Riding through the thick and beautiful forests of the Ore Mountains, you can see why it’s known locally as the grüne Grenze (the green border). Perfectly paved roads wind you through dense green forests—the undulating border between the Czech Republic and Germany—while a gentle playground of short ascents awaits you in the north. And you’ll see it all on your hunt for maximum elevation gain: You’ll traverse the spectacular Ores several times over the course of this four-day adventure.
On all four stages from Dresden down to the Czech Republic, along the border and back, you change from one side of the mountains to the other. Plenty of short yet steep ascents will put your legs to good work, while the resulting descents on roads with very little traffic will make your heart skip a beat. And while the Ore Mountains might only be around one thousand meters high—babies in comparison to the Alps, which start to show their true face at around two thousand meters of altitude— you’ll feel like the king of the world on these lower level beauties.
On the first day we go from Dresden to Seiffen, a history rich little toy making village. The road meanders gently through the countryside and becomes hilly in the later section. You climb many short climbs with moderate slope and cycle through beautiful avenues. The further you get to the Erzgebirge, the less traffic and the roads are getting better and better. Sometimes it even goes over paved, closed to cars forest roads. Before you drive to Seiffen, you should definitely make a detour to the Schwartenberg.
The two highest mountains of the Erzgebirge are waiting for you. At this stage you take the Klínovec (German: Keilberg) and the Fichtelberg. The goal today is also higher than the others: the just under 1,000 meters high Hirtstein. On today's stage, the highest climb of the whole tour up to the Keilberg awaits you.
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There are some mines in the Erzgebirge. One of them leads you underground in Deutschkatharinenberg. Must see! Then follows a long descent and a crisp climb over the ridge and to Wieselstein, the highest mountain in the eastern Erzgebirge. The hut, your destination for the day, is already waiting for you below the stone top.
Today, peaks up to a maximum of 22% slope are waiting for you. There comes joy. Before you can roll down from the border town Zinnwald relaxed to Dresden, a challenging climb to the mosquito mountain is waiting for you - sometimes it gets really steep. The departure afterwards in the Müglitztal pays you but. From Heidenau it goes along the banks of the Elbe to the heart of Saxony. It's done, there are four days Erzgebirge behind you.