Cycle longer on your e-bike – day Tours from Leipzig to the Saale Valley
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The days are getting longer again, tree branches are showing their first flashes of green and you can ride your bike again without gloves and a winter jacket – now is the time to go exploring! To help you start right away, we’ve put together a Collection of eight extensive day Tours for you from the Leipzig Bay to the densely wooded slopes of the Saale Valley in the Thuringian Forest. With a distance of more than 60 kilometres (37 miles) and some metres of climbing (especially in the Saale Valley), these Tours are great for an e-bike adventure. Of course, they’re also a perfect choice to put your new touring bike or gear through its paces.
There are eight routes to choose from: through the Leipzig Riverside Forest with its small rivers and canals, around the Leipziger Neuseenland lakeland, into the Ore Mountains on river cycle paths and up and down through the Saale Valley in the Thuringian Forest. The extra power of an e-bike really comes into its own in the Thuringian Forest, so you’ll manage the climbs with ease.
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The Schwarzatal is one of the many hidden gems in Thuringia and is definitely worth an extended bike tour. On mainly well-paved paths you follow the course of the river up to the Lichtetalsperre, where you can let your gaze wander over the beautiful landscape and imagine that there is an entire village at the bottom of the artificial lake.You start at our GIANT store in Rudolstadt and follow the roads to Bad Blankenburg. Then you turn into the winding, narrow Schwarzatal, in which the light forests and the gurgling water of the Schwarza quickly bring you into the outdoor flow.After various interesting weirs and, thanks to the electric drive, only moderately sweaty 980 meters of altitude, you reach the Lichtetalsperre. The crystal clear water invites you to jump in, but unfortunately this is prohibited: the reservoir is a drinking water reservoir.The way back to Rudolstadt is the same as the way there, only this time downhill and with the wind in your face. We therefore recommend that you use the tour highlights such as Schwarzburg as small breaks on the way there, as you will probably not feel like stopping on the way back because of the sheer driving pleasure.The perfect bike for this tour: Giant Explore E +
On this day tour you will cycle part of the really enchanting Saale cycle path, which has long been a permanent fixture on the must-have-cycled list for long-distance cyclists. You will also be whisked away to the beautiful hinterland of Thuringia, where the Orlaradweg will reveal a less touristy, but no less idyllic side of Thuringia.Enchanting landscapes, dreamy villages, (castle) ruins and perfectly paved paths await you along the way. With an electric drive, this trip is pure pleasure and will probably not be particularly demanding in terms of stamina, despite the 64 kilometers and 400 meters of altitude to be mastered.It starts at Rudolstädter Markt, initially along the Saale Cycle Path, which is pleasantly flat on this section. Then you turn onto the Orlaradweg and follow it along the river of the same name through the most beautiful Thuringian hinterland, before you meet the Saaleadweg again for the last section of this tour.The perfect bike for this tour: Giant Explore E +
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This exit is something for tight calves - even with an electric drive. Over 1,000 meters of altitude await you on this almost 60-kilometer round tour through the southern Ore Mountains - and most of it in one go. However, the effort is definitely worth it: the view from Auersberg is phenomenal and a guarantee for feelings of happiness.You start in Schwarzenberg at the train station and cycle steadily uphill on well-paved paths or asphalt through the enchanting landscape. Take your time for the ascent: it takes 25 kilometers to reach the Berggasthof Auersberg. As soon as you get there, however, there is first time for a look and a snack before you head for the last sweaty meters to the summit.From here on the effort is as good as over: it goes downhill. On the Mulderadweg you follow an old railway line (including a tunnel) through the most beautiful Ore Mountains landscape until you reach Schwarzenberg again.The perfect bike for this tour: Giant Explore E +
Your e-bike is challenged on this tour: A lively up and down, which adds up to a total of 900 meters in altitude over 61 kilometers, ensures boredom. The beautiful nature of the Mulde Valley in the Ore Mountains also contributes to this.You start in Bad Schlema at the train station and almost immediately turn onto the Mulderadweg. The bike path leads along an old railway line through tunnels, over bridges and always with the gurgling hollow in your view through the Ore Mountains. It's so peaceful here that without the steady incline you would probably forget that you are sitting on your bike.The "worst" is behind you when you have reached the viewpoint over the Eibenstock dam. You can stretch your legs on the small bench and enjoy a long snack, while in the distance the peaks of the surrounding mountains offer a great panorama.After an extensive turning loop with a constant view, it goes back to the Mulderadweg, which you now follow downhill back to Bad Schlema.The perfect bike for this tour: Giant Explore E +
Water rats, beach enthusiasts and sun worshipers will find everything their heart desires on this extended tour of the Leipziger Neuseenland. The Cospuden, Zwenkauer and Störmthaler See are relatively close together and are waiting to be ridden by you. Also on site: cafes, kiosks and various water sports offers. Get on your bike and go!You start at our GIANT store in Leipzig and drive along the well-signposted network of cycle paths in the city towards Cospudener See. Should you be able to resist the temptation to spread your towel right here, the Zwenkauer See with its infinite view awaits you eight kilometers further.The calmest of the three lakes is the Störmthaler See, the shore of which is largely natural. You can also swim here before heading for Markkleeberg after going around the lake. Enjoy an ice cream and a coffee here before heading back into the hustle and bustle of the big city - this is what a perfect summer day on the bike looks like.The perfect bike for this tour: Giant Fathom E +
The alluvial forest is one of the most beautiful local recreation areas in Leipzig and, of course, it is very easy to cycle here. This tour takes you over a small loop to the Connewitz lock, but then in a north-westerly direction to the Raßnitzer See. You are on the road a total of 71 kilometers - with an electric drive this is not a problem at all, as there are no major inclines to expect.On the way you dive into the beautifully light alluvial forest. In addition to the forest, water plays a major role on this tour: The Auensee and, as the turning point of this tour, the Raßnitzer See are both great swimming spots and ideal for a short rest - or a chilled afternoon in the shade.It's back on another route through the alluvial forest, on which you get to know the enchanting bike path on the Nahle, among other things. Only towards the end does your environment become urban again and the tour takes you back to our GIANT store, where you started it.The perfect bike for this tour: Giant Fathom E +
This exit is hard to beat in terms of versatility. Not only exciting architecture such as the Bergkirche in Beucha await you, but also the impressive Westbruch with its sensational view, the idyllic Grillensee and the historic Gut Mölkau.It all starts at our GIANT store in Leipzig. On the way there you will already pass Gut Mölkau, but we recommend that you save it for a well-deserved stop at the end. The first highlight of this tour is the mountain church in Beucha, which towers over the lake in an impressive location. The view from above is correspondingly beautiful.As a culinary stopover, the Lilly Vanilly ice cream parlor awaits you with a sweet terrace in the green and really excellent ice cream. Then it's off to nature: The Westbruch, an old flooded open-cast mine with steep rock faces and a wide view is the next stop before you reach the Grillensee to relax and bathe in the afternoon.On the way back you pass the venerable Eicha Monastery, which makes it clear how old the cultural landscape is in which you are currently traveling. Finally, Gut Mölkau invites you to stop for a break. With the estate's own bakery and all kinds of regional delicacies, you can end your day in the saddle here before heading back to town.The perfect bike for this tour: Giant Anytour E +
This tour is something for swimmers: three lakes in the north of Leipzig invite you to refresh yourself. The tour itself has no particular difficulties or altitude - only the sometimes quite fresh headwind can be a bit difficult. In summer temperatures, however, it is also a relief.You start directly at our GIANT store in Leipzig and first drive north along the green veins of the city. On the old Haynaer Allee it is slowly becoming rural. Left and right there are soon only fields and trees to be seen until you reach the Werbeliner See after about 20 kilometers.There are countless small bathing spots on the banks of the river - or you can save your rest for the grave guards or Schladitzer See. On well-paved bike paths, you cycle around all three lakes in a relaxed manner, until at the end you take another route back towards Leipzig.The perfect bike for this tour: Giant Anytour E +