Elbe Cycle Path: Dresden to Dessau

Embark on a self-guided cycling holiday from Dresden to Dessau along the Elbe Cycle Route, an experience that combines natural beauty, historical richness, and cultural treasures.

Start your journey in Dresden, a city renowned for its architectural splendour and the prestigious Dresden Elbe Valley, a World Heritage Site. As you pedal along the well-maintained paths, you’ll be captivated by the dramatic sandstone mountains of Saxon Switzerland, a region known for its stunning rock formations and scenic vistas.

Continue your adventure through the picturesque Elbe Valley, where you’ll pass charming villages and lush vineyards that line the riverbanks. Make a stop in Meissen, a city famous for its exquisite porcelain, and explore its medieval streets and historic landmarks.

The tour culminates in Dessau, a city that is a haven for architecture enthusiasts. Here, you’ll find the Bauhaus Dessau, a key site of the influential Bauhaus movement, and numerous examples of modernist architecture that have shaped contemporary design.

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate

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Itinerary

Individual arrival to Dresden.

Welcome briefing and distribution of rental bikes. Afterwards use the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful old town Dresden.

Explore the world famous sights and the magic of the city with the unique buildings like “Zwinger Palace”, “Frauenkirche” (Church of Ladys), Dresden Castle and the famous opera house (Semperoper).

Return to Dresden by a suburban train. The bikeway leads along the river Elbe to the baroque Castle Pillnitz and upwards to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

The Sandstone‐Tablemountain with the fortress Königstein is on the right side of the Elbe. The return from Bad Schandau to Dresden happens by bike or suburban rail (optional).

Today you’ll be cycling along the romantic valley of the Elbe you cycle through Saxon Vineyards past Radebeul to Meissen.

The city of Meissen is well known for Meissen porcelain. The picturesque alleys of the historical city center give an occasion to take a stroll and to go on shopping. Come and see the “Albrechtsburg” or the world famous Meissen manufactury.

Taste the wine or visit the baroque castle Diesbar‐Seußlitz on you way along the saxon wine route. Overnight in Riesa!

On the way to Mühlberg visit the Cistercian monastery and you should not miss the “Treblitzscher Baumpark” (Treblitz park of tree´s) with trees and bushes from five continents.

Overnight in Torgau!

Please note that this day is the individual departure as well. If you need to go back to Dresden you can book the Transfer via minivan to Dresden approx. 3 h, reservation necessary (have a look Arriva and Departure below)

The castles “Lichtenberg” and “Pretzsch” show the way to Wittenberg. When you arrived in Wittenberg you have the opportunity to follow the traces of Martin Luther. The hall of Luther is the most interesting building of Wittenberg and has the largest world historic collection on the Reformation.

Continue downstream through the charming Wörlitzer Park Grounds to Dessau, a Mecca for architecture lovers.

Departure from Dessau.

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Route overview

Start point: Dresden

End point: Dessau

Total distance:  Approx. 245 km

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 a diversified river landscape.

What’s included

  • Accommodation in 3* hotels
  • Breakfast buffet
  • If half board is booked: every day a 3-course meal
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Rental bike insurance
  • Service hotline

Not included

  • Flights to/from the start and finish
  • Evening meals (unless stated)
  • Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
  • Helmets
  • Water Bottles
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike Insurance (unless stated)
  • Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
  • Transfers (unless included)
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