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Elbe bike path | Magdeburg-Cuxhaven

The Elbe cycle path to the coast

From Magdeburg to Cuxhaven in 11 days

You’ll find some of the most beautiful river regions in Germany around the Elbe. Floodplain forests and extensive meadows characterise the landscape. Follow the river through this charming nature from Magdeburg to the North Sea. The countryside is dotted with impressive examples of human architecture, such as the medieval castle of Tangermünde, Lauenburg Castle and numerous brick and half-timbered buildings. Discover the world famous city of Hamburg and it’s numerous sights. 

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Germany
Easy
  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

In the late afternoon, the bikes will be handed out and you will receive important information from our tour guide. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful former imperial city.

On quiet paths through the Jerichower Land, the first stage leads to the small town of Burg, also called the city of towers. The historic old town presents itself with many attractive monuments.  

Your journey takes you through small villages along the way with a detour to the Romanesque monastery church of Jerichow to Tangermünde. The town has preserved its medieval townscape to the present day. The medieval castle and the town, which was built under its protection about 800 years ago, are situated on a plateau above the distinctive floodplain landscape and the mouth of the small river Tangier into the Elbe.

The "Old Elbe" nature reserve offers a relaxing start to today's cycling day. The ride takes you past Storkau Castle to Havelberg, the "island and cathedral town in the countryside". Small, almost inconspicuous, it lies at the confluence of the Havel and Elbe rivers. The cathedral, built in Renaissance and Baroque style, and the pretty old town are certainly worth seeing.

Today you cycle on a peaceful stage through the glacial valley of the Elbe to the small town of Wittenberge with its unmistakable panorama and the second largest tower clock in Europe. You continue into the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Elbe-Brandenburg, through one of the most fascinating river landscapes in Germany, to Schnackenburg with its famous Borderland Museum. Overnight stay in the area of Gartow am See.

Today you follow the romantic meanders of the Elbe to the city of Hitzacker. The town lies on the “German Half-Timbered House Road” and has a picturesque old town with North German brick architecture.

The stage to Lauenburg is somewhat hilly. The old town silhouette framed by the banks of the Elbe is characteristic of the town. The castle with its mighty castle tower and the steeple of the Maria Magdalenen Church dominate the cityscape. The Fürstengarten (prince's garden) is very charming and the view of the nature reserves on the banks of the Elbe and far into the country to Lüneburg is magnificent.

Bike friendly cycle paths lead along the Elbe via Geesthacht to the great port and cosmopolitan city of Hamburg with its numerous monuments, a great art and culture scene and a very unique atmosphere. You can find out about the current musical program on www.hamburg-travel.com.

[Optional for the tours ending in HH or we recommend an extra night in Hamburg to visit a musical]:

You cycle along the Elbe Bike Path towards Glückstadt on an almost car-free route. On the way, you will pass Wedel with its ship welcoming system: every large ship that’s arriving or departing is solemnly greeted with it’s corresponding national anthem. You will then reach Glückstadt: historic houses and noble mansions characterise the almost completely preserved old town. 

The Elbe ferry (price not included) takes you across the river. You cycle through the district of Cuxhaven called "Cuxland", where traditional seaside resorts still attract numerous guests to the North Sea coast. Heath and marshland also make the land behind the dikes an experience. After your approximately 58-kilometre drive, you will reach Cuxhaven.

The route

Easy – A tour that’s easy to cycle 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 Bike Tour Elbe-Radweg North

Prices and events

All data for 2024 at a glance
Place of arrival: Magdeburg
  Season 1
19.04.2024 - 16.05.2024
16.09.2024 - 29.09.2024

arrival friday and sunday
Season 2
17.05.2024 - 15.09.2024

arrival friday and sunday
elbe cycling path from magdeburg to cuxhaven, 11 days, cat. x, DE-EBRMH-08X
Base price
1,079.00
1,169.00
surcharge single room 319.00 319.00
Season 1
Apr 19, 2024 - May 16, 2024
Sep 16, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024
arrival friday and sunday
Season 2
May 17, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024
arrival friday and sunday
elbe cycling path from magdeburg to cuxhaven, 11 days, cat. x, DE-EBRMH-08X
Base price
surcharge single room
1,079.00
319.00
1,169.00
319.00
Season 1
Apr 19, 2024 - May 16, 2024
Sep 16, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024
Season 2
May 17, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024
Magdeburg
double room p.P.
surcharge single room
Cuxhaven
double room p.P.
surcharge single room
58.00
35.00
104.00
80.00
58.00
35.00
104.00
80.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Magdeburg
  Season 1
Apr 19, 2024 - May 16, 2024
Sep 16, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024

arrival friday and sunday
Season 2
May 17, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024

arrival friday and sunday
Magdeburg
double room p.P. 58.00 58.00
surcharge single room 35.00 35.00
Cuxhaven
double room p.P. 104.00 104.00
surcharge single room 80.00 80.00
Price
21-gear unisex
21-gear gents
7-gear unisex
electric bike
rental bike premium
129.00
129.00
129.00
319.00
199.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services & Extras

Services
  • 10 overnight stays in hotels of the booked category
  • Breakfast
  • Personal welcome and tour briefing (German, English)
  • Detailed travel documents (1x per room) numbers (German, English, French)
  • Luggage transport
  • GPS-tracks availalbe on request
  • Rental bike insurance
  • 7-days-service-hotline

Not included

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

Parking information

  • Underground parking in Magdeburg, price approx. € 14,- per night, payable on site, no reservation possible. 

Arrival/departure

  • Train: Return journey from Hamburg to Magdeburg by train (approx. 3 hrs.). Return journey from Cuxhaven to Magdeburg by train (approx. 5.5 hours).
  • Minibus: Return journey from Hamburg to Magdeburg by minibus (minimum 4 persons) € 145,- per person, for the return transport of your own bike we charge € 39,- extra. From Cuxhaven to Magdeburg by minibus (minimum 4 persons) € 180,- per person, for the return transport of the own bike we charge € 39,- extra. Limited space available. Reservation is required when booking the trip. Payment will be made on site.  
Accommodation

Category A: Comfortable hotels and guest houses, basically in the 3*** and 4*** category, centrally located in most cases.
 

Category B: Good middle hotels and guest houses, basically 3*** category, partly situated at the outskirts of town.

Important notes

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

Ratings

4.7 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
4 stars
Pia Lang DE | 26.08.2023
Insgesamt empfehlenswert
Der Tourenabschnitt zwischen Hamburg und Glückstadt war besonders entspannend, da quasi autofrei und in Gesellschaft von Schafen. Viele schöne Städte auf der Route (Tangermünde, Wittenberge, Hamburg, Glückstadt). Die Qualität der Hotelzimmer war sehr unterschiedlich. Ich würde für einen gleichbleibend höheren Standard gerne mehr Geld ausgeben. Ich hatte ein Herrenfahrrad bestellt, das leider nach dem ersten Tag bereits ersetzt werden musste, da der Mantel zu platzen drohte. Als Ersatz bekam ich ein Damenfahrrad. Den breiten Sattel empfand ich als sehr unbequem. Ich hätte mir mehr Gaststättenempfehlungen auf der Strecke gewünscht.
Anke Tammen
Anke Tammen answered:
Wir freuen uns, dass Sie einen erholsamen Radurlaub hatten und bedanken uns für Ihre gute Bewertung. Die Tour wird in der KAT X angeboten d.h. es handelt sich um eine Hotelmischkategorie aus Gasthöfen und 3- und 4-Sterne-Hotels, genau wie Sie schreiben. Wir können die Strecke nicht in Kategorien A und B unterteilen, da wir die Hotels nicht durchgängig in der einen oder anderen Kategorie anbieten können. Die Hotellerie auf der Tour gibt das leider nicht her. Dass Sie etwas Pech mit Ihrem Rad hatten, bitten wir zu entschuldigen. Herrenräder sind absolute Mangelware und aus diesem Grund stand wahrscheinlich nur ein Damen-Rad als Ersatz zur Verfügung. Unsere breiteren Sattel erfreuen sich großer Beliebtheit, aber wenn man es von Zuhause anders gewöhnt ist, war er für Sie nicht passend. Das bedauern wir sehr und hoffen, bei der nächsten Reise läuft alles perfekt🚴.
5 stars
Holger Köhnecke DE | 27.06.2022
Elberadweg 2022 - toll
Liebes Rückenwind Team, vielen Dank für die tolle Tour von Magdeburg bis Cuxhaven. Dank guter Tourenbeschreibung, Unterlagen, GPS-Daten konnten wir uns gut vorbereiten und die Tour genießen. Alle Strecken waren gut geplant und für uns (57+60 J) gut zu bewältigen. Alle Unterkünfte haben uns freundlich aufgenommen, Fahrrad-Unterbringung war einmal etwas eng, aber nie ein Problem. Gepäcktransfer funktionierte zu 100%. Gen Norden kämpften wir gegen den Wind - wir wurden gewarnt, haben uns aber bewußt für die Variante "mit der Strömung" entschieden. Wir haben in Cuxhaven einen Tag drangehängt und sind nach Helgoland gefahren - Als fahrradfreier Tag am Ende unsere Empfehlung.
5 stars
Norbert K. DE | 16.05.2022
Schöne Elbetour
Von vorne bis hinten eine gut organisierte Radtour.

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