Meissen is known for porcelain, wine, Saxon history, art and culture. As a cyclist, you’ll be in your element in this German city. Nestled between the Elbe River and vineyards, the region’s nature is great to explore on two wheels. A well-developed network of cycling paths lead through wild and romantic forests, vineyards and wild flower meadows along the Elbe.
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Meissen is located on one of Germany’s most popular bike paths, the 1,220-kilometre (758 mi) long Elbe Cycle Path and the ‘Meißner Acht’ makes the city an ideal starting point for bike Tours in the surrounding countryside. You discover idyllic wine villages, museums and stately castles – a welcome alternative to the hustle and bustle in the alleys and squares of the old town.
In this Collection, we show you the six most beautiful bike Tours around Meissen. The circuits are between 24 and 66 kilometres (15 to 41 mi) long. They all start near a train station or are easy to reach by bike from Meissen. You can choose between extended day Tours with challenging climbs and leisurely half-day Tours on flat routes.
The routes take you into beautiful valleys with old water mills, over disused railway lines and along the Elbe. You often have the chance to stop at wineries or in wine taverns to taste fine Saxon wines along the river and vineyards. You can enjoy a glass of wine and unforgettable views over the Elbe – the icing on the cake of any bike trip.
The southern route of the Meißner 8 starts near the train station. At the beginning you cycle over the railway bridge, from which you can enjoy a great view of the city with the cathedral and the Albrechtsburg. We continue past the Nikolaikirche in the old town and the porcelain factory into the Triebisch valley. Here are some beautiful old mills that line the river.
Just like the south route, the north route of the Meißner 8 starts near the train station, so you can easily get there by public transport such as the train.At the beginning of the round tour you drive over the railway bridge to the other bank of the Elbe. Through the old town it goes into the Triebischtal, where you will pass beautiful mills. At Robschütz you leave the Treibisch and turn north.
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On this tour, a multitude of winegrowers, broom and ostrich taverns await you in the picturesque vineyards as well as fantastic views.The bike lap starts in Radebeul at the Karl May Museum. From here you drive directly to the vineyards of Oberlößnitz, where the first wineries are waiting for you. A detour to the Spitzhaus staircase is also possible. If you climb their steps on the vineyards, you have a wonderful view.
This tour takes you on a flat route along the Elbe. You are on the left and right-hand Elbe Cycle Path.It starts in Meissen on the right bank of the Elbe. To start with, you cross the river and cycle north on the left bank. Here you roll past wide meadows, can watch happily grazing sheep along the way and let your gaze wander over the water to the slopes of the Elbe valley.