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The Elbe Cycle Path — cross-border cycling pleasure

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The Elbe Cycle Path — cross-border cycling pleasure

Bike Touring Collection by Elberadweg

11-25

days

3-6 h

/ day

772 mi

11,775 ft

14,225 ft

The Elbe Cycle Path. Four little words that immediately arouse a sense of wanderlust in cyclists. For years, it has been the most popular cycling route in Germany, with the reasons for its notoriety being aplenty: the slopes in the Czech Republic section are characterized by only a few ascents, imposing village centers and numerous opportunities for a break. In Germany, fascinating landscapes and exciting cities form an exciting mixture of natural and cultural highlights. And all of this sits on a perfectly developed bike path.

The Elbe Cycle Path is about 1,270 kilometres long and accompanies the Elbe from its source in the Czech Sudeten Mountains to Cuxhaven, where it flows into the North Sea. It covers a total distance of 1,091 kilometres from the source, where the Elbe is still called "Labe", to the estuary. A third of the river’s length meanders through the Czech Republic, while the remaining 727 kilometers flow to the sea over northern Germany

We have divided the varied cycle path along the Elbe River into 29 stages, which are about 40 kilometres long on average. We have deliberately chosen the length of the individual stages shorter so that you have enough time to get off your bike here and there and explore the highlights along the route. Because it is precisely these that make the cycle path so special.

The first stages take you from the source of the Elbe over the Czech-German border. In the German part of the Elbe Cycle Path you will then cross seven federal states, each with its own charm. From the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxon Switzerland in Saxony to the important Elbe River Biosphere Reserve in Brandenburg and the hip cultural metropolis of Hamburg. The further north you cycle, the more you notice the unmistakable North Sea scent.

Especially on the German side, the Elbe Cycle Path is also very suitable for beginners, less ambitious cyclists or families with children thanks to the flat route. Due to its popularity, countless accommodations for cyclists have settled along the cycle path, which are adapted to the needs of cyclists. Regardless of whether you are planning all or selected stages of the Elbe cycle path - this cycle path along Germany's great river has something to offer for everyone.

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The stages of the the Elbe Cycle Path

  • Intermediate
    01:19
    10.9 mi
    8.3 mph
    975 ft
    2,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It doesn't matter whether you have decided to do the entire 1,260 kilometers or individual stages of the Elbe Cycle Path. You have a wonderful journey ahead of you. Each section is characterized by a varied mix of scenic, cultural, historical and architectural highlights. Of course, the culinary diversity

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  • Intermediate
    04:18
    45.9 mi
    10.7 mph
    900 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On today's stage you will be riding almost exclusively on well paved bike paths. A special highlight is the Kuks Hospital, which is considered a prime example of Baroque architecture. Completely renewed in 2013, the cycle path leads right past it. Together with the stage destination Hradec Králové, whose

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  • Difficult
    04:52
    46.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    900 ft
    975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today the route goes from Hradec Králové to Kolin. After about 20 kilometers you reach the East Bohemian city of Pardubice, which is also known as the "gingerbread city". In addition, the city center, which was declared a historical city reserve, is also worth a visit. Then you cycle along the river

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  • Difficult
    06:47
    57.5 mi
    8.5 mph
    950 ft
    975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Continuing along the Elbe, you first pass the historic towns of Poděbrady and Nymburk. The rather leisurely bike path leaves enough time to view the surroundings. Nymbur welcomes you with a majestic city wall; Relics of the king. Then it goes to the north of Prague Mělník. This day is one of the longest

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    29.1 mi
    10.5 mph
    450 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From the charming town of Mělník you can now visit Litoměřice, 50 kilometers away. The starting point is on a small hill, directly above the confluence of the two largest rivers in Bohemia; the Elbe and the Vltava. Due to the special climatic situation you move along the largest wine region in Bohemia

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  • Difficult
    03:11
    32.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    875 ft
    925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today, it is about Litoměřice 50 km to Děčín. As the first stop of this stage, we recommend the city of Libochovany, where besides the visit of the Renessainces castle you can also eat extremely cheap. Full and rested it continues on the Elbe on Cirkvice, Sebuzin for the next photo stop: Castle Schreckenstein

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  • Easy
    00:38
    6.98 mi
    11.0 mph
    75 ft
    125 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage belongs to the most scenic of the Elberadweges. Despite the shortness of only 16 kilometers are two highlights in front of you: the border crossing of the German-Czech border and the National Park Saxon Switzerland. After passing the deserted border crossing (border controls are gone, but

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    25.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    825 ft
    875 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The eighth stage is the first section of the Elbe Cycle Path that runs entirely in Germany. Starting in Schöna on the Czech border, it takes you to Heidenau on the edge of Saxon Switzerland. The nearly 40-kilometer trail meanders along a well-paved road past one of the most visited sights in Germany

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    28.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This stage takes you from Heidenau to Meißen. After Pillnitz Castle with the well-known tropical houses, you pass the Loschwitz Bridge, better known as the Blue Wonder. After about 20 kilometers it goes to the center of the state capital Dresden. The absolute highlights include the Frauenkirche, the

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  • Difficult
    03:31
    37.2 mi
    10.6 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today about 60 kilometers of bike path are waiting for you. Passing wide meadows, castles and palaces, you pass Zehren and Niederlommatzsch, as well as Neuhirschstein Castle. In Riesa, the inner city mile and the noodle center are waiting for you. The idyllic town of Strehla, which you will reach after

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    29.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    350 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 11 takes you from Belgians to Pretzsch. A special highlight is the cycling church in Weßnig, the first church in Germany to open its gates especially for cyclists. A short stopover is also available in nearby Torgau, whose historic city center is particularly interesting for photographers. The

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  • Intermediate
    01:59
    21.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    175 ft
    200 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today you cycle from Pretzsch to Wittenberg. The cycle path in this section on both sides of the Elbe is particularly family friendly. As you cycle through the Elbe meadows, villages, castles, the Elbe ferries, old Elbarme and the Lutherstadt Wittenberg are among the highlights of your day. Especially

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    22.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    275 ft
    300 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This stage begins comfortably in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, which is one of the most important centers of Martin Luther's work. The publication of his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church heralded the beginning of the Reformation. About halfway there is the 21,000-inhabitant town of Coswig, whose

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  • Intermediate
    02:30
    25.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    375 ft
    400 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Scenic and architecturally interesting, it continues on the 14th stage. In the Bauhaus city of Dessau, world-famous buildings invite to exhibitions and guided tours. In the further course of the Elbe Cycle Path you will find numerous architecture in the style of the Bauhaus. Continue north, where the

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    21.9 mi
    9.9 mph
    225 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your today's destination is just under 35 kilometers away. Enough time to be enchanted by the many sights along the way. Start is the small town of Barby, which in addition to the Baroque Castle and the Barbie Museum also has a new leisure area that invites you to swim and relax. Continue towards Sch

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    21.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    250 ft
    300 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today's day's leg takes you along the Elbe to the north from Magdeburg via Hohenwarthe to Rogätz. To start the day, the City Park Rotehorn offers. In the middle of the city center, the Elbe Island is also a favorite place for locals to relax. The path continues on the right bank towards the north. In

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    24.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    And continue on stage 17. On the left bank of the Elbe you cross dikes and forest areas of the Elbe hinterland. After 18 kilometers, there is a nice rest area, from which you can enjoy a very good view of the Elbe. If you want to change to the other side of the Elbe, you can do that in the case of greaves

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    36.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    450 ft
    525 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The Elbe Cycle Route runs here for about 60 kilometers from Tangermünde to Havelberg. At the west of the Elbe you pass the Arneburg and Schwarzholz; both well worth seeing. You can also make a short detour to Stendal, which is about 13 kilometers from Tangermünde. Historic lakeside villas with sumptuous

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    27.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 19 has as a starting point, the Hanseatic city of Havelberg with about 45 kilometers away Wittenberge as a destination. Depending on your mood, you can decide whether your journey through Brandenburg or Saxony-Anhalt will continue. The Elbe divides the two federal states. If you decide otherwise

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    22.4 mi
    8.8 mph
    175 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This day's stage of the Elbe Cycle Route is 30 kilometers short. Lots of time for stopovers or even small trips to the area. After saying goodbye to the very nice Wittenberg, the trail leads you first to the south and then to the west via Wahrenberg and Pollitz. The floodplain landscape of the Biosphere

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    29
  • Distance
    772 mi
  • Duration
    76:33 h
  • Elevation
    11,775 ft14,225 ft

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