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Explore Dresden and the Elbland – 11 beautiful bike rides

Dresden Elbland

Explore Dresden and the Elbland – 11 beautiful bike rides

Bike Touring Collection by Dresden Elbland

11

Tours

32:49 h

312 mi

10,850 ft

The weather is finally showing the arrival of spring again and makes you want to get on your bike and go for a ride. In Dresden, the Saxon state capital, and the Elbland, you can discover an incredible amount: gigantic castles, dreamy villages, babbling brooks and fascinating history. With plenty of bike paths, former railway tracks and small lanes that are wonderful for cycling, the city and the Elbland region are great to explore by bike.

To give you some ideas of what you can explore in and around Dresden, we present 11 varied bike Tours in this Collection. Whether you've always lived here or are new to the area, you'll discover new, exciting places with unique scenery that tell intriguing stories. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit too as there are many lakes around Dresden where you can enjoy a spontaneous, refreshing dip.

Follow the Elbe River to the porcelain city of Meissen or to Pillnitz Castle, ride on old railway tracks around the town of Wilsdruff, enjoy nature in the Dresden Heath and discover the Moritzburg Ponds. You certainly won’t get bored here! After the Tour, you can reflect on your experience over a delicious glass of wine in the famous wine town of Radebeul or tuck into a tasty egg roll.

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    Eine große Runde durch die Dresdner Heide – Frühlingshafte Radtouren

    Difficult
    03:19
    25.9 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Dresdner Heide is the green lung of Dresden. There is so much to discover in this huge forest, and best of all by bike. You start at Albertplatz in the heart of Dresden Neustadt and via a somewhat hidden path you get to the middle of the wilderness in a flash. You even have the chance to see wild

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    28.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the Alaunplatz in Neustadt you follow the Elbe Cycle Path on the left Elbe via the Gohliser windmill to Niederwartha. There you cross the Elbe and leave the Elbe Valley via a short, steep road. This route is not as well known as the one over the Lößnitzgrund, but it is less frequented and you get

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  • Difficult
    04:06
    40.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You start this tour full of impressions at the Augustus Bridge with a view of Dresden's old town. Over the Dresdner Heide you drive to the garden city Hellerau with its many interesting buildings. A little later you have arrived on a plateau, which is great for cycling.

    

    You pass Moritzburg train station

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  • Easy
    01:39
    16.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The Elbe Cycle Path is one of the most popular cycle paths - not just in Dresden, but throughout Germany. And rightly so, because there are countless treasures to discover on the banks of the Elbe. During the week, especially in the mornings, there is less going on and you can enjoy the bike tour even

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    26.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Elbe Valley wine-growing region is one of the smallest and the easternmost in Germany. Exceptionally delicious wines are produced around Dresden. On this tour you will immerse yourself in their world. From Dresden's old town you first drive to Radebeul on the Saxon Wine Route.

    

    The tour takes you along

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    26.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    There was once a dense railway network on the Meißner highlands, the Wilsdruffer narrow-gauge network. Some stretches have now disappeared, some have been converted into great bike paths. On this tour you will explore the southern Meißner highlands on the former railway lines.

    

    The tour starts in Freital

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  • Intermediate
    01:51
    15.1 mi
    8.1 mph
    625 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Moritzburger Weg is a historical route that linked several important castles. On this tour you will explore the western section between Nieschütz and Moritzburg. The best way to get to Nieschütz is to take the Elbe Cycle Path.

    

    Right at the beginning you drive barely noticeably uphill, past vineyards

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  • Difficult
    03:30
    33.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Heinrich Rudolf Zille, the “Brush Heinrich”, was an artist who mainly created graphics, photographs and other works of art that were socially critical. He was born in Radeburg in 1858 and on this tour you will follow his footsteps. The start is on the banks of the Elbe in Coswig.

    

    First you drive up to

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    24.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Moritzburg pond area is a real paradise for cyclists. Dense forests, wide fields and a patchwork of lakes and ponds form a wonderful landscape. The tour starts right at Moritzburg Castle, a baroque giant on an artificial island. You can get to Moritzburg, for example, with the steam-powered Lößnitzgrundbahn

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  • Difficult
    03:59
    39.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This sporty and varied tour takes you into the southwestern Elbland from Dresden to Freital, Tharandt and Wilsdruff back to Dresden. Via Löbtau and Plauen you leave the Saxon capital in the valley of the Weißeritz to Freital.

    

    In Tharandt you can visit the huge forest botanical garden. Then it goes a stretch

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  • Difficult
    03:28
    34.5 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There is so much to discover in and around Dresden. The best way to do this is by bike, of course. On this tour we will show you many highlights in the Dresden adventure region. You start in the heart of the city, at the Altmarkt, and drive past the Hygiene Museum through the Great Garden.

    

    Then you cycle

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    312 mi
  • Duration
    32:49 h
  • Elevation
    10,850 ft

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