.00
Filter
7-gear unisex
21-gear unisex
7-gear gents
21-gear gents
Electric bike
75.00
75.00
75.00
75.00
175.00
Filter
Transfer
60.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services & Extras

Services
  • 6 overnight stays in hotels of the booked category 
  • Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • Half-board if booked: at least three-course-dinner or buffet (sometimes outside of the hotel with a voucher)
  • Personal welcome and tour briefing (German, English)
  • Detailed travel documents, maps, route description, sight-seeing tips, important phone numbers (German, English, French)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • GPS-Tracks available on request 
  • Rental bike insurance
  • 7-day-service-hotline

Not included

  • Arrival and departure
  • costs for parking
  • city tax
  • transfers
  • optional sightseeing
  • city maps
  • Travel Insurance
  • private requirements
Extras

Parking/arrival and departure

  • Hotel underground car park in Dresden (Cat A and B),  payable on-site, no previous reservation possible.
  • Cat. A:  € 14,- per day if you stay for longer than 5 days. € 16,- per day if you stay for less than five days.
  • Cat. B:  € 6,- per day as well as a little number of parking lots free of charge near the hotel.


 

  • Return journey by train to Dresden (about 3 – 4 hours, approx. € 45,- per person).
  • Return journey to Dresden by minivan, limited seats available, a reservation is necessary. € 70,- from Magdeburg, payable on site.
Accommodation

Cat. A: In Dresden you stay in a 4-star first class hotel with a spa, swimming pool and sauna directly on the Elbe bank, only approx. 400 m from the old town. In the further course of the tour, you will be accommodated in comfortable hotels and inns, mostly in the 3 and 4 star category, mostly centrally located so that you can visit the sights of the cities on foot directly from the hotel.

Cat. B: Well-kept hotels, inns and pensions, mostly in the 3-star category, some of them located on the outskirts of the cities. All rooms are equipped with a shower / toilet or bathtub / toilet.

Important notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Ratings

4.4 of 5 Stars (7 Ratings)
5 stars
Marianne Portner CH | 31.07.2018
Streckenabschnitte
Die Streckenabschnitte waren ungleich verteilt in der Länge, an einem Tag 35 km und an einem andern Tag 85 km. Das könnte ausgewogener sein. Der Ausgang aus der Stadt Wittenberg Richtung Dessau ist ungenügend beschildert, da hat uns eine Einheimische geholfen und gesagt, dass das bekannt sei. Die Unterkunft in Torgau war absolute Spitze. Für uns sind die riesigen unpersönlichen Hotels nicht sympatisch. Herr Seifert hat uns von Torgau nach Pretzsch mit dem Auto geführt, weil ich gesundheitlich angeschlagen war. Dafür war ich sehr dankbar. Am Schluss der Reise hat uns Herr Seer direkt zu unserem Auto zurück gefahren. Beide Herren waren sehr zuvorkommend. Die ganze Reise, die wunderschönne Natur, die Weite, die Radwege, all das hat uns sehr sehr gut gefallen! Einige Grade weniger heiss und die Tour hätten wir noch mehr geniessen können.
4 stars
Heinz Hauser CH | 31.07.2018
Streckeneinteilung
Mindestens einen zusätzlichen Tag für Dresden einplanen. Die Strecke Wittenberg-Dessau ist sehr kurz und die Strecke Dessau-Magdeburg relativ lang. Nach Möglichkeit sollte ein Hotel in der Mitte der beiden Strecken gewählt werden. Nach meiner Meinung bietet Dessau nicht viel, sodass an diesem Tage etwas weiter gefahren werden könnte.
5 stars
Gerhard Dr. Otto DE | 03.06.2016
Elbe Radweg
Die Reise war einschließlich Wetter perfekt, das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis stimmig und der punktuelle Kontakt zu anderen Rückenwindlern angenehm. Besonders hat uns das Engagement von Herrn Wüst angesprochen, der uns u.a. telefonisch unverzüglich aus einer heiklen Lage befreite: Hotel in Meissen, alle Unterlagen dazu im transportierten Gepäck.
4 stars
Inke Kellerhoff DE | 31.05.2016
Schöne Radtour
Mit den Insider Tipps von Rückwind sind wir sehr gut gefahren. Das einzigste Manko war, das an der Strecke, die meisten Gasthäuser in der Woche Ruhe Tag hatten oder es gab nur ein Gericht!
5 stars
Dieter Krause DE | 24.08.2015
Elbe Radweg Klassiker
4 stars
Klaus-Harro Tiemann DE | 11.08.2015
sehr gut
Perfekte Betreung vor Ort durch HERRN Wuest und Herrn Seifert .Die Insidertipps sehr hilfreich. Bei der Affenhitze waren die Klimaanlagen in den Hotels in Dresden und Dessau überfordert,die Nächte waren eine Tortur.
4 stars
Armin Röthlisberger CH | 20.07.2015
Elbe Radweg

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